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I’m not sure when I will post this, but I’m writing it About 12:30 Monday morning at FilkOntario. The Dead Penguin sing is still going on down stairs, but we have a 10 hour drive tomorrow and I really should get some sleep.
But if I wait to write it ‘till I get home It’ll never get done so here goes.

FkO was an awesome experience for me this year.

In no particular order and by no means a complete list:
Lots of wonderful hugs.
Lots of great conversation. (Steven Joel and Chris Conway on the comfy couch in the lobby for instance)
Lots of wonderful music.
Seeing Judy Miller sign “Too Many Years” as Roper sang it.
Auctioning for Interfilk. (We collected close to $3000.00 Canadian)
Watching Roper and Dave Hayman and the other guys wench.
Watching Franklin Gunkelmann perform.
Hearing Syb sing the “Big Evil Eyeball” song.
The serendipity of a chaos circle in the way that Cat Faber’s Annie’s Luck segued into Shenandoah on violin and harmonica by Peter Allway and Amy.
Meeting David Glasser.
Teaching Comedy Improv techniques to a major SF author.
Hearing a song I co-wrote done in three part harmony just exactly the way I envisioned it
Getting Dulcimer lessons from the Allway brothers.
Dinner with old friends, seldom seen.
Watching proudly as my “son” Steve is inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame.
And...
Oh, yeah, getting inducted myself.

This is pretty life altering for somebody that has spent most her life feeling like a side-kick, an afterthought and a tag-along.

Thank you Guys!

GHR

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jeff_duntemann
Apr. 4th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
You are not a sidekick, and afterthought, or a tag-along. In fact, when I run into people in fandom these days, they're as likely to say, "Wow! You're Gretchen Roper's brother!"

As sisters go, you are totally awesome.
patoadam
Apr. 4th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, getting inducted myself.

Congratulations! You deserve the honor.
filkertom
Apr. 4th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say Congratulations!
ericcoleman
Apr. 4th, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)
Congratulations ... it is well deserved.
mia_mcdavid
Apr. 4th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
I'm very happy for you! Well done!

"Hearing a song I co-wrote done in three part harmony just exactly the way I envisioned it."

Seeing something you create rise and live and be just exactly the way you envision it is the very best thing that can happen to us on this earth, I think.
kitespirit
Apr. 4th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you and the other inductees! :)
faxpaladin
Apr. 4th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Since I haven't seen this posted anywhere else yet, who all besides you got in?
daisy_knotwise
Apr. 4th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
Steve Macdonald, Franklin Gunkelmann and Lois Mangnan
catalana
Apr. 4th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
*grin* You deserve it, mom. And you definitely aren't a side-kick. It's not like this is "Captain Roper and Gretchen Girl." In fact, when I think of Secret Empire I definitely think of you before I think of Bill. You're valued in your own right.

And if I have to beat that into you with a sledge hammer, I will. *girn*
peteralway
Apr. 5th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
The serendipity of a chaos circle in the way that Cat Faber’s Annie’s Luck segued into Shenandoah on violin and harmonica by Peter Alway and Amy.
That was a high point for me. Aren't you glad I put down the kazoo and picked up the harmonica during "Annie's luck?"

Oh, yeah, getting inducted myself.
Congratulations! As the youngest of six siblings, I know the tag-along thing very well, and how great it feels when people see you as someone in your own right.
filkferengi
Apr. 8th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! It's well and richly deserved.
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