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neil gaiman is a real hoopy frood who really knows where his towel is [Jul. 31st, 2008|02:37 am]
kyle cassidy
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |neil didn't say hi by the way, but i'm going to pretend he did.]


My train was delayed about 30 minutes. When it finally arrived I got a text from beth that said "Neil and Amanda got hungry, you can meet them at 335 columbus". I took a taxi all of what amounted to three blocks to find Neil and Amanda just sitting down to dinner (with a third chair, I was happy to see). my brain went:


And then this other weird part of my mind went "YOU'RE KYLE FREAKING CASSIDY! GAAAH!"

But I am pleased to report that I just dropped my luggage and said "is this where all the rock stars hang out?"

Neil Gaiman is a total charmer. Srsly. I've only ever read things that said "omfg! neil gaiman is so freaking awesome!" and ... well, that's about it. we had dinner. We talked about the upcoming book, we talked about music and movies, and how weird and wonderful it is to have people come up to you on the street and say "I got a tattoo of .....[your signature, your photo, your character]" ... then we hied back to Castle Amanda and climbed up through the cloud club, through a skylight, and onto the roof where the cool air washed over us and the city was wide open before us. i felt like i was a part of something grand. and not because of who i was with or what we were doing, but because i was alive and a great metropolis streatched before me like an awaiting tableau saying "write your life here" ... we climbed to the peak of the house and all sat in silence looking out for a while. the tempertaure was perfect.

"Since I left high school," I said, after a long, contemplative silence, "my life has been going up, and up, and up. I feel like every day is better than the one before."

"I'm happy," said Amanda, looking at me, and then out across the cool vastness, with a lone skyscraper in the distance as witness.

"Life is really wonderful," said Neil.

And sitting there, looking out over the rooftops of Boston, I thought about all the hard work -- all the crap I put up with in jr. high school -- from all those jerks who peaked in 11th grade and spent their time trying to come up with new ways to make me feel miserable, all the bad times, and how everything just seemed right now to be exactly where it should be. neil was right.

Life is really wonderful.

Work hard, believe in yourself, enable your dreams, seek out creative people. Hang on. Tenaciously. Always be a force for good.

and ... when we came back inside, I discovered that someone (Lee probably) had made the absolute most lovely nest for me to sleep in. Which is where I'm currently laying, listening to a really great Cover of Tear in My Hand on youtube.

Amanda went to bed. Neil and I went downstairs to look at photos. He said "I'm just going to post a quick blog entry." And I said, "Well, if you're going to do that, then so am i!"

Ladies and gentlemen, amanda freaking palmer and Neil freaking Gaiman!

Taken by Kyle Freaking Cassidy!

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[User Picture]From: devotdsatellite
2008-07-31 07:19 am (UTC)
gahhhh tori amos stories for me???
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From: itsajhthing
2008-07-31 01:00 pm (UTC)
YES!!! I want some too!
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[User Picture]From: didjiman
2008-07-31 07:19 am (UTC)
You are Freaking AWEsome!
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[User Picture]From: it_certainly_is
2008-07-31 07:25 am (UTC)
life has gotten immeasureably better for me as well. i can't imagine being 18. by the time i'm 30, i feel like things are going to be totally amazing. isn't it wonderful? i mean, knock wood, sure, but wow! i can't believe things have worked out so well, ya know?
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[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2008-07-31 07:57 am (UTC)
I've had the most bizarre time lately in my life. Parts of it heartening, parts of it gut-wrenching. I want to believe it's improving, but sometimes, I just don't know. So I needed to read this now. You've made me cry.

Thanks, doll. Love you.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-07-31 08:01 am (UTC)
I once read in a book about chess "Every move should be an attack" (i paraphrase) -- it's true. always motion towards -- even when it's a retreat, there needs to be an objective, an attack, progress.....
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[User Picture]From: aghrivaine
2008-07-31 07:58 am (UTC)
Work hard, believe in yourself, enable your dreams, seek out creative people. hang on. Tenaciously. Always be a force for good.

These are words to live by. So much so that I just dragged my girlfriend out out of the bathroom to look at your pictures and read that sentence. Seeing where you nested, she said, "That's exactly right. Let's go there. Right now!"

Thanks, man.
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[User Picture]From: pteppic
2008-07-31 08:33 am (UTC)
At a guess, I'm gonna say you're really enjoying this project :-)
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[User Picture]From: pteppic
2008-07-31 08:34 am (UTC)
It's also an entire post without a naked Amanda shot. I'm impressed.
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[User Picture]From: sdx
2008-07-31 08:37 am (UTC)
This was pretty awesome Kyle.
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[User Picture]From: karohemd
2008-07-31 08:40 am (UTC)
I hate you, I hate you so very much... ;oP
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[User Picture]From: sarahray
2008-07-31 09:39 am (UTC)
Here's hoping the positive vibes spilled out by you, Neil and Amanda spread through the Back Bay and then the rest of the city...more people need to feel that way. But really now, you can't help but feel happy when you are up on a roofdeck in the midst of a gorgeous city, now can you??

Thanks for the post -- inspiring.
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From: sroit
2008-07-31 10:43 am (UTC)
I am made of teh jealous. Neil freaking Gaiman?
(Is reading AMERICAN GODS now.)
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From: ex_neke
2008-07-31 10:45 am (UTC)
The nest looks really nice. ^^

Linked this post in my journal for the Neil Gaiman fans.
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[User Picture]From: faymar
2008-07-31 10:48 am (UTC)
I love your description of the evening - what a magical time. Wow.
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From: megaranight
2008-07-31 11:09 am (UTC)
Do you intend to post on your blog or your site the last pic in a larger size? *plz* I've the very obsessive habit to print every awsome picture of Neil Gaiman I can find and this one scores high on my awsomeness scale.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-07-31 01:31 pm (UTC)
i should ask first.
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From: gaminette
2008-07-31 11:10 am (UTC)
YOU SAW THIS RIGHT?!?! His quick blog entry was about you and yours about him. HAR HAR! ♥
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-07-31 01:33 pm (UTC)
I totally made neil freaking gaiman famous by posting about him in my blog! see! he mentioned it!
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[User Picture]From: instantdharma
2008-07-31 11:23 am (UTC)
Ahh! That's so amazing! :)
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