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28 November 2007 @ 08:23 am
OVFF, Windy, Chambana, etc.  
Well, this is my first attempt at a post on LJ. I still have a lot to figure out about it, but I guess I'll be learning as I go. First off, I'd like to thank everyone who friended me. I hope reading my little scribbles will be worth your time.

OVFF was great again as usual.  Janmagic, Chaoticgoodchic,  my fiance Ithiriel and I all shared the ride. Being outnumbered 3 to 1, I took more than my fair share of ribing in the "gender wars", but it  was fun traveling and sharing the experience with good friends. I didn't play much at OVFF as I was having more fun listening to everybody else. The Pegasus Awards concert was cool again as usual!  It was also cool that Lois McMaster Bujold was at OVFF this year. She was in Columbus to recieve an award and was able to get away from her other commitment to spend time with the filk community.

Windycon this year was the convention from Hell for me.  In addition to my dissatisfaction with the layout of the hotel and the fact that I came down with a serious case of food poisoning Saturday night, I was a victim of the "great pants robbery" early Saturday morning.  Someone broke into the hotel room where I and a number of other friends were staying and stole 3 pairs of pants(one of them mine) and a laptop computer  while we were all asleep!!!!! My  pants pockets were filled with my wallet, checkbook, keys, cell phone and watch. Ithiriel had a spare copy of my car key on her keychain and they didn't get her stuff so we were pretty much OK. If she hadn't insisted I bring a spare pair of good pants I would have been in worse trouble! Apparently 5 to 7 other rooms were also hit. According to a rumor I heard, one of the hotel maids apparently let some of her friends into the hotel rooms and they supposedly commited the robberies. After the fact, I heard that the hotel has been having problems with guests being robbed for some time and that some of the hotel room doors apparently don't  close properly. Thank goodness Windy is going to a new hotel next year. Hopefully it will be a much better experience. My friends insisted on carrying on with holding their party Saturday night and did a no pants theme. Lynn attached a note to her con badge saying "these aren't the pants you're looking for". I wasn't  exactly in a mood to appreciate the humor.

Chambanacon was small but a lot of fun. Some of the folks I saw at the open filk included Bill and Gretchen Roper, Erica Neely, Bill Rintz, Juanita Coulson,  Jan DiMasi, and Michael Longcor.  That's  a strong enough lineup to make any filk circle worthwhile and very enjoyable.
The Historic Lincoln hotel was  very interesting and full of old world charm with a definite Germanic feel to the decor and construction. One of the coolest things about it was that there were two suits of armor in the lobby flanking an exit that lead to a covered shopping mall. Passing through the exit  gave me the feeling of taking one of the secret passages at Hogwarts castle. I hope they can get this hotel for the con next year and that more people show up.  Now that it's back in Champaign-Urbana, hopefully it can be built back up to a level where it can regain the prominence it once had. I stayed over at Helen Parker's place so there was no possibility of my pants going missing this time!

In personal news, Ithiriel and I will be hosting a house filk  at our place in Milwaukee on Saturday December 15th that will also be a combined birthday party for us. Her B-day is December 16th and mine is December 23rd.  If anyone is interested, I can send you more details by e-mail. Now that fall convention season is over, it's time to get back to work on the house cleaning.  Hopefully my plantar fascitis won't interfere with that too much. It's now time for me to get going to work. Hope this note finds you all well. Untill next time.

Current Mood: Recovering
Amanda Snyderpafuts on November 28th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
It's great that Chambana is at the Historic Lincoln. When bardiclug and I lived in CU we spent our Christmas Eve's at that hotel's holiday buffet. Then we'd sit in front of the big fireplace in the lobby and have brandies.

The department store I worked for had all their holiday parties there also.

It's nice to know it's still there. :)
filkartfilkart on December 1st, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
According to what I heard, the hotel is in recievership, but hopefully it will be available for next years's Chambanacon. In addition to the suits of armor in the lobby, there was a short stairway from an outer corridor leading to a large function area in the basement that went through a "dungeon style" door with a rounded top. Very cool. There was also a very cool wooden bench about the size of a loveseat with carved (I think)gryphons for armrests done in a black finish. I'm wondering if those features were there when you visited the hotel.

Hopefully we'll be able to see you and bardiclug around these parts sometime in the not too distant future!
Jim: Moogerfilker 1poltr1 on November 28th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Hey! Good to hear from you!

archiver_timarchiver_tim on November 28th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the convention reports.
Are you going to make it to Acorn Music & Verse this Saturday?

Marybraider on December 8th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, Art.....

I don't suppose you might know anyone who would be willing to put me up during the Milwaukee Irish Festival if I were to road trip up there? I may or may not be coming with companions.
filkartfilkart on December 9th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the comment. Yes, we can certainly arrange crash space for you and anyone else who may wish to join you for the weekend. Tigertoy and Helen, Bill Rintz, and my sweetie's friend Lisa from Evanston all joined Ithiriel and myself this year and had a great time. We attended Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more info, check out www.Irishfest.com. Tigertoy and Helen have been coming up here for the last 5 years to join me for Irishfest. I've been talking it up for a while looking for other interested people. I am always happy to have other people to join in the fun with us. The more the merrier!!! I may only be able to offer floor space, but Barisha and Richard Letterman live a short 5 minute drive from my place, have a large house, and are always happy to have house guests. Let me know what your plans are at least a couple of months in advance and I will do my best to accomodate. Hope you can make it in 08!!!

Marybraider on December 9th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Yeay! Thank you. Floor space is all I'm really looking for. More when we're a couple months out...
El. Almeda Masonalmeda on December 19th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
I guess you're not Art (WINOLJ) anymore!

Here's hoping it will give you more satisfaction than annoyance it'll inflict, or time it sucks from you that you can't afford to lose. :->
carolfcarolf on December 28th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
As a fellow newbie, I bid thee welcome!