So woke up at 6:15 and got up at half past. I just wish I could do this at home, then I have to use 2 alarms to get me out of bed in time to catch my train to work!
Last night I left my Palm to charge in the bathroom (the only place with a free accessible power socket!) So I caught up on LJ outside the hostel, since the walk downtown is only ten minutes and the Delectable Egg, 1625 Court Place, didn't open til 7am (one of the few open this early on the week end). When I got there I ordered three Pancakes and unlimited coffee, for $8.05, the pancakes were large and fluffy (much better than the ones at the Altitude for twice the price!) I didn't have access to power or wifi so I didn't linger (Jo Walton (papersky
) arrived just before I'd left.)
Made my way to the CCC and arrived about 7:40 when I plugged in the eeePC and did some updating, to my notes. The first program item today at 8:30 was an Ecumenical Christian Service. It started with voting on if the sermon should take examples from The Dark Knight
OR David Weber's Honor Harrington
which was cool (we got the later). Considering the hour, there were a fair number of people there.
The next program item, was probably the one I was most looking forward to. Lois Bujold, Pat Wrede and Lillian Stuart Carl discussing how they met and how they became and remain friends.
I got to the room early and was able to bag seats at the front, so when nlbarber
arrived she joined me, she also lent me her phone so I could determine what the note stuck on my door last night was about, and hurrah! my bag had been handed in, I said I'd be over after the panel had finished, and so was in a much improved state to enjoy the discussion (including letters going back 20 years archived by Pat!)
So I hurried over to the Sheraton, and more easily found Ops, collected my bag with all it's contents still there. Someone handed it into the information desk, without any indication who it was, so I was unable to thank them.
Deciding that I needed to have at least a few minutes filking in a 5 day worldcon I dropped in to the Ecumenifilk for a few songs, before discovering a copy of the Bujold inspired song book "Story Into Song". I hope it gets posted online as there were some very cool songs in it. I did catch Kathleen Sloan just before the closing and she said that a limited CD would be produced for the participants, and Lois.
My final panel, prior to the closing was "Holy Holographic eBooks!" which had James Bryant moderating a discussion of current hardware, limitations there of and a wish list that changed with each participant.
And then the convention closed, and everyone had to leave the building (the firemen had to setup for their convention!)
As we were leaving we (filkferengi
and Stellan L) were spotted by Lois and her son (who had driven to Denver from Minneapolis!) and invited to diner/lunch with them, meeting at 4:15 at the Hyatt. growlycub
and I decided to confirm that the Corner Bakery Cafe at 500 16th St would be open, and dropping off bags at their room, discovered that yes it was open, until 6pm.
So we met up and trooped off to the Cafe. On the way, while walking down 16th St we saw the most amazining busker, who was plying a xylophone using juggling clubs/sticks. in addition to playing a drum and mouth organ!. When we had arrived we ordered separately and I had a Club Panini and soda and we had some conversation during which Lois handed me a bag of signed books for distribution. I managed to get the other diners to take a few off my hands (luggage allowances are not large) but I'll be passing of most of the rest to web and list mistress Mel H. We finally left about 5:30 and wandered back to the Hyatt where Lois had to check out, we all got hugs which was cool. (growlycub
said she wanted a T-shirt with "I was hugged by Lois McMaster Bujold" on it!
We lost Stellan on the walk back to the hotel, and then Lois and son also left, but we were still have good conversations sitting in the lobby of the Hyatt, for another hour or so.
's spouse arrived we went desert trekking! And eventually ended up at The Cheesecake Factory, 1201 16th St. where the wait for a table was about 40mins. The cool beeper technology did meant that we didn't have to stand inside the restaurant, but in the open air. We did wonder at other options but the beeper went off and we trooped inside. The lighting was terrible, nlbarber
had to lend me her flashlight before I could read the menu, then I didn't get served with my requested soda (I wasn't billed for it so no loss). Not feeling too hungry I just had a signature cheesecake, tiramasu in my case We had to sent the check back so it could be divided up, my part came to $8.00 inc tax and tip!
We finally left around 10pm and said goodbye to stoutfellow
(his hotel was just aound the corner), then good bye to filkferengi
and spouse, hopefully to meet again at gafilk. then to the Crowne Plaza where I collected my bag, discovered behind the curtain, after much hunting and then off back to the hostel after promising to meet for breakfast in the morning. bed 11:15pm.