May 28th, 2005

Dragon b/w

Baycon, lettuce, and tomato

Well, I've made it up to Baycon, and haven't been nearly as busy as I feared I would be.

joansteward and I drove up Thursday, leaving Los Angeles a little after noon, and arriving around 6:30 in San Jose. A late lunch at Harris Ranch took about an hour. (Between lunch and supper = lupper? Sunch?) (And as it turned out, I drove, Joan navigated and handed up Elixir of Life as needed.

The rest of Thursday and most of Friday was spent settling in and finding things in the neighborhood, including Trader Joes, Staples, and a Safeway. We got supplies for a room party Friday night, and noted where we could find more stuff for tonight's party (the main event).

I spent a little time sitting at a fan table, and had a couple of nice conversations with passers by. Didn't sell any Loscon membeships (buy now, before the price goes up. After July 31, it's $40), but I think a couple of people are interested enough to buy later this weekend.

Anyway, this computer's going away, and thus, so am I.

Later......
Dragon b/w

Baycon blogging

This is being written in the fan table corridor at Baycon. For those who don't make it to SF conventions, the fan tables are where people who are advertising for various other conventions sit and entice people into signing up. I'm between the tables for Silicon 2005, and Conzilla (Westercon #59). Across the way are the NAAFA table and the table for the 2006 Worldcon.

The corridor where we lurk is a major throughfare for the hotel, and as a result, we get a shot at just about everyone attending the convention. A number of people here are in constumes of various kinds, from Renaissance/SCA to fantasy/SF to just plain fantasy of the sort you wouldn' indulge in polite society. (Just now, at 1:50 PM, a troupe of the Nazgurls came sliding by. So far, no brass ring has been awarded. Or any other kind of ring, for that matter.

Another advantage of being here is that eventually, most of the people who have ribbons to pass out will come through. I have been seeing a ribbon that says, "Roses are #FF0000". Later, I started seeing some that read, "Violets are #0000FF". I finally had a button made up that reads, "#FF8800 you glad you asked?" Some are amused by it.
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Dragon b/w

Baycon blogging

Mark Poliner arrived, bringing beer. He'll be tending bar at the party tonight, serving beer and mead to the masses. I took some time to icedown the kegs, and while I was at it, to get ice from the machines downstairs, and to re-structure the ice chests. (After many, many years, the styrofoam chests are no longer water-tight.

Lining them with plastic bags should keep them from leaking all over the floor, and after this convention they're going to be retired and replaced with newer ones. In the mean time, the perishables have been concentrated into one chest and iced down. (Yay! No food poisoning!)
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    Old Joe Clark