Almost all of you who read this blog and check this website know that I am the Convention Director and President of No Brand Con, Wisconsin's largest Anime convention. Because of this I've met a large cross section of people from the area - some are just acquaintances, some are friends, but I know them all by face, name, and I've come to think of them (for better or for worse) as part of the overall No Brand Con family. Sure, it's over a thousand people, but we share a common experience.
Yesterday something terrible happened to some of them.
Ashley Albrecht, more commonly known to members of the No Brand Con forums as "Teh Engergizer Kitten," was merging onto US-53 from County Highway-I from just south of town. In the car was Tyler Schug (more commonly known to the No Brand Con forum goers as Wizard55) and a friend of their's named Sara Kosciolek. Ashley didn't yeild to a Semi, and it struck her vehicle.
Tyler and Sara are fine, but Ashley was brought to Luther Hospital in Critical condition.
I've driven past that intersection dozens of times, and it's rather blind for people coming off of County I. There's been a number of times where I've had to break suddenly to avoid someone merging on. In my opinion, it's a fairly dangerous intersection - so I understand how it could happen.
Ashley has been a regular attendee for years, and both she and Tyler are a part of the extended No Brand Con family. I hope your thoughts will be with her in this terrible time, and pray to whatever deity you choose to believe in for her.
I sit at the last day of STEAK while I write this, and the reaction of everyone here when they found out was of great concern. Ashley is a very active member of our community, and when something bad happens to one of us, it affects all of us. Our thoughts are with her and her family today, and we all hope for the best.
I know that isn't the happy coverage of STEAK some of you were expecting when you came to my website today, and I promise to talk about that this week still... but this is significantly more important in my opinion.
Events like this sadly help put things in perspective I guess.