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February 15th, 2006
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I have a membership for FilKOntario, but at this point it is looking like I probably will not go.  This is because birder2 will be in Ecuador (it's kind of funny that I almost missed FKO last year because I went to Ecuador, and only got to go because the dates of my tour were changed at the last minute, and this year she is going there).  I could go by myself -- I can handle the drive -- but it is a very expensive con (3 nights in a very pricey hotel), and this year the Itty Bitty Canadian Dollar discount has pretty much gone away.  Without a job, I can't justify the $500 the trip would cost me.  (And if I do get a job between now and then, I would be lucky to be able to take the time off so soon after starting to go.)  This does kind of bum me out, especially in the light of having just had such a great musical experience at Cap, but it is the reality.

I'm telling you this because if I could share a room, it would bring the cost down far enough that I could do it.  Sharing a room is difficult for me because I have great difficulty sleeping, especially in the presence of any non-white noise like another person snoring.  Sharing a room with me is difficult for my roommate(s) because if I'm only tossing and turning for an hour before I get to sleep, it's a good night for me.  (Normally, I'd say also because I'll be stumbling back to the room very late at night, but at a filkcon I assume my roommate will be in the same boat.)  You can ask birder2 for a report on whether I snore once I finally get to sleep -- I don't know, I'm asleep at the time.  But if anyone has a room for all three nights (staying over Sunday night is mandatory; first because the dead dog is usually the best filk of the con, and second because there is no way I can drive home on a con Sunday) and is willing to consider putting up with me, please let me know (respond here or email me at my LJ address if you prefer); we can talk about it in detail and see if it makes sense.

Alternatively, if anyone has any brilliant advice on how I can sleep at a con, I'm willing to listen to suggestions.  Hearos earplugs AND a pillow over my head is enough sonic insulation that I can get to sleep with birder2 snoring, but it takes both, and she's not a world champion snorer.  Doxylamine succinate sleeping pills (that's what's in Nyquil to make you sleepy) don't do me any good; I haven't tried anything stronger.  (I don't want to use sleeping pills all the time, but I'm willing to use them at a con when I need to sleep in adverse conditions.)

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From:spiritdance
Date:February 15th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
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How do you react to Benadryl (or it's generic equivalent, diphenhydramine chloride)? Most OTC sleep aids use that ingredient, as the most common reaction most folks have to it is drowsiness; 25 to 50 mg is the standard dose. No good for me these days, as it no longer makes me sleepy at all, even when taking the 50 mg dosage (I've been on chemically similar prescription antihistamines long enough that I no longer get side effects); it used to be that a 25 mg dose would wipe me out about 20 minutes after taking it :-)

Worth a try, anyway.
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From:tigertoy
Date:February 15th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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I've never noticed Benadryl making me sleepy when I've taken it as an antihistamine. When I actually have a cold, Nyquil seems to help me sleep, but the sleeping pill version doesn't help.
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From:msminlr
Date:February 16th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
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This is actually for reference for NEXT year, but a group of us at the housefilk in Fort Worth at the end of January were brainstorming a massive carpool (in Gerry Tyra's massive Expedition) to FKO. Contact me off-LJ to talk about how much floor space you might be able to offer to fannish overnighters.
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From:tigertoy
Date:February 16th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
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I don't have your post-AOL email address at hand.

I am a bad place to look for crash space; my house is generally too much of a disaster area to permit visitors. It is theoretically possible that I could have the place cleaned up, but it's definitely a low probability thing. Also, our normal plan for FKO has us leaving Thursday evening and staying over Sunday night, so we probably wouldn't be there when you wanted to stay over, at least on the way up.

If somehow I managed to have the place fit for human habitation, and if you genuinely mean floor space when you say it, there would be a fair bit of room. But it's bare tile floor, and I wouldn't have even improvised bedding for more than a couple of folks.
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From:msminlr
Date:February 16th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
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That makes us even on the edresses.
I've got a rolodex card on your mom, but not you.
I'm this same username at Gmail nowadays.

We'd be ARRIVING in your vicinity on Thursday evening after 9 or so hours driving from central AR. Staying in the con hotel Sunday would be a possibility if there were enough of us to make the roomsplit do-able.

It's all still very theoretical, at this range of time, but it will all go into the file folder.
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