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So woke up 6:50 washed up, managed to stuff everything into my bags, stripped the bed, left sheets and towel on the landing. Just about managed to stuff the keys under the office door (as requested last night) and left for the last time at 7:30.

I caught the free mall ride at Civic Center Station, first time I did so first thing, and got to Corner Bakery Cafe, 1147 16th St by 7:47, updated blog and was eating Berry Almond Swiss (with both yogurt and cream) and coffee by 8:00.

[Contunued two weeks later!]
I left as it was getting to quarter to nine, and caught my final free mall ride shuttle bus to the Market St bus station. I originally thought it was some kind of underground train station (due to the sliding doors and electronic departure board) but is was actually an underground bus stop!

9:25 arrived an so did the bus. I stowed my back pack, paid my fare and started the journey to Denver International Airport. The journey took exactly one hour and once I'd disembarked I found the appropriate check-in (no queues at all) left my bag and found my way to the security check in. Once through the x-rays and metal detectors I found the correct gate by eleven, got my ticket and passport looked at, and as it was nearing noon bought a muffin to eat.

Took off for Cleveland, at 12:10 (only ten minutes late) and arrived two and a half hours later, a bit early at 2:35/4:35 local, due to tail winds and walked to the correct gate for Gatwick without any further security checks. Still a bit peckish so had a bagel with cream cheese. Read until the flight was called.

This plane didn't have personalised in flight entertainment systems so I didn't get to see a movie. I did read and try to get a bit of sleep. I got my special meal prior to everyone else, soon after take off, and breakfast was served just before landing, at 6:50 on Friday morning.

Got through passport control fairly quickly but it seemed forever before baggage re-claim started regurgitating luggage. Anyway I managed to get to the train station by eight and caught the train home, arrived back by 8:40 and then crashed in bed by 9:00 and slept most of the day.

Started catching up on the TV recorded while I was away!

NOTE: I did take some pictures during my stay, but not as many as I wished. This was due to two problems; the hinge on the compartment containing the batteries broke, and if it was not firmly held in place all the cells would fall out, making it difficult to compose pictures. Additionally somehow it had been set in the "photo finish mode", so that after the first picture, a further 4 shots were automatically taken. Until I realised what was happening and started to take advantage of it, I got 3-4 blurry pictures (I couldn't figure out how to switch it off either. My next digital camera must not suffer from either of these faults! I intend to upload the few pictures I did take RSN.
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So woke up 6:50 washed up, managed to stuff everything into my bags, stripped the bed, left sheets and towel on the landing. Just about managed to stuff the keys under the office door (as requested last night) and left for the last time at 7:30.

I caught the free mall ride at Civic Center Station, first time I did so first thing, and got to Corner Bakery Cafe, 1147 16th St by 7:47, updated blog and was eating Berry Almond Swiss (with both yogurt and cream) and coffee by 8:00.

[Contunued two weeks later!]
I left as it was getting to quarter to nine, and caught my final free mall ride shuttle bus to the Market St bus station. I originally thought it was some kind of underground train station (due to the sliding doors and electronic departure board) but is was actually an underground bus stop!

9:25 arrived an so did the bus. I stowed my back pack, paid my fare and started the journey to Denver International Airport. The journey took exactly one hour and once I'd disembarked I found the appropriate check-in (no queues at all) left my bag and found my way to the security check in. Once through the x-rays and metal detectors I found the correct gate by eleven, got my ticket and passport looked at, and as it was nearing noon bought a muffin to eat.

Took off for Cleveland, at 12:10 (only ten minutes late) and arrived two and a half hours later, a bit early at 2:35/4:35 local, due to tail winds and walked to the correct gate for Gatwick without any further security checks. Still a bit peckish so had a bagel with cream cheese. Read until the flight was called.

This plane didn't have personalised in flight entertainment systems so I didn't get to see a movie. I did read and try to get a bit of sleep. I got my special meal prior to everyone else, soon after take off, and breakfast was served just before landing, at 6:50 on Friday morning.

Got through passport control fairly quickly but it seemed forever before baggage re-claim started regurgitating luggage. Anyway I managed to get to the train station by eight and caught the train home, arrived back by 8:40 and then crashed in bed by 9:00 and slept most of the day.

