It's that time of year again -- the time when my friends (who are much more into planning in advance than me) say, "Are you going to Bouchercon?" And I say, "Oh, I don't know. It's kind of expensive, with airfare and all." And they go, "Oh come on." And I go, "I'm telling you, I don't know." And they go, "It'll be fun." And I go, "Oh.... okay."
One of the main reasons why I almost always go, "Okay," (Anchorage being a notable exception -- that was waaay too expensive to stand up to the 'It'll be fun' argument.) is this: I start thinking of all the great stories I have from Bouchercons past.
The best experience I've ever had at a Bouchercon was the first panel I was ever on. I don't remember the name, but it was something like "How was your first time?" and the best thing about it was that Jeff, Lori and Karen were all on that panel. You pretty much know the rest of the story. We've told it here a million times: Drinking,getting lost, "Let's do a blog!", more drinking, "Is there no place to get food around here?" more drinking, "Lori, please don't make me have another glass of w... oh, okay," White Hen, "Did someone say something abot a blog?" Bla bla bla...
And since then I've had a million great and hilarious Bouchercon experiences -- from learning how to shoot a gun to discovering the male erotica of Jim Born... But I do have to say that for me, Bouchercon will always stand out in my mind as the event which enabled me to sit in a gay bar in Madison Wisconsin, watching Ken Bruen dancing on-stage to Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
How about you, FOs? What is the one moment that defines Bouchercon for you? AND: Are you going this year?