Monday, October 8, 2012

Winnipeg Steampunk Ball

I wasn't sure if I was going to go to this, because I was having a hard time getting the day off work, but in the end, I decided I really wanted to go, and just took my corset and flight goggles to work with me and went from work.



 And I'm glad I did, I had a great time. It was like a little bit of Keycon packed into one night. There were about a hundred and fifty people there, and I swear I have never seen so many people in full steampunk costume. So many people, put so much effort into costumes, it was worth going just to walk around and look at people.

By far the best though, was the guy with the wings. They laid flat against his back, and he had a lever or pull cord or something that made them flip up:


DJ Gopher did the music, and was wonderful as always. The Illuminari bellydance group performed to Abney Park and a couple others I didn't recognize:


And you know that Gangnam Style song? Holy cow did people get into that song - there was even the two guys doing the elevator scene pose. There was the traditional Rasputin dance, as well as the Da Da Slide - both always fun.

And the raffles - I won two! One basket with a mug, some chocolates and a copy of The Mammoth Book of Steampunk:


And then I won one of the two Grand Prizes. I saw it on the table and I was like, OMG, that is so ridiculous (ridiculously awesome!) - my husband would kill me if I brought that home.


Now, look at that, and imagine if you will, that puppy is just under SIX FEET LONG! I'm five foot three. The thing is more than half a foot taller than me. Oh man, I got looks on the bus on the way home!

Thanks go out to Diana Ped and the other folks of the Temporal Airship Beagle, who organized the event, and to everyone who donated prizes. Also, compliments to the artisan who made the giant gun. I'll have more pictures of me with it later. I have named it "Ishmael." It's for hunting sky whales.

Needless to say, I will be making every effort to make it to their next event, whenever that is.

8 comments:

  1. Okay, Lindsay now I see what you meant by your comment on FB about the raffle prizes. That is an epic piece of ordnanace. We need to see a picture of you standing with it to get an idea of scale :-)

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    1. Yeah, they took a picture at the Ball; I'm waiting for them to post it. :P

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  2. Hi-- I really like your blog. I'm the one who wrote the MG fantasy on Adam Heine's blog that you commented on--I just wanted to say your comment was so right on it was almost chilling. I had thought that exact thing and changed it--eerie.
    Anyway, I am intrigued by steampunk and your blog is clearly going to inform me quite a bit!
    Thanks!

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    1. I'm glad I could be helpful! Welcome to the blog, and I hope you find something you like here :)

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  3. There is a compensation joke hanging unspoken in the shadow of that great, phenomenal gun. I'll leave it unspoken.

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  4. That gun made it worth your while going to that Steampunk ball it must have paid you back the cost of admission all by itself. Add to that all the other things you won, plus all the fun and pictures you brought home. You are lucky they hold them near you and you are young and healthy enough to be able to go to them. I envy you girl. Jeep bringing us the pictures so we can live vicariously through you. I loved them.
    Dawn

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    1. I am lucky - Winnipeg has an amazing geek/fandom community. I'm looking forward to Keycon next year too.

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