Tis one week since the final Event Horizon party began. As promised, here is a write-up of the most excellent farewell!

We had a nice attendance for our housecooling, with thirty-four people showing up to give the Event Horizon a most memorable send-off. The "Furthest Travelled" Award was split between the dapper [livejournal.com profile] gyades, who came down from Minnesota, and the ever-awesome [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup, who drove out from Michigan. Technically, [livejournal.com profile] gyades came further... but he also lives here! So a virtual tie was declared!

There was a phenomenal assortment of culinary delights -- lots of people brought food, making for a truly spectacular feast! [livejournal.com profile] xirpha whipped up his usual cornucopia of soups and deviled eggs and fresh baked bread. None of his famous antler bread this time... but that's okay. I think that antler bread may be a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience! [livejournal.com profile] ashleyknight brought over an amazing pot of boca chili, and there was so much other food that the ordering of pizza -- traditional except for the parties where the grill gets fired up -- never even happened. We had plenty of delicious treats and no one went away hungry. Many thanks to everyone who brought something!

Of course, there were also games to be played! Inside, there was some Settlers of Catan, which I played for the first time in several years. However, the most successful indoor game was, by far, Cards Against Humanity. There was a large game of CAH running in the family room for many hours, almost the whole of the party. People joined, people left -- I believe that there was 100% turnover at least once -- but the game kept going! No idea who eventually won, or even if there was a winner.

Outside, we had the final game of Super-High-Stakes-Mega-Death-Four-Square, one of the signature traditions of the Event Horizon Summer party. It had rained earlier in the day, but we were not to be deterred! A long line of people took part, making for a fun and fast-paced game. The competition was fierce... but, at the end of it all, your friendly neighbourhood Nomad reigned supreme, claiming the top spot once more, from here to Eternity! Huzzah, indeed!!

Just as the rain could not stop our Four Square match; nor did it prevent us from enjoying the fire festivities! Once it became relatively clear that there would be no more rain, I sent [livejournal.com profile] emrldgirrl and [livejournal.com profile] wiktowasichu on a mission to gather firewood. There was a specific request (from yours truly) to make our final burn a big one! Upon their successful return, [livejournal.com profile] wiktowasichu -- who was to serve as Fire Master for the evening -- got a very nice blaze going! At one point, about two-thirds of the party was gathered around the firepit; I consider this an impressive testimony to our Fire Master's skill, as some of my dear friends will always stay indoors and want nothing to do with a cold night -- fire or no!

Of course, with the building of the Event Horizon bonfire, the fire festivities were just warming up! [livejournal.com profile] wiktowasichu had brought his poi supplies and did a few impressive rounds of fire spinning, as did C-of-no-LJ-that-I-know-of. Their efforts made for a great show, and garnered much applause. Indeed, even our neighbour enjoyed their performances! She stayed inside and, at the time, I didn't know that she was watching. A couple of days later, however, we were chatting and she mentioned that she was really impressed watching them spin.

The Event Horizon parties have been going on for nearly nine years, starting very soon after [livejournal.com profile] gyades and I bought the house. As I mentioned earlier, we have some traditions that have emerged in that time, like the annual Mega-Death Four-Square match. For the last five years, another integral tradition has been the walking over hot coals. Firewalking became a part of our tradition by accident, when [livejournal.com profile] osprey_cat asked if she could walk over the coals at the end of the night. Although she had previous experience, I was initially skeptical... but ultimately allowed her. This new addition to the party was an immediate hit and, by the end of that evening, three others -- included myself -- had tried firewalking for the first time! The next year, only three of us did it, whilst many others watched... but, since then, we have had more and more people try firewalking at the Event Horizon every year. In the third year, we had eight people; last year we had nine firewalkers -- including seven first timers! This year, however, we broke all records: Thirteen people walked barefoot over hot coals, and eight of them were doing it for their very first time! Awesometacular!!

