Sunday morning started with cflute, the flower_cat
and me having a huge brunch at the El Torito about a mile from the con
hotel. (Well, actually it started with LJ on the Mac, coffee in the room
now that I'd brought the coffeemaker and filters from home. But you get
El Torito's Mexican Sunday brunch is made of yum. Chile verde, chile
colorado, chile rellenos, enchiladas... fresh tortillas... flan and rice
pudding... Have to go back there with the kids. Often.
One reason we went out for lunch was that the hotel's coffeeshop was made
of fail, especially the buffet. The bacon, as far as I could tell, was
deep-fried in the same oil used for french fries and fish. Bletch. But
the other reason was to give Callie and Colleen some time for
conversation. If we'd gotten started a little earlier they could have
gone out shopping together, but Callie needed the sleep. Still, they talk
on the phone a fair amount. I need to do that more.
I ended up not having any dinner which, with a 90-minute wait for the
restaurant, was a Good Thing. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
The main event for the afternoon was the Recording Music panel. I was
moderator, and some of the panelists were rather out-of-hand.
Professional sound people, very experienced, but all of that experience
was doing live sound with professional performers, big venues, and analog
equipment. One or two good tips, but not as useful to a home recordist as
it would have been if Jeff Bohnhoff (for example) had gotten more air time.
Callie spent much of the late afternoon and early evening in our room; a
little conversation but mostly trying to get enough spoons back to play
flute on a couple of songs in the evening's concerts.
Got to the first two concerts: Paul, Taunya, and Seanna; and Seanan
McGuire and friends. Skipped the last one (The Roving Tars) in order to
get more time in the open filk, meaning more time with Colleen and
Callie. This time, the circle achieved what cflute called critical mass, and a
lot of good songs got performed. Sang "Another Country", which Callie had
wanted to hear, "World Inside the Crystal" (which mysticfig
suggested as a follower to "Where the Magic is Real"), "Bound for Hacker's
Heaven". Might have been one or two others.
Got a bit sleepy between songs; somewhere in there Colleen
decided to turn in, so I ran her upstairs in Igor at about 1:30.
Callie and I went out on "Demon Lover"; I finally got to bed around 2:30.