The Albany-to NYC-to South Jersey-to NoVA trip was mostly uneventful, but rushed. We were trying to get on the road by 1:00 pm, actually got on the road at 1:20, and made good time except for the periodic (but unavoidable) stops.
Unfortunately, some less-than-cool delivery guys tore up the back of smrgol_t_kirin's car, so he had an unhappy surprise waiting for him when he got home. There's not much that'll get that placid dragonhorse riled, but one thing you DON'T do, is mess with his wheels. The smoke rising from his nostrils suggests to me that maybe kirin can breathe fire, after all! They just, y'know, don't mention it. ;) Smrgol did manage to contain his irritation long enough to show off some of his models and artwork -- he is a very adept modeler with a quirky sense of fun. :)
When we got to lowen_kind's place, he was happy to show off his own goodies, such as the railroad crossing signage mounted to the front of his house ;) and all sorts of miscellaneous train and track pieces (that's the second biggest disk brake pad I've ever seen!). He also showed off his happy, silly cat, who gave me a much warmer reception than Kamau's live-in cousin.
On the whole, it was a very nice weekend. These guys are some of my oldest friends in the furry community, and even if a lot of the technical talk goes over my head like whooooooosh, it's always lots of fun to hang and joke and goof around with 'em. Remote control tanks! Haunted houses! Unexpected lion plushies! How can you go wrong? ;)
On an only-marginally-related note, the "Thank You Hikaru" commission auction ends tonight, so if you want in, you'd better hop on! It's currently holding steady at $90, and I've received a few Tip Jar Donations to supplement it. Hopefully, this'll be a nice bonus for katayamma, he deserves it. :)
And now, it's time to look busy. ;) Catcha later!