First off, as the first week of school kicked in, I found myself in my hometown of San Jose at FurCon (Jan. 24-28), one of the greatest events I have ever been to. From what was said there, it is one of the largest gatherings of furries in the world, and it was a total blast! From my first moments in the Double Tree, I was like a little schoolgirl marveling at everything: all the fursuiters, the art, the people, all of it.
There were so many things to do--let me start with the panels (of which I attended many), from art to species to science to writing. The art panel was extremely helpful, as were the writing panels (hosted by Alex Vance, he's a funny guy). The species panels were really interesting too, especially the fox panel where around four foxes walked in to enjoy the show.
Then, there were things like Furry Night Live and the Eye of Argon reading, both of which were incredible. FNL had some great skits, both in relation to choreography and comedy (i.e. "Love is Fickle" and "Fur in a Box"), which kept the entire thing interesting despite standing the whole time. The Eye of Argon reading is where everyone sits in a circle and passes around a story called the Eye of Argon, one of the worst fantasy stories ever written. Everyone has to stand and read one column of the story, but if you laugh, you have to pass it to the next person in the circle. Everyone else in the room is entitled to do anything they can to make you laugh short of touch you (people there repeated funny lines, acted out scenes, howled, got in your face and made funny faces, etc.). Also everyone in the room has to read(except fursuiters of course), no exceptions . All in all, I laughed so hard my sides hurt, despite the late hour (12-3 AM Sunday).
I met some awesome people there, including people I roomed with: Teric, Arctic Mutt, Airstrip, Ikkarub, and the list goes on and on. One really cool thing was that I met another fur from Reno, and neither of us had any idea we lived in the same city!
The dealer's den and art show were spectacular as well. The whole place was absolutely oozing talent out of the walls. I got some great art, as well as two badges done, and I wish I had more money, but the Tucson Show was coming up, and I needed money to support my other hobby (should I say addiction?): mineral collecting.
Let me digress from one of my obsessions to another. TUCSON!
On Feb. 15, I flew down to Tucson, AZ to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (TGMS), where the museum I work for was displaying a case of minerals. My coworker and I had put the case together, and we go down together every year to split costs, as well as to have some company as it gets overwhelming.
WARNING: EXTREME GEEKINESS FROM HERE DOWN!!
The theme this year was minerals of the United States, and the displays (including ours) were AMAZING! The one absolute show-stopper was the case of minerals from Tiger, AZ, one of the localities I specialize in (the other being Tsumeb, Namibia). The Tiger case, organized by Les Presmyk (whom I bought a $650 caledonite from on Sat.), and I thank him as well as the other contributors (the Smithsonian, Bob and Evan Jones--great people!, Rock Currier, Univ. of Arizona, etc.). The case had no less than 5 world's best of species (minerals that is...no real tigers from there, sorry): diaboleite, matlockite, bideauxite, hydrocerussite, and teh Smithsonian's caledonite with crystals to over 1 inch!!! (my best, which is pretty good, has 4 mm crystals).
While that case did steal my heart, there were other good ones, such as the blue-cap tourmalines from Southern California, cherry red rhodochrosites from Colorado, the rare purple apatite from Maine, benitoite, and so on. The dealers had no end of good stuff as well, and they ended up getting about $1300 of my money, and I am now broke as a joke. As a result, I cannot get that fursuit I wanted...I have to save up all over again, or sell some of my prized rocks (yah, right!). Too bad a good fursuit costs over $2000...
I enjoyed seeing all the dealers and famous mineralogists (I hope to be one myself someday), and bullshitting with them, hearing the scuttlebutt, etc.
All in all, it's been a helluva ride so far, and the semester's not even half over. I can't wait till next year for both FurCon and Tucson..provided I ever have money again.
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