katalina xuncu steviemaxwell dorallizard slyknuxdragon buckhopper dakotabailey chibiknight farallon reese mongooseink rourkie belicbear clementinefox
+ everyone else I forgot who I hung out with and/or got to meet! :D
Karaoke (with Belic and Kata'lina). - What an awesome time that I didn't expect! I peeked in and saw Belic and was like HEY BELIC! Then we hung out and waited pretty much the whole night to sing the Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop". The karaoke itself was actually really poorly run, with skipping songs, faulty mics, lyrics and sound engineering, but it was still a lot of fun. I also sang Sublime - "Santeria" in suit and surprised a lot of people. No Tenacious D though, dammit! (They didn't have it >,<)
Voice Over Panel (with Buck Hopper and the FBA Crew). - Always a fun time! Even if I did have to wake up at 9am to make it there. -__- Always one of my favorite times at a con (that B-Hop attends ^^)
FBA Panel (What little I attended thanks to scheduling conflicts and me waking up late).
Fursuit Games (even though I was really tired and not my typical energetic self). They were definitely fun, though quite chaotic. I normally don't mind the cheating because we're trying to entertain the crowd, but this one was just bonkers. I kinda like competing to see if my team can win, but we can't do that when every team (including ours) was cheating so much. As a result, I don't even know who won, but I know it wasn't us. Yet it was still a lot of fun to be a part of anyway.
FBA PARTY!!! - No explanation needed. Pure awesome and win. 5 hours worth. And booze was had for the first time all con.
Playing with a sandwich in suit - Ok, so rukario gave me a sandwich while I was in suit, and I had some interaction with a staff member who was trying to take my sandwich! This was when I had the most fun while in suit and felt the most like myself, since for some reason I felt a little out of it while in suit this con. Not up to my usual standard of performance, in my opinion. I think I might have talked too much in suit this con and felt a little too reserved at times. I need to get back to being more animated and outgoing and "anything goes!" and stuff.
Prints - I didn't have much to spend, but I did get a few prints from kacey, darknatasha, michelelight and shinigamigirl, some of my absolute favorite artists. It was totally worth it because they make me smile each time I look at them and I'm going to frame most of them soon. ^^
All the time spent hanging with friends, especially steviemaxwell and slyknuxdragon, whom I spent a lot of time with. Though I really wanted to spend more time with buckhopper and dakotabailey and farallon and a few others because the little bit of time we spent together was so fun, but it wasn't easy to meet up. Next time when I'm not in a separate hotel, it will be easier.
Helping slyknuxdragon fursuit on Sunday. Yes, that's right, I let him borrow my suit and confused a bunch of people. XD Quite a lot thought he was me, and some that know what I look like would see him then look at me and go "...Wait..." It was pretty fun. ^^
Watching katalina get a ton of positive attention for her suit and wardrobe made me smile. ^^ There was even a time we were walking to our hotel in suit (she was in suit, I wasn't fully suited) and a bunch of young girls stop her and ask for hugs. Then she starts educating them about snow leopards while they all stand in a little cluster around her, looking up at her. "The snow leopard is one of the smallest of the big cats," she mewed cutely at the girls while they looked up excitedly at her. That was so cute! Kat is progressing very well as a fursuiter, in stamina, performance and noteriety, and she deserves all the positive attention she gets. *cuddles a mew*
Not so cool:
PAY FOR PARKING!!! >:[ I got a steal Saturday and Sunday when the gate opened automatically for me at 4 am with no attendant, but I got busted for $20 (almost another $6 for the 1 1/2 hours from 4:30 am to 6 am the previous morning but I talked them out of that). I could have paid $7 at the lot next to the Mariott but I thought I'd get a better deal by leaving before 3 pm. I was wrong.
Sleep - I never went to bed before 6 am. Thurs I slept 5 hours, Fri - 2 1/2 hours. Sat - 3 hours. Sun - 2 1/2 hours. Add to that that I stayed up all night Wed night before because I was packing and printing stuff, took a 1 1/2 hour nap, then drove for 9 hours. I was pretty damn exhausted. Luckily it didn't drag me down too horribly much once things got going.
