I honestly don't believe that they had 6000 in LA. Sales were down and lots of mid-westerners weren't there.
Smoffish politics seem as vicious and partisan as Party politics and as un-productive.
It would appear that there are no amateurs left in fandom.
Dealers and artists seem to be mostly pros now. So many of the dealers I spoke to are motoring their way cross country to Dragoncon. They spend their lives going between ren faires and craft shows. Artists don't come to cons any more. they mail their art and it's mostly prints.
And now, it seems, that folks won't come and speak on panels unless they are paid. (I'd call getting your membership comped plus a comp for your SO is getting paid.) Except for the filk track which doesn't count as programming.
I'm tired and I didn't have as much fun as I should have.
It used to be fun here.
I guess I'm a dinosaur.