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Weekend thoughts [Jul. 2nd, 2008|04:03 pm]
Doug Ayen
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.


[User Picture]From: nosebeepbear
2008-07-02 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry the depression grabbed you even in the middle of friends. I hate it when that happens. *hug*
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[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2008-07-03 01:17 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it went well. I don't think I have been to a Baitcon since the last one at Orc Manor (any chance it could be there again? I liked that place and had a nice spot picked out) but Baitcon 20 might be worth going to. Would they mind a nitrous tank?

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[User Picture]From: netpositive
2008-07-03 01:20 pm (UTC)
FWIW, the new location *is* a really gorgeous place high up on a big hill, with lots of different types of camping spaces, actual warm water showers, and there are even some cabins available if you want to be more "luxurious". :) It's a much longer drive, though, and the attendance keeps growing via both expanding families and friends-of-friends-of-friends.
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[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2008-07-03 02:05 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll think about it. I really wonder sometimes how many people I still "know" in that group. Not in terms of "oh hi, hug, turn the page", but really know, care about, and care about me.

That whole social circle took a big hit in my mind a few years back and dropped very low on any sort of priority pile. Bunch of reasons, but one of the bigger ones was realizing it as a bunch of whining, nasty little brats trapped in 30+ year old bodies. Fucking grow up and take responsibility for things.

I don't know if either I forgive them, they forgive me, or if there is anything really to forgive. Or if it really matters.

Ah well. I have as they say other things to deal with now. Not much time or reason to re-visit old junk in the past.

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[User Picture]From: netpositive
2008-07-03 01:22 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear you had a tough time at some points. I know how that feels. *hug* Glad it went well overall, though, and that "power in the wilderness" passed its proof-of-concept test. :)
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