Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
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Thursday 14th March: Contemplate The Silent Freeway

Today I'd arranged to meet up with an online friend from the Bond forum, who collected me from John and Laurie's in his car with the QBRANCH licence plate and took me out for Starbucks. On the way, I explained how I had come to be in Washington and the nature of the convention.

"It makes sense you'd be into that," he said. "You're so positive!" Which was nice, and not what most people have to say about furries.

We spent a couple of hours discussing all things 007 and finding out about each other's lives, then he dropped me back and disappeared into the rush hour.

From tonight until Monday morning I was booked into the convention hotel. This was a short drive from my hosts' place, with a stop at the Silver Diner so I could enjoy brined fried chicken with sausage gravy and a pecan waffle.

Then I was hurled into all the excitement and confusion of a furry con, with friends greeting friends and fursuiters offering hugs to all. I was delivered to Sparf, who would be my main point of contact and was the driving force behind my invitation, got myself registered, and received a sponsor pack full of gifts.

Being Guest of Honour entitled me to the VIP package, which included an extremely on-theme selection of swag, all branded with the con logo: a martini glass and cocktail shaker, an umbrella with a torch in the handle, a pen that is also a USB stick and laser pointer, and another pen with a compass, screwdrivers and flashlight.

I unpacked, returned downstairs, and was embroiled in earnest Best Bond discussions 10 minutes later. John had created the design for the conbook cover, which featured my fursona, and I wanted to tell everyone I saw carrying the book that IT ME.

Back in my 21st-floor hotel room, I had a bath then stared out of the window at the cars on the flyover, reflecting on the strange and wonderful circumstances that had brought me here.

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