Last night, as many of you know, was Tequilacon 2007. I was hesitant to go. Precious couldn't go with. I am much better with her than without. She encouraged me to go, since I go on and on about blogging and talk about you all as if I knew you already.
So, I made the 2 hour drive to Portland. Rained the entire way. I stood outside of the Kennedy School for about 20 minutes, trying to decide if I was going in or turning around and going home. I called Precious to tell her I had arrived safely and again she told me to go in and make nice. So I did.
I must admit, I felt way out of my element. I apparently have forgotten how to meet new people and to socialize on my own. I really wanted a good strong drink but I was going to be driving back to the coast and a DUI or crash was not on my to-do list. Water is not a good relaxant.
I recognized a couple of people from their blogs, and tried to remember to introduce myself to everyone. No one was what I had expected. Well almost. A couple of you were close to the you I had imagined. Some of you I am sure sent an actor in your place. In fairness, I heard the same thing about me from many of you. I was not what you expected either.
It was odd to put an actual person with the sites I have been reading for the last year or more. They are a very nice group. I found it somewhat odd that people would come so far for this. It is a curious community.
I did get to meet most of you and had time to chat with several of you as well. Leaving early like I did, I am sure I missed much of the frivolity. All said and done, I am glad I made the drive. I had a great time. Met some wonderful people. Got tattooed. Thanks to all of you.
Several of you asked if I would do an artistic interpretation of the event or portraits of attendees. Yes, I would be happy to give it a shot. Anyone interested in paintings, drawing or what not, email me photos and let me know what you have in mind.
Actually I would love it if you would all email me the photos anyway. firstname.lastname@example.org