Started catching up on the TV recorded while I was away!

NOTE: I did take some pictures during my stay, but not as many as I wished. This was due to two problems; the hinge on the compartment containing the batteries broke, and if it was not firmly held in place all the cells would fall out, making it difficult to compose pictures. Additionally somehow it had been set in the "photo finish mode", so that after the first picture, a further 4 shots were automatically taken. Until I realised what was happening and started to take advantage of it, I got 3-4 blurry pictures (I couldn't figure out how to switch it off either. My next digital camera must not suffer from either of these faults! I intend to upload the few pictures I did take RSN.
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Woke at 6am, but went back to sleep again, and then got up just after 8am. Started walking down town around 8:30. Returned to Sam's No 3 and had 3 pancakes and two eggs (sunny side up) no ham, coffee for $6 inc tip. Really eggselent pancakes. I was seated at the counter rather than a table (due to the pre nine breakfast rush) so didn't get my eeePC out. Then wandered down to the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where the theaters cluster even closer than they do in London.

Sat out on 16th St till 11am when the Rock Bottom, brew pub and restaurant opened, decided that given Colorado's brewing history I needed to have a least one pint on draught. The beer of the day was "Falcon Pale Ale", a pint for $3 (though I didn't get all my change at once, I had to ask the bar staff before the additional $100 appeared!) and while I'm no expert, it was pretty good.

Anyway caught the bus back in the direction to the Civic Center, just as I was getting off Kate and Andrew got on, so I stayed on to the terminus, to chat. They were off to the Nature & Science museum, so I passed on my best wishes and recomendations. Then took the free mall ride all the way to Union Station had a look, and read up on it's history. Back to B&N just after 1pm, succumbed to buying a romance novel and sat down to charge my eeePC, check email and update my blog. Over one hour later....

So around 4pm I made my way back to the hostel, via Walgreen's to buy cigarettes for D and with a stop at Subway for a turkey sandwich and soda. Decided it was nice enough out of the direct sun to sit outside and read, which I did until just before 8pm, when I got my $10 deposit back, arranged as much of my packing as I could and then bought a hot dog and a pint of cookie dough ice cream at the 7/11 just over on 17th Ave., finished the ice cream and then early to bed.
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Woke at 6am, but went back to sleep again, and then got up just after 8am. Started walking down town around 8:30. Returned to Sam's No 3 and had 3 pancakes and two eggs (sunny side up) no ham, coffee for $6 inc tip. Really eggselent pancakes. I was seated at the counter rather than a table (due to the pre nine breakfast rush) so didn't get my eeePC out. Then wandered down to the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where the theaters cluster even closer than they do in London.

Sat out on 16th St till 11am when the Rock Bottom, brew pub and restaurant opened, decided that given Colorado's brewing history I needed to have a least one pint on draught. The beer of the day was "Falcon Pale Ale", a pint for $3 (though I didn't get all my change at once, I had to ask the bar staff before the additional $100 appeared!) and while I'm no expert, it was pretty good.

Anyway caught the bus back in the direction to the Civic Center, just as I was getting off Kate and Andrew got on, so I stayed on to the terminus, to chat. They were off to the Nature & Science museum, so I passed on my best wishes and recomendations. Then took the free mall ride all the way to Union Station had a look, and read up on it's history. Back to B&N just after 1pm, succumbed to buying a romance novel and sat down to charge my eeePC, check email and update my blog. Over one hour later....

So around 4pm I made my way back to the hostel, via Walgreen's to buy cigarettes for D and with a stop at Subway for a turkey sandwich and soda. Decided it was nice enough out of the direct sun to sit outside and read, which I did until just before 8pm, when I got my $10 deposit back, arranged as much of my packing as I could and then bought a hot dog and a pint of cookie dough ice cream at the 7/11 just over on 17th Ave., finished the ice cream and then early to bed.
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For the first time I woke up later than 7am, in fact as late as 7:50. Washed up then climbed back in bed to read, until I finished the latest J D Robb in paperback. Walked to 16th St. free bus, which I took to Sam's No 3 on 15th and Curtis, as recommended by [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi, I had ham and scrambled eggs with a stack of 3 pancakes and coffee. The pancakes were the best of my visit so far and it was only $7.39. ($9.00 inc tax and tip). I was able to update my notes, the only down side being a lack of power and wifi.

