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Back from Worldcon pt 2
Iwata
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Oops at me for leaving off for so long that certain details are sure to get fuzzy. At least I have some more handy pictures to try and help me piece along what I wanted to recap.

I also have to note that on Friday the smoke situation was horrendous. The air alert was at red, we were advised to stay indoors, and those who did go outside were advised to cover their noses and mouths. Like a dumbass, I went trekking outside trying to find the Pub Crawl meetup and never found it because I couldn't figure out where the Breezeway was even after asking two employees. Of course, I found out where it was on Saturday.

So on Saturday, I continued my tradition of eating in the con suite. The guy running it did such a great job. I loved it. I also had a headache because of a hangover that I stupidly forgot to drink water for before going to sleep.

The only activity I was determined to do before my Exhibitions shift was to get my copy of A Dance with Dragons signed by George R. R. Martin. And I did it! The wait took awhile, but I had some great little conversations with another woman waiting in line with me. She was very sweet, and I was pretty envious of the awesome poster she got signed. We got sped through the line so my interaction with GRRM was short, but he did make a comment about my Thor t-shirt which made me happy and was the very reason I wore it. And thankfully there was a helper so I got my picture taken with him. Too bad I didn't suck it in though.

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So now I've got a book with two signatures in it (Kit Harington signed it at the SF premiere for the show), and I'm still reading through it for the first time so I'm constantly paranoid about leaving it behind on the train.

So after this, I basically went to my shift in the Exhibits office. After that I recuperated a bit and then I took my cousin to sit through some more horror films at the film festival. I wish I could've gotten another bag of popcorn at that point, but I was feeling a bit low on funds at that point. It was still fun though, and I definitely accidentally punched myself in the nose because I got scared. That was fun.

We had to cut out at a certain time because I wanted to make it to the Hugos ceremony. In retrospect, I wish I had dressed up a little since I brought so many dresses just for the event, but I wore a nice sweater so i like think that was fine. It was assigned seating, and I actually lucked out and got seats very close to the stage! It was an endearing experience, and I think David Gerrold seems like such an earnest and sweet man. To the people calling it embarrassing, they can go sit on a cactus. Maybe it's because of the atmosphere and actually being there, but I enjoyed myself.

As for the drama surrounding the awards and the Puppy slate, it was pretty damn crazy to hear just HOW ROWDY the crowd got when No Award was announced five times that night. After the first one, I heard someone say, "It's happening!" And after the third one, I saw a heavyset gentleman get out of his seat in a huff and mutter, "This is bullshit!" quite loudly before he left and never came back. It was a pretty damn historic night though, and it was cool that it was my first one.

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Afterwards, my cousin and I hit up some parties. I got to be a cockblocker/wingman since several men just cannot tell when my cousin is clearly disinterested in them. I guess it's also my duty as the eldest and her fahu. I'm already trying to save up for Helsinki 2017, and I wish I'd stayed in that party all night since that cheese was so damn good. Kansas also had an awesome little shindig, and I was eating those tomatoes up like crazy. Though that was probably a Friday night party. I'm not sure. Poor DC though sure did throw a nice blowout bash. Though uh, in their rush to get everyone punch drunk, they weren't carding like they were supposed to. That's another party I wish I'd stayed longer at. We ended the night at Montreal which was actually pretty meh. Next time I'll just work my way up rather than down since it seems like the best parties really are at the top.

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Sunday was a nice winding down type of day. I didn't do much. Went to a reading held by the lovely Laura J. Mixon and afterwards I congratulated her on her Hugo win. Her speech was one of the best ones of the previous night.

Then I basically helped tear down and load up. I had the worst outfit on in terms of shoes since my boots had no traction on the floor, but I managed to get some stuff done. I also ended up waiting for one of the dealers for awhile due to a miscommunication issue, but in retrospect I'm glad I was there to help. They needed the muscle power and thanks to Levi's dumbass floor layout, I've got plenty of that.

