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I was fucking TIRED. Tired and stressed, but eager to go anyway. Due to bad weather and the economy there were a lot of very well loved people who weren't able to make it--that cut back on the fun for me to some extent, because much of the joy of con is seeing old friends you don't see any other time or place.

We got to the Crowne Palaza on time and got our donations to the auction--I donated a Takamine Jasmine guitar that I've had for 4 years and never really enjoyed playing--no point keeping it since I have my Baby Taylor to travel with. Then we---Me, Teri , Roomie and our dear friend Larry Kirby caught up with Blind Lemming Chiffon and headed to Applebees for dinner. It was Right About Then that the nerves started to clobber me. I don't get stage fright ON state--I get it before and after the fact.  We got back to the hotel for the Opening Ceremonies, champagne Toast and the singing of Aulde Lang Sine before rushing upstairs to press my gown and get my shit together. I was wearing my Flaming Asshole Red Dress with my Puss n' Boots hat and Teri wore her pyrate garb.

We had some hilarious issues with the mikes--mine kept drooping obscenely and there were lots of "Mike can't keep it up" jokes flying in all directions. In fact it's a good thing this was after 9pm or we'd have been in deep doo-doo for some of the triple entendres---Teri's remark about 'giving the mike a blowjob" nearly made me fall off my chair. Harold Stein did a very, very good professional recording . After hearing it last night I realize I should have pulled the mike in closer but considering how it kept 'going limp' I was kinda scared to mess with it. Teri's voice sounds fantastic, though, and in the video you can see her much better--however, the video is still in Larry's camera--for some reason the download didn't save on my laptop, damn it, and there's nobody to blame but Moi.

Aside from a few clinkers and clams the gig went well--to my shock we actually got a standing ovation from some people that clearly weren't trying to leave for the rest room.

I hurried to get changed ("You like the dress? The Kremlin was redecorating and I bought the drapes on Ebay, so.....") and we hung out in the filk room to hear some terrific music...but my nerves were catching up with me and I kept bouncing back and forth between exhausted and hyperactive...I went to bed before 2am--a first for me at a con--and I did not get more than about 2 hrs sleep.

Saturday was Matt Leger's amazing concert--I missed Seanan McGuire but heard it from outside the ballroom and it sounded wonderful. I filmed Larry's brilliant mini concert---however neither our concert which he filmed or his concert are on my pc due to technical issues.
Larry gifted me and Roomie with tickets for the formal banquet....and all three of us ladies got some kind of stomach distress, probably from the Chicken Alfredo. Teri was hit so bad that she couldn't sing in open filk after the charity auction and I turned in early again.

In the auction I won an ACME backpack--yes, official Warner Brothers merch and I love it to pieces--it is now officially the Bag O' Crap. Teri also gifted me with a stunning formal sari -- she has one to match it and we began singing horrid puns: "Who's Sari Now?" "Sari seems To Be The Hardest Word" and "We're so Sari, Uncle Albert".

By Sat night the weather was menacing us all and we rushed out early  to get ahead of the oncoming snow and ice. It was so bad that some of the attendees were stuck until Wed. and many of them had their flights cancelled and wouund up stranded at the airport.

The few reviews I've seen of the concert have been well received---and nobody threw rotten veggies. No pitchforks or screaming lynch mobs either, so we didn't screw up TOO badly. Needless to say, playing with Teri is a joy forever and the audience ROCKED and Rob Wynn honored the hell out of us by inviting us to play. Thank you one and all!!
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