Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Chicago Itinerary

Just a few notes here while I run around the house like an idiot, trying to get my act together for Chicago…

I’ll be out of town from Wednesday afternoon through Monday evening. The rest of my family will be having a garage sale while I am gone (she says, with some relief). No significantly horsey stuff will be present because obviously, but if you happen to be in that part of town for other activities, feel free to stop by and maybe even peruse the garden.

(The Ammis and Lupines are past their prime, but everything else is blooming.)

As for my activities in Chicago, I’ll be attending the 80th Worldcon, Chicon 8, in downtown Chicago. If you happen to be in the area – or even attending! – I’d be more than happy to meet up with any of you as long as there aren’t any conflicts with my schedule. 

Most of the panels I will be attending will be related to First Fandom/Fan History, Fantasy, Cosplay, Comics, and Star Trek. I hope to get a couple of things signed by Peter Beagle and John Scalzi. The former because he wrote The Last Unicorn; the latter because I admire him as a fellow blogger and a generally interesting and thoughtful kind of person, though with questionable taste in foodstuffs.

(If you are wondering, yes, I’m taking a Breyer Unicorn with me to get signed. After Shatner, why not?)

I will attend the Masquerade as a spectator, not as a participant. I’ve decided – as of this moment, who knows if it’s going to change when I get there – that I am not going to volunteer. This is my first go-round with a convention this significant with people I largely do not know. It is overwhelming enough to be there as an anonymous fan. 

I’m not even sure if I’ll attend the actual Hugo Awards; that’s another thing I’ll play by ear. I didn’t get a chance to read, listen or watch most of the nominees, so it would be weird to be in attendance anyway, I think. 

I’m still reintroducing myself to that world, I need a little more time to acclimate. 

I am hoping to visit a few other attractions in town if I can find the time: the Art Institute of Chicago, to visit Seurat’s La Grande Jatte; the Field Museum to see the dinosaurs; and also perhaps the American Writers Museum to see the Ray Bradbury exhibit.

As far as posting goes, I will have an automated post sometime during the weekend which will basically be a reformatted repost of my One Perfect Day article from this year’s Sampler, because it seems appropriate. 

Otherwise, I’ll be off the grid for the duration! Don’t trash the place while I’m gone.  


Suzanne said...

Have a good time! Tell Mr. Beagle "hello" from a fan! :^)

timaru star ii said...

The Thorne Miniature Rooms are in the Art Institute of Chicago. If you have time and like miniatures--!!!

And yes, say hello to Mr Beagle for me too. :)

Corky said...

When I was living with my family, I don't think I could have trusted them to NOT just swoop into my room and sell all my model horses for a buck each. Have fun at the con!

Anonymous said...

I'm here and ready to rumble! I only got lost one time along the way, which is pretty remarkable for me. Everyone seems pretty nice so far, other than the cab drivers, but that's par for the course.

(I may have told you my cab driver story years ago in the epic story of my first trip to Chicago, but it's along story and I gotta go now and pick up my con badge.)

Suzanne said...

Regarding the possible mold variation of FAM (which I was cynical of!)- check out the inside of her left rear leg!! My two old FAM's have a bunch of random crescent marks there, and my "newer" FAM (although I haven't checked all of them) are clean, but have a mold seam above that spot.

Anonymous said...

I know there has been some speculation that some FAMs have a partial Hess signature and that may be contributing to that discussion. I haven't seen one personally, but I wouldn't rule it out either.

ANDREA said...

The above comment was by me, obviously. Busy day, starting to crash...