May 2nd, 2008


CC26 Lost Diaries: Friday 4/25

Well, this is where the diaries start getting really lost. Thursday's 4-5 hours of sleep is the largest stretch in the weekend.

Friday started early-ish, as I still had a scanner in Ops to get up and running. It was a bigger fight than the printer. I had forgotten how old and slow that machine is (not having done anything but run videos on it in the last few years). Still, after an hour or so, it was working. I didn't go to the ICG annual meeting, although I was awake for it.

I got to spend some time in the dealers' room, mostly visiting with dealers I know, and not buying anything. Aziza had an excellent purple coat and collar, and if she didn't sell it I will probably buy it at BayCon.

I'm spacing Friday afternoon. I haven't the foggiest. I think I spent a little time in Ops and in the Consuite, and mostly wandered around chatting with people. Before lunch I did spend time in mainstage helping tech hang lights and cables.

At around 7:00 I caught K and pointed out that he didn't have much time to get dressed for the Victorian Underwear party. This was a good thing, for some reason he thought it was 6:00. We got up to the room, changed quickly, and he went backstage to be ready for his set in the entertainment. Cathleen & James did an excellent job mixing the entertainment that K had booked with open and performance dances. We hit the jackpot on the theme. So many people coming already did skin-out historical costume that they had it easy, and quite a few people just went crazy with their ideas. DJ Neshemah spun a fabulous set after the main entertainment ended. We kept running into people who said "we were going to come to the parties, but we just couldn't leave until the next song was over!"

Both consuite and the Pretty Pink Princess party were hopping. I showed trystbat and demode the secret (well, if the curtains had been open it wouldn't have been secret) patio which allowed their party to expand and grow without reaching critical density. We brought some pink wine, and drank some pink drinks. It was excellent.

As PPP was wrapping up, we hauled a gang up to the room for more drinks and snacks. gurdymonkey brought "100 Poems" sake, and we opened obi_have's bottle of imported ozeki. Both were fabulous. The infamous cheezu-mochi snacks were officially declared "crack" and the frosted seaweed crackers (only slightly less addictive) were declared "heroin." Things lasted until a bit before 6:00 am.

This proved to be a pattern. I saw very little of K in prime-hours, and we stayed up late after the big events.

Sleep: 2 hours
Alcohol: Enough

CC26 Lost Diaries: Saturday 4/26

So if I could skip writing about one day, this would be it. Saturday was rough.

I got up in time for breakfast to make it to my 10:00 am panel. Yep, 10:00 am panel, after getting to sleep at 6:00 am.

Fortunately it was the masquerade judging panel, a panel I could moderate in my sleep. I wasn't scheduled to moderate, but things got shuffled around and I found myself moderator with Pierre, Sandy and Janet W-A. It went very well.

I looked around the dealers room again and chatted with folks.

I called the bus company to cancel the Tuesday winery tour. We only had 5 people, including me, and noon was my cancellation deadline.

I also changed into my St. Mungo's Hospital scrubs. I also got K changed into his before the masquerade started. That was an effort.

The rest of the day got eaten by working on F&SF masq glitches.

K spent much of the afternoon fighting with a F&SF masq registration database issue, and finally got it sorted out. F&SF masq tech rehearsals ran long. There were issues with transcription of tech notes and MC scripts. Snack order/delivery to the green room was flubbed, and only the kosher snacks were handled (yes, it was still Passover). House opened 15 minutes late (no big deal). Scripts for tech, MC and stage crew were still printing. Show started 45 minutes late (a big deal). There were many tech glitches. Judges reference photos took longer to process than anticipated.

Many of these problems could be laid to process errors and automation errors. It was the first show of the weekend. It was the first time we had ever used the masq database with pre-reg data from another source. It was the first time we used the masq database at a con with full tech rehearsals. There are other contributing factors but you're going to have to buy me a drink to get them.

Then there was The Screen. What was in reality an ugly tech error was seen as a hilarious piece of guerilla theater (that the participants didn't realize). It started out as a WTF? moment and quickly turned into mad laughter among the audience. One day The Screen will return.

johnnyeponymous and Tadao did a most excellent job of keeping the audience entertained. Awards were finished, printed and handed out.

Then we went to parties. It was around midnight. The Klingons were still open, and still had Revenge. BASFA had a quiet (and somewhat unanticipated) party. The "Daleks in Manhattan" party was rolling hard. I'm not sure what Chris & Lisa's party was, but they had great sangria. I ended up hanging out in the sewing workroom with flotsomnjetsom and finally got to bed around 6:00am.

