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Yep, that's a new version of the Raptor Red fursuit making its debut.

More pictures to come, sometime next week.
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FurFright went well for me this year.

I don't have much specifically to say, because other than working security, socializing with old friends (and making a few new ones), and catching up on my sleep, I didn't do much else. But that's the kind of convention experience that I'm okay with.

Fursuit Parade Fursuit Parade Fursuiter

Fursuit Parade Fursuiters Fursuiter

Nyan Cat

Wanna see the rest of my pictures? They're over here.

Next con for me is Midwest FurFest, which is just around the corner. I'll be working in Operations there (huge surprise, I know). See ya soon!
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This year's Anthrocon went pretty well for me, at least from a staff/Operations standpoint! This being our 6th year in Pittsburgh, things went rather smoothly. Equipment arrived when it was supposed to, nothing went horribly wrong or got broken, and set up and teardown went fairly well. In that aspect, the con was somewhat "boring" for me, which is actually fantastic.

During my slow days (Friday and Saturday), I actually got to spend some time out enjoying the con, dropped in on a couple of panels, and got some facetime with some folks. My socializing was to such an extent that I didn't even drink all that much, which my wallet had no issues with.

Fursuit group shot

Total stats for this year's Anthrocon were 4,400 furries from 39 countries, 854 fursuits in the fursuit parade, and $11,522 raised for The Toonseum.

Kane Husky All cheetahs look alike Fursuit Parade

Silent Ravyn Bierzun and Kalira Fursuiters chasing a helicopter

Here's a picture of the Toonseum folks (except for the chef, which was Chiaroscuro):

Toonseum

There's not much else for me to add, because the con was more of the same awesomeness that I'm used to experiencing.

Naturally, I have many more photos than are show on in this post The full collection can be found here, with my "main" pictures found here.

Enjoy!
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Having missed last year's FCN due to injury, I had to use this con to make up for 2 years' worth of FCN and well, it worked! Here's how I felt:

Happy Wasabi

I had an enormous amount of fun at this year's FCN. Highlights include:

- Making lots of sushi (sushi-grade fish was ordered for this)

- Watching the "Will It Blend" panel, wherein the presenters proceeded to both blend and freeze various items

- Making sushi for the second day in a row

- Getting to see/socialize with people I don't normally get to talk to because we're both busy at other cons

- Working security again, and doing badge check in higher traffic areas, so I got to chat with people who came by

Fursuiters Fizz shows us liquid nitrogen Gigantic glow stick!
Fizz shows us fish Making sushi DSC_4299

What else was there to like? Ah yes, the bartenders! They absolutely loved us this year, and one of them even remembered me from 2 years ago. (and gave me grief about not making it last year, haha)

Alien88 and ToraCub Legos Beer Kegs
The end of the fursuit parade Hanging off of a pole Yes, Costello?

I have many more pictures that I can't post here, so instead I'll give the link, as usual: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157626479309537/

Next con for me is Anthrocon! I'll see you all there. Stay safe.
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Last night, I went down to Delaware for the Delaware Furbowl, run by [livejournal.com profile] kitt3ns. It was my first one ever, and I rather enjoyed it!

Group Shot Kitt3ns speaks Jaga

What some folks might not know is that I spent a good deal of time in league bowling when I was younger. 17 years, in fact! So naturally, I was happy at the chance to be able to bowl again, as well as hang out with other furries! One thing that was very cool about this event was that there were a few lanes set aside for "serious bowlers". I camped out on those lanes, along with [livejournal.com profile] whitefeet, Greywolf, Delray(?), and a couple of other folks.

<-- Casual Bowlers | Serious Bowlers --> Kojac Racer in his white Crux fursuit Strike!

I bowled 3 games in total, and shot: 118, 158, 187.

