Apr. 14th, 2008

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[livejournal.com profile] shadowmorphic visited [livejournal.com profile] teaotter this weekend (arriving late Thursday, and leaving this afternoon). Neither of us knew her all that well previously, but we liked her and she was definitely someone we wished to get to know better. We definitely did, and I am please to have gotten to know someone this amazing somewhat better.

The weekend consisted largely of conversations with Jade (as well as many hugs) both at home and wandering over various interesting sections of our neighborhood and downtown, including the lovely Portland Classical Chinese Garden and several restaurants. I have previously mentioned my talent at rapidly and intensively getting to know people, but I have never before used it on someone who had precisely the same talent and who was using it as intensively and with as much skill as I was.

This process became especially intensive on Friday night, when Becca went to bed on Friday around 1:00 AM. Jade and I stayed up until a bit after 4:00 AM, talking on a level and intensity (both mentally and energetically) that I have rarely done. It was absolutely glorious, exhilarating, and exhausting. Near the end and afterwards, it felt rather like I was exceedingly the bandwidth of my brain. I slept restlessly that night and Saturday night we all went to be earlier and I had the level of constant and intensive dreams that signal that I'm processing quite a lot of information.

In thinking a bit more about these sorts of experiences, they are addictive, marvelous, but also somewhat illusory, since no matter how intensive and high-bandwidth the interaction is, a few hours or even a couple of days is insufficient to truly begin to know someone in any depth, but it is most definitely a wonderful method of making the first steps in this direction. For me, there is quite literally nothing as important (by a large amount) than friends that I can connect to on a significant level.

Such experiences with people who I only see for a short is amazing, but also in some ways difficult, because a connection is made that cannot be fully reconnected until I next see the person again. Our age of rapid travel, but little time is simultaneously wonderful and hard. Once again, I am again reminded how many of my favorite people live so far away, but being reminded of this by gaining a new addition to the list of favorite people is very far from a bad thing.

In any case, I'm very much looking forward to Crossing the Thresholds this year (we're not going to Walking the Thresholds, because it is only a few days after [livejournal.com profile] amberite arrives home from China.
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Here's a video of a cat playing with a theremin. It's cute beyond words and perhaps beyond sanity. Link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] bruceb.
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Daire, [livejournal.com profile] teaotter and I just finished watching the 3rd season 10th Doctor episode: The Fires of Pompeii. I absolutely loved Dalek, The Empty Child, and The Doctor Dances, I still think Christopher Eccleston was by far the best Doctor, and I thought that Blink was the finest Doctor Who episode that I'd ever seen (in many ways because it largely didn't involve The Doctor). However, The Fires of Pompeii is definitely the finest episode of Doctor Who I've ever seen. You have Donna Noble being the Doctor's equal in terms of decision-making, as opposed to Rose (and especially Martha) who were never really more than his sidekicks, you have heroism, discussions of some of the more interesting truths about that universe, and you have a damn fine episode. I'd previously thought that (especially with David Tennant, who is clearly a better actor when playing opposite women who are older than he is) that Elizabeth Sladen doing Sarah Jane Smith would be his ideal companion, but Catherine Tate is utterly amazing. I can't imagine improving on this episode. Wow!!!

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