So, with this winter rain drumming on the roof, I got my happy ass up at 8am, readied myself, gassed the car, and drove across the state, voyaging east. Central Florida is where I grew up and it still feels like home to see the open pastures, the palmettos, the occasional pine and oak trees. I drove through the city where my granny used to live. I hadn't passed that way since her funeral and still felt a sadness at seeing the turn-off to her condo.
But I continued on, long, mostly empty roads, rain spattering the windshield at just the perfect irregular rate that no setting on the windshield wipers seemed to match. I listened to some wonderful music and let my mind daydream (to no one's surprise, my inner landscapes were Hobbit themed.)
Songs of the day - Seven Devils - Florence + the Machine,
Dead in the Water - Ellie Goulding, Sleep Alone - Bat for Lashes,
Heavy Cross - Gossip, The Noble Art of Letting Go - Rebekka Karijord,
To Build a Home, Pt. II - Skylar Grey.
Seated behind me were fellow geeks, where I overhead such discussions as Blackadder, Benedict Cumberbatch and Doctor Who. THESE WERE MY PEOPLE.
THEN, AND THEN, a fellow geek who had also overheard their discussions leaned over and said to them "I like your shoelaces." They looked at her a little askew and confused. I, however, almost shot out of my chair and (in not at all the casual air with which you are supposed to reply) excitedly said "Thanks, I stole them from the President!"
THIS, THIS EXCHANGE, YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH THIS PLEASED ME!!!! Here's the Urban Dictionary explanation. Basically, it's like a Tumblr secret handshake. It's a way to find fellow tumblerites out in the real world, and IT FRICKEN MADE MY DAY! While there are dark recesses of Tumblr, it is also full of very cool people gathering to celebrate fandoms, add to (head)canon, draw awesome art, bring down the patriarchy, honor Tom Hiddleston as our Crown Prince and just generally be awesome together.
But, back to the matter at hand. We were all settled in, excited to see the show and it was finally time.
The managing of the material in such an intimate space was masterful. I laughed, I hated a few characters, I teared up - I felt (the feels!) and it was good. I walked out jazzed and ready to create something of my own.
However, I had a 2+ hour drive back in the dark, in the rain, so I just grabbed some Sonny's BBQ for dinner (always tasty), enjoyed my music, and let my imagination soar enough to keep me smiling all the way home.
I hope you had an awesome day as well. Thank you for reading along on my little adventure. Time to step away and be more.
"Would you have me
False to my nature? Rather say I play
The man I am." (3.2.14)