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As our friends are off playing in the geeky sandbox that is Star Wars Celebration, I feel like I'm in an odd place.  It is kind of like those first few years that we didn't go to Dragoncon.  There are folks we've met that we only see at these big conventions, and so I'm missing them.  If the bash does end up being a big huge, fun, nerdy dance party, I'll miss that (not sure if it will this year, though).  There is always fun merch to be had, but years after prior Celebrations there are few mementos I look back on and smile about.  I'm kind of sad that we aren't introducing Mina to Disneyland, but I know that she's young and there is a lot there she can't really appreciate (plus the FL park is better).  It is hard to say how the experience would go with a Mina in tow, anyway.  Long-term overnight babysitting isn't an option for us, and so a lot of the things we love the best about the SWC experience wouldn't happen (together) or be so easy, anyway.

The Dragoncon sadness got better each year, and now I don't think much about it at all.  I like seeing costume photos and hearing stories when my friends come back home, but I don't miss it anymore.  Kind of like Manray.  I'm not the person anymore that I was in those days.  I miss those experiences and sometimes that person, but love where I'm at today.  It is a fond sentimentality, not a sad one.

Most of all, I'm excited to check out the new Spring Megafest convention this weekend (thank you for giving us a non-Celebration alternative!) and even moreso, I'm excited about our White Mountains vacation, next weekend.

I tend not to make a big deal about birthdays, but I resolved to do 'all the things I like to do' this year to celebrate my 40th year.  I'm proud of myself for sticking to it, and thankful to Brian for humoring me with my arrangements. :)

Date: 2015-04-17 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sajuka.livejournal.com
I'm right there with you. I don't think I would particularly enjoy the con itself (the lines, the prices, the SO MANY PEOPLE), but I miss being with my friends when they are excited and having fun.

I've spent a lot of time looking back on D*C (and the Star Wars year at Arisia), and I think what I really enjoy is the escapism -- I get to live in a fantasy world for a few days. As I get older I find it's increasingly hard to shut my brain off and just enjoy the moment, so those few days of fantasy are very valuable. And of course the time with friends is what really seals the deal for me.

We're on the fence about SMF... But maybe it's worth it to see friends :)

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