ironymaiden: (metal)
The thing I hope we never lose in US soccer is that here I am at a game vs our biggest rival, 40 bitter years, and the fans can mix safely in the stadium and be friendly with each other.

That said, for the next two hours, FUCK THE ROSE CITY.
ironymaiden: (fall)
it's starting to really feel like fall. the sky is grey, and the rain is here. the tree in the courtyard is waving around and i think the drip cups for one of my planters blew away.* C and i both have colds, so i regretfully put our Sounders tickets up for sale this morning. i thought i could manage standing for a couple hours, but standing in the rain for a couple hours isn't very wise. i will take an extra-hot shower and put on my jersey and my lucky socks** and we can watch from the couch while wrapped in blankets and sipping throat coat tea.

***
earlier this week Seattle was splashing out with the last perfect days before the long nights arrive. last month one of my coworkers took a group of us out on his sailboat on Lake Union. we just lazed around in circles, but it felt amazing just to be on the water. so i started prodding C about going canoeing - it's something he loved as a Boy Scout that we would talk vaguely about and not actually do. it's not like it's hard to get to a body of water here, or even to rent a canoe.

the University of Washington main campus is bounded by Lake Washington and the ship canal (which connects to Lake Union and the Puget Sound). UW rents canoes by the hour. so it was kind of brilliant - i walked from work to the train station, got off at UW, and walked less than five minutes to the rental desk. the process felt way too easy: can you swim? give us your ID, here's your life jackets and your paddles, that dude will help you get in the boat, pay up when you get back. so that was it.



we puttered through the wildlife sanctuary past dozens of waterfowl who were completely unconcerned about our presence. C was reasonably good at giving novice me paddling lessons. it was peaceful and quiet and profoundly good. i was nervy about how high i was sitting and turning around to get stuff from the middle of the boat and not dropping my paddle. once i got over feeling like i was going to tip over, i started to feel connection with the paddle and the boat and manouvering it where we wanted to go.*** no mishaps, other than stumbling as we returned the boat. i'm sorry we tried it so late in the season; an hour of paddling is definitely $10 worth of fun but i don't know if we'll have a chance to go back together before they shut down for the heart of winter. next time i'll be willing to risk the good camera and take wildlife pictures. we've started some tentative talk about paddle-in camping :D

both of us left bubbling with happiness - endorphins from the exercise, peace from the water, the pleasure of working together. we got tacos on the way home, and sat at the bar where C made enthusiastic small talk with the bartender, which is how i know that he was pretty much giddy because he is not one to talk with strangers. it was a grand evening, i'm glad to have had it.

*sorry downstairs neighbors. or perhaps they welcome sky tupperware.
**they have not lost when i have been watching and wearing these socks. go go correlation.
***i went home and looked at buying canoes. we don't have a place to put a 12-16ft anything. but i looked. they make folding ones...
ironymaiden: (red)
[livejournal.com profile] buhrger asked me five questions. if you would like me to ask you five questions, request them in a comment, then post with the same offer so that the best meme may roll on.

1.if ten-years-ago you saw your current level of engagement with Sounders FC/MLS, how surprised would she have been? (asking because ten-years-ago me would have been a little surprised.)

i think she would be more shocked that i could afford to be a season ticket holder than anything else. but perhaps sad that i couldn't escape sports - in 2005 i didn't have to know anything or pretend to care about any sports. the only time i saw any game of any kind was [livejournal.com profile] southplains's annual Super Bowl party.

but there's also a certain inevitablilty. my family has always watched sports. while i never was thoroughly passionate about any of them, i always liked the in-stadium experience of football and basketball (and to a lesser extent, baseball).* my brothers played football when they were in highschool (and i was a charming toddler). my family had Penn State football tickets. i was in marching band, which meant that i was at all the football games when i was in high school. i always loved the crowd dynamic and anything involving singing or call and response.

there is part of me that is hardwired to love night games in crisp cool weather. the boiling hot summer day games? 2015 me is still surprised that i can stand that.


