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Well that’ll teach me to be productive at work. I have only now come across this posting on Charlie Stross’ webjournal, which states simply:

I’m going to be in Washington DC tomorrow, with jet-lag, not to mention my wife (also jet-lagged). In an attempt to stave off the jet-lag by staying awake until local time 10:30pm, we’ll be drinking in The Brickskeller at 1523 22nd St NW from about 7pm onwards. If you’re in Washington DC and good beer and extremely jet-lagged authors interest you, that’s the place to be on Tuesday 1st.

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to read any of Stross’ work, you’ve missed some far-future science fiction as well as some delightful stories set in the present time, albeit a present where the ancient other-worldly horrors from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu are real and there’s a supernatural cold war going on. Think occult James Bond – with a lot of humor – and you have the picture. His most current book, Halting State, is in the running for a Hugo and is waiting patiently on my nightstand for me to start it. (Thanks, Arlington library!)

So, if you had the good fortune to hoist a beer with Mr Stross last night while I was shouting myself hoarse at the Verizon Center, I hope you gave him a positive impression about our fair city. Maybe you saw him and didn’t realize it – a comment in his announcement post stated “I will be using a large green plush Cthulhu as an identification tag” so if you saw a plush and friendly gibbering horror, you sat near a famous writer.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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