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Now we are (forty) six.

Which feels, unsurprisingly, much like it did last year when I turned 45...one gets up, there are things to do, and one does them. Or not. It's Sunday, tomorrow is Columbus Day and so the office is closed. Aside from recovering the things I left in Krushenko's last night and packing things up for this afternoon's meeting, there's really nothing on the agenda today.

Maybe it was just me, but Arcana didn't seem to have a lot going on this ear. GoH Stephen Jones was good, easily as entertaining as Tim Powers last year, so that wasn't it. It was probably just me. Anna and Mike Waltz were both there as usual, and I spent a fair amount of time talking to both of them. I helped Sybil with the consuite, mainly by doing most of the purchasing, but I'm afraid most of it was wasted since the room was at the other end of the hotel from Krushenko's, the panel room, and the dealers' room. There wasn't very much traffic and I don't think people hung out there very much, if at all; there will probably be a ton of leftovers. I told Eric that we really ought to have the con suite closer to Krushenko's, even if it was across the hall, since the traffic flow was sadly lacking. I also mentioned to him that we might want to move the convention off the Fallcon weekend, since I'm sure chebutykin isn't the only horror fan distracted from Arcana by the lure of comics.

I skipped the auction this year since cash is short, and instead hung out with Anna in Krushenko's noshing and watching Inu-Yasha, Full Metal Alchemist and FLCL, the latter of which is just bizarre. After the anime I went home and went to bed.

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(Anonymous)
Oct. 10th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I have a ramble called now we are (twenty)six from a few years ago on my Web site. Did you steal from me? ;) Or did we just both steal from AA Milne?

DQ
wombat_socho
Oct. 10th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We both swiped from AA Milne, I'm sure, because I had a similar little essay ten years ago when I turned 36 and was doing an irregular personal e-zine for friends & acquaintances.
chebutykin
Oct. 10th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Ach. Alas, I did not get to visit Arcana, even for just a "hi" or two. On Saturday, I didn't drive, and on Sunday, MCBA was just too busy.

While I'm not sure how much MCBA pulls attendees from Arcana, it does pull a lot of people these days. The doors let in 750 people by 10:45 AM on Saturday. I'd also strongly suggest tweaking the Arcana weekend in the future.
wombat_socho
Oct. 10th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
While I'm not sure how much MCBA pulls attendees from Arcana, it does pull a lot of people these days. The doors let in 750 people by 10:45 AM on Saturday. I'd also strongly suggest tweaking the Arcana weekend in the future.


Your absence was definitely noted, and I think Eric is aware by now that having Arcana opposite Fallcon costs us you and Chris at the very least, to say nothing of the other people in the Twin Cities area who are interested in comics and horror who choose Fallcon over Arcana. I pointed out to Eric that it was dumb to worry about being on the same weekend as the Marathon, since I really doubt there are too many marathoners interested in Arcana but I definitely know people who would rather go to Fallcon than Arcana. And who can blame them, really? Not me.
chebutykin
Oct. 11th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I'd be the only person in the Arcana audience who might miss the convention for the Twin Cities Marathon. (I've been known to volunteer to help run the thing.) But even then... the marathon is over by mid-day on Sunday. That wouldn't pull people on Friday or Saturday. Fallcon, on the other hand, has events on Saturday and Sunday, with events on Friday night for the creators. Plus, the professionals tend to conglomerate after show hours on the weekend days for drinks and food.

I know that Cajones and I would definitely attend Arcana on an open weekend. But if it's up against MCBA... well, Fallcon is part of our jobs, really, in addition to be loads of fun. We shouldn't and wouldn't miss it.
wombat_socho
Oct. 11th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I'd be the only person in the Arcana audience who might miss the convention for the Twin Cities Marathon. (I've been known to volunteer to help run the thing.)
*blink* I didn't know that. You learn something new every day.

Well, next year Arcana goes from September 29-October 1. How does that stack up against Fallcon?
chebutykin
Oct. 11th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
Not sure -- they haven't announced the 2006 dates yet.

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