Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cabel Does The Renn Fest....

Cabel and I had a right fine time at the Renn Fest today. I was excited because I got to hang with BFF (hey, always wanted to use that in a sentence) Best Stemple, and excited to see old friends that I hadn't seen in yonks.

Cabel was excited because he got to go somewhere in the car, and hey, whatever works for him.

Sat it with bad boys Bedlam, my very first band ever. They insist it is still my band, and whatever I say goes. Didn't bring my violin but of course, multi talented them, they had a spare for me. I love those guys. Had a fine time playing with them, and got into all the long time fans being excited I was there again.

Which lasted a very brief moment. Before Cabel stole the show from me. It was enough that we couldn't walk two steps without someone commenting, asking about, wanting to pet or going gaga over him, but then people (not ones I knew) started looking at him, stopping, looking at me, then saying "OMG! Is that HIM?????" I knew it was so not about me any more.

Dog is a rock star in his own right. He has his own fans. Obviously, this is very wearing on him, and we had to frequently nip backstage for breaks. It was simply all too much. He did handle the attention like a pro, and drank like a fish. Only, however, from water that had not been touched by any other dog. This is clearly a dog with a rider in his contract.

After hours I had the idea we might go on home, long day, very hot, I had been playing some music, rocking and such, but clearly Cabel had other ideas. He had hooked up with some Babes, and was up for some after hours tent action. Into tent and onto the bed with not one, but two of them. Even doing the old "I can make my eyes two different colours I am so cool" trick.


Dog needs an entourage, I am thinking. Too much for little old me.

I finally pried him away and chauffeured him home, after pouring him into the car (he slept all the way, the sod)

Thinking we both had a pretty fine day.

Love and Renn Fest,


At 00:11 Anonymous TheCatCoach said...

Cabel is lovely!!!

At 00:17 Blogger gaypet said...

Looks like a nice day.

At 00:51 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Cabal is a babe and completely rocks.

At 01:05 Blogger Na said...

Gayle took the words out of my... er. Fingers.

At 01:21 Blogger Ticia said...

Upstaged by a dog. Oh, the humanity! :)

At 01:31 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Well, you've met him Ticia, so it should not come as a surprise. The guy is a total heart throb.

At 02:08 Blogger Dragonsally said...

You should be employing him as a babe magnet more often, methinks.

He deserves his own Facebook page, some kind Fiend should get on to that!

At 02:12 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Cabal rocks, but Betsy is SUCH a totally hot MILF. the archetypal, as opposed to me personally sense. So Adam can put down that cutlass.....

Nice to see you and the boys throwin' it down at Fest. Wish I'd been there to listen and dance (and perhaps have a wee nip, as I am still want to do)

At 02:16 Blogger vampi said...

sounds like a perfect day:)

At 02:49 Blogger Ticia said...

You're right, Nat. I have experienced the Cabal Magnetism up close and personal. He made my heart go pitter-pat.

He does need his own FaceBook page, Sally. *grin*

if ever there was a Rockstar Dog, Cabal is it.

At 05:08 Blogger louisa said...

Renn Fest post means I've been here a year!! (well, a year since my de-lurking anyway) Happy Fiendday to me :) I love being part of this community, makes my heart all glow-y to think of what a difference you've made to me these past twelve months. [sighs in happy contentment]

Cabal is such a star, certainly glows like one, I love his ears perked up in the third pic. Truly magical to see his transformation from when he was first found, yet another furry friend miracle. Good to see him doing you proud, Empress Q.

It's a beautiful sunny morning here in Dublin town and I'm off to make the most of this sky-blue sky. Enjoy your Sundays wonderful fiends!!

At 05:22 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Good morning, Louisa!
Here the weather is so so, a little on the cool side (20C, mind).
Baked scones, had tea and finished reading my present book. Life is mellow.

At 06:01 Blogger Marjorie said...

Love the idea of Cabal with his own entourage! He does have that whole 'animal magnetism' thig going for him, doesn't he?

My new credit card arrived so have been able to send my mite for the bengals..

'tis a lovely sunny day here, too.

At 07:24 Blogger Frounette said...

Ah, Cabal. It's the ears that do it!
Looks like a really good day.

At 07:35 Blogger Lioness said...

Well, it is good to have someone to take all the pressure off you having to be "on" all the time, I figure. Cabal is doing you a favour!
Otherwise, everyone would be crowding around you, saying "OMG, Is it You?!"

