I always did think your Owens was the finest possible evolution of the old Jenner design philosophy, and even with Alex's great-looking semi-traditional Jenner in MWO I still like this "Omni-Jenner" the best. (If people are wondering, the fluff behind the Owens states that it's the omnimech replacement for that old Draconis Combine standby.) In fact, I think Eric Ou's Jenner owes more to this design than to the actual Jenner.
For a simple light 'mech design, it's got a lot of staying power. This was and always will be a favorite of mine, right up there with your Fafnir.
I don't really go to gaming cons, but I would go if one was close enough and I had a reason or was invited. I like video games and retro stuff but not tabletop stuff. I usually attend a couple of comic or anime cons a year and I'm not sure if I am even going to New York Comic Con this year. I don't have a new book so I'm not sure it would be worth it. I have been trying to take it a bit slower this year since I have been a bit burned out.
I think someone told me about a con in New Jersey that had the pods. Can't remember what it was. That would be about a 3-4 hour drive for me so it would be doable. I definitely want to experience the pods at least once in my lifetime!