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After the last of the previous batch of scheduled appointments, we put three more in the calendar. One last Friday, one this Friday, and one on August 3rd for the final touch-ups. Then we need to leave my back alone so it's healed completely and settled for the contest, which is on September 29th, the third and final day of the convention. I went ahead and booked Friday and Saturday night and will be in the full back contest (9/29 at 2pm) and the color portrait contest (9/27 at 8pm).

Thankfully they've changed the contest rules a bit. Now a tattoo can only be in one contest the entire weekend, and it costs $5 to enter a contest. The reason I'm relieved is that there were too many people in one of the contests I was in two years ago and it took forever. Glad to see that people have to be selective now and also show a little commitment by paying a small fee.

We got a lot done on Friday after finding some inspiration while image searching '80s Trapper Keepers.

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I was really struggling, so he used a little vasocaine, which is a topical anesthetic specifically for tattooing. You can't use it ahead of time, though; it only works on broken skin. So he got the outline of the zebra stripes done, applied it and let it sit for ten minutes, and then got back to work. What a relief. I really love the way he made Rio's hair transition into the zebra stripes and his rainbow technique is masterful.

This week we'll do the other side with a similar treatment in leopard. Not sure if he has anything in mind to fill in around the DeLorean or if we'll have time to do it if he does. I'll have to wait and see.

I also have an appointment on August 2nd with Britney, one of the shop's apprentices. She hasn't tattooed me yet, so I decided to tap her for a tattoo of Lursa and B'etor from Star Trek.



I think her style will make for a really funny tattoo of them. The hard part has been providing good reference material. I searched a lot and was only able to find a little bit of fan art and not nearly as many screen caps as I figured there would be, probably because Klingon ships are always dimly lit. Looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.

Teamwork makes the dream work
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I didn't want to write about Pride Month in Snohomish County/Everett when I was asked to, but decided I should anyway so the piece would get written. The biggest issue was they asked after June 1st's Pride festival, and I didn't go to that anyway. We were at our friends Aengus and Blair's wedding, though, which was a nice way to kick the month off.

Thankfully I was able to get help from some friends. Performers wrote about the festival for me, and I got my friend who owns a gallery to write about the unofficial gay nights on Fridays at a local bar.

As with the Chew Crew posts I do with Erika and Melissa, it's a relief to not have to do everything myself. Please enjoy the post.

I love a parade
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Or at least, being in one, I finally learned. There's a 4th of July parade every year in Everett but we'd never been. I was invited to march with Live in Everett and that sounded really fun, so I immediately said yes.

First was a sign-making party on Tuesday at their office. I knew about it a week ahead of time but for some reason I hadn't thought about what to do. I finally decided on an acrostic. The sign ended up on the front of a Lime scooter.

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I prepared for a sunny day with this umbrella hat. It turned out rain was more likely, but that never happened either.

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Sierra made a fish head that Tyler wore. He was pretty miserable, poor guy.

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I volunteered to carry the banner because it sounded like fun being right up front and I wouldn't have to hand out candy or the zines LiEv published. I shared the duty with my new friend Ashlynn.




Here's a group shot with just about everyone from our group. Unfortunately my friend Renee stepped away just before Garret suggested we take one.



There was a lot of love for Live in Everett coming from the crowd and it was great to put the name out there in front of such a huge crowd of potential new readers.

South by Southeast
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Of course the day after I said I wouldn't use Relive very often, I made a video the very next day. Japanese Gulch is a good place for it if you're exploring the trails, and it was interesting to see how close I came to the ball fields without really knowing that at the time.



It's a bummer that my Brinno ran out of battery power, the sunrise was pretty neat.

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At least I got to see three deer!

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And today's time lapse at the marina more than made up for it.

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More goodies on IG and flickr. I think from now on I'll do fewer embeds in the blog posts. I take a lot of photos and I don't really like the process of flipping through each to get the embed code. Plus by looking at flickr you'll get a nice preview of things I'm up to for Live in Everett.