At 07:51 Blogger Phiala said...

Cabal is a sweetie. I love the pic with the ears. But it sounds like you had a fine day as well.

Hey Jess, I finally mulched yesterday, with the mulch I've had since spring 2008.

At 08:19 Blogger DataGoddess said...

Yeah, I think you should use him for a babe magnet, Q!

At least strangers don't want to scritch your ears, like they do his ;-)

At 08:40 Blogger Aline Martins said...

What a great day...and great pics!
lots of fun for both :D

and yes, I am alive, trying to go back to normal life...

At 08:40 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring the bees as Cabel's entourage next year.

At 08:56 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

That's what you get for shuttling around a major celebrity. I'm surprised it wasn't more like one of those famous scenes of the Beatles running around with crowds of screaming fans running after them.

At 08:58 Anonymous Kate said...

So much fun to be had on a sunny day with friends, good music, and a handsome dog. Glad the day was great!

At 10:10 Blogger HellZiggy said...

Cabel is such a rockstar! I hope to get to meet him someday.

Sounds like you had a wonderful day. :)

~Other Sharon

At 10:27 Blogger Kate T said...

Okay - song stuck in my head, thank you lovely L. Since it made it into my brain that your band is named Bedlam all I can hear in my head is Mad Tom of Bedlam!
"For to see Mad Tom of Bedlam,
Ten thousand miles I've traveled."
I'll have to listen to it to get it unstuck!

At 10:54 Blogger Ticia said...

Good morning Fiends!

I'm off to play with friends in San Francisco today!

If you're San Francisco today too, come by Borderlands Books at 3:00pm for a Mark Van Name book reading. It would be awesome if some Fiend Meetings/ Sightings occured. :)

At 11:00 Blogger Kitty Cat said...

Agree that Dog needs an entire production team, but clearly you are the GLAM SQUAD all in one, miss long-haired beauty Quiche.

At 11:06 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning all!

Tea. Sleepy. Ended up staying up WAY to late.

Tom of Bedlam is where we got the name, Kate, love that song!

More tea. Then I can can talk properly. Just spoke to Boss who said he loved the Cabel pics and thought it was pretty funny he stole the show from me.

At 11:07 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning Kitty! Perhaps you you could tour manage for him?

My hair reminds me of YOU! Come home soon!

At 11:55 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I would say more but I am only here to let you Fiends know it looks like I am in quite possibly gigantic trouble. My blood sugar is through the roof, as are my ketonic levels, and ER seems it might be on the horizon. Cross your fingers for me? Oh yeah, we had a festival in RI today too, Lorraine. Lots and lots of fun. Reminded me of being at Charlie's because they had pirate music playing (except for when Jack played with his band. Mostly Green Day and Beatles).

At 11:59 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Eeeeks. I hope you will be all right, Emily. In doubt, ER is always the best solution.

At 12:01 Blogger dabbler said...

Oh dear, Emily...loving and healing thoughts heading your direction....

At 12:22 Blogger Marjorie said...

Very sorry to hear that, Emily. Hope you feel better very soon, and I'm with Nathalie - better safe than sorry - it does sound as though a trip to the ER would be in order.


At 12:56 Blogger Jess said...

What they said! Take good care of yourself, Emily. Hope you feel better soon.

Cabal is a ROCK DOG. Like a "Rock God," but spelt differently.

There's a picture of Cabal floating around out there with me yawning in the background, quite by accident I'll have you know. (That was one of Chantrelle's. Thanks for catching that moment. Really. ;P) I am glad that this post sets the record straight: Cabal's presence does not induce lethargy in ladies.

Sad to report that Mr. Jess Was only partly successful in his quest to impersonate Ely Cathedral as seen on that Pink Floyd album, because cameras weren't allowed anywhere but the lobby. Not sure I was really allowed to take the one I did, even though I was in the lobby. Oops, too late.

Phiala, You're a better woman than I. I'm now waiting till everything starts to die back next month, so it's easier.

At 13:18 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Oh Emily, do take care of yourself. If you think the ER is necessary, hie thee there! Healing thoughts for you.

What I saw of Cabal, he's got the Strong Silent Type down. And an air of, it's okay, you can adore me, I'll just sit back and ignore you. Irresistible. But it looks like you got plenty of well-deserved appreciation too, Lorraine. An possibly a laying on of hands (what was that about?).

