So today Lonespark and I met Izzy, it was for too short a time but a great meeting none the less.
Things to come out of said meeting:
-What passes for conventional these days is shape-shifting dragons and Scotland.
-There seems to be a lack of works about the [whatever] apocalypse in which people act like people. Consider the zombie apocalypse, it's always assumed that those who rebuild in the after time will be the ones who follow a philosophy of, "If things get tough I'll trip you so I can run away while they chow down on you," not, "I don't care that ze can't keep up, I'm not leaving zir. I'll carry zir if that's what it takes," and the people who side with that person when given the choice. This in spite of, "We take care of each other," being the more inviting option and the one with the better retirement plan than, "Social Darwinism taken to a literal lethal extreme."
-The fact that there has yet to be a Hitchhiker's Guide/The Hobbit crossover is absurd. It's not just the actor, it's that he was in his dressing gown when the dwarfs showed up, it's that when you get down to it what Arthur Dent really wants is a Hobbit hole and not to be interrupted by adventures but if Ford/Gandalf gives him a nudge out the door then he's all, "I'm with you. I'm bloody well with you."
-Vampires are the new Manic-Pixie-Dream-Girls. See Underworld and Twilight where the vampire is the magic lover that exists to break the ordinary human out of their humdrum lives.
-Squid is best served fried.
-It's been too long since I've been to an actual city (Boston in this case) as opposed to, you know, Portland. I'd forgotten what a city looks like.
-A possible name for that project would be "The Night Shift".
As for the first part of the title, the bus ride home from Boston crossed the path that I knew I'd be walking home, and then took exactly the same route to the station that I'd take back to the spot from the station. I guessed it would take me half an hour to walk from the station back to the spot. In fact it took 28 minutes. It took the bus four minutes to make the same journey in the opposite direction. Thus, it would appear, a bus is seven times faster than a pedestrian. At least over the bridge and in the city. I imagine that on long straightaways it's more than seven times faster.