Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Wiscon 37, Friday

Friday morning, we drove over to Madison for WisCon 37. Driving was fine, and we had some of the best weather of the weekend, which otherwise tended to be cool and damp. Checking in to the hotel was no problem, and we were surprised that we had been "upgraded" to the Governor's Club on floor 12. What this meant was that we could use the exclusive elevator, but the Governor's Club lounge and complimentary food and drinks weren't included (unless we wanted to pay the extra, which we declined. The room was nice as the Concourse rooms usually are, but I don't believe otherwise any different from regular rooms. The express elevator was a nice perk though, particularly when hauling baggage in and out.

Our first activity was a joint reading at 4PM. We were proxy reading for Pat Bowne, who couldn't be there due to her academic responsibilities. Georgie and I jointly read an excerpt from Pat's story, "Want's Master," which the audience seemed to enjoy. Mark Rich read a very entertaining section on "Dejah Thoris," from "Missing Links and Secret Histories: A Selection of Wikipedia Entries from Across the Known Multiverse," forthcoming from Aqueduct Press. Fred Schepartz read from "Guitar God," a "Jewish, suburban, rock and roll fantasy with a 1970's soundtrack," which was also very good, and "Rez" read a suite of time-travel poems that were quite cleverly put together and as good as any contemporary poetry I have heard in quite a while.

After that, we went out to a quick dinner, and decided to try Five Guys Burgers and Fries on State Street. We found this widespread chain to be quite good. A standard burger there consists of two patties, or a "small" is one. We got one small hamburger for Georgie, a regular cheeseburger for me, a large order of fries to split, and soft drinks. The burgers were quite tasty, moist without being drippy. The cheese was standard American, nothing to write home about, and condiments, including ketchup, mustard, and pickles, of good quality. Judging by the sacks of actual potatoes in evidence, the fries are locally cut in the rustic style with the skin on, which gave them good flavor, but they were a bit too enthusiastically salted.

The restaurant has an old-school "White Castle" decor, with lots of white tile and red accents, liberally posted with their Zagat rating and "best burger" rating from many cities. The major down-check for us was the too-loud music, which is evidently part of the chain's vibe, but caused us to chow down and escape as quickly as we reasonably could.

The Opening Ceremonies were short and sweet, with no sketch or divertissment this year, which was a bit disappointing. Afterward, we went to "Betty Boop: The Original Slutwalker?" presented by Magenta Griffith. There were some problems with the AV equipment, so I rushed up to my room and brought down my laptop with DVD player, which interfaced with the projector just fine. Since I am a fan of Betty Boop, I was glad to act as the "projectionist" for the presentation. Magenta gave a good program on Betty Boop's history and development, and showed a number of representative cartoons detailing her transgressive career.

After that, we did a bit of mild party cruising and went to bed relatively early.

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