Went to the Denver Information store, and determined that the best way to get to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science was by bus, located about a block away. I followed the directions to the stop and then spent over half an hour waiting in the near mid-day sum. The number 20 finally came along and I paid $1.75 for a 20 minute journey in an air conditioned bus, that did stop right outside the museum. I paid the $11 entrance fee, deciding not to pay the extra for the planetarium or IMAX.

Space Odyssey was fun if a bit simplified, the machine that showed how craters were formed using ball bearing and sand was cool. I got to touch an iron meteorite, but the space section of the Science Museum in London is much bigger ;-) The Gem & Minerals display on the other hand was captivating. On the next floor up, the American animal displays seems to be at odds with current ecological thinking, but I suppose since they have the dead animals in their collection anyway...

Feeling a bit tired from all the walking, I stopped in the Atrium overlooking the city of Denver and a water jet display, and read a few chapters of Donna Andrews, then went to explore the North American Indian Cultures exhibit, which was interesting. By this time it was after 4pm and the museum closed at 5pm so I rushed round the top floor, then went to the cafe to buy a cookie, to get change for the $1.75 return bus fare. I was walking around the building, so I could get a closer look at the water jet display and just as I got within sight of the exit, I saw the number 20 bus arriving at the bus stop! Being too far to run before it left, I didn't more than half-heartedly lurch in that direction. Unlike this morning, I had a shaded bus shelter to wait in, and the next bus arrived only ten minutes later.

I got out at the point in the journey where the bus route intersected 16th St and was only yards away from the Corner Bakery Cafe where I had a soda (where the Sprite flavour disappeared and I had to start on Coke!) in addition I had chicken soup with a turkey, tomato and lettuce sandwich and crisps for $9:92, for some reason my amazon mastercard didn't work so used my Visa instead. Copied photos to eeePC, and discovered I'd had the "take 5 images one after another" option switched on! Also I still can't access the Wifi, so I'll wait till I get back to the hostel to upload.

As it happened I did get WiFi access but via DowntownDenverWiFi and uploaded and checked email from there. A touch of thunder made me decide to head back to the hostel, via Arby's to pick up a Jamocha shake and then in for an early shower and some reading til 9:30. BTW now only 2 others sharing my room.
mbernardi: (Stack_O'Books)
For the first time I woke up later than 7am, in fact as late as 7:50. Washed up then climbed back in bed to read, until I finished the latest J D Robb in paperback. Walked to 16th St. free bus, which I took to Sam's No 3 on 15th and Curtis, as recommended by [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi, I had ham and scrambled eggs with a stack of 3 pancakes and coffee. The pancakes were the best of my visit so far and it was only $7.39. ($9.00 inc tax and tip). I was able to update my notes, the only down side being a lack of power and wifi.

Went to the Denver Information store, and determined that the best way to get to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science was by bus, located about a block away. I followed the directions to the stop and then spent over half an hour waiting in the near mid-day sum. The number 20 finally came along and I paid $1.75 for a 20 minute journey in an air conditioned bus, that did stop right outside the museum. I paid the $11 entrance fee, deciding not to pay the extra for the planetarium or IMAX.

Space Odyssey was fun if a bit simplified, the machine that showed how craters were formed using ball bearing and sand was cool. I got to touch an iron meteorite, but the space section of the Science Museum in London is much bigger ;-) The Gem & Minerals display on the other hand was captivating. On the next floor up, the American animal displays seems to be at odds with current ecological thinking, but I suppose since they have the dead animals in their collection anyway...

Feeling a bit tired from all the walking, I stopped in the Atrium overlooking the city of Denver and a water jet display, and read a few chapters of Donna Andrews, then went to explore the North American Indian Cultures exhibit, which was interesting. By this time it was after 4pm and the museum closed at 5pm so I rushed round the top floor, then went to the cafe to buy a cookie, to get change for the $1.75 return bus fare. I was walking around the building, so I could get a closer look at the water jet display and just as I got within sight of the exit, I saw the number 20 bus arriving at the bus stop! Being too far to run before it left, I didn't more than half-heartedly lurch in that direction. Unlike this morning, I had a shaded bus shelter to wait in, and the next bus arrived only ten minutes later.

