To summarize this convention in one word or less... EPIC.
I arrived at the convention on Thursday, a bit earlier than I had anticipated due to being advised early to arrive at 12:30pm and some speeding on the roads (not too much, just enough to keep up with the other people lol). I got there at like... 1pm after a 3-4 hour drive which was rather relaxing. I got to see a lot of people trickle in while I waited for my room in the hotel to be free and for the volunteer coordinator to show up... late. I got to see a lot of neat people which I didn't anticipate being there like Fox Amoore and some others and met some people while I was waiting to be a volunteer. At around 4pm, and after I got all my stuff into my hotel room, I called my volunteer coordinator and met with him and helped around registration by making the pre-reg line straight and setting up the pylons and ropes for inside the registration room. After all of that we were directed upstairs to set up the Art Show room, we had to lift around 20-30 heavy art boards to the room and then set up PVC structures and hang the boards on the structure, then we had to set up the art. I got a free bookmark from one of the artists who sent in their stuff which was nice. I also got to hug my furst (get it?) fursuiter. I hadn't been worked that hard physically for... a very long time, it was very exhausting but I worked until about 10pm and clocked in 12 volunteer hours that day.
I woke up on Friday alright, not at 9:30am like I wanted to, but close enough and early enough to be able to volunteer in the morning. When I came down to the lobby floor, I was just like renewed with excitement when I saw the fursuiters down there. It made me pretty happy. I went up the escalator and towards the volunteer desk and got put on duty to make sure the regular registration line was straight and to let people know that the sponsors/super sponsors were able to go inside immediately. I then went to the opening ceremonies an' got pretty stoked for the con. I went up to my room for something (don't remember what) and then back down to see the Bucktown Tiger concert, which was amazing an' I got to hug him too an' things
. After that, I chilled out in the main ballroom and got to see Bandthro set up and practice and do the song 'Skyfall', which was amazing. I didn't actually get to see the concert with them though because shortly afterward I had to go back to volunteering because I was on-call. I was directed to become a blackjack dealer and a roulette dealer/whatever afterward for the charity auction. That was fun, but my feet were screaming at me during that time and I had to sit down at the roulette table near the end. I then went to the main ballroom again and waited out for the rave that was happening, which was pretty epic, being that it was the first rave/dance that I've ever been too. About halfway though the second set I went out and met a friend of mine from here FenrisDesigns
which was really neat, I hope that he thought the meeting went okay. Then I went upstairs and went to sleep (so tired), so I didn't end up getting to go to DJ Recca's set, whom I had met in the registration line.
I didn't sleep well, I'm not sure why exactly, but just... like 'sleep for an hour, wake up, go back to sleep, wake up, etc. When i did wake up, I almost missed the Guest of Honor lunch on Saturday. So I quickly got ready and showered an' things and drove myself there. I had the fortune of being able to meet up with Bucktown Tiger as I arrived at the lunch and got to sit with him and his significant other as well as Silverwolf (who was judging the fursuit dance comp this year, and won the one before) and some other people that I didn't recognize. That was really cool, and it was really yummy too x3, probably the most food I ate at the con in one sitting (cus like, pringles cans yo). Then I got back and just chilled out for a few hours and took a nap before going to see Matthew Ebel's concert, which I enjoyed as well
. After that I went and hung out at the Open Mic panel that Path was doing. Then I went and chatted a bit and went to sleep.
Again, didn't sleep well. I woke up and went back down to the lobby and felt that renewed vigor again upon seeing the fursuits and neat people. I visited Scrypto Wolf's SMILE panel about depression and things and got a neat book for free which I'll be reading through a bit. I then arrived at the fursuit dance competition, which was REALLY REALLY EPIC and AMAZING x3. I really enjoyed seeing all of the fursuiters doing their choreographies and listening to the music an' things. The fursuiter that I liked the best was named Proxy or something, and I couldn't tell if it was a panda or not. My leg fell asleep several times during the show making it slightly uncomfortable sitting there. I then chilled out a bit in my room and chatted with a few of my friends and tuned in to Funday Pawpet Show before going to the Closing Ceremonies, which I really enjoyed. I liked the video of Big Cat Derek that they showed, I thought that was neat, and his speech was really cool
. Then I went up to my room and caught the rest of the Funday Pawpet Show an' had my name posted on one of their art jam comment thingies, which was neat x3. Then I went back to sleep.
Shitty sleep again lol. I woke up and found that it was snowing outside and started freaking out for a good reason. On my way back from the con I had fishtailed and hit the concrete barrier and slid around until I was facing the wrong way on the road. I was pretty freaked out because that's the first time anything like that has happened to me, luckily it was just me involved (though other people did slip on that ice patch and spun out and stuff too lol) and the damage to my truck was minor, I'll have to replace a headlight though. But I got home okay an' things.
I'd definitely go back to this convention if I have the chance next year, I also recommend it everyone, it's really epic and you'll have a fantastic time. The con is VERY VERY well run. You will not be disappointed.
Now, I'm out ~