I figured that while I was at the computer I might as well book a room for Rainfurest. Ooops. I had waited too long. The hotel was sold out. Hmmmm. Perhaps I could get into the Marriott across the street. If I remembered correctly it was almost closer to the convention center than some rooms in the con hotel. Hmmmm. $169/night. Nah. Not worth it. I'll do something else with my vacation time.
The whole con scene has changed so much over the past 10 years. There used to be just a handful of cons so those few were THE events to go to. Now it seems like there's a con somewhere every other weekend. Then there's that pesky greymuzzle syndrome. There are fewer and fewer of us around. The cons are playgrounds for teens and tweens. Hanging around a bunch of tards with limited social skills just isn't all that fun any more. I still enjoy the whole idea/vibe/whatever, but I would rather have fewer more awesome experiences than a whole bunch of watered-down fun.