2.do you have a memory of first realizing that you are a dog person? or has it always been part of you?

no. there have always been dogs, or an aching hole where the dog should be.

i have no memory of learning to love dogs. (my father had a well-trained black Lab when he married mom. so when i was born, Buck was already there.) i have memories of being told to be more careful, that not every strange dog is my friend. i also remember a time when mom suggested that i give the dog some of the cookie i was eating: i held it out and let the dog take a bite, then i finished it. no dog ever bit me (other than puppy nips) or chased me or gave me a bad experience (other than dying in my presence). in this i'm pretty lucky since i accidentally mostly did things right - i only really started researching the science of dog body language and behavior when we were ramping up to adopting Molly.

3.if, for reasons of notional security, you were required to move out of ballard to some place on the east side (the horrors!) where would you go? money is no object. notional security, yunno.

security? like, i'm building a fortress? The Snoqualmie Tunnel as a starter tunnel for my hollow mountain fortress. it has two defensible access points and a lovely view. (hey, we should do that hike some August.)

4.regarding star wars the force awakens, where do you fall on the spectrum from "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY" to "it better not suck"? (to, i suppose, "i'm not even going to bother")

i fall solidly in "i've been hurt before". C and i occasionally say "hey, we should buy tickets for that sometime" and then we fail to go order them. i have avoided most spoiler chatter and i suppose i will need to see it before Christmas if i want to visit the internet. Pirates A and E are passionate about it and we *are* playing the Star Wars RPG right now, so it's more of a social obligation than an actual desire at this point. i don't need more Star Wars at all, but it would be nice for it to be good.

5.while we both read charlie stross, we seem to prefer different books of his. which are your favourites, and which are your least favourites?

favorites are the Laundry books, but i think they're most successful as shorter stories. so i love The Atrocity Archives, and the short about working over Christmas, and the short with the unicorns.

i adored the start of the Merchant books, but for me they fell off the rails when <redacted /> died and i think i gave it one book after that and then walked away.

i liked Singularity Sky.

thought the ones with the crime in the MMORPG were already dated when they were published and terribly twee. "Web 3.14" *rolls eyes*

loathed Accelerando. the reviews were so good, and then it turned out to be a collection of short stories that i didn't like when i read them the first time in their magazine publication. (i was really into reading short fiction magazines at the right time.)



*hockey was something i watched on tv sometimes. i think Penn State had an ice rink? i know i tried ice skating indoors approximately once somewhere and my ankles were too weak to function. i actually had an Edmonton sweatshirt at one point - it was in a bargain bin and i loved the colors. i had a passing interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were very very good when i was in high school - i loved the mouth-feel of saying Jaromir Jagr (for the uninitiated, it sounds like yommer yagger. yommer yagger yommer yagger yommer yagger!)
ironymaiden: (Kasey Keller)
my Sounders have had a depressingly bad summer. it began with crashing out of the Open Cup in the most spectacular way possible. then the losing steak that went on and on until Sunday, when we welcomed Obafemi Martins back from the injury that took him off the field in an ambulance two months ago, and beat Orlando 4-0.
(he's as awesome as his goal celebration suggests he is.)


so i felt pretty optimistic about tonight's game vs a Honduran team, CD Olympia. then i saw the lineup of second and third string players. (eight games in the month of August, everyone needs some rest.) Sounders were still playing well, but they were a goal down at the half, and then Olympia started with the "gamesmanship" - timewasting, fake injuries, you name it. everything bad about the Central/South American game.

we tied, and then won the game in extra time. time that was added on because of their fuckery. the winning goal? a penalty.

