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First off, the owner of the medic alert necklace has contacted me, so that worry is gone. It'll be put in the mail to him tomorrow. :)



MFF is the first convention of any type that I have ever attended, and I want to thank Aureth and all the staff for the hard work they did, and for letting me help out.

There were some sticky parts during the convention. Stress levels rose, tempers got short... but.. looking back.. I'm really sorry that it's over, and I'm REALLY looking forward to next year.

Some things I didn't care for...
  • Having to kick friends out of our room at night so we could sleep. I felt like a major bitch for doing so, and I want to apologize to everyone. In a discussion with Roho, we decided that the problem was that we were all coming back to the room really late, and that there was no real time to socialize before sleeping. Will work harder on getting back to our room for booze and socialization earlier next year. :)
  • Feeling useless. Hopefully next year, I can find more things for myself to do. This year I kind of rattled around, and while people told me that I was an immense help, I still felt like I couldn't really contribute very much. Of course, next year, I'll have a better idea of how things are run, so hopefully, I can do more.
  • Watching friends get stressed out beyond human endurance. Quite a few of my close friends were staff (Hell,
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First off, the owner of the medic alert necklace has contacted me, so that worry is gone. It'll be put in the mail to him tomorrow. :)

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MFF is the first convention of any type that I have ever attended, and I want to thank Aureth and all the staff for the hard work they did, and for letting me help out.

There were some sticky parts during the convention. Stress levels rose, tempers got short... but.. looking back.. I'm really sorry that it's over, and I'm REALLY looking forward to next year.

Some things I didn't care for...
<ul><li>Having to kick friends out of our room at night so we could sleep. I felt like a major bitch for doing so, and I want to apologize to everyone. In a discussion with Roho, we decided that the problem was that we were all coming back to the room really late, and that there was no real time to socialize before sleeping. Will work harder on getting back to our room for booze and socialization earlier next year. :)
<li>Feeling useless. Hopefully next year, I can find more things for myself to do. This year I kind of rattled around, and while people told me that I was an immense help, I still felt like I couldn't really contribute very much. Of course, next year, I'll have a better idea of how things are run, so hopefully, I can do more.
<li>Watching friends get stressed out beyond human endurance. Quite a few of my close friends were staff (Hell, <ljuser="Aureth"> was con CHAIR), and I felt so badly seeing them having to bear up under a lot of strain. Tempers got short (including my own), and I just... wished there was something I could do to help ease that. Sunday night helped, I think... and I really enjoyed that.
<li>Overhearing complaints about the convention. If you don't like the con, don't go. End of story. Aureth worked his ass off before and during, and he has a very demanding job. He did great. Anyone that says otherwise is a very petty, small minded person.
<li>Not selling any art. That's right folks. I didn't sell squat. As far as I know, only one person at the con met their quota for sales, and that was Sofawolf. According to all reports, we had about the same amount of art in the art show, but the auctions (charity and art) were dead. And if Kage can't get people to bid, folks... it can't be done. Considering that attendance to the con was up 30%, and given the current political climate, I don't really like hearing insinuations that people's sales disappointments were somehow the fault of the convention. I was, admittedly, a bit angry when I saw that some were blaming the charity auction for their lack of sales. I find it reprehensible that ESPECIALLY at this time of year that people begrudge a very worthwhile charity money. I'm just as broke as the rest of you, and yeah, I lost a LOT of money in time off from work, the costs of prints and mattings, my share of the hotel bill, and feeding myself during the con. So stay home next time if you can't handle a bit of disappointment.
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Highlights of the con... Meeting Poe, Syndra, <lj user="katneko"> and <lj user="frysco">, for starters. Meeting <lj user="2_gryphon"> was fun, but I didn't spend a whole lot of time talking to him. Getting to see <lj user="chebutykin"> again was a real treat as well, and we're all making plans to go up and see her next year.

I had the opportunity to work closely with <lj user="roho"> in helping our charity representatives, which was.. amazingly fun. I suspect that those that begrudged the charity money didn't have a chance to sit and talk with Vicky and Kim, otherwise they might have had a different opinion. I've always admired those that run rescue centers for animals, and I was very surprised when they indicated that I'd be welcome as a volunteer.

The charity auction received more donations than I was expecting- I didn't realize that a lot of people would wait until they arrived at the con to give their donations, rather than mailing them in, although that makes sense. Our big items were a huge cheetah banner that..um.. fell.. from a post at the Lincoln Park zoo (that I so desperately wanted)- it sold for $350? I think? The tiger blanket I brought in sold for $180, and quite a few other items sold for nice high bids. All told, we raised $3000 for AFA, which was wonderful.