And now one of my biggest irritations of the week. It was on this final day that my uncle FINALLY remembered to give me some food vouchers. I COULD HAVE BEEN GETTING MY SNACK ON! POPCORN FOR HOURS! GAHHHH!!! He made excuses, but they were very poor. Oh well.

The dead dog was great! I had quite a few Stellas and stacked up on eggs though unfortunately I never got around to eating any of those.

And then Monday afternoon, I said goodbye to the state of Washington and hello to California. My first ever Worldcon was finished, and I'm happy I did it. I'm actually planning on going to next year's since I still qualify for a Youth Pass, and those are only 90 bucks which I can afford before the prices go up. Now I've just gotta play the game with airfare.

The one thing I've really learned from this is that I definitely need to get back on that SFF horse. And to never work a con. :P Too bad I've already agreed to help out at Baycon. -_-

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The cut on OJ’s finger didn’t happen during the murders. Several people who interacted with him at the airport and on the airplane ride to Chicago like the airport couriers and airplane pilot testified under oath during the trial that they didn’t see a cut or bandage on his finger. Tom Lange, one of the detectives who was part of the case, also said there was a broken glass with blood on it found in OJ’s hotel room at Chicago. Type in “OJ fact or fiction cut finger” on YouTube search for proof. Or here are some transcripts from the trial:

THE COURT: Overruled. Ask him what happened next.

MR. COCHRAN: All right. Okay, your Honor, I will do that.

MR. COCHRAN: What happened next?

MR. VALERIE: He proceeded to read that, sipped on his water, and it was pretty uneventful really. I mean, we were just flying on a redeye flight. He again, because of my position--

MR. DARDEN: Object as nonresponsive, your Honor.

THE COURT: All right. Next question.

MR. COCHRAN: All right, certainly. Mr. Valerie, as you watched Mr. Simpson from this vantage point, did you have occasion to look at his face?

MR. VALERIE: I sure did.

MR. COCHRAN: Did you see any bruises or cuts or abrasions on his face at that point?

MR. VALERIE: None whatsoever.

MR. COCHRAN: Did you have occasion from this vantage point you have described for us to look at Mr. Simpson's hands?

MR. VALERIE: I did.

MR. COCHRAN: And what, if anything, did you see with regard to his hands?

MR. VALERIE: Umm, I viewed Mr. Simpson's hands at that time looking for championship ring. Given he is a famous professional player, that was the motivation for my looking at his hands. I didn't see anything unusual, no Band-Aids, no large abrasions or anything to that effect.

MR. COCHRAN: Did you see any cuts at all?

MR. VALERIE: I didn't see any.

MR. COCHRAN: Did you see any blood on his hands?

MR. VALERIE: No blood.

MR. COCHRAN: By the way, you said you were looking for a championship ring. Is that like a Superbowl ring?

MR. VALERIE: Yes.

MR. COCHRAN: Something of that nature? Did you see one at that time?

MR. VALERIE: No, I did not.

MR. COCHRAN: All right. And so you had a pretty clear unobstructed view of Mr. Simpson as you were looking and making these observations; is that correct?

MR. VALERIE: That's correct. His left hand would have been the hand I saw closest and best view of.

MR. COCHRAN: NOW, THAT NIGHT, YOU WERE -- YOU SAW MR. SIMPSON FOR AT LEAST THE PERIOD 10:55 OR THEREABOUTS UNTIL YOU DROPPED HIM OFF AT THE OR LEFT HIM AT THE AIRPORT THERE AT ABOUT 11:35; ISN'T THAT CORRECT?

MR. PARK: YES.


MR. COCHRAN: ALL RIGHT. AND THEN AS I UNDERSTAND IT, YOU LEFT HIM WITH THE SKYCAP OR LEFT HIM CHECKING HIS LUGGAGE AND THEN YOU WENT ON AND WENT BACK HOME; ISN'T THAT CORRECT?

MR. PARK: YES.

