Sunday, February 08, 2009

Russians and Other Space People At Rice U. Art Gallery

Being a freelancer, I'm happy to be working in a time that many are not.  The last month was a little dry, so the offer to be a gallery attendant at the Rice U. Art Gallery was appreciated.  And this weekend was an interesting one to be sitting at the front desk.

1) LARPing around: Saturday, a geektastic horde descended on the Sewall Hall, for it was time yet again for OwlCon.  Sci-fi fans gathered to roleplay, with the Houston Browncoats living in the world of Firefly/Serenity, if only for the weekend.  Other activities included Head-to-Head Miniatures Painting Competition, which I missed (meaning "missed"), being stationed in the lobby.

2) NASA via Moscow:  Sunday, a group of six came to the gallery space.  All were speaking Russian.  When asked if he could speak any English, one replied very little and offered by explanation that they were mission specialists from Moscow working at the Johnson Space Center.  So, if the next addition to the international space station resembles a FEMA trailer with bamboo cabinets,  you know where the influence came from.

And that was my weekend.

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