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Marilee J. Layman

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10:47 am: Minicon 42 Friday
I got down to the plaza early so I'd have the sales table set up by noon. The new t-shirts weren't in yet! I inventoried the old t-shirts and money box and set out the old t-shirts and chapbooks. Other years I'd brought supermarket candy to draw people, but this year I took good candy from http://www.nutsonline.com and lots of people liked it.

I'd asked Mark for an easel so a t-shirt could be displayed at eye height, and he made me one out of cardboard. I balanced it on top of some boxes. The new t-shirts came with a separate bag of shirts for the GoHs. The new shirts were printed on the back with the logo on front, so I put the back out on the cardboard easel and put out the rest of the t-shirts.

During the day, there were squads of pre-teen girls wandering around giggling and whispering. They were dressed consistently inside groups, but not between groups. The hotel also had a "Wealth" seminar featuring Donald Trump, Jr. and their attendees wandered over to see what was going on. One older guy leaned over to me and asked "Will Leonard Nimoy be here?" I said no, we concentrated on authors, not actors. I sold a fair number of t-shirts, but there wasn't a big push for these.

I had dinner in the bar and then arrived late to the opening ceremonies. I waited for my local friend Chris in the lobby, but it was freezing when the door opened, so we moved to the plaza to sit and talk. I got to see her son's wedding pictures -- there were 10 attendants each! tnh came by and I gave her Movement. Doug Wickstrom also happened by and told us he's getting married! tnh led the conversation between the four of us and when Chris needed to go, I went upstairs and had Gatorade.

I stopped by the music party that night (not realizing until I got the newsletter on Sunday that it was a private party) and sat in a bit after Nate left, but moved out when Jeff Schalles came. It was very hot there and I was dry again, so I went upstairs, had more Gatorade, and went to bed.

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From:stevendj
Date:April 15th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Nate Bucklin? He was in my Clarion class. I should go to Minicon sometime; I haven't seen him in years.
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 15th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
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You can catch up with him in his LJ. Come to Minicon anyway!
From:stevendj
Date:April 15th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Holy cow, Nate's online! The end times are upon us!
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From:bibliofile
Date:April 15th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
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What is it with Twin Cities people and late marriages? I remember that David Emerson held a big 40th birthday party. He realized that he probably wouldn't ever get married but wanted to throw a big party for his friends, anyway. (I attended the party for his wedding but didn't know him well enough for the birthday one.)

I liked the NutsOnline nuts (orange flavored, chocolate covered) at the LJ party on Saturday night. Did you bring those?
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 15th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Doug was married before and has dated off and on since his divorce, so I'm not sure this is really late for him.

I threw myself a "spring" party after my first renal failure in much the same idea. I was happy I hadn't died and I didn't expect to get married (still don't) and I wanted to have a big party for my friends.

Yes, those were the leftovers from Friday and Saturday. You liked the dark chocolate-covered orange peel. There was also dark chocolate-covered ginger, white chocolate-covered toffee-covered cashews, and butter toffee-covered mixed nuts at the party. The chocolate-covered candy-coated sunflower seeds and the dark chocolate-covered caramels were on my table on Sunday and I brought the rest of those home.
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From:bibliofile
Date:April 15th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Ah. I don't know Doug except maybe as a familiar face. I think.

"Not dead yet" sounds like a perfectly reasonable excuse for a party. I got married once, but we didn't do a big party.

Well, if it was candy-covered orange peel, that would explain why I couldn't figure out what kind of nut that was (and that it's just as well that it didn't crunch very much).
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