Things that happened this summer:
The Mari came to visit. The Mari would be my sister Linda, her husband John, and my nephew Rick. They were conducting a whirlwind tour of the west coast -- or at least parts of it -- and stayed with me for a couple of days. We took Rick to see the locks and the fish ladder -- he saw a giant fish, which was pretty cool -- and then we went to the Pacific Science Center. I'm told that horseback riding with Grandma Diane blew the locks out of the water (so to speak) but I think Rick still approves of Seattle.
I drove a Bug in the Pride Parade. It was a "Standing on the Side of Love Bug." How did this come about, you ask? One of my Seattle University theology friends was responsible for organizing the Unitarian Universalist contingent in the parade, and she needed someone who could drive a stick, very slowly, in the middle of a heavy crowd. Apparently this is a small pool.
Also, this is a thing that happened at the Pride parade:
This was my Facebook profile picture for a brief period, but I took it down lest it give someone the false impression that I might someday wear a color.
I took two weeks off work and didn't go anywhere. It was awesome.
Dresden #13 Ghost Story came out. We've been eagerly awaiting this book, since at the end of the last book, Harry jnf fubg va gur purfg naq sryy vagb gur ynxr. As it turns out, he fcrag gur ragvergl bs guvf obbx nf n tubfg, fbeg bs, nygubhtu ur qbrf trg orggre evtug ng gur raq. So now we can begin eagerly awaiting the next one, which is apparently called Cold Days.
I read a book about Wookiees. Some of you know why this is funny. Let me rephrase: some of you know the particular reason this is funny. The rest of you will simply have to fall back on general humorousness.
ETA: I saw my godson make his stage debut in Grease. This was through the Olympia program Kids at Play, which, by the way, if you're looking for somewhere to put your donatin' dollars, you could do a lot worse. Just saying. Nick played a nerd, and loved it.
ETA: I preached again. I have, however, been extremely lax, and have not yet transcribed it onto my web page. I shall do so soon! however, and post a note here when I have done so. Promise.
I saw the movie Cowboys and Aliens. One thing you have to say about this movie: it delivers what it promises. Cowboys? Yes. Aliens? Also yes. Also a shirtless Daniel Craig and a cranky Harrison Ford, assuming one is into either of those things. Actually I thought it was a pretty good fluff movie.
I saw Les Miserables with the Hayeses. I first saw Les Miz mumblemumble years ago, in LA, when I was at Tech. I've listened to the soundtrack, at a conservative estimate, a million billion times. I like the show, is what I'm saying. It's playing at the 5th Avenue in Seattle, and so the Hayes clan and I went to see it. It was a really good production, I thought -- a much smaller stage than the show I saw in LA, but they made excellent use of it and very creative use of a scrim -- and they had a very strong Valjean and a very strong Eponine. I had a blast.
So it's been a good summer, is what I'm saying.