The lanes were really dry, which caused our balls to hook rather sharply in the last 5 feet of the lane. Once I got used to this, I was able to start making more strikes and spares, and did better in each subsequent game. I could have broken 200 in the last game had I not choked in the 10th frame. :-P

Protocollie Taquoe Fursuiter bowling

I remember after the event, some of us went to Wawa for sandwiches. I was still wearing my tail, and a couple of non-furries pointed to me and yelled, "Hey! Chester Cheetah!" Man, everyone thinks I'm a cheetah.

Vega bowls An otter bowling Fursuiter bowling

I very much would like to attend future Furbowls, the big challenge for me is just securing transportation down there and back, since I do not currently own a car. Trains are less viable for me for this event, since having to lug a 16 pound bowling ball around on the train is not fun.

The rest of my photos can be found here, but I'll leave you all with this final group shot:

Group Shot
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FurFright was a fun convention this year! It started off with a bang in my first security shift on Friday afternoon. I got a call for "first aid in the parking lot", which [livejournal.com profile] cliff_husky and I responded to. Turned out that "first aid" was an understatement. We arrived on the scene of an MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) at the entrance of the parking lot, with one person injured pretty badly. We attended to him, with Cliff taking his vitals and history and me holding his neck in the c-spine position for a good 10 minutes until an ambulance arrived and EMTs relieved us.

That was the first ever auto accident that I worked. Was a little nervous afterward, but not nearly as shaken up as I thought I'd be. And what did I learn from this? Get first aid training. You never know when you'll need it.

The rest of the shift was uneventful, other than trying to figure out the hotel's weird layout. Apparently it was added onto twice, and had been rebuilt after a fire at least once, so the layout was very... unplanned. Hallways that had multiple ramps on them, stairways that only went up 1 floor or even skipped a floor, and ramps that went in circles. It was like M.C. Escher himself designed the hotel!

Raff Foxcoon Got coffee? FUNNY ASS SHIRT

Saturday afternoon had me killing time with P-Kitty and other folks, and somewhere along the line it was suggested that I borrow a fur named Manik's fursuit. He was cool with this, so I put on the head, paws, and my overcoat, and walked around the con for about half an hour. I went up to several folks I knew in personal and said hi. Poor [livejournal.com profile] protocollie... I think I broke his brain!

That's right: it was the first time I ever fursuited. And in a cheetah fursuit, at that. Draw your own conclusions.

On a related note, I went and registered the domain cheopard.com. Be afraid.

Minecraft mob Fursuit Parade Peacebonding Raptor Red Kojac

On Saturday night, I dropped by the Gun Furs panel, hosted by [livejournal.com profile] cliff_husky. It was pretty informative, and I learned quite a bit about all the different details that surround guns, and the legal aspects of them.

On Friday and Saturday nights, I went to the dances, and played around with the ISO and shutter speed settings on my camera. I got some pretty interesting pictures:

Clementine twirls glowsticks Clementine twirls glowsticks Clementine twirls glowsticks Clementine twirls glowsticks

FurFright 2010 Dance FurFright 2010 Dance FurFright 2010 Dance

The whole set of dance photos can be found here.

My birthday was also on Halloween, and the first time I celebrated it. [livejournal.com profile] shortwave81, [livejournal.com profile] ferian, and others bought me drinks at the bar, an acceptable birthday present! [livejournal.com profile] chefmongoose also got me a bottle of cider called "Lucky Lion", that I hope to enjoy with some friends soon.

As the con came to a close, I realized what an awesome time I had. Between the health issues I've had the last several months, and some other personal issues I had to deal with over the summer (which I now call "the lost summer"), I'd say that FurFright was a high point over the last 6 months or so. And I hope that this uphill trend in my mood and life in general continues.

Extra special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] athauglas for the repeated doses of coffee. The stuff I had at 2:30 on Saturday morning was a huge help. It kept me up through 8 AM when my shift ended.

Tzup, ???, and Kai Origami art Shortwave pulls... everyone!

Fursuit Parade Fursuit Parade Doing' the Stanky Leg November and Nbowa

For the rest of my pictures, they can be found here.

