Interview with MerGryphon
Kuiper, Gryphon (Gryph), Beta (Consort to Alpha), Twinnie
September 12, 1964...Year of the
Contract Network Engineer @
National Gallery of Art
sarcastic, flying and talon wielding....if you look at the two SCA
devices side by side.. they are almost matching--Missy's is Green and
Gold and Gryph's is Purple and Silver.
I wanted a mythical beast
on my device.. and there was no way in heck the SCA was going to pass
one more device with a Phoenix on it.. (which was my old handle. (from
the x-men.. the Rachel Summers version) And well.. Missy's hopes of
getting a regular wolf passed were even slimmer. Viola! We came across
MER critters... pretty cool when you live on a penninsula, eh?
So the MerWolf was born.
Now, you can't make a MerPhoenix.. it'd burn up all the water... so I
had to find something else. I adopted another official mer mystical
critter... the Gryphon. Who are actually sort of wise and majestic. Put
three starfish on the top.. color them in.. and you have two simple
devices that passed like a charm first time around. ;-) And that's the
whole story of the sea beasts...
wongs" to "piggy wonks"
doesn't mind light
Ralph Lauren (not
certified sewer puppy
does not do grits
odd addiction to
coffee with sugar and
half and half
will do anything for
would take Cyane in a
field and ice hockey
in college (gotherelie position)
rapid SF/F reader
with toooo many books for words
can say all of the
books of the Old Testament really fast
has excellent balance
Wears Jeans.. plays
games... Doc Martens in 5 different colors.. has stuffed IBM PII
people and Cartman on their monitors. Stuff tigger head on the
backpack. Acts as a magnet for every cool electronic toy in the
immediant area. Has already dissected their furby and put it back
together. Uses CD recordable drive to make private dance compilation
CDs... Has tequila in the freezer and chocolate sauce on the
GRYPHON RULE ONE:
The Gryphon is an equal
GRYPHON RULE TWO:
NO one is exempt.
THREE: If you're not
sure, assume I'm teasing.
Gryphon's Rules for
dating. (copyright 2000)
RULE NUMBER ONE:
No WHACK Jobs.
RULE NUMBER TWO: No
Flakes. (Corn, Wheat, Rice, or BRAIN)
RULE NUMBER THREE: No great
sucking chest wounds of emotional need.
RULE NUMBER FOUR: No brain cell
reducing chemical addictions.
*RULE NUMBER FIVE: No sexuality
experiments, you are not a rat. :-)
RULE NUMBER SIX: No one hiding so
far inside the closet that they believe they ARE paneling. (If they
aren't honest with self and friends, they aren't going to be with you.)
RULE NUMBER SEVEN: No one who
spends more time in Therapy and group sessions than they do sleeping.
RULE NUMBER EIGHT: No crunchy
vegan political activists. (Especially the ones doing it for no apparent
reason other than to BE stereotypical.)
RULE NUMBER NINE: There is no
rule Number Nine.
RULE NUMBER TEN: No one who
believes professional wrestling is REAL.
RULE NUMBER ELEVEN: No one who
buys books because they SMELL good.
RULE NUMBER TWELVE: No one whose
ideals are subject to change for personal gain.
RULE NUMBER THIRTEEN: No one
under the age of 30. (without extensive proof of maturity. E-mail or
make an appointment for testing... ;-)
*might consider overlooking for Jeri Ryan, Kate
Mulgrew, ROC or Vicky Pratt
Wyckoff, NJ; Grand
Rapids, MI; North Miami Beach, FL; Poolesville and Gaithersburg, MD.
In chronological order.
water... beaches. Temperate or Tropical, doesn't matter.
1981, Senior year in
high school, the school got it's first computers (TRS-80s) and I had
to teach the teacher's how to use them, so they could teach classes.
Classes which I still had to then TAKE.. :-) Hmmm.
Coffee, 1/2 and 1/2,
lotsa pasta, rice, ramen noodles ( I do some amazing things with these
and spam.. Missy calls it Ramen Suprise.. :-) , peanut butter, fixings
for pesto sauce, a pork roast (with bacon and applesauce trimmings),
Thai peanut curry chicken, jambalaya, kung pao chicken and lasagna.
Ben and Jerry's Wavy Gravy, and I'm nuts about those chocolate covered
Pretzel Flipz. Root Beer, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, assorted wine, some beer
for friends (the good stuff, microbrew or imported), 12 year old
scotch, Amaretto, Chambord, Cuervo 1800 and of course, nachos and
Fabric, paint swashed
green, blue, burgundy and white, in Maryland, with matching love seat.
One I picked for the
house in Miami.... matching white leather sofa, love seat and
recliner. Sofa and love seat are soft and cushy.. and both have two
reclining sections. But, the double reclining love seat is the best.
Of course, you have to be careful not to tip it over when two are on
TV, dining room... one
side of living room's wall is glass with sliders.. can see grass and
some sort of white flowering tree.
