I’ve been a faithful volunteer worker at Dragon*Con, a science fiction/fantasty convention in Atlanta, for several years. It’s held over Labor Day weekend in downtown. For the past 5 years, you could always count on me being part of the Technical Operations staff. This year, Sean and I made the decision to take a year off from Con and instead head out to Hawaii to visit friends and family and take an actual vacation (as in, not staying awake for 36 – 48 hours straight like we tend to do at Dragon*Con).
I don’t think either of us realized how much we would miss it when we made that agreement. Labor Day found Sean going through DCTV‘s website, watching all of the bumpers that we wouldn’t get to see before the panels this year. Over Labor Day weekend, my thoughts kept drifting back to the people I wouldn’t get to see this year and the pie I wouldn’t get to consume. I realized that Dragon*Con had moved beyond just a weekend that I could be a geek and no one would look down their nose at me. It had become a time when I could see friends that I don’t normally get to see during the year. It’s a time when I get true “geeking out” time with the friends that I do normally see, but never spend nearly enough time around. This has become even more important now that Sean and I have moved out to Phoenix and don’t even live around any of these people anymore.
Anyway, to all of our friends that went to Con, we missed you guys a whole lot this year. Even in Hawaii, our thoughts were with you last weekend. We’ll be back next year. I promise. I don’t think much could keep us away after a year away from the fun.