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kalpurna ([personal profile] kalpurna) wrote2009-04-05 08:49 pm

nine by five

Hello, flist! I am in DETROIT. My flight was oversold and this nice biology teacher next to me was frrrreaking out about being fired for not showing up tomorrow, and I have no classes on Monday, so I'm staying the night in a hotel. In DETROIT. And they're paying me $300 + room and board to do it.

If I said this wasn't a tiny bit motivated by my desire to spend more time with my beloved Detroit airport, I would be lying.


I flew in on Thursday night to Connecticut and after a night in [livejournal.com profile] loveyouallwrong's basement caught a ride up in her car along with [livejournal.com profile] quettaser, [livejournal.com profile] shoemaster, [livejournal.com profile] riadsala, my lovely and charming roommates. \o/ By the way, guys, I forgot to say so before we left, but that was an A+ roommate situation. No drama (except when I pitched a drunken fit over not having a blanket) and no stress. I love you all times a million.

My panel was earlyish Friday, which, thank God, because I was having a minor heart attack every time I thought about it, and at least I got it out of the WAY. [livejournal.com profile] eledhwenlin and I got to talk it over before lunch, and she had really great ideas for where to take the conversation, and it was just FUN. And it seemed to go okay, at least by my standards, which were "no bombs go off", and it was interesting seeing what kinds of language is spreading around fandom these days. (Conclusion: NO ONE knows what "MTE" means, except for people like me and Lea who lurk teenie comms. (My Thoughts Exactly, for the record.)) I didn't even need to use my plants in the audience to ask pity questions!

And then I was free to enjoy PANELS! I attended a lot of great panels, and especially enjoyed the Psych panel, which was full of people with good opinions, and the RPF panel, which was full of people telling Pete Wentz to get off our damn lawn. I unfortunately missed a ton of panels I wanted to go to. :( At least I didn't sleep through all of Saturday like I did last time!

The vid show and dance party on Friday Night were pretty damn fantastic. Lea and I kept sneaking upstairs to do shots instead of paying for drinks at the hotel bar because that is the kind of classy we are. Not that we had shot glasses, so by "shots" we mean "swigs directly from the bottle." Then we came back down and danced our asses off. They played "Guilty Pleasure" first which was the wisest of all possible moves since it got all the bandom girls, who, let's face it, are used to being shameless, out on the dancefloor and excited. There were more people dancing than I expected, and the mix was fabulous, and everyone was dressed to the nines, and I loooved it. I hurt my thighs so badly getting low while Flo Rida told me about boots with the fur that I spent the entire rest of the con bitching about them.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] riadsala and [livejournal.com profile] drlense almost had an ACTUAL BRAWL over whether "Love Shack" is great or crap. It ended when Caroline LEFT THE ROOM after being restrained. Ahahahaha.

On Saturday morning, we all eeled out of bed in variously graceful ways, and Lea informed me that at some point during the night she had been sitting up in bed wide awake and bored and I had turned over and told her to stop snoring and then fallen back asleep. Ummm, I don't know? Then we went down and had some glorious eggs and bacon with [livejournal.com profile] fayemeadows until I felt human again.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, there was a craft table! The craft table was a DEFINITE highlight of last MJ, and it had only gotten better this time around with the addition of Pete Wentz and about sixty more glitter pens. I very carefully glittered up a Pete (with red glittery peen) that I then stuck on a popsicle stick and which I believe [livejournal.com profile] bayleaf left in some sort of decorative planter. Lea made a rapey Callum that I truly cannot describe, because you must see it for yourself.

Saturday night was Jacque's, the drag bar, and it was indescribably amazing. We had the entire floor area reserved (because the con comm is amazing and they can do that) and it was just a sea of fangirls in various levels of sparkly sluttery. The energy of the show was unfuckingbelievable; I would guess that they rarely get to perform to an audience that vocally enthusiastic and that unshockable (and that well-tipping; they could barely do their acts because we were so busy brandishing dollar bills at them). [livejournal.com profile] reginagiraffe had her ankles tugged in the air and a drag queen give her faux head. It was that kind of night. The bachelorette parties lurked around the edges and looked freaked out. Oh, Courtney's Cupcakes, we're sorry you thought YOU were going to be the rowdy ones.

And then there was a room party I will draw a graceful veil over except to say that [livejournal.com profile] giddygeek is all of the adorable and I kissed all of the girls on the lesbian bed. Oh, and also, at some point I caused a commotion looking for a pen so I could write down the following:
I'm going to pee on you on your face

me and Caroline and Hannah are going to have a baby who is lost all the time and I'm going to birth him out of my ear


At some point this morning Lea turned to me and Allison and asked if this year's MJ was better than 2007's, and she and I both paused where we were to think about that one. Comparing individual items - the fabulous dance party, the BEYOND fabulous field trip to drag queens, the quality of the hotel, the quality of the room parties I attended - it's really no contest, because this MJ was absolutely perfect on every one of those fronts. But on the other hand... MJ 2007 was my first con. It was the first time I met fangirls en masse, the first time I met [livejournal.com profile] giddygeek and [livejournal.com profile] calathea and [livejournal.com profile] misspamela and [livejournal.com profile] airinshaw and [livejournal.com profile] brooklinegirl and [livejournal.com profile] mrsronweasley and [livejournal.com profile] entropical87 and [livejournal.com profile] bayleaf and [livejournal.com profile] strangecobwebs and [livejournal.com profile] shihadchick and Jesus Christ, half my flist. I was vibrating with energy the entire weekend and came out of it like I was coming out of a war. MJ 2009 was never going to be that for me, because it was never going to be my first con. So was it objectively a better con? Yes. Did I have a fantastic time? Yes. But MJ 2007 will always have that untouchable place in my heart.

