Wednesday, 15 December 2004
|1107 - A trip entirely for fun|
I'm going to be on Jimmy Kimmel Live twice more this year...but I'm not going to have to go to LA to do it. Both segments have already been taped. The current plan is to run one Christmas Eve, and the other the following Monday.
As I noted previously, this leaves me with 49886 elite qualifying miles on Northwest this year. 50K is the magic number for Gold Elite status. I called the WorldPerks folks, and they said the only way I could get to 50K is to get on an airplane.
Since I haven't seen my friend Eric Raymond in a while, and that was at a con where we were both busy, I decided that a trip to Philadelphia would be a Good Idea. I'm flying out there tomorrow, and back *very* early Monday. (The flight will arrive at MSP just after 8 AM.) I scored a first class upgrade for the flight out (whee!), and since I'll be at Gold instead of Silver Elite for the trip back (Northwest credits the membership level as soon as you qualify for it, instead of making you wait till the next year like some airlines), I'll have a better chance of getting an upgrade then, too.
Eric and his wife Cathy are neat people. I'm expecting to have a really enjoyable time with them. They haven't seen most of my appearances, as their VCR is at best highly unreliable, so I'll take them a tape. Hopefully, the tape from the Kimmel folks of my last appearance will arrive today, so I can include that.
current mood: energetic
Is this Eric Raymond from Mpls? Used to wear a kilt out at MNRF? Here goes the 6 degrees thing again. Say "Hi" for me. He may or may not remember me. I wasn't using "Rilla" back then so he would know me as "Diane" or "Diana" (Kayte's friend) if he remembers me at all.
Nope, not the same person. Oh, well.
This particular Eric Raymond has never even been to the Cities.
The Eric Raymond to whom Jay referred has lived in a lot of places in his life, but Minneapolis is not one of them. Also, he has never owned a kilt. The closest he got to that was when we went to the Utilikilts table at Philcon and checked out their prices (and that was *my* idea)!
After I saw Eric's picture on his website, I knew it was a different person. I just keep finding out that I know some of the same people that others are introducing me to.
I found out that "our" Eric Raymond is still in the Twin Cities. We worked out at MN Renaissance Festival together over a decade ago. Since several other people moved to the east coast and he was active at conventions, it didn't seem that great a leap to think it was the same person.
Oh, well, it's nice to "meet" you. Kilts are wonderful. Unfortunately, my husband doesn't wear one anymore. He decided trews were more comfortable, but I still hold out a hope of getting him back into kilts. Until then I keep corrupting other young men into wearing them. (I normally have at least one plaide long enough to pleat into a kilt for the daring.)
Oh, well, it's nice to "meet" you.
Nice to meet you too! If you will be at ConFusion (Ann Arbor area, January) or PenguiCon (ditto, April) perhaps you can meet me and my Eric Raymond in person!
"Hopefully, the tape from the Kimmel folks of my last appearance will arrive today, so I can include that."
I hope so, Jay. I'd like to see them.
And thank you, for the nice compliment above!
The tape of my last appearance didn't arrive, so I couldn't include it...the tape I'm bringing just has the first 12 appearances, from May 3 to November 1.
See you this evening...
Thanks for showing us the tapes--they were very interesting.
By the time you read this, you likely will be home. May your trip be uneventful and safe.
Does the Jimmy Kimmel show have any interest in setting up a 28 year old single guy from Michigan with dates? I'm kinda unique too, I mean I don't wear foil colored costumes, but I can be amusing!