I’m too tired (and pressed for time) for anything but a bulleted list of the bestest memories this year.
- At dinner with Hugh, John, and Des, as Hugh described a very fun weekend he was about to take: “Did you just have a stroke and start listing the names of famous people?”
- Meeting Beth, who has great taste in the 90s cartoons (Gummi Bears, Pirates of Dark Water), and appreciates the screwed up manga Gantz.
- Walking along the riverwalk, mentioning my fear of dropping my phone in water, seeing everyone simultaneously putting phones away.
- “How many tourist bodies do you suppose they dredge out of this thing every winter?” “At least a couple.”
- Ben’s story of drinking the riverwalk water.
- Getting to hold Jaime’s forthcoming book.
- Coming up with the persuasive theory that Neil and Sean are a total Fight Club situation; never seen apart all week long, were they! But which is the imagination of which?
- Finally meeting Norm, hearing Norm’s solid minute of jokes on whale-fucking (you had to be there).
- Visiting the wax museum, and laughing until I was dizzy as each and every one of our small group attempted to crack a funnier joke about the most ridiculous place.
- Being accused of staring at the wax mannequins’ crotches when I was really just inspecting the detail work on the hands; I swear.
- Tweeting the Hugos with Shaima and Stephanie until my batteries ran out.
- “We Love You Jay.”
- Unexpectedly seeing John and Christie at the airport on the early flight home.
I’m sure I’m forgetting even more awesome. It was a year’s worth of living packed into four days. Oh it was so great.
But the best moment of all was:
- Spending an hour depressed and wandering the convention halls without seeing anyone I knew, only to finally meet Sean, and then Chris K. Then shortly later the 50 minute trip across the hotel lobby with Chris as we proceeded to run into every single writer on the planet on our way to the SFWA suite. I had tears of joy in my eyes. Nothing at all beats the pleasure of old friends showing genuine pleasure to see you again.
So many new friends to look forward to next time. This was the best WorldCon of all. I already miss you all.