I got out at the point in the journey where the bus route intersected 16th St and was only yards away from the Corner Bakery Cafe where I had a soda (where the Sprite flavour disappeared and I had to start on Coke!) in addition I had chicken soup with a turkey, tomato and lettuce sandwich and crisps for $9:92, for some reason my amazon mastercard didn't work so used my Visa instead. Copied photos to eeePC, and discovered I'd had the "take 5 images one after another" option switched on! Also I still can't access the Wifi, so I'll wait till I get back to the hostel to upload.

As it happened I did get WiFi access but via DowntownDenverWiFi and uploaded and checked email from there. A touch of thunder made me decide to head back to the hostel, via Arby's to pick up a Jamocha shake and then in for an early shower and some reading til 9:30. BTW now only 2 others sharing my room.

Monday

Aug. 12th, 2008 06:41 pm
mbernardi: (Stack_O'Books)
Up at 6:30 and caught the 16th St Mall bus (they are running more frequently again) to the Corner Bakery Cafe 500 16th St. After checking inside decided to wait outside for the others. when [livejournal.com profile] nbarber and [livejournal.com profile] growlycub arrived. We decided to go in and order, (I had the Farmer's Scrambler and coffee $7.65) which was a good plan since [livejournal.com profile] stoutfellow didn't arrive til 7:30, due to a misread faulty alarm clock. Anyway we chatted and drank coffee until 9:05 when we left and said our good byes. Hopefully to meet up next year in Montreal.

I then found the post office, where I finally posted the cards I'd bought last week (and then lost with my bag!) Postage to the UK for 4 items was $3.76 which was twice what I paid for the materials! Postcards had minimal info as all the details are here on livejournal!

At this point (10am) I really needed to finish off (at least the conrep part) of my blog, so caught the free bus to the Corner Bakery Cafe at 1147 16th St for a coffee and rustic cherry pie ($4.41) my credit card has really been my friend, since HSBC declined to let me get any cash from the ATM. But more importantly, free power and WiFi! (Though for some reason the WiFi isn't working at the moment). I did get access via the free "DownTown Dever WiFi" (but it seems to require Java so won't work on Palm.)

Anyone who I met and haven't mentioned, or who is on LJ but whose name I missed please let me know, so I can update this when I get home.

So I spent just over 2 hours at the Corner Bakery Cafe, but when the lunch crowd started arriving I decided to leave. First I went to Market St station to check out times to the Airport (DIA) and it seems there is an hourly service at 25 mins past the hour. So on Thursday I need to be there by 9am.

I then caught the free bus in the other direction to the terminus at Civic Center Station, then walked the couple of blocks, in the hot mid day sun, to the Denver Public Library a large fairly new building, again with free wifi. I'm continuing to update my blog off line, a large part of the last three days of material have been written today, so with convention memory blur there may be stuff missing. This is however the most complete conrep I've done (in 29 years) and the most rapidly finished.

Spent the next two hours or so updating and uploading my blog pages, in the library. Any errors and links will have to wait til I get home, and access to a larger screen than my eeePC. I've got a mild headache, so I'm stopping for the moment.

After leaving the library I had a wander, had a look at the Denver Art Museum, a work of art in itself, but it was closed on Monday, then to the Colorado History Museum, which was closing in 10 minutes! I did have a look at the family photo display in the lobby.

I then walked to the Colorado State Capitol building, and climbed the steps to stand on the one marked "One Mile Above Sea Level". It occurred to me that some of the fans in the Sheraton Hotel would be eligible for the Mile Hi club ;-)

Anyway with the mild headache I returned to Walgreens and got 100 generic Headache Relief pills. In the UK you can't buy that many in one go! I also bought a pint of Rocky Road ice cream (Chocolate ice cream, with almonds and marshmallows). I managed to blag a spoon at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, I did buy a single chocolate there too, which was expensive, but nice. It started to drizzle as I was finishing my ice cream so decided to head hostelward, I did check out the Cinema, but there were no films I really wanted to see (at $9 a showing) and I left via Barnes and Noble. I was strong and didn't buy any books. The lack of space in my bags and the cheap price at amazon.co.uk were the real deciding factors though!

