Tue Jul 31 10:03:34 EDT 2012
The tent is now too hot for sleeping.
It's been a laid-back day. We had french toast for breakfast. There were no classes today. As usual, the classes look interesting, and I'll probably be out for classes earlier than breakfast happens in this camp. So that will probably be the last cooked breakfast until maybe the last couple of days. Dinner was beef stroganoff (not from a mix). After dinner I finally took my car up to the parking area. (I was parked in all day at the camp, not that it was a problem.) I'm on row 13, which is way closer than I've ever parked before – but this is way earlier than I've ever come to Pennsic before.
Between breakfast and dinner I got the air mattress inflated, found the hammer to put in a few fluorescent stakes for outlying guy lines for the pop-out window and the fly, made a combined schedule for the two
choirs I'm in this year, and generally sort-of unpacked. I should get a twin-sized air mattress; this queen-sized takes up too much of the floor space. (I suppose if I had overnight guests it would be a good size....)
The regular choir has 2-hour rehearsals Thursday through to the concert next Thursday, and the "select" choir has an additional hour Sun-Wed, and will be part of the same concert. And there's also a children's choir this year, which I guess we'll be hearing more about. (I suspect I would have heard plenty already had I been bringing kids to Pennsic.) The rehearsals are a chunk out of the day, and often mean missing some interesting classes. But even without the rehearsals I'd still probably be missing some interesting classes, since most hours there are several that look interesting. Some are held a 2nd time (and a few even 3 or 4), but they still usually conflict with something else good. You just have to pick. And some don't have room, so that decides it too sometimes.
I tried to transfer the MP3 files of the choirs' music into my MP3 player, but I couldn't get it into USB-disk mode when connected to my laptop. I spent a lot of time on that, getting nowhere. It did charge up the MP3 player (which didn't need much), and further drain the laptop's battery. I think I'll have to hook it up to the inverter tomorrow. It's actually running much easier than usual on the battery tonight. The weather's cool, and the fan's not running. I don't have many of the regular applications running either – Pinta (image editor) Aisle Riot (Solitaire), feh (image display/slideshow); and Firefox has only a few tabs loaded.
I also went to the camp store for ice for the camp – 3 22-lb bags – 11 lb for me, 22 lb for Ray, and 33 lb for the camp coolers. This is a new size, added to the 10-lb bags they've stocked before. Ray got a collapsible cart (at Costco) for carrying ice. They seem to be all the rage; I saw 2 more at the store, and another 2 went by our camp after I got back. (I.e. 5 identical carts in 30 min.)
No new arrivals at camp today, so we're still just 5: Anna, the land agent; Michael, her son; Jim, her boyfriend; Ray, long-time camp member (widower of butterfluff
, whose last Pennsic was anniemal
's first, the year before my first), and me.
I'm planning to have a shower, and be up in time for 09:00 classes; Pop-Tarts for breakfast.
Ubuntu just experienced and internal error, and wants permission to report it. I'm not going to be connected to the Internet any time soon. It was probably a weather application dying. It starts when I log in, and usually dies after a couple of days. I suppose these diagnostic reports may help get it fixed, eventually....
My camp is dark and quiet. But people are out and about; it feels like a party night. The drums down the hill are incessant. I will find my earplugs. (Actually, I have at least 3 sets; I have wax and foam.) My sinuses were going crazy last night (from the campfire smoke?); they are fine tonight. And the shower was good. The shower is always good.