Note that some people thinking of serious changes to the WSFS Constitution were holding off last year because they didn't want to be accused of trying to sneak something through at a relatively lightly-attended meeting in Japan. Moreover, with the 2010 Worldcon being in Australia, and Australian Worldcons being significantly smaller than North American and European ones, this year is the one where thoughtful people should be submitting their proposals for change. Remember that changes have to pass in two consecutive years, so you need to start the ball rolling at Denver for ratification in Montreal.
The entire purpose of the two-year ratification scheme is to prevent changes from being railroaded through at a single Worldcon. However, you tend to lack some legitimacy if you are perceived as trying tricky things at relatively lightly-attended Worldcons. Mind you, we had a pretty good crowd at Aussiecon Three to debate the Best Dramatic Presentation split. However, in Japan attendance was very light. I didn't count, but the room itself probably only seated about fifty people, and there were lots of seats available. The video of the meetings looked a little bit like those shots on C-SPAN of representatives lecturing to an empty hall, although in fact it wasn't quite that bad -- people just don't like sitting in the front row or in the line of sight of the camera.
Which gets me thinking about room layout. Given the choice, I'd rather that the entrance door to the room in which the Business Meeting was being held be at the rear of the room rather than at one side. That's because if the door is on one side, then the side of the room nearest the door fills up and the other side stays mostly empty, on account of people are reluctant to walk across the front of the room when the meeting is in session. When the door is in the rear, the tends to fill more evenly from side to side, although the front is usually last to fill. Personally, I prefer a seat near the front on one side or the other, so that when I'm addressing the meeting, I don't have to turn my back on either the meeting or the head table.
Last night, after a decent and affordable if not spectacular dinner at a Japanese seafood buffet restaurant in Marysville (I noted that it's in the same building where Blue Shield of California had a Medicare claims processing office back when I worked for them as an analyst -- I've been to that office), we went back to the hotel to take advantage of the facilities. We first went for a walk to try and work off part of the big meal, then went to the mini-gym, where I walked some more and Cheryl rode the exercise bicycle because the other treadmill was broken. My blood sugar reading an hour later suggests that this exercise did what it was supposed to do.
Having worked, we could then relax in the hot tub for a while and hatch fiendish SMOFfish plots. (No, we won't tell you what they are; they're secret, after all.) It was a cold (by local standards) and foggy evening, and the hot tub is outdoors, so going into the adjacent sauna was nice, too, although of course you can't stay in that near-200-F room for very long. After a couple of doses of the sauna (which incidentally dried off most of the water from the hot tub), walking back to the hotel room, steaming in our swimsuits, did not seem so bad. I reckon it takes a few minutes for all of the heat to leak out.
We brought along the back massager that Cheryl bought for us last weekend in Boston, and I left it grind away at my back muscles for a while. Then, feeling very decadent, it was time for a long night's undisturbed sleep. This morning, the only reason we had to be up before 9 AM was so we could get our included breakfast. The hotel is sufficiently slow today that I don't see them being in a rush to get us out of here on the stroke of the 11 AM check-out, so we're taking our time getting cleaned up and packed. No hurries, no worries.
The Holiday Inn Express is not a luxury hotel. However, the only time I stay at luxury hotels, I'm generally working or attending a convention, rushing around, getting too little sleep, and never having any time to use the nice facilities. That makes nights like last night all that more welcome. Besides, the rooms here are the size of mini-suites at many "luxury" hotels.