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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
Hmm, well, yes.

I had a good time. I didn't honestly expect to, but I said "I will" and therefore wanted to deliver on my commitments and laugh at my friends.

I've been mulling over what I enjoyed, what I did and why during the the traffic jams on the M1, and it really comes down to people.

I guess I went with strange preconceptions - I knew there were bunks, and a nice dry monster building with power, my laptop and 20GB of mp3s, a new order from Amazon so perhaps I could title this "A review of Pattern Recognition by William Gibson" rather than "A review of Maelstrom by Matthew Pennington". I didn't get into costume (though I was tempted briefly on a couple of occasions) and I was astoundingly rude to someone who tried to tell me the background of his character (though I was drunk at the time).

My memories are of the people, and they are almost all positive. To me it was a social event which had some people dressed in funny clothes at the periphery of my vision. Sometimes it's little more than a social gathering in a place convinient for people I know (and want to know) from Birmingham, somewhere-NE-England, Manchester, Norwich and London.

This might sound a bit negative, and that's partly the fallout from the nasty booze, but I enjoyed the people, I enjoyed taking some photos, I enjoyed the compliments on my Saturday night performance. But the LRP wasn't a strength for me.

Oh, and Pattern Recognition was ok. I liked the characters, the story was at the same time simple, hollow and up its own arse. I'm glad I didn't buy the hardback, but I am glad I bought the paperback.

I think I'd better stop. Everytime I reread something I've written above I get flashbacks to Saturday night - and the plaudits are probably better than the memory so I want to concentrate on them.

Roll on next year - I think. I will try to get into costume - I think. I think I think.
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From: ikkleblacktruck Date: September 20th, 2004 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you're getting too old. ;P
wyzziwig From: wyzziwig Date: September 20th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
astounding rudeness is more you than drinking surely?

Heroically drunk were you?
kathbad From: kathbad Date: September 20th, 2004 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry not to have seen you.

I had fun, but I have no idea what happened outside our camp!

Next time we will (apparently) be hosting - and I am looking forward to that!
agentinfinity From: agentinfinity Date: September 20th, 2004 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you are still alive. You were highly amusing on Saturday. I hope that you have opened lots of supermarkets and kissed a lot of babies since your new appointment, PP.

So this costume you might get into... how sparkly will it be?

kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: September 20th, 2004 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
;) You were great. Yoush my besht frend.
wulfboy From: wulfboy Date: September 20th, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am win! Probably for the one and only time.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: September 20th, 2004 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is not confirmed in the reports I have recieved.
wulfboy From: wulfboy Date: September 20th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bah! You were incapable of coherent speech, and I was still sober enough to be cruel, ergo I am win.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: September 20th, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am happy to agree on a draw, this time - short of a full recount and judges' adjudication that's the best you'll get.
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