Convention: Day 4

The convention is over and I’m at the Dead Dog party. That is not a hooray thing 😦 But I will try to stay awake as long as possible.

It’s been a busy day, this is the first time that I’ve not been in a programming item since 9am this morning. I had originally had a lunch break in my plans, but then events overtook me.

Tonight’s panel was scheduled opposite the quarterstaff workshop, to the great disappointment of PA and I. We were noting this on Friday night with kilbswhitecrow (who was running the workshop) and he offered to let PA and I join in when he went over it with his co-workshoper. So instead of eating lunch PA spent an hour with Steve and Sigga, learning some rudimentary quarterstaff manoeuvres, and had a wonderful time. Thank you, Steve!

I got asked the question “why do you volunteer to steward?” and I’ve been trying to think of ways to express it. For me it’s about finding ways to give back to my community. These events don’t happen without the contribution and sacrifice of time from the fans. I love this community and I felt like there was a time when I needed to give something back. If nobody takes up that baton then these events will die.

So I give my time. And I have great fun doing it 🙂

Overall, it’s been a brilliant convention and there is a part of me that’s tempted to sign up for Redemption ’11. I know that my vacation time probably wouldn’t support it, I know that I’m insane, but I’m considering it.

More importantly, I’m considering seeing what help I can give to the proposed convention at home. I want to find out more before I volunteer. All I know so far is that it’s got three fairly big actor names attached, which I’m not sure about. What I really want out of a con there is something like Red: lots of panels and workshops, lots of fan interaction. Big name guests don’t tend to be involved with that kind of con, but I’ll see.

I refuse to contemplate starting a Redemption-like con for Eastern Canada (yet). That way leads to madness.

Anyway, I’ve got Rob Shearman behind me debating something that I think involved shooting Paul Cornell, discussion of re-gendering Cagney and Lacey on the right and a debate of the contents of Walkers Sensations on my left. That’s the Dead Dog party.

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