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January 17th, 2006
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I was discussing people who try to help out at cons, but are incapable with lensman
I started to reply in comment-space, but decided it needed to be posted here.

Oh, speaking of damage, I should do the obligatory self-deprecating post about how I was issued and had my clue revoked within the space of a few short minutes, this Arisia. After checking in, getting badged, and getting prettypammie and Quinn settledish, Thursday night, the department met with our Peerless Leader. She handed out the departmental ribbons [and a very nice and thoughtful gift, a Black Swan, a logo of the Park Plaza, thank you, vettecat]. Thence, I went to ops to collect various ribbons. One ribbon I like is "Clue." It says so much, so succinctly. At thirty-mumble years old--okay 35, it is in my userinfo after all--I hope I've collected one or two clues to hand out. I mean, someone has to pass them on to Q, and if it was left to prettypammie, all his clues would be about not playing in traffic and avoiding high ledges. Okay, these are important clues to have, but there are other clues out there. Collect the whole set, I say.

Rambling. Sorry. By-gones. Anyway, after some "witty banter," a clue was found and presented to me. Pleased at a mission accomplished, I went to stick it on my badge. Which. Was. Not. There. How many of you have seen me late for something I really did not want to be late to, or lose something that I really didn't want to lose? What's that you say? It didn't look or sound like I was having fun? You're right! I search the room, assuming that the clip failed me--the wallet had been upstairs, so I had not yet procured the helpful $1 lanyard of happiness. No badge. Okay, I'm wearing sweats and a jacket. I must have pocketed it for safe-keeping. No badge. Okay, I'm crappy at looking for things, let's do this methodically. Contents of right jacket pocket. Cleared. Checked. Replaced. No badge. Contents of left pocket, cleared, checked, stuffed in right pocket. Repeat for both sweats. Okay, it's definitely not in a pocket. Check the room again, this time sweeping under table-skirts and wandering further than I thought I had wandered. Start eyeing people in ops suspiciously--if this is someone's idea of a joke, it had played itself out at this point. At least for me.

ADHD is truly a curse. I was convinced my badge had VANISHED. I'd lost it BEFORE THE CON EVEN started...Finally I flopped on a chair in despair, at which point someone in the room points out, "Hey Happy, is that a ribbon sticking out from under your shirt?"1That's right, somewhere along the way, the clip at my neck must have bothered me, so I had transferred it to the waist-band of my sweatpants.

As I marvelled at my, well, not to put to fine a point on it, cluelessness the Ops lead, fuzcat2 deftly plucked the dangling clue ribbon from my fingers, saying, "I'll take that."


1 The usually obligatory "or are you just glad to see me" was ommitted in sympathy, one can only assume, for my plight, now at an end.
2Thanks, dee_cee for the edit...I'm glad you and fuzcat were there. If you're going to have a big frelling brain-fart, at least do it in front of friends who can laugh with you. Anyone else who witnessed my badge fiasco, please feel free to fill in their names and roles in the comments.

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From:dee_cee
Date:January 18th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)

The plucker

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Was fuzcat.

Why do I know that? Because I was there for that memorable moment!

-Daley, who still has her Clue ;)
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From:happypete
Date:January 18th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)

Re: The plucker

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She's always been a plucky lass, our A...

Edit made, tnx!
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From:dcseain
Date:January 18th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
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That sounds like something i would do. The only reason i didn't lose mine this time was spending the $1 up fornt for the lanyard. I've lost my glasses by moving them up on top of my head a few times, too, which falls in the same category i think.
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From:vettecat
Date:January 18th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
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Very glad you liked the swan! I knew giving jewelry was a bit of a risk, seeing that most of the team was male, but I thought there was enough of a coolness factor to make up for it. :-)
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From:c1
Date:January 18th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
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You know, I noticed the swans and thought they were a hotel thing.
But it makes sense that you'd have thought of it— it really wasn't their speed at all. Didn't stop me from wanting one, though I don't think I'd survive a stint as liaison...
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From:vettecat
Date:January 19th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I wanted to do something to let my "team" know I appreciated their help, and since the Park Plaza uses a white swan (usually) I thought a black swan would be appropriate... nice to know that you approve of my choice!
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From:happypete
Date:January 19th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)

The Swan...

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is Black on White on several street signs referring to the hotel that I saw.

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From:vettecat
Date:January 20th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)

Re: The Swan...

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Interesting - guess I never paid attention to how it's designated outside of the hotel. I did even better than I thought!
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From:happypete
Date:January 20th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)

Re: The Swan...

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;)
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From:c1
Date:January 18th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
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Dude, you know I luv ya and all, but yeah, fuzcat was entirely correct on that one.
So a year or so ago, I dropped some coin and pre-supported Yokohama and they gave me a spiffy lanyard from AnimeExpo Tokyo, and that's held me in good stead at cons. I'd kept a few buttons on it, and a split ring for clip-on badges.
This Arisia, I coughed up some paltry sum at the rebel legion's table and got a lanyard from them with the rebel logo on it, and transferred my badge to it. If you'd like the anime one, I can bring it to Lunacon.
'Course, I'd have to ask prettypammie to make sure you don't leave it at home. *wink*
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From:happypete
Date:January 19th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)

what's amazing...

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is that I forgot to go back to reg. to pick up the lanyard and still didn't lose my badge again.

You think my little fiasco sensitized me a bit to badge-location awareness the rest of the con, perhaps?
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From:c1
Date:January 20th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)

Re: what's amazing...

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Naah!
*grin*
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From:mabfan
Date:January 18th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
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There is something delightfully ironic about this story...
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From:happypete
Date:January 19th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)

well...

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I'd hate to think that I spent all that time writing up something distressingly ironic, or [far worse] just plain boring.
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From:sugared_redhead
Date:January 18th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)

:)

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Almost the same thing happened to grizzlydan with the car keys on our honeymoon. We tore the room apart looking for them. We took flashlights to search the path from the yurt to the car. We turned the car inside out. I found them tucked into the waist band of his pants.......
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From:happypete
Date:January 18th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)

Re: :)

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* snerk *

what's weird is the slew of bizarre trivia and minutiae that I can track, and then I can't keep track of something like this...
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From:folkmew
Date:January 18th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
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ADHD is truly a curse.
Oh yes! Been there, done that, lost the t-shirt because I set it down because the dishwasher needed emptying, but first I had to clean off the stove, and while I'm at it this pot needs to have the handle tightened, where did those stupid screwdrivers get to? Man these tools really need organizing....

You get the idea. I am sure. :-)

Remember, sometimes ADHD is a blessing too - it means we are good at making diffuse connections. :-)
From:jasra
Date:January 19th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
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From:happypete
Date:January 19th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)

Isn't there a rule in the book...

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where if someone says "I'm really worried, I gained five pounds," you're just not supposed to say "Wow...the weight is just melting off me."

* wry grin *
From:jasra
Date:January 19th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
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From:happypete
Date:January 19th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Isn't there a rule in the book...

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* grin * ah, well...maybe next year.

Perhaps I'll adulterate a clue ribbon with a note saying "Happy, your badge is here" with an arrow pointing upwards.
From:jasra
Date:January 19th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
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From:happypete
Date:January 19th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Isn't there a rule in the book...

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I know...somewhere else-thread I mention that I had left my wallet in the room, and so planned to get a lanyard later.
From:jasra
Date:January 19th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
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From:happypete
Date:February 7th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Isn't there a rule in the book...

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heh...I guess I should have grovelled more prettily...
From:jasra
Date:February 7th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
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