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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-12-22 05:19
Subject: [conventions] I'm going to ConFusion
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Tags:conventions, personal, travel
Thanks to the good offices and extreme generosity of anonymous persons with discriminating tastes, I will be a surprise (to me) guest at Epic ConFusion in January.

This will be my first post-chemotherapy convention appearance, so I'll be running a bit low and slow. Still, I'll be there from Thursday evening til Sunday midday, and am really looking forward to experiencing the hospitality of a whole new-to-me community. I'll be on programming, and make myself available in the bar and at parties to the degree my post-chemo energy permits, so if you're a Midwestern/East Coast reader or writer who wants to connect, please, seek me out. It's what I'll be there for. To see you.

Note that I went to ReaderCon last year in part to start meeting more fans and writers who are not West Coast based, in order to know the SF/F community better. When the generous offer to bring me to ConFusion to meet some Midwest fandom and writerdom was tendered, I could hardly say no.

And thank you to those of you for whom thanks is due.

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cypherindigo
User: cypherindigo
Date: 2011-12-22 13:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would love to see you at Balticon (Memorial Weekend), but as I am not on the Committee...

It is a relatively easy hotel to get to as one can take the light rail from the airport to right across the street from the con hotel.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-22 13:51 (UTC)
Subject:
Sadly, I am already committed that weekend this year at a steampunk event. Plus my con-going budget is pretty shot for this year, thanks to extraordinary house and car repairs. (Hence the generosity in bringing me to ConFusion.) But thank you.
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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-12-22 14:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wasn't originally planning on going to this one, but it's about a four hour drive from where I live and I don't appear to have any plans that weekend. I need to check with the spouse first, but it looks favorable.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-22 14:10 (UTC)
Subject:
Oh, cool! I hope to see you there.
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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-12-22 14:31 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
It's a go! Spouse and I are planning on being there. We may pick up a friend near Toledo if he is interested in coming along. It turns out to be about a 5 hour drive so we are both planning on taking half days of PTO on Friday.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-22 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
Excellent! Drive safely and see you there.
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-12-22 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're going to love our quaint midwestern customs--euchre, cow tipping, nascar. Oh, and I guess no one told you there's no bar? We just drag a keg out into a cornfield. Bring boots.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-22 16:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mmm. Corn.

Remember, I do hang out in Omaha a lot. Which isn't Detroit, admittedly, but is a lot more Midwestern than Oregon... :)
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-12-22 16:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You'll fit right in. It's a lot more midwestern than Detroit, too!
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Jim C. Hines
User: jimhines
Date: 2011-12-22 15:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay! 'Twill be great to see you!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-22 16:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Likewise!
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joycemocha
User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-12-22 15:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay! How wonderful is this? A nice way for you to start out your year!
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jackwilliambell
User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2011-12-22 16:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cool! I haven't been to a Confusion since 2002. I have flown back to Michigan since to attend Penguicon, but also not for a long time.

More locally (and you can't come as a guest because we have no guests) I can recommend Potlatch as a nice, low-pressure, inexpensive, local con at the end of February. http://potlatch-sf.org/21/index.php

Potlatch is in Seattle this year, it doesn't conflict with Rainforest (for once) and it is the only pure SF literary conference on the west coast. Plus Radcon has sent its literary appendage down the rabbit hole, so there isn't the usual conflict with that.
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Tom
User: voidampersand
Date: 2011-12-22 17:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It would be wonderful to have Jay back at Potlatch. I hereby announce that I have a hat and it is being passed. We need a minimum of $250, which should be enough for a membership and 2 nights in the hotel. Also, if someone in Portland could give Jay a ride, then his transportation would be covered.
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jackwilliambell
User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2011-12-22 17:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good idea! I'm in for $25.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-12-22 17:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Have a lovely time.
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trektone: headshot
User: trektone
Date: 2011-12-22 17:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:headshot
ConFusion is one of my favorite cons, though I haven't been to one in a while. I really like the local fan community -- it also has ConClave (last attend in '08) and Penguicon (sf + Linux con, but haven't attended it). Used to have Contraption (went once).

Based on energy, time, and availability of native guides, might I suggest a side trip to Zingerman's, specifically the deli, in Ann Arbor? You may not have the time (it appears to be an hour's drive from the hotel in Troy), but I always go when I'm in the area.
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jackwilliambell
User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2011-12-22 17:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
All cheese lovers should visit Zingermans!
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trektone: ConClaveTrip
User: trektone
Date: 2011-12-22 17:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:ConClaveTrip
I guess I should disclose I've been Fan GOH (ConClave '87, ConFusion '97), so maybe I'm biased. :)
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trektone: headshot
User: trektone
Date: 2011-12-22 17:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:headshot
Sorry, I messed up on the link and can't fix it:

http://zingermansdeli.com/
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They Didn't Ask Me: dr-phil-confusion-2009
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2011-12-23 01:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:dr-phil-confusion-2009
Excellent news! ConFusion is a great con. And I'll be happy to say Hi! to you in person.

Dr. Phil
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Jeff
User: jeffreyab
Date: 2011-12-23 05:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I heard you were coming and I look forward to seeing you again and listening to you live as opposed to the internet.
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken
User: matociquala
Date: 2011-12-24 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
looking forward to seeing you there.
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Jay Lake: happy-niece
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-24 18:18 (UTC)
Subject:
Keyword:happy-niece
Hooray!
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