October 4th, 2009

Match Game SF

Sunday Morning Setup

Having eight solid hours of sleep helped me feel much better this morning. I'm heading off to breakfast soon, leaving Lisa to sleep in as much as she can. (She was seriously bedeviled by her tinnitus last night, and slept poorly.) Later this morning I will borrow a bell cart and we'll move the Match Game kit over to the Ballroom and (I hope) get some of the setup done relatively quietly during the preceding panel event. I think it unlikely that I'll be back online until late today.
Match Game SF

Match Game at SiliCon: Good Show

As is often the case, there was some technical worries over this morning's setup for Match Game SF. It turns out to have been very useful for Lisa to have brought her new speakers and the full scale tech kit. Kudos to her for being able to get things running when the primary tech had problems getting their equipment back online from last night. It was also very lucky that the panel scheduled for the ballroom at 10 AM was canceled, because we needed that extra hour of set-up time to get everything in place for our Noon start time.

Everything came together in the end, and we had a great show this afternoon.
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Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard to make the show happen. We may have had about thirty people in the audience, but given the relatively anemic attendance here at SiliCon, that's not too bad. And for a change, we gave away quite a few of our bonus-round prizes, with three of our six finalists hitting the Super Match for prizes including a membership to Westercon 64 and a copy of The Turtle Moves donated by the North American Discworld Convention. I hope David W. Clark didn't die of shock when someone actually came to him to redeem one of the $20 Cargo Cult gift certificates that have been sitting in the prize bin for several years now without having been won.

We did a full six games (three games, a break, then three more games). I think that's only the second or third time we've ever done six, and I'd forgotten how exhausting it can be to do that many. I don't notice it while I'm doing the show, but after we're packed out of the room, the reaction starts to set in. I can see why the star might need a dressing room in which to decompress after the show. In my case, being the executive producer as well, I don't have quite that much flexibility -- besides, we had to go get lunch! While I'd had a full breakfast, Lisa had only had a croissant to eat all day.

After eating, we came back to the hotel and brought my computer down to sit across from the Westercon 64 table while I helped travelswithkuma with his photos and uploaded photos from the Westercon 64 party last night.

Now we have a little break for a couple of hours before the 1000th of meeting of BASFA, which will be this evening in the Doubletree Hotel's "Quiet Bar," that being where BASFA started nearly twenty years ago. Then we'll need to pack up most of our stuff and I'll need to repack for tomorrow, as I must get out of here in the morning and fly to Chicago for the week for a business meeting.
Kevin and Lisa

Winding Down SiliCon

As far as I can tell, the BASFA 1000 meeting was effectively the SiliCon Dead Dog Party. Lisa and I did not stick around long after the meeting, because it was after 9 PM and we wanted to get dinner. Fortunately, Chipotle is open until 10 PM, so we popped down for a couple of burritos and took them back to the hotel room. After filling up on burritos, we did some more packing and took some things out to our vehicles to try and be more ready for tomorrow's move-out. I have the tricky task of figuring out what stuff to put in in my Chicago bag. Since I'm flying to Chicago tomorrow mid-day, I had to pack for that portion of the trip already, but some stuff I had with me at SiliCon has to go in the "Chicago bag." Fortunately, my flight is mid-day, not first thing, so it won't be a complete panic tomorrow.

We headed back down to the Fan Table area so as to use the free wi-fi to upload photos of BASFA's Meeting 1000; however, as I compose this the hotel house-men are tearing down the tables, so I need to wrap this up soon and get out of here. I'm not sure exactly when I'll be back online on Monday, although I should try to get online in the morning to see if there have been new updates from work.