Happy Fiendday Louisa! This is such an amazing group of folks, isn't it? I can't believe the difference you have all made in my life. Thank you so much.

At 13:39 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Actually, he is a big softy who loves his cuddles. And knows how to get them too.

At 14:21 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Oh and in case some of you with some of Sunday still left open want to try their hands at Appel Geback, I have posted the recipe over at my Live Journal.

In other news, I think there might be a football match on the telly (either that or my neighbours are murdering each others) and I seem to be flavour of the month for nano publishers (second anthology participation received this week!)
Oh, and I was also interviewed on which Lovecraftian Monster would I rather be...
Any guess?

At 15:08 Blogger EmilyLady said...

ER was not in order. We got things fixed. Sort of. Out of the danger zone, anyway. I'm exhausted at this point.

Anyway. I like Cabal. Fun and sweet. There should be more doggies like him.

At 15:12 Blogger Marjorie said...

Glad things are under control, Emily, and you did not have to go to hospital.

Any idea what caused it?

At 15:20 Blogger Phiala said...

Wow, Emily, that's a little too exciting. I'm glad you got it straightened out, and hope that it doesn't happen again.

At 15:29 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Since I wear an insulin pump, I'm questioning the pod I was wearing - sometimes the insulin delivery gets messed up somehow. Not sure just why. Otherwise I did everything I'm supposed to do.

At 15:35 Blogger Marjorie said...

I wonder which of the fates I have upset.

I have just heard that Jason Webley is coming to the UK. He is currently looking for a venue in Bath or Bristol (i.e. right on my doorstep) for a gig.

On 3rd October.

When I have to be in Newcastle upon Tyne, about 330 miles away...


At 15:42 Blogger Siri said...

Margo - tell Dan to get to work on that teleportation device, so you can be in both almost simultaniously.

Emily - good for you. Deep cleansing breaths.

At 15:53 Blogger Marjorie said...

Do they have the equivalent of Insulin-pimp engineers, to check it's working properly? You seem to have been having a lot of trouble recently.

Siri, I think I would need the urgent clone, too, as I would need to be in 2 places completely simultaneaously. It may be easier to try to book a day off work & see whether I can get to the London show on the Monday night.

At 15:54 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Healing, restful thoughts for Emily

Happy Fiendday to Louisa!

and now a little something just for Kate Tabor:
"Spirits white as lightning
would on my travels guide me..."

Just so your brain can spend the next earworm time filling in the rest :)

At 16:21 Blogger Siri said...

There you go, Marjorie - you probably spend too much time doing things like working and sleeping rather than playing, anyway.

I'm trying to work in 2 major home repairs, a family visiting me (2 adults/2 kids under 4) and a weekend road trip, all in the 1st two weeks of October. Good luck to me.

At 16:40 Blogger dabbler said...

So there I was,last night, sitting on hay bales under a pole barn, in a dark field, bundled up against the 50ish weather. And listening to Taiko drummers and then to Paul Winter's soprano saxophone, over the recordings of animals (whales, elk, wolves) and orchestral instruments.

Wonderful experiences. Really made me want to go and hang out in St John's Cathedral in NYC for the all night Solstice Celebration he hosts in December.

At 18:34 Anonymous Kate said...

Oh, thanks, Lysandwr - just when the earworm had taken a break -
"Still I sing, bonny boys,
Bonny mad boys,
Bedlam boys are bonny.
For they all go bare and they live by the air,
And they want no drink or money."

At 19:08 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Wow, that sounds wonderful, Dabbler! And Marjorie, I'm so sorry for you.


At 19:08 Blogger Dan Guy said...

Cabal Has A Posse.

At 19:11 Blogger Uisge said...

ticky box

At 19:39 Blogger One Sock Short said...

I haven't gotten as far as adding titles and descriptions, but the photos are up, including what I took at FiendFest.

Isn't the tiara SlightlyBent made gorgeous!

At the dinner table, left to right, is me, Arwenn73, and SlightlyBent.

By the way, once I get around to the titles and descriptions, I intend to use Fiend names, not real names. If anyone is uncomfy with even that much ID, or would rather have me make a photo private, let me know.

At 19:50 Blogger AletaMay said...

What a wonderful day at the Faire! That Cabal, he is such a rock star. He should tweet more often.