By the time I got back to the hostel the threatening rain had dispersed so I sat outside (after letting the reception staff know I'd got my bag and passport back) and read for a while, then the older man on reception came out for a smoke and we talked books for a while. When it started to get dark I went to bed and read til 11:00 when I shut my eyes for sleep.

Monday

Aug. 12th, 2008 06:41 pm
mbernardi: (Stack_O'Books)
Up at 6:30 and caught the 16th St Mall bus (they are running more frequently again) to the Corner Bakery Cafe 500 16th St. After checking inside decided to wait outside for the others. when [livejournal.com profile] nbarber and [livejournal.com profile] growlycub arrived. We decided to go in and order, (I had the Farmer's Scrambler and coffee $7.65) which was a good plan since [livejournal.com profile] stoutfellow didn't arrive til 7:30, due to a misread faulty alarm clock. Anyway we chatted and drank coffee until 9:05 when we left and said our good byes. Hopefully to meet up next year in Montreal.

I then found the post office, where I finally posted the cards I'd bought last week (and then lost with my bag!) Postage to the UK for 4 items was $3.76 which was twice what I paid for the materials! Postcards had minimal info as all the details are here on livejournal!

At this point (10am) I really needed to finish off (at least the conrep part) of my blog, so caught the free bus to the Corner Bakery Cafe at 1147 16th St for a coffee and rustic cherry pie ($4.41) my credit card has really been my friend, since HSBC declined to let me get any cash from the ATM. But more importantly, free power and WiFi! (Though for some reason the WiFi isn't working at the moment). I did get access via the free "DownTown Dever WiFi" (but it seems to require Java so won't work on Palm.)

Anyone who I met and haven't mentioned, or who is on LJ but whose name I missed please let me know, so I can update this when I get home.

So I spent just over 2 hours at the Corner Bakery Cafe, but when the lunch crowd started arriving I decided to leave. First I went to Market St station to check out times to the Airport (DIA) and it seems there is an hourly service at 25 mins past the hour. So on Thursday I need to be there by 9am.

I then caught the free bus in the other direction to the terminus at Civic Center Station, then walked the couple of blocks, in the hot mid day sun, to the Denver Public Library a large fairly new building, again with free wifi. I'm continuing to update my blog off line, a large part of the last three days of material have been written today, so with convention memory blur there may be stuff missing. This is however the most complete conrep I've done (in 29 years) and the most rapidly finished.

Spent the next two hours or so updating and uploading my blog pages, in the library. Any errors and links will have to wait til I get home, and access to a larger screen than my eeePC. I've got a mild headache, so I'm stopping for the moment.

After leaving the library I had a wander, had a look at the Denver Art Museum, a work of art in itself, but it was closed on Monday, then to the Colorado History Museum, which was closing in 10 minutes! I did have a look at the family photo display in the lobby.

I then walked to the Colorado State Capitol building, and climbed the steps to stand on the one marked "One Mile Above Sea Level". It occurred to me that some of the fans in the Sheraton Hotel would be eligible for the Mile Hi club ;-)

Anyway with the mild headache I returned to Walgreens and got 100 generic Headache Relief pills. In the UK you can't buy that many in one go! I also bought a pint of Rocky Road ice cream (Chocolate ice cream, with almonds and marshmallows). I managed to blag a spoon at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, I did buy a single chocolate there too, which was expensive, but nice. It started to drizzle as I was finishing my ice cream so decided to head hostelward, I did check out the Cinema, but there were no films I really wanted to see (at $9 a showing) and I left via Barnes and Noble. I was strong and didn't buy any books. The lack of space in my bags and the cheap price at amazon.co.uk were the real deciding factors though!

