Promo: Cedar Fair series coming up

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No look ahead promo this week. Still cruising Cedar Fair Parks.  But below is the update on the season dining plan:

Total Price Paid $497.44
Total Number of Meals 302
Total Retail $3,203.56
Average Price Per Meal $1.65
Total Drink Price 29.64
Total number of drinks 288
Total Retail $323.50
Average Price Per Drink $0.10

Expect next week to start a series overviewing  our tour of the Cedar Fair parks (the 5 we hit), what we did, enjoyed, and thought could be done better.

#209: Grace Greater Than Our Sin

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(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,

Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!

Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured —

There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.

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Grace, grace, (Marvelous grace,) God’s grace, (infinite grace),

Grace that will pardon and cleanse within,

Grace, grace, (Marvelous grace,) God’s grace, (infinite grace),

Grace that i greater than all our sin!

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Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,

Threaten the soul with infinite loss;

Grace that is greater — yes, grace untold —

Points to the Refuge, the mighty Cross.

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3

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide,

What can avail to wash it away?

Look! there is flowing a crimson tide —

Whiter than snow you may be today.

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4

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,

Freely bestowed on all who believe!

You that are longing to see His face,

Will you this moment His grace receive?

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LibertyCon 2017 : thematic after action report

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Now that I have typed up daily reports on LibertyCon 2017, I want to do a slightly different look, thematic perspective on LibertyCon 2017:

  • Where is Sarah? – For those of us in the Hoyts Hun contingent, where Sarah was,  from her highly belated arrival (whose arrival wasn’t) on Thursday, through various other scheduled and other planned activities, Sarah sightings were easy for some, super scarce for others. Sarah herself doesn’t comprehend why so many people flock her way at these events.  We ourselves found her by accident outside a party on Saturday night, and then, finally, where she and Dan were scheduled on Sunday morning.
  • Food – The con staff in the con suite did an impressive job of having snacks, drinks and meals available during the con. There was plenty of sugary snacks, and meals on the scheduled times. My one observation was what percentage of the meals were vegetarian. We always came within the first section of the mealtime, only to find the vegetarian selection as the only thing left. They were tasty, but it seemed they over-estimated the vegetarian portion of the audience.
  • Costumes – LibertyCon isn’t a con that encourages a certain type of cosplay, but it does have a lot of people who wear various combinations of clothing that would look odd on the average street. In the video attached to this post you will see my daughter’s Griffin outfit in the first clip section.
  • Knives/weapons – Speaking of video, there is a part of my compilation that shows someone just pulling out a knife, and impressive knife, to open a package. This was a family con, one where some of the people take spare time to head out to the range to shoot a few rounds. No one is concerned about people with knives. I have no idea how many people might have been concealed carrying, and no one had a problem with that.

Ribbons – My first convention was last year, at WorldCon.  There a lot of different groups were passing out ribbons to attach to your name badge. LibertyCon didn’t have many of those, and most of them were functional.  We ended up with only two, one that said first timer, and the Usaian “scrap of flag”.  This, again, was due to the more family nature – we didn’t need to be  “tribe-signalling”  that we belonged to this or that group, because we all were already family, even the first-timers.

Fitness Update: leisurely pace

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So this past week was a very leisurely week, and yet full and not necessarily resting. Going from LibertyCon to King’s Dominion, to a family reunion in Buffalo, to Canada’s Wonderland to Michigan’s Adventure, involves a lot of sitting in a car, and a lot of walking around the parks.

But it doesn’t get in much running, biking, or swimming.

I did get some swimming in at King’s Dominion, but it wasn’t much as laps, and more splashing around fairly lazy wave pools. And there was a lot of waiting in lines for slides and tubes for the lazy river. But it was up and about active.

I did get a very leisurely run in this morning. I brought a running suit, but not running shoes (space preferences), so I didn’t push the running very much; leisurely pace . And I spent a bit of time sitting, leaning, standing, while enjoying the nature, the very red sunrise (Red sky at morning, sailor’s take warning; red sky at night, sailors’ delight, as the old saying goes), and running in light rain (mentioned before that I tend to enjoy running in the rain.

So, there is a short update on the fitness. One more week of this lazing around (update next Monday), and then I should be back to more regular workouts. See if I can swim and run and bike and get those distance goals on track.

The ultimate objective is good fitness. Numbers are something to help you get there, but don’t get distracted by the metrics…

#208: Are You Washed in the Blood?

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(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

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Are you washed (Are you washed) in the blood (in the blood),

In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb (of the lamb)?

Are you garments spotless? Are they white as snow?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

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Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

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3

When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white/

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Will your soul be ready  for the mansions bright

And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

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4

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin

And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;

There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,

O be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

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Sunday At LibertyCon 2017

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Session One: The Writing Hoyts

Sunday we started our day with what we had hoped to do on Thursday evening: See the Hoyts read. Every scheduled time we had seen on the schedule something had come up so they hadn’t been there; we had enjoyed the sessions, but missed the Hoyts.

We had a chance encounter with Sarah on Saturday evening (more in a future post), but the Sunday morning reading by her and Dan was definitely a gem.

I didn’t take enough notes to remember specifics, but the reading by Dan, about the farm boy made administrative assistant to the ruler of their planet in the interplanetary empire, the thoughts from his head rang very true to me as someone from a farming background.

Sarah’s reading was from Guardian, something she is working on jointly in the Monster Hunters International universe. It was an interesting snippet. After she explained the task she had been given to write, it was an even more impressive snippet, what she had made of the parameters.

Session Two: John Ringo

This meet the author session with John Ringo was interesting in different ways. We got to hear about the creations of many of his books, how the collaborations came about and worked.

But we also learned that even the great writers can have dry spells and get stuck.  His advice to a starting writer is to write (and finish) the book.  But he currently has something like seven books a third to a half complete, and stymied on where to go, or lacking motivation to work further at the moment.

He’s finding it hard at the moment to follow his advice, but assured us we can expect something coming “soon”.

Session Three: Closing Ceremonies

Unlike the brag on us session, and passing the baton to the next site, of the WorldCon closing session we attended last year, the closing session of a LibertyCon is a “Bitch at Brandy” session. I’m not sure of her title, but Brandy is the top person in charge of the LibertyCon organization, and it was very refreshing to see her, and her committee, sit there and listen to people’s feedback, and take notes on things they could do to make future cons better.

They also got a lot of positive comments from people about various things, which helped them know which items are going well and shouldn’t be meddled with.

The big news to come out of this session is the fact that, due to the transformation of the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel into a residential condo complex, there are not enough rooms for con goers, and LibertyCon will be held elsewhere in the future.

But they don’t know where yet. It is an outside possibility that they might have to skip a year, if they can’t find a location soon enough. But LibertyCon will definitely continue.