As the night got late, some people started to drift away. Eventually, we put the fire to bed and everyone left came inside. The party continued to rock until it was after 3:30 in the morning... when we put ourselves to bed! Even so, that wasn't the end -- not quite yet! The next morning, eight of us made our way to Butterfield's to enjoy an uber-delicious post-party brunch! This included a Butterfield's specialty, oven-baked pancakes, that I have been wanting to try for years. They take half an hour to cook, so I've never ordered them before... but on that Sunday morning, we had nothing but time and good friends to keep us company. We ordered both types of oven-baked pancake, then split them between the five of us so that many people could have a chance to sample this fantastic breakfast creation! Suffice to say, we were not disappointed... and they were definitely worth the wait!

In summary, the final Event Horizon party was a rip-roaring success! Good friends, good food, loads of cuddles, games, Four Square, firespinning, firewalking, and more! Thanks so much to everyone who came out and made it such a wonderful time! I am truly a very lucky man to have such an amazing group of friends.

Also worth noting: The Event Horizon may be shutting down in just a few more days... but there have been thoughts, discussions, and suggestions on how to keep the party going. My beloved [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and I had dinner last night with [livejournal.com profile] posicat and [livejournal.com profile] tybis; they floated the suggestion that, with the house about to be gone, next year's party could be done at a public campgroup, as a weekend camping event. Definitely an idea worth considering!

So, yes, the Event Horizon will soon disappear into a black hole... but there are ideas, and perhaps -- just perhaps -- we can keep this party going!


[*] Do DOOO da do do.

Party just ended (circa 03:30). Had an AWESOME time!

Must fall over now; we are following up the party with a group brunch at Butterfield's in about seven hours. Longer party report to follow later. Meanwhile, thanks to the many people who came out to celebrate the final Event Horizon party! Huzzah!!
Today is the day, dear friends! The Event Horizon house-cooling party begins at noon! Come one, come all to the last hurrah of the Event Horizon, which has been such a wonderful space for the past nine years!

The Four Square game begins around 14:00, and the bonfire will be lit at 18:00. When the flames die down, there will be the annual fire-walking. Come on out one last time for good food, good games, good company, and good conversation!

Also, as an added bonus, feel free to make us an offer on anything in the house. Er, anything except the other guests, that is! We are in the process of removing all of our stuff -- two weeks from now, the house needs to be completely empty. The offer can be zero -- there are many things we would simply give away to a good home. We are not necessarily going to accept every offer, as there are definitely things that we want to keep, either in storage or by shipping to Merry Olde England. But, yes, if there is something here that you think would go well in your home, let me know and we will see what we can do!

Meanwhile, I am very excited to be seeing YOU soon! The final Event Horizon party will be one to remember!!
Gentle readers, particularly those in the vicinity of Chicago -- lend me your ears!

The 2012 Event Horizon Summer Party draws near! This year, due to the impending conclusion of the Event Horizon at the end of October, the Summer party is a bit later than usual. Normally held in mid-July, this year's party will take place on July 105th -- known to the less imaginative as October 13th. Come one, come all to the last hurrah of the Event Horizon, which has been such a wonderful space for the past nine years!

Y'all have come to know what you can expect, dear friends. There will be board games! There will be outdoor games -- including a final round of the infamous Super-High Stakes Sudden Death Four Square! (You can bet you know who will be in the top spot when it is all over!) There will be good food, good company, good conversation, and good cuddles! There will also be Nomad in a kilt! And, in keeping with our venerable tradition, there will be a bonfire after dark... with the annual fire-walking!

Since the final "Summer" party is also doubling as a house-cooling event, there will be a few things different from normal. The party is starting a little earlier this year, since the Sun sets earlier on July 105th. Things get started at noon, the Four Square game begins around 14:00, and the bonfire will be lit at 18:00. Also, for the highly observant amongst you, you may notice that the house is a little, ah, sparser than usual. This is because, in preparation for the END, the process of emptying the house has begun. Some things have been disposed of, others will be moved to [livejournal.com profile] gyades's new home. This includes furniture... so we may need to get a bit creative. With this bunch, I never worry about creativity!

