heidi: (Good and Bad)
But I am today, when online registration closes for the final HPEF fancon.

For those who didn't know, HPEF and our first event, Nimbus - 2003, stemmed out of discussions on the HPForGrownups Yahoogroup in 2002...

About ten years ago, a group of HPfGU members decided to organize a fancon in Orlando, Florida. Our plans became Nimbus - 2003, which was the first of so many fantastic fan-created, fan-run, not-for-profit events where Harry Potter fans could gather to discuss the books in person, in formal programming sessions and in casual meetups in restaurants, bars, Starbucks cafes and Common Rooms.

We've played Quidditch in ballrooms and in the water, we've dressed in costumes on the streets of Hogsmeade, we hosted the first Wizard Rock concert and saw Chris Rankin kidnapped by Death Eaters in 2005 and Dementors in 2008. We Wrocked Around the Rock, had Christian Coulson write in our diaries, liveblogged analyses of geography, alchemy, nomenclature, spells and whether Snape loved Lily (granted, that was in 2003 - we did not know yet!

We mourned Sirius Black and Albus Dumbledore and Dobby - and Snape - and watched deleted scenes from Chamber of Secrets while sitting in inflatable armchairs. We sat on the floor to watch Team StarKid acoustically perform Going Back to Hogwarts despite all the ladies in the cast being absent, and we toasted with Butterbeer made with liquor, or whipped cream, or soda in all the years before the WWoHP opened.

Every wrock concert, formal programming session, pick-up Quidditch game, costuming event, craft faire shopping experience, HP film cast member autograph session, Common Room meetup, Art Gallery viewing, sponsor-hosted reception, fanfilm, fanvid, fanfic reading, fan-performed show (except WXWXW) and dance is included with a Full registration - and so are our two feasts! If you missed the menus when we posted them earlier this week, you can check them out here - http://hp2012.org/?p=2820 - but we can't be responsible if you read them while you're hungry!

We're looking forward to Ascendio with a sense of joy - and with some sadness as it'll be our final HPEF fancon. Some of us started working on our first HPEF event ten years ago this month, when we started planning Nimbus - 2003, which took place in Orlando in mid-July of that year. As we close the door on this aspect of our Harry Potter fandom experience, we want to share it all with you.

Most of you that I've met in person, I've met at fandom events - HPEF cons, or PoAIMAXNYC in 2004 or at Phoenix Rising in 2007. Those of you I haven't met yet, there's still events and trips and the WWoHP and Leavesden Studios and moments we will have. I can't wait to see so many friends this summer, and in all the summers and winters and springs and falls yet to come.

And isn't this mood icon perfect?
heidi: (Palms by echoe69)
Last week? Infinitus. All Infinitus, all the time. I was pretty much jill-of-all-trades hither and yon at the Royal Pacific in the con-space, and for a few hours each day, with my family. Why my husband thought I would be able to look after the kids for two hours each evening is just... But it was amazing to watch them enjoy the kids' program (no, it wasn't a kids' track, they were just in a room for crafts, activities, discussions and fun stuff) and by 2012, Harry will (kindasorta) be almost old enough to actually be a registrant.

The most gorgeous thing about Infinitus to me was being able to walk around the hotel, and especially around Hogsmeade, and see friends everywhere. At NoaTW and when I went back to the park for an hour on Sunday after dinner, before the amazing Drinks + HBP At The Pool extravaganza (um, Zoners, can HP people GANZA too?), I saw familiar and friendly faces everywhere; it was like walking around Hogsmeade on an Old Boys' and Girls' weekend, like a page out of our own AU of Paradigm of Uncertainty. I could go back any random day, but I think I'm going to save the trips to the WWoHP for when friends are in town to see it. I'll go with anyone I know, because I don't want to walk around there alone just yet...

I have reports and squees and thoughts on con-crit (pun intended) and a few scattered photos, but if you posted a con report before yesterday, or have any photos that I happen to be in, please let me know! And if you took any photos that show the LCD screens when they had the gorgeous front and back cover images that [livejournal.com profile] jin_fenghuang did (you can also see them here) she would love to see them! Must finish off my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang vid first, though.

