Saturday, October 4, 2014

On the road again: CONtraflow, New Orleans, day 2

My official con duties began before noon, but fortunately not much before noon:  At 11:00 a.m., I moderated a panel on "Reconciling Faith and Science."  My fellow panelists were an Episcopal priest and two SF writers, one of whom, Les Johnson, is both a NASA scientist and a Christian.  The hour passed quickly, with everyone being considerate and thoughtful in their answers, no one pointing fingers at anyone else, and a great deal of very interesting discussion.  It was easily the best panel on this or any similar topic I've attended at any SF con. 

After a quick lunch at a local Salvadoran restaurant, I was back on the main stage for the charity auction.  The cause was one I quite support:  the New Orleans Public Library.  We had a good audience and over 60 different items, so the auction ran for quite a while, but everyone seemed to have a good time.  Most importantly, we raised a decent amount for the library. 

A little work, and I was back in the main room for a run-through of the masquerade.  A little later, I was the host of the masquerade itself.  The show was solid, with one group, one young fan, and 13 individual costumes.  The contestants put a lot of effort into their costumes, and the audience seemed to appreciate all the work.

For dinner, on the advice of a friend I headed into town to try the fare at Boucherie.  My brisket main course was quite good, but my dessert--the Krispy Kreme bread pudding with housemade vanilla ice cream--was insane, easily the best bread pudding I've ever tasted.  If you're a fan of bread pudding and ever in this area, definitely check it out.

Now, to work, and then to crash. 


Rosanne said...

I checked out the menu and a lot of items sound wonderful, and that bread pudding does sound heavenly. Glad you are enjoying your time at the con in New Orleans.

Mark said...

Thanks for the kind words. It is busy, but I am having a good time.


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