jcollie719: (Jerzei head)
I've been able to attend a couple of furry meetups this week. I went to the Tuesday meet at Village Inn, and I'll go to another meet tonight at a pizza place close to my home. The Arvada Tails "RMFC" meet is 24 days away. Since it's on a Sunday, I'll ask another KRCC announcer if he can fill in for me beginning at 9 or 10 AM. I'll probably just wear my collie tail to the meet since it's outdoors and I don't want to overheat in my kigurumi or fursuit.
jcollie719: (Jerzei head)
I partially suited last night at the FoxTrot meet. The fursuit's case just barely fit in my car's back seat; I had to move the driver's seat forward and force the case in a bit. The case is 20 inches wide, so I will look for a case that's only 16-18 inches. I didn't see as many friends at the meet since some of them are in Reno at BLFC. I had a cheeseburger, a couple of rum-and-cokes and a few glasses of water before putting on the suit's head, hand paws and tail. There were no chairs in the headless lounge, so I skipped putting on the foot paws. My belt broke during the meet, but it was able to hold my tail for the 20-25 minutes I was in suit. It was slightly dark in the club and difficult to see without my glasses. I got a few hugs and at least one person took my picture. After getting out of suit, I realized I had forgotten to put on a fresh layer of deodorant before the meet. Also, the burger made me a bit farty for a while. I'll do a better job of pre-meet bathing from now on.

R.I.P. Bandit, the border collie belonging to Funday PawPet Show founder Yappyfox. 

UPDATE (8:35 AM): I found a couple of Rubbermaid containers that would fit my car: the Roughneck 66-quart tote (16.5 inches wide) and a large FlexTote (15.7 inches.) The latter has a zipper closure to make it more secure for flying. Both are clear.
jcollie719: (Polar Bear Xing)
I actually have snow outside my condo again. I'm glad it's just warm enough to keep the snow from sticking to the roads.

I went to a fur meet in Denver last night. There was heavy rain at times driving to Denver and back, but the snow didn't start until after I got home. This meet was at a bar/restaurant on Colfax Ave. called Illegal Pete's. I had been to the Pete's location in south Denver years ago when a co-worker's band played there. The announcement for the fur meet had said the group would have the upper level booths to itself, so I sat near what I thought was part of the group. After some of the regular patrons left, I looked around but didn't recognize anyone else as part of the group. No one apparently recognized me, either. I stayed about 90 minutes to have a burrito and margarita, then went home.

UPDATE (4 PM): It started snowing again briefly, and the temperature is slowly dropping. This shouldn't affect any driving I have to do tomorrow.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
Today was peaceful at work. KRCC didn't do any Sunday pledging this time.

I was initially worried I-25 would get icy due to the snowfall, but the roads were just wet. I wound up not going to FoxTrot because I was too tired after work, and a brief nap didn't help.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
Tomorrow at FoxTrot, I'll wear the "partial" parts of my fursuit with my jacket and regular clothes since this weekend will be chilly. I need to contact my suit maker after dinner tonight to see if she's going to FoxTrot, or if she can adjust the suit body sometime in the next two weeks. Next week might not work due to the KRCC drive.

I signed up for two more phone shifts at KRCC yesterday. My upcoming vacation is now completely "Even Stevened."

My replacement APAP mask was delivered an hour ago. This should greatly improve my sleep for the next few months. Also, a few of the KRCC shifts I picked were 6-9 AM, so my sleep schedule won't be quite as varied this week.

Struck out

Mar. 6th, 2017 03:31 am
jcollie719: (Jackass Fish Slap)
My bowling scores this weekend were... non-existent. I was unable to view the official Facebook post about the furry bowling meet this time because it was set to private, and I wasn't given access to it for some reason. A post by someone else on the Colorado Furs FurAffinity page invited people to RSVP for the event, but it didn't mention the participants needed to pay in advance. (Everyone paid at the bowling alley during previous meets.) When I went to enter my name on the scoreboard, another fur mentioned the advance payment. I had a burger and a "Whiskey Orchard" drink, then just stuck around until around 12:20 AM.

Earlier on Sunday, I made a chocolate martini with coconut vodka, creme de cacao and coffee creamer.
jcollie719: (Jcollie license)
This is the last weekend before KRCC switches to its new schedule on Monday. The station is switching to only having music from 7 PM-midnight, with news/NPR programming the rest of the day. When the station last changed its schedule, I got plenty of both good and bad calls about the changes. The latest change will eliminate some of the less-liked shows. "A Prairie Home Companion" will return on weekends, having been dropped after Garrison Keillor retired. Still, the elimination of the late-morning/early-afternoon music shows has already garnered lots of complaints. As much as I hate the reduced music content, I know KRCC has to do what it can to compete with the new Colorado Public Radio affiliate starting up in April.