Brief Infinitus linkspam:
Shaebay's amazing 'plant' information which you may've seen in the trees
A piece from the UMichigan school paper about A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel, the latter of which was shown on Saturday night and which caused those massive lines. The shows were both written and produced - by a team of undergrads (and a few grad students) at the university; they filmed it back in 2009 and it became a massive YouTube sensation, sort of like Potter Puppet Pals in days of old, and by showing at Infinitus, almost 1300 people got to see it.
Rumor has it Universal ran though a multi-year supply of Butterbeer mugs in about two to three weeks. They've been running short on other things, too, because the demand is outpacing the supply, especially things like Snape-items (including his wand) and Pygmy Puffs. Lucky me, I have a mug and a Puff!
An interesting post that discusses not just Infinitus but also Avatar the Series with some anthropological perspective
Oh, and do friend [livejournal.com profile] ascendio2012. We won't have much news in the coming weeks or months, so it won't be very highly trafficked for now, but if you add it now, you'll start to see stuff as we post it. An amazing team is coming together for 2012 and I cannot wait!

This week: Liss came back to Miami with me, and we hung out, watched Glee, talked HP and cons and weather and amazing cookies and she helped me shop for groceries as we had nothing in the house. My sister went out of town today and her dog Zoe is moving in tomorrow, and my kids can't wait! And alas, the likelihood of me going to Comic Con has basically slipped to a virtual zero, because Aaron has to be in LA for deposition prep by 11 AM PDT on Monday and there's not enough time for me to do my Harry Potter panel on Sunday afternoon, and then fly home in time for him to fly out to LA. I will miss all of you, but between trips to NYC and D*Con this fall - and hopefully How to Succeed in February or March, I'll see a lot of you in the next few months including...

Next week in Washington, DC or Williamsburg, VA. We're coming up to DC next Friday and would love to see as many people as can make it for dinner at Bua just off DuPont Circle on Saturday night. Still finalizing times but it should be around 5:30. LMK if you're possibly able to make it, and I'll let you know as the plans finalize.

Has anyone done the Washington Monument tour recently? I have actually never been up but we have tickets to go up on Saturday morning.

Next Sunday we are heading for Williamsburg, and I hope to see [livejournal.com profile] bookshop and [livejournal.com profile] eibil_libbie if she is in town. Anyone else in the general vicinity? We'll be in the area through August 7.

Of course, the night before we go, [livejournal.com profile] roguebitch will be joining me in Miami Beach for OMGOMG a Crowded House concert! We have front row seats! There will be a Neil right in front of us and we will scream and squee and sing along a lot! I cannot wait!

I know I've been bad at keeping up on LJ recently - how many days behind am I on that HP meme? I promise I'll start tomorrow - but now that Infinitus is over I'll have a bit more time, I hope. I've hardly read anything in a week, so message me if there's something you think I need to read.
heidi: (Palms by echoe69)
Last week? Infinitus. All Infinitus, all the time. I was pretty much jill-of-all-trades hither and yon at the Royal Pacific in the con-space, and for a few hours each day, with my family. Why my husband thought I would be able to look after the kids for two hours each evening is just... But it was amazing to watch them enjoy the kids' program (no, it wasn't a kids' track, they were just in a room for crafts, activities, discussions and fun stuff) and by 2012, Harry will (kindasorta) be almost old enough to actually be a registrant.

The most gorgeous thing about Infinitus to me was being able to walk around the hotel, and especially around Hogsmeade, and see friends everywhere. At NoaTW and when I went back to the park for an hour on Sunday after dinner, before the amazing Drinks + HBP At The Pool extravaganza (um, Zoners, can HP people GANZA too?), I saw familiar and friendly faces everywhere; it was like walking around Hogsmeade on an Old Boys' and Girls' weekend, like a page out of our own AU of Paradigm of Uncertainty. I could go back any random day, but I think I'm going to save the trips to the WWoHP for when friends are in town to see it. I'll go with anyone I know, because I don't want to walk around there alone just yet...

I have reports and squees and thoughts on con-crit (pun intended) and a few scattered photos, but if you posted a con report before yesterday, or have any photos that I happen to be in, please let me know! And if you took any photos that show the LCD screens when they had the gorgeous front and back cover images that [livejournal.com profile] jin_fenghuang did (you can also see them here) she would love to see them! Must finish off my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang vid first, though.

