November 2nd, 2012

Paul Neyron rose 2

Friday in Baltimore

I tried to go to sleep around 1:30 a.m., and probably fell asleep at 2:00 a.m.  I woke at 5:30 a.m., very thirsty.  I went and got a drink, then raided the kitchen for food.  My brother and sister-in-law had said I could help myself to whatever food was there, so I had various things as a very late midnight snack or early breakfast.  Surprisingly, I fell asleep again after that, and slept until 10:00 a.m.

We went to a Chinese restaurant that had a buffet for brunch.  We went to the library after that, and J. took out the Avengers movie and some books.  I still have lots of books with me.  I had asked to see pictures of K.'s sister's children last night, and K. showed me.  K. talked to her mother and found out that the kids were there.  We went to see them, and saw K.'s sister A. for a bit.  A. was leaving the toddler, Z., there through Friday evening, and taking the baby, D., home with her.  She and her husband D. were having a date night after the baby went to sleep, A. said.  I guess it's when they have a little time for themselves without actually going out.  I suppose it's very hard to have time for yourself if you have a toddler.  We headed back to the house after about an hour or hour and a half.

I said maybe we could get dinner from the place J. likes that has "pit beef."  J. was talking about having crabs to eat.  He remembered that I didn't know how to pick them, and I said he could do it for me.

Slightly later: S. called and we talked for half an hour.  K. was taking a nap and J. was alternating between napping and playing video games.  I told S. I was in Baltimore.  S. keeps me posted on what's going on with his life.  S.'s partner M. has been looking for a new job for a while and S. told me how that was going.

Later: We went grocery shopping.  J. and K. also picked up something along the line of wine coolers, except with liquor instead of wine.  They said they had Kahlua at home, so we got cream during our grocery shopping trip to be able to make Kahlua and cream.  We went to a steakhouse, but the wait to get a table was an hour, so we sat at the bar.  K. had a voucher for an entree and got steak.  I got a burger and J. got a chicken sandwich.  It turned out to not be that expensive, considering.

It was a busy day.  I think tomorrow we're going to take it easier and have the food we got at the grocery store for some of our meals.

Somewhere along the line I finished L.A. Witt's Nothing of a Son.  I like HEA ("Happily Ever After") stories.  I can take a promising HFN ("Happy for Now").  Nothing of a Son ended with the protagonists with one horse between them and the son of the title having only the clothes on his back.  They were being pursued by the law of the country.  It didn't seem even like an HFN to me.  I'd rather have medieval fantasy stories where the country is tolerant.  Well, really, I generally prefer fantasy and sci-fi stories where the place the characters live in is gay-friendly.  Otherwise, why not write a historical?

I like the Sci-Regency stories partly because Regelence is kind of a gay utopia, and the space navy, whatever it's called, is gay-tolerant.  I like contemporaries where the protagonists end up in a gay-friendly place.  Some of Jules' stories are set in a future where sexual orientation is not an issue in the area of space the characters are traveling in.  I'm okay with stories in which characters have gotten out of a homophobic society and found a gay-friendly one.  I want at least a promising HFN.