I'll be doing some more furry bowling on Saturday night. My fursuit's maker is hosting the meet, so I'll ask if she can make adjustments to the suit body next week.

I forgot to pick up my medication refills today. I'll need to do that on Monday.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
PAY for Sunday, February 5th: 10 hours (5 AM-3 PM)

I decided to bring my kigurumi instead of my fursuit to FoxTrot last night. I currently don't have a container that's both large enough to store the fursuit and small enough to fit in my car. I plan to buy a container in a week or two so I can bring my suit from now on.

The meet's new bar, the Denver Wrangler, is in the building where Howl-O-Ween had been held for a few years (formerly the ExDo Annex and the Eden nightclub.) I ate dinner at home before driving to the meet, but the Wrangler does have food service including pizza, burgers and nachos. During the meet, an RMFC staff member let me know the director's chair I forgot to pick up last year would be shipped later this week.
jcollie719: (Dave Ham Lamp)
Colorado Springs got more snow today. I had to go to a Toastmasters training tonight, but luckily the roads weren't slick. After the training, I used the Visa gift cards from Christmas to get gas for my car and (with a coupon) dinner/Friday lunch at Burger King.

I'll see if I have a smaller container to store my fursuit. The maker had put it in a giant container which isn't really portable. I still need to have the suit's crotch lowered a bit, but I can't seem to coordinate a repair time with the maker. Since it's still jacket weather, I can just wear the "partial" parts of the suit with my clothes and jacket at FoxTrot. Saturday's weather will be back in the 50s and low-60s.
jcollie719: (Headbanger Weird Al)
My co-workers' band, The Psychedelegates, played at Jack Quinn's Pub last night. I only had $40 in my wallet, so I spent $29 on one martini and three local beers. I ate dinner at home beforehand, both to save money and soak up the booze.

The organizers of the FoxTrot meet were able to find a new club for next weekend. The group will be at the Denver Wrangler bar, which also has food service. My next paycheck will be deposited on Tuesday, so I won't have to worry about skimping.
jcollie719: (Collie Puppet)
I did much better at furry bowling last night. My first game was mostly open frames, but the second and third games were much better. My scores were 88, 138 and 128. The listed host for the meet didn't show, but another furry got everyone set up.

My voice is a little rough this morning due to the last little bit of congestion in my throat and only getting about three hours of sleep after the bowling meet. I have some cough drops and green tea handy. The congestion will hopefully go away tonight since it's no longer getting worse while I sleep.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
I heard last night that the club where FoxTrot has been held for the past year is closing.


Hopefully the next club where FoxTrot happens will be as roomy as M Uptown. I liked the option of having dinner with my drinks, even though some of the recent menu changes look like they were lifted from the "This is why you're fat" websites.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
Even though I'm well-rested and awake, I don't feel like going out tonight to FoxTrot. In past years, I've had to skip the December FoxTrot due to icy roads. The roads are clear this time, but I'm a bit short on cash and need to buy groceries either Sunday or Monday. Also, KRCC's Christmas party is Sunday night. I'll still take part in some long-distance furry activities tonight since Steelwoulfe's Jackbox game stream starts in a half-hour or so.
jcollie719: (Xmas Vigoda)
I had a follow-up appointment with my physician today. I've been on the increased dose of generic Prozac for a few weeks now, and it's helped me be less anxious. After the appointment, I picked up a jug of purified water for my APAP machine. I'm glad I don't have any other appointments or errands until Friday since it snowed last night and this morning. The roads were mostly snow-free, but the high temperature won't get back above freezing until Friday. There's only a 10% chance of snow showers in Denver on Saturday night, when FoxTrot will take place. It'll be clear again on Sunday for the KRCC Christmas party.

So far, my Christmas list has three items: a floor lamp, a Tupperware bowl set and a pair of Heat Holders socks. I wanted to add a shredder, but most of the shredder models I saw were at least $100; the ones specifically labeled as cardboard shredders were over $2,000.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
My savings and checking accounts will be dry until Monday. I wanted to have a bit more cash on me for last night's bowling meet, so I took my change jar to a King Soopers location with a Coinstar machine. After the transaction fee was subtracted, I got $27.95.

