We met at a Youmacon forum meet-up held in a state park. Everyone was sitting in a circle and introducing themselves, and when Brenda mentioned that she was only 15, I (very loudly) called her jailbait. Thus our friendship was born.
I’m not sure how much extensive traveling I’ll be able to do while I’m getting my life/career in order, but some day, perhaps! I’ll certainly be at a good number of California conventions. I’m sure our paths will cross at some point, kohai!
It lines up with what I was told, yeah. There was one staff member in particular who was responsible for the con’s finances and they mismanaged it horrendously, which led to them being removed from staff, and the official statement explained that. I know everyone was rooting for there being some gigantic scandal, but I really don’t think that was the case. I think it was just a sinking ship from the start, and instead of heading to the lifeboats, they kept trying to patch up the leaking holes instead of admitting it was a lost cause. Basically, one misguided decision after another resulted in one of the most poorly-run conventions ever seen. It’ll be interesting to see if they really do manage to rally and pull off DashCon 2015, but if nothing else, it was a super interesting debacle to see unfold and certainly provided a lot of lessons for other conventions to learn from.