Burning Wine Infinity.

Whew! It’s been a lot longer in doing my next post than I thought! But that’s part of being a freelancer: You’re either working all the time, or scrambling for that next available gig. Fortunately, it’s been the former for me. So much so, that I’ve been having to keep my schedule written down, which is not my usual thing.

So what have I been doing? Well, I’ve been playing with my dog:

Heir to the "Sidekick" throne.

Heir to the “Sidekick” throne.

And I’ve been doing a lot of beverage pouring gigs, which has led me slinging a wide variety of drinks at a number of locales all around the city. Those have been pretty straightforward with no real incident, though I did watch some manager go on a firing rampage while I was stationed at his store. Fortunately, he and I kept on reasonable terms during my stay, so I was merely a spectator and not a participant.

I also worked the Gamestop Expo last week. It was a bit of a homecoming for me, having worked at a Gamestop during my college years, and of course, all of my years in the video gaming industry. There was a bit of nostalgic homesickness involved, but there were also more than a few great photo opportunities:

The people you meet in the weirdest of places....

The people you meet in the weirdest of places….

A dream is a wish your heart makes this Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!

A dream is a wish your heart makes this Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!

The last photo is from this game called Disney Infinity, which is basically an sandbox mash-up of Disney’s ever growing property empire, with a splash of Minecraft thrown in. I normally save my video game commentary for my related website, but considering that I’ve been investing what little free time I’ve had into it, it’s been a decent time passer and sanity break.

While all of this has been going on, between the writings, pourings, and conventions, Burning Man came and went. I didn’t go this year. I simply had too much on my plate to even consider it, and the camp I stayed with last year opted out of going this time around, so instead, the group and I had a very laid back house gathering over the weekend, trading dust and sunshine for swimming pools and air conditioning. The trade was agreeable, but it was the second time during the week that I got a twinge of a “homesickness”. There was a beauty out there in those barren wastelands of the day, and the electronic ocean of the night.

And yet, in a way, I was still represented out there. My friend Gabe was kind enough to take a picture and inscription for Junie, and place it within the Temple:

Junie remembered....

Junie remembered….

The Temple display.

The Temple display.

There was sadness in the memory that I counted my family and dogs as my blessings as I laid a picture of my Father in tribute last year. And now, I had to lay the memory of one of my best friends out there. And I hadn’t expected to do that.

I personally am ready for a break. I look to be going to California next week with friends, and a hopeful Texas trip within the next month. It’s been too quiet of a Summer for me, and I need a recharge.

I’m also thinking of a few writing ideas. I want to get some of my projects off the ground, so once I clear this next trip, I’ll be right back into work.

I’m ready for Fall to come. All work and no play makes Guy a dull boy.