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ConFuzzled 5: Dead Dogs

Since four members of the thunderbolt_b online roleplaying crew were in attendance (Ultrafox, silvante, graafen and me), I had the idea of calling a power breakfast summit on Monday morning. In retrospect 9AM may have been a foolish slot to pick, but I hadn't been to a convention before and nobody who had saw fit to correct me. Over coffee and full Englishes, we had an excellent geekout about the game and future plot developments. It was especially nice to meet Graafen, as we've been RPing together for years but had never actually met before. (Earlier in the weekend, when I didn't know who he was, he made me do a double take by addressing me as 'Lars'.)

After the yard sale, at which surplus goodies were sold off cheap (the_gneech, I picked up your delightful 2011 con T-shirt for one English pound, shortly before they sold out forever), it was time for final goodbyes with as many of my old and new friends as I could find in my circuitous journey to the car park. Hardier souls, and staff, were staying an extra night for the Dead Dog Party, but I had work the next day. My ride home took a little over two and a half hours, and was made with my new tail flapping from the back of my bike jacket.

As you will have gathered, I enjoyed my first furry convention immensely. The friendliness of the other attendees was what made it for me - everyone who knew it was my first time kept asking how it was going - along with the attention to detail: the mediaeval theme extended to the keycards for the hotel rooms, which featured badger jesters and wolf knights, and to the beer tokens, which were laser-etched wood. The hotel staff wore T-shirts with cartoon pumas on, the hotel being part of the Puma chain, and were super helpful.

It's hard to pick a favourite moment, as there were many great ones, from playing Frisbee in the sun with a real actual dog to signing my first ever autograph in a copy of Hot Dish (with an orange pen I'd brought specially). So I'm going to leave the last word to kyellgold, who, when I waved my HELLO! I'M A HUSKY badge at him, looked me in the eye and said with grave conviction "You are a husky."

Yes. Yes, I am.
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Yes you are. :D

It was really a pleasure to meet you and talk. Would have liked to have had more time, but I'm sure there will be more conventions in the future. Glad you enjoyed this con!
Looking forward to it already, and thanks!
I am so happy tat you had such a great time, sweetie!

So, any thoughts about perhaps trying to get your niece (and US, of course! *giggles*) up there next year, if such creatures are allowed next year, of course??

I enjoyed your very first con-report.. something tells me it won't be your last!

BTW- I think you picked a great con for your first con experience, as I chose AC for my first.. and while it was fun, I found it WAY too overwhelming for my first toe-dip into the con circuit. I ended up getting a bit freaked out by the zillions of people (well, it felt that way!), and needing to retreat to my room.

Thanks for sharing... and here's hoping for next year!

Thanks for reading ^.^ I have no idea how the next year will treat me on the work/money front, but I'm certainly in favour of going again in principle! Let us commence plotting...
Well, that does it. You shall forever hereafter be Lars to me. ^_^

Ooh, con shirts! Any idea if they have an online store? It didn't seem to be immediately obvious on their site. I'm always looking for good new furry shirts, but there just aren't that many around - even Rabbit Valley only have quite a modest selection, and then there's postage to bear in mind.

My ride home took a little over two and a half hours, and was made with my new tail flapping from the back of my bike jacket.

We need photos. ^_^
I'll be anyone you like, sweetie :)

Not sure if con shirts are sold outside the con; your best bet might be to pick a member of staff you're on nodding terms with and make a discreet enquiry. This year's are very subtle, with no text and a lovely almost-abstract pine tree design.
Sounds absolutely wonderful, and I'm so glad you had such an enjoyable time. "First" furry convention... so, how long until the second? Not another ten years, I'm sure!
Heh! I definitely want more of this thing - my choice at the moment is whether to go for CFz again next year or try something different, perhaps the smaller, newer ScotiaCon (with adorable Scottie mascot).