I forgot to mention the cheese party
I accidentally instigated at World Fantasy! Jay Lake, never a man to do things by halves, had only to hear that I'd never had a proper truffle experience to go hunting truffle cheese for me to try. In the end he came up with six cheeses: a local guerrilla cheese, Colton-Basset Stilton, Truffle Tremor, Drunken Goat, Urgela and Pierre Robert. My favourites were the Stilton and the Drunken Goat; I'm afraid the truffles still didn't get through to me, but Jay couldn't locate the absolute perfect truffle cheese, so there's still hope.
Thanks, Jay! I was deeply honoured to be the cheesy Guest of Honour!