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February 22nd, 2009
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Capricon
I just got home from Capricon a few minutes ago, so here is a quick report.

The con is in a new hotel, which is always a bit scary.  The Westin Chicago North Shore is very nice, shiny, new, and upscale.  The room rates were a bit steep, but other than that the hotel seemed to be fine.  Since I was on the 14th floor, I never even looked into whether the stairs were usable, but I am surprised to report that the elevators were amazingly non-sucky.  I really hate elevators, but I only mildly disliked having to ride these.  For anyone else, this would translate to "the elevators were totally awesome!"  Objectively, they were so fast and efficient that I never had to wait more than half a minute to get on an elevator, and I seldom had a crowded car -- even during the Sunday morning rush.

Between the Capricon Cafe and concerts in the evenings, music took up so much of the con that I only managed to squeeze in looking at the art show, a little looking in the dealer's room, and one panel.  The concerts were good both in performance and engineering, especially considering that Sally Childs-Helton had a medical scare on Friday morning (she's fine, but she had to go in for an emergency test and then couldn't travel), so she and min0taur were not there, so both their cafe set and the Wild Mercy concert had to be taken care of.  sweetmusic_27, tollers, and harperjen went above and beyond to give us a fine concert Saturday evening and still handle their own solo sets.

Open filk was very light, because there were very few filkers at the con except for the ones who were performing.  I'm not sure where everybody was this weekend.  We who were there had a good time, but things wound down quite early, especially on Friday night.

It was good to see everyone who was there; thanks for all the hugs and company.

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From:filkertom
Date:February 23rd, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
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I was staying offsite, and I shot my wad at my scheduled concerts, so the open filks really weren't in the cards for me this weekend. And I'm glad I saw you, however briefly, but rather wish we'd had more of a chance to talk. (Nothing particular, just... ships passing in the night, is all, and I actually had several good conversations with other people I don't see much of. Duckon, maybe.)
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From:tigertoy
Date:February 23rd, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
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It always seems that even though I don't keep a heavy schedule at cons, I never have much time to actually talk to folks. I always have somewhere I'm rushing off to when I pass someone I'd like to chat with longer.
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