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LOOOOOOOOOONG Weekend...

I haven't been this exhausted in a long time, but this weekend is probably one of the busiest weekends I've had in awhile.  Yesterday was the Women's Club's big charity fundraiser dinner and since I'm too broke to go as an attendee, I just volunteered my services (and laptop) to help.  But while the shindig was going on last night, I could have easily walked around and chatted with people, but I chose to wait outside the event and have people come to me to buy extra money for the casino tables.  That's a little more my speed, one or two people at a time, not a whole heck of a lot of conversation, and back in the room to have fun they went.

Side note: Me being so super introverted like this is not going to bode well for the wedding.  As one of the hosts, I'll be expected to interact with all of the guests and there just comes a point where I physically can't handle crowds of people, after awhile I start to feel really tired and mentally drained. Usually how I deal with it is I'll sneak off by myself somewhere for a bit to regroup.  Actually, I already intend to sneak away at some point during the reception and not just for the wardrobe change either.  It will be the only way I'll be able to function during that night, because Jose's group is a handful.

But the Night of 5000 was fun.  I didn't have much to do, besides collect money for more casino money, but at the end, it became a madhouse, because I made a spreadsheet of all the auction items and some of them I had to input while I was sitting there putting in the winning bid numbers.  Thankfully, I was able to ignore the vortex of craziness going on around me and focus on what I was doing.  Actually, I wouldn't mind doing that again next year, so long as I have ALL of the auction items before hand and not just the gift certificates.  Inputting those basket items while trying to match gift cards/ certificates, while putting in winning bid numbers is nightmarish.

Last night I ended up not leaving with Belle until 11 or so and yet I still got up, dressed, and drove to KhaoticKon.  Eh, it was ok.  I'm glad I just went on Sunday and really I only went to get Quinton Flynn's autograph.  Yeah I know it seems strange considering I'm not the biggest Raiden supporter on the planet, but Quinton Flynn is a nut bag and I've always kinda wanted to meet him.  Really in the end I did get his autograph, but I kinda blew him off because I ran into one of the Metrocon Liaisons and we talked for awhile.

He asked if I was going to volunteer this year.  He's asked me, Mary, whom I met up with about a month ago at the Ren faire asked me, and Jose has been riding my backside about too, but pretty much I've decided that I only want to go to Metrocon for one day this year and here's why.  I have gone to well over 30 cons in my illustrious fangirl career, those don't even include the video game cons!  These are just the anime ones.  I have run panel discussions, done cosplay, won awards for cosplay, been on staff for cons...  Pretty much shy of running a convention or being a guest at a convention, there's not much more of the convention experience I can have and it's starting to meet the one of three requirements that I've always held as my reasons to stop.

I said I would stop if either A) I didn't like it anymore, B) I was too broke to attend, or C) I lost my interest in anime.  Actually, all three requirements have been fulfilled, but mostly it's reason A) I don't like it anymore.  And really I can't tell if I don't like it because I still haven't met a lot of con friends here in Florida and I really miss my northeast corridor con buddies or if I really just DON'T like it.  I mean, really anime fandom has changed a LOT over the last 18 years that I've been doing this.  It's gone from quirky to overblown...  It's kinda trying to go back to quirky, but with cosplayers doing it for attention and not really out of love...  I don't know?  Fandom isn't what it use to be at all.

Plus even I'm starting to feel extremely old.  I mean I was watching Slayers in the video room today and probably one or two people knew what the show they were watching was.  I don't know?  I just feel like con hopping is a young man's game and I'm just not as enthusiastic about it as I once was.  Like I said maybe if I went to Crapsucon, AMA, Usa, or (God help me) Blowtakon and I met up with my friends it would be different, but I just feel out of place con hopping here in Florida and I really don't like it.

Pretty much I resigned myself to still going to conventions, so long as they are local, affordable, and only for one day during the weekend.  I think anything else is over kill.

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