GaFilk 2006 

Photos from GaFilk, January 6th, 2006, Atlanta, GA

We arrived in Atlanta on Friday morning, having slept a bit on the redeye flight from Seattle. After settling into the room (and making them give us a new room because they tried to put us on a smoking floor in an outside-facing distant-from-the-con room during freezing cold weather), we freshened up and headed in. The main con programming space was still in the process of being decorated. Among the first people we saw was Mary Bertke, shown here being a good sport as I attempted to take embarrassing photos of her.
We arrived in Atlanta on Friday morning, having slept a bit on the redeye flight from Seattle. After settling into the room (and making them give us a new room because they tried to put us on a smoking floor in an outside-facing distant-from-the-con room during freezing cold weather), we freshened up and headed in. The main con programming space was still in the process of being decorated. Among the first people we saw was Mary Bertke, shown here being a good sport as I attempted to take embarrassing photos of her.

Right away, I made sure to pouncehug Debbie Ohi, who I hadn't seen since Conchord '02, and who Vixy had never met. From left to right, Mary, Debbie, Vixy.

Things you should know about Debbie Ohi:

1. With the exception of the times when she is actually playing the flute or deliberately making a goofy face at someone, it is impossible to take a photograph of Debbie without a smile. If you try, teams of Men In Black will confiscate the photo, replace it with a modified photo where Debbie is smiling, and erase your memory so that you don't know they've done it. They will also change your memory so that you can't remember ever even seeing her without a smile.

2. Debbie is sweeter, nicer, more cheerful and more bubbly than any other human being on the planet. Yes, sweeter than them. And them. Yup, them too. Okay, just stop trying, you're just not going to find anyone to top her.

3. Debbie has the ability to warp the fabric of space-time so that she can have more time for creativity than everyone else. The only other person I know of with this ability is Seanan McGuire. Debbie is an incredible musician, artist, and writer, and she updates her blog with more frequency and detail than a human being should be able to do. Example: After GaFilk, she was at the airport with us, leaving at approximately the same time for her flight back to Toronto. While it takes most people at least a couple of days to edit their con photos, compose a con report, and get it all uploaded, she was home had hers already done before my plane landed in Seattle.
Right away, I made sure to pouncehug Debbie Ohi, who I hadn't seen since Conchord '02, and who Vixy had never met. From left to right, Mary, Debbie, Vixy.

Things you should know about Debbie Ohi:

1. With the exception of the times when she is actually playing the flute or deliberately making a goofy face at someone, it is impossible to take a photograph of Debbie without a smile. If you try, teams of Men In Black will confiscate the photo, replace it with a modified photo where Debbie is smiling, and erase your memory so that you don't know they've done it. They will also change your memory so that you can't remember ever even seeing her without a smile.

2. Debbie is sweeter, nicer, more cheerful and more bubbly than any other human being on the planet. Yes, sweeter than them. And them. Yup, them too. Okay, just stop trying, you're just not going to find anyone to top her.

3. Debbie has the ability to warp the fabric of space-time so that she can have more time for creativity than everyone else. The only other person I know of with this ability is Seanan McGuire. Debbie is an incredible musician, artist, and writer, and she updates her blog with more frequency and detail than a human being should be able to do. Example: After GaFilk, she was at the airport with us, leaving at approximately the same time for her flight back to Toronto. While it takes most people at least a couple of days to edit their con photos, compose a con report, and get it all uploaded, she was home had hers already done before my plane landed in Seattle.

Rob Wynne hosts the Filk Game Show 'My Filk', starting with a round of questions on Filk history written by our Super Secret Guest of Honor, Karen Anderson (wife of Poul Anderson). 

The panel was divided into two teams: Team 1 and Team B. During the game, it was decided that the audience could answer questions too, but that would mean they'd have to be their own team. It was a lot of fun.
Rob Wynne hosts the Filk Game Show 'My Filk', starting with a round of questions on Filk history written by our Super Secret Guest of Honor, Karen Anderson (wife of Poul Anderson).

The panel was divided into two teams: Team 1 and Team B. During the game, it was decided that the audience could answer questions too, but that would mean they'd have to be their own team. It was a lot of fun.

