I popped down to the Green Room for a cuppa and a bite to eat before my GoH Panel. What the hell was I going to fill an hour with? Just in case I'd brought stuff to read (I'm told that people - especially the ladies - like my voice). Six stories by Dr. Seuss, a book of Kipling's poems ("Do you like Kipling?" "I don't know. I've never kippled."), and a Winnie the Pooh Storybook. Hey! It was Sunday morning!!!! (Thank you Alex ... I'll get you for that! ;) )
I was pleasantly surprised that I got more than the 6 people I expected. 8 showed up!!! :) Of course, most of them were my friends ... and the numbers more than doubled over the course of an hour. (Tee-hee, Don only got two or three and moved his panel to the bar! ... WAITAMINNIT!!!!) I didn't need the reading material as I opened the floor for questions and the hour was filled. The questions varied from "How did you get started as MC?", "How did you get started in fandom?", "How did 'the stick' get started?", and "If I were an animal, what kind would I be?" (You're a nut, Ruth!) Of course I was asked about my favourites - and my least favourites. I modelled a kimono that one of the costumers had made for me. It was accompanied by the appropriate 'oohs!' and 'aahs!'. And then, at the end of the panel one of the high points of the con happened for me. Another group of costuemrs presented me with "Gord Rose Jr." A custom made teddy bear!!!! :D Well, I certainly felt lurved!
I'll try and post a link to a pic below (thanks Heiko!):
Then it was a quick lunch, some more schmoozing, shopping for game stuff in the Dealers' Room (I picked up a copy of Nuclear War and the Munchkin expansion. (YAY!)) and then it was off to get ready for my afternoon panel.
This was a video retrospective of my favourites of past masquerades I'd hosted (from my video collection - 17 tapes!). I tell you, it was hard to choose just one from each show. Some had up to TEN possible choices. A few had more! But I only had an hour so one from each it was (although I snuck a few extra in). The room was small but I wasn't worried. I figured that we'd maybe have as many as we did in the morning so it would be like watching TV in someone's basement.
When the panel started, sure enough about twenty people showed up. As we started into viewing the tapes I looked up and the room was packed!!!! A couple of people were lying on the floor in front of the TV, there was absolutely NO spare wall space with the SRO crowd, and about 6 or 7 people were crammed in the doorway - craning their necks to see the best they could. WOW!!!! I managed to just squeeze in all my tapes and then the panel was done.
Again, there was much laughter and everybody graciously said they enjoyed the videos and my stories about why each selection had made it into my favourites. For some, it was the first time they saw an Arisia presentation and a Costume Con presentation. It was also the first time that Ruth and Julie saw their fantastic Men in Tights presentation from TT a few years ago.
... And of course, I felt warm and fuzzy. ( * sniff! * "You like me! You really like me!" ... or at least my videos. ;) )
It was quite a draw (about 40 people in a tiny room) and my Guest Liaison presented me with a really nice con t-shirt at the end.
The day wound down soon after this and I bummed around in the Con Suite ... more schmoozing with some old friends and new ones. We old salts really sort of took the mickey out of Victoria .. the "unoffical VP of my unoffical fan club" ... It was all in fun sweetie! :) Consider it your baptism of fire. Now you're one of us! ("One of us! One of us! One of us!")
It was off to dinner and goodbye to the con! A bittersweet time at best. Especially bittersweet this time as it marked the setting of my sun in fandom. * sniff! *
But I really couldn't ask for a better swan song. I was treated super-nice. I was wined and dined. I left the con with more stuff than I arrived with (thanks for the scotch and gas Heiko!!!). And I had such a good time.
But it still felt like I should have been doing something more.
Ah well! ;)