I think I figured out that I always like to be doing something when I'm on vacation. I can't just go to a place to relax. Sitting on a beach or around a pool is something I just cannot do for a long period of time. I always have to be seeing new things or moving around. So if I have some down time at a con, I feel as if I'm wasting vacation time and money. I can surf the Net at home. I can watch television at home. I can chill on a nice patio at home. Why pay $$$ to do the same stuff elsewhere?
I know the one thing that bothered Al, Dex, and myself the most was that we couldn't open our room like we have done at many FC's in the past. Also, essentially being in an overflow hotel really made us feel isolated. Whereas it wouldn't feel like wasted time if we had people constantly coming in and out, it really DID feel like wasted time knowing that only those that REALLY wanted to see us had to make the long trek over to do so. If we wanted to hang out with Scritch and Tugsie, we didn't mind making the trek to the Marriot since we were heading into con space. So I think my overall grumpiness and feeling of "meh" was primarily due to the rooming location. I guess this just strengthens my view that it's just not worth it to be in an overflow hotel. Even if you plan on spending most of your time in con space, it certainly is nice to be able to bop back to the room to drop something off, pick something up, take a quick breather, or hop into fursuit.