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Meh. FINALLY uploaded and sorted my PCM pictures. Geez, it takes such a long time! And I have twice as many from Mom's wedding this past weekend. Guess that will be my project tomorrow.

Here's the link to the pictures; if it doesn't work, just find my photo albums (there are only two, it won't be hard to figure out).

I really, honestly meant to get to bed earlier than this. Sigh. Off to sleep now, at least.
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Meh. FINALLY uploaded and sorted my PCM pictures. Geez, it takes such a long time! And I have twice as many from Mom's wedding this past weekend. Guess that will be my project tomorrow.

Here's the link to the pictures; if it doesn't work, just find my photo albums (there are only two, it won't be hard to figure out).

I really, honestly meant to get to bed earlier than this. Sigh. Off to sleep now, at least.
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First of all - happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11!

Another year of PCM is over, sigh. It was an amazing time as always, despite some craziness. I spent most of the weekend either at registration or at the manga room. (To be honest, I felt guilty spending too much time away from the manga room when Liz was at info desk pretty much 24/7 and Mick was running around like the proverbial headless chicken and Arch was managing the entire artist alley with a staff of three and all).

However, I did make it to the vendor room and artist alley, and to PortProm, Extreme Geek (though I heard it was going to suck ~_^ ), and the rave (glowstick explosion!). And 'my' staffers were both awesome and I really hope they return next year. I enjoyed myself a lot.

Number of attendees this year: 1804 (yay!)
Number of cups used during the rave alone: 7000 (no, that is not a typo)
Number of 'free hug' signs: TOO MANY
Number of L cosplayers: reg desk counted at least 9
Number of staff in-jokes by the end of the weekend: 4 that I knew of, probably more that I didn't
Number of pages of notes I've written for PCM 2010: 2

Next year's PortCon theme is Old School. It's going to be AMAZING. And Mel's art is so cute!

I also have some more serious (but still PCM inspired) musings about in-group/out-group dynamics, friendship, and insecurity which I may or may not post later.
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First of all - happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11!

Another year of PCM is over, sigh. It was an amazing time as always, despite some craziness. I spent most of the weekend either at registration or at the manga room. (To be honest, I felt guilty spending too much time away from the manga room when Liz was at info desk pretty much 24/7 and Mick was running around like the proverbial headless chicken and Arch was managing the entire artist alley with a staff of three and all).

However, I did make it to the vendor room and artist alley, and to PortProm, Extreme Geek (though I heard it was going to suck ~_^ ), and the rave (glowstick explosion!). And 'my' staffers were both awesome and I really hope they return next year. I enjoyed myself a lot.

Number of attendees this year: 1804 (yay!)
Number of cups used during the rave alone: 7000 (no, that is not a typo)
Number of 'free hug' signs: TOO MANY
Number of L cosplayers: reg desk counted at least 9
Number of staff in-jokes by the end of the weekend: 4 that I knew of, probably more that I didn't
Number of pages of notes I've written for PCM 2010: 2

Next year's PortCon theme is Old School. It's going to be AMAZING. And Mel's art is so cute!

I also have some more serious (but still PCM inspired) musings about in-group/out-group dynamics, friendship, and insecurity which I may or may not post later.
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I had almost finished my cosplay by last night, but there was a ton of 'finishing' work to do that would have basically kept me up all night. So I faced the choice of either finishing the costume or sleeping. I chose sleep (which is almost surprising, since it's me) and this was DEFINITELY the right choice. I would be dead on my feet right now if I hadn't gotten a solid 6 hours.

This morning was a frantic rush to get my stuff organized and packed, then I threw everything in the car and headed to Weekend Anime to help pack up the PCM stuff. It was a bit of a pain because we had to drag tons of boxes from the basement, but it went fairly quickly and the U-Haul Julie rented meant we didn't have to fool around with tons of staffers' cars, which was awesome. We finished before 11 AM and headed over to the Wyndham to unpack and set up.

I spent the remaining time before the con opened between reg-desk setup, manga room setup, and bag stuffing. Bag stuffing got off to a late start so it went until the last minute. Reg desk setup went very smoothly. The manga/karaoke room looks great and OMG we have SO MUCH manga! I honestly didn't quite get it when Julie kept going 'no, you have enough, TRUST me'. There's tons. I'm so excited for it! (We're using one room for manga and karaoke and switching off times, so the manga room doesn't officially open until tomorrow.)

Since Thursday is pre-reg only, the registration line was not too bad, although the first hour was pretty busy. Still, we kept people moving fairly efficiently.

