Your good author has had a bit of the writerâ€™s block this week, but was recently inspired by a comment from the Professor Cramulus, his fellow writer and acquaintance.Â The good Professor laid out three circumstances which heâ€™d like to see â€œMusings on Survivingâ€, pieces done on, and they WILL be addressed.Â They’llÂ be a bit moreÂ frivolous than your usual “CRAZY PREPARED”, but still have advice you can apply elsewhere if you’re clever.
WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU AT AN ANIME CON?
At least, thatâ€™s what your author thinks every time he finds himself at one.
These conventions are strange and diverse shindigs.Â They can be homely, friendly local affairs, much like PortCon, in Portland Maine, or HUGE mass clusterfucks, like OtaCon, or occasionally Anime Boston.Â Ages and attitudes range form young and hyper to old and grouchy, with varying shades of creepy, collected, or enthused in between.Â There will be people who forget hygiene for a weekend at such gatherings, jumping idiots, and people who should NEVER own spandex.
Hereâ€™s how the author and his cohorts / friends / partners in crime get by:
Pack accordingly.Â Bring FOOD and WATER.Â Keep your blood sugar and hydration in order or you fun stops REAL quick.Â The author prefers enough granola / cereal bars / trail mix to replace EVERY meal if need be.Â Of course, buy other food, but always have backups and spares.Â Keep a water bottle with you and keep emptying it down your throat (every time you find yourself standing still is a good time for a swig, whether you want it or not).Â The hosting facility will likely put out water, so refill whenever you can.Â (The authorâ€™s sister wisely brings a filter pitcher for the hotel room in her kit.)Â Sports drink powder too, vital for electrolyte replacement if you plan on drinking alcohol.
Dress accordingly.Â Wear comfortable shoes.Â Any convention is a bad time to break in new boots.Â They are good times, judging by the tone of the thing to wear unusual garments or costumes, which may have their own complications.Â In costume, be ready to be grabbed for pictures, questions, or just hugged for no good reason.Â (If you can act a bit, get into character and roll with it.)Â If you donâ€™t want to show off, then sensible durable clothes are a good idea, as you may have to get rough or move quickly from time to time.
Defense may be needed if youâ€™re bumped jostled or tackled.Â As with so many situations, the author has always had the most result for the least expense with a good glare, and advocates this where possible.Â Otherwise, learning to keep your space and move nimbly will solve most issues.Â (Out maneuvering clumsy folk dressed as ninja has its own special irony.)Â Offense wise, when pressed, press back, speak up, and keep it moving.Â Donâ€™t let a crowd endanger or intimidate you.
Keep busy.Â Keep a schedule of events with you at all times, and keep on the move doing stuff.Â You paid to get in, make it worthwhile.Â If youâ€™re not, strike up random chats, socialize, and network.Â Fandom is not always known for its social skill, but reach out a bit and you can meet some fascinating folks.Â The author often attends as backup for artists, or to help out with various groups.Â Perks of this include instant people to hang out withÂ / back you up, as well as the occasional table to sit in at when you get tired.Â Donâ€™t hesitate to find a chair, wall, corner, or retreat back to your hotel room for a nap now and then.Â Sleep is GOOD.
- The unwashed:Â Get ready to hold you nose, or call others on bad hygiene.
- The great UNCLEAN:Â Bring prophylactics.Â Better yet, DONâ€™T HIT THAT.
- The underage:Â Be friendly, but firmly refuse if a kid / teen (not yours) decides to imitate a lamprey on you.Â The alternatives are ALL bad.Â (CYA: Cover Your Ass.)