So, I said 'fuck it' and registered for the Chicago convention... back in March. Good thing, since the year didn't improve any.
I don't have the best camera equipment, but plan to take what pics I can and will share -- probably well after I get back since I have to hit the ground running on Monday. But for the moment, I have alone time, a really nice hotel room, and anticipate to talk my fool head off the rest of the weekend with the friends I know are coming and the ones I hope to meet.
If you're on my flist and you're also in Chicago, we should look for each other... Ping me and we can see about meeting up.