As always, if you are on my LJ f-list, you can hereby consider yourself Officially InvitedTM. It would be great to have a record turnout for this one, with folks coming along who haven't been able to make the last few... and, heck, why not some newcomers, too? Feel free to bring along anyone that you feel would enjoy and be a good match for the group! As the old saw goes: The more, the merrier! No need to ask -- if I trust you with an invite, then I also trust your judgment on who would be appropriate to bring along for the fun!

Hope that y'all are having an awesometacular "Summer" back home in Chicagoland! I am very much looking forward to seeing you on October 13th July 105th, dear friends!
anarchist_nomad: (Guess who?)
( Jul. 23rd, 2012 08:15 pm)
Good evening, LJ! My, it's been some time, hasn't it? Much has been a'foot, and there is news a'plenty to be told.

Perhaps the most significant piece of news is this: In three months time, at the end of October, the Event Horizon will be no more. Purchased at the start of November 2003, we will be shutting down the house after almost exactly nine years. It has been an excellent run but, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

Originally purchased as home to [livejournal.com profile] gyades and myself, with plans for my beloved [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat to join us later, the Event Horizon more than exceeded our initial expectations. We only expected it to be our home for five years; it nearly doubled that prediction.

The reason for this change is quite simple. My best friend, the ever-awesome [livejournal.com profile] gyades is moving. Having finished the search for the elusive Higgs boson, he has procured a new position for himself... in Minnesota. As such, with all three of its occupants having moved away, the time has come to empty the house. I am very grateful to [livejournal.com profile] gyades for having maintained our joint home for the past six and a half years. He made it possible for us to have a place to come back to.

Some people have written, asking me when I am returning to Chicagoland and when the 2012 Summer party will be. Although the news of [livejournal.com profile] gyades job was only finalized in the past week, things have been moving in this direction for some time. As such, the 2012 Nomad Summer US Tour was postponed and further postponed... until it was finally cancelled. This is the first Summer that I am not returning from Merry Olde England, but it is unavoidable. I need to conserve time off for October, when I will be spending nearly four weeks in the States to pack up the Event Horizon.

Before you jump to conclusions, though, let me say this: The Event Horizon Summer Party is not cancelled. There has been at least one Summer party every year at the Event Horizon... and this year will be no exception! It is just, shall we say, delayed. Until October.

That's right, dear friends. The final Event Horizon party will take place on Saturday October 13th 2012. This will be a combined late Summer party and farewell party. You know the drill: Gaming and bar-b-que and Super Mutant Mega-Death Four Square; bonfire and firewalking after dark. So mark your calendars now because this will be one party that you don't want to miss!
A week from tomorrow, I shall turn thirty-seven, gentle readers. As I had the good fortune to be in Chicagoland in March -- for the first time since 2006 -- I thought it wise to hold an early celebration with my dear Chicago friends[*] on Saturday at the Event Horizon.

Twas a decent turnout, despite being planned with little notice (as this entire visit to Chicago was unexpected until recently) and with people more enmeshed in other activities -- like school -- than during the Summer. As such, I expected about half the number of a typical Summer party, and that is precisely what we got. Seventeen people braved the cold and the snow to celebrate my impending thirty-eighth year on Earth.

A good time was had by all, with a little gaming, lots of delicious food, even more delicious people... and, thanks to the excellent [livejournal.com profile] wiktowasichu, we had a fantastic bonfire after dark. Despite all the recent snow. Huzzah!!

That said, as the end of year thirty-seven approaches, it seems that I should approach life in a fashion that is a bit more serious and sombre. This awareness followed me into the party, which changed the energy somewhat. Click below the LJ-cut to see the result.

Serious and somber )

Clearly this is a sign of things to come, as I enter my late thirties and settle down somewhat...


[*] Plus the lovely [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup, who came out from Michigan for a visit! Yay!!

[**] Bread courtesy of the fantastic [livejournal.com profile] xirpha, photography courtesy of the aforementioned awesometacular [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup.

anarchist_nomad: (The Eyes Have It)
( Mar. 3rd, 2012 04:25 pm)

Birthday party at the Event Horizon -- TODAY!!!


