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I was a "guest" for the first time at a convention since 2010. It was a strange road. I'm thinking I was more a panelist than anything else, but I was listed as a guest.

I ended up being on two panels and performing as part of the half-time entertainment at the masquerade contest. That was the strangest part. Originally, I'd been asked to prepare 20 minutes of music. At the preparation for the contest, I was first asked to increase it to 30 minutes, then it was cut to 15. Oh-kay! No problem. I ended up doing "Ecumenical Hora," Tom Smith's "Operation Desert Storm," Matt Leger's "There is Filk" and Anne Harlan Prather's "Spiral Dance." The last was a substitution for "Hot Frogs on the Loose" because it wouldn't need a long introduction. The overall response seemed to be positive.

The two panels were about voice work. In each case, I was put on with people who are professional voice actors, so their experience (I think) was more of what people wanted, but nonetheless, I contributed where I could. The second panel, "Being a Voice Actor," got a better response (I think) because at least from my end, I was making people laugh. I was singing, telling stories, honestly letting them know about my experiences (I didn't realize I've been doing this stuff now for 8 years!). There wasn't anywhere near enough time to tell a lot because we had only 50 minutes per session.

I did some shopping - got myself a ring made out of silver wire and two pieces of artwork from the art show. I picked up some Pokemon prints for my youngest nephew, along with a watch that looks steampunk-y.

I had hoped to go out to a local eatery for one meal, but due to not having wheels, I ended up doing a mixture of the ops area and the con suite. That said, I was sort of limited in food choices, but did the best I could. I guess I got spoiled by the GaFilk con suite, which includes healthy choices and the fact that there are good eateries within walking distance of the hotel.

The flight to Memphis was OK, but the flight home was bumpy. Turbulence. Otherwise, no problems there.

Two things stand out: one was that the anime track head, where I was put for the voice stuff, asked me to return as a guest. WOW! The second was that someone who was at the masquerade contest and heard me sing thanked me for "Operation Desert Storm" then turned around and showed me her jacket, which had all the Looney Tunes characters on it. I thanked her. Maybe I should consider going back?

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Today is the last day of my sixth decade living on this planet. Right now, I'm not feeling that wonderful about it. As I look back on my life, there's not a whole lot I can say I've accomplished:

I don't have a spouse or progeny.

Yes, I was in the military, but that was for only five years and I wasn't good enough to continue serving.

There are a whole lot more days behind me than there are in front of me.

I'm not suicidal or anything like that, so you need not worry about it. I'm just feeling like most of my life has been wasted or that I've not really made a difference.

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I finally got about 90 minutes of sleep starting at about 5:15 AM. I still haven't figured out why I couldn't sleep at all. All I know is I was cranky and tired and probably had my inhibition level down to a level you don't want to see. See, I keep everything bottled up and let people walk all over me. Not this morning.

I guess people started to realize it's last day and I finally met my costs mid-morning. The one thing that surprised me was the our GoH's CDs were not selling. She then came and told me that it's probably because most everyone had copies already. That's fine. Still, just to play it safe, I added some of the CDs I didn't have in stock to the store. It's just a matter of finding the time to go through the store listing and seeing what I have in stock and updating the order form. For instance, it does appear that I'm out of some artists and since I'd been carrying some of their stuff for quite the long time, I will not be reordering.

As far as the Interfilk auction, I ended up with the 3-bottle sampler of Tullamore Dew, the white chocolate truffles from Jenna Cooke (they're in the freezer now), and a a Yankee Candle Reed Defuser, which I'll learn how to use. I happen to like Yankee Candle Company, and still have a Hanukkah scented one I picked up quite a while ago. I also purchased a few things from Starcat Designs - a coffee-related t-shirt for my brother-in-law and a mortar and pestle for me (to use when I have herbs growing in the spring). I also dropped a whole bunch of money on Larry Smith Booksellers, picking up the next volumes in several book series I'm reading, along with the Shakespeare Star Wars. I'm looking forward to checking that out!

The gentleman who roomed with me was very helpful this afternoon in getting the sport cute loaded. In turn, I drove him to see a friend of his based in Atlanta who is terminal with cancer. From there, he's heading up the coast slowly and will return to Dumfernline Dumfermline, Scotland. I hope his friend is cheered up by his visit and that things go well for him on the rest of his trip over here. That said, I arrived home at 5PM and had the sport cute unloaded by 6. I tried one of the white chocolate truffles and am heading to bed after doing a few quick things. I figure by 7:45 I will hopefully be ensconced in bed and making up for the sleep I missed.

