Nov. 23rd, 2009

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Overall Impressions:
Lots of very cool people. I got to hang out with old friends and meet some new ones just as a con should be. The con staff were awesome and having the con suite in the restaurant was perfect. The elevators were well managed and I never had to wait long to get up to my room. The layout of the hotel again was a little bit of a drag but that is all being solved next year as the con is moving to an new hotel. There was lots of great stuff in the dealers room and in the art show but I kept my spending under control. :p

My activities:
Unfortunately, I came down with Shingles before the con. They weren't too painful but I kept myself with a couple of layers of clothing on at all times. This caused my body to be pretty out of whack. I'd be feeling awesome then my energy would crash. I was on anti-virals that made me dizzy at times. Saturday night I started getting a fever and chills so didn't repeat my party hopping from Friday night. Anyway, I just mostly would patch myself up with coffee and meds and be good to go got. Hyenas are tough and nothing keeps them from finding something to laugh about.

I got to the hotel Friday morning about 2am. Hung out with Ford, Duncan, Takaza, and "Mom" ;) until about 4am and then crashed out.

Got up Saturday and got registered (fastest reg ever) and then just ran around talking with everyone. It was awesome seeing so many people that I rarely get to see from the Chicago and midwest. Man, I love you guys. There is just something about midwest furs where they are very down to earth people with big hearts.

Ford had a get together planned which I found out he'd canceled because he didn't know if I'd be up for anything. That was amazingly sweet of him but I felt bad that he'd canceled so we just kind of did a drunk dial party. Started with a few people and it grew until we ran out of Gin and Ford had to go to work. So, we split up and hit just the very trailing end of Woody's party with Redstorm and Simba. Then we headed down to the trailing end of a Tiki party that Sigfreid had going on. After that it was making the rounds downstairs and chilling. Not sure what time I got to bed actually.

Saturday morning I woke up feeling like I'd been beaten up with a baseball bat. Not from drinking too much but from the Shingles. I actually milked my drinks for the most part Friday night but still decided I wasn't drinking anymore during the con in case it was making the pain from the Shingles worse. I got some room coffee and meds and in about 30 mins I was feeling better than I had a right to be and headed downstairs to catch breakfast with a crew of friends. Most of Saturday was spent in or near the room watching over Ford. It seems I poisoned him with Listerine Breath Strips. He is allergic to Aspartame which I was unaware the breath strips had in them. He had three of the breath strips and then started having reactions. Mostly, he just slept for about 24hrs. I made sure he woke up long enough to have a little food and stay hydrated which me and Raynee took perverse pleasure in making him wake up for a bit. I had a great time getting to know Raynee better. She has a twisted sense of humor that fits well with mine *grinz*.

Saturday, when not watching over Ford, I mostly did the usual con stuff. Hit the dealers room, checked the art show, yada yada. By saturday night, I had a fever baking and chills so I laid down at around 1-2am. I couldn't really sleep well and any thoughts of sleeping were pretty much hosed when I heard a large contingent of folks pop into our suite. Ford had slept most the day and was now on party cycle. The door between the suites was closed but, I'd just about drift off and get woken up again by hooting or laughing. About 3:30am I just went into the shower and spent an hour in the nice warm water. That seemed to slow down the chills. I got dressed and popped into the living room'ish part of the suite and was instantly greeted with a "Who are you?". Already in a rather poor mood from feeling like crap and not sleeping all night I sarcastically answered, "The guy who's room this is." at which time I got a nod and the smiles came out again. Ford was passed out on top of Taiko (Warning: Ford will fall asleep on anyone withing sprawling distance) and people were just leaving in any event. I wanted to apologize if I came off as snarky to anyone but I was pretty beat up by this time.

Taiko extracted himself from Ford and we spent maybe an hour talking in the bedroom area. Taiko was a sweety and it was interesting hearing about his schooling things going on and talking about more personal stuff. It resounded with me. I remember going through some of the same types feelings and situations. We moved into the other room again and I prodded Ford to come to bed and we all crashed out at about 6:30am.

Having Ford curled up with me seemed to relax me a lot and I was finally able to get some sleep..at least about 2.5hrs of it anyway. It was a travel day for me but, since I couldn't sleep for most the night I'd packed all up which saved me having to do much of anything but try to enjoy my last partial day of con..which I did greatly. Ford made me some coffee before he had to head down to work and I met folks for Breakfast at the buffet. After that, it was more chilling out talking with Dia, Rakune, Kip, and chatting with folks that walked by. Later I went to the Ram and watched some football and had a late lunch with Bohor and Torrle. We made it back in plenty of time for the closing ceremonies. it was standing room only and was short but sweet. A change of Con Chairman from Duncan to Takaza, talks from the charities, and then the video announcing the new hotel MFF will be at next year.

After the closing ceremonies, I met up with Connor and another of his Volunteer staff members and went over to the restaurant winery next to the hotel. They had lunch while I had a glass of port while we jawed on about the convention. Afterwards it was off to the airport.

Thanks everyone who made the con a blast. See you again next year.

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