Pennsic 2016 Diary: Saturday, August 13

8:05 am – Knights Inn

Sleep was good but involved a lot of waking up in the middle of the night, either because of unfamiliar sounds or a weird pillow. (True story: what I thought in my half-asleep state was the porto-potty truck turned out to be the air conditioner.) Woke up for real around 7:30, but it was odd because there was no natural light. Going back to civilization is proving to be as challenging as ever.

I guess I should get breakfast and hit the road. I’ve got a Star Wars game at 3:00 – an attempt to stave off the “con bends” – and I’d really like to be back in Montreal and unpacked in time for the game. Onwards, I suppose.

 

12:00 pm – Morrisburg service station, ON

Making moderately good time on the trip home. Border was pretty smooth, about ten minutes. Weather conditions have been less good. I drove through a few storm cells, some of them pretty strong with low visibility. It boggles my mind why people don’t think to put on their lights in conditions like that.

It’s weird how Pennsic already seems so far away, even though I was there barely 24 hours ago. As I leave geographically (and, in a sense, chronologically, returning to the modern world), Pennsic fades more and more, like a dream. I’m not so much sad as sorrowful, feeling the loss of the shared vision that we build each year on a field in Pennsylvania. I won’t lie, I had some pretty low “lows” this year. I had moments where I thought, “I don’t want to do this again.” Heck, I had moments where I thought, “I don’t want to do this now.” But somehow I keep going back. I miss it. Nowhere is quite the same.

I’m about an hour and a half from home and the mundane world. This week will be filled with work, laundry, and all the trappings of the modern world. I’ll type up my post-Pennsic brain dump, digitize this journal, post it, and then pretty much not look at it until next year. Such is the way of things. It was fun while it lasted.

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