Grouse, grouse, grouse.
Last year, I was the volunteer at Costume College that put in the most hours. ( That got me a free membership to this year's convention -- limited classes and all...Collapse )
Where am I going with this? One of the cardinal rules of complaints is to have a clear idea of what would satisfy you. I guess I'm looking for an apology from my FOAF, and other than that I'm just bitching out loud to my friends and acquaintances, beating myself up over lost opportunities, and wondering about my chances. And if we do get one and decide to give it away, we'll be a lot clearer about what's going on. Maybe do it like a scholarship grant thing, where candidates tell us why they should be the one to get it.
I did get a very nice spiff this year, though: the President's Award. Given at the whim of the CGW President, for service to Costumers Guild West in the previous year. Apparently Annie said some nice things about me at Opening Ceremonies. (I didn't go, nobody told me it would be a good idea for me to show up.)
I'm a little bemused by it, because as near as I can tell my entire service to the Guild for the period from 2007-08-01 to 2008-07-31 was during Costume College last year. I sat in the Costume Exhibit, took pictures at the two dress-up events, and printed them out to give them away. So figure three days of service, followed by 11 months, three and half weeks of nothing. That's really not much. I'm not one of the people holding the organization together, or making sure all the stuff gets to and from the convention on time -- I'm not like Bruce Pelz or Filthy Pierre or Gary Anderson, King of the Ooks. (Oh, those Ooks. Someone asked why their ribbon wasn't brighter or more colorful, they're brown/gold, and we explained that would be missing the point. The framing timbers for your house don't need to be colorful, the Simplicity patterns you buy are printed on plain flimsy paper, the dirt you grow your flowers in isn't very pretty. The Ooks get things done, and who cares what the ribbons look like.)
EDIT: And I also brought the soft drinks over for one of the CGW parties. So call it three days plus two more hours.
Anyhow, they gave me the certificate, which included a $20 gift certificate to spend in the Marketplace. I put it towards a nice jacket for Lynn. Thank you, Annie!
I didn't bring the color laser printer this time, because I'd packed the car full of materials for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Room. As it turns out, even if I'd brought it, I didn't have enough spoons to feed everyone and then take everyone's picture Saturday night too.
This was the year for Costume College's ribbons – they ordered a bunch of official ribbons, including a bunch of stock titles from pcnametag.com. I think next year, if none of my suggestions for the Costume Exhibit are likely to be taken up, that we should print up some sort of ribbon to give to everyone who does manage to stumble onto the exhibit. Any suggestions?
I could try to get Maegen Hensley's ear, she's next year's Costume College Dean. Hmmm...