Friday, February 15, 2013

That New Con Smell

You know what's great about cons?

For the space of a weekend, you can be anyone you want. I see a couple of guys sparring with replica swords or a lady wearing a dress made out of Pokemon cards and I think, "who are you going to be on Monday? Were you my bank teller last week? Did you have to skip a PTA meeting to be here?" Soon the clock will strike midnight and the pumpkin coach will revert to a Honda Civic - but while the party lasts, it's such a thrill to see people the way they want to be seen.

(I think that's where a lot of the down-side comes from too. You know Saturnalia only lasts the space of a weekend, and the rush to hurry and keg-stand all the fun you can guzzle probably puts more than a few people over the socially-acceptable edge.)

For now, it's almost fun-thirty, and the big hand is on ConDFW. Have an excellent weekend, all - I'm off to be a wizard!

Hello? Noble Lumpkin? This here's the Illustrious Potentate.

4 comments:

  1. I so am! Best news: I officially have Rachel Caine's blessing to edit your book. Stay tuned!

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  2. Well put, and succinctly. Your mention of Saturnalia made me sit up. Back in high school, I had this amazing Latin teacher who would organize a massive Saturnalia party every year. Rare so see someone mention that ancient revelry.

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  3. Haha, thanks, C! If any culture could claim to be the definitive authority on partying, it was the Romans. I still remember this one word, pergraecor, which basically means "to go completely Greek, to have a ball." They packed "hootenanny," "toga party," and "off the chain" all into one perfect verb - who does that?!

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