The bowling meet was the first time I wore my fursuit head and tail outside my home. My fursuit's maker was also at the meet and arranged to come by my home Wednesday to make adjustments to my suit. It took a few frames for me to get used to bowling with a fursuit head. My scores were 82 and 104. My vision was slightly blurry since I couldn't wear my glasses under the head. I'm thinking of getting some prescription goggles to wear over the mask. I just had water during the meet to keep from overheating; I had wanted to order a drink or two, but I was usually bowling when the server came around. I didn't need to order food since I had a large dinner beforehand. The meet raised $366 for Nakio's Underdog Rescue.

I got about four hours of sleep after getting home. Before I take a nap later today, I'll put an ice pack on my right ankle since it's been hurting for the past week.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
I tried on the body of my new fursuit tonight. I'm glad the maker said she could adjust the crotch if needed, because it's definitely needed. The suit's legs wound up still being baggy while the upper body was an inch or two short. Lowering the crotch a few inches should solve that problem. I tried on the hands and feet, and those fit just fine.

I was looking forward to wearing the suit to the bowling meet this coming Saturday. I suppose I could still wear the head and tail, or just wear my kigurumi. I'm not sure if there are any other fursuiting events I'm able to attend between the bowling meet and FoxTrot in December.
jcollie719: (Collie Puppet)
The furry bowling meet in Denver was held at the same alley (Celebrity Lanes in Centennial,) but it was in a more private "party room" with four lanes this time. Some furries brought cakes and cupcakes to celebrate a couple of birthdays. For dinner, I ordered a barbecue bacon cheeseburger and two "Whiskey Orchards" (Crown Royal, Peach Schnapps, Angry Orchard cider and Grenadine.) The lane I was on had a faulty scorekeeping system. The bowlers would sometimes be credited with more pins than they actually knocked down, or given strikes when they only knocked down 7-9 pins. My scores were 156 for a complete game, and 121 for a seven-frame game. The group's photo shoot interrupted the bowling, and most of the bowlers opted to leave after the shoot. Even though my score was partially "enhanced" by faulty equipment, I got a Guardians of the Galaxy mug with a dancing Groot figure as a prize for the highest score.

The next bowling meet I will attend is on October 29th in Colorado Springs. I'll have a little something special for that meet.

I'm at work at KRCC at the moment. I didn't get much sleep last night due to the meet, so I'll sleep for a few hours once I get home. I should be awake for at least part of The Rabbit Hole and Doggy Radio.
jcollie719: (Ryan Headdesk)

KRCC's membership drive ended at noon today. I felt good for most of today, though my mood took a huge dip in the last hour of the drive. About 20 minutes before the drive ended, the general manager decided to change plans for the on-air pitching. I was able to handle the changes, though I was a bundle of nerves. I wish the manager would think of these things in advance and plan accordingly (e.g. using "pledge-friendly" show episodes with shorter segments and more breaks.) Thankfully, my mood was boosted an hour or two later by a (drunk/high?) caller who had an idea about a different type of anti-drunk-driving PSA. I also got to take a late caller's pledge.

I'll be heading to the Denver area in a little bit for tonight's bowling meet. At least I can relax there and work off the little bit of frustration I have left.

jcollie719: (Ryan Stiles Finger)
Now I (sort of) have one of the TV "diginets" I've wanted to receive. Yesterday, I upgraded my cable service to the next tier. I mainly did this to receive some of the news networks like BBC World News, and also the additional entertainment channels. One of the channels, Blue Highways TV, carries the diginet Laff's programming during a large part of its schedule. This channel carries mostly 1980s-2000s sitcoms like Ellen, Night Court, Grace Under Fire and The Drew Carey Show.

I answered phones at KRCC from 6-9 AM and 3-4:30 PM. The phones were really busy most of the morning since there were a couple of "matching funds" challenges.

I'll be going to a furry bowling meet in Denver Saturday night, and another one in Colorado Springs near the end of the month.
jcollie719: (weird al yankovic shocked)

I did it! After five years of not knowing what to talk about, I finally gave my fifth speech in Toastmasters today. My evaluator said I did a great job, but suggested working on the transitions between each section of the speech as well as body language. One of the remaining speeches I have in my manual focuses more on body language, which will give me more opportunities to work on that.

During Tuesday's local fur meet, I was invited to play Cards Against Humanity with some members of the group. It's nice to actually have some interaction and stay longer than an hour at the meet. I take the blame for not usually doing this since my mood in public tends to fluctuate between "I'm lonely. Pay attention to me!" and "Okay, I've acknowledged you. Move on."

KRCC's Fall membership drive began yesterday. I answered phones during the morning and evening shifts. Since this was day one, the station only got about a couple dozen calls total. Things should pick up Saturday with the open house and the pet challenge.

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