I think the truly wonderful thing about this con for me is the way I feel right here and now (in, uh, Detroit). Two years ago, I was emotionally wrecked on Sunday, weeping and devastated and feeling like I had just lost something incredible I'd never get to find again. Today, I feel sad it's over, but mostly - those people I thought were so great? They're part of my actual life now. They're not just internet friends, they're straight-up FRIENDS. I'm going to see them again, I'm going to talk to them, and in two years I'm going to get on a plane to Boston. MJ 2007 felt like once-in-a-lifetime. MJ 2009 felt like this is my life. And I'm so fucking thankful for that.

(For reference: con report 07. Rereading that, my impressions are: 1) holy shit I sound young, and b) fangirls really haven't changed when it comes to boobs.)

In conclusion, I want to thank the con comm for being made out of pure decanted awesome, and to send giant ridiculous hugs to everyone I mentioned in this post and everyone I forgot to mention because I'm exhausted and spacey. You are why I'm here. You are what this is about for me. Just you.

[identity profile] brooklinegirl.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
I love, love, LOVE you, and what you said about MJ07 just made me HONEST TO GOD tear up, because yes, exactly that. This year was better put together (see: two years vs. three MONTHS worth of planning), but last year, we pulled that con out of our ASSES, and it was wicked fucking successful nonetheless.

I LOVED reading about your weekend, I'm SO GLAD your panel went well, I LOVE that there was almost a BRAWL over Love Shack, and YAY FOR THE LESBIAN BED. (liz: "seriously, it was like there was SEX POLLEN over there.")


[identity profile] shihadchick.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 09:50 pm (UTC)(link)
...I feel you and Liz should know that I nearly choked to death on AIR reading this comment and then laughing hysterically. <3
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:43 am (UTC)(link)
Ugh, Tracey, I love you MORE. I'm so insanely spoiled for other cons because of the amazing shit you and your cohorts pull off, whether it's in the Night Games Lounge or the Radisson, and whether you decide to do it three months earlier or two years. You know how to do it right. ♥♥♥

Maybe that wasn't gin I spilled in that bed after all! Maybe it was a plot device! :O

p.s. I want to read fic where characters from various fandoms end up in Jacque's.

[identity profile] shihadchick.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
...seriously you should've seen Miss P's FACE when I told her "I'm really sorry, the cover is kind of wet. IT'S KALPURNA'S FAULT! *beat* *beat* ...she spilled her gin?" :D

[identity profile] mrsronweasley.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 03:05 am (UTC)(link)
I HEART YOU A WHOLE LOT, DUDE. And I know EXACTLY what you mean about MJ 2007 (even though it was my second-ever con - nothing can ever compare!) and I'm THRILLED that I got to PARTY with you, and be on a fangirl-filled bed with you, and just - you are made of awesome, as was this con!


♥ ♥ ♥
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
It was also just EXACTLY what I will always want and need out of a con. I don't need cosplay or actors visiting or anything like that, I need DANCING AND SPARKLES AND BOOZE ON HOTEL BEDS. \o/


[identity profile] strobelighted.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 03:07 am (UTC)(link)
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:45 am (UTC)(link)
but I'm here NOW. :D? :D?

[identity profile] riadsala.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 03:26 am (UTC)(link)
You/DTW OTP. I had such a fantastic time this weekend and I miss you already. I would have your eternally lost ear-babby in a hot second. And at the risk of forever being "the girl who hates the B-52s," I really do find that song incredibly irritating.

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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:46 am (UTC)(link)

And dude, you're ALREADY forever "the girl who hates nickels", so it's A LITTLE LATE TO START WORRYING.
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[identity profile] norabombay.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 04:29 am (UTC)(link)
OOOOH! sounds like it was a v. good time.

And all I can say about Loveshack is this: I got my best score ever in Singstar playing it.
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
It really really was. \o/ I have to admit, I'm on [livejournal.com profile] drlense's side with this one. How can you hate Loveshack?!

[identity profile] drlense.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 10:18 am (UTC)(link)
It was so wonderful to finally meet you! I've been hearing great things about you since the LAST MJ, so finally putting a face (and the boobs!) to the name was a joy.

