January 17th, 2011


Further Confusion: Sunday

Wake stagger stagger eat text wait shower dress. Wander wander talk wander wander dragon dress stroll photograph stroll chat stroll stroll photograph wait dragon photograph stroll photograph dress wander hunger text equip text wait. Hunger. Wander dragon dragon dragon dragon dragon dragon hunger wander hunger dragon wander HUNGER dragon dragon HUNGER dragon HUNG--eat.

Text dragon dragon dragon movie dragon game wander chat wander dragon wander dance dance dance wander dance dance wander game. Type wander* dragon wander sleep.


So yeah, a day full of costuming, dragons, and dancing. Thanks to postrodent for yesterday's photograph; I have more on my camera card that I will process once home, along with a few that others have promised to send me, and some from the official con photography station.

I got to take a walk through town with postrodent, circuit_four, indicoyote, and cryptodragon (who gets special props for being my handler for an hour or two, with no notice and little reward). Most of the photography was in the alley outside the hotel, but the walk was architecturally and conversationally rewarding and there was a British-style telephone booth I got to pose at.

Dinner was a bit later than my mood would have preferred, but in exchange, I got to make a pizza run with a group of 11 dragons (and a lone badger). It was good sharing a meal with Baphnedia, Kaltezar (visiting from New Zealand!), Skadjer, and the Bad Dragon crew - Varka and a number of folks whose names I didn't catch.

Dancing wasn't quite as great as last night's - I liked the music better, but the DJs were really not handling the song breaks well, and it would jolt the mood every few minutes. On the other hand, I didn't have to awkwardly and unintentionally play cocktease to a rather forward gay man, so there was that.

Con is basically over at this point - tomorrow will consist of a little socializing, one last meal, and then a drive home. But it has been rewarding. The mask worked out despite all the shipping problems, and while I've dealt with my share of social roughness, I did at least get to touch base with most of the folks I came here to see, as well as some others that were pleasant surprises.

* Edited to add: And, for the first time in 16 years of convention attendance, I found myself unable to get into the con hotel despite having a legitimate badge.

Shortly after 2 am, I walked outside to look for Kaltezar, didn't see him, and turned to go back in. A hotel employee stopped me and demanded a room key. I showed him my badge. He said that because con activities closed at 2 a.m. (Con EVENTS stopped at 2, but Con Ops, Gaming, etc., were still open), I needed a room key to enter. I asked in disbelief, you need a key, despite the fact there was a con going on through Monday night, and I had a badge, and he had watched me step outside through that same door not 60 seconds earlier? He repeated that I needed a room key to walk through the otherwise open front door, and refused me entry.

This is the first time in 16 years of regular convention attendance that I have had to deal with this bullshit. The con has an official overflow hotel; it is no secret that many attendees won't have room keys. And this was the hotel's FRONT DOOR.

So, total bullshit.

Screw you, San Jose Fairmont Hotel. Way to treat your customers. (And yes, I'm a customer despite not having a room key. I paid for the convention that booked your room blocks. Not to mention your shitty overpriced concessions.)