After my shift at registration, I got some dinner and wandered the con, mostly taking candid photos. I borrowed our digital camera from work - my coworkers insisted that I needed to take pictures and 'we borrow it all the time!' so I'm having fun with it. I like candid shots much more than posed shots, although they are more difficult.

I actually had come up to my room to change into a dress for the PortProm, the semi-formal dance. (I'm wearing my bridesmaid's dress from [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11's wedding. ^_^) But when I came up to change I realized I left my shoes and jewelry in my car, so I decided to do a quick LJ update instead. Now I'm off to my car to grab my missing bag. Later, all!
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I had almost finished my cosplay by last night, but there was a ton of 'finishing' work to do that would have basically kept me up all night. So I faced the choice of either finishing the costume or sleeping. I chose sleep (which is almost surprising, since it's me) and this was DEFINITELY the right choice. I would be dead on my feet right now if I hadn't gotten a solid 6 hours.

This morning was a frantic rush to get my stuff organized and packed, then I threw everything in the car and headed to Weekend Anime to help pack up the PCM stuff. It was a bit of a pain because we had to drag tons of boxes from the basement, but it went fairly quickly and the U-Haul Julie rented meant we didn't have to fool around with tons of staffers' cars, which was awesome. We finished before 11 AM and headed over to the Wyndham to unpack and set up.

I spent the remaining time before the con opened between reg-desk setup, manga room setup, and bag stuffing. Bag stuffing got off to a late start so it went until the last minute. Reg desk setup went very smoothly. The manga/karaoke room looks great and OMG we have SO MUCH manga! I honestly didn't quite get it when Julie kept going 'no, you have enough, TRUST me'. There's tons. I'm so excited for it! (We're using one room for manga and karaoke and switching off times, so the manga room doesn't officially open until tomorrow.)

Since Thursday is pre-reg only, the registration line was not too bad, although the first hour was pretty busy. Still, we kept people moving fairly efficiently.

After my shift at registration, I got some dinner and wandered the con, mostly taking candid photos. I borrowed our digital camera from work - my coworkers insisted that I needed to take pictures and 'we borrow it all the time!' so I'm having fun with it. I like candid shots much more than posed shots, although they are more difficult.

I actually had come up to my room to change into a dress for the PortProm, the semi-formal dance. (I'm wearing my bridesmaid's dress from [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11's wedding. ^_^) But when I came up to change I realized I left my shoes and jewelry in my car, so I decided to do a quick LJ update instead. Now I'm off to my car to grab my missing bag. Later, all!
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So. Animaritime. Wow.

I was going to post last night but I got back around 11:30 PM and was just exhausted, so I fell into bed. (Work, incidentally, went surprisingly fast today). Anyway, now that I have energy, some of the highlights. And what the heck, for old time's sake I'll use the old bulletted list format.

•I completely did not realize that the eastern part of NB is in a different time zone than Maine (Atlantic time). Not actually that interesting except that I was late to the Thursday meeting because of my scheduling being thrown off.

•Speaking of Thursday night, it was awkward. It wasn't that anyone was unfriendly--actually everyone was REALLY niee--but I felt like an outsider in a big way. In my hotel room afterwards, I started to get really nervous about the rest of the con. This just shows that I should be in more situations where I am unable to flee, because the weekend really was amazing. It was sad to leave on Sunday, actually.

•I like Maine Irvings better than NB Irvings. The Irving in my town is open 24 hrs. The Irving in Sackville closes at 9 PM. Enough said.

•On the other hand, Canadian Twix bars are randomly better than American ones. Hmm...

•Highlight of the AMVs: 'Daioh Fantasy', a Final Fantasy/Azumanga Daioh crossover....thing. Find it online if you can. Lowlight, or comedic highlight if you will: one that combined the most boring parts of Eva (the long stares) with the transformation sequence from Sailor Moon, a little bit of DBZ, and....I swear I am not making this up...Dr. Who. It was somewhere between hilarious and puzzling. I mean, Dr. Who? In an AMV????

•I love the Animaritime staffers. It was especially interesting to meet Vicki and Margaret, who were both in Shin Shirayuki *hides face* I still feel bad about Shin Shira....

•Another note about Margaret, aka [livejournal.com profile] yubsie, because she's just that cool. Check out her awesome Fire Preater costume. Yay cosplay!

•Badges were personalized. Meaning, when someone registered they gave us their name, we typed the name onto a blank badge form on the reg computer (aka Lindz's computer) and printed it out for them! This was a pretty good idea although it sometimes caused delays. It also made us very reliant on the laser printer--which of course died on Friday night in the middle of making more reg books.

