I was forced to do something against my better judgment on Wednesday – something I vowed never to do – but I was driven to this state by the actions of one man. A man I love dearly, but oh my god, don’t ever ask him to keep a secret. As one of the founding members of the TequilaCon committee, Brandon had the responsibility to hold the date and location under lock and key until such a time when we had secured a final venue, or at least narrowed it down to a few options. But then almost two months ago, it started with an email, and I knew I had to worry.

To: Jenny
From: Brandon

It was only a matter of time before he would crack under the pressure. And then I heard rumors of him starting guessing games and leaving a series of clues on Twitter. I had to know if it was true. I had to stop him.

For ages I had resisted joining Twitter because a) I don’t really understand how it works and b) I feared it would be the end of my already sporadic blogging. But he was out of control and someone had to intervene. Vahid tried his best by posting red herrings all over the internet. Dave played it cool and feigned ignorance.

But now the time has come to put Brandon out of his misery. So here I am, a reluctant Twittite, finally announcing the details of TequilaCon 2009.

When the TequilaCon Planning Committee came to Chicago in October for our hard core planning session, we narrowed down the list of candidate cities to a possible six or seven. Then we spent an agonizing number of hours weighing out the pros and cons of each option.

Frankly, even we were surprised with the final outcome. But after much deliberation and intense research, TequilaCon 2009 will be held…
…on Saturday, April 25th …
…in Santa Fe, New Mexico!
[awesome artwork courtesy of Dave]
TC09 teaser.jpg
For the first time in TequilaCon history, we are heading to the Southwest! Yee-haw! Wait… do they say that in the Southwest, or the South? Guess we’ll find out.

So this still leaves a lot of questions, I’m sure, like – what is TequilaCon? And where will we be meeting up? And where should we stay? And will Brandon wear pants? But for now, I can only ask that you hang tight as we work through the final details. In the meantime, if you’re interested in attending and want to be on the distribution list for future updates, send an email to TequilaCon@runjenrun.com.

Until then, you can see what you may be getting into by taking a walk down TequilaCon Memory Lane:
TequilaCon 05: Chicago, where it all began
TequilaCon 06: New York City, where it first got tattooed
TequilaCon 07: Portland, where it got swag
TequilaCon 08: Philadelphia, where it got big

Hope to see you in Santa Fe!

37 Responses to “TequilaWha?”

  1. Hilly Says:

    WooHoo, Santa Fe!
    I want to go on record as saying Brandon is a poop head. I guessed Santa Fe in my FIRST guess and he made it like I was wrong.
    Ahem, anyway…yayayay!

  2. Avitable Says:

    Oooh, I’m excited! I’ve always wanted to go to New Mexico!

  3. vahid Says:

    I forgot how agonizing those hours were. I mean, just look at us! We look so…agonized.

  4. jester Says:

    I am not missing this one. I mean it.

  5. brandon Says:

    Wait, Santa Fe??? Dang. I just realized that I am going to a wedding on the 25th. Shoot. Well, pour one out for me, anyway.

  6. tori Says:

    although I’m not sure I’ll have the money or even still be blogging, could I please be added to the info-email-list? plz & thnkx

  7. jenny Says:

    hilly: damn, that’s pretty good guessing!
    avitable: me too – i’ve never been there either!
    vahid: that was one of the most grueling and agonizing weekends of my life.
    jester: i’m holding you to that!
    brandon: ::silence::
    tori: will do!

  8. martymankins Says:

    Santa Fe, NM… I think my scooter can make it that far… all the money in gas I will save, I can use for a nice room and lots of booze.
    It’s not Vegas, but wait… isn’t there a Las Vegas, NM??? wouldn’t that have been fun to have it there….. nah.

  9. SJ Says:

    FINALLY I can make use of all my Santa Fe Visitors Center brochures! Such a beautiful city. I’m gonna bring all 5 of my cameras.

  10. Dave2 Says:

    Wait a second… I voted for Butte, Montana!! Where did Santa Fe come from?!?

  11. Ginger Says:

    Well, alrighty then! I’ve always wanted to go to Santa Fe! :)

  12. Karl Says:

    Yay! New Mexico! Perhaps I’ll stop over in Alamogordo and see some old friends.

  13. Ren Says:

    Awesome location! I think I should be able to make that.

  14. Tracy Lynn Says:

    OMG, my parents live in New Mexico. I might actually make it to TEQUILACON. Holy crap.

  15. hello haha narf Says:

    LOVE the location. not so sure if the date works for me, but i’m going to work on that one. thanks for putting in the hard work!

  16. NYCWD Says:

    I’ve never had a reason to go to New Mexico, let alone Santa Fe.
    Now I have a reason and it’s the best reason of them all.

