My feet STILL hurt…

Yes, another week has passed, and I didn’t post a blog last week due to Further Confusion. Mhari and I both are very tired out, with Mhari suffering more than I, in general. She seems to have caught some bug, be it a cold or something more, it really doesn’t matter because she’s just plain not doing so well… and her weekly meds didn’t help that one bit… I’m worried, but it doesn’t seem too bad. But that doesn’t stop me from being worried.

As for myself, my feet still hurt from all the time I spent on my feet at the convention. My back pains me as well for the same reason. But I am slowly recovering and getting caught up on the sleep I missed. However, at the same time my paying job is really taking my time wholesale. I will be working this weekend, if from home. And I really am not happy about that. I was looking for a weekend where I could relax and do mostly nothing to further recover from the convention. I also would not be surprised if I end up working NEXT weekend as well and have to miss the PnP gaming session that will be happening. I may have to wait for DunDraCon on Valentine’s Day weekend before I will be able to ‘relax’ and recover. Grrrrr.

Further Confusion 2009
You know… I really don’t have a lot to say about the convention. Others are a LOT better at convention reports than I am, and there is lots of video coverage and photos showing up on the net. Just go do a search on the words ‘Further Confusion 2009’ on google and you are sure to find lots and lots of things about it.

FC2009 was a very good convention. While I am not as filled with post-con energy and immediate desire to do the next one as I was after last year’s convention, it was still a blast. Part of the difference is that I really didn’t get to see much of the convention other than the part of it that I ran. I got to see lots and lots of the Dealer Room, Con Store and Furry Market Place. Things in those areas ran very, very well and my staff did a DAMN good job of making the experience a low-stress one. There were no big crisis, no huge dramas, nothing that makes me have a single bad thing to say at all. Which means that we did it right, we did it well, and people didn’t drop loads of grief on me.

All my hard decisions were made before the con. I managed to get everyone that stayed on the waiting list right up to the beginning of the convention into one of the selling spaces. I did have to give one dealer a lot less space than he needed, but thanks to another dealer having brought one of those four-foot work tables that are sold at the big chain office stores, he had a better laid out space than he would have had. I wish I could have given him more space, and I had to squeeze another of our dealers onto a similar space, but it all worked out and they were able to sell.

This was our last year at the DoubleTree, which made the end of the con really bittersweet. It was bitter because we were not going to be back there. Sweet because the new space will have MORE space which I hope to be able to use better and thus give all my dealers more elbow room and fairer space. We’ll have to wait and see.

This past weekend was also an important milestone in a way that got a lot less press and celebration than it should have gotten… but maybe another California furry convention will give it the due it deserves. You see, this past weekend was also the 20th anniversary of Furry Conventions as a whole. For on that weekend, 20 years ago, ConFurence Zero happened in southern California. On that same weekend, in 1989, 65 to 87 (depending on who you talk to) fur fans gathered and started a January tradition that continues to this day with Further Confusion. ConFurence may be gone, but there’s a whole world where there are fur fan conventions every year. And NONE of them would have come about without the success of that first one and the furry parties that came before it. It’s my hope that the folks at CaliFur 5, happening in the first week of June this year, will give it some of the due it deserves. Twenty years of furry fandom being organized enough to hold conventions… that’s nothing to sneeze at.

I am surprised that we (Further Confusion) didn’t do more than the single panel devoted to the subject. But at the same time, I will admit that until someone pointed it out to me, I didn’t realize that the weekend WAS the 20th anniversary. So it is entirely possible that we were so busy just trying to do this convention at all that we didn’t step back and really realize the historic event that it was.

As you can imagine, we didn’t really get to play much City of Heroes this week. But we DID get online on Monday, some of us, with Whyaylooh being with Mhari and I at our place it was three of us from our household, and Nighty and Zafel from their household. We did some before we pooped out from exhaustion from the convention we had just finished. Then Wednesday we got together and rather than doing ‘Flying Fox’s Team’ we formed an adhoc team of other Dark-Star members and did some high-level content for a few hours.

Tonight is villain night, though we may move that to Wednesdays starting next week so Tigrise can join us on the ‘dark side’ each week. We’ll see. But tonight, tonight the Wolf Pack will HOWL!

Thanks for reading… I plan to be back next week… and be sure to read the my latest book review elsewhere in my blog. Thanks!

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