Monthly Archives: December 2010

Random MFF Memory

I wanted to post this so I didn’t forget it, and because it amuses the hell out of me. As we were wrapping up on the Monday after Midwest FurFest, we ran into wingywoof and seritaph. Seritaph had a great commentary on tipping of hotel staff among fans (I’m paraphrasing somewhat here):

“They love us! Apparently the worst tippers are accountants and actuaries. They know the value of goods and services and won’t tip worth a damn. But fans? Fans just duck their heads and say, ‘I’m sorry we’re weird. Here’s twenty dollars.'”

And that’s OK, in my opinion. The more we tip, the more they look forward to us, and the better deals we get (and deals aren’t just limited to what’s in contracts and such. I couldn’t begin to list all the little bonuses and freebies we got as a convention because the Hyatt staff was willing to work with us!).

Birthday Celebration!

I’m dragging a bit today, but it is very much for a good reason. Yesterday was takaza‘s birthday and I wanted to make sure that we celebrated properly. I got him a nice gift (along with the software to run on his iPad) so now anywhere he can get wifi access for his iPad he has access to our U-Verse DVR at home. We’ve had a Slingbox for years, but it’s fallen into disuse since it required laptop access. Dan uses his iPad about 70% of the time and his laptop 30% of the time, so this seemed like an appropriate gift.

To celebrate Dan’s birthday, I invited some of our friends to join us for an evening of dinner and bocce at Pinstripes in Northbrook. We had a blast – the food was excellent, and the company was better. The appetizers alone were fun – we ordered a bunch of them and shared them around the table (makes me want to investigate a tapas place more!), and the entrees were quite tasty. My beef tenderloin was perfectly-cooked and had a great sauce.

After dinner we adjourned to one of their indoor bocce courts and enjoyed a civilized hour of alternating between playing bocce and enjoying some excellent desserts. (Also, a note to players: that little ball is called a pallino, a boccino, or jack. It is not, however, ever called a snitch 🙂 In hindsight, I realize that I inadvertently left a few folks off the invite list – I apologize! No slight was intended, it was merely my own absent-mindedness.

We didn’t get home until 11 PM, and didn’t get to bed until 11:30. Still, it was worth it and we had a great time. Now that the Big Event Crush (MFF, Thanksgiving, wedding, Dan’s birthday) is over, I can breathe a little bit before starting to stress over Christmas and Wuffmeet!

Baby Steps…

So the Illinois House and Senate have passed a bill approving civil unions, and Governor Pat Quinn has said he would sign it into law. It’s still sitting in the back of the bus, but I suppose we should be thankful they’re even letting us on the bus. This is a step in the right direction.

My favorite commentary on the Senate debate came from one of the commentors at, who summarized the statements in favor of civil unions by Sen. Ricky Hendon (D-Looneyville):
Talked about his favorite uncle, who was straight, but didn’t want to marry for a 3rd or 4th time (can’t remember). Then went on to say he hates politics, and hates seeing people who are adulterers, on the down-low, etc., speak against civil unions. He supports the bill not because other politicians called him to ask for his support, but because it’s the right thing to do. He said it won’t wreck the state, like it hasn’t wrecked other states who have civil unions or more. And he said voting for it won’t send him to hell, and it won’t send anyone to hell.

Now take that summary and make it sound crazy. That’s about the gist of it.

One way or another, though, this is something to celebrate. It will be interesting to see the full list of rights and benefits assigned to those in civil unions, and when it will be implemented. We will definitely sign up, but only with the knowledge that this is a stopgap en route to full and equal marriage.