Brief Infinitus linkspam:
Shaebay's amazing 'plant' information which you may've seen in the trees
A piece from the UMichigan school paper about A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel, the latter of which was shown on Saturday night and which caused those massive lines. The shows were both written and produced - by a team of undergrads (and a few grad students) at the university; they filmed it back in 2009 and it became a massive YouTube sensation, sort of like Potter Puppet Pals in days of old, and by showing at Infinitus, almost 1300 people got to see it.
Rumor has it Universal ran though a multi-year supply of Butterbeer mugs in about two to three weeks. They've been running short on other things, too, because the demand is outpacing the supply, especially things like Snape-items (including his wand) and Pygmy Puffs. Lucky me, I have a mug and a Puff!
An interesting post that discusses not just Infinitus but also Avatar the Series with some anthropological perspective
Oh, and do friend [livejournal.com profile] ascendio2012. We won't have much news in the coming weeks or months, so it won't be very highly trafficked for now, but if you add it now, you'll start to see stuff as we post it. An amazing team is coming together for 2012 and I cannot wait!

This week: Liss came back to Miami with me, and we hung out, watched Glee, talked HP and cons and weather and amazing cookies and she helped me shop for groceries as we had nothing in the house. My sister went out of town today and her dog Zoe is moving in tomorrow, and my kids can't wait! And alas, the likelihood of me going to Comic Con has basically slipped to a virtual zero, because Aaron has to be in LA for deposition prep by 11 AM PDT on Monday and there's not enough time for me to do my Harry Potter panel on Sunday afternoon, and then fly home in time for him to fly out to LA. I will miss all of you, but between trips to NYC and D*Con this fall - and hopefully How to Succeed in February or March, I'll see a lot of you in the next few months including...

Next week in Washington, DC or Williamsburg, VA. We're coming up to DC next Friday and would love to see as many people as can make it for dinner at Bua just off DuPont Circle on Saturday night. Still finalizing times but it should be around 5:30. LMK if you're possibly able to make it, and I'll let you know as the plans finalize.

Has anyone done the Washington Monument tour recently? I have actually never been up but we have tickets to go up on Saturday morning.

Next Sunday we are heading for Williamsburg, and I hope to see [livejournal.com profile] bookshop and [livejournal.com profile] eibil_libbie if she is in town. Anyone else in the general vicinity? We'll be in the area through August 7.

Of course, the night before we go, [livejournal.com profile] roguebitch will be joining me in Miami Beach for OMGOMG a Crowded House concert! We have front row seats! There will be a Neil right in front of us and we will scream and squee and sing along a lot! I cannot wait!

I know I've been bad at keeping up on LJ recently - how many days behind am I on that HP meme? I promise I'll start tomorrow - but now that Infinitus is over I'll have a bit more time, I hope. I've hardly read anything in a week, so message me if there's something you think I need to read.
heidi: (Booze!)
Last week? Infinitus. All Infinitus, all the time. I was pretty much jill-of-all-trades hither and yon at the Royal Pacific in the con-space, and for a few hours each day, with my family. Why my husband thought I would be able to look after the kids for two hours each evening is just... But it was amazing to watch them enjoy the kids' program (no, it wasn't a kids' track, they were just in a room for crafts, activities, discussions and fun stuff) and by 2012, Harry will (kindasorta) be almost old enough to actually be a registrant.

The most gorgeous thing about Infinitus to me was being able to walk around the hotel, and especially around Hogsmeade, and see friends everywhere. At NoaTW and when I went back to the park for an hour on Sunday after dinner, before the amazing Drinks + HBP At The Pool extravaganza (um, Zoners, can HP people GANZA too?), I saw familiar and friendly faces everywhere; it was like walking around Hogsmeade on an Old Boys' and Girls' weekend, like a page out of our own AU of Paradigm of Uncertainty. I could go back any random day, but I think I'm going to save the trips to the WWoHP for when friends are in town to see it. I'll go with anyone I know, because I don't want to walk around there alone just yet...

I have reports and squees and thoughts on con-crit (pun intended) and a few scattered photos, but if you posted a con report before yesterday, or have any photos that I happen to be in, please let me know! And if you took any photos that show the LCD screens when they had the gorgeous front and back cover images that [personal profile] jin_fenghuang did (you can also see them here) she would love to see them! Must finish off my [profile] spn_j2_bigbang vid first, though.

