We had the traditional TSFS Christmas party last night, with maybe around two or three dozen local fen and a couple of visitors from Helsinki present. It was held at the club house of the Tenants’ Association in the Student Village, which is usually a bit sterile and boring for a party, but this time the organizers had managed to light and decorate the place really well, so it was quite cozy.
There was traditional Christmas food (not tired of ham and casseroles yet, so it tasted delicious) and some program, but not too much: a raffle and a quiz. I spent most of the evening sitting on a sofa, talking with Jukka and Ben about all things sf (and other), most definitely including the coming Worldcon and Finncon, but also how to win any conversation—much like besting the other bands by having an amp that goes to eleven—and some other thing we all noted must be remembered afterwards, which I have forgotten. Nobody got around to the dancing, so the stereo played good music at a reasonable volume that didn’t make you shout to be heard.
The raffle was fixed, as always. Around half of the prizes went to the spouse of the one drawing the tickets out of the hat, and the others were dealt evenly to the members of the board. Or maybe it’s just that they bought most of the tickets…
The quiz was fun, too, although the jury seemed to summarily disqualify most of me and Jukka’s (correct) answers for no reason at all. (—Who names the starships in Iain M. Banks’s Culture novels? —Iain M. Banks. —Who built the gates of Moria? —The set design crew of Peter Jackson’s, etc.) All in all, I had a very good time. A big hand for the organizers!