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  • This weekend I travelled to the wilds of Tennessee and attended LibertyCon 29. This was the first such gathering I’ve been to since I was 18.  I must say I had a lot more fun this time.
    • Of course, anything is better than listening to 30- and 40-somethings argue with teenagers about whether Picard or Kirk made the better starship captain.
  • There were people there who like all kinds of different things attending the con, and I didn’t see any evidence of drama or bad behavior.
    • Please, thank you, and excuse me were common.   You’d think there would be a lot more socially challenged individuals wandering about, but if there were, they adapted quite well to the situation.
    • Seriously, even among the big-name authors, I saw no ego.
  • With all of the interesting things I saw and great people I met, the highlight of the weekend was listening to Tom Kratman,  OldNFO, and BRM tell war stories over tea.
  • Next year, I’m definitely going to get a room at the convention’s hotel.  The ability to go lay down for a little while will come in handy.
    • I’ve found that having somewhere quiet to rest has become a very important day-to-day goal.
  • I listened to the first half of Joe Haldeman’s “The Forever War” during the drive home today.  Either this guy is psychic, or such things as the breakdown of civil society and the creation of the Taurus Judge were wholly predictable from the early 1970’s.
    • He wasn’t spot on, though.  A long-barrel, single-action .410 revolver is not going to blow somebody’s arm off.  Then again, he might have had a vision of Taurus’ marketing campaigns.


  1. It was great to see you, and sorry your lady didn’t make it. Glad you had a good time, and it IS a learning experience!!!


  2. Retired Spook

     /  July 13, 2016

    Glad you had a good time, and hope to see you there next year. Even my wife (aka The Boss) had a good time, and she’s the least-geekiest person you’ll ever meet. (Of course, it didn’t hurt that Oleg asked her if she’d ever been a photographer’s model!)

    If Grandpa was right when he said “A day you learn something new is not wasted” then I didn’t waste any time at all last weekend.


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