Brief Infinitus linkspam:
Shaebay's amazing 'plant' information which you may've seen in the trees
A piece from the UMichigan school paper about A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel, the latter of which was shown on Saturday night and which caused those massive lines. The shows were both written and produced - by a team of undergrads (and a few grad students) at the university; they filmed it back in 2009 and it became a massive YouTube sensation, sort of like Potter Puppet Pals in days of old, and by showing at Infinitus, almost 1300 people got to see it.
Rumor has it Universal ran though a multi-year supply of Butterbeer mugs in about two to three weeks. They've been running short on other things, too, because the demand is outpacing the supply, especially things like Snape-items (including his wand) and Pygmy Puffs. Lucky me, I have a mug and a Puff!
An interesting post that discusses not just Infinitus but also Avatar the Series with some anthropological perspective
Oh, and do friend [community profile] ascendio2012. We won't have much news in the coming weeks or months, so it won't be very highly trafficked for now, but if you add it now, you'll start to see stuff as we post it. An amazing team is coming together for 2012 and I cannot wait!

This week: Liss came back to Miami with me, and we hung out, watched Glee, talked HP and cons and weather and amazing cookies and she helped me shop for groceries as we had nothing in the house. My sister went out of town today and her dog Zoe is moving in tomorrow, and my kids can't wait! And alas, the likelihood of me going to Comic Con has basically slipped to a virtual zero, because Aaron has to be in LA for deposition prep by 11 AM PDT on Monday and there's not enough time for me to do my Harry Potter panel on Sunday afternoon, and then fly home in time for him to fly out to LA. I will miss all of you, but between trips to NYC and D*Con this fall - and hopefully How to Succeed in February or March, I'll see a lot of you in the next few months including...

Next week in Washington, DC or Williamsburg, VA. We're coming up to DC next Friday and would love to see as many people as can make it for dinner at Bua just off DuPont Circle on Saturday night. Still finalizing times but it should be around 5:30. LMK if you're possibly able to make it, and I'll let you know as the plans finalize.

Has anyone done the Washington Monument tour recently? I have actually never been up but we have tickets to go up on Saturday morning.

Next Sunday we are heading for Williamsburg, and I hope to see [personal profile] bookshop and [profile] eibil_libbie if she is in town. Anyone else in the general vicinity? We'll be in the area through August 7.

Of course, the night before we go, [personal profile] roguebitch will be joining me in Miami Beach for OMGOMG a Crowded House concert! We have front row seats! There will be a Neil right in front of us and we will scream and squee and sing along a lot! I cannot wait!

I know I've been bad at keeping up on LJ recently - how many days behind am I on that HP meme? I promise I'll start tomorrow - but now that Infinitus is over I'll have a bit more time, I hope. I've hardly read anything in a week, so message me if there's something you think I need to read.
heidi: (JustMyType)
I was going to steal time today during the kids' tae kwon do class to post about how flat Christmas Day always feels for me, and how the Chipmunks movie did not suck as badly as it theoretically could, or my thoughts let me show you them on Doctor Who (which I haven't seen yet, but thought I would haveby that point) but that's not going to happen because...

At about noon today I got a phone call from [livejournal.com profile] bekkio that she'd just learned that our friend Eric Bowling had died of heart failure yesterday.

Some of you may've met Eric at Comic Con, where he was our moderator in 2008 and 2009 at the Harry Potter panel - you can meet him now, in a way, through the videos of our panel - start with that one and then you can see the rest here. I'm not sure if there's been an upload of this year's panel which again included me and Melissa, as well as [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace, [livejournal.com profile] flourish, Lev Grossman from TIME, Dr Henry Jenkins and ArtInsights' Leslie Combemale; will try to find it.

Eric and I taked at least three or four times a week - sometimes three or four times a day. He'd been ill since birth with heart issues and related problems, but he never, never sounded down or angry for more than a minute. He was the Harry Potter guy at Comic Con and fought for years to have an HP panel included - and was still fighting to have it removed from the "Kids' Programming" section, as oh my God we definitely were not. He wore his Gryffindor costume and looked enough like Harry with his dark hair that people came up to him when he was using his cane or in his wheelchair to comment on it. He was instrumental in working Disabled Services at Comic Con and was immensely helpful in putting together policies and procedures for Azkatraz and things we will use next summer at Infinitus. Even though he wasn't sure he'd be able to go, he was on the Academic Programming vetting committee and was in the process of applying to Dr Jenkins' program at USC; he wanted to write his thesis on Snape and moral masochism.

