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Con Weekend!

It was great! It was busy! There was too much to do and not enough time, but isn't that always the case? I saw so many people, but only as a drive by without any real chance to chat or catch up.

Only one really bad thing happened - geojlc had a mishap whilst exiting the stage and her beautiful Cello was damaged - the head snapped off at the first peg as far as I understood. The only reason I mention it, though, is because I loved the community response to the tragedy. The first question after the collective gasp in the room was, "Is she okay?" followed by, "Is the cello okay?" Ah, musicians. You are the only ones who truly understand that I'd rather sprain my ankle than break my guitar.

In any case, within 20 minutes, there was a collection being taken to help repair it. People were actively seeking out who they could give money to. Even people who didn't have a lot wanted to put in a couple bucks - and you know, if 50 people put in $5 each, it adds up, and every little bit helps. The generosity of both spirit and wallet in the filk community is beautiful - it leaves me both proud and humbled to be a part of it.

I had a few con highlights;
*Driving up with u_must_b_joking - seriously. It is much more enjoyable making that trip with a fellow filker, and she is made of win. So, there you are.
*Coffee with cflute.
*Beer with Paul and u_must_b_joking. Mmmmm, beer.
*Getting to hang out with mercury973. And her cats. And getting a scenic tour of areas of Seattle I've never seen before. Honestly, as much as I was sad to miss parts of open filk because staying on site wasn't an option for me this year, it was *really* nice to just have some relaxed, low pressure buddy time with her. And geek about SGA and listen to her stories about cons in the UK and all over the states that I never had a chance to attend. And going out to breaky. And did I mention the low-stress, good company? Also, it meant I was actually somewhat well rested at the con. Seriously! Sleep on a con weekend - who knew?
*Chatting with Frank Hayes in hospitality. Because he's just really neat, and I'm seriously still in a bit of fangirlish awe around him.
*Chatting with Bill Sutton about books and themes/trends in SF over the last few years. He is also really neat, and I've got more than a bit of fangirlish awe around him, too.
*Random tackle-glomp hugs in the hallways
*Sunday morning breakfast with moosaic4, mercury973, Claudia and dandelionteeth
*Driving home with motherinlawtree and capnblackberry.

Musically, I didn't do much in open filk. I was in circle for a while Friday night, and we did a couple songs - and Paul made it down, which was so awesome, because it meant we got to listen to him and Allegra do some stuff, and OMG they really are so amazing together, you just don't even know how wonderful they sound.

We'd been out for coffee with cflute, and just barely made it back for the songbook sing-a-long Saturday, which I felt I needed to be at. Cat and Barrigato were in the middle of doing their song when I got there - I'm glad I didn't miss it, cuz the lyrics are perfect for me - the Idea Curse. All fanfic writers understand that one.

lemmozine got the room going with Re: Refrains, and u_must_b_joking dazzeled the room with Meet the Crew. Dawn did her song, I led "Born to Fly" and "The Mountie and the Skogsrå". I found it highly entertaining when kanef pointed out that Due South was a very slashy show.

I didn't make circle at all on Saturday, but it was okay - we basically took over the corner of the hall outside the big room Saturday night right for a little while right after the concerts and before open filk got started, created our own impromptu circle and did a couple songs. I wanted to play "Circle of Friends" for Claudia before she crashed. The lovely and talented judifilksign kindly agreed to sign it for her at my request, because EEEE! I love it when she signs for me!

After that, we were debating on what song to do when motherinlawtree just up and went for it on Frobisher Bay. On every chorus, I heard more and more voices join in, and by the end there were voices joining in from all the way down the hall and OMG! HARMONYGASM!


I just. *swoon* There are simply. No. Words. You had to hear it to truly grok the magnitude of wonder.


On Sunday, I caught the concerts, sang harmony for Star Rovers with "We're Not Koi" (oh, pondside, that's such a cheeky name!), then it was time to pack up and head home.

I'm tired, but so glad that I went. You guys who didn't? TOTALLY. MISSED. OUT.

(But it was live streamed, so you didn't have to!)


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 30th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
I totally missed out. Sigh. Some day I hope to make it to Conflikt.
Jan. 31st, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
I partially missed out
I did catch the streaming Saturday and Sunday, but it is still only a fraction of being there.

You did a nice job on Star Rovers
Jan. 31st, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Jane and I watched some of the stream...so we got enough of the flavour of it to be envious. :-)
Feb. 1st, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
I missed the songbook singalong, but I did manage to sneak in a little bit of voice for your hallway Frobisher Bay. OMG, SO PRETTY.
So glad you had a good time!
Feb. 2nd, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
Loved seeing you. Wish I could have carved out more than a few minutes to just sit and chat with you!

But the con was lovely, and the folks out there are all lovely, and I had a lovely time.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 05:57 am (UTC)
So good to see you. I loved that we had a bit of time to spend together.HFH
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