Alas, I'm not a very good photographer and for some stupid reason I didn't take any pictures at the BBQ or the clan meal and so now I'm really kicking myself. I forgot to initially switch my camera back from the no-flash/interior settings the exhibit required so a lot of my Blue Lounge pics came out blurry. Oh well! I've got them uploaded and they can be found here
I had a really good time at the meetup! The BBQ at Keyl's house was a lot of fun, as were all the activities on Saturday. The panel was awesome! I didn't do too much on Sunday... walked back to the Peace Garden and shared my morning pastry with some very cheeky sparrows then walked down to the Pike Place Market and to the Olympic Sculpture Park. So I mostly just walked around. It was very peaceful and relaxing, and the weather was fantastic.
Returning to the heat and humidity of Central Illinois was a bit of a bummer. My drive back from Chicago went well although it was past midnight by the time I walked in my door, so it made for a very long day. Then it was back to work and now the meetup just seems like a really good dream.
But it was fun while it lasted and I'm so glad I was able to come.
Thanks so much to Keyl and his family for opening up their house to a bunch of strangers; it was a really nice icebreaker. Thanks to Karyu Pawl for showing up and being so accessible. Thanks to Prrton for his awesome
organizing skills. Thanks to Txonä and Zefanaya and everyone else that helped put this together. And finally, thanks to everybody who came and made this such an excellent weekend
. It was so wonderful meeting all of you!