By the time I got back to the hostel the threatening rain had dispersed so I sat outside (after letting the reception staff know I'd got my bag and passport back) and read for a while, then the older man on reception came out for a smoke and we talked books for a while. When it started to get dark I went to bed and read til 11:00 when I shut my eyes for sleep.
mbernardi: (bladerunner)
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 ([community profile] 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 [personal profile] 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 ([personal profile] filkferengi, [personal profile] nlbarber, [profile] growlycub, [personal profile] stoutfellow 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. [profile] growlycub, [personal profile] nlbarber 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. ([profile] 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.

When [personal profile] filkferengi'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, [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] stoutfellow (his hotel was just aound the corner), then good bye to [personal profile] 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.
mbernardi: (bladerunner)
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 ([community profile] 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 [personal profile] 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 ([personal profile] filkferengi, [personal profile] nlbarber, [profile] growlycub, [personal profile] stoutfellow 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. [profile] growlycub, [personal profile] nlbarber 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. ([profile] 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.

When [personal profile] filkferengi'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, [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] stoutfellow (his hotel was just aound the corner), then good bye to [personal profile] 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.

Saturday

Aug. 11th, 2008 11:28 am
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Up at 6:40 actually slept all night. Got downtown to discover my favoured eating place didn't open til 8am on the weekend, and most of the other shops and eating places weren't open (even Subway didn't open til 7:30. The free bus service also seems less frequent.

Dropped in on the Friends of Liad breakfast at the CCC, said hi to [livejournal.com profile] nbarber and [livejournal.com profile] growlycub but no spare places. So I then went looking for the CCC Lost & Found. There was a black bag found, which got my hopes up, but when I got to the security office it wasn't mine. Since it was after 8am I walked off to my regular haunt (Corner Cafe Bakery) and had a "Berry Almond Swiss" and coffee. This was quality museli with extra fresh fruit, thick dairy product (might have been cream and yogurt) in a very large bowl. Very filling. Uploaded one days notes, but I'm still at least a day behind.

Not having a program book made planning my day a bit difficult (until I realised I had a copy on my Palm!) Anyway I did catch the 10:00 panel on "The Future of Libraries" which rambled at bit. I left before it finished as I knew the next panel would be crowded, Lois Bujold reading from her new Vorkosigan novel.

It was for some reason, in a normal sized room and was crowded out, with standing room only, before Lois had even arrived. I was lucky as [livejournal.com profile] growlycub had saved me a space on the front row! Lois read 2 of the 4 chapters she has written so far. Material her publisher Toni W only got to hear with us. Set on a new planet with at least one new viewpoint character it sounds really interesting, how we will cope having to wait over a year for completion is another matter.

I stopped off or lunch at the Corner Bakery Cafe for a Bacon Lettace and Tomato sandwich for lunch, and saw Pat Wrede and Jo Walton ([livejournal.com profile] papersky) having lunch there too.

I then went to the Sheraton Hotel to report the loss of my bag (and passport) to the convention's Lost and Found, it was not easy to find as it was up an unlabled staircase, down a couple of corridors. I left my details including the hostel phone number. Interestingly of the 4 fans in the room only one wan't from the UK!

I rushed back to the CCC for "A Bryant of Books" missed the first few minutes, so don't know if James explained that the term came form the Bujold mailing list or not. (later discussion indicated he did). However the talk continued about types of collecting, rather than numbers (the original sub title).

"Choosing Religion as a setting for a Novel" with Lois Bujold, Louise Marley, PC Hodgell, Sharon Shinn and Steve M Stirling, was also well attended and has some pretty god good discussion.

I then mosied over to the main hall where "Star Trek: Phase II 'Blood and Fire' " was supposed to start at 5:30, but BSG Razor over ran so it didn't start until nearly twenty minues later, and as this was a 2 part story didn't finish until 7:35 It was a really good story, and even without all the special effects and music queues it was enjoyable. I look forward to be able to watch it on the web (http://www.startreknewvoyages.com) later this year.

The Hugo ceremony was due to start at 7:30 so the lights had gone down by the time I'd arrived, but none of the awards had been announced yet. As I was stumbling through the dark I heard someone call my name, tuned round to see Steve S, so I was able to sit next to him for the evening. The coolest award (for me) was that Sufford Lewis was given the Big Heart Award, as a fellow Bujold fan and attendee of the listie curry on Thursday, I saw her while leaving the theatre and was able to give her my congratulations.