I'm going to end this by quoting [livejournal.com profile] flourish:

Eric loved Emma Watson, loved the Harry Potter books, and loved bringing people together to talk about them. He was enthusiastic, sometimes socially inappropriate, and always had a good sense of humor about life - which could describe a lot of fans! But Eric was special. He will be sorely missed.

All I can say is, somebody who's in CA had better step up and make the Harry Potter panel happen this year, or he's totally going to come back as a poltergeist and get all up in CCI's face...


Oh, God, how appropriate is it that this is my mood icon? When [livejournal.com profile] flourish said that Eric loved Emma, oh that is putting it mildly. He adored her looks and her smarts and I remember him cheering to me when we heard she was going to Brown.

He would laugh that the mood icon on the post I make about him is highlighted by his adored Emma. And that makes me miss him twice as much.
heidi: (JustMyType)
I was going to steal time today during the kids' tae kwon do class to post about how flat Christmas Day always feels for me, and how the Chipmunks movie did not suck as badly as it theoretically could, or my thoughts let me show you them on Doctor Who (which I haven't seen yet, but thought I would haveby that point) but that's not going to happen because...

At about noon today I got a phone call from [livejournal.com profile] bekkio that she'd just learned that our friend Eric Bowling had died of heart failure yesterday.

Some of you may've met Eric at Comic Con, where he was our moderator in 2008 and 2009 at the Harry Potter panel - you can meet him now, in a way, through the videos of our panel - start with that one and then you can see the rest here. I'm not sure if there's been an upload of this year's panel which again included me and Melissa, as well as [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace, [livejournal.com profile] flourish, Lev Grossman from TIME, Dr Henry Jenkins and ArtInsights' Leslie Combemale; will try to find it.

Eric and I taked at least three or four times a week - sometimes three or four times a day. He'd been ill since birth with heart issues and related problems, but he never, never sounded down or angry for more than a minute. He was the Harry Potter guy at Comic Con and fought for years to have an HP panel included - and was still fighting to have it removed from the "Kids' Programming" section, as oh my God we definitely were not. He wore his Gryffindor costume and looked enough like Harry with his dark hair that people came up to him when he was using his cane or in his wheelchair to comment on it. He was instrumental in working Disabled Services at Comic Con and was immensely helpful in putting together policies and procedures for Azkatraz and things we will use next summer at Infinitus. Even though he wasn't sure he'd be able to go, he was on the Academic Programming vetting committee and was in the process of applying to Dr Jenkins' program at USC; he wanted to write his thesis on Snape and moral masochism.

I'm going to end this by quoting [livejournal.com profile] flourish:

Eric loved Emma Watson, loved the Harry Potter books, and loved bringing people together to talk about them. He was enthusiastic, sometimes socially inappropriate, and always had a good sense of humor about life - which could describe a lot of fans! But Eric was special. He will be sorely missed.

All I can say is, somebody who's in CA had better step up and make the Harry Potter panel happen this year, or he's totally going to come back as a poltergeist and get all up in CCI's face...


Oh, God, how appropriate is it that this is my mood icon? When [livejournal.com profile] flourish said that Eric loved Emma, oh that is putting it mildly. He adored her looks and her smarts and I remember him cheering to me when we heard she was going to Brown.

He would laugh that the mood icon on the post I make about him is highlighted by his adored Emma. And that makes me miss him twice as much.
heidi: (JustMyType)
I was going to steal time today during the kids' tae kwon do class to post about how flat Christmas Day always feels for me, and how the Chipmunks movie did not suck as badly as it theoretically could, or my thoughts let me show you them on Doctor Who (which I haven't seen yet, but thought I would haveby that point) but that's not going to happen because...

At about noon today I got a phone call from [personal profile] bekkio that she'd just learned that our friend Eric Bowling had died of heart failure yesterday.

Some of you may've met Eric at Comic Con, where he was our guru and organizer and coordinator and moderator in 2008 and 2009 at the Harry Potter panel - you can meet him now, in a way, through the videos of our panel - start with that one and then you can see the rest here. I'm not sure if there's been an upload of this year's panel which again included me and Melissa, as well as [personal profile] gwendolyngrace, [personal profile] flourish, Lev Grossman from TIME, Dr Henry Jenkins and ArtInsights' Leslie Combemale; will try to find it.