Total attendance for the con was 1,284 attendees, as announced at closing ceremonies. The count for fursuiters in the parade was 287 coming out the ballroom, though the official count of fursuiters who actually made it to the end of the parade was about 40 lower. (don't have that number handy)

Finally, there were a few folks I was hoping to get contact info for:

- P-Kitty (Nevermind, he's [livejournal.com profile] pkitty1)
- The guy I did first aid on (anyone know if he was okay?)
- Manik (the gentleman who let me borrow his fursuit)
- Clementine (Nevermind, she's [livejournal.com profile] mixed_kitten)

If anyone knows of online contact info for these people, please let me know in the comments!

Next con for me will be Midwest FurFest. See you all then.
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This past weekend was pretty quiet. Being too injured/sore to drive 5 hours to Confluence, I instead took Amtrak down to [livejournal.com profile] davinwarter's place on Friday night, and spent the weekend there.

I did very little of my usual online stuff over the weekend, but instead spent most of it sleeping, socializing with Davin (who I haven't seen outside of a con in years), or having a few drinks. In the process, I've learned that my relative lack of consumption has turned me into a relative lightweight. How lightweight? Well, I spent more on food than booze this past weekend. That's probably a good thing for my liver.

On Saturday night, a bunch of us (Davin, November, [livejournal.com profile] ryvex, Dusk Dargent, Syme Lion, and others) went to Dog Fish Alehouse in Maryland for dinner and drinks. Many inappropriate jokes were cracked at the table by myself and others.

I got back home earlier tonight, and discovered that there was a bunch of activity on the PA-Furry website for the 2 days that I was out of town. Figures. :-)

I noticed that with my feet, it's not so much distance walked as it seems to be just wearing shoes is enough to press on my feet and aggravate my symptoms. That's not fun, but the more than I keep my shoes off (such as in the train), the less pain I have to deal with.
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I'll be driving up to FurFright tonight with [livejournal.com profile] desteredra and departing on Monday.

It looks like I'll be working security with the Dorsai Irregulars again this con, so here's my schedule:

Friday: 1 PM to 7 PM
Saturday: 7 PM to 1 AM
Sunday: 1 PM to 7 PM

Been pretty busy with work and life lately. Tweaking the registration system for Anthrocon (adding multi-year support) and getting ready to deploy it for Furry Connection North as well.

The other weekend I was up in Detroit, and visited [livejournal.com profile] girtygrin and [livejournal.com profile] nikvulper. We stopped by a Middle Eastern restaurant, and I tried Turkish Coffee for the first time:

Trying Turkish Coffee

Strong stuff, I'll tell ya. I must have it again.

[Edit: Forgot to talk about the waiter, too. The restaurant actually swapped out our waiter in the middle of the meal and offered us free desserts. The poor fellow seemed a bit out of it, and kept spilling various liquids. It was scary and awesome all at the same time.]
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Folks,

The organizers of First Friday Main Line in Ardmore recently approached me, knowing of my involvement in the furry fandom, and asked if any fursuiters would be interested in performing at First Friday in Ardmore on Friday October 2nd, between 7 and 10 PM. This will be a Halloween-themed First Friday Main Line, and they feel that having fursuiters around would add to the atmosphere.

The First Friday Main Line website is at http://www.firstfridaymainline.com/. According to the website, FFML is a non-profit, 501C3, community organization founded in 2006 by the area’s business and cultural leaders. The Mission of FFML is to bring Art to the Main Line community by creating opportunities to experience Art in everyday life while creating a regional spotlight for a diverse body of talented Artists, Musicians, and Performers.

They have kindly offered a secure changing room where valuables may be stored and water will be provided. If anyone needs crash space that night, please let me know.

If you're interested in attending, please RSVP with me so that I may have an accurate head count to give to the FFML organizers. Non-fursuiters are welcome to attend as well.

Thanks!

