Some very disparate gratitudes:
First and foremost, Beth! Consider yourself thoroughly glomped, my dear, and squeezed until your ribs groan and you can't breathe. ;D Eeee! She gave me the most wonderful start to September and the autumn by rereading 'Hu-Hov's Debut,' 'The Final Circuit,' 'Master-Stone's Warder,' and also reading 'Pranks,' 'alternate,' and most wonderfully, 'Vigil'--all in ONE day! Eeee, I says again! What a treat, what a delightful treat! (I only took so long at answering them because I was determined to not let anything keep from procrastinating on finishing 'Reunion' editing yesterday. Thank goodness that story is now behind me.)
On a very different note...
Protesters attacked delegates, smashed windows, punctured car tires and threw bottles Monday, a violent counterpoint to an otherwise peaceful anti-war march at the Republican National Convention. Police wielding pepper spray arrested at least 284 people.
Me, my employer, and the city of St. Paul have been bracing/preparing for the RNC (Republican National Convention) for at least six months. Tonight I have much to be grateful for--
* Being on the Safety Committee meant I knew of the great ends to which my employer was going to keep us safe this week.
* The first day of the RNC was Monday, which was a holiday; so no work, no need to get anywhere near the city.
* Everybody else in my area got to bolt the city early; I was the only one who couldn't do so, since my earliest bus leaves after 4 pm.
* I'd gotten nervous upon getting to work this morning to learn that today's protest demonstration was slated for Mears Park at 4 pm--'my' side of the city, and something my bus would have to drive right next to.
* The city was swimming with local cops, out of city cops, SWAT team, National Guard, Secret Service, plainclothes and otherwise FBI--and the park looked like it was under siege. The bus got out without incident, and I got some fun photos on the way.
Another silver lining--my boss is letting us wear jeans for the remaining two days of the convention! (For increased comfort and safety--so we're not taken for delegates and have buckets of urine or other unpleasantries lobbed at us, like happened to some unfortunates delegates on Monday) And she let Corey leave early and get paid as if he hadn't (I could have too, if I had transportation) I LOVE her!
Of course, or I'd have never known she read! =D It was quite a treat.
Yes, it was wonderful her trying to shoo everyone out early, and letting us dress down, though it turned out good I couldn't leave early, as we'd clean forgotten one late-afternoon service we provide. I had to do it myself, and I haven't done it in over five years!
Believe me, it was my absolute pleasure. I do feel my feedback was a bit useless, though.
I'm very sorry to hear about the convention. It sounds like a nightmare! Good thing you have such a thoughtful boss. I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly for the next few days.
*hugs* Not to me. How somebody reacts to the story and the characters emotionally is every bit as important to me, more so, than the more nitpicky grammatical side of things. (And you did catch that horrid died/dyed lapse!)
Thank you! At least the unrest Tuesday night wasn't as bad as Monday. Hopefully things will just keep losing steam.
Nggnn... That sounds like an awful mess with the convention. :( Though yay for Beth reading so fast! And apologies for my not reading so fast. I'm currently in the process of kicking my behind into gear and getting mum's Acrobat Reader up to date.
I've also finally had a chance to listen to the song you found for Geren. (Because I'm slow like that.) I know that from somewhere. I just can't remember from where. Gah! But it's very, very beautiful. There's something so frail and delicately beautiful about panpipes and this is such a peaceful song too...
But you're reading *hugs* and I am very grateful for it. (The more people who reach the end of book 3 and squawk at me, the more pressure (in a good way) to hammer at book 4.) =)
Thanks for listening and letting me know! Panpipes are just gorgeous, and it's amazing how they're played. Thanks again!