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21 May 2015 @ 10:45 pm
Rude Awakenings...  
This morning featured new noises, halfway between a "shriek" and a "gronk," that sounded as if someone was torturing a whale. The sound was so piercing, it went right through the earplugs. There was a white, county utility truck parked out on the street... Please let this not be some kind of new garbage truck. The current ones are loud enough!

I went out for Chinese food with people from the office yesterday, and had very good szechuan pork. Spent the rest of the afternoon in the usual fashion, which is to say jonesing for chocolate with mint. I don't know why Chinese food does that to me, but it's consistent. Every.single.time. :O

So, after that comment the other day about Battle Creek slash, I went looking for some. Let me just say that of the various things at AO3, I did not expect so many stories to be in Russian and Chinese, nor the explosion of things like wing-fic, vampire AUs, etc. I suppose I should have, because fanfic, but really? Damn.

I did find a really marvelous story worth sharing. This isn't the way I would have thought of Milt, but the author totally persuaded me, and Russ? Is so very Russ. Crabby, aggravating, and yet you can't help liking him. The style is decidedly unfluffy slash (again, Russ), very masculine and realistic. Really good storytelling, and a very satisfying read:

Upon My Liar's Chair (R) by Lessandra.

Another conversation the other day made me think of something else I should rec, for Justified fans. This story came out during the nvrleaveharlan "Hillbilly Remix" challenge. The author really captures Dickie Bennett here, from his seemingly half-crazy non-sequitur-based conversations to his underlying wiliness, and it's funny and perfect:

Tiger, Tiger by lymricks.

A three-day weekend is coming up here in the States, but I didn't get around to making plans for HalfshellHusband and me to go out of town. My follow-through is just awful these days. :( What will all of you be up to?

Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 22nd, 2015 06:27 am (UTC)
I am going to Denver ComicCon!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 22nd, 2015 07:01 am (UTC)
Ooh, that's exciting! Have fun. :D
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on May 22nd, 2015 10:38 am (UTC)
LOL, I'm working :p OTOH I'm on vacation Mon-Fri next week but I have to work the weekend. It's graduation in a couple of nearby towns and Decorator Kid took a summer-only position which starts next weekend. ACK.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 22nd, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
:( But wouldn't your husband have the weekend off?

OTOH, I seem to remember that the Housemates will be moving, and you really don't want to be home for that. :O
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on May 22nd, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
Working Saturday/tomorrow at the fit club, so I get a two day weekend instead of the usual one day weekend, but school is letting out in just a few days, so....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 22nd, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
Two is better than none, though all 3 would be nice!
Direst Ryl: Happy Timeryl on May 22nd, 2015 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm debating whether I want to do my usual Memorial Day trip to the graveyard or go to the waterfall I found last year. Maybe I'll go crazy and do both.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 22nd, 2015 06:33 pm (UTC)
Three days, so anything is possible!
cindy: coming soon - gleetsuki_no_bara on May 22nd, 2015 04:08 pm (UTC)
i'm hanging out with tamalinn today, assuming we ever get out of the house, and tomorrow is my sister's birthday so we're going to a brazilian steakhouse to eat our weight in meat on skewers, and sunday is a bloody mary buffet (also with food) with tamalinn and an unknown quantity of her friends, and after that i have no idea. i plan to sleep late as often as possible and get some sun.

i read "as if someone was torturing a whale" and thought "but i thought he went to the great kitty run in the sky...."
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 22nd, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a wonderful weekend-- family and friends. :)

Ah, not torturing THE Whale, just "a" whale. As in, beluga or something.

The kind that sings whale songs, but as if they were constantly interrupted or squeezed out randomly while someone kicks the beluga in the stomach. Just... WEIRD sounds, and yet they do actually resemble something.

Mainly, they resemble the need for someone to apply massive quantities of WD-40. :O
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on May 23rd, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)
now i'm picturing someone kicking a whale! which is so mean, altho the whale might not even feel it. i mean, whale vs human foot, the foot's not gonna win. but still.
bleodswean: brokebackbleodswean on May 22nd, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
My weekend is just not my own. :( Sorry you don't have plans...but that could be a good thing, too!

I used to write in that Justified comm! I'll have to check out that rec.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 22nd, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC)
If we could get the _kids_ to leave, that would help. Our anniversary was marked by, as soon as the son went to bed, our daughter came downstairs and camped out. WHY? That night of all nights? It makes escaping off to the bedroom extremely awkward. :(

That fic was a delight, in such a bizarre way. And I'm hoping there's at least SOMEONE on my f-list who catches a liking for Russ/Milt and reads that other one. :)
bleodswean: crafty mommableodswean on May 22nd, 2015 07:42 pm (UTC)
Soon enough! Soon enough! :) But yeah, you should take a couple's vacay! I'm trying to talk D into a night out at the movies to see the new Mad Max!

Who are Russ/Milt? I don't think I'm familiar!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 22nd, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
These are they guys on Battle Creek. Russ is a cranky-ass local detective played by Dean Winters (a.k.a., Mayhem), and Milt is the FBI "interloper" played by Josh Duhamel. They don't get along well, though Milt would like to, and they have this edgy chemistry. Plus, rawrrr. :)
bleodsweanbleodswean on May 22nd, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC)
Battle Creek? TV show? Hmmm....