Sunday, 4 July 2004
|2031 - A short Sunday|
Sunday wasn't bad, but we didn't stay too long, either.
We got up about 8:30. Usual morning routine: shower, email, LJ. I went out to the car to get my con badge, then changed into the TRON costume and walked around a while to give folks another look. (I'd been mildly chided for not sticking around after the masquerade.) I got lots of "cool!"s. David Gerrold liked it, too. I didn't go to any panels, as I couldn't get to the ones I wanted in time to actually enjoy any of them - and I also didn't want to distract anyone.
We spent some time with Diana again, and some time in the con suite (I convinced Paul to help out with the food, mainly so I could get some). I did stop in at one room party that was still open, and was somewhat TRON-themed; the organizer and I talked aobut making costumes from the movie. He'd done some stuff I hadn't, and he wanted to know the details of mine.
By this time, the helmet battery had gone flat. I went back to the room, changed into normal clothes, and wandered around a while. I soon ran out of things to do, and was more interested in spending some time at home than I was in sticking around for the closing ceremonies, so we said goodbye to Diana, checked out, and hit the road. Two hours later, we were home. I unpacked quickly and took a much-needed nap in my own bed.
Overall impressions: I'm sure it's fun for most of the folks there, who have been going to cons (CONvergence, and before that Minicon) at that hotel for 20 years. I never really felt like I was connecting, though. It was just too big. I don't think I'll go back next year, unless something changes my mind - and that will mainly take finding someone to help me find ways to get connected, not just by going, but with the people there so I'll feel less like an interloper.
current mood: tired
Well, thanks for giving us a shot. It was neat seeing an "internet icon of the minute" in person (I was the blue-haired guy that talked to you in Consuite), and yeah, the costume is pretty cool. I didn't see the LJ panel, so I can't really comment on that.
I know you got caught in the middle of Drama, but please do not judge our convention or the TC fan community by it.
I know that every group has its assholes. I don't hold the mere presence of assholes against any group, unless they're either in positions of influence or else a high proportion. The former appears to be the case here. raptavio
is in charge of main stage programming at MarsCon. Any group that would have someone like him in a position of importance is a group I want nothing to do with, for he will be listened to far more readily than I will.
I might give CONvergence another chance in a couple of years, after most folks' memories - and mine - have dulled. Might. At this point, there are a few good folks that have said nice things, but the ration of grief I caught more than makes up for it.
Okay, I'm not going to argue about it, or try to change your mind.
But Marscon is not CONvergence.
I understand that. That's why I'm willing to consider CONvergence at all.