(X-posted to [livejournal.com profile] pa_furry and [livejournal.com profile] pa_furry_se)
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This year's Furry Connection North was another heck of a convention! With 727 attendees, the convention's attendance nearly doubled over last year! Clearly, the current state of the economy did not hurt this year's event.

I did something a little different this convention. A few months back, I made it a point to start saving all of my $5 bills when getting change. By the time FCN rolled around, I have a few hundred dollars in $5s. Aside from the strange looks I got from my bank teller when turning all of those $5s into larger bills, this provided me with a convenient way to set aside some spending money for the convention. Even though my total amount of money did not change, being able to set aside cash meant that I actually spent more on artwork and books at this convention. That's a win-win for everybody!

The one downside about this convention for me was that I didn't get to see as much of the convention as I would have liked to, due to some of the shifts I worked on security (provided by the Dorsai Irregulars this time around). I worked 2 shifts that were from midnight to 6 AM, and 1 shift from 6 AM to Noon. This left me sleeping during the mornings and early afternoons so I didn't get to see as much of the con or my friends as I would have liked (sorry [livejournal.com profile] cliff_husky!). I did get to make up for this on Sunday though, by attending closing ceremonies, the live Method 1 show, and Gir's dance, which totally rocked.

This new hotel was also full of win. The staff loved us. One of the bartenders decided on Saturday afternoon that she just had to have a tail to wear, so I ended up loaning her one of mine. I am told that this boosted the amount she received in tips. :-)


Other things that made FCN cool:

- All the food places within walking distance.

- The "I'm on a boat" song.

- Everytime someone said the word "asshole" and [livejournal.com profile] film2edit was in hearing distance, she would pipe up with "100% asshole?"

- The few noise complaints I handled, the occupants of the rooms were very nice and very apologetic. That made the con that much more enjoyable to work.

- The bar having $8 Long Island Iced Teas.

- A reasonably priced lunch/dinner menu at the hotel's restaurant.

- Cardboard cutouts of Obama and George Bush. They made for nice party items.

- Getting to chat with [livejournal.com profile] duncan_the_dog, who swung by Con Ops in the middle of an otherwise boring late night security shift.


Oh, you wanted to see some pictures? Sure!

Chillymouse Duncan the Dog and friends Duncan the Dog Whitefeet and George Bush... sort of

Moving the giant freezer A fursuiter gets a massage Lasers at the dance

Duncan the Dog gets a beer Fizz and crew Ciaphas, Eddidiums, and Dark Tigger

The full set, as always, can be found on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157617572706694/

My next non-furry con will be Anime Central, which I will be working security at. And I leave for that, uh... tomorrow morning! My next actual furry con after that will be Anthrocon.
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[livejournal.com profile] dragonof31102 organized a fursuit bowling get together last night. About 24 people showed up and we bowled for 2 hours. I had lots of fun hanging out, bowling, and socializing.

Fursuiters posing

Omnibahumut fails Moon Mochi bowls Fursuiters
Fursuit heads Keapano Badger

Fursuiters posing


The full archive of my pictures can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157616297814941/. Enjoy!
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I've just made the decision to attend FurCoNZ in 2011.

It'll be a good excuse to visit New Zealand, as well convince some of my Australian friends to make the trip as well. (Are you listening, [livejournal.com profile] atpaw? :-) )
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Let it never be said that JetBlue doesn't have a sense of humor:

From http://twitter.com/xenijardin/status/1023637372:



And JetBlue's response, from http://twitter.com/JetBlue/status/1023680195:



I guess that means we'll need to check our fursuits?
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I have a half day of work today, and then it's off to MidWest FurFest!

Assuming my flight doesn't get delayed, I'll arrive at the hotel sometime between 8 and 9 PM tonight.

I'll be working at the Art Show (hours to be determined). Other than that, I expect to be out and about in con space. I shave my head and usually wear a yellow(ish) leopard tail, so I shouldn't be too hard to spot. If I'm at the dances, expect to see me with some glowsticks.

