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June 9th, 2008

Wiscon Day 3 - Report 8 [Jun. 9th, 2008|05:28 pm]
Julie Andrews
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After the Torchwood panel, I went back to the room for a nap. Yes, I skipped a panel block! At any other con, I probably would've attended any number of panels in that block. They sounded interesting, some had people I would've liked to hear on a panel, and I'd even circled one as my top pick.

But as I'd woken up early, intended to go to dinner with people, and also had intentions to hit the parties as I hadn't done the night before, I went for that nap. I'm not sure how much I actually slept, but I think I was unconscious for some of it. Lying around in a dark, quiet room is nice all by itself.

I went to dinner with two of my instructors, and all three of my classmates who were at Wiscon, plus some of the same people from dinner the night before. No GoH with us this time, but I got to meet Kelly Link. I pretty quickly decided she's pretty cool. Now I need to actually read more of her stuff. ;) We ate at a Spanish tapas bar, where I got to show my ignorance of what the heck tapas were. Turns out, they're good, and it was fun trying a little bit of lots of things. I had carmelized banana and ice cream for dessert. If I go back next year, I'm totally going for the mousse.

Next up was the Tiptree Auction, which I did not want to miss. I'd heard that Ellen Klages is the auctioneer to watch. I didn't want to miss the show! And it was even more of a show than I thought it would be. Not only was Ellen entertaining, but there was a bit of a skit involving Spacebabe and some villains. Plus a random interruption by some cyborgs. I don't know if they were from a party the night before or a panel. There was even an intense battle for one auction item -- I think it was one of Tiptree's mother's books -- culminating in a traditional Japanese janken death match!

After about 90 minutes, people started leaving for panels. There were panels I might have attended in this block, but the auction was holding my interest.

After the auction ended, I went to my final panel of the evening. I probably felt bad about skipping two panel blocks earlier. In retrospect, I should've either attended the panel S was on then, or skipped out to go find the parties. But I went to...

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I was sleepy for a lot of this panel, so before the panel had completely wrapped up, I left to go check out the parties. At least, I'm sure that's what my intention was, but I think I just hit the consuite and wandered a bit up there. Then crashed.

I haven't mentioned it yet, but the party floor corridor was covered in plastic. Or clear tape. Or something like both. When you walked around, it felt and sounded kind of like you were walking on bubble wrap. I'm not sure if that was to protect the carpet from spilled food and drinks or from wear and tear from the foot and wheel traffic. It was rather surreal in any case.
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