Orange bathroom update
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A while back at Zamarama, a local gallery, I saw a piece of art I liked. It was a little spendy at $250 for the orange bathroom, but I decided I might buy it if nobody else did when the show was over. Someone grabbed it on opening night. I mentioned that I'd liked it to Bill, the owner, and he checked with the artist and found out there were similar ones that were larger and smaller. I asked for the smaller one and Bill delivered it to the tattoo shop while I was there on Friday. I finally hung it today.

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Now the ugly spots on the wall where the old towel rack are both covered, which is nice.

Can't contain it to one decade
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At my last tattoo session on Friday, Jimmy really wanted to fill in the top part of my back. We hadn't previously discussed that and he couldn't think of anything, but then had a flash of inspiration. We've been looking at the Solo Jazz cup pattern a lot because I want the cup on my leg, and he decided he'd really like to use that pattern to fill in the top.

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Some miles and a milestone
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I definitely picked a good time to retire Caturday and Schadenfriday, this last week has been crazy and it's not letting up for a couple more weeks. Setting aside Saturday morning for writing was the correct move. Garrett slept really late yesterday and rather than get bored waiting, I got busy writing. After wrapping up a piece I'd been working on for a while, I submitted it and counted once more to confirm what I thought: it was my 50th Live in Everett piece! Plus I have another three with the Chew Crew.

I'm really happy to have reached this milestone because when I looked back at my author page to confirm that's the correct amount, I saw some of my earlier posts and remembered how hard it used to be to think of stuff to write about and how frustrating it was to write about food by myself all the time. It's cool that Everett's in a small boom now and that I've assembled the Chew Crew so I can get a post on the blog about a restaurant without visiting it a few times.

And working with Melissa and Erika made me realize how smart it is to reach out for help when I need it. LiEv asked me to write about Pride Month after our festival already occurred, so I reached out to people who were there.

So anyway, busy week.

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Special bonus material
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The LiEv podcast we recorded at Bluewater last week came out this week. I'm glad they realized it'd be better if they involved the audience, and it was cool to hear everyone's favorite Everett memories.

I forgot to say the last part of mine, which would have tied it all up nicely. So if you listen, the part I meant to add is that our first Makers Market visit was at the space which is now Toggle's Bottle Shop, and the LiEv office is upstairs. I went back up later to add that and hoped Henry would edit it together, but he didn't.

'twas a good day to Fri
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When I backed out of the garage yesterday, it was sprinkling a little bit. I wasn't worried, but that was naive considering Thursday's weather, which included marble-sized hail! By the time I got a few blocks, it was raining a lot. If my new foot tattoos weren't still scabby, I'd have turned around, changed out of my walking gear, and gone swimming. I got completely soaked and very cold, and only did a couple of miles.

There's a lot to do at work lately but also a lot of waiting. It's the nature of the beast. I was excited while I waited to day to see that my new post on Live in Everett about Hat Island published.

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THE FINAL CATURDAY
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Recently I noticed almost all of the images in Caturday were coming from the same source, which meant the others had mostly dried up and it was time to find some new ones. When I went to search for some new ones, I realized I didn't really want to. And increasingly, I won't do things I don't want to if I don't have to. Like at work.

SchadenFriday's a different story. Almost all the gifs in it came via email from a friend. Those ebb and flow and some weeks when the file was empty, I'd go look for a few, but I never really cared for anything more than a passive process in RSS.

They've both been a lot of fun, but I'm stopping now before they're completely unfun. Not sure if there'll be a SchadenFriday at all this week as the file's empty now.

Live with LiEv
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Live in Everett had their first podcast recording event this week at Bluewater Distilling. Of course I was excited to go and wore this appropriate old favorite t-shirt.

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Ink update
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Had a pretty short session at the shop yesterday because Jimmy hurt his shoulder at the gym. He was uncomfortable enough that he couldn't work on my back at all, so we added one tattoo to each foot. Here's the source material and what we ended up with.

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One thing I love about Instagram is that people are pretty into it and responsive. I tagged Starheadboy in the photos and posted the first one before we got started, so he knew I was being tattooed with his work again while it was happening. Fun!

