memories of an ex con-virgin - B&B con, San Diego CA 2010
The con experience actually started when I was at the Phoenix airport, waiting
for my flight. As I was sitting in the waiting area, wearing my Vincent t-shirt,
I kept looking at all the waiting passengers to see if anyone else was wearing
any type of BATB shirt – none were (darn!).
When I got to the airport in SD, waiting for my luggage at baggage claim, I
heard stranger’s voices calling, “Linda!” I turned around and there were two not
so strange strangers, two of my roomies, Michelle and Suzi, waving at me! I was
ecstatic! We hugged, and I was smiling so big I thought my face would crack! We
had about an hour to wait for our last roomie, so we went to Chili’s for lunch,
talking a mile-a-minute. When Laura called to let us know she had landed, we
went back to baggage claim to meet her, and it was hugs all around, again.
When our shuttle pulled into the hotel, we saw a bunch (about 15 to 20) BATB
people walking down the sidewalk and we were all yelling and waving, like a
bunch of crazed star struck fans! As I got off the shuttle, I was immediately
engulfed in a flurry of hugs, “My name is (fill in the blank), who are you? I’m
so GLAD to finally meet you!” It was absolutely unreal, the instant feeling of
After checking into our room, we quickly put our luggage in the room and went
back downstairs for the wine and cheese party. Here was a room full of
“strangers” who were not strangers at all! I kept recognizing people whose
pictures I had seen, and hearing names that I recognized from chat, fanfics, and
the lists. I was almost crying, I was so happy to see everyone! (OK, I confess,
I WAS crying!) Then, going into Old Town for dinner, we kept running into all
these people with BATB t-shirts! Hugs again!
On Thursday, we peeked into the Dealer’s room and there were rows upon rows of
boxes of fanfics, tunnel clothes actually for sale, and LOTS of other “stuff”! I
felt like Mouse would have felt in a warehouse full of treasures. I was calling
a friend who was not able to come to the con to tell her about all the fanfic
zines (more than 25 boxes!) when JoAnn had to “wrangle” us virgins out of the
room! Oops, sorry, JoAnn, got carried away!
The bus tour and harbor cruise was fun, even the overcast weather did not dampen
our spirits. We got to know our new “family” better! The open air “Taming of the
Shrew” at the Old Globe Theater was fabulous, and funny.
Then . . . the actual start of the con on Friday morning! Words cannot describe
the awe I felt while going through boxes and boxes of fanfic zines, seeing all
the creative necklaces, earrings, pins, bookmarks, boxes, ornaments, statues,
busts, prints, etc. that were made by other fans. I would go into the Dealer’s
room, then to the Art room, back to the Dealer’s room, bouncing off the walls
with excitement. Every time I went into the Dealer’s room (at least 5 times over
the three days) I bought something I had overlooked before, even the at the Last
Chance Dealer’s Room opening.
Then the deflowering of the Con-virgins! Well, this is exactly what happened:
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it couldn’t get any better (or worse) they ( -------censored---------censored---------censored------)
! It was an experience I will never forget!
Everyone in their renaissance costumes and evening finery was like actually
being a part of Masques. The talent show was a hoot! All the funny songs and
skits! The Elvis Act was priceless. And I talked Vicky into singing “I’ll Stay”.
Thank you so much for that, dear Vicky! That was a highlight of the con for me!
The con guests: Cory Danziger was just so adorable, and Judy Shimizu-Moreland
was a doll! She stayed for most of the con and was so friendly! She really was
one of us! And it was so great to meet Lee Holdridge and his wife. We could tell
they really enjoyed the auction and banquet. Lee was almost rolling on the floor
when Deb was giving her auction spiel. Lee and Vicky performing our theme song,
“The First Time I Loved Forever” was unforgettable. And it was so great to meet
Tamara Thompson, the designer of my “Catherine necklace”, who was not really a
guest, but a fellow con-goer like the rest of us.
And our “surprise guest”: Linda Hamilton! What a fantastic treat! To actually
see her and get a hug and kiss from her was just . . . well, words just cannot
express how I felt! I was walking 5 feet above ground for hours! She was so
friendly, she would talk to everyone for many minutes, and we were not sure she
would have enough time to sign autographs for everyone; then, she stayed for
part of the auction, and even donated some personal items and gave JoAnn a check
for the Monarch School! Wonderful! Then when she read Father’s speech at the
opening ceremony of the banquet . . . Oh my, the tears are starting again!
The days did not end with the scheduled con activities! Every night there were
pajama parties going on! Eating cookies, nuts, crackers and talking to Lyn in
Australia on Skype while lounging with 12 others one night, then reading
“Sleepless in Providence” and “Plait” the next night, and then a Margarita,
cheese, and sausage party while watching Candlelight Creation videos another
On Sunday afternoon, the whole room was in tears (or maybe it was just me and
that’s all I could see) when everyone stood in a circle with us (ex)virgins in
the center, and we were invited to “Join the circle”. (Oh, here I go again –
pass the tissues!)
Then the carousel and tunnel on Monday! I only went in about ½ way past the
first turn in the tunnel, but now that I know there is a junction further in, I
will go all the way to the end next time! Stace and a few others went to the end
and said it is “interesting”.
I didn’t go to the zoo, but my roomie, Suzi, and I took the tram to the end of
the line (Tijuana, although we didn’t get off the tram), went to Imperial Beach
and stuck our feet in the ocean, then went shopping in downtown SD going to Hard
Rock Cafe, Hooters, House Of Blues, among others, and back to Old Town SD. Sore
feet were a small price to pay for all the shopping we did!
I have NEVER enjoyed a vacation as much as I did the past week with you all. It
definitely exceeded all my expectations, and my expectations were HIGH! Will I
do this again? Damn right! I already made my con reservation for New Orleans!
All of you future con virgins out there: save up your pennies, nickels, dimes,
quarters and come to the con next year in New Orleans, you will NEVER regret it!
Love to you all,
July 7-14 2010