Sleep: 3.5 hours
Alcohol: Plenty, but less than Friday
  • Current Music
    One Wish - Hiroshima

CC26 Lost Diaries: Sunday 4/27

Sunday started rough. I should have been out of bed at 9:00, but instead woke up 5 minutes before my 10:00am panel.

I threw on Japanese and went to find my panel, only 5 minutes late. Only one problem. I didn't know where it was. I found a display screen that told me it was in an empty room. After a few minutes I went to gurdymonkey's panel on pre-Edo Japanese costume (where I joked I was 50 years late in my Edo-style kataginu kamishimo). I helped her and Tara get one of their laptops up and running for her slide show, and sat in for most of the panel.

It turns out my panel was in another room, but the rest of the folks handled it well without me.

I was a smidge late for PDID (the Future Fashion Show), and missed wearable art, hats (single pattern) and the Polish coat (single pattern 2) but I saw the clown costume (single pattern 3) and the fashion show entries. It went off flawlessly (on the surface at least). All of the entries were fabu.

Around (late) lunch we had our real emergency of the weekend. One of the attendees slipped in the green room and slashed her leg. It was messy, but the folks who were there did the right thing before our staff medics could get to her, and by the time the EMTs got to her she was stable enough she didn't have to be hauled out on a stretcher. The last I heard she got stitches and was able to drive herself home. If you were wondering about the fire truck, that was it.

K and I actually got a nap. HTH?

He decided to dress in his St. George uniform, so I followed suit. We went down for Historical Masq. All the errors of Saturday were accounted for. The room opened on time. The show started on time. There were only one or two tech glitches. The Screen did not return.

Oh, and all the entries were just amazing. Judging ran a smidge long, but with that panel I'm surprised that we didn't see blood pouring from under the door. They're all very thorough and opinionated. Awards were printed and distributed.

Around midnight we went up to the party floor where things were, again, in full swing.

Well, that was the theory. I stopped at ops to drop off stuff from the masquerade, and found the Xerox printer was crashing. I spent some time with Spike and Tom futzing with it, and did get it to reboot, at which point we put it to sleep and put off more printing until morning.

"Daleks in Manhattan" returned. They had done a large enough supply buy for two nights, and they had the room for Sunday, so they decided to re-open. On Saturday we had our Dr. Who SF party, "Daleks in Manhattan." On Sunday we had our Dr. Who Historical party, "Daleks in Manhattan." Lisa & Chris also re-opened, and consuite ran a bit later than Saturday.

Eventually we helped rescue Merv & Judith from their party guests so they could close, and went up to the Seattle party, where one of the crew was celebrating her win in Historical masq. There were enough members of Beyond Reality Costumers Guild to have a quorum, and they called a meeting to discuss perhaps running a Costume-Con in Seattle again in the future.

We then hauled down to our own room for a few more drinks, and stayed up until 6:00am.

Sleep: 5 hours
Alcohol: Lots
  • Current Music
    The Game - Hiroshima

CC26 Lost Diaries: Monday 4/28

I overslept my Monday panel.

Once I had confirmed the last 'zine had been printed, I shut down the Xerox for cool-down so it could be moved. I also pulled and packed most of the accessories attached to the computer.

I called the wineries to let them know that we weren't coming. This was good. The two who would have been open on weekdays had just changed their schedules to Sat-Sun only.

I spent some time in the consuite, and helped tear down the decor after the official 4:00 closing time. What really happened was "It's 4:00, do y'all want to help pack? We're not kicking you out.".

K ran a bunch of stuff back to the storage locker, and on the way stopped with aramintamd at Michaels to get craft supplies. When they got back we went down to the bar to get some sushi while they worked on their Mouskerade entries. I remembered the bag of plushies in the consuite (left from Scott Evil's Evil Petting Zoo) and brought those down. Pretty soon we had a quarter of the bar making Mouskerade entries. Mine was a little bear with an aloha shirt, matching headband and sharpie-marker beard: Chaz Boston Bear-Den.

iamradar did a great job upholding the traditions of the first Mouskerade (10 years ago at CC16 in St. Louis) and we had a great Dead Dog party. Dead Dog officially closed at 1:00am, and I think we got out of there around 5:30am.

Sleep: 3 hours
Alcohol: Lots; everybody's left-overs