By then, we had gone too long without food, and so we popped over to the Queens Mall for lunch at "Garlic Jo's" where Gilroy Garlic Festival posters decorate the walls and "garlic and spicy tomato" pasta needed a fair bit of red pepper to have real taste. We then spent 90 minutes or so in the Cosmoworld amusement park whose Cosmo Wheel "Yokohama Eye" looms at us out our hotel window. We rode the Big Wheel, then the roller coaster that dives down through the pool, the log flume, and the spinning "Wild Mouse" style coaster. We ended up with a single ticket good for one top-class ride, which I put into the auction at the BASFA meeting later that evening.
Then it was off to help with the setup for the Old Pharts (Worldcon Chairs) party. We were there early, but the setup was mostly done by the time we got there. One thing they didn't have was enough ice. We checked the massive Dead
The spread at the Worldcon Chair's party was impressive, and we made a dinner of the sushi and other goodies present. The room filled up nicely, and when the newest inductee into the Former Worldcon Chairs' Club, Inoue-san, arrived, David Clark and I asked him to come into the main room for a presentation to him from SFSFC. Dave gave him a case of six San Jose McEnery Convention Center mugs (ex-ConJose) while I gave him a package of Cable Car pins (ex-ConFrancisco). Yes, this means that Dave and I gave Inoue-san presents representing each other's Worldcon.
Shortly after 2100, the BASFA regulars and semi-regulars and see-you-at-Worldcon types went out into the hallway and took over the elevator lobby -- the party being too full for such foolishness -- and convened what we contend was Meeting 892, and we have pictures to prove it. As the closest thing to a club officer handy, I presided.
The meeting took a bit longer than I expected, and things got contentious over the Rumor of the Week, leading to much payment of surplus vote fees. In the end, the club took in JPY4387, which, using about the same conversion rate as Bank of America charged me, nets BASFA USD39, and I wrote the club a check for that amount. Now I don't have to worry about having enough 100-yen coins for the rest of this trip, I reckon.
Tomorrow morning, we head off to Kamakura, so I'll be gone all day and away from computers even worst than during Worldcon. Tomorrow evening is rough. We have to repack everything into "rest of trip" and "send to Narita Holiday Inn for storage" and maybe find a way to do laundry.
I need another copy of me -- one to go travel and the other to write about it here. Finding time to write is difficult.