Dragon*Con 2006 is in the books. Lots of fun, lots of friends, plenty of work, and a job well done. I’ve started the post-con decompression and analysis cycle already and have been trying to dump some thoughts into the tech staff message boards. I’ll probably have more to say, but right now I need sleep in preparation for work tomorrow.
Amy and I were eating on our way back from Atlanta today when I noticed a minor commotion. Someone was bugging one of the other diners – apparently for an autograph and picture. It took me a second or two to recognize him (and IMDB to look up his name), but it was Wayne Knight. The poor guy was just trying to get some food, and he looked like he wasn’t really in the mood to sign an autograph. Amy and I felt sorry for him.
However, I think this counts as another on my list of inconsequential brushes with celebrity. All the others so far have happened as part of my tech staff job at Dragon*Con. I once set up a fan to help keep James Doohan cool. Traci Lords spoke to some other people at my table at the awards banquet one year. I’ve personally handed microphones to Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Virginia Hey (got a “Thank you, darling!” for that last one). Finally, I inadvertently provided comedic assistance for Robert Picardo.
Dragon*Con 2005 is now done, and we all escaped amazingly unscathed. The ‘con went incredibly well overall. I spent another 5 days honing my RegencyFu™. I’ll probably write more later, but right now I’ll just say this: I had some really awesome people helping me in the room this year, and it continues to amaze me that they seem perfectly willing to for me to do nothing much more than just let them know what needs to be done next. These last 2 or 3 ‘cons, I’ve always considered myself just as much a technical grunt as room runner, but it’s finally beginning to sink in that I’m probably most valuable concentrating on coordinating the room. If I continue to collect such talented help, I may be able to do just that.
I was talking to Jessica today, and the conversation (unsurprisingly) drifted to Dragon*Con. It brought me around to several of the little snippets of experience about which I meant to post here. It’s been a few months, but here’s one of them.