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My PenguiCon - mostly so I can remember! [May. 3rd, 2010|02:43 pm]
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This is without user names and mostly stream-of-consciousness. I don't expect people to read it; it's mostly so that I can look back in later years and remember what I did!

Arrived Thursday evening around 8 and got checked in. The first set of greetings and squees in the lobby, then headed out to find some dinner. Alas, everything interesting closed at 9, so ended up at Big Boy. The food was vile; so vile that my body rejected it. Attempted to hang out in consuite for a while but had to return to room to ralph. Immediately felt better and went back upstairs for a while. Visited with our noble conchair, Randy, as well as Howard Taylor and Christopher Davis. Went to bed around midnight.

Friday: slept until 11, got up feeling great. Hung out in the lobby a bit, then went to lunch with Sheryl, Geralyn, and Cherie Priest. Had good Indian buffet as well as good visiting. Got back to hotel at 3 and got into registration line, which was already all the way down the hall. Registration moved quickly and we were out of the line in time for more visiting, including the arrival of Angie, who was greeted with kisses and much squee, then Ferrett went off to his first panel and I stationed myself at the Maker's Space Table and pulled out a craft project. Curiosity pulled in some folks, who began making things with the goodies Earthenwood had donated to the cause. Inspired by her, I had some bulk beads that I volunteered for use over the course of the weekend. Even though I was not at the table nearly as much as I expected, people were very respectful of the materials provided.

At 6pm Ferrett had his first-ever public reading. He was fantastic! That out of the way, he was able to relax and begin enjoying the con. Cherie Priest and Mary Robinette Kowal also read, and I was impressed with how awesome and completely different the three readings turned out to be. Spent more time at the Maker's Space, greeted Steve and Heather, among others, and eventually had dinner in the hotel bar. Ferrett and I wandered through the hotel parties for a while, then ended up the evening visiting and cuddling with Steve, Heather, Dawn, Tracy, Chris, and some other friends who wandered in and out. Dave arrived close to midnight and joined the wandering for a little while, but as he and Angie were t-minus two days to leaving for Disney World, they left pretty early. Went to bed about 3am.

Saturday: Ferrett had a 9am panel, so the alarm went off at 8:30. After he departed I showered and went up to the ConSuite for a cup of coffee and a banana. Got back to the Maker's Space about 9:30, hung out with people there, made Jon David my minion and actually got minion service out of him (he brought me a banana from the ConSuite). Ferrett finished his panel and went back to the room to nap. Angie arrived for the day around 10:45 and she and I went to wake Ferrett up. I left them at 11:45 to go to the juggling workshop - I'm pleased to report that I actually manage to throw all three balls in the air before I drop them now! Went out to lunch with Molly to a great Middle Eastern place that provided enough food for a small village. (Ate the leftovers for dinner Saturday night.)

4pm was the PenguiCon Board panel. We accomplished a lot in two hours, including electing a 2012 ConChair and two new Board members. Spent a good deal of the panel being bossy, so thanks all for bearing with me! Then charged over to judge the Rock Band Rock Off, which was a combination of sincerity and insanity. Despite our temptation to give the prize to the most outrageous performers, the most talented ones managed also to be stylish as well and walked away with a trophy made from a broken Guitar Hero controller, two broken drumsticks, and a scratched CD - never say that we don't give valuable prizes!

Then we attended the Drag Show. OMG, it was the most awesome thing ever. There apparently was a drag workshop session earlier in the day, and a few people who attended that session got on stage with only that for their preparation. I give them full props. The people who came expecting to participate were also all awesome, though I'm torn between which wins the awesome-off: a shaved Jer lipping a dollar bill from Ferrett's mouth, or next year's ConChair, Limey, doing an impressive if unintentional Hedwig impression while yelling out that next year's opening event will be the drag show.

When we hit the party floors, we stumbled into Cherie Priest, who delighted us with great stories as we wandered from party to party. Ferrett distributed sips of maple whiskey, creating a whole new set of fans for the wonder of this treat. We hung out in the LN2 room while ice cream was made, where Angie caught up with us, then Ferrett hung out there with Angie, Cherie and Molly while I went to drink white wine with Steve and Heather and their friends. Eventually I wandered back downstairs for a while, then was summoned to the ConSuite to try out the Mythbuster's pain tolerance test. I failed entirely - only 30 seconds, whereas Ferrett made it the whole 3 minutes, 15 seconds. I have no tolerance for cold, and I'm not afraid to admit it. We got to bed about 3:30. Oh, I also had my first and only junk food of the con (provided you don't count alcohol), a bowl of ChexMix.

