August 24th, 2019

Kevin Standlee

Eurocon Programming Day

Today was the day that I spent at Titancon, the 2019 Eurocon, because I was on a kaffeklatch with Cheryl Morgan this afternoon. Lisa went to a model train show with Feòrag NicBhrìde.

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Because my panel wasn't until the afternoon, we did not rush. I got eight hours of sleep last night, for the first time since the trip started, I think.

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Mailing a box of stuff home cost £100, but that's still cheaper than excess-luggage charges, on account of it's two segments: the DUB-KEF leg is charged separately than KEF-SFO due to our stopover. We did get the good news today that we got a Saga Class upgrade on that flight, but we won't know about the long leg to SFO until we're already in Reykjavik. It's possible that it would be cheaper to buy an extra small piece of luggage and put the additional stuff into it, even with the excess-luggage charges, but that's even more stuff to haul around with us for the remaining week we're traveling.

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At the Hilton, we met up with Feòrag, and they set off to return to Botanic, which is near where the train show was.

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Lisa and I joined Cheryl Morgan, Linda Deneroff, Mike Willmoth, and Sharon Sbarsky for dinner at Gusto é, an Italian restaurant very close to the hotel. This turned out to be a quorum of the Westercon 74 Tonopah Committee, and among other subjects, we dealt with Westercon business. This is probably the only time this particular combination of people will be able to meet in person prior to Westercon 74.

While it might have been nice to go back to go back to the Hilton and socialize at the Dead Direwolf party, Lisa and I were tired, as was Cheryl, and so the three of us hopped on the next train heading for Great Victoria Street (Cheryl is staying at the hotel across the road from us). We bade Cheryl good night, picked up a small snack from Tesco Express, and retreated to our hotel room.

I checked train schedules for tomorrow, and made plans via Twitter direct message with Feòrag for the planned trip for them, Lisa, and me to go out to the Ulster Transport Museum. I also did our seat selection for our upgraded flight on Tuesday to Iceland and checked the times of the bus services from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Airport. I need to check some details tomorrow, but I plan to book our trip to the airport so we can get there by 8:45 Tuesday morning for our 11:45 flight.

It was a good day at Eurocon. I only wish the day was 28 hours long so I could get more sleep.