It. Was. Glorious.

just like Brad Evans in a kilt, holding a puppy.
ironymaiden: (siff)
One Million Dubliners
Documentary about a huge cemetery in Dublin. At this point there are more people buried there than there are people living in the city. It didn't quite work for me; I would have liked a film focused on the social history of the place (all religions are allowed and it includes luminaries from both sides of their civil war, it fell into disrepair for a while) or the occupational present (it's supported by tourism, but is still a working cemetery with multiple interments and chapel services every day) but it's a rambling thing that includes a long sequence with some French woman who has a crush on Michael Collins (also including her Vietnamese best friend's beliefs about mortality and the afterlife). So we saw that, but we never saw a before picture of the disrepair they talked about. Here's a bit about the area of unhallowed ground for unbaptized babies and practices around disposing of children's bodies; here's a much longer sequence where an employee talks about her stillbirth. The film I wanted to see is probably lying on the cutting room floor. Maybe it's super-cool if you're immersed in Irish history and culture. Meh.

Atlantic.
A North African windsurfer tries to windsurf to Europe. Loved the slice of life stuff in his village, loved the ocean and the windsurfing, loved his problem solving, loved the sequences of him fighting with the environment. BUT I spent the entire film trying to figure out what his familial relationship was to this one little girl in town that he clearly loves, and if he really was going to Europe because he had a crush on his windsurfing buddy's girlfriend. I have no idea if he lived or died or made it to Europe because the film just ends.

I could have asked the director at the Q&A afterward, but instead i went to Folklife and met up with C and [livejournal.com profile] mimerki. I got to eat fair food, and people watch, and sing along with sea shanties.

Then I continued on to the first home Sounders game in forever. i had a great time* except for the disgusting can of cider i bought. Johnny Appleseed cider involves apple concentrate, added sugar (twice), and caramel coloring. and it tastes like that. gross.

*you know you are a sportsball fan when you don't get bored with a scoreless tie.
ironymaiden: (tardis)
quote from a friend who is re-entering the dating pool:
every woman in Seattle is either on Machu Picchu, rock climbing, or coming out of a TARDIS. and they all knit. i guess i need to watch Doctor Who.*

* * *

on a somewhat related note, C and i recently watched Mike Magee's Day Off, which is incredibly well-done and the best thing since The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. it amuses me to no end that my sportsball fandom is the one i can't fully share with my RL friends or coworkers.

* * *

our July camping trip this year included emergency relocation due to the creek rising and creating a brand new waterfall through our usual campsite. fortunately this happened during the day, and with the help of the rest of the party we managed to go from "i think this might flood" to full relocation and reset of three tents in about 20 minutes, all before any damage was done.

no, there was damage: we typically stock a weir in the creek with drinks (glacier runoff makes a great cooler) and the canned beverages were carried away. pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one and a normal water level for comparison.

and pirate E's parents managed to escape their truck before it exploded.

ultimately a good time was had by all, and i have taught another person that properly prepared beets don't taste like dirt.

* * *
the flowerboxes are thriving.

* * *
work is very busy for me. work is slow for C, so he's on a new clients/new contracts campaign. on one hand, it's excellent to see all the cool things he's done lined up on his resume, on the other hand resumes are hard and horrible and i feel like writing/editing professionals have an extra burden when it comes to polishing the damn things. *shudder*

* * *
i finally finished spinning some fiber i bought at Madrona, and knit it into a hat that was just the thing for camping. (i seriously considered taking my wheel, because busting it out by the campfire would have been badass, but we agreed that puffy fiber and the occasional bit of flying ash and leaf litter and bugs really don't mix.) camping did allow me to finish the stupid socks that are too narrow for my feet, so those are heading [livejournal.com profile] varina8's way soon. (i did try them on at regular intervals and everything seemed fine. but after i turned the heel i realized that they were not going to be for me. if i frogged them at that point i was going to be less happy than if i gave them to someone with different feet. i AM the boss of you, stupid skinny socks.)



*someone on OKCupid lost interest in him, based on his Doctor Who deficiency. I LOVE THIS TOWN. don't worry, he went home with DVDs.
ironymaiden: (internet!)
some days, i feel like doing an embroidery project:


but for those days when i don't (most days) there is totally a meme generator based on the Bayeux tapestry.

