With the 2015 IPMS National Convention this week I'd like to continue a little rabble-rousing by introducing you to "that other guy," whom you've probably met over the last year.
1. The whiner - If you don't win, don't whine about it like a five year-old child. Having judged many contests I can assure you that the judges have done their best to be fair. If you didn't win it's probably for one of two reasons. Suck it up and move on. Likewise, if you're not happy with the convention facility or arrangements, shake it off. Know that the men and women who've been planning the convention for the last two years have worked their butts off to give you a great experience. If something doesn't go according to plan, they'll be more disappointed than you.
2. The joker - Don't be that guy who shouts out jokes during the awards banquet. There are some genuinely funny guys in our hobby, so if you're going to put yourself out there, your little quip better bring the house down.
3. The inconsiderate ass - Have you ever been walking into the contest hall carrying your latest masterpiece when the guy in front of you doesn't hold the door open? Don't be that guy. Look around and be aware of who's nearby and hold the door for them. Likewise, when you're in the contest and vendors room, don't hold lengthy conversations that impede the flow of viewers and shoppers.
4. The farter - Need I say more?