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FurFright Con Report 
27th-Oct-2007 02:04 pm
White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale
I had a blast at FurFright 2007 last weekend. As far as cons go, it was a little different for me, because it was the first furry con where I worked security. So I didn't have the opportunity to visit much programming at the convention. I did however, have plenty of time to hang out with folks that I knew, as well as meeting a few new people.

One fun thing about working security is that this guy had to work for me:

Uncle Kage is ready to work security!

I made sure to remind him of this often. :-)


Uncle Kage's parents were also in attendance:

Davin, Grandma Kage, and Grandpa Kage
Both Grandma Kage and Grandpa Kage got to work security, and it was great to see them again.


Freddy Krueger made an appearance. Sort of:

Freddy Krueger cheetah


We also had our usual amount of prey animals present. The fact that their upper hooves were bound made it much easier to get a meal:

Oryx in a straightjacket


We also had at least one warrior fox present:

Finnish Fox blowing his horn

This was the first con that I used PhillyCarShare to drive to and back. That worked out rather nicely. Since PCS does rentals by the hour (with a daily rate), I was able to get a car from 6 PM on Thursday to 9 PM on Monday, and not have to pay the ridiculous hourly charges that AVIS would have hit me with. The total cost of renting the car was about $250, which included mileage. That was comparable to what I would have paid for a rental from AVIS. [1] For GPS, instead of renting one from AVIS for $9.95/day, I instead used the GPS on my new phone. That worked out just as well. So I'd say that using PhillyCarShare to get to the con and back was a success!

Finally, if anyone wants to see my entire archive of pictures, they can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157602708286153/

Enjoy!


[1] Keeping in mind that I would have had to purchase ALI (Additional Liability Insurance) from AVIS, since I discontinued my car insurance after selling my car. That is $12.95 a day. With PhillyCarShare, they provide insurance -- a $1 Million policy, for all drivers.
Comments 
27th-Oct-2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
As a (San Francisco) Car Share user, that amount strikes me as high. When I rent for more than a few hours, I go with one of the cut-rate agencies -- usually Enterprise. I've always found their rates to be quite favorable over Avis, and probably over Philly Car Share for periods longer than a day or two.
27th-Oct-2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Do you have car insurance? I do not, so I must purchase LLI from AVIS. (CWD is picked up by AmEx)

As for costs with PhillyCarShare, each day tops off at the "daily rate". Here is the breakdown:

Thursday: $29 daily
Friday: $29 daily
Saturday: $49 daily
Sunday: $49 daily
Monday: $29 daily

Mileage: 9 cents a mile, up to 200 miles per day

Total daily rates: $185
Mileage of ~400 miles: $36
Subtotal: $221

State Tax (6%): $13.26
City Tax (1%): $2.21
Vehicle Rental Tax (2%): $4.42
Public Transportation Assistance ($2/day): $10

Total: $250.68

Like I said, I did the math with AVIS and found it to be comparable. Plus, PhillyCarShare treats me better. I feel like AVIS treats me as a number.
27th-Oct-2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
You're right, that's a pretty good deal: I miscounted it as three days' rental, not four.

On the other hand, Enterprise has weekend specials at 50% off; I didn't work it out, but think it would probably end up marginally cheaper. Anyway, now I'm splitting hairs. :)
27th-Oct-2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
It was so very odd seeing you sans Anthrocon radio :)
29th-Oct-2007 12:45 am (UTC)

You were at the con? Dude, I totally missed you! Next time, grab my sleeve or something! :-P
29th-Oct-2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Yup, I was there but I was kinda scarce...hehe ok, I'll say hi next time :)
27th-Oct-2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
You're lucky they do not bill by mileage like most car shares here, or else you've likely ended up with a ridiculously high amount that makes a rental look cheap by comparison.

(Also, $1 million? That seems comparatively little, but I think my father's insurance has that odd 'US and Canada Only' limit in the contract too, instead of the usual €100 million.)
27th-Oct-2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
One million is a LOT. I know that the state of Pennsylvania only requires $150,000 coverage.

Also, PCS does charge 9 cents a mile. That is fairly cheap and scales pretty well.

Just the other day I reserved a car for a 10 mile trip to the doctor. The entire thing cost me about $18.
28th-Oct-2007 05:37 am (UTC)
I also noticed a rather distinguished bulldog in the fursuit parade this year!
28th-Oct-2007 03:40 pm (UTC)

And I forgot to pick up some gum from you! :-P
28th-Oct-2007 05:46 am (UTC)
ZOMG!! You've got a picture of Horny Oryx! Watch out, he's going to get EMO on you and DEMAND you take down his picture! ZOMG PROPERTY THEFT ART THEFT INTUHLECSCHUL PROPERTY THEFT ZOMGZOMGZOMG!!!11101
28th-Oct-2007 03:42 pm (UTC)

What
29th-Oct-2007 01:50 am (UTC)
Someone previously posted one of Oryx's photos on their livejournal; not just a photo of Oryx but one to which Oryx also held the copyright. Oryx asked the guy to link to his copy instead.

It had nothing to do with photos taken by other people, and everything to do with a person misunderstanding a simple request and blowing it way out of proportion.
30th-Nov-2007 04:47 am (UTC)
Haha! I'm sure you know the real story behind it and that was sarcasm at it's best. And no, EMO is Plushlover's department, not mine :)

Oryx
28th-Oct-2007 07:03 am (UTC)
Is that a lynx with Kage's folks? I love the costume.
28th-Oct-2007 03:42 pm (UTC)

It is a caracal, also known as the African Lynx.
28th-Oct-2007 11:17 am (UTC)
*peers at Freddy Krueger* Cubbi, is that you? :)
28th-Oct-2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Nah, tis just me.
30th-Oct-2007 03:44 am (UTC)
I'll make sure to say hi next con I see you at ;)
30th-Oct-2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
Good to say howdy to you at the con!
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