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GaFilk 2011, Sunday

I'm back at home. After heading to bed at 1'something, I got up at 5:30, walked about 20 minutes on the treadmill in the gym, and grazed a bit through the day at the con suite. Spent a good part of the day in the dealer's room. Was finally able to check out of the hotel after four attempts (the lines were too long).

I had to look for someone in the main function room at around 2 but was unable to find her. I'll try calling her tomorrow, as her cell phone did not answer when I called today. What surprised me was that autographedcat was thanking me as I was heading back to the dealer's room and people actually clapped. I don't know if it was due to politeness or if they really thought I deserved a round of applause. I don't go to the closing ceremonies anymore, so I don't know what goes on.

In addition, the announcement was made that I would accept credit cards for memberships for 2012 (this is the first year we're trying it). Seven people tried it, and bought 5 banquet tickets as well. Now I'm waiting for the money to be deposited into my account. It appears that I did better than last year by about 20-25%. Most of it I attribute to Seanan McGuire's (cadhla) new CD, which premiered for sale at GaFilk (as opposed to pre-sale). Of the original 30, 24 were sold. She also brought her other CDs, which I ended up holding on to and adding to the store. I'll see how things go.

I left a little after 4 and had the car cleared out and reset to be a 5-passenger vehicle by about 5:05 PM. Forty minutes later, the charges for Interfilk, GaFilk 2012 and Southern Fried Filk were processed with no problem. Now I just have to wait for the money to arrive before sending out funds to Interfilk and the concom.

The downside of this weekend is that I was unable to get more than 4.5 hours of continual sleep a night. Saturday morning I was awakened by my roommate's cell phone going off at 4:45 AM. This morning, I woke up at 5:30.

One other point I'd like to bring up: it turns out that the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport is used as a staging hotel for our troops heading to Afghanistan and/or Iraq. We had several show up in a couple of spots during the last 1.5 days (starting after the banquet (or, in my case, the run to Barbecue Kitchen)). I made it a habit to say to as many as I could, "Thank you for your service." It seems that while not everyone agrees with what the military is being tasked to do, at least in the filking community, we're making sure we support our troops, and I, for one, will continue to do so.

Well, it's back to work tomorrow, and I'm thinking that there'll be a bunch of stuff for me to do as far as trial preparation. We have two trials in the next 60 days, and I'm not looking forward to it.

GaFilk 2011, Saturday, Part 2

I'm sitting in the con suite at 12:25 AM.

After coming back from dinner with MAC Carson and the banquet, we had the Interfilk auction, starting at 9PM. Some of the bidding went really crazy, including $850 for an advance copy of Seanan McGuire's upcoming book in the October Daye series. If things go as planned, I will win the silent auction for an afghan which is still being made as I type. I didn't get the bacon chocolate bar. I didn't get the book. Those were the only other things I'd bid upon.

One high point was that a group of soldiers who are about to transit back to Afghanistan or Iraq came in and asked what's going on. catsittingstill was talking to them as I came back into the room. I told them that if they were in uniform they were welcome to explore and if they came into the dealer's room in the morning, I'd give them a 10% discount on anything they'd be (I can only hope). I told one of them of my usual toast that this be the year they come home hale and hearty, safe and sane. Unfortunately, one of them said that was in all likelihood not going to happen. I can only hope I'm correct.

The Interfilk auction raised close to $3,000, with something like two items going for a total of $1,400 or $1,500. The quilt raised an additional $318, which is a new record for the Interfilk quilt. ladyat had the winning ticket, but because Kathleen Sloan had won it last year but had written her name on the winning ticket, ladyat received the quilt. This time around, ladyat did the same thing, which meant that the quilt this year ended up going to Seanan McGuire, our Guest of Honor.

As anyone who's read this Live Journal knows, I had not sung anything at the convention since 2005 because usually I'd end up in bed around midnight or 12:30 AM and wake up at 6AM or so. Well, Paul Goode had asked me to sing "The Old Dun Cow" this year because I actually used to sing it (no one else does???). I told him that I didn't have lyrics, I didn't have a guitar, and I haven't sung in 6 years. filkferengi sort of scolded me that I have a good voice and I should use it. Considering that basically I've tried to get this scarce quantity called "sleep" and trying to get approximately 6 hours a night (and mostly failing), I felt my health was more important. I asked someone to ask Paul if he still wanted to hear me sing "Old Dun Cow." The message came back yes. I got the lyrics from the Brobdingnagian Bards website, which included a third verse and walked into the main filking room, which was running chaos. Since no one had a song up, I raised my hand, which thatcrazycajun noticed. I explained that I had been asked to sing this, that I had neither guitar nor lyrics, just a computer screen, and that I'd not sung in six years (which I don't think people had realized??? Someone, let me know?). I sang without rehearsal, without preparation, without anything, did all three verses (there was a third verse which I'd never known about), said good-night and came back to the con suite because I was sort of on duty here. For now, the singing drought is over. I'll wait and see what happens.

