Hello from the southern tip of Vancouver Island!

I'm at Dad's house, which is a great little house but emotionally weird because it's full of things, sometimes really peculiar things, from our old house in Winnipeg (knick-knacks, art, books, furniture, the microwave). I was surprised that there was no wifi at the VFMF and the access I've had from other places (the hostel then the ferry, basically) has been slow or crashy or abruptly required me to reconnect to the network at irregular intervals, so I've been able to receive email and tweet and check weather and download offline transit map apps and not a whole lot else. I think I've skimmed back through all the new stuff on dreamwidth, not even gonna attempt to do the same with tumblr.

The festival was mostly really good but ended on a sour note because Mary Lambert's set and specifically the two spoken word pieces she did were really triggering for me (and also, somewhat relatedly, really frustrating) and I haven't yet entirely stabilised from that. It also differed from other festivals I've been to in a number of ways, some positive (real prominent emphasis on making the event more accessible for people with physical disabilities, NO MOSQUITOES, beer tent less of a priority/holy shrine for both guests and organizers), most neutral (in addition to a small artisan village inside the festival site they have a slew of vendors in a crowded narrow strip along the edge of the site that is open to the public, crowd totally saturated with lesbians) or negative (they do not even pretend to check bags for weapons, intoxicants, or breakable glass--though I guess that's actually less annoying than festivals like Winnipeg or Edmonton where the bag check is very obviously only a pretense? and might somewhat account for the more relaxed reverence for the drinking cathedral?--and the site is just ridiculously easy to sneak into, about a sixth of the vendors in the public bazaar are selling cannabis-related merchandise, geese). Will try to say more about the good stuff especially (music, frex) later tonight or tomorrow after I get my allowed visit with Mum.

PS I fixed the bad html in the last post, let me know if I missed something.
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From: [personal profile] graydon


Boo, really triggering.

Sympathy, tripping over history.

If the site is ridiculously easy to sneak into, admitting that the security theatre won't work is evidence of either sanity or damn-not-given, and hopefully the former.

Hope the visit with your mother goes most excellently well.
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