The costume contest at Naka-Kon went amazingly smoothly, all things considered. It started within 15 minutes of its scheduled time, no one failed to make it on stage on time, no one fell OFF the stage, I didn't notice anything wrong with the sound (although I did see at least one gripe about it on the forum, so I missed something) and I had the most wonderful people working to make that all happen. The DJ, the MCs, the judges, the staff, the volunteers - everyone did a superb job. I was, for the most part, superfluous.
The contestants were excellent, too. Patient, quiet and able to listen and follow directions. I wish I could have done something about them also being quite cold, but I really couldn't.
Was it perfect? No, there's lots of room for improvement. Lighting, a better way and place to do workmanship judging and definitely a better-managed judges' deliberation time are just a few things that need to be considered for next year. But it DID run smoothly.
Friday I wore what I call my 'Victorian' attire - long maroon skirt with bustle and white shirt with really poofy sleeves. Saturday I was more mundane in a staff shirt and slacks. Sunday I wore Sophie Hatter but spent most of my time behind-the-scenes. Both costumes were well received (when seen) and there was even a Turnip Head (with stick!).
At the Dead Dog party I learned that one can, in fact, laugh oneself sick. Learn something new everyday.
Oh, and last night I finally retired the venerable old leather bomber-style jacket I have had since my first year of college. It's being replaced with a cheap down-filled thing I don't expect to last more than one season.
*sigh* If the cuffs of the old jacket weren't fraying, I would probably STILL be clinging to it. Poor, dear, dirty, old thing.