  17. Caitlin Says:

    Damn it! I can’t believe that in five years and five opportunities I am going to miss every single TC. I am going to be on my honeymoon starting that very day!
    OK, what am I saying? I’m going to be getting laid while people bring me drinks to my spot by the pool for seven straight days. My honeymoon is way better. Sorry, guys.

  18. PocketCT Says:

    Oh pooh, that is the same weekend as NEFFA. Too bad Santa Fe would be a nice place to drink tequila with you all.

  19. shari Says:

    I’m so good at keeping secrets that you didn’t even know that I knew! But I DID know. And with any luck, I’ll be there.

  20. You can call me, 'Sir' Says:

    When I found out about this from someone else who was keeping it a secret I remember thinking to myself, ‘Man, Vahid, that’s AWESOME!’
    Excellent choice, indeed.

  21. Don Says:

    That is an awesome choice. This may be the last year I can’t go. Meanwhile a recent blog entry would not have happened if not for your way excellent photo-essay inspirations.

  22. ashbloem Says:

    Since I’m not getting married this year and I can get to Santa Fe pretty easy, I may actually get to attend again! Woot!

  23. jenny Says:

    marty: what a scooter sunday that would make for!
    SJ: five? you’ve got me beat!
    dave2: remember? we agreed – no cities that sound like ass.
    ginger: me too – can’t wait!
    karl: kill two birds with one stone, that’s what i say.
    ren: hope so!
    tracy lynn: now, don’t tease me! really?
    hello haha narf: get working on that right now! :)
    NYCWD: i’ve been to AZ, but never NM, so i’m totally excited, too.
    caitlin: hey – congratulations! have some tequila while you’re there and think of us.
    pocketCT: bummer! sorry you can’t make it.
    shari: you ARE good!
    sir: WHAT?!?! VAHHIIIIIIIDD! ;)
    don: so are you saying that you’re definitely coming to tequilacon 2010? because blogging might not exist then, you know…
    ash: sweet! tequilacon alumni make my heart happy.

  24. sodapop Says:

    I’d love to be on the info list. Depending on what i get on my tax return, I’ll definitely be there.
    Also, ummm WHERE in Santa Fe is it going to be? Did I miss that in my drunken stupor commenting?

  25. Brandon Says:

    I really want to go but have no idea if I’ll be able to yet. Please add me to the mailing list in the case that I can come.

  26. claire Says:

    NM is very cool, but also far from anywhere I was thinking about traveling this year. I’d hate to miss yet another TCon though, so we’ll see.

  27. jewelz916 Says:

    I haven’t made it to any yet….I’m just finishing my first year as a blogger. I would LOVE to attend TC’09, but don’t know if it will work with my schedule yet (I’m a school teacher). However…would LOVE to be added to the mailing list for info ‘just in case’ I happen to get need a long weekend and have a few personal days to use up!

  28. Geeky Tai-Tai Says:

    Woo-hoo! I’ve never been to Sante Fe either, but have read so many cool things about it. I’m going to work on my travel arrangements now. Thanks, Jenny!

  29. Laurel Bowers Says:

    I would love to be put on the email list I am a newb but #1 I adore tequila and #2 I adore Santa Fe

  30. Sarah Says:

    I hope I can go. It’s the weekend before finals, if no finals fall on Monday I will be ok.

  31. Black Belt Mama Says:

    Ugh. I hate to fly. But maybe for this, I could make an exception. I definitely want the details. I’d also like to lobby for the Florida Keys in the future. ;-) I have always wanted to go there.

  32. churlita Says:

    Santa Fe should be the perfect place for Tequilacon. It’s so close to Mexico, the Tequila should be even easier to come by.

  33. Tee Poole Says:

    Hey Jen,
    I was told you’re the lady to see about a TC mailing list. I’d love to be on it.

  34. Poppy Says:

    Hi Jen! NYC Watchdog and I will be there! (I am so woefully lazy I can’t even see if he left a comment already. Sad.) See you in April!!!

  35. DaDuck Says:

    ack, still too far. *sigh* Hope you all have fun.

  36. usedtobeme Says:

    Oh this sucks because it’s finally close enough I could make it, it’s right next door to me in sunny AZ. Alas, we have family in town starting the 24 until the 29. Dammit I wanted to come meet ya’ll. Maybe next year. I’m going to go pout in the corner now.

  37. Sarah Says:

    Just came to check what dates this was again because I had blocked it out of my mind so I could wake up each morning.
    Sadly, I did not win the lottery since this was announced and cannot get myself out there when I already promised to get my ass (somehow) to …CHICAGO…in July.
    So yeah…will miss you all terribly at this event, but will be in touch about meeting up in your fair city while BlogHer is going on and I walk around taking photos during the day. :)

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