Good for you, we need all the readers we can get. And how brave of your friends, to stay active in fandom. I was on a Worldcom committee once, and saw long-term friendships and even a marriage come apart under the strain. Fannish politics can get pretty intense.
I think it's a good idea to celebrate your birthday this way. A friend and I went to Seattle for Norwescon over mine, and it certainly took my mind off things. I hadn't been in a while, and was surprised at the amount of Steampunk that's sprung up. Interesting sub-genre. I hope you post a report afterwards.
I am so sl-o-o-o-w sometimes. I just noticed that you were coming to Worldcon in Reno around Aug. 17th. I made a decision to go to Camp Widow about a week ago, but should arrive back home by about the Aug. 16th so I would love to meet you and your friends. The 17th would have been Barbara's and my 39th anniversary. I have never been to a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention and am not really planning on attending myself. I just love to read the genre. Tell me when it will be convenient, and I'll drop by for a real chat. I should go to the bottom of my wall more often, who knows what else I missed.
So sorry for your loss Catmanor, My husband passed on 5/14/11 some days the pain is unbearable. I hope as we travel on this path we are all now on it helps to know we will never again have to do it alone.
Catmanor. Welcome to WV. Glad I am not the only one new and old at the same time.
I lost my wife 13 months ago to Pulmonary Fibrosis, a wasting disease of the lungs. Either way it is hard and there are groups in WV for both Sudden and Extended Illness losses.
I noticed your Worldcon remark and I mentioned it because I have been an Analog reader for over 50 years and Reno is having a Worldcon convention in August. Never been to one, but have always thought about going. I am really shy so I hope I don't have to go Klingon to have coffee. Would love to have the opportunity to meet for coffee though. Tomrestored.
I am glad you are here. We are a collection of diverse people with a unique set of circumstances that make us good companions. Welcome. I hope you find the strength and hope you need as we talk and share.