Then back to the hostel, to try to determine what to do re loss of passport. Spoke to a police officer who recommended reporting the loss via www.denvergov.org/911. However on returning to my room, I found a note attached that said "call this number re the missing passport." with a local phone number. Which sounded like good news, and so to bed.

Saturday

Aug. 11th, 2008 11:28 am
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Up at 6:40 actually slept all night. Got downtown to discover my favoured eating place didn't open til 8am on the weekend, and most of the other shops and eating places weren't open (even Subway didn't open til 7:30. The free bus service also seems less frequent.

Dropped in on the Friends of Liad breakfast at the CCC, said hi to [livejournal.com profile] nbarber and [livejournal.com profile] growlycub but no spare places. So I then went looking for the CCC Lost & Found. There was a black bag found, which got my hopes up, but when I got to the security office it wasn't mine. Since it was after 8am I walked off to my regular haunt (Corner Cafe Bakery) and had a "Berry Almond Swiss" and coffee. This was quality museli with extra fresh fruit, thick dairy product (might have been cream and yogurt) in a very large bowl. Very filling. Uploaded one days notes, but I'm still at least a day behind.

Not having a program book made planning my day a bit difficult (until I realised I had a copy on my Palm!) Anyway I did catch the 10:00 panel on "The Future of Libraries" which rambled at bit. I left before it finished as I knew the next panel would be crowded, Lois Bujold reading from her new Vorkosigan novel.

It was for some reason, in a normal sized room and was crowded out, with standing room only, before Lois had even arrived. I was lucky as [livejournal.com profile] growlycub had saved me a space on the front row! Lois read 2 of the 4 chapters she has written so far. Material her publisher Toni W only got to hear with us. Set on a new planet with at least one new viewpoint character it sounds really interesting, how we will cope having to wait over a year for completion is another matter.

I stopped off or lunch at the Corner Bakery Cafe for a Bacon Lettace and Tomato sandwich for lunch, and saw Pat Wrede and Jo Walton ([livejournal.com profile] papersky) having lunch there too.

I then went to the Sheraton Hotel to report the loss of my bag (and passport) to the convention's Lost and Found, it was not easy to find as it was up an unlabled staircase, down a couple of corridors. I left my details including the hostel phone number. Interestingly of the 4 fans in the room only one wan't from the UK!

I rushed back to the CCC for "A Bryant of Books" missed the first few minutes, so don't know if James explained that the term came form the Bujold mailing list or not. (later discussion indicated he did). However the talk continued about types of collecting, rather than numbers (the original sub title).

"Choosing Religion as a setting for a Novel" with Lois Bujold, Louise Marley, PC Hodgell, Sharon Shinn and Steve M Stirling, was also well attended and has some pretty god good discussion.

I then mosied over to the main hall where "Star Trek: Phase II 'Blood and Fire' " was supposed to start at 5:30, but BSG Razor over ran so it didn't start until nearly twenty minues later, and as this was a 2 part story didn't finish until 7:35 It was a really good story, and even without all the special effects and music queues it was enjoyable. I look forward to be able to watch it on the web (http://www.startreknewvoyages.com) later this year.

The Hugo ceremony was due to start at 7:30 so the lights had gone down by the time I'd arrived, but none of the awards had been announced yet. As I was stumbling through the dark I heard someone call my name, tuned round to see Steve S, so I was able to sit next to him for the evening. The coolest award (for me) was that Sufford Lewis was given the Big Heart Award, as a fellow Bujold fan and attendee of the listie curry on Thursday, I saw her while leaving the theatre and was able to give her my congratulations.

Then back to the hostel, to try to determine what to do re loss of passport. Spoke to a police officer who recommended reporting the loss via www.denvergov.org/911. However on returning to my room, I found a note attached that said "call this number re the missing passport." with a local phone number. Which sounded like good news, and so to bed.
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So I woke up late this morning 7am! and got to the favoured Corner Bakery Cafe at 1147 16th St. later than I wanted. Had a regular coffee with Baked French Toast, which came with fruit salad and 3 strips of bacon, one of which was crispy, but the other two were nearly as floppy as I asked. This is one of the divides between the US and the UK. Those on this side of the pond think that if you can't snap the bacon in two it's under done, whereas we on the other side of the pond prefer to be able to taste the texture of the meat rather than eating wood chips!

