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Journal of No. 118


May 30th, 2005

Solid Day @ 12:07 pm

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Saturday morning, I was out the door at 8AM headed for UCLA and EnigmaCon. I toted TV's, welcomed guests, ran with quarters to a parking meter, escorted guests to the green room, monitored the craziness at Con HQ over three channels of walkie-talkie chatter ("We need forks in the ballroom"), watched over a panel, watched over Harlan Ellison's autograph line (and joined it for getting some of my own books signed), waited endlessly for auction results....

The strangest moment was walking Phil Leirness (director of Spectres) to the Green Room, and he turns to me and says, "I know you. You're Mike Tice". I stare at him like a dumbass. This is a talent of people in the film industry... they know everyone and forget no one. "Back when I was at school here, I played in some live games..." Finally, tiny pieces of memory nibble at my brain. He was a G-Man in 23 Skidoo -- 13 years ago.
Got to listen to George Clayton Johnson's elliptical stories of the early days of Twilight Zone. He's as eccentric and entertaining as ever.
I watched over the autograph line when Harlan Ellison was there (mainly so I could get some books of my own signed) and it was embarrassing how few people there were. As I recounted to ladyeuthanasia, he bore it with as much good grace as anyone could imagine Harlan to muster.
I rue that I did not win the iPod in the auction, but getting a signed copy of Masks of Nyarlathotep (mint in plastic, no less) has helped salve my bruised acquisitiveness.
On the whole, the convention was almost certainly more successful than any previous Enigmacon, but far less successful than a certain optimistic element of the planning committee expected. I know many people worked their asses off for months ahead of time, and I only worked my ass off for nine hours. I've no complaints and would rather focus on the successes of Enigmacon 05. Many thanks to thefayth, aaronjv, Scott, Kirsten and all the others who played a part in the whole shebang.
That said, I cut out early (so those who stayed behind to clean up afterwards deserve my gratitude) in order to pick up Rebecca at LAX. As I said, I had to wait longer than I liked for the auction results to appear, so I was already late setting off. Then, I discovered that the 405 had been fucked in the ass in some sort of vehicular gang bang. The first 'accident' was an eloquent remnant of a gripping short-story. All there was was an abandoned boat trailer (with boat) on the shoulder with one tire blown-out.
Then there were about five slightly scrunched cars parked with 3 or 4 CHiPs at the 10-405 interchange. Once past that, there were two more cars parked in the fast lane with matching fender shapes. At last, some semblance of freedom reigns, and I get to LAX maybe fifteen minutes after the scheduled landing of Becca's Malaysian Air flight. No doubt, she will spend some time in customs, etc. Then I get in the terminal and start interpreting the big board o' flight information. It takes me a while to find what I'm looking for, because it's the first one on the board, showing that her flight had come in 52 minutes early. I head back out to the street and find my pookie-face. Music swells and the camera circles us.
I drive her home, she has a quick shower, and then we head out for Richard's 40th Birthday party. I have a pretty good time talking to the various folk who were there, but since most of Rebecca's internal organs are living in different time zones scattered from Los Angeles to Bangalore, we make an early goodbye after cake and presents.
Unfortunately, Rebecca seems to have picked up some nasty bug on board the flight, so most of her Sunday was spent lying on a couch moaning softly. I wasn't gonna put up with any more of that nonsense, so I applied the whip this morning, and got her out mowing the lawn. But at least I made her a nice mojito with our mint, which is now growing rampant in the backyard.
And now, to compose a limerick, as someone has (out of the blue) ordered a special edition of the Eldritch Quintuplets. With a regular edition sold to danharms that makes two in one week, something that hasn't happened for quite some time.
 
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 31st, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
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iPod! iPod! iPod!

Did you notice it's got a purple toggle wheel? Wheeee iPod!

-K-
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:May 31st, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)

Naughty Kirsten

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Yes. Yes I did, curse you.
From:aaronjv
Date:May 31st, 2005 08:32 am (UTC)
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This is a talent of people in the film industry... they know everyone and forget no one.

No WONDER I'm not working! I can't even remember the new Enigmans.

I wanna see how much of the Con stuff will end up on ebay, because there was stuff there that went for WAAAAAAAAAAY less than it should have (as in, original hand drawn sketches of Disney's "Kim Possible" for FREE).
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From:rsheslin
Date:May 31st, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
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"I know you. You're Mike Tice".

Hee, hee. Pretty cool.

Me, I will be known as "Hunter's mom." I've been told this should only last for, oh, probably my remaining years.
From:aaronjv
Date:June 2nd, 2005 08:33 am (UTC)

re: 23 Skidoo

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Phil was iffy on showing for the screening, but then he saw the email with my name attached, and wrote:

[Producer]Bud Robertson's been keeping me in the loop, while knowing that I've been
feeling very non-commital regarding the event.

On the other hand, when I saw your name, I decided to get in touch as, if
memory serves, we have met ...

I participated in several live role-playing games while I was working at
UCLA (Brian Tatosky got me involved). One in particular I remember was 23
Skidoo. Were you "Harry Houdini"?

From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 1st, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
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Ironically, 23 Skidoo was a game about an auction.
photo! http://enigma.cs.ucla.edu/photos/games/cthulhu/bw.jpg
Hmm.... could that be Phil Leirness on the couch talking to what appears to be Viktor Wood?

Pat.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:June 1st, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
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Nope, that's Andy next to Victor. I do have a couple pictures of Phil at 23 Skidoo, but they're not in electronic form.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 1st, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
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yr right, that IS Andy.
so when can we expect 24 skidoo?

pat.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:June 1st, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
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I dunno when the bug will bite me again. I'd certainly love to run a game that was as good and as fun as 23 Skidoo again.

Journal of No. 118