Biggest change from last year: I have yet to see a single guest. Of course the fact that the Bemani panel is the only panel or specific event that I've attended probably has a lot to do with that. I wonder how many of them would even remember me. I worked fairly close to several of them in guest relations at both ACen and Ohayocon last year, but I somehow doubt I left much of a lasting impact amidst the more permanent fixtures in the staff (ironically, I don't think any of them are back this year due to the changes I mentioned in the previous entry).
It seems SOP that I don't get much sleep at cons--although I do seem to get more as an attendee than a staffer. Unfortunatley, I came into this one already short on sleep. I think I only got about 3-4 hours for each of the two days prior. We didn't go to bed until around 2 on the night before we left, and I was up at 6 to finish getting stuff together and get ready to go. I had considered taking a nap in the car on the way up, but the allure of playing DS multiplayer games ended up being more appealing. ;)
I finally went up to the room last night at around 1 (Chicago time, an hour behind). But I decided to catch up on a few things in the digtial world and get a shower before I went to sleep. By the time I was all finished, it was almost 2:30 and most of the guys were just getting back to the room. I pretty much just crashed at that point.
Speaking of the digital world, I managed to score some WiFi here at the hotel. It's a T-Mobile HotSpot. I'm a T-Mobile customer, but I don't subscribe to their HotSpot service. I called to get some info. The standard day rate is $10...not really worth it to me. But the operator said I could just subscribe to the monthly plan for $20 and cancel at anytime for a pro-rated refund--which works out to roughly $0.67/day. That I can handle! I'm ckind of surprised that they would recommend such a thing, but I'm glad that she did. Thanks to T-M for continuing to not have sucky customer service.
21 1/2 hours on about 3 1/2 hours of sleep--especially with not sleeping much the night before either--is definitely pushing beyond my limits. I ran into June and Steve around 2am while I was on a quest to find a towel. Both of them asked me if I was alright. One even asked if I had been drinking! (HA!) I obviously looked pretty beat. I think I was working on a third set of bags under my eyes. It's not a good look for me.
I ended up getting up at about 9--actually a little earlier than I had intended. I'm really have trouble sleeping much later in the morning unless perhaps the sun was already coming up by the time I went to bed. Today I'm a bit worn still but generally in good spirits...maybe only a bag and a half of sleep deprivation under my eyes.