Well, let’s see. The last time I chatted with you it was late Saturday night and I’d just posted the Hugo results and then dived off into the evening’s parties.
Amongst the other news that I didn’t report is that Seattle won the bid for NasFIC in 2005 and Los Angeles (Anaheim) won the bid for Worldcon in 2006. I’ve never been to a con in Seattle, but I’m itching to go to the Emerald City. L.A? What’s to say? The L.A. crew really knows how to run a good con. Join Now!
A few weeks ago I volunteered to take part in a Fashion Show, slated to be part of the Masquerade. I had no idea what they would end up putting me into. After the fashion show was moved to the end, then to the middle, then to the beginning, then dropped, then moved back to the middle, I finally got into costume and made my masquerade debut. I’ll spend the rest of the evening formatting the photos. I think you’ll be surprised.
Monday was quiet. I played with an Aibo. The goth woman who owned it was almost as robotic as her “pet”. It was a little freaky. More later.
In general, when the pocket program for the convention doesn’t show up until Friday afternoon (someone keep me honest, it was late Friday, wasn’t it?), you get the feeling that precise military like organization probably isn’t going to be a hallmark of the convention. When the pocket program reads more like a work of fiction, that amorphous feeling begins to gel. When the souvenir books don’t show up until Saturday Morning, that feeling solidifies into crystal clarity. So, what’s a fan to do? Scour the halls for the daily program updates. Hang out with fellow fans. Visit places like the CN tower. Meet more fans. Really, the focus of my convention experience transmuted from attending panels to just hanging out and chatting.
I’ve never been a filker, but I think I might give it a try. I don’t know the rules of the sub-culture, so I don’t know if it’s kosher to belt out fannish songs by pros, but I happen to have Glass Hammer’s “The King’s Beer” and “The Old Troll” memorized.
I now know that masquerades are not for me, there’s a bit too much drama for my taste. Hall costuming just might be up my alley. Does anyone know of East coast conventions that have judging for hall costumes?
My next convention will probably be Albacon in Albany, NY, just up I-90.
It’s late. I have to go to bed. I’ll post the pics tomorrow.