Party starts at 2pm and goes until however long it goes. Good friends, good food, good company, good cuddles, and good conversation. Not sure if we'll get a bonfire going tonight after yesterday's snowfall... but if the wood is dry enough, then good fire, too!

Bring games, bring friends, bring snacks, bring drinks... or just bring yourself! It's all good!
Helllllloooooooo again, Chicago!

As previously mentioned, your friendly neighbourhood Nomad will be making a surprise appearance in the Windy City during the first week of March. Although this is a work trip, there will be time for some fun, too! Because what's travel without fun, right?

Here is what my itinerary looks like so far:
  • Thu Mar 01: 14:10 - Land at O'Hare. Go home, settle in. Poly Chicago's monthly karaoke meetup at Sidekicks in the evening! (Huzzah!)

  • Fri Mar 02: 07:00 - Bring Chirp to the vet for dental procedure. Work. 15:00 - Pick up Chirp from vet. EVENING: FREE!!

  • Sat Mar 03: ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY OPEN -- SEE BELOW!!

  • Sun Mar 04: Breakfast at Butterfield's. Maybe some spare time in afternoon. Prepare for big work week ahead in evening.

  • Mon Mar 05: Big important day of work at Fermilab. Collapse in evening. Dinner with friends possible.

  • Tue Mar 06: Recover from Monday. Prepare for Wednesday. Maybe get dinner with certain friends who have recently returned from cruising.

  • Wed Mar 07: Bigger importanter day of work at Fermilab. Includes delivering the Particle Astrophysics Center's weekly seminar. Professional dinner in evening. Pack like mad when all is done.

  • Thu Mar 08: Depart the Event Horizon at 06:00. Fly out of O'Hare at 08:50. Sleep.


Looking at the above plan, t'would appear that the best times to see some of my lovely Chicagoland friends would be on the evening of Friday March 2nd and on Saturday March 3rd.

Well, it just so happens that ten days after Saturday March 3rd, a certain Nomadic Anarchist is having a birthday. So it occurs to me: Why not throw a birthday party for myself at the Event Horizon! That would be pretty spiffy, huh? Possibly even bordering on the awesometacular if enough people show up!

Which means that it is time for that inestimable of beasts: The LJ POLL!

[Poll #1820132]

Those gentle readers who live outside of Chicagoland are also welcome to attend, of course. However, due to issues of distance and the fact that I've not yet completed work on the teleporter, tis understood if you cannot make it. This time.

Looking forward to seeing many of you lovely people sooon!!
Event Horizon Halloween party just ended. Whew -- what a great day! I am blessed with some truly amazing friends here in Chicagoland!

Twenty-five people came and a grand time was had by all. Some really excellent costumes and props! For my part, I reprised my Joker costume, which seemed to be a big hit!

There were games, there were costume photos, there was a veritable smörgåsbord of delicious foods, there was a bonfire... and there was the now-traditional fire walking! We had a record number of people walking over hot coals (nine), and we also set a record for first time walkers (seven). Good times!

Must get ready for bed now, as I have to wake in about three hours. Hope to write a more complete entry about the party later on, possibly after returning to Merry Olde Englande!

For now, goodnight dear friends!
Wahoo!! The Event Horizon's Autumn / Halloween party begins in four hours!! Awesometacular!

Can't wait to see you there!!!


N.B. Must end this entry now, before I run out of exclamation marks!

Hellooooooooooooo again, Chicago![*]

Given the smashing success of the Event Horizon Summer party, back in July[**], there have been a number of requests for us to follow it up with a sequel when I return to the Windy City in October! Always one for a great party -- and never one inclined to disappoint a such spectacular friends -- the award-winning team of [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad, [livejournal.com profile] gyades, and [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat is delighted to announce that, by popular demand, there will indeed be an Event Horizon Autumn party this year!

"Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!", I can hear y'all shouting with excitement right now!

