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First con thank-you's

 Well, first of all I'd like to say that AC 08 was a dream come true for me. I've been wanting to go for over 6 years now and to finally have the freedom and ability to go was just amazing. I'd really like to thank  Uncle Kage, Giza, and the rest of staff, directors board, and the volunteers for all of their time and effort that they put into making this years Anthrocon so awsome. I'd also like to thank all the artists I met, especially Final Flight (because she made my first con badge and I got the most comments on it ^^) and Vinci and Arty for being such sweethearts. A real thanks goes out to my best friend Blinque and our other roomie Scott for helping get the hotel room and making my first con all the more enjoyable. And lastly, I would love to thank Rew and Kiro for being so awsome and friendly, especially during their 1 year anniversary, as well as D-Chan, Sofur, Flain, Tenza, Spookaboo, Quill, Gel, and all the huskys at the husky social that made me feel so special that day. 

I really enjoyed my first con and came to a realization that I'm sure almost everyone, at one time or another, comes to at some point in their life as a furry. On Sunday nights last dance, I was dancing and having a good time and generally enjoying myself for at least an hour and a half. When I finally decided it was time to go collect my sketchbook from Spookaboo I stopped at the exit of the dance and looked around, observing what was going on. It hit me like nothing I'd ever felt before. Just the sight of everyone having so much fun, being care-free, couples dancing together in and out of fursuit...It made me cry tears of joy because I realized that this was the place where I belong. It was the most touching sight that I'd ever seen in my eighteen years of life and I'm still crying every time I think about that moment. Truly, these happy memories will stick with me forever until my time is up and I must move to the next life. But until that time comes, I plan on enjoying every Anthrocon and the company of those that make me the happiest. 

I apologize for making something a little long and emotional, but I just thought I'd show a little appreciation for everything that made my first con something that will stick with me forever.


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Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Welcome home.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
*pounces* SUKA! Da most adorable husky evah ^.^

I know exactly what you mean...Kiro and I had the same reaction our first con. You feel like you've finally come home and you just...belong.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
Awww Rew....*blushes and hugs* I really loved hanging out with you and Kiro. You two are some of the sweetest people I've ever met. I'm really glad you won that feather piece at the art show. Thanks a lot for the kink badges hon, I'll be wearing them next year x3 I really hope that you two come next year. We'll have to hang out a little more and maybe hit up Flain for more Fluxx or something :3
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Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
yeah it is, totally indescribable to those who haven't been to a con.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hear hear. When I got home and my parents had asked how the trip was, I was really at a loss for words other than things like "I had so much fun".

My first con too, btw. :-)
Jul. 2nd, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)

Don't thank me, thank my Operations Staff who put in all sort of crazy hours. :-P

Oh, and our volunteers, too. We had people show up on Wednesday to help with setup, and were there on Monday morning for teardown.

We couldn't have had the con without all their help.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
This happened to me last year! I was so overwhelmed by feeling like I just BELONGED and I was depressed for weeks after the con ended, feeling like I wanted the atmosphere back.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
It's was great seeing you there! :>
Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
I am glad you had a good time, and I hope that you'll return for many years to come. I put something in the front of the programming guide. Apparently a few people saw it, but many didn't.

I've copied a piece of it here because I think it echoes what everyone has been saying:

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Anthrocon is run by fans, for the fans. Every piece of programming, every panel host, and every performance comes from those who wish to contribute to a great weekend for fellow attendees. No one is paid to do these things. They do them, because they simply wish to make the convention better.

We’re a celebration of many things. We have the vision to bring into reality that which we can imagine. We find new and innovative ways to express our passion for life and creativity. We use the knowledge and technology at our disposal to intrigue and enchant those around us with the gifts of laughter and happiness. We are friends from every corner of the world, who are connected by common interests. We are from all walks of life. We are artists and technicians, office workers and students. We are comedians and philosophers, scientists and poets.

So what is Anthrocon? My best answer would be to look around at everyone at the convention and say, “Anthrocon is what we, as fans, make it and what we make of it. Anthrocon is its people."
* * * * * * * *

As many have said before.... Welcome home.
Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Unbelieveably well said.....I really couldn't have put it into better words than that. It is true in so many ways that we the fans are what holds everything together. We are, in my mind, the most supportive and loving group or crazy individuals that the world has ever seen from all walks of life, all kinds of backgrounds and beliefs, and we are damn proud of who we are. I'm never going to forget my first con because the fun never ends. There's always another con and everyone is there to support you no matter what. Tis part of the magic and mysticism of our fandom/lifestyle.
Jul. 6th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the achievement of one of your goals
Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!!!
See you there again next year!!!
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Just now I was going back through the posts on this community right after AC08, and I stumbled across this little gem. I thought, "you know, that's exactly how I felt ... I should comment, even though it's 2 months gone."

Of course, I'd already commented. :-P

But I'll comment again anyway. AC08 was my first con as well, and I loved it to pieces. I had one of the moments you describe as well; at this point I'm not sure what day it was, but I was just standing in the Westin lobby observing, feeling right at home. I'm glad you felt the same.
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