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Day One, TWH - The Phantom Librarian
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Day One, TWH
Well, I just got back from the Sorting feast at TWH. It took a really long time to get home, because I misjudged the commuter rail times, and it seemed longer because most of the last leg of the trip--the part away from TWH and back at home--involved an argument between drunken and belligerant townies and drunken and rude college students. I kept hoping the driver would put them off the train--they were bothering everyone--but he didn't.

Before that, though, the day was perfectly lovely. The weather is great, the leaves are starting to turn, and Salem is geared up to host. I met a fellow librarian/fan coming up from the commuter rail and walked over to the hotel with her, then I enjoyed a slow drink while waiting to meet up with the charming jiminyc and her daughter, hereafter called JiminyJ. ;) I just adore both of them.

Participants are sorted into the Houses, and of course some weren't happy. I live in such a 'Puff-friendly environment here, I was surprised that people actually were upset to be made 'Puffs! (I'm a 'Claw, apparently... the only House I haven't done much with in the way of fic, with the exception of a glimpse at Gilderoy and that weird one about Cho and Marietta.)

I love being around other fen. I was wearing my SugarQuill shirt, and a volunteer across the table from me (Sarah) said, "Love your shirt; I wore mine yesterday." While waiting to go into the "Great Hall," we heard people joking around about, "My OTP is better than your OTP!" and it was fun because no one in the general vicinity said, "Huh?" People dressing the way we enjoy dressing, no one questioning the presence of cloaks and pointed hats and--for whatever reason--pirate gear. My friend from the train station (I know her name, of course, but I'm not sure where she stands on LJ mentions!) and I were talking about geeks vs. popular kids growing up... and geeks just seem to grow up to be more interesting imaginative.

I'm supposed to be involved in the dueling thing, which means people trying to sneak up on each other and toss curses around, and it occurred to me that, um, doing that as a presenter is maybe a good way to lose big. I'm probably going to end up hexed before lunch tomorrow! Oh, well.

I need to get some sleep to get up and ready for a nine a.m. panel, but I'm not sleepy yet. Hmmm.
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moonlinnet From: moonlinnet Date: October 7th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I am VERY jealous, you sound like you're having fun. :D
endofhistory From: endofhistory Date: October 7th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Your friend doesn't happen to be Cedar, does it? As she is a librarian and a very friendly person.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 7th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm actually not sure what her online name is... for once, I met someone under a real name first!
ashtur From: ashtur Date: October 7th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like much fun. Any idea who the other person with an SQ shirt was?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 7th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to check. The name on her badge is Sarah, and she's visiting from quite a distance. I wish we'd set up that Quill summit, now that we're there. :)
chienar From: chienar Date: October 7th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Shouldn't it be.... geeks just seem to grow up to be more interesting -and- imaginative.

mafdet From: mafdet Date: October 7th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmph! Who are these people who don't have the proper Hufflepuff pride? Tell JiminyC hello from me and I wish I was there - I am JELLUS!
ashtur From: ashtur Date: October 7th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Fools I say! It is obvious they have no appreciation for the finer things!

(and of course, I should have said, say hi to Jiminy and the others for us)
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: October 7th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like FUN. :~)
silverhill From: silverhill Date: October 7th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the rules state you can't be cursed in the presentations. Just FYI.

And the pirate gear was people in Tony Toledo's house. Apparently he really likes pirates, and they decided to dress up as pirates as a treat for him.

I do love the common language here. That no one needs to ask what any of this is or why we do it.

I'd love to meet you if I get the chance. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 7th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely! I have three panels and a fanfic reading... I'm pretty easy to catch.
versinae From: versinae Date: October 7th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what the "dueling thing" is, but it would probably be pretty fun to have a game where one person "hexes" their opponent, who must act out the results of whatever the hex was (ie for Expelliarmus they'd drop their wand, for Densaugeo they'd cover their teeth with embarassment, etc.). First one to not remember a spell and/or not be able to act it out loses. You could have a whole pyramid-type tournament, it'd be fun!
asphodeline From: asphodeline Date: October 7th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I am really trying no to be jealous!! Sounds fun already. My friend wolfsbaine is a Claw too - haha. She's some sort of steward I think. Looking forward to hearing more when you can update.
miss_daizy From: miss_daizy Date: October 7th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not at all surprised that jiminyc is wonderful in person, as I adore her online, although I do wish I could be there with all of you!

Thanks for sharing your tales so far. Continue having fun!
bkdelong From: bkdelong Date: October 7th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Commuter Rail? Do you live in the area? Am I just being completely ignorant of HP fans in the area? Anyway, if you have some free time today and are in town, feel free to stop by the house. I'm cleaning up for my guests and watching "The Man", (wkdelong). Call my cell - +1.617.797.8471.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

New to all of this


I hate it when I'm ignorant on things, but if I don't ask, I'll never know. What is TWH? *Insert blushing icon here*
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: October 7th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: New to all of this

Asking is always the best way :) TWH stands for The Witching Hour, an HP fan convention that's going on right now in Salem.
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: October 7th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have an awesome time! I really wish I could be there. What panels are you doing?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 8th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
story645 and I did "Negative Images of the Feminine in Harriet Potter" this morning... there seemed to be some people who didn't get the joke, but we had fun. Tomorrow, I do "Original Fic vs. Fanfic, the Deathmatch." Sunday, I have "Don't Call Her Nymphadora!" (Tonks, natch), and Sunday night, I'm going to read "A Drift of Azaleas" and (as time allows) "Your Very Own Dora" and Tom's Sorting. This is scheduled during the Halloween Ball, so I'll be wearing pretty black dress while reading to an empty room, as everyone else will be at the ball!
sreya From: sreya Date: October 7th, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm supposed to be involved in the dueling thing, which means people trying to sneak up on each other and toss curses around

AWESOME! My fraternity ran that game every year back in college, though we called it "Killer" and always got a huge amount of flak from the psychology department over it. *rolling eyes* I only played one year because I'm not very good at it, but it was lots of fun to organize.

And I am so going to throw a five-year-old tantrum over not being at the convention when I get off the computer later. :~p I looked it up, but it was getting so expensive to travel up there and get a hotel room and everything that I couldn't do it. And now the salt in the wound is that I will be in Boston in two weeks to take my little sister visiting colleges she's interested in. Just missing it! *sniff* But I think I'm at least dragging her to Salem for some of the pre-Halloween festivities.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 8th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Um, you do know that you can change cars, right? Those doors at either end? :)

Not on the green line, you can't! And even if you could, there was only one car to be in.
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