Well the dust is settling. The suitcase is open, if not entirely unpacked yet.
The convention giggles have subsided, and I'm ready to process this one into a neat, reader-friendly package.
Once again, Spocon was a pleasant suprise. I'm not able to explain the phenomenon--why the names are bigger, (heroic is some instances) and yet this particular convention takes the prize for friendly, approachable fun... Maybe the mystery of that is part of the charm. Maybe I'm just geographicaly biased, who knows? Whatever the reason, Spokane's little science fiction get-away will always be my favorite literary advernture.
But, I digress. Let's get down to it. Here is this year's installment of:
What I Learned At the Con (Part Three)
My tactical approach this year was somewhat different. I attmepted to apply a few of the lessons from previous installments. I skipped the literary panels (not the science ones--just you try to keep me away from all that yummy NASA talk, folks) I tested out the social activities, opening ceremonies, the masquerade, the Iron fan and the Scotch tasting tent. (see below)
I networked, I promo-ed, I laughed until I cried. In short, I "made contact," and I had a fantastic time. So, without further ado...
or maybe a few more ado's. ;-)
#1. Sardines and pudding don't mix.
#2. No matter how much Scotch costs, or how much the guy in the kilt swears by it, it still tastes rather a lot like paint thinner.
#3. The least shoe possible is still your best convention footwear bet.
#4. The best stuff at a con is not on the schedule
#5. Everyone deserves a fan-girl "squee" from time to time.
#6. The Chipettes are staging a come-back bid on the convention circuit.
#7. Make sure you know which way the hotel is before you taste any paint thinner.
#8. You don't have time to cook two hot pockets between panels.
#9. Watching someone eat sardines and pudding is almost as nauseating as eating it yourself.
#10. Friendship has nothing to do with location, distance, or geography.
Thanks to everyone, from everywhere, that made Spocon 2010 a delicious, entertaining, exhilarating romp into fandom and fun.
Let me hear you "squee!"