That's right, my dear friends! One month from today yesterday, on Saturday October 15th, we shall converge upon the Event Horizon once more, for a day of games and good food, laughter and excellent company! Given the proximity to Halloween, there shall be an optional costume theme adding to all the usual awesomeness that one has come to expect from an Event Horizon shindig!

And, of course, after dark there will be more than just scary creepy-crawlies! There will be a bonfire, with marshmallows, ghost stories... and fire-walking! Huzzah!

(Pssssst! There will also be prizes for the best costumes and the best ghost stories! Though I have absolutely no idea yet what said prizes will be...)

As usual, if you are on my LJ f-list, you can hereby consider yourself Officially InvitedTM. For that matter, feel free to bring along anyone that you feel would enjoy and be a good match for the group! As the old saw goes: The more, the merrier! No need to ask -- if I trust you with an invite, then I also trust your judgment on who would be appropriate to bring along for the fun! This policy has been in place for many years and has never failed us yet! So grab a good friend and bring 'em along!

The party starts at 2pm and runs until late. Unless you need crash space, which is available, an RSVP is not strictly necessary -- still, they are appreciated so that we have some idea of how much food to buy. You wouldn't want us to run out of food, would you? I thought not!

Hope that y'all are having an most awesometacular September back home in Chicagoland! I am very much looking forward to seeing you again soon, dear friends!


[*] Actually, the always-amazing Lansing crowd is also welcome, if anyone is willing to brave the four hour drive out to Chicagoland! It would be most splendid to see some of you fine folks there as well!

[**] This year saw thirty awesometacular attendees, some intense Four Square, excellent food, fantabulous conversation, and an amazing time around the firepit. Plus it went on into the night for about two hours longer than the Summer parties usually do!

The recent LiveJournal outage has thwarted my dastardly attempts to update on recent events in the Nomad 2011 US Summer Tour. These have included flying out to the East Coast for a long weekend that was split between visiting the lovely [livejournal.com profile] squeektoy42 in New York City and popping up to the Treehouse, in Connecticut, to attend the annual Board of Directors meeting for the Sooper Sekrit October Pagan Festival.[*]

Since the great gods of LJ have chosen, in their infinite wisdom, to allow service to return[**], I now have an important announcement to make:

Hear ye, hear ye! Friends, Chicagoans, awesome folk -- lend me your eyes!

This Saturday (tomorrow!!) is the annual Event Horizon Summer party! Firewalking, Mega-Death Four Square, and more! And, according to the forecast, the temperature is supposed to top out at 91 degress, with a whopping 0% chance of rain! Come one, come all -- let us eat, drink, and play Four Square be merry!!

Can't wait to see you there! Only thirty more hours to go...


[*] Yes, even Sooper Sekrit organizations cannot escape the dread spectre of meetings!

[**] Sort of. I don't know about you, gentle reader, but my LJ interface is currently slow and clunky.

anarchist_nomad: (The Eyes Have It)
( Jun. 30th, 2011 06:16 pm)
Hellooooooooooooo, Chicago![*]

Your friendly neighborhood Nomad will be blowing into the Windy City in July... and you know what that means, don't you?

That's right! Tis nearly time for the annual Event Horizon summer party -- the latest in a legendary series!

This year, the big Event Horizon bash will take place on Saturday July 30th. There will be board games! There will be outdoor games -- including another rematch of the infamous Sudden Death Super Mutant Killer Four Square![**] There will be snacks! There will be bar-b-que! And, after dark, there will be bonfire, marshmallows, and fire-walking! Life just doesn't get much better than this!

If you are on my LJ f-list, you can hereby consider yourself Officially InvitedTM. For that matter, feel free to bring along anyone that you feel would enjoy and be a good match for the group! As the old saw goes: The more, the merrier! No need to ask -- if I trust you with an invite, then I also trust your judgment on who would be appropriate to bring along for the fun!

As usual, the party starts at 1pm and runs until late. Unless you need crash space, which is available, an RSVP is not strictly necessary -- still, they are appreciated so that we have some idea of how much food to buy. You wouldn't want us to run out of food, would you? I thought not!