Since I added two yesterday, this morning I figured I may as well take inventory:

1) Peacock/Moonbeam City/Pagoda/Tree sleeve
2) Seahorse skeleton made of horse bones
3) The More You Know
4) T-Rex (Dinosaur Comics)
5) Freckle ("Sometimes things that are expensive are worse")
6) Flaming skull
7) Abbath kewpie
8-11) clear retro beverages: Zima, Orbitz, Clearly Canadian, Crystal Pepsi
12-14) Starheadboy: Focus Group astronaut kid, burrito unicorn, cat in a box
15) '80s fantasy back piece

Upcoming:
- More work on the back
- Solo Jazz cup (with bendy straw)
- Garfield phone
- TRON leg sleeve
- Great blue heron sleeve

Considering:
- Lursa and B'Etor
- ROOM 2704 knuckle tattoos

CATURDAY
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Cut off, wrong turn
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It's been sunny and warm lately and that kind of weather sends me running to the woods. Trees are so good at keeping the temperature down. On Sunday, I decided to confirm what I suspected last time I was at Japanese Gulch, which was that the northernmost trails on the west side were closed up intentionally. Previously, I found a bunch of huge cut branches blocking the path from the top, but I wasn't absolutely sure I was where I thought I was. So Sunday I went up the other way and found, indeed, that it was the trail I thought it was. I should have suspected as much, since the trail leading up from the other side was very overgrown. It's kind of rude of them to block one side of a trail but not the other.

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Welcome back, flickr
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It's a bummer when you have the time and energy to blog but can't due to one site or another being down. It's strange to think how common it used to be for LiveJournal to randomly be down for hours and how impactful that would be because it was the only site a lot of us were hanging around on because there was no Twitter, tumblr, or Facebook yet. The web mostly has its shit together now so it was super weird the last couple of days to not be able to upload to flickr as they were doing maintenance. It definitely went on longer than expected and for some reason, the Android app took a long time to come back on after the site came up. This morning I was just about ready to grab a cable and hook it up to my phone to get my latest pictures online. In fact, I was about to, but the cable I needed wasn't on my side table and I checked one last time before getting up to find it, and it worked.

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CATURDAY
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Exploring again
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On Thursday I climbed up the East side of the gulch for the first time in ages. It was nice to climb again as I've been spending most of my time in flat spots and it's good to keep the strength up. I need to do it at least once a week, I think. It was unusually foggy that day.

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CATURDAY
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Hot new spot
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In the scramble when my account at work was locked my boss invited me via an alternate email address to tons of meetings this week and last. A bunch this week were canceled on my original account and I hadn't really given it a lot of thought until I looked at the calendar this morning and saw this week was almost completely empty. That didn't seem right, so I went to the alternate account and--whoops--found a whole week of meetings that I needed to forward to my main account. I think I missed one meeting today, and I got into the next one ten minutes late.

Not really a big deal, these are planning meetings with various stakeholders and I'm really just there so I have a little context later on when the time comes for me to test each item out.

We had a meeting this afternoon, but the attendees noted that they weren't really the right people to be on the call, so we wrapped it up. I decided to use the time to finally watch the final episode of Travelers, which was really great. I'm bummed that it's canceled but glad it got a nice finale. Now that I'm finished with that and caught up on The OA, it's back to The Magicians.

Had a good walk at the marina this morning. I was about to set up a time lapse facing West looking out into the sound, but there were more boats at the dock than I expected, and I noticed the sky to the East looked really neat. So I walked out onto the dock and set it up facing East. No clue why I'd never tried this spot before, it's really great.

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Wild week
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The blog post about Banh Meetup 2 finally published so I printed it out to take to the winners along with their trophy. I just wanted something for them to read in case they hadn't already heard about it. They had, though, and they were stoked.

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I had two trophies made this year, one for them and one for Bluewater who provided the cocktails. Theirs was for MVP.

Funnily enough, I had lunch at a different Vietnamese restaurant for lunch.

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CATURDAY
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