(The Beast of Babylon by Kris Kuksi, 2008.)
My big plan today was to go see a Kris Kuksi exhibit & then buy his book & have him sign it. Not a bad plan, since he's clearly brilliant. I couldn't really find anyone to go with me, but I was prepared to go alone. Eventually, Brian & Jocelyn said they'd meet me there-- swell!-- but then they noticed that the gallery didn't have anything about an exhibit, so I called them up. Drat! They were right, it was just a book signing. That seems weird to me, since the gallery in question represents him, but okay. I don't really care about the cult of celebrity-- a signed book? Okay, I guess?-- so I decided to scrap it. Instead I blurbed the book I finished last night, fiddled around with my blog's navigation bar, & did some game preparations for Oubliette tomorrow. Lazy, & yes. That was a good plan. Made some small talk with the exterminator, doing his monthly spraying, & ordered breakfast & lunch from Bagels by the Park. Last time I ordered from them I bemoaned that ordering lox meant you got too much lox, but today I ordered the "lox spread" & instead of special cream cheese, it was just the right amount of lox. Okay! Then I went to the gym-- that counts as doing something! I was there for an hour & twenty-five minutes, but I confess that a big chunk of that was cardiovascular. Superman II was on the television, what do you want me to do? Jenny met me there, & then after her work out we came home, & now she's cooking up the stuff I got at the grocery store today.
Last night after work I went to Bua with Matt & Brian, & we met Kat & Jocelyn there. I've heard of Bua a lot-- Andy knows the owner-- but this was the first time I finally got my act together to go there. I had a nice time. The beer selection was modest, but there was some stuff I hadn't had before. I had a Blue Point Winter Ale, which was nice-- it suited the weather, & I like a thick spiced beer. Jenny showed up, & she ordered one of their cocktails, a shandy-- man, remember when we drank shandies all the time? I was happy Jenny came-- all my co-workers are extroverts, & I don't think they believe that Jenny likes them. She likes them fine, she's just an introvert! Jenny & I had dinner there, & it was pretty great as bar food goes. Actually, it was just good, straight up. A corned beef sandwich & a trio of pulled pork sliders, both of which came with a good mustard & a side of pickles. The pickles were good-- one set was spicy cucumbers & another was beets. I also drank a Duvel Green, which was fine, but didn't knock my socks off. After that we split from the crew & came home to watch the season finale of Human Target. I was really happy with the way it mirrored the season premier; well done guys. I hope it comes back for another season. & then that was it. Our upstairs neighbor woke me up listening to terribly music at three AM, but whatever. Oh! Now I'm drinking a River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout, which I like! I have never heard of Water Horse before, & I was worried this would be more oatmeal stout than milk stout, but nope. Good! & also, Boing Boing had a meme about trying to draw a bicycle from memory, & it turns out...I'm pretty good at that!