Archive for August, 2012

Geek Girls Rule at GeekGirlCon 2012

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

After its successful debut in 2011, Seattle’s own GeekGirlCon blew up with even more panels, more guests, and more vendors. For me, it was a totally different experience.

Last year, I drove a few guests to and from the airport and spent both days of the convention sitting at a table and talking. I met a crazy amount of people and despite the con’s feminine theme, my stationary position in the middle of the action managed to score me a few dates with geek-lovin’ guys.

This year involved more guests, more driving, and I even got to take a break from tabling to see some panels. It was particularly fun to see writer Jane Espenson and the stars of Husbands, a witty internet sitcom about a married gay couple. They previewed the first episode of the new season at the panel, which made the crowd go nuts. Had I known they were planning to show it, maybe I would have asked for a preview-preview in the back of the hearse, what with there being a DVD player and all.

I also had the pleasure of meeting and driving Renae De Liz, graphic artist and creator of the Womanthology project, a compilation by 150 female artists, Ashley Eckstein voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV show, and Erin Prather Stafford, producer of Wonder Women! The Untold History of American Superheroines. I really wanted to check this out, but driving duties always come first!

In between rides, I met a wookie. That does not make sense.

Photos taken by Stacey Ryan Farrar, best photographer ever and all around amazingly sweet and wonderful guy.

Can’t wait for next year’s GeekGirlCon!

Celebrating Summer at the Fremont Fair

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Now that summer is almost over (or already over, depending on who you ask), let’s take a moment to remember the Fremont Fair, Seattle’s favorite festival coinciding with the summer solstice. You can safely assume those sunglasses were worn solely for aesthetic purposes.

Photo taken by Craig Niece.

Stands on Her Own… Literally!

Friday, August 24th, 2012

I’m not sure how effectively she would balance the budget if she’s buying sunglasses for her dog, but I’d feel better about the future of my reproductive rights.

Jerk Night at the Apollo

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Despite the new law that allows the SPD to draw blood for DUI offenses, the Friday-night stupidity was in full swing on I-5. Perhaps not everyone was drunk, but the situation was bad enough to warrant this rant post.

I spent my entire evening driving to and from the airport, transporting out-of-town guests for a convention. I will write more about them in another post, since a quick skim would reveal a bunch of names under the heading “Jerk Night at the Apollo,” which is rather misleading because everyone I drove was extremely nice.

On my first trip, drivers were swerving at 60+ MPH speeds to avoid a traffic cone in the middle of a lane. This was a small green cone, not a the standard bright orange cone used in actual road construction activities. It probably fell off of a building or lawn care contractor’s truck because someone wasn’t talented enough at the Tetris game of packing tools into a truck bed. No matter where it came from, drivers clearly weren’t thinking of the several hundred pounds of impact they could endure from side-swiping the car next to them.

On my way back into town, I was nearly hit with a hubcap that came flying off of a beat-up old Sedan. I guess car maintenance is a thing of the past. I fear for the many Smart / hybrid / tiny fiberglass cars that would have been easily taken out by one of those things.

So some people lack judgment and are careless. Others are just plain shitheads. While I was slowly making my way through the parking lot known as “Arrivals,” a passenger in another car gave me the finger because I wouldn’t let his car in front of mine. If you have road rage as a passenger, I hope it’s because your driver license has already been revoked.

Their car was going to get to the terminal just fine (if there had been a lane-split, the finger would have been justified). The only difference is that it would be one car-width further away from the curb than the drivers who anticipated their desire to be close to the curb earlier and safely moved into the correct lane.

I’m not mentioning any of this because I’m surprised. It’s just more evidence that they should make the driving test harder, the fines for littering higher, and the desire to keep good company stronger.