Sunday: Ferrett had 10am panel, so we were back downstairs early. Ferrett was great, and then we went to lunch with Sheryl, Hope and Laura. Alas, the Kerby's Coney Island at which we ended up was staggeringly slow and inefficient so lunch took way too long. Got back for a short visit with Steve and Heather, then packed up and got on the road around 3pm. Got back at 5:30 and sort of spent the evening drooling.

Monday: Still drooling. Had a great time, though, and looking forward to next year.

[User Picture]From: forestmaster
2010-05-04 01:25 am (UTC)
I don't drink, but have friends that might be interested in this maple whiskey thing... is it a local brew or something that may be obtained in the Detroit area?

Glad you guys had a great time. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-04 01:29 am (UTC)
No, this is something that had to be shipped in from the backwoods of Maine. It's called Sortilege, it costs its weight in gold, and it's worth every dime.
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[User Picture]From: sapphirescarlet
2010-05-06 07:53 pm (UTC)
Why does the thought of maple whiskey immediately make me think of bacon? It sounds divine, I must try and find some.
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[User Picture]From: forestmaster
2011-05-03 06:22 pm (UTC)
Wow... took me a year, but I've been saving your comment in my inbox... we visited friends in Canada over the weekend and ended up picking up some Sortilege at the duty free shop coming back over the border. It's made in Montreal, Canada, so it's probably easier to find in Quebec, but at least available in some parts of Ontario, too. Actually had asked a friend who visited Quebec to pick us up a bottle... well, she did, but decided to try it, so we didn't get that one...

So... still haven't tried it, but we got some to try and to share with a few other friends who are likely to enjoy it (eventually), too... so the next time you're in the Detroit area, if you have time to run across the border, you may be able to get more Sortilege without going back to Maine... although we found some places online that may carry and/or ship it, too... (I can't view them from work though, so you're on your own to further explore those options, unless your Maine connection keeps you in stock :) )
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-03 07:46 pm (UTC)
The shipping is staggeringly expensive. But we may have to fork out!
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[User Picture]From: forestmaster
2011-05-03 08:13 pm (UTC)
Seriously, if you're in the Detroit area on a semi-regular basis, take an extra couple of hours, go across the border (assuming you have passports?), pay the $3 toll to get over, turn right around and hit the duty free (and hope there's Sortilege in stock - we found it listed as "maple liqueur" rather than with the Canadian whiskys), buy as many as you want, and go back across the border and pay the other $3 toll to get back over the bridge/through the tunnel. Depending on "as many as you want" and the mood of the customs agent you get, you may or may not have to pay duty on the bottles, since you normally should spend a certain amount of time in Canada... but we have done this before to get another Canadian whisky that isn't imported to the USA otherwise for some of my relatives that love the stuff...

Since we just went, we probably won't be making another trip in the future, but maybe next year we can coordinate when you're back at PenguiCon or something if you can't get it any other way/easily other ways...

(We paid $26.99 Canadian per 375 mL bottle, so roughly $30 USA dollars or a little more with the toll, but we would have paid that anyway.. and didn't have to pay additional duty this time through... although we did have reason to stay in Canada for a couple of days this time, too... not sure what you normally have paid for the stuff)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-03 09:07 pm (UTC)
Good plan!
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2010-05-15 11:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm, its been many years since I've been to a Sci Fi con. It was an Icon which a college in Long Island held. Who knows they still might do it. The main reason I came was to meet Gary Gygax. Which was pretty cool. But other than that cons have been about buying stuff... Which I noticed that you didn't mention buying things. It was more about spending time with friends. Just an observation. It makes me feel like a consumer drone quite frankly.

BTW your Blue Bird icon is scary.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-16 04:07 am (UTC)
Ferrett bought some books, but I didn't spend much time in the dealer room. This is a con that we go to every year, so we have lots of friends there.

And yes, I love my scary bluebird. Look at my info page for the full effect.
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