Is It Safe To Gnaw Through The Straps Now? (ericcoleman) wrote,
Is It Safe To Gnaw Through The Straps Now?
ericcoleman

My GOH speech



I want to thank everyone for this experience. This is the greatest moment in my fannish life to date. It's something that I have never experienced before. It's amazing, astounding. It's something that I never imagined would happen. I have never, ever ... had a room to myself at a convention. I almost don't know what to do. I mean, I am the ONLY fat guy in the room snoring. I am not being woken up at 5am by the sound of an impact, a swear word and someone grumbling "where is the damn light switch". I haven't been woken up by someone asking me "DID I WAKE YOU UP ???" I don't have two or more of my roommates taking a shower together in the middle of the night for some unknown reason. For that matter, I have the bathroom to myself. I can even sleep in the n... well ... you don't need to know.

I unpacked my bag and put everything away. I've never been able to do that, since generally I am coming from out of town and I'm usually the last person to get to the hotel.

For all of this I thank you.

Seriously though

I really never thought that I would be a GOH at a con. I've gone to bunches of them, I've worked bunches of them, I've played music at bunches of them, 12 last year. But it never really occurred to me that I would ever be a GOH.

This is my first time at Archon. I had met Gary Hanak at Showmecon last year. We had played together, hung out some. I was amazed at his songwriting (you should make HIM the Filk GOH next year, he has written a couple of the best filk songs I have ever heard). He called and asked me if I was interested in being the filk GOH here at Archon. I had two reactions.

First - That no concom in their right mind would have me as the filk GOH. Of course if you think about that, being in your right mind automatically
disqualifies you from being on a concom. Who would do that to themselves. (I have)

And then, and this is really what I said, "maybe you should get someone who really plays filk, like Tom Smith". He informed me that Tom had already been the GOH at this con.

I used to worry about what I write and play and it's relationship with filk till I was reminded of what I refer to, and I would imagine others to as well, as Sutton's Law, that being

"Filk is anything that happens at a filk sing".

Meeting Bill at Duckon a year or two ago was rather disconcerting. At a get together on sunday afternoon, just as I was about to head home, he looked at me and his face took on an almost demonic cast and said to me in a loud voice "YOU BELONG TO US NOW".

I realized he was right. I would play at coffee houses and such if it happened, there is this little folk festival in Minnesota that I love and that I go to every year, but going to cons and also playing music at those cons, that's it, it's where I belong.

Like a lot of us, I never felt like I belonged much of anywhere and that is a lot of what I write about. I came close with theatre, even closer with punk rock. (and the society of punk rock bears a lot of resemblance to fandom, really, ask me about it later). But wandering into fandom, pretty much by accident, brought me home. Thank you for reinforcing that I belong here. Thank you for supporting my questionable behavior. And thank you for inviting me. Whatever con it may be, it's home. This weekend it's Archon. This is home.
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