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The game ended with an instafilk contest, each team would have ten minutes to write a filk based on two random subjects drawn out of a hat. Team 1, led by Adam English of Ookla the Mok, gets 'Butterbugs' and 'Johnny Carson'. It's too bad Adam never read any Lois McMaster Bujold books. Fortunately, Kathleen Sloan has.
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The game ended with an instafilk contest, each team would have ten minutes to write a filk based on two random subjects drawn out of a hat. Team 1, led by Adam English of Ookla the Mok, gets 'Butterbugs' and 'Johnny Carson'. It's too bad Adam never read any Lois McMaster Bujold books. Fortunately, Kathleen Sloan has.

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Team B, let by Rand Bellavia of Ookla the Mok (yes, they deliberately put them on separate teams), gets 'Cats and Dogs' and 'Trivial Pursuit'. Vixy is on harmony.
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Team B, let by Rand Bellavia of Ookla the Mok (yes, they deliberately put them on separate teams), gets 'Cats and Dogs' and 'Trivial Pursuit'. Vixy is on harmony.

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A surprise entry from the audience: Brooke hops out of the audience with an instafilk covering all four subjects. Oh yeah.
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A surprise entry from the audience: Brooke hops out of the audience with an instafilk covering all four subjects. Oh yeah.

During the weekend, there was a camera crew videotaping a documentary about Filk. They were a complete documentary crew with two cameramen, interviewers, and a support staff. I think they're serious about this documentary. Will it be a 'Trekkies', or a 'March of the Penguins'? Only time will tell!

They kept grabbing filkers for private sessions, and at one point, they grabbed me and Vixy to perform and talk about 'The Girl That's Never Been.' Here's hoping we looked good on tape.
During the weekend, there was a camera crew videotaping a documentary about Filk. They were a complete documentary crew with two cameramen, interviewers, and a support staff. I think they're serious about this documentary. Will it be a 'Trekkies', or a 'March of the Penguins'? Only time will tell!

They kept grabbing filkers for private sessions, and at one point, they grabbed me and Vixy to perform and talk about 'The Girl That's Never Been.' Here's hoping we looked good on tape.

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Panorama shot of the Friday night Yooh and Katy (Juliane Honisch & Katy Dröge) concert. It was great to see them again, especially since Katy is now engaged to our good friend Steve Macdonald. We're so happy for them.
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Panorama shot of the Friday night Yooh and Katy (Juliane Honisch & Katy Dröge) concert. It was great to see them again, especially since Katy is now engaged to our good friend Steve Macdonald. We're so happy for them.

Vixy, Steve and Katy.
Vixy, Steve and Katy.

Vixy, Me, and Katy. I'm told Steve and I are interchangeable, although I've never tested this theory.
Vixy, Me, and Katy. I'm told Steve and I are interchangeable, although I've never tested this theory.

Kathleen Sloan sings a hilarious song about prescription drugs during the open circle on Friday night.
Kathleen Sloan sings a hilarious song about prescription drugs during the open circle on Friday night.

Saturday evening was the formal banquet and dance. This is the second filk con I've been to with a banquet, but the first that came with its own jazz band! It was wonderful, with Jodi Krangle of Urban Tapestry and Teresa Powell singing all sorts of great old torch songs. Mary Crowell on piano, Dave Rood (an amazing multi-instrumentalist filker whose clever songs impressed me all weekend) on trumpet, George Powell on bass, Brian Richardson on drums. There were even two saxophonists up there at one point. It was great.
Saturday evening was the formal banquet and dance. This is the second filk con I've been to with a banquet, but the first that came with its own jazz band! It was wonderful, with Jodi Krangle of Urban Tapestry and Teresa Powell singing all sorts of great old torch songs. Mary Crowell on piano, Dave Rood (an amazing multi-instrumentalist filker whose clever songs impressed me all weekend) on trumpet, George Powell on bass, Brian Richardson on drums. There were even two saxophonists up there at one point. It was great.

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Some footage of the dance. A good time was had by all.
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Some footage of the dance. A good time was had by all.

