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One of the greatest things that can happen in online fandom life is to discover even more common ground than fandom with someone, and make a real-life friend, one you enjoy meeting in person.

I had that experience with [personal profile] kis. We connected online in the Firefly fandom way back in 2003 (god! could it have been that long ago?). I met her in person for the first time at a 2005 con in London (where we had the most squeeingly great time), and got a personalized tour of Edinburgh a year later when I was back in the UK for non-fannish purposes. Met Mr Kis and "the Son and Heir", both delightful gentlemen, and brought home wonderful memories.

So now, [personal profile] kis and Mr Kis are coming to see me! They've planned a trip to the US centering around Jellystone Park, and because hey, coming-all-this-way, etc., they are going to fly first to Stumptown solely on the strength of my living here. Well, that, and Mt St Helens.

We have tons of plans involving volcano-climbing, bookstore-wandering, augite-hunting, beach-going, possibly bike-riding, friends-meeting, food-eating and generally good-time-having, before they rent a car and drive eastward into the Rockies to go see Old Faithful and fly home out of Denver.

The very-clever arrangement we've come up with is for them to take over my humble house while they're here. (I, meanwhile, will stay across the street at my sister's house. My house is way too small for three people.)

This is all going to happen in early September. Between now and then, I must put my house in order. I'm used to my house, but that's no reason to inflict it as it is on wonderful friends from lands far away, right?

Accordingly, I'm implementing 15M4K, Fifteen Minutes For Kis. I will spend (a minimum of) fifteen minutes every day making, doing, or fixing something about the house and grounds that will make their stay more enjoyable. Remodeling, it ain't. It's more of an extension of Project Empty.

First up: Prune the crazy kiwi vine that's threatening to tear down my porch. *goes outside with garden shears*

Okay, that's done. Next? The Secret Closet of Clutter.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 27th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Wow--you are a *fabulous* host!!
Mar. 27th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
My motivation is mostly selfish--I'm using their visit as the driver to get shit done that I should have done years ago, and also, to prevent severe embarrassment.

It will be good for all concerned! :D
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Mar. 29th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Mar. 28th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
That is LOVELY! And, yes, it's fabulous when fandom brings people together like that - I've been on both sides of that equation, with the visiting and the hosting, and it is made of win.

(Jolly good idea, this fifteen-minute-a-day project! Most admirable!)
Mar. 28th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
It is ASTONISHING how big the matter of making a tiny house presentable can be! This place is a one-bedroom flat, only with a garden around it, and the scope of What Needs Doing is just mind-boggling. Fifteen minutes at a time is all I can face, but experience with thin-slicing a problem makes me believe that this monster can be tamed that way.

I'm so excited about Kis and Mr Kis visiting!
Mar. 28th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
Yay! And I'm doing the same thing, but finitejester37 will be here on the 6th. Eep!
Mar. 28th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
Oh cool!

Yay fandom friends!
Mar. 29th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
It's awesome that you get a nice visit with Kis. I'm envious!
Mar. 29th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited about it!
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