phoenixalpha and I arrived late despite the quick service at Jimmy John's (you can't really eat their sandwiches while driving unless you're really really good with your knees, and I'm not) which was okay since the meeting started late anyway. No Mike, no Ron, no Penny, and of course, no Don. He'd responded to Eric's jeremiad about the unwanted/unsanctioned post-mortem at Friday's on the Sunday of the convention by resigning, which means we now have to find somebody else to do signs and provide a couple of coolers for the con suite. I would say "find a programming head" as well, but since Eric wound up doing a lot of that work this year anyway...meh. Some talk about slow sales in the dealer's room being due to the economy; being averse to arguing politics, I remained silent, though I thought it had more to do with the lack of new blood to buy books & art that the regulars had seen before. The auction did well ($800+) which would seem to belie the economic argument, but I was too sick and tired to want to argue about it. Everybody agreed that the function space was too spread out for the number of people we had, and the hotel aggravated this by spreading the rooms out all over the place. The dispersion contributed to the lack of energy noted by many in attendance. We may be in a different hotel next year, but this remains to be seen.
The T-shirts sold very well and there are 26 people signed up for D13. No discussion of the enormous expense of importing Somtow from Thailand. Some talk about glitches in various programming events, eliminating 9 AM panels, and how the (mostly) self-service consuite worked (pretty well). There was consensus that D13 should have an "Anime 101" panel for the benefit of fans who weren't familiar with anime, since anime programming for the last three years had been oriented mostly toward people who already were anime fans.
Committee voted nearly unanimously to confirm Eric as Sole Rightful Autocrat, with Art abstaining since he hadn't had the chance to read through the proposals thoroughly, after which phoenixalpha and I split pleading illness. Elapsed time: a little less than one hour.