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Penguicon, things last ... or don't 
20th-Apr-2008 09:19 pm
This past weekend was PenguiCon. Enjoyed the heck out of it. But I had some ... less than good luck.

Wherein I talk a little bit about the con, and about things that either last FOREVER or not at all...

Usually things just _last_ around me. I figure that's my superpower. I can use the same bar of soap 3 times a week and it will not be used up for a year. I've been using the same deodorant every workday (and some weekends) for about 2 and a half years, and I WISH I could use it up. I only recently got down to the bottom of a tube of chap-stick that I probably bought in 1980, although I cannot claim to have used it every day since then.

I was offered crash space at the con, so I figured I could bring some "more interesting than Jeans and T-Shirt" clothing. I put on my Friday night garb -- the first time I wore it. Was trying to figure out if I'd need to stand around for the rest of the night (and suffer for my fashion), and tried sitting down. Zzzzzzip! went the thread holding a major seam together. Oops. Guess I'll need to go back to Jeans. And figure out what to use to repair it that will both not give up immediately, and also not sacrifice the material being sewn to save itself. Grumble. So much for Friday.

The Tesla Coil Concerts Friday and Saturday were wonderful, although it was a bit chilly and too many people were smoking outside, and not because they were struck by lightening.

Saturday, I wore another first-time set of clothes. Oh boy did I pay for my fashion. The shoes were new and behaved as new shoes may do. But boy, was it worth it! In the dealers' room I saw something I figured would JUST make the outfit. And yeah, it did -- it was perfect. Was warned by the dealer, though, that it was fragile in a particular manner. Went from the first floor to the 3rd, aiming at a particular room party. Got distracted by something, and managed to drop my new purchase, and falling from a few feet to the carpeted floor, it destroyed itself in the manner in which I had been warned it was fragile. I didn't expect it to be that fragile. Looking at the pieces I noted some old glue, although due to the nature of the beast, I am not sure if this particular item has been mended before, or if that was just part of the original assembly. Either way, I'm not terribly happy.

So I'm VERY hard on my clothing and accessories, but many of my more personal items will act like horns of plenty. Wonder of the fates would let me trade what's left of that chapstick for an assurance that my device, once mended, will not break again?
21st-Apr-2008 04:30 am (UTC)
At least you're getting the unimportant things out of the way. Clothing, trinkets... Keep your mind and body intact. :)

It was great seeing you on Saturday. The tuxedo looked fabulous.
21st-Apr-2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
*smile* Thanks.

Your reaction was worth the price of admission!
21st-Apr-2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
You look terrific in a tux. And since pictures speak louder than words:

Click for a larger version)

Edited at 2008-04-21 04:45 pm (UTC)
21st-Apr-2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And thanks for the pic.
23rd-Apr-2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Woohoo, sharp!

Off-topic: there's a good chance I'll be in Detroit in late October for a Cam event. Since I don't larp, I'll be at liberty after the dealer room closes. Perhaps we can schedule dinner/hanging out one evening? I'll keep you posted as the event gets closer.
23rd-Apr-2008 02:39 pm (UTC)

And that'd be great! Assuming it doesn't conflict with OVFF, which would have me in Ohio. (ConClave is in the Detroit area these days, rather than Lansing, so running away from an evening of that would be okay.)
24th-Apr-2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Nice shiny shoes, too!
24th-Apr-2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
(I'm still wearing the band-aids.)
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