|Departing Toastmaster Thanks
||[Jan. 29th, 2013|11:47 pm]
I hope that I can find a way to amplify and repeat the signal to all involved.|
I've done panels and concerts before, but Conflikt 6 was the first geek event to use me for a "name". In this instance I was the Toastmaster, or in this case with my cooking skills "Burnt Toastmaster." I had a fantastic weekend at a fabulously well organized con. (especially considering it was a "first year" at a new hotel)
Thanks to everyone who believed I could follow in the footsteps of Callie Hills, Frank Hayes, Andrew Ross, Mark Osier, and Brooke Lunderville as a master of ceremonies and greeter.
Thanks to Jeff and Jeri Lynn, besides running a tight registration desk, you both know that you made my survival possible this past year and I love you both for it. It's always great hanging out with you, and I had a wonderful time this weekend.
Deep thanks to Beth Runnerwolf, JenK, and Shawna for all the prep emails and info, reminders for getting in songbook submissions, CD recordings, connecting with artists for introductions, creatively "herding" me to events that I needed to attend and still keeping my schedule light enough that I could enjoy each day (no burnout until the small hours of Sunday Night... amazing) while burning the candle at both ends yourselves, and plenty of love and support.
Thanks to Beth for that fabulous intro to my concert (that I missed half of because I was nervously doing last minute "dialing in" on the one man band rig that refused to be "dialed in").
Thanks to Shawna for all of the programming, and for getting me into a fun panel and suggesting my presence at some great song themes.
Thanks to John Seghers, and the rest of the crew and volunteers for the tireless sound and video work over all three days. All of you rock.
Big thanks to SaladofDoom Dave for preparing and providing delicious food at the con suite. There is nothing nicer than having the option of a sandwich with home-made bread or butter chicken and marsala vegetables with brown rice as a meal when I there were only quick breaks between events. Thank you for being such a generous host.
Thank you to Cheshire Moon, Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps, Interfilk guests Bob and Sue Etsy, GOHs Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff, Cat & Barigato, Ship of Dreams, and Gary Ehlrich, along with several assists from Betsy Tinney, Sunny Larsen, Tony & Vixy, and Dr. Mary Crowell. (and if I forgot anyone, which is likely, I'll probably curl up in a ball from embarrassment) for giving outstanding concerts.
To Juliana and Douglas, and the Interfilk crew for running the auction, along with an especially entertaining verbal auction with Steve MacDonald and the auction wenches.
To the Hilton staff, for demonstrating perfect customer service at every step of the weekend to me.
And to all the guests who I chatted with, came to me for sharing hugs, surprised me with their presence (SMAC and Kathy [Steve, you were the GOH at the first big event I attended and you were so kind to me then and now. Your presence was a very special surprise], Seanan [though we didn't get to chat, hope that you had a great relaxicon weekend] Vixy and Tony [knew you wouldn't miss seeing Jeff and Maya but weren't sure if you'd appear at the con proper. Loved your addition to the Jeff and Maya show] Callie, love every opportunity to add flute to some songs that I play) Great conversations or exchanges with Jeri, Connie and Bill, Jeff and Maya, Frank, Andrew, a few new folks. Ack, too many more to list. All of you: I know that I can't always clearly express it outward, and sometimes my self-deprecating sense of humor is poorly communicated, but I have great love for the filk family and I know you give it back to me.
I pass the Toastmaster baton to Sunny knowing that she'll do it ten times better than I did next year at C7. Thank you Conflikt!