Last week's con... our biggest of the year.. was one of the worst that I've ever attended. Sure, I had fun with my daughter and the brief time I saw friends.. but..
The good: Our friends' wedding went extremely well. Mazel tov to them!
The bad: Some of us came down with food poisoning from the eggs that morning.. spent most of the day sleeping or losing lunches. I've never been so grateful for my daughter to refuse to eat something when she told me she was full before she got to the eggs. I missed half of the photoshoots I was supposed to run or supervise over, resulting in the beginning of the gathering hijacker.
The good: Saw the most amazing Borgia group from Assassin's Creed 2. Got some kick ass shots out of our Xenogears shoot. My darling daughter had everyone dying laughing for things ranging in kicking our Citan's ass to going giggle OCD on a squeaky toy in a bunny plush.
The bad: Finding out that the night before, the My Little Pony shoot was loud, obnoxious, and threw confetti everywhere.. which our video programming had to pick up by hand. Had to push multiple gatherings out into the freezing rain, just because we had no space for them inside. And then.. this happened during the con's premiere event:
They cancelled the con's main event for a dance. A rave. From a financial standpoint, yes..they were pulling towards their paid help, but they were already way behind schedule. This seriously broke a lot of peoples' hearts.. especially the ones who spent nearly their whole weekend/year preparing for that one event.
The good: Worked with Funimation and pulled some work for another convention I am staff at, had a blast! Got to introduce some gentlemen to LittleKuriboh and his wife, Marianne.. seeing their faces light up made it worth it. In fact, that's the whole reason I do staff at conventions..to see people enjoy themselves, maybe they'll find something new that they'll love.. they'll be able to bond with their family and friends. Ended up making some nice industry connections that day too.
The bad: Met the -rudest- bellhop ever. He cared more about his tip than helping out someone who is recovering from major spinal surgery. His manager wasn't happy in the least. I do understand that tips are largely their bread and butter, but please show some courtesy, tact, and compassion. It will go much further towards you as a person and organization if you do that instead of pointing out where the nearest ATM is.
All-in-all.. so happy that it's over. I'm currently dealing with the gathering hijacker (a guy who took over photoshoots because he thought _I_ was running all 216 of them instead of the people that were there. They thought he was staff that was bullying them around and felt intimidated enough to not fight back.).. I don't think he'll be back next year.