Again, and this bears repeating, I have awesome friends.
I don't see them as much as I would have liked. The fading of the FanTek cons has been a large part of that. And yes, I have thought about having my own con/party thing, but I lack the time and skills to pull it off without majorly pissing everyone off or being too worried about the hotel screwing up everything ("You reserved the main suite? Oh, sorry, we gave that to the Annual Anal Lube Conference... so whattia gonna do, SUE us, little fat man? MWAW HAW HAW!!!").