MR. COCHRAN:ALL RIGHT. NOW, DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME, YOU HAD OCCASION, DID YOU NOT, TO SEE MR. SIMPSON'S HANDS, DIDN'T YOU?

MR. PARK: YES.

MR. COCHRAN: IN FACT, YOU DESCRIBED FOR US THAT AT ONE POINT, YOU SHOOK HIS HAND, HIS RIGHT HAND; IS THAT CORRECT?

MR. PARK: YES.

MR. COCHRAN: ALL RIGHT. AND YOU SAW HIM, I THINK YOU'VE DESCRIBED FOR US, COMING DOWN THE STAIRS CARRYING SOME BAGS WITH HIS HANDS; ISN'T THAT CORRECT?

MR. PARK: YES.

MR. COCHRAN: AND DID YOU EVER SEE ANY BAND AIDS ON HIS LEFT HAND, ON HIS LEFT KNUCKLE, MIDDLE FINGER HERE (INDICATING)?

MR. PARK: NO.

MR. COCHRAN: ALL RIGHT. YOU DIDN'T SEE ANY CUTS ON HIS HANDS THAT EVENING, DID YOU?

MR. PARK: NO.

MR. COCHRAN: AND YOU DIDN'T SEE MR. SIMPSON BLEEDING THAT EVENING, DID YOU?

MR. PARK: NO.

MR. DOUGLAS: What happened next?

MR. MERRILL: After that, I wrote down my cellular number and my home phone number on my business card, handed it to Mr. Simpson. We both talked about how we were hoping that the weather would become nicer and walked him to the elevator, shook hands and discussed about getting back together later that morning.

MR. DOUGLAS: Did you see Mr. Simpson anymore that day after he got into the elevator?

MR. MERRILL: No, I did not.

MR. DOUGLAS: Now, you had a chance to see Mr. Simpson when he first came off of the airplane?

MR. MERRILL: Yes.

MR. DOUGLAS: You had a chance to see him for the time while you waited for the bags to come?

MR. MERRILL: Yes.

MR. DOUGLAS: About how much time did it take for the bags to come did you say?

MR. MERRILL: Approximately 10 minutes.

MR. DOUGLAS: You had a chance to see Mr. Simpson while you and he were inside your car traveling to his hotel?

MR. MERRILL: Yes.

MR. DOUGLAS: You had a chance to see Mr. Simpson while he interacted with--

MS. CLARK: Objection. This is all leading, your Honor.

THE COURT: Sustained.

MR. DOUGLAS: Did you have a chance to see Mr. Simpson as he interacted with the guests at the hotel?

MR. MERRILL: Yes, I did.

MR. DOUGLAS: During the entire time that you interacted with Mr. Simpson that morning, did you notice anything unusual about his hands?

MR. MERRILL: No, I did not.

MR. DOUGLAS: Did you notice any cuts on the middle finger of his left hand?

MR. MERRILL: No.

MR. DOUGLAS: I'm going to show you a photograph that is People's exhibit 123, and you can look on the monitor to your right.

MS. CLARK: Objection.

THE COURT: I'm sorry. I didn't hear you.

MS. CLARK: Objection, your Honor. Sorry. Objection.

THE COURT: What's the objection?

MS. CLARK: This photograph is irrelevant for the time frame posed.

THE COURT: Which exhibit is this?

MR. DOUGLAS: 123, your Honor.

MS. CLARK: Photograph taken June 13th in the afternoon.

THE COURT: Overruled.

MR. MERRILL: There's no picture.

THE COURT: Mr. Douglas. Mr. Merrill.

MR. DOUGLAS: Looking at the picture that is exhibit 123 shown on the monitor there, do you see what appears to be some sort of mark on Mr. Simpson's finger?

MR. MERRILL: Yes.

MR. DOUGLAS: During the time that you saw Mr. Simpson when he came off of the airplane and baggage claim and in the car and in the hotel, did you have occasion to see such a mark on his finger?

MR. MERRILL: No.

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