The art auction didn't do as well, I was told- I was stuck in the artshow doing receipts for those that did make purchases. I saw a few gorgeous pieces that I really wanted, but couldn't afford. Ahh well. I think I'll definately be bringing more money next year. ;)

I had some really good ideas for next year that might make things run a little more smoothly (They might not, but it's worth a try), and in a month or so, I'll start looking into getting for next year. I've had a few ideas for artwork that might sell, and there are a few things that, since I have a bit of money left over, I want to commission. Like some of <lj user="Jenwolf">'s gorgeous magnets. :)

All in all... I had a really good time. Sunday night, we all gathered in our room, got rather drunk, and unwound. It was good to see people destressing. :)

I'd like to do more to help next year... even though I said otherwise Sunday night. But we'll see what happens.

Comments

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buran
Nov. 26th, 2002 12:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not buying the goodies for my car that I wanted just yet - a LOT of people aren't buying "fluff" things. Artwork and the like are nonessential purchases. A lot of charities are hurting, too. It's normal. When the economy picks up and unemployment doesn't suck, donations will too.

(I'm going to try real hard to keep my donation to the World Bird Sanctuary coming, though.)

I wouldn't have bought anything this year either. I skipped the con entirely due to money shortages.
enveri
Nov. 26th, 2002 12:52 pm (UTC)
Nod- A lot of people, myself included, just brought enough money to support themselves during the con. So really, I'm not as upset that none of my artwork sold, as I am upset that people are complaining that the con sucked because they didn't meet their sales expectations.

It's a case of not looking beyond the tip of their noses, really.. and it always irritates me when people seem to think the world revolves around them. Some of the complaints came from people that had things actually go to be auctioned off (IE had more than 4 bids)... and that's what REALLY steamed me.

Ah well. I'll do better next year. And if I don't, that's okay too.
feren
Nov. 26th, 2002 01:50 pm (UTC)
To paraphrase Sharon Osbourne...
Little tiny minds, Kestral, little tiny minds!

You've heard me rant about the ignorance of people to the world around them.
chebutykin
Nov. 26th, 2002 01:50 pm (UTC)
Having to kick friends out of our room at night so we could sleep.

No need to apologize for that. Part of convention ettiquette is getting the hell out of people's rooms when they need to sleep. I'm just glad you spoke up when it was our time to go. *grin*

Getting to see chebutykin again was a real treat as well, and we're all making plans to go up and see her next year.

YAY! It was a real treat to see everyone in the Pack, as well. I was sad to see that you were all stretched almost to breaking point, but I can't say that I was surprised.

Sunday night, we all gathered in our room, got rather drunk, and unwound. It was good to see people destressing. :)

Ultra-bummer that I missed that part. I would have liked to hang out with all of you on Sunday night, just to help you all normalize and decompress.
roho
Nov. 26th, 2002 02:02 pm (UTC)
I was really sorry to see you leaving, for that very reason :/ We knew that Sunday night would be the night for relaxing dinner, much boozing, and socializing, without looming constress. You would've been an excellent addition, not to mention that you missed the extensive conversation about Poe's ass!
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chebutykin
Nov. 26th, 2002 02:16 pm (UTC)
Do I even want to know?
enveri
Nov. 26th, 2002 02:18 pm (UTC)
prooooobably not. ;)
chebutykin
Nov. 26th, 2002 02:29 pm (UTC)
Dammit, now I'm dying to know!
feren
Nov. 26th, 2002 08:31 pm (UTC)
You are not ready.
chebutykin
Nov. 26th, 2002 08:40 pm (UTC)
Did anyone ever stab Kosh in the face on Bab 5?
feren
Nov. 26th, 2002 08:42 pm (UTC)
feren
Nov. 26th, 2002 08:43 pm (UTC)
No!
chebutykin
Nov. 26th, 2002 08:46 pm (UTC)
Damn.
feren
Nov. 26th, 2002 08:48 pm (UTC)
Asshats.
roho
Nov. 26th, 2002 08:35 pm (UTC)
We decided that Poe's ass is just

thuper!

chebutykin
Nov. 26th, 2002 08:38 pm (UTC)
feren
Nov. 26th, 2002 08:44 pm (UTC)
enveri
Nov. 27th, 2002 05:02 am (UTC)
You people disturb me sometimes.
chebutykin
Nov. 27th, 2002 05:38 am (UTC)
Only sometimes?

We must not be trying hard enough...
captain18
Dec. 1st, 2002 11:32 am (UTC)
I need to find time to hang out with you guys more often.
enveri
Dec. 1st, 2002 03:05 pm (UTC)
Yes. Yes you do. :)
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