* * *
this world cup season brought me r/footballhotties.* there's a lot of the Secretary of Defense on the front page right now.

* * *
in honor of the release of more Girls und Panzer, i give you the full-length anglerfish dance:


*still not as awesome as beardsgonecuddly.
ironymaiden: (jedi)
this week is slow at C's work - he's overjoyed to be spending his mornings at Market Arms (English soccer bar), watching the World Cup. he sweet-talked the owner into holding a table for us this morning; unfortunately i slept in and by the time i arrived (6:40am Pacific) i wasn't able to get in because they had reached fire code capacity.

so i said farewell to C across the doorstep and went down to La Isla (Puerto Rican restaurant). i managed to get the last seat in the bar and had a blast. great service, great food, great crowd. (i hope they start doing brunch after this. Puerto Rican breakfast rocks.) i never had to hunt for the server and he kept my coffee cup full. i missed C, but we exchanged texts at halftime and i did a lot of high-fiving and AW-HALE-NOing with the folks around me. good times. i took the time to fill out the comment card to tell them how nice it was.

it would have been better if the ref had been more consistent and given us our third goal. but it was still a thrilling game.

all week i've been timing lunch to watch a game from the 70th minute. today, i'll be a temporary Algerian. fingers crossed.
ironymaiden: (Default)
this week is slow at C's work - he's overjoyed to be spending his mornings at Market Arms (English soccer bar), watching the World Cup. he sweet-talked the owner into holding a table for us this morning; unfortunately i slept in and by the time i arrived (6:40am Pacific) i wasn't able to get in because they had reached fire code capacity.

so i said farewell to C across the doorstep and went down to La Isla (Puerto Rican restaurant). i managed to get the last seat in the bar and had a blast. great service, great food, great crowd. (i hope they start doing brunch after this. Puerto Rican breakfast rocks.) i never had to hunt for the server and he kept my coffee cup full. i missed C, but we exchanged texts at halftime and i did a lot of high-fiving and AW-HALE-NOing with the folks around me. good times. i took the time to fill out the comment card to tell them how nice it was.

it would have been better if the ref had been more consistent and given us our third goal. but it was still a thrilling game.

all week i've been timing lunch to watch a game from the 70th minute. today, i'll be a temporary Algerian. fingers crossed.
ironymaiden: (ugly american)
i dig the winter olympics, and i'll watch most any event (i could care less about the summer games).

i'm pleased that this year the trend in uniforms is away from simplicity - i like to see the US athletes covered in stars and stripes, the eagles on the Russians and the Germans, the checkerboard Croatians - but i especially love Ryan Miller's mask.
ironymaiden: (Default)
i dig the winter olympics, and i'll watch most any event (i could care less about the summer games).

i'm pleased that this year the trend in uniforms is away from simplicity - i like to see the US athletes covered in stars and stripes, the eagles on the Russians and the Germans, the checkerboard Croatians - but i especially love Ryan Miller's mask.
ironymaiden: (jedi)
if you don't usually go all blahblahblah Ginger when i mention that soccer thing:

$10 general admission tickets*, March 11: proceeds go to Boys and Girls Club of Washington State, Save the Children, Seattle SCORES and Washington Youth Soccer.

it's a "friendly" match vs the Portland Timbers (who hate us enough to have an "Any Club Except Seattle" org and "FVCK SEATTLE" scarves) and has the potential to be very entertaining on and off the field.

might be the last time this year it's easy to get a single-game ticket at Qwest Field.




*kiddos under 5 are free, but people tend to stand the entire match, so unless they're small enough to wear in a sling i wouldn't bring them.
ironymaiden: (Default)
if you don't usually go all blahblahblah Ginger when i mention that soccer thing:

$10 general admission tickets*, March 11: proceeds go to Boys and Girls Club of Washington State, Save the Children, Seattle SCORES and Washington Youth Soccer.

it's a "friendly" match vs the Portland Timbers (who hate us enough to have an "Any Club Except Seattle" org and "FVCK SEATTLE" scarves) and has the potential to be very entertaining on and off the field.

might be the last time this year it's easy to get a single-game ticket at Qwest Field.




