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Kate the Impaler Goes to LunaCon

A much-abridged and very after after-action report.

It came to pass that as the month of March drew towards its close, the fair warrior maid Kate the Impaler did once more saddle her trusty steed Toyota Camry and set forth unto that place of celebration and nexus of dimensional confusion, the Convention of Luna.

And lo! Though the guidance of her guardian angel of travel, the mighty (if somewhat eccentric) Garmin, did take her unto the very gates of the dread horrors of the deepest pits of Hell (otherwise known as the outskirts of NYC), she did reach her destination unscathed, and suffering only the monetary damage occasioned by the fees the gatekeepers did require to allow her and her trusty steed to continue their journey (and there was great lamenting from the denizens of the fair warrior’s purse, separated as they were from their brethren) (yes, I’m stingy. And I don’t use cash often. My paper money gets really close because it never circulates).

So Kate the Impaler did stable her trusty steed in the facilities provided, and present herself unto the masters of accommodations so she might avail herself of her promised room. Long experience with the Convention of Luna did warn her that this would be the last she would see of organization until her departure three days hence, for the inter-dimensional portals so beloved of the Convention did also swallow all plans and destroy all attempts at organization within moments of arrival.

And so it proved, yet the Convention staff did prove equal to the challenge and remained cheerful and helpful throughout.

Though panels did move and shift through the inter-dimensional portals and scheduling did go awry, the warrior maid did locate all her panels, and audiences did appear to enjoy them – though some audiences were, alas, almost intimate enough to justify the bar rule (though none did call it, for audience numbers did – barely – exceed panelist numbers).

Thus it was that upon the closing of the Convention, Kate the Impaler did offer her assistance unto the small band of volunteers in the herculean task of cleaning the Con Suite (and locating homes for the remains of feasts worthy of kings said volunteers had produced during the Convention), wherein she remained until exhaustion drove her to her room.

(Yes, it was a good convention, and a lot of fun. I’m currently too brain-dead to remember more than that. Sorry)

  1. TRX #

    “The bar rule”?

    April 14, 2016
    • Yeah, I’m no familiar with that one, either.

      April 14, 2016
    • Robin Munn #

      Sorry, just the link alone may not be entirely clear. The “bar rule” was mentioned in Kate’s LunaCon report from 2012. If there are more panelists than audience members, adjourn to the local bar.

      April 14, 2016
      • I wish academic conferences had that rule!

        April 14, 2016
      • The Other Sean #

        The only problem with that rule is that in most cons I’ve attended, that happens at the panels Sunday morning. At least here in the Midwest, blue laws and/or cultural traditions mean the bar isn’t open yet. 🙂

        April 14, 2016
        • Reality Observer #

          I would suppose a “breakfast rule” could be substituted. Of course, that might annoy all of bleary-eyed con-goers who invoked the bar rule on Saturday night…

          April 15, 2016
      • Arwen #

        I was wondering as well so thank you for the explanation.

        April 14, 2016
    • Kate Paulk #

      The short version is, if the panel outnumbers the audience, everyone can adjourn to the bar. I’ve actually seen it invoked once, and a lovely, free-flowing discussion resulted.

      April 14, 2016
      • Reality Observer #

        Actually, never been to a more than one day event – but that didn’t confuse me at all. We used to invoke the rule at some of the IT conferences I used to attend…

        April 15, 2016
  2. Ahahahahaha! Loved this account of your adventures, Kate. Thank you! 😀

    April 14, 2016
    • That was the laughter of delighted enjoyment. (In case it wasn’t clear.)

      April 14, 2016
  3. vavu2009 #

    You know it’s not a real con with real fans unless wooden asterisks are handed out.

    April 16, 2016

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