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What Anthrocon means to me
(Cross-posted to several places)

As Anthrocon 2011 approaches, I wanted to spend a little time and share with you what AC means to me. This point has been driven home especially hard this year, as personal hardships are forcing me to miss the convention--the first time I have done so since 1999.

I realize times are tough and sacrifices need to be made; I have long been an advocate of financial responsibility and prioritization. I know I would be a hypocrite if I made AC a higher priority than other, more pressing matters. I also know there is always next year. Nonetheless, I am a little heartbroken that I cannot attend this time around.

Anthrocon 1999 was my very first all-furry convention; I had attended a couple of Duckons, but those were sci-fi conventions with furry tracks. So AC was my first full-immersion experience with a large number of furries--and I fell in love with it from the very first. Since then, I have attended AC twelve times, and up until this year I have had an unbroken consecutive record of attendance there.

I know AC will go on without me; I don't think of myself like the rooster who believed the sun wouldn't rise without his crowing. But in many ways I consider AC "my" con; I always look forward to it, and it is a convention I am proud to attend and support. It is the bright spot of my year, and not being able to go this year...well, it just feels like an important and essential part of me is missing.

Anthrocon allows me to connect with good friends--and it is often the only time I get to see many of them during the year. Great and hopeful anticipation always precedes it, and I feel so completely in my element when I am there. The experience leaves me with good memories and dreams that help sustain me the remainder of the year. Simply put, I love Anthrocon and everything about it.

To everyone attending AC this year: know I am with you there in spirit, even though I can't be there in person. Have a wonderful time, and with any luck I will see you all at Anthrocon 2012.