Treklanta [http://www.trektrax.org/] was a terrific reminder of why I absolutely love the smaller, fan-run conventions. Formerly TrekTrax Atlanta, the convention now known as Treklanta expanded into its current incarnation last year, celebrating all "space opera" franchises in addition to its original Trekkie focus. It is held (obviously) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Heading there on South West Airlines was the perfect start. What a great flight with an intelligent, personable, witty crew though the airline's slogan "without a heart a plane is just a machine" had me wondering whether The Sirrius Cybernetics Corporation had a hand in the design.
Friday night, for me, consisted of Opening Ceremonies and the VIP Champange Reception. In between those two events, in the hotel restaurant, I also had the delight of meeting a lovely group of Newfies from St Johns, a beautiful Newfoundland city where I had once had the pleasure of spending six weeks working on a film. I joined them for a quick dinner of fish and chips. I would later learn that they had created and starred in the fan film "Star Trek: Reliant." The VIP Champange Reception was comfortably low key, and I was able to meet and converse with many attendees and guests while enjoying plentiful hors d'oeuvres and various champagnes (the Brut was my favorite and quite effective). I said "converse" but, of course, the more I enjoyed the champagne, the more the "conversation" became "happy heated debate". Good people, Great fun.
Saturday night was such fun – I landed myself in the con suite and stayed up well into the night drinking, chatting, ranting, drinking and chatting again. Treklanta's hospitality suite was well laid-out and effortfully maintained, as well as being positioned on the top floor where our late-night loudmouthing (or anytime loudmouthing, really) wouldn't bother anyone. I extend a large amount of gratitude to the convention and to the hosting Mariott hotel for that particular boon.