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Anthrocon 2009 - A Final Look Back

*cross posted from the Anthrocon Forums*

The lights have dimmed.  Our equipment is packed.  Things seem much quieter and perhaps a little less colorful in Pittsburgh.  Anthrocon 2009 has ended, and as many of us have returned to our daily routine, I still can’t help but feel a bit of a wistful longing that we could have just one more day of what was surely a convention that will remain firmly cemented in many collective memories. 

I don’t think there is a way to really describe the activities of the weekend.  Every person had their own experience, and each has their own story to tell.  That is the reality of having 3776 people attending a single event.  But what we have created in the city of Pittsburgh, is indeed something special.  Local restaurants are now clamoring for our business.  The city welcomes us with open arms.  Pittsburgh is no longer merely the city where we have our convention.  Pittsburgh has become our home, and it is one that we look forward to returning to every summer.

As I began the task of unpacking last night, I found my medallions, fursuit ear tags, signed books, hand turned wooden pens, and all of the other trinkets that were reminders that the convention is now only a memory.  But what a great memory it is.  All good things must come to an end.  This is the nature of things.  We must allow those special moments to pass and return to our sense of “normal routine” so that we can truly appreciate how truly remarkable Anthrocon 2009 really was.

As we close the books on this year's event, I hope that everyone had a wonderful and fun-filled weekend.  Godspeed my friends.  We’ll look forward to seeing everyone next year!




( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 7th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
3776 today, 4500 tomorrow!
Jul. 7th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
This was my first AC and my first con in over 4 years...and my first experience was that trip to the Brew Works with you guys.

Thanks for that awesome (if a bit of a hike afterward :P) opening experience that set the tone for a great weekend.

You guys did an amazing job in pulling off a great convention and I look forward to experiencing it again in the future.
Jul. 7th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
I have to say I've been attending AC for several years now and in my personal experience this one rocked on all levels

Many thanks to all of the AC staff and volunteers that made it possible!

Jul. 7th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I needed a post like this to remind me that I'm not still at the convention. :-P
Jul. 7th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you again for being able to bring the flag down for the memorial. Were you able to get your flag back? I meant to ask you yesterday.
Jul. 7th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yes. I got it back. And was happy to do that. Furp was a great guy, and it really was the least I could offer to do.

Sorry for running around so much, I was going back and forth between the DLCC and the Westin at least once every 2 hours...sometimes 3-4 times an hour, so I was a little frazzled.
Jul. 7th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
No worries. I know you needed to keep track of a number of things.

I'll be down towards the end of the month if you'd like to catch me. Going to work on some projects while in Florida and visit at Megaplex.
Jul. 7th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Next tiiiiiiiiime.
Jul. 7th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Hats off to you sir and to everyone. :)
Jul. 8th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Its the great people like you who make the convention rewarding. If it wasn't for the dedicated staff, no one would enjoy the convention! Here's to the years to come!
Jul. 8th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
All the thanks and appreciation go to you all, the Anthrocon staff and volunteers. Pretty much everything about this con was top-tier, and I can't remember the last time I had so much fun.

I will certainly return in 2010, for more madness!
Jul. 9th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) What a great closing thought to a wild and fun con. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who I know worked very very hard all con long to make it happen. See you in 2010 :)
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