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Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008, 06:57 pm
Home From PenguiCon

So, getting to PenguiCon sucked. Incredibly bad traffic, construction, bleah. Took over two hours for a drive that should take 1:15, tops. And the Red Roof at 14 Mile and I-75 (where we crashed) had its problems.

Fortunately, the weekend improved from there.

I'm not even gonna try to name everybody I saw, hugged, or hung out with, 'cause it's, like, half the con, but it was lovely to see Clif and Jordin and Michael and Jim Hines and various others in that bunch. And my mini-set with Frank Hayes early Friday was lots of fun, and the FuMP show later was longer than it should've been but we still had a blast, and I thought I started my solo set Saturday a little shaky but it was rock-solid by the end with a great crowd, and Rob did fantastically and is getting to be a much better performer, and Shoebox rocked like crazy, and Frank's set this morning was fun fun fun, and Luke cranked it out again 'cause that's what Luke does, and Alchav did fine but we're gonna get him on earlier next time, and the All Dementia Roadie Squad kicked keister and thieved identities, and there were hugs and chocolate and ribbons and Tesla coils and Tron suits and corsets and the Monitor Graveyard and what-all.

A fine, fine time.

And next year it's gonna be at the Crowne Plaza by Metro Airport, the same hotel where ConClave is now.

Those of you who were there, how was your con? Those of you who weren't, whatcha doin'?

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)

I only made it out for Friday evening, but had a grand time hanging out. Caught part of the Tom and Frank show, part of the FuMP show, part of the Tesla coil concert(!), and enjoyed the parties and conversation.

Yesterday, went to Battle Creek for my granddaughter Krystiana's second birthday party. Lots of loot, lots of awwww factor.

Today, I decided the short day just wasn't worth the two hours drive time to me, and hung out at home, except when I went for a much-needed (both physically and spiritually) three-mile walk in the park.

Next year, with the con a mere 25 minutes away, I'll likely commute every day.

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)

I went to a Firefly-inspired live action role play weekend - it was very shiney :)

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)

A Firefly LARP.

Somebody, please, tie me to my chair!

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)

I dunno...I didn't actually SEE much of it! ;-)

It was a pleasure working with you and the FuMP-misters this weekend! Hope my crawling under the table act didn't distract too much from your show!

Hope to see you there next year!

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)

Ladies and gents, our incredibly rockin' sound guy. :) What he's referring to is the fact that apparently he hadn't heard much of my stuff before this weekend. I broke him handily during the first chorus of "House At Cthulhu Corner", and he hit the floor with a most agreeable thump and lay there twitching under the sound boards for a few minutes.

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)

We spent most of the weekend having an ongoing room party in some friends' rooms, but the Kidlet and I caught your noon show on Saturday and we caught both of the tesla coil concert. And the swordfighting tournament.

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)

Had an earthquake Friday morning, then headed out to Conglomeration...Friday night was quite smashing...then I got sick as a dog on Saturday (the crud that had been hounding my office for the last 3 weeks finally caught me)...and I had to pack it in early Sat. Still had a great time...Walter Koeing was a lot of fun and the masquerade was won by a lady dressed as the Evil Robot Maria from Metropolis...you know, the silver dancing costume? It was amazing!

Missed ya, though. :-)

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)

The usual. Work. Research. Avoiding Anubis' revenant killers on the Orient Express...

So, when are you coming back to MidSouth Con?

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)

Possibly next year. I'm starting to look at that schedule....

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)

First weekend in over a month without something scheduled, so I hung out with foxgrrl up here for a security conference, dealt with some stacked up paperwork, then spent the rest of the weekend writing music, lazing about, and being confused by three days of snow in April. HELLO I DO NOT LIVE IN ALBERTA kthx. But really it's been quite nice. ^_^

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)

Didn't do a lot this weekend. For the details, see my LJ.

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)

Did final Passover cleaning, didn't do a seder, tried to get over the massive mond headcold from hell.

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)

Conglom all the way. This was a case of bad scheduling, in my opinion :P

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)

I...FINALLY...got the DVD of OASIS 2007, Part 2, cut! Now I have to write the other files to other disks, make two backup copies of each, package 'em and mail 'em to you.

God, this was a weird weekend. That lady for whom I installed fluorescents last week? I installed a new thermostat in her house, which has effectively been without cooling and heating. The one I got off eBay didn't work, so I had to go out and buy one, install it, see if it was running...

...And then go to work. In the dirty T-shirt I was working in, which I thought I would have time to change out of once I was done. But the job took too long. So I went to work wearing a shirt with "Why be normal?" on the front, and the inscribed name "Heywood Jablowmee" on the back. In a newsroom full of women just waiting for a chance to levy a sexual harassment suit to make some money they could actually live on. I was excusing my sorry butt all night at work. "Sorry, I didn't have time to change. Nothing awful intended."

And then...I got some good news. About someone who wants my voice. I will have to delay all the details until it's firm, but it's cool.

Meanwhile...gotta get those disks out to you!

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)

Cleaning, lots of cleaning.

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)

I was at Conglom with Greyden and Moogie and Seanmonster and Qracoon and a whole mess of other Louisvillians. Old Fortissimo was there Friday night, so there wasn't a TOTAL dearth of filk, and I coaxed a couple Rennie Wenches into singing a bit with me, and the MacGeachin was there too. I entered my first Masquerade and did a cute, funny little skit that I threw together in about 10 caffeinated minutes and got a Martha Stewart certificate (long story). Also, my honorary baby sister from work and I won the Hall Costume contest Friday night as a couple of Pirate Wenches. I did do some damage control and left a party I was actually having fun at to go babysit people who wound up having more liquid fun than their fragile little meatbodies could hold. Last night rolled up kinda early, and I had to miss most of today including strike and the Dead Dog to go to my little cousin's First Communion and endure snarky relatives that I could happily live without. All in all, not a bad little weekend, but not without its rough spots.
Marcon in a month!

Wed, Apr. 23rd, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)

And a Cincinnatian! :)
See you at Marcon.

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)

jgaleckas and I went to NAMES, a model engineering show in Toledo. They have scale models of steam engines, automotive engines, and other neat stuff if you're into that, We both love trains and steam engines (not just locomotives).

After the show we did Tony Packo's for dinner (M.A.S.H. fans know about Packo's). Great hot dogs and cabbage rolls - Hungarian style.

Today just hung out at home.

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)

Tired from 2 seders this weekend, one of which was a very condensed version. (Just did the meal) It was interesting to make Matzah ball soup for hte first time. I just used the family secret recipe. (The directions on the back of the box.)