Although I didn’t have a fursuit to wear, I attended in spirit as the foxaroo to Furjam that was held this weekend in Sydney. Certainly I was never expecting this to be a substitute for my missing out on Ponycon, but the small event was my first ever opportunity to meet up en masse with a forum’s majority of members, and as such it was a new experience and a very delightful one. Some had travelled from afar (Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra) and we had a jolly time in all.
Friday night - drinks and dinner at a pub. For the first time ever I was able to wander among people all at ease with the idea of having long furry ears and long furry tails. I stayed until just after 9:30pm.
Saturday – meeting up at the Sydney Botanic Gardens with fursuits. For myself this was the highlight of the gathering; we had a spot in the gardens booked for ourselves and four members donned their suits; two lions; a tiger and an adorable young lady wolf (gray wolf, not red) who remained in character for hours. The tiger, keen on becoming a professional sports mascot, gave me a fascinating explanation about the do’s and don’ts of performing in a fursuit (especially the importance of maintaining the character).
Saturday evening – the only mishap of the event. Tables were supposed to have been booked at a restaurant for the evening, but a local football event had overwhelmed the suburb and we were left out in the cold – in the most literal sense. A few of us managed to squeeze in, but the foxaroo was at least one furry who waved a paw in goodnight. I hopped back to the nearest railway station and took an early night.
Sunday – Taronga Zoo. Slight confusion in that there had been conflicting times reported for the rendezvous. On top of that, the meeting point was at Circular Quay railway station / wharf which is a very large and crowded interchange with poor visibility. I arrived early, met up with one furry from the previous evening and we gradually located two others in the chaotic vicinity. A mobile phone call later and we located two more who had already caught the ferry zooside. The six of us met up just as another phone call heralded the late arrival of three more furrys, hung over from the wee hours of the night. As a group of nine (no fursuits, ears or tails this time) we wandered the grounds looking at lions, tigers, red pandas, spider monkeys, a hippopotamus, meerkats, fennec foxes, a sealion, Tasmanian devil, and innumerable native Australian animals which included a special nocturnal exhibit. Sadly I was the first to leave after my backbone began to ache from all the (much needed) exercise.
During the zoo visit one of the furrys happened to quote the Goon show, and I later discovered another avid Goon fan on the forum. I dare say these chaps aren’t so witty as Sleepy John, but throughout the zoo visit we were conversing in Goonery just as I had been hoping to do in West Virginia next year.
A larger event, Midfur, is scheduled for December in Melbourne. Unfortunately this is too short notice for me to be able to arrange to attend.
Kaustic auZzie Notes has been delayed five weeks and I intend to start catching up. I’ve been ill, absent, and attending a furry gathering but that’s all done now. Providing there are no further surprises I should be able to properly allocate time for the comic, as it’s starting to feel like a hiatus.
I deliberately refrained from mentioning Furjam earlier, because some of you might know people involved, and then arrange to procure photos of me. I’m not ready for my face to be known yet. :P