So…. Its been a bit since the whole ordeal that was C4. But I think I can talk about it now without becoming physically upset.
Lets start off with my arrival to Winnipeg.
As everyone who has followed me for a while knows, I Greyhound pretty much everywhere. Airlines lose my luggage and with all the weight restraints of flying, I just find it less stressful to take the bus to most of my destinations. And so my bus got in to Winnipeg at about 10pm.
I give the address for the airbnb Im going to be staying to the cab driver and start thinking about how nice a shower and sleep laying down will be. He pulls up to this street and says “It should be right around here” and then almost immediately starts taking my luggage out of the car. So I had to get out. Paid (in cash, because even though the car said they took debit and credit, he was not wanting to accept anything other than cash) and then he took off. Leaving me standing there in the middle of this dimly lit street.
So I look for this house…. And its not there. Seriously. The number for the house I was looking for was no where to be seen. It looked like the numbers jumped right over the house I needed.
And as I tried to text and call the host my phone died before I could get any replies….
So Im standing on this street, with all my luggage, a dead phone, freezing and its super dark.
So after 20 minutes of searching for this place that apparently didnt exist, I grab my luggage and make my way to the busiest, well-lit street I can see. I figure theres gotta be a gas station or something I can warm up in and figure something out. Possibly charge my phone.
But no. Apparently after 10pm in Winnipeg everything locks down. You literally have to talk to someone through a little window box. They dont open the doors. They dont let you in. And they wont help you if youre lost.
So I took a look around and figured the tallest building are downtown. Downtown should mean SOMETHING has to be open. Somewhere I can warm up and charge my phone.
I walked for who knows how long… And there was still nothing open. And no plug ins outside. But then I found a parking lot which I can only guess is for a government building, because it had lots of plug ins. So thats where I decided to plug in and make some quick phone calls.
I had still not heard back from my airbnb host, btw.
Unfortunately not a lot of people could help, or picked up. And I was starting to notice a high number of patrol cars were starting to circle the parking lot…. So I had to unplug and move on.
I tried to hail a cab to see if they could take me to anywhere that was warm and open… but NONE OF THEM WOULD STOP. I kid you not, one even waved at me. Seriously…. I was standing there frantically waving my arms, WITH MY LUGGAGE, and they looked at me and waved.
So I said fuck it and decided I should try to at least keep moving. I had already come to the conclusion that if I had to I could manage to sleep outside somewhere. I was homeless once before, so really, I had some idea of how to manage.
And then something wonderful happened. I was sluggishly dragging my luggage past this one building (at this point, it was past midnight and I had been dragging my suitcases around for 2 hours) and this nice night manager came out and asked me if I was on my way anywhere. I told him what had happened and he told me to come inside, charge my phone and warm up. He also told me that if I could get together a certain amount of money he would give me a discount on a room for the night just so Im not out wandering the cold by myself.
So I made some more phone calls and managed to borrow money so I could get a room. And then I was finally able to shower. And eat (I hadnt eaten in about 20 hours… I get motion sick and cant eat while on the bus). And luckily for me A Clockwork Orange was on the TV so I got to watch that before I fell asleep….
And that was my first night of the C4 disaster.
I spent pretty much the whole first day of C4 trying to find a place to stay. Luckily a good friend got in touch with some amazing people she knew in Winnipeg and they opened their arms and couch to me. Theyre glorious super humans.
And then the second and third day happened….. And as I was no longer distracted with “what am I supposed to do” stuff, I started to notice. There was not a lot of people. Really not a lot of people. And the way they had done the map…. Everything was kind of backwards in comparison to the map. It was super confusing.
About half way through Saturday I decided I didnt really care anymore and just wanted to go home anyway, so I just started to doodle things and not really bother trying to make myself seem friendly. I was 200% done with this journey.
And sure enough, Sunday night was just the cherry on top. My departure time left me enough time to tear down and get to the bus depot and still manage to get through security in time to leave…. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL CONVENTION CLOSING TIME. And as Im about half way done taking things down they announced that we were open for another hour?! I was not informed of this beforehand. And honestly, it wouldnt make any difference at this point. My departure time is set.
But between that cluster of a mess, the lack of attendance, and the whole fiasco that was my arrival into Winnipeg…. I was done. I had such high expectations for this con because I attended last year and earlier this year, but holy shit did it ever let me down.
I cant say whether or not Ill be back to Winnipeg anytime soon. I know Ai-Kon would be nice to attend, if scheduling works out and it doesnt clash with any other cons I have already been booked for. But Im probably still going to have this inner fear of how horrifying this trip was. So I might be swearing off Winnipeg cons for a little while.
I think given the circumstances you can understand why no pictures were taken for this event.
Anyway… Im off. I have to make some more ridiculous shit for next years cons.