June 30th, 2007

Giants Fanatic

Operation Successful; Patient Died

The Westercon expedition to see the baseball game last night went off without a hitch. Everyone showed up on time -- early, even -- and we made it down to the train station with plenty of time. Our train trip up to San Francisco was without incident. We had enough time that I could take everyone with me -- none of whom had been to the park before -- on the "scenic route" around the back of the park along the Portwalk. The weather was pretty good, I thought, although Lisa was very cold (two jackets were not enough) and complained that the sound was too loud because we were only a few rows below the loudspeakers. We got to see a "splash hit" home run, and later Barry Bonds hit his 750th career home run to tie the ball game.

Indeed, the entire trip was perfect -- except that the Giants ended up losing to the Diamondbacks 4-3 in ten innings.

It's a good thing that our group needed to take the second post-event train, because the first one (the express to San Carlos) had already departed by the time we managed to make our way down from section 318, row 10 and down the long winding path to ground level. The second "local" train was already pretty full by the time we made it, and got more full when we boarded. Three of us ended up standing in the vestibule. I was closest to the door. When we made intermediate stops, I would get out to make it easier for people to exit the train. I found myself in convention people-mover mode, helping people out of the train, calling out station stops to remind people to actually get moving, and so forth.

Anyway, we made it back to Hayward Park station and walked back to the hotel, getting there just before Midnight. Lisa and I briefly stopped at the Vintacon party before deciding that my feet hurt too much to stay up much later. And we never really did unpack completely; just enough to get to bed. Because we have to move rooms tomorrow, it hardly seems worth it.

We've Been Set Up!

After last night's baseball trip, we didn't work hard to get to the table first thing this morning, but that was okay. Being there between 11 and Noon was fine.

Fan tables here at Westercon are over where the food service was during BayCon, which is a much more high-traffic location and more visible. At BayCon, I think a lot of people didn't even know the Fan Tables were there, because unless you were going to a panel in the Convene Ballroom, you'd never see us.

Lisa has built a flag stand from which we are flying a Canadian flag. Even as we were setting up the table, we had people who wanted to buy pre-supports and Bon Amis (friends of the bid). I'm astounded to say that we've sold six Bon Amis today!

I am also so relieved that I can give the Worldcon bid spiel without having to explain ever single term I use. I don't have to explain what a Worldcon is, or how bidding works, or anything like that. It's such a relief.

Meanwhile, I've left a message with the hotel liaison asking if anyone is booked for Tuesday night into the room in which we're holding parties Sunday and Monday nights. If not, I may ask if we can just stay in that suite (and pay the upgrade) rather than moving back to a standard room. It's just about worth the extra $100 to avoiding having to move an additional time during the con.

I saw the Australia bid setting up their party for tonight. They're in one of the rotunda suites, which are okay, but not as good as the lofts. It's a pity, actually -- 3007, the loft suite we're using tomorrow and Monday, is available tonight, and it probably would have been a better fit for them if everything had connected better. Still, the rotundas are nice rooms; it's just that the floor space is split up by a partition between the parlor and bedroom