:-) But once I was working for this company as a field consultant, I
started getting sent to the Gallery to fix the Macintosh machines.
Since the guy we had on site here wouldn't do them. Apparently he
didn't do much, and wasn't there much. So when the gallery wanted to
change on-site people, they requested me. (there is just a small
'family' connection to that as well, I think)
An ambient sense of
history that just doesn't exist here in the US. Almost like the place
haven't had enough time to develop a soul. Being an amateur medieval
historian, I gravitate for castles and cathedrals... although we did
have a lot of fun in some caves near Maastrict in the Netherlands. And
for sheer impressive majesty, there is nothing like the view from the
top of a mountain in Switzerland, on skis alongside the impressive
Young Women are always
impressive.. :-) Majestic, serene, monolithic, inspiring...etc..
Legends of the
Time with friends,
books, movies, music, sports.
Web surf :-), do work
for the gay science fiction convention I'm helping to run in October,
play and run white wolf role-playing games, watch SCI-fi on TV, read
(4-5 books a week), dance, ride my bikes, play my guitars (classical),
hang out with friends, swim, go to the beach.
Not that I can _share_
(knowing teasing grin). But sometimes I wonder if they realize we were
volunteering to run events so we could have the air conditioned rooms,
access to the kitchen in the morning and evening for coffee and a walk
in refrigerator for my wine and beer (I think I still am the Brew
Mistress of Trimaris) and to stand it when it got REALLY hot.
Besides.. Missy does the best feasts. She knows people may like the
fancy artsy authentic food, but it really tastes like crap.. give them
meat and potatoes and you shall have squires to do the dishes all the
1183 - Age of Eleanor
of Aquitaine (and the brood of Henry II) a particular historical
favorite of mine. Also Hildegard of Bingen... just to prove that there
could be women of power in the middle ages.
1590 - The reign of
Queen Elizabeth I will go for another decade or so... England is at
the height of its class and power... Sir Phillip Sydny... Christopher
Marlow, Fulke Greville, the Dudley's.. etc... another favorite time
period. And we are mostly past that nasty black plague thingie....
Awakened Verbenna Mages, Black Fury Werewolves, and Ravnos medieval
Vampires in White Wolf's World of Darkness.
It's a newer one now.
From the episode where Xena flashes back to see the birth of Solon.
The last scene of the episode, where Gabrielle is sort of snuggling
Xena from behind. Before that, the hot tub scene, or just about
anything from A Day in the Life, or Been There Done That.. :-)
"TALL, born to be
an amazon, extremely eager to learn anything I have to teach
Begin the Cyane-look-alike
harem tryouts! :-)
Going There with
Bunch of high school
juniors going to France for two weeks with only ONE chaparone... who,
being rather continental, thought we should adopt the french custom of
drinking wine rather than soft drinks (which were way more expensive
anyway) So.. we started on the 8 hour plane flight from Kennedy to
Paris.... HIC. HIC.
Ohhh. SCARY. That's all
I have to say. All based on true experiences. Didn't know it was
possible to suffocate in some circumstances. And I'll just leave the
rest of that to all of your imaginations that have just gone there.
That I can make grilled
cheese for a party of 30 in no time at all! (g). Actually.. I'm sort
of over the toaster oven concept.. not being a lab rat... so I've
moved on into blenders... Oooh Baby... pulverize me..... :-)
Through much play and
experience. Must be that Protestant religious upbringing.. so many
things you don't want to say DIRECTLY, you come up with all sorts of
other interesting ways to get the idea.. uh.. across. (smile)
Having my feathers
Consort to Alpha
On-line, in Section 8
of the CompuServe SF&F forum. in late 1986 to early 1987. In
person, at DragonCon 1989 in Atlanta, GA. Where we immediately bonded
at our first convention. Did you know that there are SCARY people at
regular conventions? :-) Safety comes in pods of normal people
Yes.. and I have a copy
of a $1,720 phone bill to prove it! But I think it was only 8 hours.
(ONLY, she says..) Sometimes.. we tended to echo each other more often
in on-line chats. Which tended to be a bit spookier. But yes, we tend
to agree on a lot.
Whew.. that was a long
time ago. I seem to remember a lot of laughter while walking around
shopping. The whole concept is kind of silly, you understand. And I
remember driving back to Grand Rapids in my little red Volkswagen GTI
with the sun roof open.. I seem to recall losing a pair
of socks to the highway out the sun-roof.. at some point....
Oh.. that dragoncon was
pretty fun. :-) Except the part when I got the piggy wongs scared out
of me by Chantal.... but you'll have to get Missy to tell you that
story.. she was watching my eyes pop out of my head.
Heh. The whole thing!
It's just... well... its just Missy! ;-)
Sense of humor....
switching with the seriousness.
That should be obvious.