Apr. 9th, 2008 04:07 pm
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Default)
I must admit I was in two minds about going to Eastercon. Originally I had thought it would work out nicely: move to new flat in late December/early January, get it sorted out then recover in time for Orbital. Didn't exactly turn out like that, and I ended up moving only a few weeks before the con, to find the workmen had inexplicably ripped out the flooring. Getting the flat sorted out was going to be much more demanding. Not much time to recover from the move, and the thought that maybe it would be better to spend my energy on the flat rather than going to the con did occur to me.

I am so glad I decided to let the flat wait and go to the con. Best Eastercon ever. )
dc: (Doctor)
The weekend (Friday till Sunday evening) was spent at Confounding Tales! It was a very good weekend, as might be expected the CT crowd put together a con full of fun and madness and the occasional bit that was very informative. Probably a mistake. Saturday evening featured the wedding(s) of the Space Baron; I hope someone caught the expressions on the faces of the ceilidh band in a photograph.

The worst part of the weekend was the bus services, run by Arriva. I was quite under the weather at the start of the con, having some problems walking even, and this was not helped by waiting for ages for non-existent buses.

The hotel staff were generally helpful, where communication could be established (one or two cases would have benefited from a universal translator), but there has to be a big black mark against the menu. At the end of National Vegetarian Week, too. The hotel had a fairly extensive menu with just two vegetarian options. Both of which relied heavily on cheese, so not exactly helpful to anyone with problems tolerating lactose. On the first night, they did knock together a pasta sauce, which was very pleasant but a bit overpriced. (The prices would be higher than average in the centre of Glasgow.)

It would be difficult to pick out the best parts of the weekend. [livejournal.com profile] jamesb slamming into the wall during [livejournal.com profile] satellite_1’s Probing Uranus game (in which we discovered that you do not need obscure space probes to baffle fans as to their destinations: they had enough difficulty figuring out where Mars Express went); Biscuit Wars; tacky Cthulhu Mythos merchandise; and the Pub Quiz of Horror* (loved the suggestion from [livejournal.com profile] tlanti that Dracula Graf Orlock in Nosferatu had been played by Rod Stewart; and [livejournal.com profile] rhionnach’s muttering at one point of Wes Craven’s Newsround...); and, of course, the Ca’Canny for which endless thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sha_d for her efforts (and indeed generosity).

Good to see so many friendly faces. Increasingly gutted I can’t make Teledu...

[*Won by the Nappy Rash of Doom, whoever they might be... ]
dc: (Doctor)
OK, here is a bit of an update. Brief, because I am now flagging (coped well, mostly, during con time, but now...).

  1. As you might have guessed, I am now back from Contemplation, or the Emergency Holographic Eastercon. I plan to write a bit more when I am, you know, sentient. But it was good. At times I was reminded of the first cons I went to, over a quarter of a century ago. I did make it to some programme items (not just the ones I was on!), I did help out as best I could, and I did not suffer a catastrophic loss of spoons at any point (in fact, I seemed to get a supply of con spoons from somewhere).

    I saw many people it was great to see again, in some cases to get know better than before. As well as people like [livejournal.com profile] the_magician and [livejournal.com profile] frandowdsofa, and the putting of faces to some LJ usernames (the lovely [livejournal.com profile] darth_tigger, for example, and [livejournal.com profile] mevennen, whose stall I was looking at for an embarrassing length of time before the penny dropped), it was fantastic to see [livejournal.com profile] judip and Zandy again. Best of all, I finally got to meet [livejournal.com profile] purpletigron in the flesh. :)
  2. I still have not caught up with LJ. I really hope none of you have died/been maimed/lost your jobs, that you have not suffered the loss of family, friends or pets, while I have been really failing quite stunningly to keep up.
  3. Email? OMG, I have over 120 non-spam emails. If you have emailed me with anything urgent and I don't get back to you soon (bearing in mind I plan to spend much of the non-Life On Mars portion of the next 48 hours as unconscious as possible), prod me.
  4. Those of you in Glasgow, Trout is on Thursday. [livejournal.com profile] satellite_1 membership rates went up today, but just for those good folk who come to the Ingram on Thursday night there will be one last chance to sign up at the old rate of £15. We should also have membership forms for Orbital 2008, the next Eastercon, as well as information about LX, the 2009 Eastercon in Bradford.
  5. I am knackered, and I am now going to: eat; watch The Daily Show then Life On Mars (the tension mounts...); and have a hot bath. Catching up is going to have to wait a bit longer.

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