Readers of my blog know that I’ve often written about Faffcon and the numerous joys and benefits it has brought to me and many other people’s lives, on both the personal and professional levels. After Faffcon 6, I was immediately deluged with an avalanche of work so I haven’t had time until now to mentally review everything.
I’d never been to Texas, so I was excited from the point I was heading to the airport to catch my 7:30am flight. One thing I knew would be different right from the start was the absence of most of my family. The previous 4 Faffcon events have had at least my brother Eric and my father with me, and often also my mom and brothers. This would be a father daughter Faffcon and I knew that that in and of itself would feel different. Dad and I met up at the airport, and we headed to the hotel and the Amy and Lauren goodness. After enthusiastic greetings, Dad and I went out to lunch with CC Heim and Fran McClellan where I had my first encounter with what it meant to be in ‘meat land’. (I’m a vegetarian.) The meals all included a pound of meat with a side of more meat! After margaritas containing a Texas sized portion of tequila, we headed back to the hotel.
After that we met up with some other Faffers, and went off to some staff work! I stuffed tote bags, CC made her cheerful signs, and in all the myriad ways, we got organized like we always do. I always catch myself thinking how this event becomes smoother and more system like every time we do it, fascinating considering that it didn’t begin all that long ago. In the evening, we have our Staff Dinner where Amy and Lauren discuss plans for the weekend, and then we meet up with the crowd of Faffers who come the night before and fill up some local watering hole. It feels like family. It feels familiar, no matter what city we’re in.
The rest of the weekend was full of many new faces, a fantastic night of karaoke, lots of sessions, giving out my hastily ordered but very popular notebooks, a great trip down the river, and some fantastic food. Faffcon is an event that is always changing and yet in some ways always the same. The welcoming people, the environment of creativity, interesting and challenging sessions, and the large portion of Faffing about. If you haven’t gone, it’s always worth it, and I’d recommend it to any working pro.