Hope that y'all are having an awesometacular Summer back home in Chicagoland! I am very much looking forward to seeing you again soon, dear friends!


[*] Anyone on my f-list who is not from the Chicago area can pretty much spare yourself some time by skipping the rest of this post. Fear not -- I shall soon post something for you, too!

[**] Gasp in awe and amazement as you watch Nomad fearlessly brush the competition aside and burst his way like a bursting thing straight into the top spot! Or something like that.

The verdict is in: The 2010 Event Horizon Summer party was a resounding success! We had a completely and utterly awesometacular time! Games! Four Square! Bar-b-que! Bonfire! Fire jumping! Fire walking! And more...! Thirty people turned up -- I took particular delight in spending time with many old friends for the first time in months (or years); I also met some fantastic new people who were quite vunderbar! I am off to bed shortly... but, first, I wanted to write a summary of the day:


The party began at one o'clock, which meant that -- as always -- the first guests would not show up until nearly two. At this point, the time delay factors into my planning -- I stop doing party prep at the time when guests are supposed to arrive and hop in the shower. I end up clean shortly before the first knock on the door.

There were a couple of board games played. I engaged in a round of Ingenious with [livejournal.com profile] gyades and his sister as we waited for people to arrive. I won, which was a bit of a surprise. I've never won at Ingenious before.[*] Later on, there was a game of Iron Dragon going on inside whilst I was outside minding the bar-b-que. There may have been other board games but, if so, I was outside at the time and did not notice.

The first guest to arrive was [livejournal.com profile] xirpha. As usual, he came bearing with him a veritable feast of baked goods (and deviled eggs!). This man is a genius in the kitchen... and -- fortunately for us -- rather generous with his creations! After the Ingenious game ended, we sat around in the Event Horizon living room chatting as more people arrived.

After enough people -- about a dozen -- had accumulated, we made our way outside for the annual High Stakes Super-Mutant Sudden Death Four Square Match. As usual, I played with grace and aplomb, dominating the game all the way.[**] Actually, I played significantly better than usual at several points. Oddly enough, having a drink of water in one hand seemed to help immensely! My increased skill was particularly unexpected, given the triple distractions posed by the disarmingly delicious trio of [livejournal.com profile] datahawk, [livejournal.com profile] osprey_cat, and B[*]. As usual, [livejournal.com profile] wiktowasichu played exceptionally well -- sometimes whilst smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer!

A couple of hours later, the Four Square game wound down... with yours truly ending in the top spot, of course! It was then time to break out the grill and start making hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs! A rather yummy time was had by all, even if there was a bit of a "burger malfunction" partway through. Thankfully, it was [livejournal.com profile] xirpha to the rescue in an emergency supplemental grocery run, and all was then well. No one left the party hungry!

As night fell, [livejournal.com profile] gyades reprised his role as firemeister and -- with just three matches -- started the backyard bonfire burning in our firepit. As always, it was a sight to behold... particularly at the beginning when the flames extended upwards quite high. It was at this very point when [livejournal.com profile] wiktowasichu surprised and amazed us by jumping through the fire and across the pit. Twice! Um, wowza -- color me impressed! That is a new tradition for the Event Horizon; no one has ever done fire jumping here before!!

The fire burned for a few hours, during which time [livejournal.com profile] nova_wolf added immensely to our bonfire experience by playing a lovely tune on her tribal flute. More of that for future bonfires, please! As it burned, much chatting and cuddling occurred. Your friendly neighborhood Nomad was a very happy camper after receiving some personalized attention from several most delightful women. Let's just say that thinking and walking were not always within the realm of physical possibility during this time!