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Yes, it's 4:37 local time and I'm awake. I couldn't fall asleep. I've got no goodly idea why.

My roommate for the convention came in about 12:30 AM and told me he was going to Awful Waffle with someone he met at Loncon 2014. I have no problem with that. I'll break the fast out of the con suite. Saves me money.

I know I always worry if I'm going to make costs on a yearly basis. It's always a crap shoot. I keep hoping. I sort of figured that people would be buying the CDs of the guest of honor yesterday, but now it seems like it's going to happen today (I HOPE!!!).

One thing I've been sort of realizing, and it's getting more obvious to me, is that it seems there are now two tiers on the concom, the "top" tier being the con chair, con chair emeritus, the tresasurer, the publicity person, the songbook person (who does a wonderful job, by the way), her husband (who, by the way, still owes me a recipe for his cocktail sauce), the website guru (who also does a great job), and the "bottom" tier, the people who do registration and me. Granted, the con chair and the treasurer are now based out of Seattle, and the con chair emeritus and the publicity person are based out of Indiana, but it seems to me that they sort of left the registration people and me in the lurch. We're sort of the poor shlubs who are looked at as mushrooms. I mean, does autographedcat even realize that neither the registration people nor I have made the closing ceremonies (save for me for about 5 minutes last year in person))?

I had mentioned in a journal entry last year that when the treasurer asked me if I was enjoying myself and I told her, "No, I'm not enjoying myself, and I've not done so for years." I'm beginning to think that it went in one ear and out the other. No mention of it was ever made afterward. Wonder why?

Still, I'll be here next year. I mean, it's not much of a life I have, and it does give me one day off from work. I'll probably have the store here as well. We'll see what happens, but at least for today, I'll hopefully make costs and sell a lot more CDs so that I can keep this crazy thing called Southern Fried Filk going.

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I'm in the con suite after the Interfilk auction. The total from all items has not been finalized, but it's going to go over $3,000.00. The biggest surprise was that our Super Secret Guest, Robin W. Bailey, brought in the most money with a copy of his concert and the copy of the book from which he read one of his stories. That went for more than the Guest of Honor's concert. Our Guest of Honor was surprised that her concert went for as much as it did.

Congratulations to singing_phoenix for winning the Interfilk quilt. While I would have liked to have won it, I do not begrudge her. I'm just waiting to hear what happens when the package it'll be shipped in arrives where she's based right now and the reaction of her coworkers. My contribution to it this year was a simple Jewish star by itself on a plain background.

Sales are still down. I'm hoping for better things tomorrow.

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For the first time in a very long time, I did NOT have to go home this morning because I forgot something. However, I did wake up at 6. Sales have been slow today, even though I have several of the guests who have now asked me to sell their stuff for them, including our GoH, S.J. "Sooj" Tucker. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Rather than doing the usual BBQ I've done in the past few years, I ended up having a hankering for REAL Chinese food, as opposed to the American-based stuff you get at most restaurants in Atlanta. I went as a party of 4 to Chinatown Atlanta, where we went to the food court and we went nuts, even though for some of us it took more than just quite a while to get our food. It was a madhouse! We returned to the hotel at 7:30 and were sharing most of the food amongst one another, except for my mapou tofu, which was basically too spicy for most. I happen to love the mapou tofu (which is how they spell it). It was either that or dry beef chow fun. Maybe I should have bought the dry beef chow fun?

I'm in the main function room now waiting for Robin Bailey's concert (super secret guest). The Interfilk auction will be afterwards. More later.

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After having several leg cramp attacks at too dark 30 in the morning, I awoke at 5:15 AM, went to the office to take care of what needed to be done there, and came back home. After taking care of the last administrivia at home, I went back to the hotel, not realizing that I didn't have the CD racks, which were in their box in the living room, so I ended up going back home AGAIN and getting them, finishing setup between 1:00 and 2:00. This afternoon was slow in the dealer's room. Hopefully it'll improve on the morrow.

When I got to the hotel the first time, the room for the vendors was nowhere near ready, with an indication there was to be some sort of lunch for another group at noon (which turned out to be wrong). Several people asked me to sell CDs for them as well, but the toastmasters wanted to sell their own (that's fine). Seems they're not used to having others selling their CDs for . As they put it, they're their own roadies, etc. We'll see what happens come Sunday.

My roommate for the convention came in late. He was flying in from London Heathrow and I don't know who came up with the idea, but instead of sending the flight along the east coast, it was sent through Ontario to Ottawa, then down through Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama before crossing into Georgia. We've hooked up now, and will be doing Awful Waffle in the morning.

