I left out a couple bits the other day when I posted:
Went to the Titanium Tea event in the con suite. That was hosted by the knowledgeable Watcher who had a variety of teas (and augmentations) available. Very tasty.
The rooms are fairly nice at the new hotel, I must say. More spacious and with a better bathroom setup, at least in ours; because of the odd building floorplans, it looks like there's a variety of room layouts. Enjoyed a good shower with plenty of hot water and the hotel's complimentary soap, with the signature scent Stabbed in the Nose with Gardenia.
Met up with Ysengrin and Dark Fang and prowled around looking for breakfast.
Despite the fact that there are dozens of restaurants within walking distance of the new hotel, none of them appear to be open for breakfast. We ended up back at the hotel's Fountains restaurant.
Got together with Marko, the wonderful rat from Down Under. Possibly one of the most well-traveled con rats though I'm happy to say that rats get around more on planes these days than stowing away on ships so international travel's easier. He had a secondary rat suit with him (always keep a backup rat, that's your lesson for today) but I discovered that unfortunately it would not fit me. I'm just a bit too tall (6'0”-6'1”) for most characters, it seems. Darn.
Then hung out with friends for a while in the hotel lobby. It was somewhat odd not being on staff and without much of a schedule. Took a walk through the Dealers' Den and met up with some of my friends behind the tables. Also picked up “Seventh Chakra” (Yay, Rikoshi!) from the Sofawolf table.
Helped out with the fursuit parade by directing traffic. There were many, many suits in the parade. And I swear I wasn't hallucinating but I saw several of the suits go around twice. Final total was up around 500 which, no matter how you slice it, is a damn lot of fursuits!
Grabbed some pals (including the elusive, effusive, and not-quite-as-drunk-as-last-night Maxx Husky) and headed out for dinner at Hanuman Thai, a little place within easy walking distance. Quite satisfactory!
That evening we attended the live recording of the Unsheathed podcast by Gold and Hirosaki. In case you haven't heard their podcast, it's a writing podcast specializing in furry erotica; yet they manage to keep it more on the writing aspect which is great because I always think there aren't enough good discussions of the process and technique of it, especially when you get into some of these corner genres. This show featured a special Sofawolf interview as they are con GOHs.
Look for that episode on their feed soon!