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Furfright 2009 report

I got back from FurFright yesterday at around 11 PM. We left at around 4:30, which was earlier than I had really wanted to, but honestly there wasn't a whole lot to do until closing ceremonies at 6, and although I did want to go to the parties and such last night, we had a 5+ hour drive ahead of us to factor in. Luckily, the drive home was actually only about 5.5 hours, unlike the 7.5-8 hours (IIRC) for the drive in, through mondo rain and actual snow. And like 20 bucks in road tolls. I must've eaten 10 pounds of beef jerky, YooHoo, Frankenberry cereal, Slim Jims, and Chili dogs on the ride in. It was comical.

We got in at night (9ish?) Thursday and chilled out for a few, then farted around for awhile in the lobby. I can't remember if we went to the dance, probably so. The dances at FF are far superior to the ones at AC. The music isn't all 'clubby' and techno, it was actual music with actual words. I underestimated how much my recent sickness wore out my endurance, because I was almost passing out from the strain of dancing in a suit. Luckily they have the headless lounge right next door to the main (dance) room, which is an excellent idea. Cougar found himself a new friend to dance with the whole con since I was captain redface McEmphysema and sucked water like a first-time scubadiver.

The parade was also very good, with much quicker 'organization', getting everyone together outside where it was nice and cool, and then marching us all around the atrium walkway and back around to outside for some pictures. The picture line-up could've been better as I'm sure I was hidden behind the people in front of me. But it was cool outside and I got to hang out with my fellow FF skunks, Jouva and Tyco, for a bit. Also I got to briefly meet Tilt Longtail the cheetah and Scape the goat, both cool dudes. I usually don't meet up with people I don't already know at AC so it was rather nice to do so. I don't like to be the dork that makes a point of dropping names but I enjoyed meeting them all. And I enjoyed the little fursuit-making panel that Tilt the cheetah and his buddy Foxwell(?) did although as always I wish it had lasted longer as I am a slow learner.

Programming was sparse at this con compared to others as I understand it, certainly compared to AC but the people who run FF are much more pleasant. I actually enjoyed opening ceremonies as well as the masquerade and the little game shows they ran on Friday. I give most of the credit there to the guy who (I assume) is in charge, Belic the bear. That guy really puts on a good show and unlike some con emcees, actually knows how to work a mic without rupturing eardrums.

I dug the layout of the con, as it was (almost) on one level only, and the bar was well-positioned and the beer was good, good enough for me to take my head off and drink one before the dance. The restaurant was..okay but at least the location was good, and some of the rooms opened to the atrium although ours didn't. Elevators were quick, and best of all, there were a distinct lack of creeeeeeeepy weirdos milling about waiting to pounce upon fursuiters like child molesters (well actually I did get a few creepos but less than I will get at any AC).

I had a couple of wardrobe malfunctions pop up, the worst being somehow getting a big wad of bubblegum on my fursuit which I'm going to have to perform surgery to remove. Also my fursuit head has some kind of splash of coffee or somesuch on the eye I've got to clean, and the feet need some tightening and repair. Also I have GOT to get a harness for this tail as making the belt tight enough to mount correctly just about cuts my torso in half. I need to trim the sleeves a bit too.

Overall this was mostly a 180 from Anthrocon, partially because it's still relatively small and partially because they have somehow slipped quaaludes into the water supply and mellowed everyone out about 3 notches from the word go. I plan on going back next year if possible. This makes now 10 'furry' cons I've been to.

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wezweasel
Oct. 19th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Dude, I'm really glad you guys had a good time, hopefully I will be there next year. Belic works his ass off making sure the con goes as smooth as possible and hes fucking awesome to hang out with if you get the chance. Being a small con its usually more relaxed, not a lot of the Mall Urchent feel that Ac was starting to get when I stopped going, and there isn't a scrambling feel to get to everything.
floyd_mephit
Oct. 20th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
Yea I'm glad I branched out from the strict AC-only policy a bit. Hopefully FF won't get to be ridiculously big like anthrocon has been for a few years now; I really enjoyed the opportunity to just kind of wander and talk to some people without having to check my watch all the time. Even better if you come down and add to the number of people I can hang out with at the con, and of course drink beers with. Belic seems to be a cool enough guy, probably gets too mobbed by con things to have time to hang out much though.
jbadger
Oct. 19th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
I have to agree about the parade.
Gum in the suit? That is disappointing.
I left just after the second parade myself and got home at midnight.

Found this post though Google.
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Chef Sam (aka JBadger)
floyd_mephit
Oct. 20th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'll be able to get the gum out when I can get the time to concentrate on fixing things. I had wondered how many suiters stuck around for the second parade. Seemed awfully late on a Sunday to do it but maybe it seemed like quite a few stayed long enough for the parties and so could've done the walk.
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