After the beginning of the fannish new year and the singing of Auld Lang Syne came "My Filk," with ringers put on both teams this time. Sort of a surprise to me. What was even more surprising was that when it came to round 4, the judges (all the guests) decided to award half the points to each team (give or take a point). Marc Gunn was concom's choice and did just over an hour of stuff on his autoharp. He's a very lively performer, getting the crowd to participate more than once and getting a lot of hoots and hollers from the audience. As of right now, open filking is going on, but I'll be taking a shower and heading to bed after taking my evening insulin shot. Tomorrow is the long day, and after breakfast, it'll be sitting at the table for 8 hours, then the bbq place the street, then back to the convention. I just hope that I do well this weekend. Any positive vibes would be appreciated.

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After getting off of work, I called autographedcat and asked him if there was anything needed tonight since the convention starts tomorrow afternoon. I was told our Super Secret Guest needed to be picked up, so I said OK. I didn't realize it was going to take me an hour to drive the 15-20 miles to the airport, and then while the flight landed early, it took something like 45 minutes for them to get off the plane and down to the meeting area to get luggage. Only then I find out that my one passenger is actually two, which meant I had to very quickly rearrange the store stock in the sport cute so that I could fit a third person in. Thank goodness the trip from the airport to the hotel was really short.

After getting them to the front desk, I found ladyat and bedlamhouse holding court with the Blibbering Humdingers (our toast beings this year), Steven Willett (who flew in from Germany) and others, most of whom I didn't recognize, including our Interfilk guest (*sigh*). I was then given the opportunity to unload the sport cute of all the stuff in it (thanks, kitzani ). Once that was done, it was converted back to a 5-passenger sport cute. That will make things easier for me tomorrow when I take the last of the stuff to the convention (including new stock I received Tuesday). [Unknown LJ tag] 's mother offered me half of a BLT, which I accepted, having never eaten a BLT before. I explained to her that when she would have a BLT, I would have an LTM (NO, not mutton).

I said my good nights and came home. With it being as cold as it was today, my thermals were somewhat soaked. I am so looking forward to showering and heading to bed after having some diabetic hot chocolate. Here's to hoping that this weekend will be a good one for me.

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I get invited to two parties a year: the "social event of the season" for GaFiA and the party at Bill Ritch's place on New Years Eve. Originally, I wasn't sure if I'd be going to the party at Bill's place, but the situation worked itself out when my neighbors and I showed up early for our reservation at Mali Restaurant only to find the place nearly empty, so we dined early and well. The problem is that I didn't take any precautions in the case that, instead of Releasing the Kraken (properly said with ROLLING R's), someone Released the Cats! Let's just say that exposure to cats causes me great problems. I ended up leaving the party earlier than I had wanted to and heading right to the shower upon arrival home. Nearly 24 hours later, I'm breathing almost 100% normally, my sinuses have cleared, but my eye is still somewhat puffy. That part will take a couple of days. Had I medicated myself beforehand and carried my asthma inhaler with me, might this have been avoided? I don't know. That said, I'll make sure I have it with me next time, along with an allergy pill or a strong antihistamine taken ahead of time. The eye, I can't do much about.

Bill has already apologized. I told him he didn't need to. Someone Released the Cats (with the rolling R's, of course) and they made a beeline to me (why is it that cats seem to head to the people they can harm the most?). I will say that the party was fun and filling: eight different types of cheese (or was it 9?), at least six different types of chicken wings, hot cider (non-alcoholic), good people, good conversation, seeing stuff I'd never heard of before (did anyone out there know that a concern called La La Records came out with a multi-CD set of all the music used in the original version of Star Trek, including stuff that never made it onto TV, and it was published in a limited edition of 6000?), finding out that the ball drop occurred 12-15 seconds into 2015 instead of at exactly midnight, finding out that there are different types of items dropped to begin the new year (including a giant tortilla chip and a ruby red slipper with a drag queen inside it).

The one resolution I made in 2014 was kept. I dropped 10 pounds over the year. My only resolution into 2015 is to keep the drop going, even if it is slowly. My doctor is happy with my progress. I hope to continue it.


The only downside to 2015 is that I'm turning 60 this year. thatcrazycajun was surprised to find that out. He thought I was younger (thank you for the compliment). It's hard to realize that I'm about to hit this milestone (if you want to call it that) and I feel at times I've accomplished so little. Granted, Fred Small's "Everything Possible" says, "and the only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you're done." I don't feel I've even done that. Hopefully 2015 will bring better things.

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