August 5th, 2005


WorldCon ...

Survived Day 1. Didn't actually make it to any panel items. Did get roped in to be an "extra" for the opening ceremony, which was fun, although it's a good thing I didn't really take in the number of people watching until after we were done. Earlier, did a bit of running around, met up with a bunch of people, attended the Fan Lounge opening ceremony (run by the Plokta Cabal and others). In the evening, kriste and John-probably-WNLJ arrived from Wales so I came home to let them in, shopped and ate and then waited for rwrylsin to quickly run off to fencing to do her coaching for the week, before we headed off together to the ceilidh.
Running something like a ceilidh can be a tricky balancing act - if they give lots of instructions for beginners, they risk boring those who know the dances, but if they don't, then the beginners will just sit around looking confused. They tried to deal with it this time by having an introductory session at 6pm - which we couldn't get to, unfortunately. I suspect the balance was just a little off when we arrived - announcing the name of a dance and then saying "it's just like some-other-dance-I-don't-know" doesn't really help me actually dance it, since I've only been to one ceilidh before and it was 6 months ago. Also, they really could have done with a good full-time dance caller, rather than having the accordian player briefly go through the steps for some dances then launch into it. Still, by the end of the night we'd found a few that we either remembered a bit of from before, or had sufficient run-through to get us going, and it was fun from then on ... Whee ! Finished with the Orcadian version of "Strip the Willow" - a long row of men facing a long row of women, and people spinning up and down and all over the place - and then home to collapse in a sweaty heap.
Should sleep now, tomorrow should be a full day of ... stuff.
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