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Dept. of Birthdays

Back in the Birthday Saddle

While my brother visited (he's gone now, but I hope to have some pictures to post soon), and in the day or two before he arrived, I was too scattered, nervous, or busy to sit down and make posts. And my birthday wishes have suffered. I hope to correct that here. 

First, to a fellow Chicagoan and new livejournal acquaintance, with whom I have been rudely distant - strannik01 - had a birthday on Sept. 28, more than a week ago. They're someone I have a gut feeling that I need to know better - they're certainly in my city, and in my chosen career, and ... hey, I just celebrated a milestone birthday, too - I hope your day went well (I know you had some truly interesting thoughts about it) - and I hope the coming year is free of worries and full of accomplishments. And perhaps someday, we can meet!

Next,  
[personal profile] promethia_tenk  celebrated on Oct. 1. What can I say about the singular, the amazing, the witty and perceptive, [personal profile] promethia_tenk ? Nothing that does her justice. She makes me think harder (about Who, of course, but about other things, too), and she makes me laugh, and I certainly hope that her natal anniversary went swimmingly. I am so very lucky to have met you on the Intarwebz, and I hope that I can continue to benefit from knowing you!

A former Chicago denizen who has made a fantastic life for himself out on the left coast, 
[personal profile] rmjwell , celebrated his personal turn of the year on Oct. 1. He is a very wise man, and a good father and spouse, and his burlesque photography is flashy and fun to see. We miss seeing you in the Midwest, but we all hope you had an excellent birthday!

Yesterday 
[personal profile] supergee  celebrated a birthday. He's one of the fans I first me in the Usenet Days of Yore, on RASFF, then through his fanzines, sent the classic way, through the U.S. Post Office (it's a great idea, you young'uns should try it) and finally in real life. He's wise and kind, and I only occasionally disagree with him. I hope that he gets to celebrate many more birthdays with the people he loves, in the world he loves to observe. 

And finally, one of the lovely people I've known the longest online - a guardian of history, a Who fan, and a delight to have met long ago, on Television Without Pity, heatherbelles, is celebrating today (or, given the time difference, is just finishing the celebration.) May the day have been all you hoped it would be, and may the coming year be even more wonderful than you can imagine!


This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/381140.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

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supergee
Oct. 7th, 2015 09:16 am (UTC)
Thank you
kaffyr
Oct. 10th, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
heatherbelles
Oct. 7th, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks Mama K!

A 'guardian of history' - what a fabulous turn of phrase, I love it.

I actually ended up splitting the celebrations, as I had to go to a talk from work in the evening of my actual birthday.

So, yesterday was presents and a bit of retail therapy, today was (after sorting out my boiler) a potter round Haworth, a bit more retail therapy and a fabulous meal out.

It's been a decade more or less we've known each other - it feels like no time and yet that I've known you always!
kaffyr
Oct. 10th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
A 'guardian of history' - what a fabulous turn of phrase, I love it.

It's what I've always thought of you as!

It sounds as if splitting the birthday fun worked out very well.

And I know what you mean about the time we've known each other: it was in February of 2006, I think, that I joined TWoP, and ventured nervously into the Meet Market, long before we called it the Party in the TARDIS, or LINDA, and I still remember the first discussion I stumbled upon. It was about Tartantart's ducklings!
strannik01
Oct. 10th, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hi!
Thank you for the birthday wishes. I wonder why Livejournal didn't alert me of this post when it first went up (maybe because it was originally posted on Dreamwidth). But either way - belated thank you!

I originally came across your LJ because I was looking up some Sun-Times related stuff and thought a Chicagoan and a Sun-Timer on Livejournal? What are the odds.

I think you can gleam a lot about me just by reading my LJ over the past few months, but I figure that, so long as I'm here, I might as well give a bit of background. I'm a Russian expat, who came here with my family when I was only 12 years old (and, given my birthday post, that should tell you how long I've been here :)) I have two brothers and one sister, two of whom (a brother and I sister) live in the states as well. I like me my anime, comic books, speculative fiction, history and public transit. I write Urbis Arcana a series of supernatural and mundane short stories set in CHicago (complete index here: http://strannik01.livejournal.com/92545.html)

Also, my mom is a something of a big deal in LJ-Russia. She's not, like, super-famous, but her friends and readers number in thousands. Plural. I own a decent chunk of my regular readership to her.

I was going to say that you're welcome to comment on anything, media-related or otherwise, but I see that you've already done it :) I will reply to those comments individually, and add that I hope that you will keep commenting in the future.
kaffyr
Oct. 11th, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi!
Thanks for your lovely information-filled reply. I've enjoyed "chatting" with you via your posts over the last day or so! I, too, am an anime and comic book fan, was an SF fan as far back as four years of age, entered fandom via old fashioned science fiction/spec fiction/fantasy fiction fandom back in 1977, fell out of fandom for a while and then really re-entered it via online fandom, both in the old Usenet days of rec.arts.sf.fandom (rasff, or rasseff, to those of us who loved it back in the day), and then online via Television Without Pity, and LJ/Dreamwidth, as I became very invested in Battlestar Galactica (the reboot) and, ultimately, Doctor Who, and fanfic.

I've started reading some of your Urbis Arcana stories. I like them! (I like the conceit that magic exists in despite of reality, and will disappear if there isn't any belief to bolster it - the idea that puncture wounds from a vampire on a dead body will turn into scratches or mundane puncture wounds very quickly; that's very creative.)

I understand that LJ has become an important free speech platform in Russia, which makes the DDOS attacks more understandable when they come.
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