I also got a new ringtone for my phone: http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~rahsan/cornholio/mybung.wav

I hope I'll see you all there!
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Well, FurFright 2008 has come and gone, and what a blast it was!

Farraptor, Kojac, and Finnish Fox

From a socializing standpoint, this convention was a success. The hotel had an atrium in the center which made for a great gathering point, and since the security desk was also there, I got to bump into a great many people even while on duty. This made the con much more enjoyable as "work" was less like "work".

Random people I chatted with (and some I met for the first time at the con): [livejournal.com profile] shortwave81 (Thanks for the glowsticks!), [livejournal.com profile] horny_oryx, Gray Wolf, [livejournal.com profile] brothervega (sorry about having a mouth full of Oreos), [livejournal.com profile] petercat, [livejournal.com profile] unclekage, Grandma Kage, Grandpa Kage, [livejournal.com profile] finnishfox, [livejournal.com profile] therustyhusky, [livejournal.com profile] denimwizard, [livejournal.com profile] midori8, [livejournal.com profile] creatureshock, [livejournal.com profile] davinwarter, [livejournal.com profile] farraptor (It's not every day when I meet someone for the first time when they're in fursuit), and [livejournal.com profile] tilt_longtail (it was nice meeting you OUT of fursuit!).

[livejournal.com profile] keapano, Raff, and Tamen, it was a pleasure meeting you folks for the first time. I hope you'll be able to make it out to more furry cons.

Fennecus Kitsune, it was also cool meeting you for the first time.

[livejournal.com profile] boixboi, it was good seeing you again for the first time in what, 3 years? :-)


Keapano in the Fursuit Parade The Bride and Duncan the Dog Loki, Farraptor, Kojac, and Amalthea

Wallaby, Bleis, and Red XIII Loki drives the batmobile Loki on his Motorcycle

As I was working security with the Dorsai Irregulars, I got to see some familiar faces there, both DI and non-DI. [livejournal.com profile] scs11, Renegade, and Carol Gobeyn were all present, as were [livejournal.com profile] drzarron, Xander, Kasi Frost, [livejournal.com profile] evil_dwagon, [livejournal.com profile] mrianti, [livejournal.com profile] toracub, and the rest of you.

Mrianti and Sgt. Steve


[livejournal.com profile] athauglas and [livejournal.com profile] cliff_husky, you guys completely cracked me up at Cakecon. Yes, Cakecon. It was a real life party with cake. Lots of cake.

Cake Con flier Cake Con Cake Con


If you made it this far, then you're probably looking for my full dump of pictures. They can be found on Flickr at http://flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157608249142588/.

For a final photo, this is [livejournal.com profile] tilt_longtail and Grandma Kage, reenacting a famous picture:

Tilt Longtail kisses Grandma Kage

My head asplode.

So anyway, I'm looking forward to next year's FurFright.

I'm also looking forward to Midwest Fur Fest next month. I hope to see everyone there!
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Allow me to sum up my weekend with this picture:

Lasers

I flew up to Detroit for the weekend to briefly stop by ConClave 33 as well as hang out with the Michigan furries at [livejournal.com profile] girtygrin and [livejournal.com profile] nikvulper's place.

The lasers above were courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] gryph0n, who brought by his laser equipment and smoke machine.

I flew into Detroit on Thursday night and was pleased to learn that the sh*tty Smith Terminal there (complete with torn seats and ratty carpeting) has since been closed down. Having been around since the 1940s, it definitely outlived its usefulness, and needs to be destroyed. :-P

I stopped by ConClave briefly on Friday evening to visit some folks and then briefly on Saturday morning for the Big Argument Dorsai Irregulars business meeting. Somehow I wound up becoming responsible for the DI website during that meeting. Did I hear someone whisper, "Yet another Drupal installation"? That's what it sounded like to me!