Meantime, I'll wait and see what happens tomorrow with regard to the last day of the con, the imminent inclement weather, etc. We're possibly going to get some snow. I'm going to leave after closing ceremonies and packing up the store, head home, empty the car, do the charges (of which I hope there are a LOT more), and probably go to bed. Monday I return to work and the preparation for the February 14 trial. I'm hoping there's a LOT of snow on the ground as I know I would then be one of the few people who would be able to be on the road, and maybe get some peace and quiet?, though I doubt that.

GaFilk 2011, Saturday

My roommate, Bobby Gimel Pierce, is someone I'd been in semi-contact with as another gay Jew. We finally met at GaFilk last night and are sharing a room at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport Hotel. Unfortunately, he left his cell phone on this morning and at 4:40 AM, he got a text message which woke me up. After finally getting up at 7 (just lying on the bed until 7AM), I went down and did 30 minutes on the treadmill. Bobby and I went to the Awful Ho for breakfast. I've not been to one in about 10 years, but it was a welcome change.

I missed all the concerts today as I was sitting in the dealer's room trying to convince people to throw obscene amounts of money at me for round pieces of silicon. Since Seanan McGuire (our Guest of Honor) had released her fourth CD this week (and GaFilk is the first filk con to have the CDs available), I'm hoping to sell out of the 30 she brought for me to sell, along with the copies of her first 3 CDs that she put out (one is just about out of stock, with me having the last 3 or 4 of them for sale). With having one day left, I hope to sell out completely (G-D willing) so I can make back the cost of the CDs.

For dinner, I did not go to the banquet, again. The cost has gone to $35 and MAC Carson (who is extremely visually impaired) wanted to go to Barbecue Kitchen, a Zagat-rated restaurant down the street. Don't ask me how a little hole in the wall got Zagat rated in the 30's, but it has been and it's pretty danged good.

Tonight is the Interfilk auction. I am bidding on two items. We will see what happens.

One surprise: as I've explained before I've not sung at the convention since 2005. Paul Goode has asked me to sing "The Old Dun Cow." Since I've not sung here since 2005, I don't have song books, I don't have left-handed guitar, I've got nothing but the laptop. I've found the lyrics for it, so I will use the computer again. However, with no left-handed guitar, I won't be able to play guitar. I'll have to see - maybe I'll sing a capella.

It'll be another early night and then after waking up tomorrow, the treadmill first thing. More later after the Interfilk auction.

GaFilk 2011, Friday

After my boss begrudgingly wished me a good day off yesterday, I went to bed late and got up about 10 minutes later than usual. After getting the extra small bills for the bank, I headed to the hotel. Dang, but it's cold outside. After setting up Southern Fried Filk and checking into the hotel, it was a case of hurry up and wait for the rest of the vendors to arrive. We have a new one this year, who is selling clothing and handmade glass and some other things.

Seanan MCGuire is the Guest of Honor. I haven't seen her since the mid-1990's. Not only is she a filker, she is a writer who just won the Campbell award at WorldCon in Australia (I wanted to go, but the boss has gone totally off the deep end). The toastmaster is Matt Leger. The Interfilk guest is Harold Scrimgeour from Canada. Due to circumstances beyond our control, our super secret guest, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, was unable to make it. Wishes for the best possible news on his front.

Back to Seanan. She has four CDs out. She brought two boxes of 30 CDs, one of which is her brand-new album. I went out and simply bought the 2 boxes of CDs, figuring that since she's here, since she asked me to sell her CDs for her, she's going to tell people that I have her CDs for sale, I should hopefully sell out of them (and I saved one of each of the CDS she has which I don't have so I have them as well). I'm hoping to make back the money I put out for those CDs, and I've already sold several of them. In addition, there are other new CDs out there which I'm selling on consignment, including Millennium Pandemonium 2, which was 11 years in the making.

I can't tell if attendance is up or down. I won't know that until Sunday. I just hope to make my costs back so that I can do this for a fourteenth year in 2012.

I'll put down more when I have the opportunity.

GaFilk 2011

GaFilk starts tomorrow. I have tomorrow off. Am counting the hours until I am off work today so that I can go GaFilk.

There may be a surprise with regards to me at the New Year's party tomorrow night, but I ain't tellin'!