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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-31 05:51
Subject: [personal] Punked, dreams, and other thoughts
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Tags:art, conventions, dreams, friends, funny, personal, process, steampunk, trains, writing
The last week or so has been colored by some real challenges on the personal and professional front. Nothing I'm prepared to discuss yet, largely for reasons of others' confidentiality, but also not critical (or medical). Just disappointing and, well, challenging. And annoyingly simultaneous, as sometimes happens in life.

This weekend will be a basement party at Nuevo Rancho Lake, or at least my half of it. Team E— is coming over, as is [info]mleules, to stand on my toes and Enforce Justice with respect to actually purging things I don't need in my life. Also, [info]the_child's last lacrosse game happens Saturday. Conflict is the nature of drama, right?

Last night I dreamt I was driving down Mopac in Austin when a very peculiar railroad train passed me. (This isn't quite as weird as it sounds, as in real life the highway in part follows a railroad right of way, and so cars and trains often are heading along side by side.) The train consisted of an older Southern Pacific diesel locomotive that had been grafted together with a caboose and some miscellaneous machinery into one of those oddball maintenance-of-way work units you sometimes see. While driving my car, I pulled out a camera and began snapping photos, primarily for the benefit of [info]garyomaha and [info]kevin_standlee. Somehow, using the mighty power of his mind, the engineer (still in his locomotive cab hurtling down the tracks) began lecturing me (still in my car racing down the highway) about the national security implications of me publishing those photos, and did I know what the purpose of this unit was?

Interpretation of this dream is left as an exercise for the reader.

Also, I continue to mull some fairly deep thoughts on creativity, process and groups that are rising up out of my experiences at World Steam Expo. Look for a blog post here soon. Finally, speaking of WSE, here is a caricature of me done by the inestimable @howardtayler:


© 2012, Howard Tayler, reproduced with permission.

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scarlettina: LOL!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-05-31 13:01 (UTC)
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Nice caricature.

Sorry to hear about the challenges. I hope you conquer them forthwith!
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User: rekre8
Date: 2012-05-31 15:49 (UTC)
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We need to steampunk-ize one of your aloha shirts - possibly make it over into a fitted vest with pocketwatch, and create matching arm garters and bowtie.

If only I could sew....
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-05-31 15:50 (UTC)
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This exact question was much discussed at World Steam Expo...
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They Didn't Ask Me: metroliner
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2012-05-31 19:04 (UTC)
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When I think of all the places I went to photograph trains -- and how much more difficult that has become since 9/11 -- I realized that it's one more thing we've lost to paranoia.

Still, back in the day, there were always though engineers who weren't happy to see railfans and would call in the railroad cops. Of course that had more to do with the idiot so-called railfans who rejoiced in walking off with any interesting hardware they could find for their "collections." Especially builder's plates on locomotives. And spikes, sometimes pulled from active track ties...

Dr. Phil
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