One week from now it will be time to start No Brand Con 2010. It'll be convention number nine for those of us who run the rag-tag staff of miscreants. It's also my last turn as full time staff for the convention I co-founded with my friends eons ago.
I'm the last co-founder to finally leave the ranks of the weekly staffers (Topher does a lot for the con still, but he lives in the Twin Cities preventing him from being as involved). Oddly enough, technically I was also the first co-founder to leave staff (taking off No Brand Con 3 for personal reasons), but I came back for No Brand Con 4. I think that makes my previous departure more of a hiatus than anything else.
This time though I'm gone for good. I'll still help out with the con (and I'll be damned if I'm not helping with the plot in some respect). I'll still play The Gardening Ninja and help them with their website. But I won't be helping write policy anymore or telling people what to do.
That's so weird to me.
I've spent almost the entirety of my adult life helping run this convention, and it will definitely be hard to let go. Next year someone else will have to be the detail person. Next year someone else will have to put the fires out. Next year someone else will have to troubleshoot the issues.
Either that, or I'm going to be spending a lot of time on the phone.
It amazes me that something that a bunch of us were just tossing around as an idea in a hotel room when I was 19 has become this massive event. It amazes me that we have our third (or is it fourth? I can never tell) generation of staffers working hard at getting things done. Some of whom attended the con when they were younger and were inspired by No Brand Con the way I was inspired by the conventions of my youth.
I'll attempt to restrain myself from getting too philisophical here, but if you ever hear me talk about "why we do this" and think that I am a little too passionate about this event... just remember that I actually do believe and mean everything I say. I honestly believe we are doing something important -- and while it may sound silly, it isn't once you really think about it.
I'm going to miss this though. Of course, I'll probably enjoy next year's No Brand Con because I won't have the ball of worry about what needs to get done... but it just won't be the same.
Yeah Trae, you're like the glue that sticks everything together in that con so I know you will most definitely be missed. But maybe when I get out of College this upcoming December, I could learn how to be more like you with all that you do around that con. Of all the founding fathers, You and Vinnk get like the most respect of all the founding fathers because you do you jobs well.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Meep deserves way more credit than people give him. The first three years of No Brand Con would not have happened without him.
Mostly Vinnk and I get the most "respect" because we're the ones who get up in front of crowds. The public face of any organization gets a lot more attention than the hard workers who put everything together behind the scenes.