cons and meets

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Sun Aug 15 23:56:42 EDT 2004

Anyone interested in finding out what cons are on
where could check out here;

It has one listing for New orleans (I think, the
postal address in there anyway) but it was on last
weekend (what a bummer).

Jon - who has only been to one con in the last twenty
years, but who was GoH at one 22 years ago. As for
DWJ's coment about all the men having beards, check
out this photo of me at Aussiecon in 1975.

iirc even the guys whose faces you can't see in this
photo are all bearded.

--- minnow at wrote:

> Jordan wondered:
> >Wow, I have literally just finished Deep Secret
> when I check my e-mail and 
> >saw this. So there are really people like that out
> there? Dress up and act like 
> >that in public? Ah, I'd probably do that too if one
> ever came here (new 
> >orleans) but I dont think they have em here.
> The truly outlandish matter (centaurs and magids and
> such) I have not
> encountered at any convention -- thank goodness! The
> rest is an
> affectionate semi-portrait of some convention-goers,
> and I don't think
> there's a single person in it who isn't at least a
> recognisable "type", 
> even if some are slightly larger than life. 
> What you have to remember is that an English
> convention isn't exactly
> "in public". Generally the entire hotel in which it
> is happening has
> been taken by the Convention and no "mundanes" will
> be staying there;
> this means that people can let down their hair and
> not look over their
> shoulders all the time to see whether they are being
> disapproved of.  If
> someone wants to cross-dress he or she can, and
> nobody will comment
> except possibly to mention where one can buy women's
> shoes in large
> sizes, as it were; it would be very bad form indeed
> to express any
> disapproval, and the person expressing it would be
> the one who was
> looked at askance.  (This seems to me to be what
> ought to happen always
> and everywhere, actually, but then I am obviously a
> con-goer at heart.)
> If someone wants to wander about wearing nothing but
> two
> strategically-placed bits of chamois-leather or
> dressed as someone in
> the Rocky Horror Show, or telling everyone about the
> Face on Mars, or
> giving long and detailed descriptions of some world
> they invented for a
> game, or explaining their particular beliefs about
> christianity or
> paganism, that's ok so long as they aren't being
> unpleasant to or about
> any individual who happens to be present. If someone
> is bored by
> whatever it may happen to be, there are plenty of
> other people to go and
> talk to instead. It is socially acceptable, for the
> duration of the con,
> to be as eccentric as one feels any need to be, and
> nobody is affronted
> (or if they are they can go and be it somewhere
> else).  About the only
> thing that's a bit frowned on is any religious or
> idealogical attempt to
> force anyone else to do or not do something because
> of one's own beliefs
> or feelings: the person who tries to stop a
> particular film being shown
> because he disapproves of its content, for example,
> *will* get slung out
> in the end if he doesn't shut up about it.
> Or to put it another way, nothing in *Deep Secret*
> seems to have
> impressed anyone I know who goes to British
> conventions as having struck
> a wrong note and been utterly over the top.  The
> convention was
> recognised as being "right".
> There have been worldcons in New Orleans, but not I
> think recently.
> Minnow
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