Yep, they're going to be at GenCon, talking about their LOTR parody, "Dork of the Rings"! *L*!
Seriously, go here: http://www.dorkoftherings.com/. Enter, and then click on trailer; I think it sounds geekily funny!
Also, Gaya, Kam? I HAVE CHUCKS!!!!! Lowcut black - the basics. SQUEE!
Oh, and, sorry folks - been away for a couple of days without saying anything.
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I flew to go to a funeral yesterday and returned today. It came up suddenly. You see, my dad remarried after my folks divorced (about the time I was in college), and the woman he married had two sons - one a toddler, the other about 8. This was quite some time ago. As the older one grew into a teen, he had problems, started stealing from his family, and got into drugs. Finally, he and his family became estranged, and he moved away. Sadly, he was shot and killed last weekend, possibly because he was resisting being robbed in a drug deal (it's all pretty hazy - something about being shot in the chest, but then somehow driving a car into a tree).
Strange and disturbing to think that somebody that close to you could end up in something you can't imagine being a part of. I didn't really know him that well, of course, but my dad and his mom are still married, so I flew there to offer support and help as much as I could. My brother and his family were there, as well as the younger brother, and my dad's wife's family.
His wife was there as well, with her older daughter (from a previous marraige). She was very striking - at first I wasn't sure which was the daughter and which was the mom, since they both looked 20, even though one was 14 and the other about 35! She was different - wore shorts, tennis shoes and a halter top to the funeral (and had huge wings tattooed down her back! pretty amazing looking) and my dad and his wife are very conservative, so they each just tolerated the other. Plus, of course, it's likely she's into drugs as well. But she was his wife and she was in a lot of pain; I really felt for her. The daughter was amazingly mature and grounded, and helped her mom out despite the unfamiliar surroundings. They put on a tape of some of his favorite music: "Stairway to Heaven" done by a classical quartet, Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb", a song by Sarah McLachlan that I didn't recognize. And he looked so different, not just because he was older. His face was so hollow in photos, like that of somebody who runs marathons or has cancer.
It was just so sad to see a mother grieve for a son she hadn't really seen in 15 years, and a wife grieve for a husband while surrounded by strangers, all because of his emotional problems, and his drug habits. I'll always wonder if he got into drugs because of his problems, or if his problems just got worse because of his drugs - or both. As I said, it was sad, but don't worry about offering comfort; I didn't know him well enough to feel it personally.
Either way - it's good to be back home. I really didn't want to be traveling again (this will make 12 separate flights on airplanes in 1 month), and I hope I don't have to for a good long while.