Drain a Vein

Once again, the Heinlein Society and Life South Blood Services are hosting the Dragon*Con blood drive. Started by Robert Heinlein as a way for the SciFi and Fantasy convention attendees to “Pay It Forward,” the wonderful staff from Life South are collecting your blood.

The friendly staff quickly and efficiently breezed me through the lineup, and got me tapped. The room was buzzing with activity as con-goers gave freely and copiously. Specialists, overseen by a doctor, moved between patients making sure we were all comfortable, as vampire movies played to the side, and various delightfully ghoulish props helped create an appropriate atmosphere.

My thanks to Brandon, Kristen, and Genevieve, for zipping me through with a minimum of fuss and hassle.

In addition to a selection of sweets and drinks, donors also receive a fantastic, limited edition t-shirt.

The blood drive is located in the Magnolia room in the Marriott Marquis, one level down from the entrance.

Go donate a pint and “Pay It Forward” in the best tradition of Heinlein and con-goers everywhere!

Post convention report:

To those Dragon*Con attendees who took time time out of your busy schedule to give the gift of life:  Thank You.

The Heinlein Society and Life South Blood Services Blood Drive received 211 Good Units of blood at Dragon*Con 2006.

And for those of you who meant to donate blood but never got around to it at the convention, visit givelife.org to find a blood drive or donation center near you.

Author of the article

After a lifetime of science fiction and fantasy influences, the last twenty of which have been spent in IT, Geoff Termorshuizen is applying for his Ph.D. in Strategic Security after finishing a B.A in Political Science and M.Sc.'s in Cyber Security and MIS. He currently works as a technical consultant for ACI Worldwide, supporting security and financial payment systems. You can find him at Con either at the the DailyDragon room, or via the EFF track where he has presented panels on digital forensics, privacy, cyberwar, surveillance and technology related politics.