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Wiscon recap: Thursday/Friday 
3rd-Jun-2011 03:54 pm
MLP: Pinkie stars
trowa_barton nudged me to recap Wiscon. So I will! I am eminently nudgeable when not entirely exhausted.

The thing about Wiscon is that the party starts way before you get there and ends way after you leave. Really, it starts in the airport, where I was on the same flight as Theodora Goss, sparkymonster, and Chip-who-is-LJless-I-think. Discussed there and at the Milwaukee airport with Ay-Leen the Peacemaker and Lucretia Dearfour on Monday: next year, we need to rent a party bus. BOSTON CARAVAN. Seriously, there are a lot of us. I call dibs on first iPod-DJ shift!

So Wiscon! We flew! I knitted! We met up with Sumana and skogkatt and some other nifty people in Milwaukee! Flew again, for 15 minutes! Then it was Madison! And the traditional fully-packed ridiculously silly shuttle to the hotel. A shuttle full of woohoo!

A note: As usual, there is absolutely no way I will be able to namedrop everyone. Rest assured that I adore you, I promise, but cons are sensory overload, y0.

omnisti, s00j, and stealthcello arrived in short order, and we had the fun of hauling big luggage carts of stuff through the lobby yelling that the circus had come to town. <3 So many hugs were had!

Eventually there was dinner. And stuff. To be honest, I do not remember much about Thursday other than hugging a bunch of people that I so rarely get to see.

Friday!

I began my streak of getting up too early. But for good cause! Because grntserendipity swooped in to take me to Silly Yak Bakery so I could stock up on nommy and portable gluten-free buns and other assorted deliciousness. Getting the GF shopping done promptly is a huge help. Plus, a chance to hang out with grntserendipity, who I think I hung out with most besides omnisti this weekend. :)

From there to the Gathering. The Gathering is 1-4pm on Friday - they open the ballroom and have a bunch of tables and activities, from hair-braiding to $1 ARCs to a clothing swap and more. This was my third year running the refreshments table for the Interstitial Arts Foundation. Coffee, tea, and subversion! Basically, I get to be sparkly at people for three hours. Not a hardship. Except that I always forget that I need to take breaks and sit down every so often. I got a periodic assist from ktempest, and actually did sit down for two minutes once. Hey. It's a start. :P

The great thing about the Gathering is that you get to see everyone!

The bad thing about the Gathering is that you get to see everyone... for about 30 seconds.

But this is when csecooney and pattytempleton descended upon me! And thegreenyear! And omnisti kept swinging by for quick hand-squeezes, knowing that I need occasional grounding. :) And everyone. Basically I saw everyone.

And then I had to go hole up in the hotel room for about an hour because I was on People Overload, but that's okay.

Conventions are easier for me when I have a partner with me, or at least someone to have as sort of a social anchor. I can get overwhelmed, and like Pooh and Piglet, sometimes I just need to be sure of you. Parts of this Wiscon were especially hard for me because I didn't have that. Friday was one of those parts. I was vacillating between feeling connected and utterly unmoored. I think that the proximity of sindrian's return was adding a bit to that - so close to being able to have him there with me! So close and yet impossibly far.

Friday was also the day of three huge emotionally intense conversations, so that was a thing. And one of the three big life-shifts of last week. So Friday was heavy. Friday was a thing.

And then there was dinner, and then the karaoke party! With Cooney and Templeton, O'Neill and Redding, omnisti and - well, many more! Many many. We suffered much just to watch tithenai sing "Roll a D6" with Benjamin Rosenbaum and David Moles.

If you missed that, I am ever so sorry. You shall never see its like. IT WAS EPIC. So very worth it. :)

Of the parties, I really only got to the Carl Brandon party and FOGcon, I think.

And then it was Saturday, which was its own thing.

And of course, this is also how it happened.
Comments 
3rd-Jun-2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
and I got to see you and stuff... Genderfloomping! ^____^
3rd-Jun-2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yes! I was happy I got to see you a lot too! Did I see you at the bar on... Thursday? Or did I first see you Friday? I doooon't know.

Genderfloomp needs to happen forever.
3rd-Jun-2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
It was so wonderful the way it resulted in people genderfloomping all over the hotel that night, not just at the dance!
3rd-Jun-2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Both! Saw us at the bar, had a great conversation re: Inception with polymexina and her cousin.

I got more huggin on Friday. ^___^

sorry that you were glutened on the way home.
3rd-Jun-2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yes! And angelsscream. Oh, man, I was so tired at the bar.
3rd-Jun-2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
We all were, it was a long ass ride there! and angelsscream's friend Eric who is coming back next year!
3rd-Jun-2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Who had never had jerk chicken! Poor boy.
3rd-Jun-2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
or Red Velvet cake! That's a sin!
3rd-Jun-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm actually thinking about getting quotes for a charter flight from BOS next year; we might have enough folks to make it compare to coach fare....
3rd-Jun-2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
Color me interested. I am a WisCon convert.
4th-Jun-2011 01:49 am (UTC)
It should be price-competitive or nearly so, especially if you can fill all of the seats. Assume perhaps $10k/hour for 120ish seats in a smallish airliner (older 737 or a 727 most likely). At 3.5 hours flight time that's $350 each if you can put 100 people in it. I suspect herding that many cats isn't going to be practical, but I would be AWESOME fun if you could, er, make it fly... (I would totally do this!)
5th-Jun-2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Colour me interested as well.
3rd-Jun-2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Hee! We posted recaps of the same time period at nearly the same time! It was smashing to see you in a foreign state.
4th-Jun-2011 01:07 am (UTC)
If I'm free and have the cash for my share of it, I'd throw-down for a party bus. Even if I didn't go to the con, I might still join a party bus if I was making a longer journey and could catch my next connection in Madison.
4th-Jun-2011 07:03 am (UTC)
Conventions are easier for me when I have a partner with me, or at least someone to have as sort of a social anchor. I can get overwhelmed, and like Pooh and Piglet, sometimes I just need to be sure of you. Parts of this Wiscon were especially hard for me because I didn't have that. Friday was one of those parts. I was vacillating between feeling connected and utterly unmoored.


And now you know why, after finding you (yay!) and chatting for a short bit in the hall, I was ordering the gentleman you were with to see you safely to your room and to bed. You'd moved beyond that "zombie stare" tired children get into a sporadic lack of focus that had me concerned you might topple for lack of balance, or end up more prone to seizing.

Was that right? You had introduced K with bouncing, and I am So Godawful With Names and he seemed to be with you, So I had assumed he was the proper person to see you back. I thought you were roomies. >.> Erm, if he wasn't actually Sindarian. >.> Which I eventually figured out he was not. *blush* But not right then.
4th-Jun-2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Yes, that was right! K = omnisti, and he (with s00j and stealthcello) was indeed my roommate. :)

And oh, how exhausted I was.

I wish I'd gotten to see you more!
4th-Jun-2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
It was kinda awesome. Yes, there was catching up of course, but it was so like it's not been *mumbledy* years since I've seen you.

In hindsight it seems almost a little silly, cause I'm sure that people who have been around you in person more recently know those signs. >.> But I also knew you before you could mask them. So. I suppose I'm a boogerhead who loves you. ^_^
8th-Jun-2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
it was so like it's not been *mumbledy* years since I've seen you.

Yes!

And hugs and love all over the place. <3 Just wish I'd gotten to see you more!
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