Em -- glad things are under control. Hope it stays that way.

I have a bit of work work to do tonight and I am not feeling even slightly interested in doing it. :sigh:

At 20:01 Blogger Siri said...

What a wonderful time, OSS - Love the tiara - Fluffy must look to her laurels!

At 20:46 Blogger EmilyLady said...

OSS, your photos are awesome! Thanks for letting us know.

At 20:48 Blogger EmilyLady said...

The earring shots. :D

At 20:50 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Well. You know. THE earring shot.

At 21:42 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I think I've missed saying happy Fiend day to you OSS(how did that happen?)
and a Happy Fiend Day to Louisa too

At 22:41 Anonymous Scott Gordon said...

I just realized that the tree behind you in the first picture is the same one that I have with you, Neil and Maddy leaning up against ten or twelve years ago (I think).

This made me smile.

At 23:44 Blogger ariandalen said...

You do look like you were enjoying yourself, Ms. Fabulous; Cabal, too. Hope you were able to get some rest along with all the fun. :)

Emily, I am very glad your bg levels are back in order, or at least not needing a trip to the ER. I worry about you.

Happy Belated Firbday, OSS! They say life begins at forty. All I can say is that my life definitely changed after forty, and all on purpose. ;) Love the tiara!

Happy belated Fiend day, Louisa!

Hi, Frounette and babseth! Welcome to the free and frenetic, at times, Fiendom! Grab a nice white, buckled jacket, some personalization supplies and have fun! We know you want one. They are the best fashion accessory around. :)

At 00:49 Blogger Ms T said...

Flying comment to say that fabulous though Cabal is (and he is pretty fab), he is not as fab as Ms Q's new hair!

(Yes, I know. I'm a bit slow on the uptake.)

At 01:23 Blogger Marjorie said...

It ;looks as though you all had a good time, OSS, Arwenn & Slightly Bent, and I love the tiara!

At 07:32 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Oh, OSS, I didn't realize; happy birthday!

At 08:48 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...


Just found out someone I knew and really liked died this morning while watching Good Morning America.

She was a policewomen I would talk to at the club, she took shifts there guarding weddings to earn extra money for her own. Hadn't seen her in a year, but we used to talk about our jobs.

She told me she could never do what I did, getting on stage in front of people.

I pointed out that she was a cop, and no one called her to say everything was great, she didn't stop people and say "Hey, your driving is most excellent."

She died of some rare complications from childbirth.

I'll miss her. Really liked her.

Bizzare hearing on the TV too. I mean, I see people I know on the news and tc all the time, but this was weird.

At 08:50 Blogger Phiala said...

Lorraine, I'm sorry.

And finding out that way doesn't help, I'm sure. What an unpleasant shock to start the day.

At 09:31 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

My Brazilian interview is up! How cool is this???

At 09:36 Blogger spacedlaw said...

VERY cool.

At 09:43 Blogger spacedlaw said...

So basically your wildest dream is to become a crazy cat lady. Fits perfectly. My shrink always told me that you have to set yourselves some realistic goals.
We'll just have to send more cats your way.

At 09:49 Blogger Jess said...

Woot! That's a very nice interview. Although...they're keen on evil. Iron-willed, I'd say. Evil I have not seen.

Very sorry about your friend-- how awful. She sounds to have been one terrific lady.

At 10:45 Blogger Hellie said...

Great interview! And very wise advice at the end there too. I noticed that Oysterband are playing in Manchester soon, I guess you'd recommend going to see them?

Cabal is a beauty (as are you Lorraine, love the hair!)and looks like he is loving the attention!

I'm very sorry to hear about your friend too, that's so sad.

At 12:22 Blogger Marjorie said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, Quiche, and that you found out in such a way. Did her baby make it?


On a happier note, I love your interview (and by the way *I* know what the Giant 6' Pig Pink was all about. I may even have pictures.)

At 12:49 Blogger Jess said...

Tell us of this Pig, Marjorie.

At 13:05 Blogger Marjorie said...

What, this pig, you mean, Jess?

At 13:13 Blogger Arwenn said...

In the words of our spider friend Charlotte, "Some Pig"

At 13:16 Blogger Jess said...

That must indeed be the very Pig I mean. Was it signing as well?

At 13:36 Blogger Marjorie said...

No, it was too busy being the Overlord of Everything to sign. Also it's hands aren't really suited to signing.

