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chronicling my adventures at the 2003 journalcon in san francisco, ca.

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journalcon 2002


Part Five: In Search of Dim Sum
Sunday we had more panels, more culinary adventures, more readings, and a glittery hotel lobby love-in. The panels were as interesting, informative, and fun as Saturday's, and I'm sure another journaller somewhere has written about them, so I won't bother going into much detail. I attended the "Life after Journalling" panel where three former OLJers discussed how their lives have changed since they quit writing their journals, and the "Kaycee Nichole" panel about the pros and cons of using a pseudonym on-line or writing a fictional journal. There were some very strong opinions from audience members on that topic, which kinda surprised me. Personally, I don't really care one way or the other, but then again, I've never become emotionally embroiled in someone's journal, then found out it later was all fake, or that the person wasn't who I thought he/she was. Had I been burned like that, my opinion might've been different. The final panel of the day was the Pamie Panel featuring Pamela Ribon, who's journal, Squishy, is quite famous. She discussed her writing, her journal, her upcoming novel (Why Girls Are Weird coming out next summer, I believe), and answered questions from the audience. It was a pretty funny hour; very enjoyable.

After the panels, we had a two hour break before the final readings, the closing comments, and the end of JournalCon 2002. Jake/Craig, Weetabix and I headed off to find some Dim Sum. Jake/Craig called up a friend for directions to the best Dim Sum place in SF, and soon we were off to the Embarcadero. The Embarcadero is a four-city block shopping center with stores, businesses, restaurants, etc. They had everything you could possibly imagine,except the Dim Sum place we were looking for. Oh, it had been there, once upon a time, but it was not there anymore. So, on to Plan B: head to Chinatown.

First we decided to take the trolley, so we stood by the trolley stop and waited. And waited. And waited. It finally occurred to me that I, once again, was standing out in the mid-day sun without any sunscreen on my face. Like I wasn't already pink enough! Gah! Finally tired of standing there in the heat, and sweating profusely, we decided to hail a cab. Oh, by the way, walking to Chinatown was not an option at this point! We started walking towards the street where we might catch a cab, when the trolley car which had been just sitting a couple blocks away not moving, suddenly started moving. We went back, it stopped, and we piled on. It was a pretty slow ride, but it was better than walking, and by the time we were dropped off in Chinatown, I wasn't sweating quite as badly.

We walked maybe a block, maybe less, before finding a place that served Dim Sum. It was a nice restaurant, decorated in traditional Chinese restaurant decor. There were a few booths which had curtains that could be closed for privacy, but we didn't get one of those; we just got a table out on the main floor. We ordered Hot and Sour soup, Dim Sum, Lemon Chicken, and a spicy chicken salad to share. Oh. My. God! It was all so delicious! We ate our food, sipped our tea, and chatted. Both Jake/Craig and Weetabix are wonderful, funny people! Weet I've been reading for some time now and really enjoy her writing style, but Jake's Zen Diary was a new discovery for me since JournalCon, and I find I really like it as well.

After lunch we headed back to the hotel for the afternoon readings, Jake/Craig running blocks ahead of Bix and me, chatting on the phone like a super star, or a mover-and-shaker, or some other VIP-type persion. We decided it was too hot and too muggy to try to keep up with the speed walker, so we just went at our own pace.

The readings were brief with only Jake/Craig (I promise I'll get to the Craig explanation soon!), Kymm, and Bix reading. They were all very good entries - very humorous! Bix read her famous Uterus entry, and got a little help from Mo, who read Bix's part while Bix herself played "the part of the organ," as she put it. It was very well done, and very funny!

Part Six

Cheers!
lmj (alias hez)