(And [livejournal.com profile] riadsala knows that I was just kidding about beating her up, right?)
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[identity profile] loveyouallwrong.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 02:38 pm (UTC)(link)
You may have been, but she wasn't. I roomed with her, she kept sleepmuttering THEY ALL WILL PAY and LEAST EXPECT IT. :O :O :O

[identity profile] riadsala.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 04:43 pm (UTC)(link)
At this rate [livejournal.com profile] mmeguilotn is the only one who will escape my wrath, since she had the good sense to agree with me last night. All others will perish before my late-80s pop hit driven rage.

[identity profile] quettaser.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 05:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm trying to gauge how wrong you are. Thoughts? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv6Cr5LZStE)

What about this one? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXLHUThBib8) (Damn you Warner, I want the real video!)

And lastly this one. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P6I4pT_tVA)


[identity profile] riadsala.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 05:37 pm (UTC)(link)
1. Y.


3. I didn't think I knew it but then the chorus kicked in also that dude's hair is amazing and will be probably be seen on a member of Forever the Sickest Kids in the near future.

[identity profile] quettaser.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 05:32 pm (UTC)(link)
WAIT I FORGOT ONE (BY WHICH I MEAN SEVEN MILLION) DON'T BE WRONG (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoG62Wi8twU)

[identity profile] riadsala.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Having listened to it, I have no real desire to do so again, but I can see its appeal.

[identity profile] quettaser.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 05:45 pm (UTC)(link)
>:( What if they are dressed as cats? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phmzjf_AXR0)

[identity profile] riadsala.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 05:52 pm (UTC)(link)
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
awwwww, it was fabulous to meet you too! ♥ And I think I need to award you the title of Dance Party MVP. :D

[identity profile] bkm5191.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 11:25 am (UTC)(link)
birth out of the ear where do they put the epidural?
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] reginagiraffe 2009-04-06 02:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Your breasts were a highlight of the con! *g*

I'm glad I had the chance to meet you!
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
Watching your ENTIRE JACQUE'S EXPERIENCE was a highlight of the con. :D

The feeling is so mutual. ♥

[identity profile] misspamela.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 03:12 pm (UTC)(link)
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[identity profile] jadziadrgnrdr.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 03:42 pm (UTC)(link)
My panel was earlyish Friday, which, thank God, because I was having a minor heart attack every time I thought about it, and at least I got it out of the WAY.

I've missed things.

From what I surmised it was a fanfiction con? Sounds like you had super a lot of fun so yay for that. I'm on Spring Break myself but I keep threatening to go in to school to finish my grading but it hasn't happened yet... I got myself showered and that's about as far as I have gone to leaving the house... sigh. Okay for real now I'm leaving.
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I should have clarified! It's sort of a Due South diaspora thing? It's widely multifannish but most of the people there were in Due South at some point in the past. [livejournal.com profile] muskratjamboree

Ahaha, I'm just impressed you're disciplined enough to do work on vacation! *applause*

[identity profile] jadziadrgnrdr.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 02:08 am (UTC)(link)
Ahaha, I'm just impressed you're disciplined enough to do work on vacation! *applause*

Awww you didn't automatically assume the truth of the situation which is I've fucked around so much that grades are due and I need to buckle down and do them. I got most of it done today though.

I miss cons. Haven't been to one in ages. Maybe I should go to DragonCon.

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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:54 am (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] quettaser.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 05:47 pm (UTC)(link)

Come baaaaaack
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:55 am (UTC)(link)
no u come here

[identity profile] shihadchick.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 09:47 pm (UTC)(link)


And dude, you are totally awesome; enjoy Detroit! (Also I had to read this otu to my roommates last night because Joy is weird and does not agree with us re: Detroit airport.)

Can't wait to see you again later this week, YAY.
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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 01:56 am (UTC)(link)
I was going to be like COME HERE RIGHT NOW but you arrrrrrre! :DDDDDDDDD

Joy is WRONG IN REAL LIFE. DTW > everything. If they ever get free wireless I may move in.

[identity profile] shihadchick.livejournal.com 2009-04-07 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
IKR? *beams* I am so so chuffed, I get to see you again SO SOON OMG AWESOME PLANNING SELF YAY.

And she IS. SO SO WRONG. And ME TOO. Seriously. We can bathe in the fountain, there is no wrong in this plan. *nod*

[identity profile] entropical87.livejournal.com 2009-04-08 05:08 am (UTC)(link)
Ugh, I still can't believe I managed to miss Guilty Pleasure. Way to fail, self.

I want to quote that entire last section back at you because: YES THAT. MJ 2009 was the awesomest con ever to awesome and I coped so much better with omginteraction this time around, but nothing can ever replace the feeling of First Con Ever. I was sad enough that I actualfax cried when I had to leave (again! because I'm a loser!) but - I'm not bereft like I was last time. These are my FRIENDS, they will stay my friends, and I WILL see them again. And that's partly due to MJ 2007.

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[identity profile] kalpurna.livejournal.com 2009-04-08 07:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, it was RIGHT at the beginning. :(

<3333333333333333333333333 COME VISIT US COME VISIT US COME VISIT US