It was at EasterCon last year - Boss was doing a reading of 'The Wolves in the Walls' (which of course features a pig) - I wasn't able to go to the reading because you had to be accompanied by a child to get in, and I didn't have time to buy or kidnap one, but I understand that there was also a make-your-own-pig-puppet thing going on just before the reading.
At some point, someone apparently decided that it would be an interesting challenge to see whether the pattern for the Pig-Puppets could be scaled up, and if so, how far....

The answer would seem to be 'quite a long way, actually' It was snuck in behind Boss while he was drawing Wolves (so all the kids could see it, and he couldn't)

The Giant Pink Pig had a very sucessful convention. It was crowned as ..well, overlord of everything during the closing ceremonies.

I heard rumours that Holly was going to keep it, but Boss wanted to ship it back as a surprise for Ms Maddy, but I guess it didn't survive the trip (It was built in about 3 hours, by teens who had no sewing experience, as far as I can make out :-))

So now you know.

You must now eat this blog-entry to prevent the information getting into the wrong hands.

At 13:43 Blogger spacedlaw said...

That is some mighty story!
Thanks for that.

At 14:05 Blogger Jess said...

Hee hee! I love it. (Apart from the bit where the pig died. Poor pig.)


At 15:00 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I'll look at the link later; the library computer has blocked it. But I can see it at home. And Lorraine, I'm so sorry about your friend.

At 15:01 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Also, it absolutely is weird to find things out from television, newspaper, just something you hear - I don't like it at all. It's happened to me quite a few times.

At 15:33 Blogger Jane said...

Emily - glad you're feeling better. Sounded quite scary for a bit.

OSS - love the photos.

Interesting how the pig in the mail story worked out. I read the interview and wondered, now I know.

So sorry to hear about the death of your friend,Q. I've heard of the deaths of people I've known personally from TV news, and it's an odd sort of shock, like you can't really believe what you're hearing.

At 15:34 Blogger Na said...

{{Lorraine}} Very sad for your friend and her family.


The Pink Pig pic is wonderful.

Emily, do take care o' yourself!

At 15:44 Blogger EmilyLady said...

well, my numbers have been almost perfect today. That's good. Going above six hundred milligrams makes one feel icky. So it's nice to be back to normal. Fods, if it's not high, it's in the basement, one extreme or the other ...

At 16:48 Blogger Beez said...

It is so strange to hear about things that way, isn't it? It never seems real. My thoughts to you and her loved ones.

OSS, that tiara is made of awesome. I can vouch that life just gets better and more interesting with each umm..*koff*decade*koff* year.

Cabel looks like he had a fine time, but maybe not as fine a time as the Bedlam group.

Spawn took BFF to RenFest on Sunday. They met Ruth Thompson (both are fans). Son observed that she reminded him of you, Quiche- even though he has only met either of you briefly.

At 16:48 Blogger Beez said...

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At 16:56 Blogger ariandalen said...

I am so sorry that you had to find out about your friend from the morning news, Lorraine. It is bad enough that she died, then finding out from a small blip on the television. ::sigh:: {{{{Lorraine}}}}

At 17:16 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

She wasn't exactly my friend, so to speak. I only knew her from my breaks at the pub when she was guarding weddings. I just thought she was really cool, and worth knowing, and I liked her.

I think what law enforcement officers do on a daily basis is pretty damm amazing.

Well, now I know the story of the pink pig. Glad THAT is cleared up. Boss would never tell me. I suspect he forgot and didn't want to admit he had no idea WHY we had a giant pink pig in the basement.

Home early today!

Now what?

At 17:55 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'm really sorry about your friend Lorraine, and what an awful way to find out.
The interview is cool. I chuckled, I watched Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth on Saturday, and I totally agree with what you said about her.

At 18:03 Blogger Dragonsally said...

And Emily - very relieved that your BGL's are better now.

Now I've caught up, time for a cuppa!

At 18:22 Blogger EmilyLady said...

That's a friend in a way, Lorraine.

At 18:37 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Still the sort of thing that hits hard, finding out like that. Especially when the cause is so unexpected these days.

At 19:08 Blogger Beez said...

I love the interview, but..erm...from the "Serpent's Mouth"?


At 19:39 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Oh, everybody - since today is the twenty first - wish Stephen King a happy sixty-second.

At 20:11 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

New Post is Up!

The Bengal Dinner Party...

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