June 24th, 2007

moon house

[CHPC] "As the deer panteth..." [2007-06-24]

I was checking e-mail while eating breakfast this morning and ended up not even leaving my house until after 10:30 (when CHPC service ostensibly starts). IIRC, last week service actually started on time, but even when it starts late there are often people coming in even after it's started, so I wasn't worried.
I came in at 10:40, and they were in the middle of the Announcements -- and when we were talking during Coffee Hour, Alex pointed out that if you've been coming for the past couple of weeks you can pretty much predict what the announcements are gonna be.

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During Coffee Hour, Alex and I met this new couple: Ruth and Mark(?). We were talking about we do, and when I told Ruth I work at Harvard Business School, she said, "Are you faculty?" Heart. (I have always looked younger than my age, and people always say I'll appreciate it when I'm much older but really, no. I grew up surrounded by active "retired" women, and while I do understand not looking forward to your body not being able to do all that it used to, getting older doesn't necessarily mean your body's gonna start looking gross, and I see no reason to have shame about having lots of lived experience under one's belt. I hope I live a long and healthy -- and happy, etc. -- life, and I never intend to lie or even be coy about my age.)
gay patron saint, gay tantric sex

[CWM] Fourth Sunday of Pentecost [2007-06-24]

Tifffany's traveling, and she's the only one who has the key to the new office, so service prep was a bit interesting. We did okay, though.

Will found the Communion goblet and plate (complete with pita bread) and I quipped, "You found Jesus." As reply, he quoted, "They have taken my Lord, and I do not know where they have put him." FTW.

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I may have a roommate for Convo. Laura may be going, so Marla asked me what I was doing for housing and I told her I'd gotten my own hotel room and was happy to share.

[It is kind of ridiculous how much this is like WriterCon '06 in my head -- 'cause, queer con down South where I know people but am going on my own.]

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Given how enthusiastic Will has been, including signing at every opportunity, I was surprised that he didn't sit near me and Kirk at dinner and force me to sign. He was sitting with Rob (whom they had met at Conference and who's sharing a room with them at Convo but who hadn't been to CWM before) which was of course totally fine, and of course he did join us later.

I am so at sea understanding even basic signing, it's so fast. And I'm not good at mimicking signs either. (I am way less of a gnostic than I used to be, but I'm still so bad at being embodied.)

Kirk taught us some signs we didn't know, like "sorry" and "slowly," and explained some of the ASL grammar.

He's also great about giving the why's for signs -- sister (woman+same), transgender (beauty, but at the torso rather than the face), Protestant is kneeling (which I think is kinda lame), Lutheran is an L at a door which is awesome I think (95 theses!), Episcopal is miming the sleeve (but not "trash), and Methodist is miming enthusiasm. He also told us a little about ASL poetry, and ABC poems are AWESOME. I hadn't quite realized what it was when he was explaining, but then he demonstrated and, omg AWESOME.

Kirk says the Name Sign Will thought of for me is v. awkward and breaks too many rules of ASL grammar (yeah, this is would be why they don't let hearing people create their own Name Signs). He also explained that part of the fact that it's given you by a Deaf person rather than you making your own is that it's used to refer to you when you're not present.