December 13th, 2019

Tonopah Westercon

Winter Road Trip Day 17: Walking the Walk in Tonopah

Today's trip was far shorter than those we've been taking since we left Albuquerque: a mere 3 km / 2 mi round-trip walk from the Mizpah Hotel to the Tonopah Station Hotel after I finished up the Day Jobbe stuff, where we had breakfast, introduced ourselves to the manager of the Tonopah Station, and cleared up some details about Westercon 74. I really wish the Station was closer to the convention center, as we'd love to be able to use the space they have as well; however, I expect that some of our members will want to stay here, either in their hotel rooms or in their RV park. In addition, they have a 24-hour self-service laundry on the ground floor, open to everyone, not just hotel guests.

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Back at the Mizpah, we said hi to Rae Graham at the front desk, thanked her again for the interview she and her wife did with us while we were bidding, and told her how much we're looking forward to the convention here. We then met with Chambrea Fowles, the new hotel sales manager. We'd not yet met with her since we won the bid, so we brought her up to speed on our current plans. The Mizpah's general manager also stopped by and said that everyone at the Mizpah is excited about hosting us in 2021.

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The TCC management was bemused by our attention to detail. I explained that the volunteers organizing this event need to know fairly good measurements in order to make their plans to work within the available space and with the available equipment. Lisa worked on measuring it to the millimeter.

After taking our stuff back to the Mizpah, we needed to get dinner. It is our goal to try most of Tonopah's restaurants, and tonight we checked a new one off the list.

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I'm not going to go through all of the photos we took of the Tonopah Convention Center. (There are more than sixty of them.) You can click through and see them for yourself. Lisa took even more, which I'll post later. Suffice it to say that now that we have more detailed measurements and photos, we're even more enthusiastic about Westercon 74 in Tonopah than we were before.

I wish I had more time to write, but I'm dead on my feet. This is our final night on the road. Tomorrow morning, I do not have to get up before dawn to work and can get a little bit more sleep. Tomorrow night we expect to be home.