As I predicted, when we got home on Monday, there was great collapse. It wasn't quite as bad as last year, whereupon dude_the, fosteronfilm, and I sprawled in the living room in post-battlefield attitudes of death and mayhem. But it was close.
My voice is still stripped, but I did manage to keep it until Monday, which is an improvement over previous years (please, please nobody phone me for a couple weeks, K?). And I opted not to go into work yesterday, and subsequently slept for something like 16 hours.
Now playing catch-up on all the post-convention correspondences, write-ups, reports, and sundry communications that I tabled until after Dragon*Con. If you sent me an email that you expect a reply to, please give me a couple more days to get caught up.
On the Daily Dragon front, I heard from Cassy (dire_epiphany) on Wednesday and Thursday that we weren't on schedule for set-up, so I was forewarned. However, I did not expect to come into the Chicago room at 2PM on Thursday to discover the computers in piles of hardware, unwired, unpowered, just "un." Fortunately, my staff was on the ball. As soon as we got cables and power, they started scrambling to get everything set up. The fact that I didn't get Internet connection until much, MUCH later is another matter.
I noticed this last year, but the observation was cemented this year: I tend to have an awful, stressful, wah-why-will-nothing-go-right? time on Thursday and Friday—when things are still getting set up, and all the various issues attendant to set-up crop up—and then enjoy the rest of the weekend as we hit our stride. Not sure if there's any way to mitigate the oh-my-God-just-kill-me-now parts of the first two days. Will dwell on that for next year.
My staff was awesome. Every single one of them went above and beyond. Special thanks go to:
Y'all rawk, and I am honored beyond words to have such a fabulous staff working for me.
Desi for not going medieval on, um, a certain someone and getting fabulous interviews anyway (and letting me use Jason as my proxy legs).
Hehehe...well I thought about it but decided that discretion really is the better part of valor. Besides, they'll get what's coming to them...As far as letting you use Jason as your proxy legs...no problemo.
Jason for doing the dreaded graveyard shifts and being my run-here-there-back-here-and-oops-sorry-c
Jason says you're welcome! :) He honestly didn't mind...he's used to running around like that. What caught him off guard was how appreciative everybody was. :)
Hope you get back into the
Thanks for the mention, Eugie! I appreciated your ever-present smiling helpfulness despite all you mention. I sure hope you and none of the other Daily Dragon folk suffer the flu or whatever bug several folks (including myself) came back home with.
Stay healthy, congrats on the good job well done, congrats on the successful sales, and I'll see you next year!