A couple of you know that I was a bit anxious about coming to PAX, for a few, now with hindsight, silly reasons:
1. I'm older than almost everyone there by at least 20 years, if not more.
2. I don't play many games (I know, Spider Solitaire doesn't count).
3. I thought you'd all think I was sad and boring.
and the only really not-silly one:
4. I didn't know if I'd hold up physically cos of the CFS, and I can get very emotional when I'm overtired.
So, I just wanted to say "Thank you" to you all, I had a great time at PAX, and plan on coming back again.
Everyone I met (apart from a jobsworth at WSCCT) was absolutely lovely. I felt so welcomed by you all, I didn't feel that old after all, and everyone talked to me. That now probably makes me sound really
sad and boring, but I don't care, I just wanted you all to know I felt privileged to meet you, and spend time with you. I wish that either PAX had been longer, or that I'd stayed in Seattle for longer - I will when I come to Boston PAX. The badge swap was a great way to meet people that I'd only talked to on-line, and yes, Aydr, I have checked your posts!
A few things stood out - the Magical Mystery Tour - even when I went on the express route by mistake, my passengers were cool about it (I was scared!); Trophy Cupcakes - being bought a cupcake by an almost total stranger; finally meeting VT in the Sci-Fi museum; meeting up in Glendale shopping centre(?) and Mentok's kindness; Queen Brewer, you're gorgeous (in a totally non-pervy older woman way); The pre-PAX dinner - Lyanth, you're fab, Electric Turtle and Astayonix, you're wonderful; Saturday afternoon, when people saved me a place in the cue for the Q and A, and I had to walk too far/fast, and ended up ill. You were lovely, I felt more support, concern and understanding from a group of people that I'd known for just a few days than I have from some people at home; meeting people I'd painted for - Toxk_02 and Bionic Monkey; Sunday afternoon's crazy meet-up in the Sheraton Lobby, finally becoming a member of the Lyanth heterosexual Harem, and then dinner afterwards. Being accosted in the street by total strangers demanding to know if I was LPM, and if so, where was my tiara - JonXP and Mrs XP, you made my day!
I've had the SARS thing since I got back (not actually, just a boring chest infection, but dramatic licence, and all that), so haven't posted much. I'm back at work tomorrow, shame, but I've got to pay off the credit card somehow...
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone, for a most excellent time in Seattle xoxoxoxoxoxoxo