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To prevent a double posting, I've shared the videos I recorded on the [livejournal.com profile] furcon community here - http://community.livejournal.com/furcon/410901.html
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Yesterday was notable for the lack of anything I actually did. Due to the late night before, I didn't get out of my room until around 11 by which time most people had had breakfast already. I settled for an overpriced panini which wasn't that good and just hung about the bar area. Ended up going to the Hawaiian Drive Inn later on with Kiroo and Deezlberries which was rather tasty.

By the time we were back, the dead dog party was in full swing with some pretty good music. I decided not to suit due to the hassle of having to get someone to give me a hand into suit so mostly took photos. By the time the dead dog wrapped up at 11 I went off to bed for some well deserved sleep.

I already had my stuff packed so I left my room around 9 this morning, however unlike the past 6 days, it's totally deserted of furries. Mostly just business people wondering in and out of the lobby. I'm just waiting for my fello Brits to go off for some breakfast before getting the airport shuttle to SFO.

Ah well, it's the end of a great con and a fantastic hokiday as a whole. It's always a shame to have to return to normality but I think I've had long enough out here to unwind from the stress of work.
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Yesterday was a great day, just a shame it was the last major day of the convention as it seems most of the Americans were back to work today. Had breakfast with my roomies from last year's convention being Stego & Vircoo and had lunch at Subway with the usual British suspects and Dex.

I watched the Critterlympics and took a tonne of photos. Also saw the Furry Night Live which was great apart from the painful 'Special Presentation' of Hawaiian dancing before the main show. People compared them to the legendary belly dancers from a previous con...

After FNL I skipped upstairs for an awesome party, only getting to sleep at 4am. Only had around 4 hours sleep but woke up this morning and got all my stuff packed as I had to check out this morning. I'm not leaving until tomorrow so will be kipping in Smash's room tonight.
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Whee, had a great time yesterday. I fursuited not only once, but twice! Firstly in the fursuit parade which I only just made (amazingly it started on time and I got there just after it started) took me a bit to get back into the mindset of a fuzzy kitty but soon got into the flow of things. As with last year, I really didn't know what was going on at the end of the parade but they ended up getting a group photo from a crane and then a weird 3D type photo taken from a moving van. Not too sure how that'll turn out but it should be interesting. In all, Frysco counted 530 fursuits in the parade!

Also got into suit around 1am for the dance that was going on but I managed to wear myself out quickly and again remembering why I want a new suit. The bodysuit isn't a great fit leaving a gap at the back of the neck and the ventilation in the suit is poor. There's a flap of lining inside the head in front of my lip which is loose which is also very irritating. I cut it off using the fursuit repair tools in the fursuit lounge but it didn't do a lot of good. Also the eyes collect condensation so when dancing and the lights flash into the eyes while in a dark room, I pretty much can't see. I really want to get a new suit!

Erm elsewhere I did a lot of hanging arount and socialising. I didn't catch any of the events again apart from some of the comedy show which was OK in parts but when a mime came on I had to leave!

Today's the last major day of the con, the variety show is on tonight which should be good. I'm just waiting for Stego to turn up so we can grab some breakfast.
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Yesterday was the first official day of the con even though little more happened than registration and a small dance in the evening. I spent the majority of the day in the bar area bumping into people I knew from the internets and having drinks.

Food wise, I had breakfast at Denny's with Dukefawks, Kenai and Andysquirrel. Lunch with Hunterkitty at Quiznos (after failing to find the Subway), and had a disappointing fish and chip supper at the FC bar.

I'm still recovering from my cold so didn't suit yesterday. I may suit today seeing how I'm feeling but no guarantees yet. I'd love to get a lot of suiting in as it's a lot of fun, but not when you're bogged down with a cold, though I'd hate to miss out on oppertunities. The main lobby area seems to be very warm this year too which makes me think I'd be uncomfortably hot in suit too, but we'll see.

I'm off to have a shower and then find someone to have breakfast with. Cheerio!
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Yesterday we decided to get breakfast, check out and have the hotel hold our luggage while we took a trip up to Coit Tower. Sadly the beautiful weather we had been having changed for the worse in the form of the first clouds I had seen all holiday as well as rain. I blame the UK furries coming over that day as they took the weather with them :P

Anyway, the journey to Coit was relatively short, but it was a long way up. Lots of very steep streets up to the tower which also had some more painful stairs to ascend. Fortunately there is a lift for the main height of the tower. Once up, despite the less than perfect weather, I still got some great snaps of the views that Coit tower provides.

Once we decided we had had our fill of the sights, we made our way back to the hotel to grab our luggage and a cab to the Caltrain. The train as OK, it was double decked but not as good as the trains I had travelled on in Germany and Holland but at leats the announcements were in English so I could understand them :). Normally I'm OK with train travel but this time I felt a bit travel sick with nausea, I guess my cold was partly to blame for that.

After the train journey, it was a short free bus ride to the Doubletree hotel for FC09 (which Frysco insisted hadn't started yet despite the abundance of furries and fursuiters). Ended up grabbing lunch with the usual British suspects as well as Smash and Frysco at the restaurant formerly known as Cluck U. I chickened out of the hot wings and opted for a rather tasty BBQ chicken burger.

Back at the hotel, I socialised at the bar, drinking my first alcoholic drinks from the bar (after seeing the prices, I'm not surprised I hadn't drunk there before). As they had the ingredients, I had a 'Niagra' or 'Green' being vodka, blue curaco and red bull :)

Ended up the day getting jealous of everyone microblogging the event to twitter so I got myself signed up. I'm SlyCatUK on there. Not much to write about so far but may well use it as the con progresses.

Today, there's vague plans to go to Dennys followed by a trip to the Computer History Museum while registration takes place. I'll mostly work out what I'm doing as I go tho so I can keep my options open :)

See you around if you're here!
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So as the FC rate hotel rooms became available today, I decided that I'd snap one up. I enjoyed FC this year a lot and it's still in the same hotel next year meaning it's likely the available rooms will go pretty quickly. For this year, I had to send a friendly request out on LJ for anyone who has a space in their room which was greatfully responded to thanks to Stego and Kat but this time round with my own room I'll be able to call the shots which a great position to be in. Now at both FC and AC last year, I ended up sharing with others, some I didn't know, some I kinda knew but on both counts I really enjoyed meeting all the new people however this time round it'll be nice to be able to call the shots.

I've reserved the room for the Wednesday 21st until Monday 26th and have requested it be on the fursuit floor. This will mean I'll miss out on the Dead Dog Party unless I amend my reservation or make alternative arrangements. I figured after last year, I'd like to have a day to settle in at the con and hang out with the other newcomers and cut off the depression which can set in after the con by not hanging around like I did this year. I expect I'll look to getting flights around August/September time like I did last year as that's when the sales are on. One thing I'll be looking to do before or after the con will be hanging out in the bay area. I'll definitely do San Francisco again as I really enjoyed that in 2006, LA's not that great in comparison. Plenty of time to plan for that at least.

Anyway, as long as nothing untoward happens to me over the rest of the year, consider this my commitment to getting myself to FC 2009!

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