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January 6th, 2011
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Further Confusion
My planning for Further Confusion has historically been slipshod at best. About a week beforehand, I say, "Oh hey! There's this convention coming up that I enjoy! I should go!" and throw together my attendance in a mad whirlwind of activity. Usually this involves cashing in a bunch of accumulated con karma, wriggling into some arbitrary hotel arrangement, and striding through the door like I planned everything all along.

There's a reason for this (albeit not a great one). For years, FC has been my relaxacon, because I've spent each Baycon with my nose to the newsletter grindstone. (And after the year running FC's newsletter virtually as a one-man show, I banned myself from working it.) The thought of putting any advance effort into it has given me cold sweats.

This year, though, I dipped my toe back in the waters of sane scheduling. I bought my FC2011 membership at the last con. Months ago, I arranged a hotel room with Baphnedia. (Of course, it didn't feel right to make ALL the arrangements in advance ... so I still haven't talked to my boss about the time off yet. ;-p)

The upshot? I'm attending! I should have a spiffy new Baxil mask to show off (though the timeline on shipping will be a little tight), I'll bring my copy of Baron Munchausen (and a few other narrative-style RPGs), and I plan to spend the weekend engaging in haphazard acts of recreation with all my online peeps, dragon and otherwise.

Also, for once I can offer room space instead of request it - Baph and I are currently two people in an offsite hotel room (cheap, but within reasonable walking distance) slotted for up to 4. Is anyone on my friends list trying to scramble together con plans? If we fill the room up, bed space would be as cheap as $20/night.

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From:lupagreenwolf
Date:January 7th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
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w00t! Hope you have an awesome time!
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From:baxil
Date:January 7th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
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That's the plan! :D
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From:siege
Date:January 7th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
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If I had a way there, I'd take that offer and run with it. :/
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From:baxil
Date:January 7th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Some year!

I keep intending to go to Anthrocon, myself, but time off and cash have always been problems.
From:silussa
Date:January 8th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
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Tried last year; it's close enough for Greyhound (I've come to HATE the airlines anymore and the attendant nonsense), but of course, work. *sigh*
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From:goldkin
Date:January 7th, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
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Given the cold that just won't go away and my chronic travel this holiday season, I'm happy I backed out of FC early. Instead, I'll be spending the weekend with my mate, hopefully nursing a hot coco instead of a running nose.

I hope you enjoy this year's FC! No doubt you'll post pictures, which will only fuel my desire to attend next year.
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From:baxil
Date:January 7th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Best of luck kicking that bug.

Actually I haven't been taking a lot of con photos recently, but I'll be sure to pack a camera due to my costuming!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 7th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
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Ooo I'll be there too! Maybe I'll see you!
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From:baxil
Date:January 7th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
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I'll look forward to it! :)
From:silussa
Date:January 7th, 2011 08:05 am (UTC)
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Wow. I have no hope of making it (I have a 2 week notice currently in, so job hunting is at the top of the agenda), but what hotel is it?
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From:baxil
Date:January 7th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
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I've been keeping an eye on your job craziness via LJ. I wish you the best of luck with that, and as little stress as possible finding a replacement.

The job market now kinda sucks, but I think on the whole you'll be happier getting out of there.

Edited to add: I kinda missed your question! Con is at the Fairmont San Jose (170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113), and we're at the Ramada ~4 blocks south.

Edited at 2011-01-07 08:19 pm (UTC)
From:silussa
Date:January 8th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
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Thanks. Part of the problem I had this year was that at one point I thought I might actually GET the time off...and nobody was interested in roommating. Given the track record the last few years of planning and cancelling, I can't say I blame anyone...but it would necessitate a hotel room I could pay for as a single if necessary, and the con hotel is a bit pricey for that. $80 something a night, on the other hand, is a bit more doable.

And thank you for the wishes. Everything seems to be aligning toward the dollar stores, particularly Dollar General, so we'll see where that leads. At least there's no third shift, and they open at REASONABLE HOURS.
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From:baxil
Date:January 8th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
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If you're planning hotelstuff for future years, give me a holler. In general, I don't have rooming arrangements worked out until December (even this year, I didn't start thinking about it until the fall), and con money is always tight. So if a friend says "Hey Bax! Let's split a room!" I'm generally open to the idea.
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From:tangyabominy
Date:January 7th, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
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Baxil mask! And, man, they're releasing Nordguard at FC2011 too? I've been wanting that book for ages.

Kinda wish I were going, because it would be awesome to see you again, but organising a drop-by on such a tight schedule would be more stress for me than it's worth, I think. Have a most awesome time with your semi-planned shenanigans, though!
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From:baxil
Date:January 7th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Nordguard looks interesting (and Blotch is certainly a huge name in fandom), although I have to admit I looked at it and thought, "Ooo, Mouse Guard with puppies."

I encourage you to pre-plan to hit the con some year or another - quite a number of awesome folks from our LJ circles attend. :)
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From:prickvixen
Date:January 8th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
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Do you still have room space? dv_girl and I were discussing taking you up on the offer. :)
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From:krinndnz
Date:January 8th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Unsolicited: hey, I hope you can, it'd be nice to see you.
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From:baxil
Date:January 8th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
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You're the first to ask, and I'd be happy to share a room with you two! :) Let me double-check with Baph though, in case he's heard from anyone else.

Which nights were you two planning to attend? (That won't affect our decision; IIRC the hotel room is booked Weds-Mon.)
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From:prickvixen
Date:January 8th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for offering. :) Friday evening through Monday afternoon, I believe.
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From:baxil
Date:January 10th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
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Everything should work out! If you want to email baxil (at)! tomorrowlands-dot org with the best addresses to get ahold of you and Sammy, I'll cover phone numbers, room key pickup, costs, etc. privately.
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From:krinndnz
Date:January 8th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Looking forward to seeing you.


Also, long live Munchausen! :D
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From:baxil
Date:January 8th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Huzzah on both counts! :D
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From:tailypo
Date:January 8th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I'd love to get together, even if briefly! And I need to see your mask. :D

I'll have my phone for e-mail checking at all times ... tserisa at gmail dot com. I'll be there from Thurs through Tues.
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From:baxil
Date:January 9th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
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Excellent! I'll make sure we get to say hi at the con. :)
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From:britgeekgrrl
Date:January 9th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
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Hihi,

luna_torquill sent me your way.

If you've still got spare bed-space at the near-enough-to-FC hotel, I'd love to take you up on it, if only for Thursday night (I have chums with a room on-site, but they had to drop Thursday from their reservation)

PM me or drop me a line at johanna(dot)mead(at)gmail(dot)com
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From:baxil
Date:January 9th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
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Hi there - I think we also know each other through elynne.

As you probably saw, I have some takers upthread, but Thursday night should still be free - if you just need it for that one night, I think we can help out. :)

I'll check with Baph and drop you an email!
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