Jodi and Teresa sang a smoky version of 'Trust in Me' from Disney's 'The Jungle Book', assisted by Jan di Masi's sssseeeerrrrpent.
Jodi and Teresa sang a smoky version of 'Trust in Me' from Disney's 'The Jungle Book', assisted by Jan di Masi's sssseeeerrrrpent.

Dave Clement and Tom Jeffers of Dandelion Wine performed a fantastic concert on Saturday night after the banquet.
Dave Clement and Tom Jeffers of Dandelion Wine performed a fantastic concert on Saturday night after the banquet.

Debbie Ohi and Brenda Sutton joined Dave and Tom for some of the songs.
Debbie Ohi and Brenda Sutton joined Dave and Tom for some of the songs.

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Debbie Ohi plays a solo.
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Debbie Ohi plays a solo.

And then, it's time for the Interfilk auction, where they raise money to send filkers to far-flung locations as a sort of foreign exchange program. Oh, did I mention that I'm the Interfilk guest at OVFF 2006?

Here, Kathleen is showing Jodi the red cocoa mix.
And then, it's time for the Interfilk auction, where they raise money to send filkers to far-flung locations as a sort of foreign exchange program. Oh, did I mention that I'm the Interfilk guest at OVFF 2006?

Here, Kathleen is showing Jodi the red cocoa mix.

Steve Macdonald is trying to auction off the Very Last Piece of Steve's Fudge From the Con Suite.

Kathleen ended up outbidding everyone on the piece of fudge because of social responsibility. Turns out that she'd accidentally spit on it while Steve was showing it to her, and she didn't want anyone else to take it like that.
Steve Macdonald is trying to auction off the Very Last Piece of Steve's Fudge From the Con Suite.

Kathleen ended up outbidding everyone on the piece of fudge because of social responsibility. Turns out that she'd accidentally spit on it while Steve was showing it to her, and she didn't want anyone else to take it like that.

This con, thanks to the kindness of my friend Paul Grzelak, we donated the first of three Tech Support Spheres to the Interfilk auction. I'm the blurry one on the left trying to wench Kathleen, who's among the bidders.
This con, thanks to the kindness of my friend Paul Grzelak, we donated the first of three Tech Support Spheres to the Interfilk auction. I'm the blurry one on the left trying to wench Kathleen, who's among the bidders.

More wenching, this time for Debbie Ohi's donated item, a collection of Debbie-related stuff such as books she's co-authored and first editions of her cartoons.
More wenching, this time for Debbie Ohi's donated item, a collection of Debbie-related stuff such as books she's co-authored and first editions of her cartoons.

Here, I'm helping Debbie wench Michael Liebmann.
Here, I'm helping Debbie wench Michael Liebmann.

It seems I am not immune to the wenching myself. Here, I'm being convinced (successfully, I might add) to bid on a bag of goodies from the NASA space center. (Photo by Stuart Herring).
It seems I am not immune to the wenching myself. Here, I'm being convinced (successfully, I might add) to bid on a bag of goodies from the NASA space center. (Photo by Stuart Herring).

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With the Interfilk auction over, it's time for open filk. This one was started by Rand and Adam.

Of particular note in this photo is Mark Osier, in the blue shirt on the far right. His brilliantly clever songs, skillfully performed, were one of the highlights of the con for me. And guess what? He's moving to Seattle. He's ours now!

Also, on the far left you can see Sandy Tyra. I was so glad that she and Gerry were able to make it to the con. Haven't seen them in a while, it was great spending time with them again.
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With the Interfilk auction over, it's time for open filk. This one was started by Rand and Adam.

Of particular note in this photo is Mark Osier, in the blue shirt on the far right. His brilliantly clever songs, skillfully performed, were one of the highlights of the con for me. And guess what? He's moving to Seattle. He's ours now!

Also, on the far left you can see Sandy Tyra. I was so glad that she and Gerry were able to make it to the con. Haven't seen them in a while, it was great spending time with them again.

Katy and Steve singing in the circle on Saturday night.
Katy and Steve singing in the circle on Saturday night.