Then it was off to Gir and Nik's place for cooking meat with fire, beer, and games. [livejournal.com profile] samurai_bastard, [livejournal.com profile] gen_talon, [livejournal.com profile] edhyena, and [livejournal.com profile] andrew7782 were all present, as were some local furs not all of who I know on LiveJournal. :-P

BBQ Rockband 2

Chilling in the basement Gir BBQs

Later in the evening (read: after 1 AM), I played a little Dead Rising and had fun killing zombies. I hear the game is coming out for the Wii and can't wait for it.

Also, I need to never sing in Rockband 2 again. I completely failed at that.

As always, my full dump of pics can be found online at http://flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157607775873467/

Thanks for having me over, guys.
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I had a pretty busy Memorial Day weekend.

First, [livejournal.com profile] omnibahumut came by on Friday night. We hung out and watched some TV shows. The usual.

I spent Saturday afternoon cleaning up the apartment [Edit: with some help from Omni!] so that we could have some friends over the evening:

Wag, Finnish Fox and Kojac

I spent Sunday afternoon cleaning up the fur that was shed. :-P Then I spent some time that evening playing Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. I never realized just how much of a jerk Strong Bad was. Also, I could have done without seeing Homestar Runner naked, kthx.

On Monday morning, [livejournal.com profile] mongologue came by and we spent most of the day taking care of Anthrocon business and testing out the registration system that I have been working on. I got some good feedback for the system and was generally pleased to see that my development efforts have been on the right track.

It sucks that I missed Eurofurence this past weekend, but I'm please that others who went had a good time. Oh, and if anyone saw a blue hippo plushie at the con, I totally don't know anything about that. Honest!
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I haven't written here lately because I've been very busy at work, and taking care of some real life stuff that came up. As they say, "stuff happens".

I did however get to travel out to Pittsburgh last weekend to work Confluence with the Dorsai Irregulars. It was a smallish science fiction con, with about 300 people in attendance. The shifts I work consisted of an occasional rove through the hotel and badge checking at the door to the Dealers Room.

The DI working the contract were Rene, Steve Simmons, Mark Bernstein, and a few other folks whose names I can't remember right now. :-P Also in attendance from the furry community were [livejournal.com profile] tchall, [livejournal.com profile] swift_fox, [livejournal.com profile] mrianti, [livejournal.com profile] boomeroo, and [livejournal.com profile] unclekage. At any rate, it was great to see all of those folks again!

I didn't take many pictures at this convention, since I spent most of the time either working of socializing with folks. The full archive is at http://flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157606428079650/ for those who are interested. What follows are a few choice shots.

Mrianti and Uncle Kage

I had to work a shift with these guys.


One of these things is not like the others...

One of these things is not like the others... anyone who got caught drinking the "odd one out" was cut off from drinking the rest of the evening.


Saturday's Play: "The Doctor's Sarcophagus"

The highlight of the con was a play that is put on no Saturday evening. A different script is written every year, usually involving parody of current events. This year's play was called "The Doctor's Sarcophagus". I did not get to watch it, as I had roving duty at the time. :-)


The party, as seen through my scotch glass

After finishing off the scotch that was in this glass, I pretty much called it a night. My room was right next door to the Dorsai Room, so I could hear them singing through the wall. It didn't keep me awake, but it was kinda funny drifting off to sleep hearing filk music being sung.

Oh, and thanks for singing The Dorsai Cadet Song, guys. Can we just induct somebody newer already? :-P
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floyd and his pals!

I think he enjoyed the con...
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If you said "Magic" Tom Hughsted, you're right!

"Magic" Tom, for those of you who weren't at Anthrocon 2004 or earlier, was the Convention Services Director at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Philadelphia, Anthrocon's venue from 2001 and 2004. His communication skills were excellent, his commitment to getting the job done superior, and his teleportation skills unmatched! Tom was instrumental in helping make Anthrocon a success during the 4 years it was held at the Adam's Mark.

If you see him wandering the halls at Anthrocon this year, please take the time to say hi!

[Edit: He's on LiveJournal now! [livejournal.com profile] magic_tom]

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