Well, I went over to a sci-fi convention in town this weekend. There were a few people there I could have lived without seeing, chief among them some fruitcake ex-friends who tried to fuck with me a couple of years ago just to stir up some excitement for themselves, I guess, but we ignored each other, so that was fine. I *thought* about jumping out at them and hissing "I'm the DEVIL!" at them in the hallway as they looked a little nervous about me already, me being so unpredictable and eeeeeevil, but decided just ignoring them was the better part of valor. I saw LOTS of people I was happy to see, including but not limited to jimmyhollaman
(who I got to actually stop and talk to for a bit!) and LOTS more people, some of whom don't even have an lj or I don't know their lj name, lol. I made some new friends too, which was also great.
Jesse was in the Saturday evening play at the con as the special effects guy and as a very cute robot. He was kind of a shoo-in for the part as his Dad writes and directs the play every year. It was pretty good. They did a parody of Forbidden Planet
and I haven't seen that in 25 years, but it was still funny and had lots of other random sci-fi references. There's a webpage about previous performances at http://penguinplayhouse.org
. I was in some of the plays til I realized I don't like to be on stage. Up til a couple of years ago I worked on props and stage management (such as it was) but all I do is go watch Jesse in the plays now, which is, I must say, less stressful.
Other notable cool stuff at the con was the guys walking around with various raptors from The Royal Gauntlet
, some nice parties, and I got to play Great Dalmuti for an hour or two today. One guy at my Dalmuti table was kind of being a jerk to me and when I called him on it he got all pouty, but whatever. I think if you're being a jerk to me I have the right to say so. The raptors were very nice to see up close and Dingo got to pet a big hawk, and I'm glad the raptor rescue place was the con charity this year. The suckiest part of the con was that they have cancelled having a real dance now and have replaced it with someone trying to teach Regency Dancing, which is about as popular as you might imagine. The same five people were in a huge ballroom all evening trying to learn. I'm not against learning archaic ballroom dance, but they could have done that in the afternoon sometime and had a fun dance everyone could enjoy in the evening.
Overall, even though it's not really a party con, I had a pretty good time, owing largely to Jesse's excitement at being there and to getting to see so many old friends. Maybe next year Dingo will be old enough to enjoy it more.