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17 February 2013 @ 09:20 am
Winter weekend down south  
Yesterday I biked to figure studio and was somewhat disappointed.  The model was a ghastly skinny boy I've encountered a couple of times before.  His body is grotesquely thin, like an Auschwitz victim, and drawing him is vaguely repellent.  Gay was going to pick up me and my bike at 12:30, but I called and talked her into coming an hour early.


We went out to Tioga for lunch.  It's an interesting neighborhood, built all at once, perhaps to provide a kind of upper-middle-class environment a comfortable distance from Gainesville's complicated social mix.  I googled it and found this –

Michael Diaz and his son Luis dreamed of a neighborhood that gives people open space, gathering places including parks, a town square and a group of community shops.They envisioned homes whose architecture are as individual as the people who live in them.
Town of Tioga is a 21st Century community inspired by human needs and desires with the style of an old southern town. Their dream was to create a neighborhood where people have a chance to be friendly neighbors and foster a sense of trust throughout the community.

-- which is fair enough.  The place does have a lot of architectural variety.  The houses are a little close together for my taste, but that's the price of land nowadays.

(It may look like de facto segregation, but I don't think so; the people in the town center, at least, seem to comprise a normal mix of races for suburban northern Florida.)

They had a kind of street fair going on, a winter festival.  We wandered through looking at paintings and sculpture and various kinds of fair food.  I succumbed to my addiction and bought a hand-made fountain pen, a lovely thing with a barrel of turned koa wood (picture on LiveJournal).  It has a good German iridium nib.

We went to a tapas-style restaurant there I've been wanting to try.  High points for weirdness; it's a fusion of Mediterranean, Asian, and South American styles, called Saboré.  I had duck breast chunked in a molé sauce with a stack of little tortillas, spicy and good; Gay went for raw tuna stacked on oriental vegetables, also good but a little too spicy for her.  Pretty good lunch wine list; a generous glass of French ordinary red for eight bucks.

Curious for Florida, the temperature nose-dived during the hour we were in the restaurant.  We've been enjoying the seventies and even eighties for a couple of weeks, but that's over.  This morning we even had frost.  It's 32 degrees at 8:00, and will only get up into the fifties.  (Temporary aberration, though; tomorrow they forecast a high of 61, and 77 the next day, and up in the eighties again by Thursday.)

Back to work.  Happy Sunday.

et in Arcadia egoboo: whole earth moonapostle_of_eris on February 17th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
re: "planned communities"
Have you read Stewart Brand's How Buildings Learn?
joe_haldemanjoe_haldeman on February 18th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
How Buildings Lean
Haven't seen that one, apostle. Though I have seen the House of Representatives lean right.

joe_haldemanjoe_haldeman on February 18th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
learning to read
Oh, "learn." Sorry.
Greg SimsGreg Sims on February 22nd, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
The Forever War
Hi Joe -- it's a pleasure to be able to thank you for the novels and stories you have written throughout the years. Years ago, as a budding sci-fi fan, I remember reading "The Forever War" and it stood out to me as one of the freshest and most imaginative books I had ever read (and now one of the most influential). As a rather new orchestral film composer, I am always on the lookout for upcoming films that I would love to work on, and I saw that a movie is planned.

I hope it's a blockbuster and doesn't take as long to get to the Silver Screen as the title would suggest!

Keep the stories coming...
Greg Sims
P.S. I lived in central FL for years. I wish I had known you were there :-)
joe_haldeman: pic#101547315joe_haldeman on February 23rd, 2013 11:26 am (UTC)
Re: The Forever War
Thanks for writing, Greg.

Riddley Scott does have a script -- seven, actually -- for the movie, but beyond that I don't know anything. As the saying goes, they treat writers like ushrooms -- keep 'em in the dark and feed them bullshit.


Joe H.
Greg SimsGreg Sims on February 23rd, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: The Forever War
Keep the faith. Big films seem to stall in the script phase nowadays. I sat down with a producer of Ender's Game last year about possibly doing the score, and she said they had been working on the project for 15 years!

As long as you keep writing, the rest of us will be happy.