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Sunday, August 15, 2004

My Plans for Worldcon



I'll be flying into Logan in the early afternoon. Very early. Unfortunately, I can't check into my hotel room till 4 PM. So I need to find out if I can dump my stuff in the filk lounge or at the hotel. I'd love to kill time downtown, of course, but I'll probably already have eaten and you can't do the Freedom Trail encumbered with luggage! (Not after 9/11, anyway.) So I'll try to dump my stuff and then head for that Gardner museum, or the MFA, or something. All this is of course subject to change; if I run into fans I know, I'll probably head off with them.

Thursday morning I want to hit the Freedom Trail. If I go early, I won't run into too many crowds. I can hit the North End for goodies, and get to see the Constitution as well. Then I'll head back toward the hotel. If it's early enough, I'll visit one of the Russian bookstores for my Tanya Grotter fix. Maybe some more museum-ing. That's about all the sightseeing I'll probably do. (If there'd been any North End festas that weekend...but there aren't.) Worldcon tends to be all-consuming. If I get to run up to Chinatown for dim sum and Chinese bakery goods, I'll think I'm doing well.

So what will I be doing at Worldcon?

Filking, of course! In addition, I've agreed to be part of the chorus for The Filkado, so I'll be attending rehearsals on Thursday and Friday nights and performing on Saturday afternoon.

Gawking: I really want to see the retro art show. The one at Chicon in 2000 was one of the highlights of the con and stood up well against the nearby Art Institute's collections; this one is trying to be just as great, though with more emphasis on the post-pulp era. Another must-see is the Doc Smith exhibit. Anybody who thinks he wasn't a heckuva writer has never tried to write that way. Fifty Years of Hugo Awards, Worldcon history, and fannish history exhibits also sound fascinating. This is the kind of stuff Seattle's science fiction museum is apparently not going to do, so somebody has to. Also, I fully intend to gawk like a fangirl at all the cool hall costumes and writers I've adored since youth. (I'll try to put on a cool exterior while I do so, but I'll still gawk.)

Shopping: the huckster room, the art show, all that good stuff. I don't have much money to spend or room to pack, and I'm slightly booked and CD'd out at the moment. But that'll make it more fun to windowshop without guilt. (And if I find something I can't live without, there's always UPS.)

Talking: the real reason for Worldcon's existence. I will attend panels and listen to other people talk, then mouth off myself in the ancient custom of fandom. I will also chatchatchatchat with pretty much everybody I meet, also in the ancient custom of fandom. I will also meet up for the first time with people I've known for years and years.

Swim: If I remember to bring my suit.

Eat: Either at really nice restaurants with food from heaven and plenty of company, or hurriedly at the cheapest greasy spoon I can find. The first option will probably occur fairly frequently. If it does, it will probably start with me and two other people trying to head out for dinner and end with twenty or more folks who agglomerated with us along the way. This fannish dining procedure can either occur speedily or take more than an hour. It is also quite possible that I will eat many meals for free in the filk lounge or con suite when someone brings in a pizza or some delectable dish, but I'm not counting on that. I do plan to get some seafood while I'm there...mmm, fresh! Dim sum from Chinatown for sure, as I must eat chicken feet and unidentifiable rolls of goodness. Spanish food if I can. Also, I'd like to get some Malaysian food (Tiger Lily nearby, Penang in Chinatown, Pinang in Quincy Market), since I still miss it from college.

Sleep: Probably from three in the morning until ten or so, if the curtains are thick. If not, I'll wake up ravenous for breakfast at seven or earlier, and have to come back to my room for a nap afterward. My total number of sleep hours will probably be adjusted to include shower time, since everyone knows a shower equals two hours of sleep.

Church: there's a Catholic chapel in the Prudential Center, right on my way to the Convention Center. It has about a zillion Masses a day as well as on the weekend, so getting my Sunday obligation done will not exactly entail hardship. After church, the Movenpick or dim sum!

So I fully expect to enjoy myself this Worldcon. If I don't, it'll probably be my fault.



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