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September 5th, 2003
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At long last, something resembling a con report
Wednesday night last week began with prettypammie packing--and me frantically looking for, and failing to find, Quinn's birth certificate as well as more than one of our many FRS radios. This made me so crazy that I have resolved to sell, give away, or throw out 50% of the contents of this house (I haven't decided if I mean by weight, volume, or item count) between now and a year from now.

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!

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Date:September 5th, 2003 05:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good time, though sorry if the parties were a trifle on the lame side. Darkover however is coming up slowly; we'll see what happens there.

As for clearing the house, do it. Getting rid of junk is a good thing. We here have too much clutter and my favorite weekend activity is trips to the dump.

Go dump!

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Date:September 5th, 2003 07:00 pm (UTC)

can't wait!

a few more months...
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Date:September 5th, 2003 05:17 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to ask you... how did you end up on the Human-Computer Interface panel? Or on the Alternative Families panel, for that matter? Did you get asked, or did you volunteer? Did you enjoy being on a panel with David Brin? Get him to sign any of your books?
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Date:September 5th, 2003 07:00 pm (UTC)

I volunteered for it...

I specified that I was merely interested, but that I was not an expert...that, apparently, was good enough.

So, basically all it takes is:

(a) checking the box on the reg./interest form/web page that says you want to help with panels and programming

(b) actually responding to the solicitation of panel ideas and interest in specific planned panels...
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