Anthrocon's Headless ZONES
With the convention a little more than a week away (YIPE YIPE YIPE!) I want to set some ground rules about the headless zones. That right, these are the headless ZONES. They are in room 301-302 in the Convention Center, and in the Washington room in the Westin.
Rule 1: These are not lounge areas. These are areas for suiters ONLY to cool and rehydrate. I'm sorry, but handlers are not permitted in the headless zones. If you need assistance in removing a suit, the handler may come in and help you remove the head or hands, or undo the zipper, but MUST EXIT IMMEDIATELY afterward. They can wait outside to be called in if they are needed to help you redress. This is necessary due to the sheer number of fursuiters that will be in attendance this year. With a projected number in excess of 900 suiters, the headless zones simply cannot accommodate handlers. Suiters needing to enter the headless zones always have priority over someone's handler. ALWAYS. This can be a health issue. Please be aware of this situation and do not argue with those who may be monitoring the zones if they ask a handler to leave.
Rule 2: Do not attempt to reposition or relocate the fans in the room. First, there are electrical requirements we must follow for these rooms. Do not attempt to move things. If the load changes, it could cause problems. Also, the fans are being positioned to maximize air flow within the room. DON'T SHIFT THEM. We have far too many people attending the convention for one or two individuals to turn a fan vertically to dry their costume head. We need to keep the airflow moving or the room will get warmer very quickly. Use the head drying tree. If a space is not available on the tree, please wait for one to open up.
Rule 3: This is NOT a hangout area or a social zone. I know some feel it can be...but attendance keeps growing and the space is the same. There is FAR more space out in the hallways to frolic, talk, and otherwise socialize than in the headless zones. Please don't attempt to use this space as a place to sit and talk or play. It's needed for those who are overheating or need rehydration.
Rule 4: As a matter of courtesy and general decorum...it is unacceptable to move someone else's costume head or pieces off the drying tree. Please try not to touch anyone else's costume while in the headless zones without express permission from the owner. We do ask that the tree only be used for drying HEADS, not hands or other costume components. If you must remove your bodysuit or major parts of your costume...please do not take up large amounts of space or multiple chairs to do so. Remember, other attendees also may need that space to cool off as much as you do.
Rule 5: While some costume maintenance matierals may be in the headless zones, this is not an area for serious repairs. Remember, if your costume needs repairs...you should return to your room to do so. A quick stitch to fix a single seam or a quick spot cleaning is fine. But large scale cleaning or fixing a large rip should be done elsewhere. Again, we simply need to keep the facility available for the largest number of people possible.
Rule 6: Changing the room layout. DON'T DO IT! The room has been specifically set to maximize traffic flow, airflow, and electrical needs. Also in the DLCC, we have union representatives to do this. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES try to move tables or equiment around in this space! I can't stress this enough. Changing the room layout can not only impede our ability to have the largest number of people in the space, it could create problems with the electrical load or with the facility. Anyone caught trying to reconfigure this space, will answer directly to our chairman and/or board of directors. Trust me when I say...YOU DO NOT WANT THIS TO HAPPEN!
Ok....now that I have the "no-no's" out of the way. What you should be using the headless zones for.
* Fursuiters should go to the headless zones if you feel overheated, dizzy, or need to rehydrate. You don't have to wait until it's "too late" to do this. Proactively keeping yourself cool and hydrated will let you enjoy more suiting time!
* If for any reason you feel nauseated and are about to be ill....try to head to the restroom area near the headless zones....not the headless zone itself. If you become ill in the room, it could cause the zone to be shut down for a while and that may cause other fursuiters to be at risk of overheating or getting ill as well. If you need assistance from a staffer or security member, please let someone know!
* Fursuiters should go to the headless zones if you feel that something is "wrong" with the costume. If you feel a seam pop, something is falling apart or getting damaged...you can go here to check on the costume condition without "ruining the magic". Repairs may need to be done elsewhere, but you can look and see if a problem is starting.
* Use the Headless Zones for "Proactive Pit Stops". You may not feel like you're overheating. You may think you are hydrated. But symptoms may appear quickly and they can sneak up on you. If you've been suiting for a little while, stop by these zones to grab a quick drink and remove the costume head for a few moments. We want you to enjoy your Anthrocon experience!