2. Who is going to Minicon? Hmm, that came out sounding like a neutral question. Let me rephrase: which of you, especially from the group of people I don't see very often, or even the group of people I have never met in person, might be cajoled, persuaded, or browbeaten into going to Minicon, especially if I said it might be my only con this year?
I'm not saying it's definitely going to be my only con this year. I might well end up in Los Angeles, Austin, or some other con I haven't yet thought of. But I'm going to be pretty stingy with Mris-energy this year, which means ICFA is entirely off the list: it's in March, and even if I'm filled with pep and vim by the time March rolls around, I will still be catching up on normal stuff from the last six months, not haring off to Florida. It's too bad, too, because I'd love to go back to ICFA -- it was my first con, and I had a great time. But not this year.
(I'm not going to Wiscon, so don't attempt to order me to do so. I'm very glad that many of you find it congenial, and I hope you continue to do so. I'm just not interested. I'm also annoyed by the number of people who, instead of saying, "I think you might enjoy yourself at Wiscon" or "Have you considered Wiscon?", tell me, "You HAVE to go to Wiscon!" Actually, no. I don't. Look outside: the world is still turning, and I have never been to Wiscon. Clearly, I don't HAVE to. Some of you have asked politely, and that's fine, and I'm glad you enjoyed it yourselves. But the orders: not cool.)
3. One of you asked which countries other than the U.S. I would like to visit, and in what order. Umm. "In what order" is not a question I feel is likely to be relevant to the world I live in. I could try a total ordering that put Finland at the top of the list, for example, or Iceland, but if timprov was well enough to do any of a number of things he's contemplated doing in Hungary, markgritter and I would in all likelihood tag along for part of it, or visit him there, or pick him up when he was done and wander around. Possibly into Austria, for example, or the Czech Republic, etc. So while Austria wouldn't be at the top of my list, if there was a decent reason to be in the area, I'd go.
There is very little of Europe I wouldn't visit given a decent excuse. I'm not excited about Albania, I guess, but I probably could be if you gave me time. (After all, there's that song about it....) I'd be interested in seeing Japan, some parts of southern Asia, a few bits of South America. My grandmother is trying to sell me on Morocco (not as a trip to take with her soon, just as something to put on my list -- she had a great time). If I had to guess, I'd guess that I'll go to Canada next. I have had a good time there before, and now I know people in various parts, and you can get there from here without much fuss, and...things are nice in Canada. They understand nice in the same way as Minnesotans do, to some approximation. I've joked about starting a campaign to get annexed, but I'm not entirely joking: Saskatchewan looks a good deal more like home than Florida does.
(The lj icon I want has a series of appropriate images with the following text:
[picture of Paul Wellstone] The unreasonable attachment to human rights --
We're practically Canadian already.
[blue Minnesota superimposed with red maple leaf] Annex us."
Or just the last frame would do. Please note that I am not one of those who is seriously talking about leaving the US permanently in frustration over politics. If I left the US permanently, I'd be more than an hour from a Lund's/Byerly's. We can't have that.)
I'm not much of an adventure traveler. I used to say that if you had to get shots to go there, I didn't want to go. I'm not sure that's still accurate, but I'm also not sure it's inaccurate. Right now I'm in energy-conservation mode, and I'm not sure how that'll play out over the next few years, if it has to. So we'll see, I guess. If I had a health emergency, I'd feel a lot more comfortable in Stockholm than in Phnom Penh, and I'm afraid that's not out of the realm of considerations right now.