Dear eyebrows: Why can’t you look like this all the time?
Dear hair: Why won’t you grow faster and be like you were here? I’m tired of you looking like a mullet.
Girl, I used to have a mullet in the 90’s. (I was really little.) That is NOT a mullet. >_>
Names: Corinne and Daniella
When: Oh jeez, I don’t remember. Sometime late February.
Where: Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, California
Bought: Wolverine, Jack of Fables, Batwoman and Batgirl
Editor’s Note: If you’ve been following this blog long enough, you’ll recognize me on the right there. On the left, however, is my good friend and old college roommie, Corinne. She visited me briefly a while back because she was on a break from her job Observing California Condors For Science and was so starved for geekiness that we *had* to go to Meltdown. And so we did. And it was fun.
If I had to choose a favorite roommate from my college days, Corinne would have to be it. It’s like Corinne and I geek on the same frequency. We shared a few interests when we first became friends, but once we started living together we shared anime, Terry Pratchett, cooking, bento-making and all sorts of other things together. Of course, we had our differences. Corinne couldn’t enjoy a movie based on a book she’d read, whereas I usually didn’t care. She also had a bad tendency to make a lot of noise in the kitchen early in the mornings and you could hear EVERYTHING in the kitchen from my room. (Aside from being the kind to sleep in.) But still, we geek on the same frequency, so most problems were easily solved.
Anyway, back to Corinne’s job, which I think is super-awesome. She gets to watch condors for a living. Right when she visited me, their mating season had started. Wildlife biologists (Corinne’s actual job title) are supposed to be objective when observing their charges, but we wound up discussing condor mating habits like they were soap operas. (That’s a cue to leave if you get squicked out by the idea of birds sexing it up.) There were gay condors, condor parents who were more interested in sex than their existing children, condor players, false starts (one condor mounted another condor from the wrong end…), the condor equivalent of “not tonight, honey, I’ve got a headache” and so much more. It’s truly fascinating how much, in some ways, sex does not change between species.
So that’s Corinne. She’s a pretty awesome geek when it comes down to it. Too bad most of her work takes her to places with not a lot of geeks or a lot of comic book stores!