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FurFright 2010 Con Report! 
4th-Nov-2010 10:47 pm
Leopard White Mage
FurFright was a fun convention this year! It started off with a bang in my first security shift on Friday afternoon. I got a call for "first aid in the parking lot", which cliff_husky and I responded to. Turned out that "first aid" was an understatement. We arrived on the scene of an MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) at the entrance of the parking lot, with one person injured pretty badly. We attended to him, with Cliff taking his vitals and history and me holding his neck in the c-spine position for a good 10 minutes until an ambulance arrived and EMTs relieved us.

That was the first ever auto accident that I worked. Was a little nervous afterward, but not nearly as shaken up as I thought I'd be. And what did I learn from this? Get first aid training. You never know when you'll need it.

The rest of the shift was uneventful, other than trying to figure out the hotel's weird layout. Apparently it was added onto twice, and had been rebuilt after a fire at least once, so the layout was very... unplanned. Hallways that had multiple ramps on them, stairways that only went up 1 floor or even skipped a floor, and ramps that went in circles. It was like M.C. Escher himself designed the hotel!

Raff Foxcoon Got coffee? FUNNY ASS SHIRT

Saturday afternoon had me killing time with P-Kitty and other folks, and somewhere along the line it was suggested that I borrow a fur named Manik's fursuit. He was cool with this, so I put on the head, paws, and my overcoat, and walked around the con for about half an hour. I went up to several folks I knew in personal and said hi. Poor protocollie... I think I broke his brain!

That's right: it was the first time I ever fursuited. And in a cheetah fursuit, at that. Draw your own conclusions.

On a related note, I went and registered the domain cheopard.com. Be afraid.

Minecraft mob Fursuit Parade Peacebonding Raptor Red Kojac

On Saturday night, I dropped by the Gun Furs panel, hosted by cliff_husky. It was pretty informative, and I learned quite a bit about all the different details that surround guns, and the legal aspects of them.

On Friday and Saturday nights, I went to the dances, and played around with the ISO and shutter speed settings on my camera. I got some pretty interesting pictures:

Clementine twirls glowsticks Clementine twirls glowsticks Clementine twirls glowsticks Clementine twirls glowsticks

FurFright 2010 Dance FurFright 2010 Dance FurFright 2010 Dance

The whole set of dance photos can be found here.

My birthday was also on Halloween, and the first time I celebrated it. shortwave81, ferian, and others bought me drinks at the bar, an acceptable birthday present! chefmongoose also got me a bottle of cider called "Lucky Lion", that I hope to enjoy with some friends soon.

As the con came to a close, I realized what an awesome time I had. Between the health issues I've had the last several months, and some other personal issues I had to deal with over the summer (which I now call "the lost summer"), I'd say that FurFright was a high point over the last 6 months or so. And I hope that this uphill trend in my mood and life in general continues.

Extra special thanks to athauglas for the repeated doses of coffee. The stuff I had at 2:30 on Saturday morning was a huge help. It kept me up through 8 AM when my shift ended.

Tzup, ???, and Kai Origami art Shortwave pulls... everyone!

Fursuit Parade Fursuit Parade Doing' the Stanky Leg November and Nbowa

For the rest of my pictures, they can be found here.

Total attendance for the con was 1,284 attendees, as announced at closing ceremonies. The count for fursuiters in the parade was 287 coming out the ballroom, though the official count of fursuiters who actually made it to the end of the parade was about 40 lower. (don't have that number handy)

Finally, there were a few folks I was hoping to get contact info for:

- P-Kitty (Nevermind, he's pkitty1)
- The guy I did first aid on (anyone know if he was okay?)
- Manik (the gentleman who let me borrow his fursuit)
- Clementine (Nevermind, she's mixed_kitten)

If anyone knows of online contact info for these people, please let me know in the comments!

Next con for me will be Midwest FurFest. See you all then.
5th-Nov-2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Hehe. Subtle politicking much? :-D
5th-Nov-2010 03:04 am (UTC)
I had to look at the FurFright website because that layout sounds alot like the Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, MD where Balticon is held.

I'm glad you had a good time --especially on your birthday. Mine is two days before and Halloween is my wedding anniversary.
5th-Nov-2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Holy cats, FurFright is getting big...
5th-Nov-2010 05:18 am (UTC)
That square, green creature looks to me like a creeper from Minecraft. They are scary... if you aren't looking, they'll come silently up behind you, and all you hear is the hiss of a bomb fuse to let you know you should run.
5th-Nov-2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Oh wow, a Crux fursuit.
5th-Nov-2010 01:39 pm (UTC)

Which one? Link me!
5th-Nov-2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
The pink and white striped one. It's a real-world representation of a "crux" which is an avatar from Second Life (search for Malluch Cleaver or Mutation Industries to find a vendor).

Edited at 2010-11-05 01:46 pm (UTC)
6th-Nov-2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
There were two of them at Furfright, no less.
5th-Nov-2010 09:59 am (UTC)
Clementine's LJ: mixed_kitten
5th-Nov-2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Aha. Now you've done it. Once you start fursuiting, you'll be doing it every con. One of us! One of us! :)
5th-Nov-2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
PKitty is pkitty1 here on LJ.
5th-Nov-2010 07:50 pm (UTC)

Sweet, thanks!
6th-Nov-2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
6th-Nov-2010 05:16 pm (UTC)

I'm not on FA.
7th-Nov-2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Nice latte art there.

Did you do it or was it Athaglaus?
7th-Nov-2010 09:01 pm (UTC)

Haha, as if I could. It was totally Athy's work.
18th-Nov-2010 11:41 am (UTC)
So how did you like fursuiting your first time, esp. in a cheetah suit at that?

And on your cheopard side, you were looking for qaulities of cheetahs. Well, for one, they're really rare, as they're becoming extinct.

I think partially this is because they are literally one of a kind (as far as inbreeding).

The other quality I can think of is there ability to run - very fast to catch their prey.
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