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Monday, May 29th, 2006

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12:05a
BayCon: Sunday Evening
It was a very quiet evening for Lisa and me. We got back into our full WSFS uniforms and went out to walk around a bit, and ended up sitting talking with fr_john for a while. Tom Whitmore came by, took in the scene, and said, "This meeting of the ConJose committee is hereby called to order...!"

But we let Tom live...Collapse )

And so we called it a night before midnight. I'll be going to bed fairly soon, and sleeping deeply, I expect. I only wish I didn't have to concern myself with checking out in the morning; I could easily sleep until late afternoon otherwise.

Current Mood: sleepy
9:14a
BayCon: Monday Morning
Hard to think of getting up at 9 AM as "sleeping in," but that's more or less what it amounted to here. Because I faded relatively early last night, I still got more than seven hours of sleep, although that is probably still less than I needed.

Besides the wireless internet here, they also have wired access (faster) in the rooms. I took advantage of this to download (while I was sleeping; it takes more than two hours) the final of the rugby Super 14 competition.

Now I need to get my day started so we can go have breakfast and then pack up the room and check out.

Current Mood: tired
11:26a
Booming Bay Area Conventions
The 7th and final issue of The BayCon Seat ("Official platform of the BayCon Chair") newsletter reports that as of 8 AM Monday, BayCon had 2,542 members.

During this Memorial Day weekend, the Bay Area had at least three conventions going on: BayCon here at the Doubletree San Jose, FanimeCon a short distance away at the San Jose Convention Center (site of ConJose), and up the peninsula in Burlingame, the KublaCon gaming convention. One might think that such a situation would result in all three events having reduced attendance, but it appears that the opposite is the case. Both FanimeCon and BayCon have booming attendance. If anything, BayCon seems to be reaching the limits of growth, or at least of parking availability.

ashi was running a free shuttle between the two conventions in his car, which he'd painted up to announce the service. Lisa and I talked with him yesterday evening, and he said that someone here at BayCon noticed his FanimeCon badge and that was how that person found out that there was a big anime con going on less than 5km from BayCon -- and he went down there for one day.

Personally, I'm astounded that FanimeCon can put on a Worldcon-sized convention every year, and hope that we can continue to have the anime conrunners cross-fertilize ideas with SF/F conrunners. (As many of you probably know, three of FanimeCon's directors are also directors of SFSFC.) I think both our (overlapping, related) communities have things to learn from each other.

Now I need to hurry up and get packed and checked out of my hotel room.

Current Mood: optimistic
11:10p
Back Home
I attended the BayCon Closing Ceremonies and Onions/Orchids session and took copious notes. I could not type them directly into the computer because the wireless won't reach into the function rooms. And because I'd left the computer in the van and didn't want to go get it, to be honest.

Lisa was getting very impatient with some of the nitpickery. She was particularly annoyed by the people who said they found the listing of program items in "military time" (24-hour format) to be very difficult to understand and confusing. She has no problem with it, and of course most people in the rest of the world do not have any problem with it, but, just like with the metric system, Americans are stuck in a rut.

Anyway, after this final item, Lisa decided it was time to hit the road. She needed to allow enough time to get north of Sacramento at least before stopping for the night. (She generally stops at a rest area and sleeps in the van; the first rest area available for this is Dunnigan, where I-505 meets I-5 north of Sacramento.)

I fully intended to type up my notes as a long LJ entry, and after saying goodbye to Lisa, collected my computer and headed back into the hotel, then settled down in a comfy chair and logged in. But then people started to come by, and several conversations later, a lot of time had passed and I'd got no work done.

Checking cherylmorgan's flight -- which I knew had been delayed out of ORD by bad weather, but by how much I did not know -- I saw that it was due to arrive, well, er, right now. Oops. I though it was going to be a bit later. I shut off the computer, went back to the van, called Cheryl's voice mail to leave her a message saying I'd be a bit late, and hit the road for SFO. Somehwere in Santa Clara she called me from her plane as it was pulling up to the gate. "No worries," she said, "It will take time to get my bags, and I've got a book and my MP3 player."

As it happens, traffic was so light, and it took so long for her bags to come off the belt, that by the time I was approaching Burlingame, she was out at the curb, and she had to wait only about five minutes before I arrived. That was with me driving at the speed limit instead of my normal-these-days 55 mph, but I was in a hurry.

We would have had just barely enough time to get to BASFA, although probably a bit late, or to even hop back for the BayCon dead dog party; however, we were both very tired and we did have the Monaco Grand Prix to watch on tape, so we headed straight home. Considering how tired I am, I'm glad I did this. (Apologies to any BASFAns who expected me to appear this evening.)

Current Mood: tired

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