Archive for February 20th, 2005

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Feb
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Someone else had an eventful night as well.

It has been hard my whole life having a difficult to spell and pronounce name (Elspeth), and even though I knew there were other Elspeths out there, I had never met one. Until 1995 or so, when I was at a library convention (party hard!) and heard someone call out “Elspeth”. When I turned around they were calling someone else! It was surreal.

Then, at my job I get some mail left for me, addressed to “Elspeth” but not my last name — apparently there was an Elspeth working upstairs from me. I went up to deliver the mail but she wasn’t there.

So now I get obsessed with knitting, blogging, etc. I am checking out a knitalong I was thinking of joining (it was already over), and see the name “Elspeth”. I know it’s not me. This is how I discovered not only another Elspeth, but one who knits and works in a library!

I then discovered another listing for an Elspeth in a knitalong, but this isn’t the same one! She is not only named Elspeth but is in Maryland, where I spent many of my formative years. My friend Sarah also knits and recently started at Johns Hopkins, where this Elspeth goes to school, so I emailed the other Elspeth and told her I’m also Elspeth, I also knit, oh, and I have a friend at your school who knits and you just might come in contact with. (Unrelated note: the last time I met a Johns Hopkins student I asked him about the only other Johns Hopkins student I knew, he actually knew him, so I figured it wasn’t out of the question that they’d meet.)

Last night Sarah went out with a friend, met said friend’s friend from high school who was, of course, Elspeth! So now poor Sarah has to differentiate between two Elspeths!

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20
Feb
05

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I am so ’80s. Last night we went to see my favorite comedian, Jim Gaffigan. Now as it was pointed out to me by BR, I love comedians and it is surprising I haven’t gone to more shows. Actually, I’ve only been to one other live comedy show, in D.C., and the comedian brought me up on stage. It was weird.

But last night we went to the [world famous?] Punchline, San Francisco. It has been around for 25 years so I half expected a brick wall background but did not find one. There was a 2 drink minimum, and we were seated at 2 of the 4 seats at the front row table. After checking out the crowd, which really didn’t differ much from an ’80s crowd, I’m sure (and I did see at least one mullet), our seat mates were seated. They were dressed in Victorian-era costumes. I kid you not. I have seen many dress styles in my day, but never the Victorian thing, outside of the Dickens Fair, which is in December. (It’s February.) I also wouldn’t choose it for a comedy show, where they do tend to pick on you, especially in the front row.

Anyway, the opening act, Kevin (I forget his Japanese last name) was really funny, but nothing compared to Jim. It was like going to see a band where you know every song but you still want to see them. I tried not to mouth along with all the jokes.

It was a really nice evening — the kids went to bed before we left so my MIL wouldn’t freak out with 3 kids to care for, it wasn’t that far away, and it ended early. It sounds lame, I know, but I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in 5 years so I tend to enjoy getting to bed before midnight, if possible. Oh, and I’m in love with Jim Gaffigan.

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Feb
05

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The beginnings of IM’s blanket.
posted by Elspeth using Hello

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Feb
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I finally finished OR’s blanket!
posted by Elspeth using Hello




Elspeth

is a knitter, librarian and pop culture enthusiast in the San Francisco Peninsula. Email me at emmckee@rocketmail

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