Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

StaffCon Concludes, and I Don't Get All the Way Home

Today was the final day of the Worldcon 76 "StaffCon," which started with a general session of reports from the division heads.

StaffCon Sunday

There were somewhat fewer people here than Saturday on account of many people were there yesterday primarily for the site walk-through. But there were still a lot of people there, and that's a good thing because it was possible to get the key players on a decision crossing as many as five different divisions all in the same place and reach a conclusion in minutes instead of days or weeks.

StaffCon Sunday

Chair Kevin Roche is in this picture about to hand the microphone to Cindy Scott (seated at left behind computer) who discussed Finance to start us off.

As a favor to me, we did the divisions for a change in reverse alphabetical order so I got to go first instead of last.

The session lasted, somewhat surprisingly, almost exactly to time, and we broke for lunch at 12:15. Initially I'd planned to leave immediately thereafter, but I did go ahead and go to lunch, which was possibly my undoing, because by the time I said my goodbyes and left San Jose, it was a lot later than I originally planned. By the time I got as far as Lodi Junction, I knew that trying to drive all the way home to Fernley could prove hazardous to my health. I checked and found that the Holiday Inn Express near my sister's nursing facility in Sacramento had a pretty good rate tonight (much better than I paid going the other way on Thursday night), so I booked in there and left a message for Lisa.

My sister telephoned me just after I checked in to my room because she knew I said I was coming by this afternoon and she was worried about me. I drove over and saw her (and also delivered a few things to her that I'd promised to pick up for her this weekend). She was happy that I'd bailed out rather than trying to tough it out and drive through. I used to do that back in my twenties making day trips from Chico to San Jose for con committee meetings. It was a bad idea back then (I had a few near misses back then), and a worse one now. Having had friends die from falling asleep at the wheel, I am more cautious than I once was.

It's just as well that I stopped and got online anyway, as some pieces of my employer that I support had questions for me this evening from Asia, so I'm already logging some time for this week. But soon I'll get some sleep before rising early and working from the hotel for as long as I can stay in the hotel Monday morning (probably Noon).

StaffCon is over (except for a few people staying over until tomorrow who are presumably doing the equivalent of the Dead Dog gathering tonight). It was a very productive gathering. We're entering the home stretch for Worldcon 76, and I'm looking forward to a great Worldcon this August in San Jose.
Tags: driving, family, travel, worldcon

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