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And the Fun Begins: Dragon*Con I [Sep. 2nd, 2010|09:11 pm]
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Today was busier than expected.   This is only a partial report (and remind me to put the LJ software people on the list of Those Who Deserve to Be Whacked Upside the Head with a Clue by Four...when I set a font size, it should STAY THAT WAY until I change it.  Not revert every time I need to backspace.....but I digress...)   Having left my good flats at home by accident, I went out to find a replacement...and the Naturalizer store in Peachtree Mall had just the thing.  The store manager is originally from Texas and we had a lovely chat--so of course I handed out my new cards.   Then I wandered into Brooks Brothers, just to see if their sale had anything I wanted (not)  but I had a nice chat with the sales clerk there and she got a couple of cards too because she likes to read.   I explored the way to the Hyatt, just to be sure I knew where to meet my editor later, when I knew things would be busier.  Then back to my hotel to drop the shoes and check email and stuff.  Supposedly, by the instructions I'd gotten, I was to pick up my badge after 3, but I decided to try earlier--so my next foray was back to Peachtree Mall for lunch in the food court, then on to the Sheraton by way of the habitrail to the Marriott (which the obligatory moments of delight at the spectacle of that gorgeous atrium) and then down a hot humid street to the Sheraton, where (since the last time I was at DragonCon) the registration/badge-handling was brilliantly organized with color coding.  I do very well with color coding, and followed "my" yellow stripe across this open space, around a corner, down a passage, and into a room, without having to ask anyone questions.   And I got my badge an hour early.

Then back to the Marriott, through the Marriott, over the bridge to the Hyatt, across the Hyatt, through the Peachtree Mall to Peachtree Street, and up the street to my hotel.  Where I had time to shower, lie down with eyes closed for a little while, before dressing for dinner with editor.  I know someone (Thoreau, I think, but could've been Emerson) said "Beware of any enterprise requiring new clothes" but dinner with editor doesn't require new clothes--it's just more fun.  And an excuse.  So I wore the newly acquired clothes and enjoyed them,l and I got to meet Diana Gabaldon who is delightful, witty, charming, and we ate baby back ribs with the sauce dripping off our fingers. 

One  sour-ish moment of the day was in the food court...and involved several people (two at my table, four at another) who were all discoursing at great length (and in a mix of fashion and ignorance) about food.   The wrong way, which is to say laying down the law about what is/isn't good for you and how they themselves were committed to this wonderful, healthful regimen and how all the problems of (A through Z) could be cured by (in one case) drinking 16 ounces of juiced strawberries a day or by (in another case) alternating days of high carbs, low carbs, and no carbs....etc, etc.  I'm trying to eat my chicken sandwich in peace, but there is no peace, because the Diet Definers are out in force.

I don't mind if someone wants to drink sludge because it's something they saw on an infomercial or drink juiced strawberries because a friend's boyfriend who's a personal trainer said they were the best and only source of everything, or whatever the current fashion is, that they've seen on TV or on the internet or heard from a friend.  But just DO it,  don't go on about it in public, and especially not in a food court.  Talk about food fads somewhere else, if you have to talk about them at all.  In a health club maybe.  Not where other people are eating and trying to enjoy their meal while you blather on about the evils of this and that.

Otherwise, great day.  And now, as Pepys would say, "And so to bed." 


From: (Anonymous)
2010-09-03 05:19 am (UTC)
And now I'm all hungry....

~Gretchen S. :)
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[User Picture]From: keristor
2010-09-03 08:10 am (UTC)
I agree about the diet fanatics. I've come across vegetarians/vegans who were as bad as well, often telling people while they are eating how cruel it is that they are eating meat (my response has often been to detail how what they are eating has been torn out of its home, mutilated and cooked while still alive, had its offspring eaten, etc. -- do they really want to eat carrots?). Not all, certainly, I know many people who just eat what they choose and don't lecture others, but as usual it's the vocal ones who are noticed.

On a totally different subject, Wales is opening its first college specifically for students with Aspergers Syndrome (which seems to include high functional autistics as well). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-11170213 and links has information. Apparently there are already some in England, but I haven't seen that they got much publicity. Anything which raises awareness of and support for people with ASD is a step forward.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-09-03 12:07 pm (UTC)
That's great!
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[User Picture]From: littleowl
2010-09-03 12:43 pm (UTC)
Oh that's lovely news about the college! *bookmarks*
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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2010-09-03 02:50 pm (UTC)
"I've heard the screams of the vegetables (scream, scream, scream)
Watching their skins being peeled (having their insides revealed)
Grated and steamed with no mercy (burning off calories)
How do you think that feels (bet it hurts really bad)"

- Carrot Juice is Murder by Arrogant Worms
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[User Picture]From: freyaw
2010-09-14 07:22 am (UTC)
My 'favourite' diet fanatic was someone who was adamant that the best thing to cure my medical issues (which include chronic fatigue as a symptom) was to go on the blood type diet. This would require me eating mostly meat and other high protein food. Since my issues include a stress-worsened deficiency in protease, which means that eating large amounts of protein CAUSES fatigue as my body can't digest more than a certain amount (without help) and it ends up basically a poison (which stresses the body, which worsens the deficiency, which stresses the body, and so on ad nauseum), I explained precisely why their fad diet could cause me permanent damage.

They're my favourite because they shut up after that.
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[User Picture]From: msminlr
2010-09-03 10:52 am (UTC)
I was at an event in Atlanta a few years back, where the elevators in the hotel atrium looked to me like lifeboats off Capt. Nemo's Nautilus.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-09-03 12:07 pm (UTC)
That seems to be the style, now. They need to be steam-punked only a little more...
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[User Picture]From: touchstone
2010-09-03 12:18 pm (UTC)
Enjoy your visit! My daughter's a bit young to have the patience for panels yet, but we're going to swing by to watch the parade in the morning. A few friends are hoping to catch your sessions, though :)
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[User Picture]From: mela_lyn
2010-09-03 07:19 pm (UTC)
My friend and author Linda Robertson is there. She's a lot of fun! Hopefully you get to bump into her. :) Have a good time!!!!! And eat what you like! :)
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