Well, I think I’m beginning to drive the family mad! I picked up my tickets and stuff for the trip to Oakland and WorldCon next month, then the program schedule arrived (I’m on six items at the moment, though that might change), and suddenly it’s all I can think about. I find myself looking up websites recommending what to pack and what not to pack, checking international travel advisories, planning what I need to do between now and then (a lot!), and so on and so forth. It’s getting kinda exciting. I’m particularly pleased to see that Paul, Cheryl, Jeff, Ellen, Gavin & Kelly, and others are going to be there. It should be a great time, if busy. I need to schedule some stuff with Sharyn, Andy, Byron, Karen and everyone else, while I’m there, and maybe see some of Boston too. And then there’s the parties (Friday’s usually pretty busy), the Locus AGM, and I think I’ll be sitting in on some interviews too.

Actually, Locus is the biggest reason for doing this. Seeing Charles would be worth the trip itself, so I’m pretty happy that I’m going to get to go to Oakland, crash at Charles’s place, drink scotch, sleep late (for me anyway), take it easy, talk and catch up, see Kirsten, Mandy, Tim, Liza and Carolyn, and generally have fun. I never get to do everything I would like to when I’m in Oakland, but this time I’m determined to: see Karen; see Jenni; have dinner with Kirsten at her place so I can see Aaron and Teddy; do some shopping in Berkely so I can get baby tie-dye and stuff; get to Dark Carnival and see Jack; maybe buy some clothes; find a present for Marianne; maybe see Tim away from the office and get a chance to chat; and sleep.

And, of course, for all that it will be a great time, if last year is anything to go by, by the end of it I’ll by dying to get home. Two and a half weeks is about the outer limit of what I can take, when it comes to not being ’round the family. Pathetic, huh?

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