We have too much stuff, too poorly organized...embarassingly, we often end up buying a replacement for things we need because we can't find the original. I ordered a replacement birth certificate for Quinn online, with expedited service. They didn't even get close to getting it to us before we had to leave the hotel...I called today, and it's been mailed back dowrn to us here at home.
Okay, back to the con...the flight out was fine. We showed up extra early, worried about customs and immigrations. We got a little speech from the reservations agent to the tune of "you could be detained." Scary, but we decided to press on. Let's just get the regrets out of the way: I regret that I didn't get to spend more time with debkitty and Curt...he seems like a nice fellow, though. flyingwolf, Pam, and I got to spend some time together, but not alot. I regret not taking any pictures of prettypammie in her delicious party outfit on Saturday. * pout * I regret missing Ruth Anne and the polyfamilies lunch--I was glad to get a little time to chat with her.
I was glad that I got to help out with children's programming. I did Kinderfilk, Build a Geodesic Dome, Telephone Storytelling, and Rocket Science (where I talked about rockets and then the kids cut and pasted with cones and party hats and other goodies). Fannish kids are so cool! I felt so bad for little Peter, who probably had Asperger's or something like it--he was so clearly in his own world...he had a painfully nasal voice and I could hear the other kids teasing him. I guess he reminded me of how I must have seemed to other kids at his age. That said, these kids were not overtly cruel, and didn't do any teasing of him to his face--so I guess I credit them for some level of maturity and discretion--more than I've seen other kids show their "socially disadvantaged" peers.
I was on two "grown-up" panels--the Human-Computer Interface panel with novelists David Brin and Karl Schroeder (I'm reading his Ventus now). Also on the panel were columnists David Levine and Marcel Gagne. They had some cool ideas, pretty much noone was interested in the direct neural interface, though. I also was on the Alternative Families panel, I was the only male on the panel. Interesting.
Anyway, the parties were not as fun, to me, as those at Arisia or Darkover...I think I need to travel in larger packs of my own friends. The restaurants were nice, and the $US seemed to go a little farther in buying power, which was nice.
Quinn was a charmer in baby-sitting, of course; he got to play--and even got in a toy-tussle--with his "long-lost friend" Sam from the U.K. We saw Sam's parents, Flis and Ben who had a new little one, Elizabeth, about as old as Quinn was when the 6 of us first met at the MilPhil...Awwwwwwww!