I have had a less than wonderful spring, what with quitting my job, conducting a job search in a recession, getting sick, not getting a job twice, having an allergic reaction to something in my garden, and still being unemployed, so I plan to enjoy myself thoroughly at the convention, 'cause Lard knows I need it! Plus, I am sooooo excited to see so many awesome people that I unfortunately don't get to see more often!
I will be arriving in time for dinner on Thursday, which I think will include a margarita (heck, I'm not driving home, so there might even be more than one margarita!). I am looking forward to the ROOO reception and hearing our GoHs read. Friday, I will be helping with the Gathering. I know I retired as co-coordinator, but it's hard letting go. Especially since if I don't work set-up, I don't get first crack to see all the cool stuff at the Clothing Swap. I've scored several awesome finds there in years past, and will again be wearing one of the dresses on Sunday night. Saturday, I plan to eat and shop my way through the Farmer's Market, then I will be on 2 panels:
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
The Intersection of Religion and Fandom
Panelists from varying religious backgrounds will share their challenges and views about being religious and being a fan.
M: Carrie L. Ferguson. Isabel Schechter, Magenta Griffith, JoSelle Vanderhooft
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Why are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
Let's have a round–table discussion of this book by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. First published in 1997, with additional material in 1999 and 2003, it still has a lot to say about racial identification and development of same. How does it speak to the discussions happening in WisCon and online, particularly about safer spaces and how to organize them?
M: LaShawn M. Wanak. Seressia Glass, Isabel Schechter, Luke T. McGuff
Sunday will start with brunch at the Orpheum. In the evening, I will be wearing one of my Clothing Swap dresses as I feast on nummy desserts and hear the GoH speeches. Then, it's off to get pictures taken at the WisCon Photo Booth, then the Think Galactic party, where I will be for a good chunk of the evening, promoting our 2011 convention.
Things I would like to do that aren't yet scheduled:
eat at the Italian restaurant across from ROO
eat at Noodles
eat mac and cheese pizza (Ian's?)
shopping at ROOO
shopping at the used books store 2 doors down from ROOO
have ice cream at the shop that tells you if you want healthy, eat carrots
Lunch and dinner every day with awesome people!
I'm sure my plan and reality will collide at some point, especially once I take a good look at the panel schedule, but that's my plan so far!
See you all there!