So about 11 am I notice that my critter-sitter, also known as R, had just left a message for my cell phone. Unfortunately, the routine that I use to check messages while in the US did not allow me to pick it up in Canada. This wouldn’t have worried me so much but my critter-sitter wasn’t supposed to try to reach me except for an emergency. After several failed attempts at using the cell phones belonging to me and Jack I started begging cell phones from friends here at the convention. (We left one very elderly dog at home and horses are ALWAYS an emergency waiting to happen.) I finally got hold of my friend D who boards my mare and asked her if she knew why my critter sitter had called me. (The friend D who boards my mare has what is essentially our medical power-of-attorney for our critters so I knew she would know what was going on.) D assured everyone was fine including Rion who was playing in her back yard and that R was there. It turned out that Indi (a very sweet, older grulla gelding) had decided to play with the hydrant in D’s barn the previous night. He had never, ever done this before. In fact, no horse had done this for over a decade, which is why there wasn’t a safety fastener on it. It was quite a stretch for Indy to reach the hydrant and flood the barn. When D got to the barn in the morning, all the horses but my mare were up to their fetlocks in water. R was calling to find out where we keep our Shop-Vac, so she could take it over to help the clean-up process. I don’t know if she ever found it, but D reports on Facebook that her barn has been cleaned up.
It’s always something.
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I found out how to use the night setting on my camera. I am so proud. The building with the bubble on top between the two skyscrapers on the right is the Delta, the hotel with the night time activities.
Jack went over to pick up our registration packets yesterday and found that I wasn’t pre-registered. Usually we register two years in advance, converting after site selection, but we didn’t go to Japan two years ago. (At the door is considerably more expensive than pre-registering.) I don’t vote for the Hugos, so I didn’t notice my lapse then. Jack posted a query to the Anticipation LiveJournal community asking if anyone had a membership for sale. Within two hours, a person offered to give me one, declining payment, and sent the necessary information to transfer the membership to me. We downloaded the letter to a USB drive and took it to registration this morning. Since I was already in the database due to other Worldcons, it took about two minutes to do the transfer.