Many people are kind enough to ask about my welfare at events, and/or want to help me with things. I’m creating a really teeny note about some of the things I run into most often. You’re still welcome to ask about these things. I’m just putting them out there.
It’s probably best to note that I view events much as I’d view participating in a fairly hardcore endurance event. (It’s not a perfect analogy by any means – for example, on the one hand, I can rest more often than I would in an endurance race; on the other hand, I’m also more likely to have emergencies come and eat me.)
- Water. People often ask me if I’ve had enough water. On any given day at an event, I drink approximately a gallon of water. I do stay hydrated as best I can.
Food. It’s amazing how often people ask if I’ve eaten. It’s also really kind of them. I eat about every two hours at events; I also stretch, meditate, and take lots of vitamins. I primarily eat relatively low-fat, high-protein food, plus vegetables, in the staff meal areas, and protein bars and shakes.
- Sleep. Folks kindly assume that I never sleep at events. Actually, it’s other folks who generally, through either preference or excitement, sleep very little. I am a sleep fanatic. Any night at an event when I haven’t had six to eight hours of sleep is either a really serious bout of insomnia, or a crisis for which I was awakened.
- Alcohol and such. People are often kind enough to offer me alcohol and related lovely things. Barring illness, I seldom take anything on-site, including caffeine, except for my prescription sleep drugs. Thank you, though! I often will accept little airline bottles, though, for after the event
- Cake, candy, bacon, and other delicious foods People often offer me those things at events. I am terribly grateful for it, and feel free to keep doing it! But note that I pretty much never eat those things at events, and I will usually take it, with gratitude, and give it go some deserving staff member or awesome volunteer or kind person of some sort. I do, however, gladly accept protein bars.
- Being kind to our staff and team. That is about one of the best things you can do to make me really, really happy.
- And do come back next year – or next event. Because I’d love to see you again!
Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks). He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.