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Book reading - Anansi boys

Let's start out by saying Neil Gaiman personally recommended I read The Alan Coren Omnibus, so there, I've got a book to buy and read once I read Anansi Boys, which I probably won't be starting too soon as I'm in the middle of about 12 other books.

The reading was actually quite fun - I had no problem finding a_muse_d and getting inside, where last-minute reading recruit ampliatum was inside holding us seats. It seemed like I knew about one out of every ten people there - LJ apparently has a strong presence among Gaiman fandom. I can't even do a roll call other than to mention that the elusive motomotoyama was there, which is worth mentioning as we had quite the good visit while I inched my way through the lengthy signing line.

The reading: about ten pages from Anansi Boys, then a bunch of questions, most of which seemed to be about his various movie deals, but were nonetheless answered in such a charming fashion that we all were quite entertained. a_muse_d was sighing and leaning on my shoulder and being quite the fangrrl - just as charming as her Neal was, actually. Bless her heart for getting tickets to the reading early - there were over 500 people at the reading and her "golden tickets" got us in the first group for the signing, and back out again by a little after 9.

By this time the lack of food and the trip to Pilates before the reading had me feeling shaky, and I ducked out and got a nibble at Chipotle (taco and really good guac). So the evening has me home with a new book to read, a gift for someone, a recommendation for a book, and lots of promises to hang out with people, like seeing the live-action version of Flashdance with motomotoyama and the ballet with ampliatum. Speaking of which, next Tuesday is drag karaoke at the Crescent: anyone interested? Here's the writeup: Terror-oke with Terra Hymen

(CLUB NIGHT) For years, the Crescent Tavern has patiently watched far fancier queer bars rise and fall. A new day has dawned for the Crescent, and although her face is still grubby, undying irony and karaoke have transformed her into the belle of the big gay ball at last. Most nights are packed karaoke carnivals of fresh queerdom, and Tuesday's Terror-oke with DJ "Terra Hymen" is the very best of them all.</a>

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wendolen
Oct. 5th, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun. Despite reading Neil's blog, I didn't know when he was coming to Seattle until you mentioned the impending reading last night.

Do you know who owns Chipotle? (Trying not to rain on your parade, if that's the effect this'll have...)

Sorry, kind of shellshocked, paying bills while trying to make $10/hr x 24 hrs a week = more than $480 gross. It's not working.
webcowgirl
Oct. 5th, 2005 06:33 am (UTC)
I know it's owned by someone horrible but still, it wasn't a burger and I fed myself in less than ten minutes for under $5. I liked that.
scottscidmore
Oct. 5th, 2005 08:44 am (UTC)
Also, Chipotle has always functioned independently of McDonald's, never tapping the parent outfit's management too deeply. Instead it has used McDonald's wide distribution network, while continuing to develop meals featuring organic vegetables and chicken, pork, and beef raised without antibiotics or hormones.
reddragdiva
Oct. 5th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
Yeah. They bought the Pret sandwich chain in London too. Pret sells really pretty good sandwiches to office workers, using actual ingredients. I expect they're trying to diversify to get people who want food as their customers too.
wendolen
Oct. 5th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Ok. :)

I hadn't heard before now that there is Chipotle in Seattle, actually. Where is it?
webcowgirl
Oct. 5th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
In the U-District
It was on the Ave between about 43rd and 42nd. The food was yummy.

I'm okay with Mickey D's owning the chain. After reading Fast Food Nation, I actually have a pretty good feel toward their corporate practices. They've actually done a lot to improve the state of animal husbandry in America - a whole lot more than the Department of Agriculture, that's for sure. And they're a lot better than Walmart. I just don't like burgers.
wendolen
Oct. 5th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: In the U-District
I'm okay with Mickey D's owning the chain. After reading Fast Food Nation, I actually have a pretty good feel toward their corporate practices. They've actually done a lot to improve the state of animal husbandry in America - a whole lot more than the Department of Agriculture, that's for sure.

Um... wow, that's really not the impression I took from them.

Which edition did you read? The one I read was a later printing, with an appendix added about the lawsuit over the not-really-vegetarian french fries, and about a group in London that's been having legal fights with them for years.

I do agree that they're better than WalMart, but hey, who isn't?
a_muse_d
Oct. 5th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
my coworkers told me that McDonald's owns Chipotle.. i didn't like them very much after eating there, even before i found out who owns it. i thought the burritos were too huge and the prices too high (and i couldn't identify a "smaller" size when i went, maybe that's changed since last Fall).
webcowgirl
Oct. 5th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
Well, one taco was $1.40, that worked for me.
butterflake
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
I'll got to Terror-oke if you do.
butterflake
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
go, even.
trenchwench
Oct. 7th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
I thought I saw you there, but I was chatting with Jessicac and everytime I looked up to find you, you had moved. The line was actually rather speedy - I was in the second group and also managed to run free around 9 p.m.

Such a happy fuzzy, fuzzy man.
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