Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Welcome to Utah

As expected, getting to Salt Lake City from Wendover didn't take very long, not with a dead-straight tangent across the salt flats and an 80 MPH speed limit on I-80. We even had enough time to make a side trip to a military-surplus store south of downtown where we hunted up a new belt of a certain type that Lisa has been trying to find. We arrived at the hotel at about 2 PM, and check-in and move-in could hardly have been more efficient. I was astonished that even with two carts of stuff (our personal luggage and the Match Game gear), the bellman who went with Lisa had everything unloaded and Lisa nearly had it all stowed by the time I'd parked the van in the underground parking garage and made my way to the room.

After checking in, we got registered, which was simple, and then we walked over to the food court at the adjacent city center shopping center and had lunch. We did a little reconnoiter of the area around the hotel. The big Fantasycon convention that will be going on across the street in the convention center parallel to Westercon (and with members of one allowed to attend the other) is highly visible. There were billboards on the approach street to downtown and banners on the downtown streets. I suspect nobody will even notice Westercon is happening, actually, if FantasyCon is really as big as its image projects itself to be.

The hotel has a mini-fridge, which is quite welcome and useful, but the wired connection for internet doesn't seem to connect to anything. There is wireless internet, and apparently the $10/day charge for it will be removed from my bill at check-out. Besides the shopping center, there is a useful Rite-Aid around the corner, where we stopped for something we'd left at home and also some small snacks for consumption in our hotel room. We thought about taking a spin on the light rail system (stations for which are all around us here), but we are pretty tired and decided instead to go back to the room and rest a bit.

I have Westercon's site selection ballot box and will deliver to whoever is running site selection when I can do so. We have scoped out Salon B/C where Match Game SF will be and it looks like it should do okay, although we might end up putting the six panelists side-by-side instead of in two ranks; we'll have to see how the hotel resets the room on Friday evening to make a final decision.

Oh, and had we decided to drive the Rolling Stone instead, there was a parking lot around the corner from the hotel where we could have parked; and it is the one I saw on Google Street View; however, I was never able to find out in advance whether the lot allowed oversize vehicles or overnight parking. When we walked by it this afternoon, we could see no prohibition on overnight parking, and there was an RV (bigger than the Stone) parked in the lot, so that presumably answers that question. I just wish it wasn't so difficult to get committees to answer that question about high/long vehicles. Are there really that few conrunners who drive larger vehicles sometimes?
Tags: rolling stone, westercon

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