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RainFurrest 2009 [Sep. 23rd, 2009|10:29 pm]
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I had a great time at RainFurrest as the fursuit GoH. Thanks again to North and the whole con staff.

We can actually dress up if we choose to.

After narrowly missing opening ceremonies due to an awkward ferry schedule, we got checked into the hotel and spent some time looking around the just-started con.

That evening was a "roast" of yours truly. All things told, they were pretty nice to me (and traded barbs with each other). Shared some passing words with Uncle Kage, who was in attendance. I got a chance to talk to 2 for a bit. Turns out we've both known each other indirectly for some time through our roles in the fandom. Thumper, Twig Mouse, Trey Cat, Croc, Kit, and North were also up at the high table. Good friends (even afterwards). :)

The new guy. A werewolf partial for RF2009.

I brought a new suit along to the con. He's been christened Tatters by Crocodile. Works for me.

He was constructed as an example for the "Fursuiting on the Cheap" panel. I documented a lot of his construction and will be posting details about that in the next week or so. In the meantime, for those not at the panel, how much do you think he cost in materials? (As a hint, it is decent fur. That's the big expense.)

"Fursuit Performance" panel with Kodi, Thumper, Avery, and Yippee. No silliness ensued.

In addition to being on 5 panels myself, I got to attend a couple. RainFurrest has some nice programming. Though due to it being a short con (3 days) the different tracks overlap a lot. I only got to a single writing panel (though I did get to chat with a number of writer and publisher furs I much admire -- thanks Rikoshi, Malin, Rolo, et al). Attended a few fursuit panels, such as the one shown above.

Got to meet some new folks. Klickitat was great and terrific help with some of the panels. She works with Matrices, whom I saw in Beef Jerky (yay!) but never unsuited (I think it's a myth she exists outside of suit).

I was able to sell some books, which is always nice. Thanks to everyone who purchased one. You'll never guess what I do with the proceeds... Yep, attend furry cons. :)

At the closing ceremonies they presented me (well, Tatters) with a framed set of the year's badge and pins. Quite nice. Plus I got to fool around on stage as the wolf so mission accomplished there.

So many events and so many old friends and so many new acquaintances! It's hard to capture it. This will always be a very special con in my memory. Thank you to everyone there.

The traditional post-con ramen at a little noodle house near where I work. It's a tradition because this is the second year.

[User Picture]From: thump
2009-09-24 05:59 am (UTC)
Thanks for the memorable good times.

P.S. Templeton has nothing on you! :)
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2009-09-24 08:46 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a great time. Wish I could have been there. I felt a kind of vicarious pride, knowing that you were the GoH there. :)
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2009-09-24 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you guys had fun. One of these cons, we'll meet up again for dinner :)
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From: jonnywoof
2009-09-24 04:59 pm (UTC)
It's about time you were honored as a GoH, dammit! :)
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2009-09-24 05:14 pm (UTC)
Awesome times! Great seeing you up on the front table being so honored.
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[User Picture]From: furtech
2009-09-24 05:23 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the well-deserved recognition!

Rainfurrest was fun, though I'm sure I would have enjoyed myself more if I didn't waste Saturday on the plush costume! I wish I'd gotten to more panels: for whatever reason, Seattle cons (like Norwescon) have really interesting panels.

Oooo...miso ramen...(Homer Simpson)MMmmmmm
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-09-26 04:21 am (UTC)
Thanks. Always good to see you and chat. (Need to send you an email about fur, too...)

Sorry the plush costume thing turned out to be kind of a bust.

And if you're a ramen fan, maybe we can head over there with ya next year?

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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2009-09-24 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun! It was nice spending some time with you and the gang again, not to mention sharing cheese (and wine) with good company :-)
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[User Picture]From: kijani_lion
2009-09-24 09:14 pm (UTC)
It was so great to finally meet you and get a chance to talk for a bit! I'm beyond honored that you would like to join us our our public fursuit outings, and we would love to have you around! And thanks for the kind words on Sunday about positively promoting the fandom, that really meant a lot to me and that's really my goal in doing what I do with the outings and videos.

Congrats on the GOH and yes I agree it's about time!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-09-26 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks. It was a pleasure to meet you RL. And from what I've seen, you've been a fine furry ambassador. :)

I'd be happy to join you guys sometime. As I said, I'm also cool doing handler duty. With me, it's most often a question of scheduling and free time. Especially with a toddler! But at some point I'm sure we'll get something going.

Cheers and fuzzles!
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