Scheduling Conflict - There were only a few events I really really wanted to attend. The FBA panel, the Voice Over Panel, and the Critterlympics (Fursuit Games). Well, two of those three things overlapped. The FBA Panel started 30 minutes before the Critterlympics. I had planned to show up to the panel in suit for 30 minutes then skip off to the games, but I got up a little late and couldn't suit up in time. And I had already signed up for the games, so I went to that. Surprisingly, the panel was still going on after the games had ended, so I peeked in for that and got a warm welcome, then got to experience at least some of it. There was also the FBA party later on in the night, which I definitely made it for the whole thing and enjoyed myself. ^^
Magic Ruining - I am a stickler for not ruining the magic by taking off the suit or showing flesh (not a big deal about talking, though I think I need to scale that back, because I kinda talked a lot more than I'd like in suit this con). But I was almost late for the fursuit parade and had to rush into my suit. Therefore I didn't get a chance to pin my feet on (it's loose around the ankles and slides down) or put on the elastic bands that keep my paws on. So for most of that fursuiting session I was constantly tucking in my feet and paws and generally feeling bad that I was showing skin all the time. I also had to carry my head back from the main hotel to the one I was staying in because it wouldn't fit in my bag and I didn't feel like suiting back, and somebody said YOU'RE RUINING THE MAGIC! and looked genuinely offended. I know it's no big deal really, but I felt bad anyways, like I compromised my suiting standards or something.
Standing - For an hour in the sun after the parade waiting for the big fursuit picture to be taken finally. I was fine physically, but very self aware about my slipping footpaws and wanting to fix them and do more suiting in the hotel. Kat wasn't feeling too good either, and might have overheated in about 15 more minutes. :(
Different Hotel - We stayed at the Mariott, which in and of itself wasn't bad. Just the 10 minute trek to the hotel from the main one every time we wanted to do anything got old after a while. Didn't really feel much like being in the public eye (outside of the hotel) for this con for some reason. Maybe it's because I was usually in a rush and had somewhere I was late to. Or was kinda tired or something. I dunno.
The Hellfire Challenge Aftermath - So rourkie posted some pics on twitter ( http://twitpic.com/3r0nkl - http://twitpic.com/3r0ohr ) from the Hellfire Challenge I took at Smoke Eaters on Monday. The very same one that the guy on Man vs. Food took (except he only had to eat 6 wings... which I actually did). The challenge was to eat 12 of the hottest wings around in 10 minutes. My problem was I am not a speed eater (I'm the slowest ever really) and I don't eat that much in general (I would have probably taken a couple of wings home even if they weren't deathly spicy). So I didn't beat the challenge, but I did eat 7 1/2 wings in 10 minutes, which is good for me. They actually weren't the hottest wings I've ever had, and I did enjoy eating them. But because I ate them so fast I had pretty bad stomach pain for most of the night and... I ... kinda........... threw up a few hours later. v___v Though I'm absolutely positive I could have finished the challenge if I was allowed to eat at my own pace and not drink any water or whatever. Just eating it all so fast killed me.
Really in all fairness it wasn't the perfect con, but it was damn good! The fact that there were the most FBA fans and friends in one place ever was too freakin' awesome! I think FC should be dubbed THE FBA con that all FBA'ers should try to attend each year! That or FurFright. ;)
Hope everyone enjoys their FBA magnets and stickers, and that the FBA ballots were fun enough for everyone! Next time hopefully there will be more stuff, and I'm certain every team will have a logo package by then. ;)
Also, if anyone has or can find any photos or video of me, katalina or slyknuxdragon in my suit (that would be anytime Sunday after the Fursuit Games ^^) please let me know! I stupidly forgot my camera battery charger and my camera died literally a few minutes after I started taking pictures. Therefore I really don't have any of me. So yeah, if you have some, let me know. ^^
See you all at the next one! :D