Here we see Sherman Dorn borrowing my guitar for one song. He performed a particularly beautiful song about butterflies (although I don't remember if this was that song or not). He was embarrassed that he'd forgotten parts of the song, but Erin quickly looked up the necessary info on her laptop and dropped it in front of him, and once his memory had been jogged, he was able to do the song so beautifully. Here's to free 802.11 wireless in hotels! Yay!
Here we see Sherman Dorn borrowing my guitar for one song. He performed a particularly beautiful song about butterflies (although I don't remember if this was that song or not). He was embarrassed that he'd forgotten parts of the song, but Erin quickly looked up the necessary info on her laptop and dropped it in front of him, and once his memory had been jogged, he was able to do the song so beautifully. Here's to free 802.11 wireless in hotels! Yay!

Sunday evening. Debbie, Vixy, Mary, and Jodi. I'm so glad Vixy finally got to meet the Urban Tapestry ladies, I've been telling her how cool they are for quite a while now. It was a lot of fun hanging out with them at the con. Although I'm very sorry Allison couldn't make it to this con.

We also spent a lot of great time with Rand and Adam at the con, I just don't have a lot of photos of those times. Guess I was spending more time chatting than shooting.
Sunday evening. Debbie, Vixy, Mary, and Jodi. I'm so glad Vixy finally got to meet the Urban Tapestry ladies, I've been telling her how cool they are for quite a while now. It was a lot of fun hanging out with them at the con. Although I'm very sorry Allison couldn't make it to this con.

We also spent a lot of great time with Rand and Adam at the con, I just don't have a lot of photos of those times. Guess I was spending more time chatting than shooting.

Best. T-shirt. Evar.
Best. T-shirt. Evar.

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Kathy mar sings a song about Edward Scissorhands, with harmony backup. Very beautiful.
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Kathy mar sings a song about Edward Scissorhands, with harmony backup. Very beautiful.

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The Sunday night Dead Dog circle in all its glory.

Please note Debbie, to the right sitting on the floor in front of Dandelion Wine. I take these panorama photos sequentially, by sitting in the middle of the circle and turning around for each section of the photo. I'm concentrating pretty hard on getting the sections to line up and trying to capture the subjects at moments when they're holding still. So you can imagine how I nearly lost it when I turned around and saw Debbie making this goofy photographer-face back at me. For the record, her corresponding photo of the moment is posted in her Flickr account here.
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The Sunday night Dead Dog circle in all its glory.

Please note Debbie, to the right sitting on the floor in front of Dandelion Wine. I take these panorama photos sequentially, by sitting in the middle of the circle and turning around for each section of the photo. I'm concentrating pretty hard on getting the sections to line up and trying to capture the subjects at moments when they're holding still. So you can imagine how I nearly lost it when I turned around and saw Debbie making this goofy photographer-face back at me. For the record, her corresponding photo of the moment is posted in her Flickr account here.

Daniel Glasser performs his infamous "Close Your Eyes" for the Dead Dog.
Daniel Glasser performs his infamous "Close Your Eyes" for the Dead Dog.

Monday morning, Vixy waits in the hotel lobby for our breakfast buddies. We ended up at the local 'stuff on the wall' restaurant (as Rand calls them) instead of one of the dozen Waffle House restaurants within eyesight of the hotel. Afterwards, we hung out in the hotel and chatted and waited for the airport shuttle.

The trip home was a bit hairy, with our flight getting canceled at the last minute and having to traipse across the airport to get to an alternate flight, but we made it home safely, and all our luggage (read: my guitar) made it onto the right plane, so you couldn't really hope for more than that. All in all, a very successful and enjoyable weekend. Can't wait to see everyone again at the next con!
Monday morning, Vixy waits in the hotel lobby for our breakfast buddies. We ended up at the local 'stuff on the wall' restaurant (as Rand calls them) instead of one of the dozen Waffle House restaurants within eyesight of the hotel. Afterwards, we hung out in the hotel and chatted and waited for the airport shuttle.

The trip home was a bit hairy, with our flight getting canceled at the last minute and having to traipse across the airport to get to an alternate flight, but we made it home safely, and all our luggage (read: my guitar) made it onto the right plane, so you couldn't really hope for more than that. All in all, a very successful and enjoyable weekend. Can't wait to see everyone again at the next con!

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