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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


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 3rd, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I keep trying to explain Screen to T. (& boy, is he sick of my proselytizing). The best thing I can say is that it was like performance art -- it was a bizarre mistake that transcended logic & became absurdism or Dada. It was so weird, the only way to make sense of it was as art or religion or both. Duchamp would have loved it.
May. 3rd, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
If you thought the Screen cult is absurd from your standpoint, you should've been in the booth.

"Wait, what are they chanting?"
"Um, I think they want the screen back...?"
May. 3rd, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Screen lives!!!!
May. 3rd, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
...but will never return.
May. 3rd, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
The way my brain recorded it:

Booth: "Set up the screen"
Me: "For what, it's a tape break"
Booth: "We need the screen for the video break"
Me: "There is no video"
Booth: "We have one to play, so get the screen up."

Meanwhile more and more folks are arriving to move the screen.

And chriso only saw that they were taking apart the stage to bring out the screen. "Why are they dystroying my stage?" was her thought.

May. 3rd, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
The lateness of doors opening was not as bad as the lack of communication from staff - 15 minutes is a long time to wait without knowing how long you'll be waiting. It's a pretty short time to wait if someone official-looking goes down the line and says "doors will open in about 15 minutes, sorry for the delay".

* Screen has *got* to become like filk - small mistake ---> con tradition.
** Tadao is made of awesome.
*** Kevin, Chris and Tadao were all on the same page with just the right timing to make the audience know they were loved. It was like watching a really polished improv troupe.
**** Instant award gratification is a total win. All the work you put int9o that was worth it.

May. 3rd, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I can hear conversations from CC45 starting "where were you when Screen happened?"
May. 3rd, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Man, I tell you what, that was the longest I've ever performed without a script. It was hard at times, but I had so much damn fun. And having Tadao there really saved my ass.

Screen. There's nothign I can say. I didn't see the screen happen, but i was there, near, blind to it all. I envy those who beheld it's glory.

I do have to say, I think I only got about three solid one-liners off, ans thus disgraced Henny Youngman. The Space GIrls one holds up when you watch it on the YouTube video
May. 4th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
The show starting late actually saved our ass, I think. I didn't realize how late it was, having no way to keep track of time in the green room. However, considering how long it took to get S&P into their outfits (especially S) we needed every minute we could get.

Parties/con suite: the less said, the better, I think.
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