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Yeah, yeah. Long time to mention.

I'm still alive. Let's see ... what have I been up to? Been to Germany for work this month, ran my fourth marathon (No, not all just in this month, silly. Just fourth overall. Munich. Since I was in Germany for work anyway.) I also signed up for Ironman Wisconsin next year, which is really silly and will be taking way too much of my time in the next 10 months.

(Ironman is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a marathon of 26.2 miles, all within 17 hours. Go ahead. Mock me. I'll be cursing myself plenty between now and September.)

Also was reminded of an old, old fandom of mine. Back when I was a kid, my Dad always watched "Gunsmoke," the classic western, so I was always aware of it. Back in the Nick at Night era, they ran some of the original 30-minute, black & white episodes. It was a whole different kind of show than it was at the end of its run.

And then a couple of months ago, I found out someone went and put them all on Youtube. (If you're not familiar with that era and you're curious, start by sampling from the second and third seasons.)

And, as things happen, I decided to play around with a short item to see if I could get the voices right. Posting it here, though there's not much LJ action for a nearly 60-year-old TV show.

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New Fic: One Noble Function: Cave Spring

Title: One Noble Function: Cave Spring
Author: Namaste
Summary: House and Wilson on their final road trip. PG, friendship. This chapter, is made up of one drabble, "Night Swimming," and a flash fic, "Underground" of about 650 words. House and Wilson and local nature spots. (The title comes from a real Georgia town, but I just borrowed it and made up the rest.)
Excerpt: "I freely admit that I'm not perfectly versed in the laws of Georgia, but I'm pretty sure skinny dipping is discouraged."

"They also discourage being an accessory to fraud and aiding and abetting a felon, but that hasn't stopped you."


Previous chapters: One Noble Function: Atlantic City, One Noble Function: Washington D.C., One Noble Function: Gettysburg, One Noble Function: Blue Ridge, One Noble Function: Savannah

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Real life interruptions. Down under.

So as an fyi, I spent the last couple of weeks in Australia, taking part in the Solar Eclipse Marathon (a beast of an adventure marathon) and doing some additional sight seeing. Just a flavor of the country, but it was great. The people were all as friendly as I'd been told to expect, the countryside was wild in both views and content (dude, I got "bitten" by a tree -- dang vine brushed by my arm and about turned me around when it nabbed me with thorns).

I spent much of the time in Port Douglas, in far northern Queensland, where the marathon package also included snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, a trip to the Daintree Rain Forest and a wildlife park. As well as viewing the eclipse on Four Mile Beach, and the marathon itself. 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers), a 1,200 foot climb in the middle of it over something called the "bump track" and then a final 9 miles in the sugar cane fields in 93 degrees. I walked a lot of that part. And the climb. So did everyone else. (Only 10 people finished the marathon in less than four hours.) It took me nearly 7 hours, and my last marathon was a little over 5.


If anyone wants to see them, you can see multiple photos in this online album here, though the videos won't play on that. I also posted a video from the solar eclipse.

New Fic: One Noble Function: Savannah

Title: One Noble Function: Savannah
Author: Namaste
Summary: House and Wilson on their final road trip. PG, friendship. This chapter, 700 words. (It was supposed to be part of a drabble series, and demanded its own flash fiction chapter.) Scenes from a diner.
Previous chapters: One Noble Function: Atlantic City, One Noble Function: Washington D.C., One Noble Function: Gettysburg, One Noble Function: Blue Ridge.
Author's Note: My apologies these chapters are taking so long. Lots of busy real world stuff. (I TOTALLY RAN A MARATHON, PEOPLE!)
Excerpt: "It's not about me." Wilson put down the menu. "What if someone knows you?"

"Well, yes. I am world famous. I noticed the paparazzi following us for the last few days."


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New Fic: One Noble Function: Blue Ridge

Title: One Noble Function: Blue Ridge
Author: Namaste
Summary: House and Wilson on their final road trip. PG, friendship. This chapter, 1,300 words. House and Wilson have different rules for finding their way on the road, but they both get where they're going.
Previous chapters: One Noble Function: Atlantic City, One Noble Function: Washington D.C., One Noble Function: Gettysburg

Excerpt: Wilson imagined kneeling in the dark soil, planting tomatoes and beans and peppers. There would be squash for the fall and a fence to try and keep the animals out. He'd end up yelling at House two or three times every week to watch out for the garden whenever he'd drive in too fast, not paying attention. House would put up with the nagging only because Wilson would agree to plant ghost chilis, and let House challenge him into trying to eat one.


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Another Tri post

So when I did my half-ironman a week or so back, my awesome friends drove 3 hours across the state to come support me, cheer me on and generally fangirl me. It was AWESOME!! (They'd drive from spot to spot to catch up with me, and always made me go faster.)

And then they made an awesome video for me.

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New Fic: One Noble Function: Gettysburg

Title: One Noble Function: Gettysburg
Author: Namaste
Summary: House and Wilson on their final road trip. PG, friendship. This chapter, 1,700 words. The road reminds Wilson of places he never went, and places his brother may never go.
Previous chapters: One Noble Function: Atlantic City, One Noble Function: Washington D.C.
Excerpt: Danny had always acted out this part of the story, using his BB gun as a prop, swinging it above his head, then jabbing it in front of him. James usually found himself jumping aside, never really sure if Danny was so lost in the story that he didn't see him standing there.


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I'm not calling this a "humblebrag"

I totally finished my half-Ironman on Sunday -- and finished ahead of my expected time! A half-Ironman is a triathlon consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and half marathon. I've done lots of shorter ones, but wanted to see how far I could take it. I'd figured on 7.5 hours (hour for the swim, 3.5 for the bike, 3 for the run) and finished under the time for each, for a total of 7 hours, 8 minutes. And I'm still feeling good. If a little sore.

70.3 medal

And the next chapter in House & Wilson's road trip story will be up shortly. It's nearly done, but for some reason, I was otherwise occupied the last few days.
Title: One Noble Function: Washington D.C.
Author:Namaste
Summary House and Wilson on their final road trip. A stop in D.C., at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for some musing on memories and truth. PG. 1,100 words in this chapter.
Excerpt: "That's crap." House's voice cut through the noise of the kids and the foggy haze of the past. "That is not your first memory."


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New Fic: One Noble Function: Atlantic City

Title: One Noble Function: Atlantic City
Author:Namaste
Summary House and Wilson on their final road trip. First part of a planned series following them to various sites and moments around the country, beginning in Atlantic City. 1,180 words.
Author's Note: I've some locations and points in time planned out -- and I know how it'll end -- but I'm hoping to let this journey play out much as House and Wilson's and see where the road takes me. Thanks to nightdog_barks, felis_nocturna, hibernia1 and 3kelvin for drive-by beta and encouragement.

Title is from Jack Kerouac's "On The Road." "We were all delighted, we all realized we were leaving confusion and nonsense behind and performing our one noble function of the time, move.

Sample: Wilson handed over the cash after he managed to drive the bike the two miles to the local branch. He only stalled it out twice in the parking lot, and another three times at the red lights.


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