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Brad @ Burning Man
bradhicks wrote in metaquotes
tacit: "... we headed out to a cafe to meet other kinky Londoners, of whom there are rather a lot, the bitter northern winters leaving little to do for three months out of the year save for either practicing being dour or stringing one another up for kinky sex. (The same, it must be said, is also true of Portland, where kinky sex is what serves in place of a state religion.)"

Context QWP.

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The same, it must be said, is also true of Portland, where kinky sex is what serves in place of a state religion.

Praise be to the church of Slaanesh.

When I saw this I immediately thought of Coffee, Cake, & Kink, and checking context, it turns out they were there. Nice to hear the shop has a new place -- I visited a few years back and it was a nice crowd (even for fairly vanilla me).

Heh, there was some confusion about this - possibly my fault for being vague with Mr Veaux!

The event was the monthly CCK Social, which a number of us are hosting as a floating event around London until the new venue is opened. Though recently we've been joined by around 20 new staff members, many of whom attend the socials as well, and this can only be good news! We're still as non-scary and welcoming as ever, so if you want to check out one of the events coming up feel free to message me!

Ah, Portland! I once read a (mildly post-apocolyptic) book set in Portland, and one of the main reviewers of this book said "It's just too unrealistic. There's no way you could find that many people to react that way, to do that." I was like: "Actually, yes. The people in Portland really are that crazy."

Dies The Fire, right?
After I got done grumbling about how precisely the Change was tailored (by the author and/or whoever) to produce a certain scenario without any other logical consequences of messing with the fundamental laws of physics, and likewise how tidily the opposing factions were set up, one of my frequent thoughts was "god DAMNIT, Three Mountains."

Yup. Later, on a trip to Portland, I couldn't help but squee a little as I recognized all the spots that were in the book. But yes, the author fails to take into account I-5, the HUGE military bases in Washington (indeed, WA gets short shrift when they would actually be the ones to set up the empire - they already have army, navy, a ton of seafood from the inlets and no bad winters to kill people off) and there are many other things that wouldn't have gone the way he thinks.

The fact that the people of Oregon are batshit crazy is not one of them. This critic was like: "Oh, come on! Are we really supposed to believe that there'd be that many people whose response to this would be to shrug and pull out the axe and broadsword from under there bed with a "Welp, time to start laying the smack down"? And I was just like: "Um... actually, yes. Yes there are. Really. You have no idea."

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