Yesterday was my last day at the old job – had my exit interview, picked up my last paycheck, “did the rounds” saying goodbye to everyone. I felt pretty sad about it, but am feeling much more chipper today as I move towards the new. This Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, which is my favorite Calvin & Hobbes ever (and, alas, the last C&H strip that ever would be), expresses it perfectly:
My new job starts on Monday, but for today, I’m free as a bird, blissfully unemployed. I plan to spend it visiting some friends who are in town from India, puttering around in the studio, and rereading Calvin & Hobbes comic strips. I bought the complete collection of Calvin & Hobbes several years ago, a three-volume set that cost me nearly $100 – but worth the money, as it’s my favorite strip ever. No one before or since has held a candle to Bill Watterson, with the possible exception of Gary Larson (The Far Side). I think it’ll be fun to read about irresponsibility during my brief period with no responsibilities.
Weaving-wise, I am now down into the homestretch, only about 5″ left to thread. Unfortunately, I was short eight heddles on each of shafts 5-20! With the AVL WDL, if you want to weave at full width, you have to have the heddle count exactly right, or the extra heddles bunch up against the selvage warps and produce all sorts of problems. So I have been counting out and adding heddles for the last hour or so. I propose a new term for groups of heddles to be added to your loom: a tedium of heddles. But I’m almost done.