Monday, October 19, 2009

Bouchercon VI: Post-con posting, Part I

I will get back to serious Bouchercon 2009 reporting, but for now, the fun stuff:

1) The Weinman doppelganger attended, but Weinman stayed home this year.

2) The convivial post-convention dinner is a Bouchercon tradition of several years' standing, according to Crime Spree's Jon Jordan (top right with Ali Karim), and who would know better? Seventeen people attended this year's version, and a good and possibly productive time was had by all.

3) A small but dogged United Nations of smokers continually braved the cool weather to indulge its insalubrious but sociable habit. Last night I tore down the "No Not Smoking Allowed" sign and joined the group outside the hotel for a pleasant after-convention chat.

4) Here's my annual Christa Faust picture.

© Peter Rozovsky 2009

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16 Comments:

Blogger Donna said...

Peter - it was great to see you as ever!

October 19, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Donna, I am sorry we didn't hang out together much after you stuck your head in the lamp shade. Next year I'll have to learn to play poker.

October 19, 2009  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Peter you look so much younger and happier without your beard even I might shave my 38 year veteran effort off. I grew it to look older in the 1970s now I am older!
The UK government would be even more bankrupt than it is without the tax revenue from smokers. It is quite sad to see these bands of smokers congregating outside the boundaries of public property almost like the infected in the film I am Legend.

October 19, 2009  
Anonymous marco said...

Peter you look so much younger and happier without your beard

NO! It's not true! He looks NAKED!
And he fails to convey the "heroic image of the independent, sturdy, and resourceful pioneer, ready, willing and able to do manly things."

October 19, 2009  
Blogger Loren Eaton said...

Darn it, looks like you all are having a great time. And here I am stuck at work.

October 19, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Uriah, I sometimes feel somthing similar when I see those bands of smokers, but not this time. The gatherings were highly enjoyable. Last night I strode out the door and announced to the group that I had decided to take up smoking.

Perhaps the occasion and the company had as much to do with my joviality and youthful appearance as did the increased exposure of facial skin.

By the way, one of my fellow conference attendees expressed appreciation for some of your recent efforts. Her initials are RC.

October 19, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Sturdy? Resourceful?

Who?

October 19, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Loren, there's one last burst of fun left, provided my fellow attendees are able to make it out of bed this morning.

You should sign up one year: San Francisco 2010, St. Louis 2011, ??? 2012.

October 19, 2009  
Anonymous cara said...

Nice hanging out with you Peter and I used your line :)

Cara

October 19, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Likewise, and thanks for the kind words. I will see you in 2010, if not before. Is it true that your house is one of the overflow hotels?

October 19, 2009  
Blogger adrian mckinty said...

I've wanted to ask Christa if she knows this quote from Oscar Wilde:

“In every first novel the hero is the author as either Christ or Faust.”

October 20, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I suspect she'd like the Faust part at least. And she does know what her last name means in German.

October 20, 2009  
Blogger Kelli Stanley said...

And who can forget Ali and Jon ruling as joint Popes for the evening? ;) A very special dinner and a wonderful time!! Viva Bucca di Beppo!

October 20, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

May we love like we've never been hurt, eat as if we had low cholesterol, and drink until we can no longer say "Buca di Beppo"!

October 20, 2009  
Blogger Christa Faust said...

One of the few downsides of this year's b-con was that I barely saw you for longer than it took to snap this photo. Last year we had way more time to hang. Let's make sure that doesn't happen again next year.

- Christa

October 21, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Let's have dinner here next year. Dinner, not lunch. I don't know how you managed to get through the rest of the day with all that, er, beef and chicken in you. You are a remarkable woman.

October 21, 2009  

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