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My New Jersey 2011 Con Story
First appeared on The Winchester Family Business June 23, 2011

(photo courtesy of acsgrlie)
My vacation started on a sour note, boding ill for the rest of the trip. I live in Southwest Minnesota, and the day I landed in NYC, a tornado struck. Thankfully, no one was killed or injured. My town emerged largely unscathed as far as massive property damage, but we did lose a ton of trees and suffer some minor damage. My car, a 2001 Chevy Impala, emerald green and my pride and joy, however, suffered severe hail damage. Yes, his name is Dean. Never fear, he'll be fixed soon enough. It was about a week before the convention, and I feared that with this ill omen that it might not be as good as I'd hoped.

Boy was I wrong. Somehow, the universe decided to make it up to me with this convention. It certainly went after my car, so it had to find a way to say sorry. This was it.

This was my first convention, and going in I had no idea what to expect. It was better than I could have ever anticipated---for so many reasons, as you'll see. It was an amazing whirlwind of a weekend. Let me take you through it.
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