I have a big announcement for the rest of 2021 and 2022 and beyond. I will not be attending any fan conventions in 2021 and beyond until Kumoricon, Orycon, RCCC, Anthro Northwest come to their senses and stop forcing unnecessary medical test or divulge private medical information as a requirement to attend a convention. It is wrong for those who are and force others to surrender their freedom and privacy for three days of fun deserve nether. I do believe health and safety is the issue but the 900 LB ogre call government Lockdown. There are those who willing to throw other’s privacy under the bus to keep the lockdown ogre at bay.
Do not get me wrong I am centrist in the vaccine debate. I am against any government mandate but realize for me and other the vaccine is needed. I frown on both force mandates and the anti-vaccination crowd. I can poke hole in both arguments. Some people may not need vaccination while others it a life saver. I do not believe the false narrative of herd immunity. It may not happen We just need to live with COVID-19. Private organization can make rules regardless how bad as well of my choice not to attend.
Foer those who are putting such restrictions in the name of protecting immune depressed and people with auto immune condition like me, you are doing us no favor. I must board a bus and max trains with vaccinated non-vaccinated I am still here.
I am willing to help support alternative and events. The rules will be just use common since and that is it.
I already registered and will be attending Orycon, The Science Fiction convention over the Thanksgiving weekend in Portland Oregon. I need to apologize for not pressing for furry events at Orycon. My recent stint of unemployment during Spring and Summer had me wondering will I still me living in Oregon in November less going to Orycon. I have we can perhaps do a meal or a meet and greet.
I will not be volunteering at Orycon as I said in my earlier. Instead I want to give attention to the furry community and Rainfurrest. If they ask for a few hours, I will give it to them. My decision is probably 60% not knowing how to volunteer at Orycon, 20% the Orycon staff culture which tends to be a closed tight nit group and 20% bad experiences include the flap about trying to get promotional martial to take with me to Rainfurrest. There seem to be no place for an old fur. This begs question was there a problem with me or because I am a furry. If the later, I hope not, perhaps we need to question how much support we can expect from Oregon Science Fiction Conventions concerning bringing furry convention to Portland. I think it is prudent some of us to talk to furries who sponsored events at Orycon 29 and earlier about their experiences first.
On a brighter topic thanks to Woyro I tuned into Anthropomorphic Dreams Blog and downloaded s reading of anthropomorphic fiction to listen to at work. I found The Thing in the Toyshop interesting. Nice Furry fiction grounded in Fury’s Science Fiction Roots. I need to get away for political podcast for a while.