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Anthrocon 2012 will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA, from JUNE 14 to JUNE 17, 2012Please note that this is one week earlier than was previously announced! We hope that this does not cause any inconvenience for any of our members; if it does, we are deeply sorry.  Here is the story:

Pittsburgh has been given a very rare opportunity to host an event that they have been wanting to host for many years.  The only trouble was that the proposed event (and we won't say what it is until it is officially announced) would lie in part over Anthrocon's planned weekend.  The City approached Anthrocon very deferentially and asked us if we would consider moving our 2012 convention just one week earlier to help them realize their collective dream.  As much as we love our adopted home city and would do anything in our power to support them, we were hesitant to change the date of our convention after having announced it.

Pittsburgh replied with, "What if we got you another hundred hotel rooms within walking distance of the Convention Center?"

We said, "Where do we sign?"

So with that agreement, in 2012 we ought to have enough hotel space for just about everyone who wants to stay.  Of course, we would have signed anyway.  Anthrocon is proud to have become a Pittsburgh institution, and as accommodating as they have been to us over the last five years, we were honor-bound to return the favor in any way that we could.

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Grin.  Now we have to figure out how to keep those extra hundred rooms for 2013 and beyond!

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I can't help but notice June 13th to 16th is Wednesday to Saturday. Is this correct or should it be June 14th to 17th?

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I noticed this as well, after I posted the news to about a half dozen places. Sad

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Just because I have a degree doesn't mean I can read a calendar.

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So what's the big event we're moving for?

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My entirely uneducated guess would be the 2012 NHL Draft.

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Its kinda strage that AC would accpt this, since it falls in catergory: event/fundraiser/intrest than sports/events lol

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what?

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It sounds like whatever this event Pittsburgh has waited to have for so long is something the city is really looking forward to having.  If this event is that important to the city of Pittsburgh, AC should definitely be on a different weekend.  I love AC and had the best weekend in a long time there, but I'll accept the date change as long as the con will still go on (whether or not I can make it to next year's AC).

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I am so looking forward to finding out what this big event is!

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it is the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

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[politely holds her tongue]

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ya know i'm sure we have some volunteers somewhere that could hold your tongue for you Sticking out tongue

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None have held a Dragon's Tongue - and lived to tell the tale.


Dragons are not easily held...unless the Dragon wishes to be held, of course.

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Dragons are not easily held...unless the Dragon wishes to be held, of course.

Too right.  Beware!  I have glitter and sprayglue and cutesiness, and i'm not afraid to use them!  Grrrr!

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No, please, anything but glitter. Especially if you aerosol glue all over, and then throw the glitter. ANYTHING but that. However, your cutesiness is ineffective on one so hardened as myself. Glitter, however, is another story. That stuff gets EVERYWHERE!

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Yay! This just means I have one less week to wait for Anthrocon 2012! So excited! Smiling

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Have to agree with this!  One less week to wait!  \o/

I think it's awesome that we can accomodate something that the city's been dying to do.  And as an avid hockey fan, I have my fingers crossed for the speculation noted above.

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Oh god! This just means I have one less week to prepare for Anthrocon 2012!  So terrified!

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Oh marf, Kage. There's no one out there who can get stuff done, (or bs it to look like it's done) like you Sticking out tongue besides, you know you secretly wish AC was year round... or at least a month long

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For Kage, Anthrocon *is* all year round.

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Ahh. *thinks about that* Man, that sounds like a fun job! Smiling

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Anthrocon 365. The idea just makes me smile! Laughing out loud

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Yes, for certain values of fun.

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I pity the man/woman/animal/otherkin that ever inherit's kage's job

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I think it's insanely badass that the city actually considers anthrocon a significant enough event that they would come to us to try and work things out rather than just screwing us by stacking two events on the same weekend.

It's really, really awesome.

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Acctually the NHL/the DLLCC and the city can to Uncle Kage

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Translation?

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I suspect "can to" should be "came to".

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Then the post was as pointless as I thought it was.

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It would have been mostly the other event that got screwed. We already had the convention space and most of the hotel rooms in the city Smiling

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Sure, why not. Either way, I plan to be there. I'm curious as to where the room expansion will be coming from.

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Hopefully a new hotel, which we can then "acquire" all the rooms of for the year after Laughing out loud

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With the speculation flying, I must state that I can still neither confirm nor deny any rumors one way or the other, as per my agreement with the Pittsburgh folks.

But there's nothing that says I can't say a few...you know...random words that have nothing to do with one another.

Like...California.

Sand.

Mustard.

Twins.

Polaroid.

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Well, that just further confused me.

OH, right, the international California Mustard Twins Beach Polaroid Convention! Hell yeah.

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Pfft.

Think now.

Northern California.

Think 1990's.

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Well, that just further confused me.

And that is how Further Confusion came to be! Laughing out loud

*Expecting canned laughter, only to realize that everyone is face-pawing over such a corny joke*

Hey, I just turned 20 when I posted this! Give me a break!

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Veddy interesting!  Who knows, maybe I can a) show up again and b) stay out of the ER!  Eye-wink

 

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Hrm....


California...Sand...Mustard...Twins...Polaroid...


*Snap!*  Pittsburgh has the opportunity to host the International Indoor Beach Volleyball Championships!


*******


Seriously - I think I can guess what they are actually hoping to host.  If I am correct, it would be a great feather in the cap of the city, and give them a singular opportunity to show off their city, and host a bunch of important people (well, other important people).


They should be up to the task, and its good that we can aid them by making this minor change.  Here's hoping they snag the event!

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excellent its a pleasant surprise too a friend and I made a joke after AC saying 'Anthrocon isn't over its taking a 365 dayish break.'

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This is actually quite exciting! This brings me back to my first Anthrocon back in 2006; where then it was this very weekend! Birthday cons are ALWAYS fun! Laughing out loud

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California. Sand. Mustard. Twins. Polaroid...

... wait... he can't be referring to... O.O KAGE NO!

I thought all the evidence of that event was DESTROYED with SHREDDING and FIRE three days after it happened!!!!

 

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That is actually an excellent change of dates as far as I am concerned.  Late June/early July is a major pain in the backside for me. (And many other Australians also because it's the end of the financial year. Inventory time!)  A mere week earlier makes life so much easier.

Of course I still have the problem of *affording* to go next year.

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Aww, you can do it!!   its only a 4 million hour plane ride.

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No problem here!

At my job, the week or so before the Fourth of July is kinda' all hands on deck. So the earlier in June that AC happens means fewer favors for me to call in and fewer elbows that I have to (gently) twist to get the time off!

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Ditto, though my boss is heavily campaigning for AC to be held in April, rather than right after school lets out and we get to clean all the school band instruments.

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Oh, how rumours spread:

 

 

http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/27694626/31168933

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Which references this.

Is "major niche convention" a compliment, insult, oxymoron, or combination of all the above?

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With probably fewer than 10,000 unique attendees worldwide per year, furry would qualify as a niche.

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