*kiddos under 5 are free, but people tend to stand the entire match, so unless they're small enough to wear in a sling i wouldn't bring them.
ironymaiden: (penguin)
five questions from [livejournal.com profile] buhrger. if you didn't ask these of me, ask and you shall receive five from me, whereupon you post your answers with these instructions and perpetuate ad infinitem.

these are mostly off the top of my head:
  • if you were to pick one pro sports team to cheer for other than the obvious one, which would it be, and why?
  • what was the best thing about living in west seattle?
  • what was the best thing about not having the 360?
  • how many linuces have you played with now? what are the niftiest things about them?
  • have you gotten around to reading the city and the city yet? if so, what did you think of it? if not, why not?

answers )
ironymaiden: (Default)
five questions from [livejournal.com profile] buhrger. if you didn't ask these of me, ask and you shall receive five from me, whereupon you post your answers with these instructions and perpetuate ad infinitem.

these are mostly off the top of my head:
  • if you were to pick one pro sports team to cheer for other than the obvious one, which would it be, and why?
  • what was the best thing about living in west seattle?
  • what was the best thing about not having the 360?
  • how many linuces have you played with now? what are the niftiest things about them?
  • have you gotten around to reading the city and the city yet? if so, what did you think of it? if not, why not?

answers )
ironymaiden: (jedi)
tonight's soccer match was satisfying; a closer as joyful and electric as the opener.* those tickets were the best present i ever bought.

now, on to the playoffs.






*yes we won, it was fan appreciation night with a lot of joyful appreciating by the team, and C finally snapped and shouted down the guy behind us who yells at the ref every time we get carded (even when we deserve it). the guy shut up for the rest of the match. aaaaah.
ironymaiden: (Default)
tonight's soccer match was satisfying; a closer as joyful and electric as the opener.* those tickets were the best present i ever bought.

now, on to the playoffs.






*yes we won, it was fan appreciation night with a lot of joyful appreciating by the team, and C finally snapped and shouted down the guy behind us who yells at the ref every time we get carded (even when we deserve it). the guy shut up for the rest of the match. aaaaah.
ironymaiden: (the world is awesome)
(Sounders FC clinched a playoff spot tonight, but that is not what i'm here for.)

i found out tonight that there is a cute pop song about Kasey Keller. i went looking for it and found it on youtube, playing over video of the victory it chronicles.

but i wanted a better recording. and that's how i stumbled upon a photo slideshow of him at his old Bundesliga side, Borussia Mönchengladbach, set to a catchy tune - Cologne, Cologne, die scheiße vom Dom. *snicker*

the coda to the video is a clip of him leading the stadium in singing it. (Cologne is a rival, and yes, Keller speaks fluent German.)

sometimes i love the internet so much.
ironymaiden: (Default)
(Sounders FC clinched a playoff spot tonight, but that is not what i'm here for.)

i found out tonight that there is a cute pop song about Kasey Keller. i went looking for it and found it on youtube, playing over video of the victory it chronicles.

but i wanted a better recording. and that's how i stumbled upon a photo slideshow of him at his old Bundesliga side, Borussia Mönchengladbach, set to a catchy tune - Cologne, Cologne, die scheiße vom Dom. *snicker*

the coda to the video is a clip of him leading the stadium in singing it. (Cologne is a rival, and yes, Keller speaks fluent German.)

sometimes i love the internet so much.
ironymaiden: (bitch)
a pretty good Major League Soccer player (under the salary cap) has about the same salary as a Senior Technical Writer. MLS has had a lot of financial trouble over the years and does not have the kind of deep pockets as an organization that the NBA, NFL, or even NHL has.

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