July 5th, 2014

Business Meeting

Westercon Business Meeting

To nobody's surprise but to the bid committee's relief, Portland's bid for the 2016 Westercon was selected to host Westercon 69. The vote count was:

Portland OR: 64
Reno NV: 2
Spuzzum BC: 1
No Preference: 2

Total Ballots: 69
Total With Preference: 67
Needed to Elect (majority): 34

The Westercon Business Meeting lasted less than ten minutes and primarily consisted of the initial presentation of Lea Rush as the newly-seated Chair of Westercon 69. I left the video uploading this afternoon and it took over two hours to upload even on the wired connection because the basic service is throttled, which is part of why I can't upload the Fannish Inquisition videos until I get home.

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Kevin and Lisa

Westercon Day 3

With the Business Meeting behind us, our official commitments to Westercon were done and we were more or less free to spend the rest of the day without a cloud of must-get-this-done over us.

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We checked in with Dave Clark at the Cargo Cult Books table to confirm that we can transport a box or two of his overstock back with us tomorrow when we head homeward, as long as he knows he won't get it back for a few weeks, as it will be a while before I'm back in the Bay Area.

Around 6 PM, I went to a rather impromptu and informal gathering of staff and committee of Sasquan, which was actually the first Sasquan meeting I've attended and probably the last until a projected all-hands meeting in Spokane next spring.

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After helping with the Montréal set-up, Lisa and I went with Scott across the street to the Italian restaurant on which we'd had our eye earlier. Unlike the other place in the mall, they didn't insist that all of their meals had to be heavily spicy, so Lisa was able to get something she liked, while I was still able to get a sufficiently spicy pasta meal to suit me.

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We spent the rest of the evening mostly bouncing back and forth between the SJ2018 and Montréal 2017 bid parties, with a side-trip to Westercon 69's victory party in the Con Suite. As Midnight approached, we had to bail, because on Sunday we have a drive to Ely ahead of us and we have to be able to get checked out and on the road again for the Road Less Traveled.