||[Jul. 2nd, 2008|04:03 pm]
This past weekend was Baitcon. I'm on the committee that runs it, but still managed to mostly have fun.|
I say mostly, as on Saturday I really felt down. While there were some external triggers, mostly I'm guessing it was the recurring depression that got me. I felt that I was leaving some friends in the cold, just because I couldn't work up enough cheer to chat and be friendly.
OTOH, finally got a flavor on the "best of . . ." board with five votes for my Dulce de Leche. I'm going to have to try that again next year. A larger batch, I think, as its both easy and evidently popular. My guess is that the quart I made was gone in under 5 minutes.
The camping gear worked out pretty well; it's a big tent, and with all the rain I was a bit worried about leakage, but flying an additional tarp over the tent did the trick. The "power in the wilderness" kit from the previous post did its job, and was probably overkill -- but who knows when we might need it at, say, Pennsic or some other multi-day event. Ok, not this year, but still, handy to have around.
Anne was at least warmer this year; I had brought an extra sleeping bag for her to use as a cover, which did the trick. Despite the occasional rain, though, it did seem quite a bit warmer this year than last year, which probably helped.
The 2-burner Coleman fuel stove I brought for the ice-cream prep area did a great job -- it got quite a bit of use over the weekend. I did feel obligated to clean out the gunk that had built up in the corners -- mostly congealed veggie oil from various sword temperings -- but that only took about half an hour in the washing-up area.
The drive up and back was simple, though I spent most of the drive up sleeping for some unknown reason. It's a pretty long haul, about 7 hours, from the DC area to New Lebanon.
The cats were glad to see me, and were adamant that I had abandoned them forever. It's kinda nice to know that despite the automatic litter box, the feeder, and water, they still need me.