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VanCon 2016

I did the math, and if I eat nothing for the rest of the month, I still won't be able to afford to pay my bills... let alone buy a second-hand ticket to one of the more expensive SPN Cons.

Last year, I was only able to go through the generousity of a stranger - and, at the time, I had a really hard time feeling like I deserved that, even though I was very very grateful. I still feel like I somehow let that person down... like, maybe I should have been even more grateful? I don't know... accepting gifts is really weird psychologically for me, apparently, even though I mooch off my friends all the damn time and that's like thousands of mini-gifts, not to mention their gift of not-minding or giving me a hard-time about it.

This is all to say that I'm broke, and I've already had my free ride... so....

This is my official notice that for the first time since 2010, I will NOT be attending VanCon this year.

I'll probably still go down to the Con hotel during the weekend and hang out with my friends between panels, but I won't have entry into the room, so there won't be any write-ups this year.


If you're coming to VanCon, keep an eye out for me in the lobby of the hotel, kareoke.... and at non-convention fan events. I will not be attending the actual convention.

Edit: Due to one of my friends being VERY KIND I will also be attending the Saturday Night Special concert. :)



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Aug. 16th, 2016 04:55 am (UTC)
I knew this announcement was coming, but it doesn't make it any less painful. It will be sad not to have your detailed and informative panel reports. And then not having you in the room to hang out and chat with will be even worse. I do hope you'll be available in the lobby to chat with though.

And of course you can still go to karaoke! And yay for someone giving you a ticket to the SNS!!!!! :D

Btw, you shouldn't feel bad about accepting that person's ticket last year. I know you were very appreciative to be there and I was thankful you were there. *hugs*

Will you be free for location hunting? *hopes*
Aug. 16th, 2016 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely still up for location hunting! I booked the time off work ages ago, just in case I could afford a ticket - so, I still have the Friday and Monday off.

I'll definitely try to hang out in the lobby too. I've never been to the hotel that the con is in this year - so hopefully it has a lobby with an outlet. I can just bring my little laptop and camp-out and get some writing done.


Edited at 2016-08-16 01:35 pm (UTC)
Aug. 20th, 2016 11:34 am (UTC)
I've heard Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby is free. Don't quote me on that though, just saw people talking about it on the Facebook group for the con.

So location hunting the Monday after the con?
Aug. 20th, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yup! If you're still going anyway.

And cool to hear that there might be free wifi in the hotel. Sometimes you need a room number to sign in, so it might be not entirely free... so I won't get my hopes up.
Aug. 16th, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
I also suspected this was coming. And I am very sad that you will not be there. It is always lovely to visit with you in between panels and "catch up". I will also miss your detailed reports. I am very glad, though, that you will be attending the SNS. Cliff just tweeted a tease about attending the concert that Saturday night, with a pic of Jensen attached. I would presume Jensen will sing, I mean, c'mon, he lives there, no reason for him NOT to attend. I would bet it will be another very special evening. You gotta be there, and I am very happy that you will be.

I saw a post that someone is trying to sell their copper ticket for $300. That's pretty good. Wish you could at least afford that.

If you have the opportunity you could also hang out before registration. I look forward to seeing you in the lobby.
Aug. 16th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
The irony is that if VanCon was at the end of September or October instead of August, I probably COULD afford the $300 ticket - but as it is, if I had an $300 right now, I STILL wouldn't be able to afford to go. That is how broke I am. Things will be slightly better starting in October... but, yeah... until then, I'm running a deficit.

I'm super excited about being able to go to SNS though - I do hope Jensen sings, but of course I don't want to get my hopes up in case something happens and he can't make it. I'll certainly enjoy being able to go to the concert with you guys regardless - even if I'm sitting back in the Gen seating (or you could let me know if there are free seats up front ;) Maybe some of those gold seats around you will be "sunday only" folks).

I'll definitely be hanging out in the lobby... and yeah, let me know when you're getting to town and what your plans are. I'm sure we can find time to hang out before registration or in the lulls.

And I already told Val that I'd go location hunting again... and since I'm not attending the con, odds of me calling in sick for location hunting are lower.
Aug. 16th, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
I totally understand the being broke thing. Been there, lived (living) that. Next year, though. And who knows when it will be next year as MinnCon has our week for next year.

I will definitely keep an eye out for you on SNS to see if you can move up.

Me and Katherine get into town Wednesday. She is flying into Portland and I am picking her up at the airport in the AM, and then we are driving up. If all goes well, I presume we will hit town around 3 or so. We do plan on doing some location hunting on Thursday before getting in line for registration. I want to go back to Riverview. We were there last year and found most of the various locations, but there are a couple new ones and there were a couple we were perplexed on, but I think I have figured those out, so I really want to go back there. Get some more pictures. Hopefully there won't be a production there this year like last year. X-Files was filming in the main bldg, which severely limited us for pictures at that bldg. And one of the locations is on the lawn where all their trucks were, so I am really hoping no one is there when we go. I did notice, though, that they are tearing down the Valleyview Pavillion. They did filming there for episode 8.06. Bummer. I didn't get pictures there last year. Anywho. After that, I'm not sure what we'll do. Depending upon time, we'll at least need to head somewhere. Wanna come?
Aug. 16th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
I have to work until 1pm on Thursday. So... not sure how that timing will work. But if it DOES work out somehow - or I can meet up with you somewhere. Just let me know.
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