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November 21st, 2005
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Chambanacon
I meant to post something about this earlier, and somehow it slipped my mind.

Chambanacon is this weekend.  It's unfortunately still in Springfield, not in Champaign-Urbana, but it's still a good time.  I hope that some people are planning to go -- I've very distressed that several people that I think should be there have told me they're not coming.

In case anyone hasn't heard -- Chambanacon has never been very good at publicity, and this year has been weaker than some -- Tim Zahn is the Guest of Honor.  Long time C-U residents will remember that Tim used to live in Urbana at the beginning of his writing career.  I'm pretty sure I have not seen him since he left, and I can't recall any mention of him having been a guest at any midwest conventions.  Doesn't prove he never has, but certainly it's a rare appearance.

Anyone who's coming, make me feel better by saying so.  If you're not, you're still my friends, even though certain people not being there really stings.  If anyone wants to plan on doing anything at the con, speak up.

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From:exapno
Date:November 21st, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
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want to :( would love to, and one of these years i WILL....but not this one *sigh* My parents (not exactly the con-going type *grin*) are coming in from MI for the whole weekend.......if it helps a tiny bit, i am trying to build it into next year's budget tho!

Have fun, and sing a song or two for me :)
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From:billroper
Date:November 21st, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
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I'll be there. I only missed the con last year because I was in Hawaii.
From:markiv1111
Date:November 21st, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)

ChambanaCon

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I'm in pretty much the same situation with ChambanaCon that I've been with virtually all cons since Louie and I bought the house -- i.e. the money simply isn't there. Also (not surprisingly as my band is working pretty steadily) I have a gig on Friday night. I have had one conversation with Tim Zahn in my life, at the Rigel Magazine party at a Chicago worldcon that may have been 1982 -- certainly not one of the recent worldcons. I liked him a lot and have always respected and enjoyed his writing. I hope you all have a great time without me.

Nate
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From:poltr1
Date:November 22nd, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
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At this point in my life, I'm focusing on attending only the filk cons, so no, I won't be there.

Chambanacon sounds like a nice little relaxacon (from what I've heard).

Unfortunately for them, Chicago TARDIS and Starbase Indy are the same weekend.
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From:bedlamhouse
Date:November 22nd, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
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In spite of the current political situation, the world has not come to any semblance of an end. Therefore, ladyat and I will most certainly be there.

Our son and his SO will be there (it will be her first non-DragonCon convention). We had hoped to have The Grandson so that we could make people Feel Extremely Old, but our daughter really can't come and the logistics of taking him by himself (never mind the multi-state APB and Amber Alerts, which are such a hassle) were a bit too much.

Just remember the mantra - Next Year In Champaign
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From:blur01
Date:November 22nd, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
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No shampoobananacon for me this year. Its been a while, thats for sure.

The last time I say Timothy Z was at Od...no, ummm, Wiscon a year or so ago.
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From:tigertoy
Date:November 23rd, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
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I ... think it really sucks that it's in Springfield instead of CU.

We all think it sucks, but unfortunately, no hotel is willing to make convention space available at rates the convention can afford. (If memberships had to cost $100 to cover the hotel charge for the function space, and room rates were also $100/night, the con wouldn't be successful.) The hotels don't want an SF con when they can rent all their rooms to rabid high school football parents. And the Chancellor has been knocked down, so things will be even worse in the future, at least until someone gets the bright idea of building some meeting facilities.
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