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15 May 2012 @ 01:48 am
I went to Wumpskate. There was someone i kinda know who was going to be going as welll, but they canceled at the last minute. And i didn't see industrialbchic and her SO there either. So i spent the evening being alone with a bunch of strangers. And when i took a break to rest there was no shelleycat to call. And when i got home there was no shelleycat waiting up for me.

I've been rollerblading on and off now for almost two decades. Why is it that i still can't sprint or do endurance skating very well? I know different people are supposed to be good at different things based on their muscle type. Do i have some kind of stupid combination type that makes me not good at either?

Also, i was back up to 199 lbs this morning. Hopefully skating for about 2.3 hours and burning about 800 calories made up for that a little bit... except that i expect i was probably over my calorie limit for today.

You know, i think if i keep skating for long enough my brain gets tired and i start to think. Thinking when i don't belong to anyone isn't really a good thing.

On the plus side, i have a soft purry kitty lying on my arm right now, yay!
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Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on May 15th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
It takes energy to be in a room full of people you don't know. Some people enjoy this and are naturally good at it, but for others (like me usually) it's really hard. It's funny though, when I'm doing something where I don't expect to see people again and I'm not trying to make friends, sometimes it can be fun to just go with the flow in masses of humanity. Like when I'm running the Bay to Breakers race (between 20-80,000 people in SF). Usually I go with a friend I expect to see at the beginning and end of the race, but usually we have different speeds and in the middle I can just relax into it and enjoy being with the masses of people running to a common goal.

Thinking of you,
DonAithnen: Dancingdonaithnen on May 16th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
I'm better about it if i'm with people i know i have something fundamentally in common with, like when at a con. Certainly not great, but better.

It's not quite the same at a club though. I'm guessing that a higher percentage of the goth crowd is probably geeky than the average population, but it's still far from a given. All i know i have in common with most of the people at Wumpskate or Ruin or such is an interest in certain kinds of music and a preference for black and possibly certain fashions. That is a shared interest, but it doesn't really define who i am. (It was a bonus that shelleycat shared that particular interest with me, a pretty nice bonus in fact, but it certainly wasn't a fundamental part of our relationship.)

And thanks.
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on May 16th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
I don't know much about what goes on at a goth event. I know Pixel Fairy is into that scene, but other than him (and now you) I have no contact there. I'm sure that the club images in various movies are about as accurate as anything else in the movies -- that is, not very.

DonAithnen: Games: Katamaridonaithnen on May 16th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
Well what little you see during the club scene in the Matrix isn't super inaccurate. Well, except for the part where Neo and Trinity manage to have a conversation without raising their voices. (Though to be fair it's hard to tell where exactly in the club they are. Must clubs i've been to have some areas where you can talk reasonably well as long as you can get far enough away from the dance floor(s).)

If you're curious you can look through the (rather out of date) LA Dead picture gallery here. The ones i generally go to are Wumpskate, Malediction Society and Ruin. Although except for Wumpskate there tend to be a lot of pictures of people and not that many of the venue.
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on May 17th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
That does not look as scary as I'd been led to believe. Although I think my horizons are much broader now then they were for my college self.

Hey, are there any pictures of shelleycat up there? I never met her and have no idea what she looks like. Is that you in #21 and #32 here?

DonAithnendonaithnen on May 17th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, that would be. I rarely manage to look graceful in pictures, and have never managed it while skating =P

Shelleycat only made it out to the clubs a couple times, so i don't think there are any pictures of her in those galleries. I've been gathering together all the pictures of her i have. I still need to scan the physical ones in and then figure out where i want to put them all online.
DonAithnendonaithnen on May 16th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Well, and of course the usual thing endemic to all of Hollywood. In real life people are not so uniformly fit, attractive, and well dressed, and the lighting isn't always perfect for filming. In real life people will still be doing the same activities; dancing, showing off, and sitting around being social (or not in some cases.) But some of them will be out of shape and some of them will be clumsy and a lot of them will be wearing much simpler and less embellished black clothing, and it will be rather dark :)