September 16th, 2006

Conrunner Kevin

Westercon 2007: Site Preview

I have found myself on the staff e-mail list for Gnomeward Bound/Westercon 60, which will be next year (Saturday, June 30 - Tuesday, July 3, 2007) at the Marriott in San Mateo, California, although I've not actually agreed to do anything for the convention, and indeed, I've been severely curtailing my conrunning activities, what with the looming cost of Japan ahead of me. They sent me a notice for a meeting this afternoon, and, having some time available and some curiosity about the site and how they plan to use it, I decided to attend.

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I won't say the San Mateo Marriott is perfect -- it doesn't have the social centers of the SJ Doubletree in the Coffee Garden and Quiet Bar -- but it does have things going for it. Those of us who have grown nice and comfortable with the Doubletree/Former Red Lion will have to get used to a different property, but I would say that the forced move may well have also forced Westercon 60 to "right-size" its facilities to the likely size of the convention.