Or, recollections on Starfury Serenity 3
Photos uploaded to Yahoo album
. Have also uploaded photos from Manila/Philippines there too.
Scarily, my first and possibly only con of the year although lots of people are pressing me to do SG-11 (note: when someone mentions, as an inducement, she'll be wearing she'd be wearing chainmail and leather, maybe enquiring about the possibility of woodland camo or Nintendoflage wasn't the smartest response). Overall, a nice, enjoyable event, seeing lots of people I hadn't seen in ages (picked up a bunch of people's LJ IDs too, all since added to flist, I hope...). Indeed, spent a large amount of time chatting, didn't do any autographs or photoshoots or even any talks on Sunday. Wonder if this is a consequence of there being just 14 episodes and a film.
Rather weird though, a Firefly/Serenity event without Nathan Filion being loud, larger than life and dominating events. Even Sean Maher noted the quietness of Nathan's absence at the start of his first talk!
Sunday morning: my wakeup call comprised a phone call from my sister to wish me Happy Birthday because she'd somehow got it into her head that it was the 19th!
The BSG uniform seemed to be hit: I ended up chatting to lots of people who initially asked for photos and where I'd got it from. One of them does actually want me to email her details of the tailor in Manila! Gah. Need a Galactica event!
The Brigadier also one went down well too, especially in conjunction with Andy's Captain Jack Harkness/RAF one. Also couldn't resist doing the Time Warp, YMCA and Doctorin' the TARDIS (atrociously) in full uniform but was awfully glad to get out of the jacket afterwards! Heh. Even had a girl come up to me twice to tell me "You are *so* hot". Unfortunately, this has to be discounted by the fact that she was barely capable of standing at that point...
On a related note, key learning: if someone comes walking towards you saying you're looking hot, optimal response is probably not to look round to see who she's talking to... Likewise, it's an entertainingly interesting challenge when someone starts a moderately flirty conversation in Cantonese with you and your commands of the language are pretty minimal.
Still with the uniforms, caught up with that couple with even more SF military outfits than me. They were in Aliens Colonial Marines armour, I was in the BSG uniform, so we had a long geeky mutual admiration/envy session. However, I now have URLs for the armour and BDUs so I think I know what my next geeky capex will be!
Got mistaken for Paul Chan. Twice. On successive nights. By the same person. Both times, she staggered up, hugged me and asked how I was. Second time, I asked "You do realise I'm not Paul, don't you?" "Huh?" "You think I'm Paul, don't you?" "Huh?" Did have a very notable odour of booze about me afterwards :-) She's also since PMed me via the Starfury boards to ask if I was the Ming she'd been mistaking for Paul all weeekend!
Anyway, I decided to register for Decalogy next year. Just hope Jerry Doyle won't be the only B5 guest there. I've since been informed by Andy and Heather that I shall be doing Ming the Merciless as part of a Flash Gordon group costume entry. Heh. Probably be worth it just to hear Sean introduce me with "Ming as Ming the Merciless"!
Alas, had to disappear very early on Monday morning as I had work to do and a (first) dinner with UK team and guys from Stockholm in the evening but one pleasant surprise on returning - found a Birthday card and long letter from Ursula, all the way from Sydney. Nice to see she's as scarily efficient and organised as ever!