Eventually, as the fire started to burn down, it was time to begin the annual tradition[****] of firewalking over the hot coals. The firewalking began at about half past midnight, at which time about one dozen of us still remained at the party. Both [livejournal.com profile] osprey_cat and [livejournal.com profile] wiktowasichu are old pros when it comes to walking on the hot coals. For me, this was the third year that I have tried firewalking. Unlike my past experiences, I found that I was nervous... but no longer terrified. I walked the full length of the firepit three times! Sweet! As [livejournal.com profile] wiktowasichu -- who happily dances in, rather than walks across, the firepit -- put it, this is no longer about conquering a fear. Now I walk over hot coals simply because I like it. This year, we had quite a few new people give firewalking a try. In 2008, four of us did it; in 2009, only three. This time around? Out of twelve people who were still present, eight of us walked across the firepit. Go us! For several people, it was their first experience; I really enjoyed watching them ride the adrenaline high that comes with it. I remember quite vividly what it felt like on my first attempts, two years ago!

By half past one, we extinguished the coals -- which were no longer terribly hot -- and moved indoors. Two people left; everyone else sat about and chatted for awhile longer. Finally, at a quarter past two, the diaspora began -- leaving only [livejournal.com profile] gyades and I behind and awake. We moved to the family room and talked for an hour or so. Then he went to bed and I came up to the office to write this entry. Now that it is complete, I am also off to dreamland. I am covered in sweat (from Four Square), grease (from bar-b-queing), and bug repellent; my feet are coated with ash from walking across the hot coals. I am particularly happy. A most excellent day is coming to its close. I love my life!

Thank you to all who helped make this an exceptionally amazing and incredible party! I really am quite lucky to have such an astoundingly awesometacular group of friends!


[*] This was the third time that I have played.

[**] This statement has not been verified by the FDA.

[***] A beautiful and charming newcomer who was brought by her partner, the ever-awesome [livejournal.com profile] samiitiger. To the best of my knowledge, she has no LJ.

[****] Begun at the 2008 Event Horizon Summer party.

T minus four hours! See you there!!![*]

ETA: The party food is bought, the house is clean, and the Nomad is clean. It is 90 degrees out (feels like 93) with a 0% chance of rain. Perfect! Time to put on clothing and then the party can begin!!


[*] By "you", I mean the Chicago-area contingent of my f-list. Obviously, dear friends, if you live in England... or New York... or Arizona... or anywhere else that is outside this region, I don't expect to see you today. Though you could turn up unexpected! That would win you -- hands down -- the surprise of the day award!

Due to an unexpected turn of events, I ended up ringing tonight in Cowley, which is a new church tower for me -- the eleventh that I have rung at thus far. Huzzah!

There is much more that could be said of recent days... but I believe that now is the time for all things packing to start happening.[*] In just over six hours, I leave to begin the four week multi-state Nomad 2010 Summer US Tour!

In lieu of an actual entry, then, let me just say a couple of quick bits:
  • Quick Bit the First: Chicago people -- remember that this Saturday is the annual Event Horizon Summer party! Firewalking, Mega-Death Four Square, and more! And, according to the forecast[**], the temperature is supposed to top out at 90 degress, with only a 20% chance of rain! Can't wait to see you there!

  • Quick Bit the Second: For those of you funky Pagans planning to hit Brushwood's SummerFest, I am heading out that way after recovering from the party, sometime on Sunday. Depending on how soon that happens, I expect to complete the eight hour drive late Sunday evening or sometime Monday morning.

  • Quick Bit the Third: For those of you funky Pagans planning to hit the Sooper Sekrit Oktober Gathering, know that the invites have been drafted up by your dashing Co-Presidents (i.e., my beloved [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and myself) and will be going into the mail later this week. We decided to have me send them from the States to save loooooooooots of postage! It won't happen this trip[***], but I will see you soon on the Wiggly Bridge!

  • Quick Bit the Fourth: Tomorrow is the closing day for the Greatest English Hero poll. After that, we go into run-offs! I can feel a shiver now! If you have not yet voted, have at it! With forty-seven votes counted, it looks like first and second place will be a decided between King Arthur and Robin Hood. Third will be chosen by a poll between the third place legend (currently Queen Boudicca) and anyone within one standard deviation of the number of votes she received (currently Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes). Round one ends tomorrow -- so don't wait!

