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OVFF 2012 Review

Friday: Opening registration at a convention on Friday is MADNESS!!! Everyone wants in! Reg just wants to get set-up! Both groups just want the whole process to be over with! O.M.G! That said, I love my Reg friends, and I loved working Reg, even if we did have a collective inability to remember anyone's last name. Even if I didn't really know what I was doing, and therefore the badge holder count is wrong, and I kept asking our GoH's if they wanted to pay for their memberships (I'm sorry GoHs, I do know you get in for free....my junior reg staff persona will get the update eventually.) It was madness, and it was fun.

Pegasus Concert: I love the Pegasus concert. This year expecially, since I've been away fromt he community for so long, that I didn't really know who all and which songs had been nominated. Lovely to hear the music. I really wanted Paper Worlds, and Play it With Moxie, and Secrets to win, but since my bestest friends won instead, well, really can't complain :)

Saturday Breakfast: Had the great good fortune to break fast with Ju, Katy, Steve, and Shawna. First, a Thousand Thank You's (Thank Ju's) to Ju, who shared her room with me and shared her breakfast tickets with me, and made my convention experience so much lovlier and low-stress and wonderful out of the goodness of her own heart. Danke, Freund, mit all meiner Liebe. Also, the omlets were tasty, and the company overall are also not so much morning people and didn't laugh too much at my inability to use a fork at that hour of the morning.

Saturday day:I ran errands, covered Reg, heard good music, nibbled at the consuite, chatted with friends, introduced myself to strangers. It was a good time :) And then I went for a swim. I love the swim. So. Much. Water. I could swim every day. Swim swim swim.

Saturday Evening: Dinner with friends. Watched the Pegasus Awards from the hallway. Sang 3 songs a capella on a moments notice (major thank you's to Bob Kanefsky for pointing out to my oblivious self that all the lyrics I wanted were online. God bless Google.) And then much listening and chatting and roaming were had. Spent some time in a hallway catching up with Jason and Persis, and eventually getting a hall concert from Glen Raphael, which quickly morphed into a hall filk with Debbie Gates, and several others whose faces are too fuzzy in my memory to recall at this time.

Sunday: Went to bed too late, got up too early. Made a mad dash to make sure Reg opened on time while getting Mark and Roberta's stuff out of their room on time (again, a thounds thanks to Ju for the use of her room, which meant I didn't have to make a mad dash to get out by 11a checkout) Reg opened on time, I had some breakfast, worked some Reg, heard some concerts, and eventually helped pack up the sound gear. Had a brief visit from Mark F. Got more practice in over/under cable coiling. I'm not an expert yet, but it's coming along. I first learned this out in Boston and I was rubbish at it, but Spencer showed me again how to do it, and I think it might have stuck this time.

Sunday evening: Skipped the sound guy dinner run in favor of a quick meal from McDonalds, then picked up Mom from the east side of town and brought her back with me to the Dead Dog. It was so wonderful for me for Mom to get to see what this community I've been in for 19 years is like, for her to hear all the wonderful music we make, for her to see all the authors scattered around the room. She seemed to really enjoy herself. And she got to meet several of my friends whom she otherwise would never have met. The OVFF fairy even gifted her with a wooden flute! We went home at nerely 2am, exhausted and very happy.

Thoughts For Future Years:
1) Have or Be the someone who skips sound strike in favor of driving to Windchimes and bring back Chinese food for everyone, including obtaining a room to set it all up in, and inviting the Sound Crew to meet me there at 6p, so that they can EAT in a timely fashion on Sunday after strike, without having to travel 30 mins, hungry, exhausted, and wiped out, just to eat, and so that they, too, can enjoy a nice, leisurly Dead Dog.

2) Convince the ConCom to start calling the Thursday evening gathering the Frisky Puppy Filk. Ever so much more endearing than it's current name. Who's with me? Frisky Puppy Filk! Frisky Puppy Filk! Frisky Puppy Filk!

3) Convince the con attendees to refer to the Monday and subsequent "in case of inclement weather" gatherings as the Zombie Dog Filks, simpley because the name amuses me :) I picture musical zombie hot dogs, laying in their buns filking away.

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peteralway
Oct. 30th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
I really wanted Paper Worlds, and Play it With Moxie, and Secrets to win, but since my bestest friends won instead, well, really can't complain :) Yeah, there were a number of people who deserved to win but didn't, but there was nobody who won who didn't deserve to.

I wish I'd gotten a chance to chat with you, but I'm delighted that you really enjoyed the con.
batyatoon
Oct. 30th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
"there were a number of people who deserved to win but didn't, but there was nobody who won who didn't deserve to."

This. Yes.
maverick_weirdo
Oct. 30th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Hugs

Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Yet another reason I wish I was there this year
rms_butterfly
Oct. 30th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
A thousand thank you's for all your help at Reg and for running up on Sunday morning to move Reg stuff and our stuff out of the room! *hugs*

I'm glad after time away that you enjoyed the con, and that your mom had such a good time. If we hadn't been so beat, I would have loved to hear some of the dead dog. And, I love your suggestion for the Thurs night filk: Frisky Puppy Filk!

And, the idea about the sound crew run to Windchimes is also a good one. I'll see what we can do about implementing that one!
poltr1
Oct. 30th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
And a big THANK YOU for helping make the convention worthwhile for me!

May I suggest for next year? 4) Have the registration staff address con guests with their names. The names are known because it's on the guest's nametag. And people love to hear the sound of their name. (Classic Dale Carnegie, _How to Win Friends and Influence People_.) I do it all the time because I notice people's nametags.
catsittingstill
Oct. 30th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
Except... the guests don't have nametags until *after* they've been through registration, right?
maedbh7
Oct. 31st, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
I have to wonder who you interacted with at Reg, as RMS_Butterfly and I would both have known your name, and the only other official person working Reg has probably never even met you, and wouldn't have been able to read your name tag until you were wearing it.
poltr1
Oct. 31st, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
That was Joanna. Didn't she work Reg last year? I know Linnea was there last year as well.

This issue predates the current staff. When Kathy worked Reg, she never remembered me. It was always "Who are you?" I never said it, but I was thinking, "I've been going to this con for the past several years. I expect you to remember who I am. Because I remember who you are."
catsittingstill
Oct. 30th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for helping to make OVFF what it is, and I'm so glad you had a good time in the process!

I think "Frisky Puppy" is a really good name and so is "Zombie Dog." And your idea about arranging dinner for the sound crew is a great one.
batyatoon
Oct. 30th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
It was good to see you there. <3

I really like Frisky Puppy and Zombie Dog as names. :D
vettecat
Oct. 31st, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
Glad you had fun!
ladymondegreen
Oct. 31st, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
It was so nice to see you and meet your mother. I am so pleased you had a good con.
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