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Ah yes. WorldCon.

Reading this much-posted-about post and its related discussions about SF conventions reminds me that WorldCon is coming up in just a few short weeks. This will be my first one, and it's just a lazy streetcar ride away to attend. How could I not go?

Two years or so ago, back when Toronto won its WorldCon bid, it seemed like a good idea to prepay for membership, a price which would only increase as the event grew closer. It also seemed like a good idea to volunteer to assist with such a momentous event. While I successfully acquired my membership back then, volunteering never really worked out. A few people took my name and said they'd get back to me. They never did.

In retrospect, I don't have many regrets about their oversights. Sure, it would have been nice to be a part of such a major in-town event, but at the moment, I'm grateful for all the extra bits and pieces of time I have to devote to other things, like vacuuming up degraded carpet foam dust and finishing off these work hours of mine. It means that I'll have time to devote to C.'s visiting parents and to jennybeast, who is likely passing through that week. It means I'll have that much more time to work on lecture-writing and Latin. Oh, and time to devote to a little thing called a "dissertation".


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Aug. 14th, 2003 09:28 am (UTC)
I must admit, I was looking at my calendar yesterday and reasoning that I could take a little bit of a holiday after my user studies but before September started in earnest. Maybe a week from the 23rd onwards. Then I thought, when was WorldCon again? It falls a close enough to those dates to be feasbile from a calendar point of view.

Then I remembered that I couldn't exactly impose on you guys if I want to go because of C.'s parents being there, and you're pretty stressed about how much you have to do anyway, so I'd end up in hotel on my own somewhere.

Anyway, I'm not sure yet if I could have the time off - if they make me teach then they'll probably tell me at the last minute (as usual) and I'd need to it to do the preparation stuff. :o((
Aug. 14th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
Even if we can't host you (although you could crash in our living room, with the possible exception of the night jennybeast would be here), we have lots of local friends with crash space you can use!

The more the merrier. It's not like I was planning on getting work done during WorldCon anyways, especially with C.'s parents here! If you come around the 23rd, you'll have several days here before his parents arrive - they come on the 26th, so we can definitely host you for then.

Also, if you come - the first Monday in September, that afternoon we'll be leaving for a couple of days that C.'s parents have booked up north - then again, a week from the 23rd means you'd probably leave around the time we'd be heading north anyways. If you're coming for WorldCon, you might as well as least stay until the Monday, since the Monday is a holiday, and Sunday night is the Masquerade. C. hasn't preregistered for the convention, but he'll be doing Sunday at very least, perhaps another day or two. (I can't promise anything, but I'll keep my ears perked for any spare memberships floating around which were bought early and not being used.)
Aug. 14th, 2003 09:46 am (UTC)
Well with an argument like that I guess I'd better go and try to find out what's happening about this teaching business...!
Aug. 14th, 2003 09:36 am (UTC)
Trivia: jennybeast, who will only be stopping by for one night on a cross-country road trip, is a fencer.
Aug. 14th, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
And appears to be based in Seattle. I was down there fencing at Rain City, hmm.....
Aug. 14th, 2003 10:40 am (UTC)
Alas, I don't think I know you, but always glad to meet a random fencer :)
Aug. 14th, 2003 10:52 am (UTC)
I was only down there once for the Rain City Open (the mad blonde sabreuse), and if Vancouver has got a lot of clubs the Seattle must have loads...but stranger things have happened. :o)
Aug. 17th, 2003 07:21 pm (UTC)
It's counter-intuitive, but failing to get back to people who've volunteered is one of the commonest failings of volunteer-run organizations.

Working at conventions is a great way to get to know people, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone whose first convention is a worldcon in their own area. Trust me on that one.

Aug. 18th, 2003 06:01 am (UTC)
I've volunteered at other conventions before, and have been to a fair many of them over the years, both locally and much further afield. It's true, I volunteered at my very first convention, but then again, I was drafted along with the entire group of friends I'd come with, and most of them had previous convention experience. Certainly it didn't dent my desire to return.

I was more thinking it would be fun to be involved and that they'd need the help than anything else. Now, however, I'm just as glad I have the time for other things.
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