In other news, the RenFaire finished its run two weeks ago. Which is sad. The way the faire goes, five weekends (for a shyish person such as myself) is just enough time to start to get to know some very cool people, then we spend the next almost-year wandering back to being strangers. Cumulative progress is made, though - I've found one rennie on Facebook, another on Livejournal (I think I'll stick to her always-entertaining work journal for now, rather than friend her personal journal, just 'cause I don't really know her that well), the folks who ended up at Freefall (both this year and last) I think qualify as friends ("People That I Like Whom I Have Encountered at More Than One Place" is just too cumbersome), and there are a few vendors that for various reasons I've talked to more than others (booth neighbors, favorite shopkeepers, future business collaborators) - overall, I think there are definitely a few people who have a chance of remembering my name next year. Especially since I have an open invitation to attend the Guild of Modern Medievalism's monthly(?) gatherings during the year - which I'd love to go to (because I'll be living a tantalizing 11 miles away from them), but may have trouble arranging. There's this whole thing to do with not having a car, and although I'll be in the same metropolitan area, I won't be in the same city - so no using the bus system.
The Freefall Game was a week ago, and Lo, it was AWESOME! Even with a lot of standard-issue airsofters on the field, the feel of the event was definitely that of a LARP, not an airsoft game. The a lot of the people I talked to said something about having only fired their weapon once the whole weekend, yet NOBODY made a single complaint about the event being boring. There was just so much intrigue going on that nobody started a shootout - they were too busy pulling off heists and meeting with smugglers and all sorts of crazy stuff. It's been really fun reading people's AARs and figuring out what actually happened - nobody had a clue during the event! I'll admit to having had just a tiny bit less fun than last year, but that wasn't a game issue, it was a character issue - I'd been contracted out as a bodyguard for an independent journalist, which kept me out of most of the heists, and most of the other players didn't seem to keen on harassing the press. So I spent a lot of time standing around, trying to look stern. :) Which was fun in its own way. I'll post my AAR here as soon as I get Day Two finished, but until then, check out what the other guys had to say OVER HERE at the Airsoft Battle Zone Forums.
Finally, I moved the first wave of stuff into my new apartment. Mostly small things, mostly for the kitchen - between the stuff we brought and the stuff we bought, over the course of two days the kitchen, bathroom, and the closet all look like someone might live in them. The living room and bedroom are still pretty empty, that's next weekend's project. But dudes - this place is seriously GORGEOUS. I don't feel like screwing with picture uploads right now, but...wow. Ten-foot ceilings, spiral staircase (it's a two-story apartment :) ), HUGE windows (the blinds had to be custom made)... they just finished doing renovations, so the kitchen and bath have brand new ceramic tile floors, wood cabinets, appliances, plumbing... and they ripped up the slightly grotty old carpets and reconditioned the original hardwood floors. Oh! And there's a window seat upstairs, which I hadn't even noticed when I looked at the place in the spring.... Really, I think I should win a prize for finding the most awesome first apartment ever. (Did I mention I'm only paying $460/month, all utilities - including high-speed internet and cable TV - included in the rent?)