Eric and I taked at least three or four times a week - sometimes three or four times a day. He'd been ill since birth with heart issues and related problems, but he never, never sounded down or angry for more than a minute. He was the Harry Potter guy at Comic Con and fought for years to have an HP panel included - and was still fighting to have it removed from the "Kids' Programming" section, as oh my God we definitely were not. He wore his Gryffindor costume and looked enough like Harry with his dark hair that people came up to him when he was using his cane or in his wheelchair to comment on it. He was instrumental in working Disabled Services at Comic Con and was immensely helpful in putting together policies and procedures for Azkatraz and things we will use next summer at Infinitus. Even though he wasn't sure he'd be able to go, he was on the Academic Programming vetting committee and was in the process of applying to Dr Jenkins' program at USC; he wanted to write his thesis on Snape and moral masochism.

I'm going to end this by quoting :

Eric loved Emma Watson, loved the Harry Potter books, and loved bringing people together to talk about them. He was enthusiastic, sometimes socially inappropriate, and always had a good sense of humor about life - which could describe a lot of fans! But Eric was special. He will be sorely missed.

All I can say is, somebody who's in CA had better step up and make the Harry Potter panel happen this year, or he's totally going to come back as a poltergeist and get all up in CCI's face...

...

Aug. 5th, 2009 03:38 pm
heidi: (JustMyType)
Text stolen from [livejournal.com profile] kerryblaze
There really is never any easy way to say this. Sometime during the night, [livejournal.com profile] simons_flower passed away. [livejournal.com profile] tqpannie has more information here.

There are so many words to describe how I'm feeling right now - shocked, sad, confused, angry. She was a good woman with a big heart, who loved and was devoted to her daughter, her friends, and fandom.

Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and/or prayers. She will be missed.


I met [livejournal.com profile] simons_flower at PR back in May of 2007, and we had such a fabulous, fun time hanging out that weekend, and talking from then on, about Duran Duran, fandom, families, and more. From the loss of [livejournal.com profile] sisterpandora last month and now this....

My hugs and thoughts to everyone who knew and loved them.

...

Aug. 5th, 2009 03:38 pm
heidi: (JustMyType)
Text stolen from [livejournal.com profile] kerryblaze
There really is never any easy way to say this. Sometime during the night, [livejournal.com profile] simons_flower passed away. [livejournal.com profile] tqpannie has more information here.

There are so many words to describe how I'm feeling right now - shocked, sad, confused, angry. She was a good woman with a big heart, who loved and was devoted to her daughter, her friends, and fandom.

Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and/or prayers. She will be missed.


I met [livejournal.com profile] simons_flower at PR back in May of 2007, and we had such a fabulous, fun time hanging out that weekend, and talking from then on, about Duran Duran, fandom, families, and more. From the loss of [livejournal.com profile] sisterpandora last month and now this....

My hugs and thoughts to everyone who knew and loved them.
heidi: (the_eight)
So noone told you life was gonna be this way...

So in September, 1994, there was this new show starting, and I was starting my last term of law school, living in DuPont Circle in Washington DC, planning to take the Bar in Florida, and in posession of no clue what I was going to do after graduation, but convinced it would involve staying in DC and working in communications law.

Your job's a joke

I was about to start working for a firm that was trying to get one of their clients a contract with this little company in Northern Virginia called America On-Line. I was in charge of the negotiations, as I knew how to get online with my 4800Baud modem, and my boss didn't know how to use a mouse.

You're broke
Or if not, I was spending far too much money on margaritas at rooftop restaurants in Adam's Morgan.

Your love life's DOA
But little did I realise that five weeks before, I'd met the man I was going to marry. I told another Zone-friend about a month ago that had I not been starting a romance with Aaron that fall, I might've considered other opportunities. I'm weirdly glad I never did, but I'm also glad that I'm finally focused enough to realise why that sort of thing scared me as long as it did.

Internet communities didn't exist then, not the way we know them now. And it's impossible to explain how glad I am - how proud I am - to have been part of one of the first - one of the longest lasting.

And while I cried tonight at the end of the show, I didn't cry half as much as I did when [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl got back in touch with me last year and I rediscovered the lives of so many people who presences I so strongly missed.

So if I can swing it, maybe we'll do another Secret Santa Extravaganza this winter?

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