December 16th, 2002

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Deja vu all over again

I attended a Minicon meeting today. (A local SF con held every Easter, if you didn't know.) It's been years since I've been to one. I'm putting together a chapbook for one of the guests of honor that will be sold at the con so I attended to show my face and also to get what information I might need for putting together the book (like when it was due, for example).

While the scale of the meeting was more in tune with the much smaller con that Minicon is these days, it was so reminiscent of the meetings of old that used to drive me nuts.

Don't get me wrong. There's good things about informal gatherings to brainstorm ideas and share them across a broad group to build consensus. These gatherings, however, are not what I think of as meetings. When we fell off agenda at the second item I watched it spiral out of control.

I'm still not sure how we got from volunteers to whether or not we wanted to sell t-shirts.

As of last year, I was thinking that it might be time to think about working on Minicon again. i enjoy the con and think that I could contribute something valuable. If I have to attend meetings, however, deal is off.

Fortunately, for what I want to do for the con this year, I shouldn't have to attend future meetings. Communicate my status and deliverables before those meetings, yes, but attending doesn't seem strictly necessary

Good doughnuts, though.
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