(geesh, I'm so behind with my lj-ing...)
Last month I was a GoH (art) at ConStellation. It was cool because about 10 years before I was out to an Omaha con as a guest. I'd never otherwise be in that part of the country, and it's just a lovely area, so I was happy to have another chance to see it.
The con was held over my birthday. I'm not a huge birthday fan these days, so that was not a problem for me. But the birthday thing seemed to want to make itself known. On the way out I sat with a lovely woman who was visiting Los Angeles with friends. We chatted about all kinds of fun things on the leg to DFW (and I can really chatter like a madman if people let me). Anyway, at the end we finally exchanged names and she said--"oh, were you born in April?" and I said yes and told her when, and she said she had the SAME birthday. I think I've only met one other person who had the same birthday as I had, so this was funny/weird. Anyway, we wished each other Happy Birthday.
Then I get to the con... get shown around and checked-in and shepherded nicely to the Opening Ceremony... The writer GoH is Jim C. Hines who wrote the Goblin Quest books and the _Step-sister Scheme_ and many others. Some of his books on Amazon.
We get introduced and the con com folk get introduced and announcements are made, etc. And then at the end they say they have a special surprise for Jim and I, which makes me cast worried looks about... It turns out that we are both have the SAME birthday so they break out this lovely cake---
It has a picture of one of my L5R cards on it and one of Jim's covers. ... And it has very tasty buttercream icing which is nearly extinct out here. ... and for some reason they don't seem to always get Jim's name right... (or maybe that's just bad hand-writing?).
Now... I was seriously sleep-deprived (as usual), so I was thinking I'd gone into the twilight zone and suddenly every new person I was meeting had the same birthday as I did... or they SAY they do! Heh-heh... Maybe I get a little paranoid at times... Anyway-- it was WEIRD. Plus I was outed as someone who obviously did nothing special on my birthday... although I guess celebrating it with an author and a mess of other people at a convention is kinda special... if totally unplanned. Hmmm.
It was nice of them. And I guess it was impossible to resist doing something with both of us having a birthday like that...! They knew our birthdays 'cause they needed them for buying the plane tickets. I tend to keep info like that quiet... what with identity thefts and all (geesh, maybe I AM paranoid?). Plus, I don't like the attention, which I feel weird about saying since being a GoH tends to put oneself in the way of lots of attention. (So, paranoid, confused and masochistic... Yeah, I get that way at times...not to mention, abusive with ellipses...)
The media guest, Chris Mihm, wasn't there for the OC, but I finally got to ask him when HIS birthday was... It was also in April--about a week later, though. Not freaky-weird, but still weird.
Chris makes the greatest '50's-style B-Movie films. Here's his website.
Definitely one of my more unusual Birthdays, for sure!
Today was the last launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
I was lucky enough to get to view a launch in-person when I was in Orlando for the SF Worldcon in '92. It was the Endeavour, and it thankfully took off without any delays that would have caused us to miss seeing a launch since we were there such a brief time. And after, we went to have a tour of the Kennedy Space Center. It was such a great experience. Strange to think the Shuttle Launches are ending...