|LoneStarCon2 · The 55th World Science Fiction Convention · Monday, September 1, 1997|
"You're a fanzine editor, you're gonna be perfect as a reporter."
Yeah, sure... and I volunteered. I confess that after all these years, I still haven't learn how to manage the time spent at Cons. Here's how it goes.
Sometime Wednesday evening, I run into someone I know. I offer him or her a bheer and we're off. Three hours later, I'm already off with somebody else... until a third friend comes around to point me in another direction. I have absolutely no control over the process, the few programming items I really wanted to attend are forgotten and I don't remember who I gave a copy of my fanzine to, after a while. I barely make it to the program items I agreed to be on and I miss all the important events I should attend.
And I see the old-timers floating by, serene as Greek statues, fully in control of their life (and mine).
How do you manage? I ask a past Hugo winner in a prestigious fan category.
"Easy", she says, "we old-timers simply don't try to do anything. We just sit around, and talk to old friends. Because otherwise, it's too confusing."
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