April 30th, 2007

Gnomeward Bound

Sunday at the Marriott (and Elsewhere)

[I composed most of this message just before midnight last night, but when the internet access cycled for the day, I decided I didn't want to pay another $10 and put off posting it until today. As I didn't see any internet charges on my bill, maybe access was actually free to their elite frequent-stay members, even though I had to click on a "yes, charge me $10" button in order to connect.]

Because I didn't get to bed until 4:30 AM Sunday morning, I slept in until 10 AM. Lisa and I then walked over to the Peninsula Grill for breakfast, and then we came back to the hotel, got my van, and drove up to my office, where I worked on placing more pieces of the Westercon PR, cleaning up the site selection ballot, and printing some more drafts.

Then it was back to the hotel, where the BayCon meeting was in progress. I took a seat over to one side, and after the main meeting broke up, gave the necessary people copies of the draft PR and got their feedback, and also talked with some of BayCon's technical people about Match Game SF.

In the evening, the last two ads for the PR arrived. I'm now missing only two pieces for the PR. The plan is for me to finalize the layout on Tuesday -- if articles due in my hands by COB Monday do not arrive, I will re-use material from PR 1 or write my best guess -- and hand over PDFs of the main PR and the site selection ballot (which is supposed to be tipped into the center of the PR) to my management on Wednesday. That will give them enough time to get it printed and mailed before the Bylaws deadline of May 15.

Once I've handed that over, I can then give dsmoen all of the individual articles in their final form (as well as the entire PDF) so that she can get the articles and the entire PR up on the Westercon web site.

It's been a fairly busy weekend, and we were thus not been able to take full advantage of all of the amenities of the hotel. However, after walking over to Fresh Choice again for dinner, Lisa and I hit the hot tub for a while. She doesn't want to get any water in her ears, so the main pool is out, but the hot tub is okay. By the way, compared to the dinky tub at the Doubletree San Jose, the hot tub at this Marriott is a lake. And it's nice and hot, too, not like the "tepid tubs" we've found at some hotels.
Kevin and Lisa

Checking Out

I had to go to work this morning, but I told Lisa she could stay until noon check-out time if she wanted to do so. (Me, I would have gone back to sleep for a couple of hours if given that opportunity.) She decided to go ahead and pack out anyway. She won't be leaving until mid-day (why fight commute-hour traffic if you don't have to do so?), so she's got some shopping to do that will occupy her time.

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Meanwhile, I have real work to do in the office, so I'd better get to it.