…which translates as "Late, but in Earnest". My family's motto on our coat of arms since the 1500s. Fitting as I'm always running behind, and this journal is no exception. The last substantial one was back early August before I took my big vacation, and once I got home just spent the time catching up on everything… except here So, hopefully I can get back to zero here before I deal with my next scheduled battery of delays
First of all my trip was wonderful! Was definitely an adventure and somewhat scary as I'd never been gone so long, so far away, and on such a big trip like this by myself before. Was very nice, though, to be able to explore and go at my own pace, see and do what I wanted and indulge my own interests. To recap, in June my father, my three brothers, and two of my nephews went to France for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasions. Dad was one of the first ones on Omaha Beach on that historic day and it was very special for him to go back and share his experiences so intimately with family members. Someone, however, needed to stay home and take care of the farm and livestock and maintain the household, so that was me. Of course since everyone went to France and I did not, I decided to take my own trip to make up for it. Every year several friends and I try to go to GenCon in Indianapolis. "The Best Four Days in Gaming"… huge gaming convention put on by the giants in the industry, so more role-playing games, boardgames, card games, electronic games, etc. than you knew what do to with. Plus the big cosplay presence and everything else going on makes it a really fun time. That trip is a regular thing, though so while fun, it didn't count as something special, so when the Con was over my friends did the road trip home, but I stayed behind and flew down to Orlando, Florida to spend five days at Universal Studios. Specifically I got the package to let me enjoy and explore the Harry Potter parks there… Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Was totally awesome and absolutely worth every minute. Even my hotel was a resort in and of itself… done up total 50s/60s shag. I bought a new camera for the trip and amazingly I took a few hundred pics that turned out pretty good so I thought I'd share a few select ones
GenCon: A few shots here and there including some of the lovely costumes and attractions… and yes that's a pic of Wil Wheaton, who was there like the rest of us to knock about and have fun
Hogsmeade: So much stuff so it was sensory overload, but a few to get the flavor of the place… speaking of flavor… mmmmmm, butterbeer Apologize for the hulking doofus in one of the shots, but I promised I'd have at least one pic of myself on the trip.
Diagon Alley: Sensory overload x10. Tons and tons of stuff to see and do. The dragon was incredible and you could feel the heat when he breathed fire down on the street.
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In the midst of all this I haven't posted a whole lot, but what I've shared has been well received, so I'd like to thank all of you who have found my recent works to your liking I'm quite grateful and appreciative of your interest and support
The ones that seemed to have received the most attention were a mix of old and new pics, and again I thank you:
(in no particular order)
I've also had an astonishing 61 new Watchers and nearly a dozen Llamas come my way. I truly thank you all, my new friends! I shall endeavor to continue to make images worthy of your attention and support
The true downside to being as busy as I have been of late is I know I'm missing some very special works by you all, and for that I apologize. I have over 6500 notifications of things I should look at and I'm so very sorry that I won't be able to get to them all. If I have always commented in the past or Favored your works or both and I've fallen silent this time, it's not a conscious decision on my part. I just have so many to go through I know I'm missing out on something special, so if there's something you'd particularly like me to see, please let me know. I'd love to see it if I missed it this first time 'round.