|Memorial Day weekend plans
||[May. 23rd, 2003|01:50 pm]
After work today I am getting back into Jeffy’s Beemer (vroom vroom!), driving downtown to pick him up, and then we are off to Columbus for MarCon, a scifi convention that impresses me with its vast array of offerings that manage to leave you feeling like you have nothing to do.
MarCon pulls a reasonable number of medium-name celebs in the scifi field (last year Virginia Hey, this year Kenny Baker, plus a variety of authors and the ever-present Richard Hatch). And these people do some presentations and hawk autographs. Plus, it is a haven for filk music, and those really into this form of entertainment love MarCon. But the bulk of the offerings are presentations and panels given by people who have a great love of their particular scifi obsession going for them.
And not much else.
Some of the panels are quite professional. A lot, however, consist of a bunch of people gathering in a conference room and sharing how much they love Star Trek. Or Buffy. Or Babylon 5.
And the response is a murmured agreement: yup, we sure love Star Trek/Buffy/B5….
Now this isn’t to say that there isn’t fun to be had. We actually had a great time last year, hanging out with friends and going to some of the trivia games and being introduced to the wonders of good filking. But there is a definite amateur patina that hangs over this convention.
But despite that fact – or maybe because of it – it fills two or three downtown Columbus hotels to capacity every year. People love this big/little convention. They have activities in at least 12 different rooms all day long, and yet it manages to keep the feeling of that funky little event over at the armory.
Ferrett has opted out of MarCon this time around. There wasn’t enough of interest there to keep him from being bored, and going to Ann Arbor for a couple days was more appealing to him. But I had fun last year, and am looking forward to this year.
Even though their “pocket schedule” posted online is such an awkward page size that no amount of manipulating has made it printer-ready.
Rock on, MarCon.
2003-05-23 11:48 am (UTC)
We're leaving on Friday evening and returning sometime on Sunday.
That's one day?
And, hey, we will definitely be attending some filking. There is enthusiasm for sharing just waiting for you.
Filking? Isn't that dirty?
Only if done properly.
(In case you really don't know, "filk" is music written about scifi/geek themes, frequently Weird Al-esque rewrites of other songs but some original tunes.)
I didn't know you liked filk!
Now I wish I was going....could've...:(
But...then again....I think I'll still be happy.
2003-05-25 06:53 pm (UTC)
You misunderstand. I was pleasantly surprised by one filk artist. This does not create an overall sense of like. The one recommended to us this time was thoroughly mediocre, and all the filk fans were wildly pleased with his performance.
This gives me a hint that overall, I'm not a filk person.
Hmm, city council in Columbus still iffy on public filking, don't land up on the evening news!!! :)
LMAO - "and the ever-present Richard Hatch" - gads, what a flash back, I remember when he and Linda Blair were a hot item!!
OH do have a really good time!!!
We didn't filk in public. I am not so foolish.
I will write up the highlights of the weekend todoay or tomorrow. Right now I am just exhausted!
2003-05-25 07:14 pm (UTC)
Rereading that message, I realized that my tone might sound snarky. There was much grinning. AND much exhaustion!
2003-05-26 08:16 am (UTC)
Re: Missing [g]s!
No, you sound tired due to travel and having had a good time!!
(hmm, snarky, good work, will have to add to my vocab.) WHICH is all I cared about - glad you went!
I went to one SciCon with my brother when he was little, HE loved it (this was back when B5 was still ON) I had to keep biting my tongue - too many people seemed to have Klingons and Kiss confused, and no idea of how to walk in the boots!
That was back when I was heavily into SCA, so I just put on one of my gowns and elf ears and told people to guess who I was - (which was VERY fun, since I didn't have a clue, I was there to make sure my brother was ok!)
Ok, raise your hands, how many love Galaxy Quest???
2003-05-26 08:55 am (UTC)
Re: Missing [g]s!
Galaxy Quest is the BEST!
But even better was when we went to the very first Farscape Con and the cast was ALL there (out of makeup the actor who plays Scorpius is Patrick Stewart's body double - scary), and had not expereinced fandom yet (the show wasn't even ON in Australia). But they had just seen Galaxy Quest. And were already making jokes about how that was the rest of their lives, right up there on screen.
2003-05-26 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Missing [g]s!
omg'ss, Scorpius looks THAT much better out of make-up??
I loved that show, but when they did away with Zan (sp? - the pretty blue lady who was a healer, I really like her, thought of her in Goddess terms) I lost interest.
hmmm, my friend is Rick Sternbach's ex - I'll check with her about the next Con out this way - I'd love to go to one with adults and have fun.
Right now we are in *gasp* Ren Faire insanity mode. Rather fun to show up one week as a noble (damn costume weighs a ton, VERY hard to have a good time in) and the next in peasant. Next weekend I'm going with a girl friend, she's doing a semi LOR elf and I'm wearing my summer ritual robe (two black sheets with Celtic buttons, very cool and comfy. Hoping my daughter can join us - yes, 3 wild women let loose in the land of lads in tights!!!!!
The idea is to do major shopping WITHOUT the men folk there stamping their feet in the background "haven't you already smelled that oil" [snicker - why no my lord, you are not yet a toad and haven't you already had ale?]
Hugs, hope that you had fun this weekend!!