Thursday, July 19th
Arrived in Providence, RI at 2pm. Mike Meyers graciously transported me (and my roommates – Jeff Strand, Lynne Hansen and Sally) to Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.
Thursday night’s activities included readings by Sephera Giron, Brian Keene and Tim Lebbon and the saugie roast. The rain and humidity put a damper on the festivities for part of the evening. I turned in early and actually got a decent night’s sleep.
Friday, July 20th
The day started with donuts and coffee on the Quad. I met a lovely local couple (John & Maddy) who took me under their wing when they found out I was a newbie to the con. We went mini-golfing and returned to the campus in time for lunch and the afternoon’s panels. After dinner, Dan Booth was honored for his ten years of service in running the con. An author signing and the Hawaiian shirt contest followed the NECON update. After the day’s business was complete, a party on the Quad lingered on through the night. I went to bed at dawn.
Saturday, July 21st
I attended more panels throughout the day. The memorial to Charles L. Grant was particularily moving. Friends recounted stories about Charlie and though I did not know him personally, I left wishing that I had.
The annual softball game was held Saturday afternoon. This event was the big selling point of the con for me. I played third base on Tom Montelone’s team and did my part to lead the team to victory. Though I will admit my batting could have been better – no hits But there’s always next year to make up for that.
After the game, Nick Kaufman treated me to a thirst quenching Amstel Light. The evening’s festivities included the game show and roast. Jim Moore was this year’s roast victim but took it quite well. Tarot readings and the world’s greatest sing-a-long followed on the Quad. Once again, bed at dawn.
Sunday, July 22nd
Wiped out from lack of sleep. Barely made it to the closing picnic. Said good-bye to many of the great people I met over the weekend and was sad to have to go home.
Overall, I had a great time and am looking forward to attending next year.