cathyr19355: (Haley)
posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 12:56pm on 26/01/2009 under , ,
This weekend, I attended ConFusion in Troy, MI. I am typing this from a computer in Pinckney, MI, where [livejournal.com profile] esrblog and I are staying for a few days of socializing before flying home Tuesday night.

One thing I noticed about the con was the surprising prevalence of steampunk costumes. Granted, "Steampunk" was the costuming theme for the Masquerade, but I've been to other cons with official Masquerade themes, and that fact didn't induce even the hall costumers to dress in theme! Some of the costumes were very good, too. There was also a vendor in the dealer's room selling steampunk accessories, including nifty goggles with changeable colored lenses ($90!) and facemasks (I didn't have the nerve to ask the price).

I was on four panels, but the real fun for me at this ConFusion was gaming and socializing. We got to have breakfast with [livejournal.com profile] metalfatigue0, and a late-night food expedition with [livejournal.com profile] treebones, [livejournal.com profile] the1trueheather, and others. The gaming included three sessions of "Betrayal at the House on the Hill", which [livejournal.com profile] esrblog really likes, but I can do without. Unless I have friends willing to roleplay the betrayal part, of course. :-)

All the same, I'll be happy to come back to my home, and our cat.
location: Pinckney Community Public Library, Pinckney, MI
Mood:: 'pleased' pleased
cathyr19355: Stock photo of myself (Default)
I spent this past weekend in Troy, Michigan, at ConFusion, a favorite SF convention of [livejournal.com profile] esrblog's and mine.

This year's theme was "High Voltage ConFusion." Despite the theme, I thought the con was rather low voltage, with a more relaxed attitude about adding items and decorations in keeping with the theme than some of the ConFusions I've been to in years past.

That's not to say that the con wasn't fun, though. There were quite a few parties, at least on Saturday (even though some of those parties were just a bunch of friends, three types of food, a DVD player and a ton of videos). As always, there was a Masquerade (of which I was one of the judges), and two dances. And since the crew of the floating Pirate Party was the Fan GOH, the pirates were out in full fig. They even set up a Pirate suite, all (reasonably convincing fake) Gothic stone tracery windows and flickering (fake) torches, stocked with nearly $500 in gold foil wrapped chocolate coins.

Speaking of chocolate, [livejournal.com profile] esrblog and I attended a dark chocolate tasting, instead of running one. This one was run by [livejournal.com profile] tammylc, who does this sort of thing professionally (check out her website! http://www.tammystastings.com). We tasted and evaluated 8 different dark chocolates for texture, mouthfeel, aroma, and flavors, and I learned some interesting things about chocolate as well as a *LOT* about how a chocolate tasting can be run. It was great fun, and I may attend another one of [livejournal.com profile] tammylc's tastings some time.

But I was feeling too low-energy, this time around, to push myself to do a large number of events. [livejournal.com profile] esrblog was away on a trip to the Bay Area and his flight in was delayed, so that he finally made it to the con hotel at about 3:00 A.M. on Friday morning (kudos and thanks again, [livejournal.com profile] matt_arnold, for driving out to Detroit Metro to retrieve him). In addition, I had a cold and an ear infection when I headed out for the con (both of which are a lot better now, thank Ghod), and a persistently achy shoulder which will be the subject of surgery next month.

On the other hand, we had a lovely sit down dinner at a very nice restaurant with several friends who live in the area, including [livejournal.com profile] treebones, [livejournal.com profile] phecda, and [livejournal.com profile] dawnwolf, and I got to play India Rails, Munchkin Cthulhu, and a game I had never heard of before called Tuchulcha, which, according to [livejournal.com profile] esrblog, was something like Sorry and something like backgammon, but had vaguely Etruscan trappings.

Oh, and I got very good food and lots of sleep. In many ways, it was the perfect convention weekend.
Music:: is that big band era music coming out of Eric's office?
location: home
Mood:: 'calm' calm

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