•I managed not to destroy my bank account in the vendor room, partly because I really don't buy manga or DVDs at cons. My feeling is, I can buy them at Borders/Best Buy, AND get them in a logical sequence, instead of, say, randomly purchasing Chobits 9 or something. I was fiendishly tempted by the games (more on this later) but resisted with the thought that I wouldn't have anyone to play them with for months. I ended up with two posters (the common but irresistably sexy 'Bad Luck' poster and a cute Furuba one), the SD keychains of the other two sisters from Read or Die TV (I have a set now!) and, because I don't have enough Furuba merchandise, the Fruits Basket card game. It actually looks kind of cute.

•Played some fun board games. Anyone else ever played Apples to Apples? Good game. Also played a demonstration game of Settlers of Catan (and won! go me!) The games in the dealers' room were definitely even more alluring after that....but I was strong.

•Panels=awesome. The anime club panel that Lindz ran was really interesting and raised some good points I think Kris and I should incorporate into *our* panel (I'll email you about them soon, Kris!). She also ran a panel about sushi and other Japanese foods that turned into an inpromptu field trip to the computer lab where we found out about the origins of Pocky! Oh, and apparently it's supposed to be pronounced Poke-y. As in, *pokepoke*. Yeah, I'm sticking with the American way too. And I can't forget the panel about l337 5p34k, which you wouldn't think would be that informative but actually was, and fun too!

•Relating a few moments of randomness: frantically folding many, many pieces of paper in half at midnight Friday to make more registration booklets; a break from the crazy reg book making while Lindz starting playing jump rope with someone's scarf; 'mech meltdown' where some kids made a 'mecha' from hot glue and popsicle sticks--the theme of the con was mecha--and then threw it down three flights of stairs.

•And finally, apparently started by Patrick D. but adopted by everyone at the con, something that really sums it up for the staffers:

Badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges
Reg books, reg books!
Badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges
Reg books, reg books!
Badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges
Reg books, reg books!
Badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges, badges--
Con! it's a con! Ooooooh, it's a CON!


Oh God, it's 12:30. And I'm supposed to go in early to work tomorrow to help decorate; my manager Sarah is turning 27 tomorrow and we're having a surprise mini-party. Bed now. Later, all!
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The subject quote is from Kris, in case you were wondering. It's a long story.

So, either the woman who Kris talked to on the phone was lying or the woman we spoke to at the hotel was lazy, because they wouldn't let up check in early. But it was okay--we just got in line for registration a little earlier than we expected. Kris got glomped by a random sketchy guy while we were in line for the dealers room and they were having some 'light issues' (aka all of the lights in the dealers room randomly shut off about two minutes after they started letting people in so we had to leave while they fixed it) but we did eventually get to buy things. Yay dealer's room! After lunch and checking in we stopped by the first AMV showing but left fairly quickly as we were unimpressed and wanted to go to the 'make your own plushie panel'. I made Chiyo-chan from Azumanga Daioh and Kris made Shido from Getbackers (hers was ADORABLE). We took a short break for reading (me) and paper-editing (Kris) in our room, then headed to the Bleach showing. Next was the fan parodies but Kris and I skipped out to welcome our freshmen and grand-freshmen. There was much hugging and talking, and eventually sleeping.

Saturday was cosplay day! It took me soooo long to get into my Hinoto costume but it did look pretty good. Thanks Kris for helping me so much with the wig! Everyone else looked amazing, and although I was surprised that more people didn't recognize us, it was still fun. Kris and I went to an AMAZING panel called 'Downloading, Fansubbing, The Industry, and You'. I may talk about it more later but right now suffice it to say it was great and I so want the moderator to come to PortConMaine if we can get him. Next was 'Anime 101' with almost everyone which is always a good time. After a quick lunch Kris and I attempted to recreate the reading-and-paperediting but ended up taking naps. Dinner with Erin's parents was followed by watching some of 'Psychic Academy' which is funny although the animation is pretty bad. I wouldn't buy it but it was entertaining. Shannon and I tried the dance but spent more of our time distinguishing the 3 groups (the young innocents, the ravers, and the people having sex on the dance floor) than actually dancing.

Today we went to the Anime Club Summit, which was pretty ambitiously named considering that approximately 8 people came (4 of those being from Colgate) but was still interesting. We said goodbye to everyone else and made one last dealers room run, then headed out.

And the inevitable list:Stuff List )

Now we're back at Kris's apartment, where we'll spend one last night being geeky before heading back to the 'real world'. *sigh* Well, it was fun while it lasted. Nekocon was fun

That's all I have to write about....later, all!

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