January 1997. I was a homesick Californian, adrift in the snows of Boston. I knew no one. I decided to look online for local F&SF conventions and found that Arisia was that weekend. I reasoned that, "Fen are fen the world around." I walked into the hotel and immediately felt at home. I saw folks casually juggling and people in hall costumes. I heard conversations all around me on subjects I found familiar and plans being made on what panel to attend next. I felt at home. Thank you, Arisia.