There was one full program item this afternoon -- SMOFCon usually don't get started until late Friday afternoon -- but I skipped it and hung around the Con Suite instead. The Raleigh NASFiC bid hosted a BBQ dinner in the Con Suite, so we didn't go out for dinner, and instead helped ourselves to vinegary barbecue, which I've rarely encountered. It was quite good, and Lisa (who doesn't like hot and spicy barbecue) said she'd like to try more of the tangy pork.
I must have eaten too much at dinner, for my blood sugar ended up going higher than I would have liked, and I ended up begging off participating in the mixer game to get some exercise. As I needed to get out and do some walking anyway (or else hit the treadmill), Lisa and I bundled up and walked the 2 km down to a CVS Pharmacy and Giant Eagle grocery store, where I bought six decks of playing cards and three boxes of cheap poker chips, because nobody was able to bring quality chips to SMOFCon. (Our source from KC didn't drive; I don't blame anyone for not trying to bring those heavy "clay" chips by air -- it would use up an entire luggage allowance.) We also got some small bits of groceries we can keep because the room has a refrigerator.
When we got back, the mixer was breaking up. Con chair Kim Williams let me have the key to the Boardroom, which is used for meetings and breakout programming. I hunted around for some of the Usual Suspects, and by and by we ended up with five or six people for a cash poker game with a $5 buy-in and 10 cent/50 cent chips. Silly poker ensued until shortly after 1 AM. As the person who brought the chips, I was "banker," which means taking the risk of shortchanging myself. In the end, despite our best efforts, I managed to shortchange myself by 85 cents, although I still ended up ahead $1.15. Of course, I did spend $30 on cards and chips, but I'm crazy.
Tomorrow night we are supposed to attempt a Texas Hold-Em tournament after the Fannish Inquisition. I hope we get 15-20 people -- even better would have been the nearly 30 we had at Kansas City a couple years ago. It makes for a nice prize pool, with 60% to the winner.