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Things to do in Toronto when you're a geek

  • Room with entirely awesome person not previously met face-to-face.
  • Walk the entire Queen West shopping district without buying anything but a chai. ("I will not go into Fashion Crimes. I will not go into Fashion Crimes.") Then walk up to Bloor ("Now it's the next light!") to finally observe in person what happens when someone waters Kryptonian crystals in the ROM. (darkmagess' description, not mine. I can't see how it would be possible to improve upon it.) Then gratefully turn your back on it and take a moment to glee geekily at what's kitty-corner from it. (Which is, incidentally, the south tower of the Four Seasons in real life, if there's anyone left who doesn't know that.)
  • Get back to the hotel to discover you were careless in your sunblock application and now have a wide crescent (think Egyptian collar) of lobster red across your collarbones. Put theatrical foundation to atypical use.
  • Relinquish custody of your chair at the Blast-Off Party for ten minutes. Turn around to find it occupied by Gareth David-Lloyd. Fail to object.
  • Have multiple conversations with a favorite author. Eventually figure out (since she's apparently too polite to say anything) you've been mispronouncing her name for sixteen years. (The first syllable is "tan," like the color, not "tahn.") Prove her point about why she usually doesn't do readings from works in progress (exception this time because she's been doing a lot of cons and ran out of short stories) by wanting more after that first chapter NOW, not in a year and a half or so.
  • Miss the karaoke by that much. :-(
  • Determine that if Jim Butcher is half as entertaining a writer as he is a speaker, it's time to move his books to the top of the TBR list.
  • Win a metric heap of stuff because you happen to like making pretty clothes. Friday: nifty rosette ribbon imprinted "Court of the Vampires" and big honkin' gift bag containing two DVDs, a hardcover book, and assorted candy. (They gave out about a dozen of them! *boggle*) Saturday: Workmanship Best in Show (ribbon and figurine of two baby polar bears on a trophy base), Best Master (ribbon, figurine of mama polar bear on a trophy base and a Hallmark Enterprise ornament), and best of all, an attending membership to next year's Costume-Con. They give away two. One traditionally goes to the Best Novice winner. The other went to me. I'm kind of stunned.
  • Pose for lots and lots and LOTS of pictures, some of them with the group that did eight out of ten Doctors. Which made it extra-spiffy to have roped darkmagess into the whole affair and therefore on hand as Reinette. (Yes, I will post some soon. I promise.) (ETA: Check out their Fifth Doctor's report and pictures here.)
  • Have said pretty clothes declared "exquisite" by no less a personage than Jacqui Ward. (If you're not a costumer, that will mean nothing to you. If you are, I need say no more. Did I mention stunned?)
  • Troop outside in your PJs at six o'clock Sunday morning when the fire alarm goes off. Go back upstairs, sleep an hour, get up, get dressed, walk to Tim Horton's for breakfast. Walk back to find everyone outside or in the lobby because it went off again. Then again. Watch someone's very excited two-year-old do the Fire Truck Dance. (Final verdict: Faulty sensor, slight delay to some of the 10:00 con programming.)
  • Show your blonde roots and your sense of irony all at the same time by blanking on the word "aphasia." (In a panel. That you're moderating. *facepalm*)
  • Really really really not want to leave.
  • Get home the next day, haul luggage out of the car, watch Army Wives on TiVo, and type out a quick bullet-point pseudo-con-report. Promise more later. Possibly after Shrew opens...
  • Accept that there is no possible way the flist is going to be caught up on.

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kjaneway
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Heh. Sounds like you had a whole lot of fun.

I'm now getting really excited about my trip. (Only 20days and a few hours until I fly.)

My plans definitely include visiting the ROM and having a look at that particular intersection. :-)
wiliqueen
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
The Fortress of Solitude is so very unfortunate...
neonhummingbird
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yay for the fun and the costuming wins, wheee!!!!!

And yes, you do need to read Jim Butcher immediately.
wiliqueen
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Wheee indeed!

I've actually known that for a long long time, it's just that there are so darn many books in that category...
phantomminuet
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Determine that if Jim Butcher is half as entertaining a writer as he is a speaker, it's time to move his books to the top of the TBR list.

Well, yeah. ;-)
wiliqueen
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
They've been high for a long time. It's just that it's such a long list...
therealjae
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
The 'ae' in 'Taenya' is just the ordinary Canadian pronunciation of that vowel. You know, like 'paesta' and 'Maezda' (which I've actually started saying myself) and 'Baraeck Obaema' (which makes me cringe).

-J
wiliqueen
Jul. 14th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
I noticed Oliver doing it with "Titania" when we were watching Slings & Arrows last week, so that makes sense.

Mostly I'm facepalming because I didn't pick up on it at the last con I saw her at.
studiesinlight
Jul. 14th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Welcome home. :-)

(I never want to leave cons, either.)
wiliqueen
Jul. 14th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
I used to stay at MediaWest until Monday afternoon or evening, because all I had to do after that was get back across town to MSU. I'm sure I'm going to miss something right after I leave, and often have. Leaving before dead dog (as I did this time, in order to get to my uncle's in time to have a little time to visit with him) just kills me.

And I always pout and wave at the CN Tower in the rearview. :-}

Edited at 2008-07-14 10:56 pm (UTC)
maiac
Jul. 14th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Okay, now I feel really sorry for myself because I didn't get to walk the entire Queen West shopping district with you. Walking Yonge Street from Bloor to Front is a lot of fun, too; I did it a couple of visits ago.

My favorite description of that ghastly new wing of the Royal Ontario Museum was uttered by a friend upon seeing the architectural drawings: "Ohmygawd, that building hit an iceberg!"

(Which is, incidentally, the south tower of the Four Seasons in real life, if there's anyone left who doesn't know that.)

(Thanks for the egoboo of linking to my photo of it!)

Don't feel bad about mispronouncing Tanya's name. I've been doing it for [counts on fingers] 28 years now. Oops.
wiliqueen
Jul. 14th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
It's a neat picture. (And, okay easy to find and I knew it was framed properly for people to recognize. But still. *g*)

"Ohmygawd, that building hit an iceberg!"

Bwah!! Yup, that one's pretty darn good too...
amilyn
Jul. 14th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I still maintain that someone built a modern-art-influenced building then pushed it over onto the ROM. It's...just...so...indescribably wrong.

And congrats and felicitations on having a great weekend/con!

Tell more about Gareth!
wiliqueen
Jul. 14th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'll tell more about everything. Really! Eventually.
thanatos_kalos
Jul. 15th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Relinquish custody of your chair at the Blast-Off Party for ten minutes. Turn around to find it occupied by Gareth David-Lloyd. Fail to object.

You should've sat on his lap. (And may I second amilyn's request?)

::hugs:: welcome home, and congrats on the total victory!
wiliqueen
Jul. 15th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
You should've sat on his lap.

Someone else made that suggestion too. It was a tempting thought. :->
thanatos_kalos
Jul. 15th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
It was a tempting thought. :->

Quite. *swoons slightly*
allmightybecca
Jul. 16th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
I love your list. It sounds like you had an absolutely awesome time. Congrats on your costume wins!!! And I also recommend moving the Dresden books to the top of your TBR pile.
wiliqueen
Jul. 16th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! It really was a great time. I wish it weren't over so soon!
sherron0
Jul. 18th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
I just showed the picture of the ROM to my son, Mat, and he said "Step one: unfold the blueprints."
wiliqueen
Jul. 18th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Bwah!!! Yup, that's a great one.
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