Getting very excited now! It's been over half a year since I last went home and I am very much looking forward to this trip!


[*] Similarly, if I owe you an e-mail or an LJ comment, it may not happen for a spell for precisely this reason!

[**] Which you can choose to believe or not, as you like!

[***] What with it being an October gathering and all!

anarchist_nomad: (The Eyes Have It)
( Jul. 3rd, 2010 11:53 pm)
Hellllllllllloooooooo, Chicago! Happy Third of July to all of you in Amerikaland!

The third of July is a harbinger to an event of great import! No, I'm not talking about that whole fireworks thing that happens tomorrow to celebrate tea dumped in a harbor! The third of July also marks just two weeks remaining until the annual Event Horizon Summer Party! Most awesometacular!

That's right, my dear friends, in just a fortnight, it will be time to play the music and light the lights play Super-Mutant Four Square, break out the bar-b-que, and walk across the firepit! Mark your calendars, because this is one that you will not want to miss!

Details for the party are posted here! Looking forward to seeing you there soon!
anarchist_nomad: (The Eyes Have It)
( Jun. 17th, 2010 06:37 pm)
Greetings to all of my Chicagoland peeps! Hope you are having a June most awesometacular!

Still, as fantabulous as June may be, July is going to be even better! "Why is that?" you may ask. Good question! Tis because -- just one short month from today -- Nomad and [livejournal.com profile] gyades are hosting the annual Event Horizon Summer Party! Cue the crowds and the cheering... not to mention the bar-b-que and the High Stakes Four Square Death Match!

Details for the party are posted here! Look out Chicago, the Nomad's coming home! Hope to see many of you there soon!
Hellooooooooooooo, Chicago![*]

Everybody's favourite Nomad will be blowing into the Windy City in July... and you know what that means, don't you?

That's right! It's nearly time for the annual Event Horizon summer party -- the latest in the legendary series!

This year, the big Event Horizon bash will take place on Saturday July 17th. There will be board games! There will be outdoor games -- including a rematch in the infamous Super Mutant Killer Four Square![**] There will be snacks! There will be bar-b-que! And, after dark, there will be bonfire, marshmallows, and fire-walking! Life just doesn't get much better than this!

If you are on my LJ f-list, you can consider yourself invited. For that matter, feel free to bring along anyone that you feel would enjoy and be a good match! As the old saw goes: The more, the merrier! No need to ask -- if I trust you with an invite, then I also trust your judgment on who it would be appropriate to bring along for the fun!

As usual, the party starts at 1pm and runs until late. Unless you need some of the available crash space, an RSVP is not strictly necessary -- still, they are appreciated so that I have some idea of how much food to buy. You wouldn't want us to run out of food, would you? I thought not!

Hope that y'all are having an awesometacular Spring back home in Chicagoland! I am very much looking forward to seeing you again soon, dear friends!


[*] Anyone on my f-list who is not from the Chicago area can pretty much spare yourself some time and boredom by skipping the rest of this post. Fear not -- I shall post something for you, too, soon!

[**] Watch Nomad as he fearlessly brushes the competition aside and bursts his way like a bursting thing into the top spot! Or something like that.

anarchist_nomad: (One of my babies)
( Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:46 am)
Just got back from seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show -- I am no longer a virgin! Writing this entry whilst [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup gets ready for bed, so I have to be quick. I get about three hours of sleep, then need to wake to pack for Japan. In five hours from now, I will be on my way to the airport!

Today continued the 2010 trend of excellence! Had a lovely outing to the Morton Arboretum in the morning, followed by a nifty games party at the Event Horizon, then Rocky Horror to cap the day. I have enjoyed the company of my darling [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup, who I don't get to see nearly enough, as well as several other excellent Chicago friends! As I write this, my darling kitty Stumpy is sitting by my left elbow -- curled up, cute, and purring. Life is good!

A more detailed write-up should follow from Japan, when I summarize the last few days of my holiday trip. For now, though, merry Sunday to all... and to all a good night!
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