Anyway I spent an hour on my eeePc updating stuff and had to leave before I finished as it was nearing 9am and I wanted to sign up for a Kaffeeklatch. But I also needed provisions so went to Walgreens where I got half a dozen KrispyKreme donuts, some gum and a belated birthday card.

I got to the signup sheet at 9:10 only to discover that the one I wanted was fully signed up, and the queues had started at 7:30! Fortunately they was a reading at 10am with the same author Patricia C Wrede and when she arrived early there were fewer in the audience than on the signup sheet, so we got a chance to ask a few questions. Pat read from her new book "The 13th Child" out in April 2009 her first original novel in 11 years! She read selected highlights, rather than the first x chapters and it was really cool, I really wish I didn't have to wait eight months to read the whole novel. This will be the first part of a trilogy of stories set in this new world. She hopes to write a book each year.

After the reading I got a chance to chat, this was the first time I'd managed to meet Pat in person, despite corresponding via email for years. We walked back to the CCC together when we parted.

I had a few words with [livejournal.com profile] madrobin on my way to the dealers room, where I finally succumbed and bought 4 books from Larry Smith (he has a minimum $30 purchase requirement for Credit Card purchases) and given the no access to ATMs I need to conserve my cash.

At 1pm Lois gave her Guest of Honor Speech, it lasted about half an hour and was followed by 45 mins of Q&As, and fortunately her voice held out. Out in the foyer after Frank K, Franz T, [livejournal.com profile] growlycub, little egret and a couple of other listies clumped together for a few minutes before I split for Trailer Park, where trailers for forthcoming movies were shown, inc Bond, Harry Potter. This finished in less than an hour so I was able to update my offline blog,

Then Sufford moderated "The ages of a writer's life" a panel of Bob Silverberg, Connie willis, Lois Bujold and Larry Niven. After an hour the panel answered questions from the floor, though Bob a to leave early.

I met [livejournal.com profile] nlbarber after this and got a spare signed Analog from her, realised I'd left a bag of books in the previous panel room! Dashed back and found them, followed her to a panel ""After the day job goes" with Steve Miller ([livejournal.com profile] kinzel), Robin Owens, Russel Davis and Colin Harvey. Found [livejournal.com profile] growlycub there too.

Afterwards we dashed to Arby's on 16th St for a meal, which we intended to take back to the CCC to eat there. But just as we started to leave a thunderstorm rolled in and it started to rain. So we ate in the shop (I'd put the meal on my card, and got cash back from the two ladies, eeking out my ca$h, Arby's was the only place that used chip and pin). I had a regular beef sandwich, curly fries, and a jamocha shake.

By the time we had finished it had stopped raining and we got back to the CCC just before the Masquerade started. When it finished I discovered my shoulder bag containing my passport amoungst other things was missing. Some time between 5:30 and 9:30 I mislaid it! I left at once to check at Arby's, with no luck, then back to the hostel, where I was able to get a photo copy of my passport just in case. Further blog entries were added, but without the pocket program there may be timing and titling errors. (I later realised I had an electronic copy in my Palm, but I wasn't really thinking straight by then. Bed 11:20pm
mbernardi: (Default)
So I woke up late this morning 7am! and got to the favoured Corner Bakery Cafe at 1147 16th St. later than I wanted. Had a regular coffee with Baked French Toast, which came with fruit salad and 3 strips of bacon, one of which was crispy, but the other two were nearly as floppy as I asked. This is one of the divides between the US and the UK. Those on this side of the pond think that if you can't snap the bacon in two it's under done, whereas we on the other side of the pond prefer to be able to taste the texture of the meat rather than eating wood chips!

Anyway I spent an hour on my eeePc updating stuff and had to leave before I finished as it was nearing 9am and I wanted to sign up for a Kaffeeklatch. But I also needed provisions so went to Walgreens where I got half a dozen KrispyKreme donuts, some gum and a belated birthday card.

I got to the signup sheet at 9:10 only to discover that the one I wanted was fully signed up, and the queues had started at 7:30! Fortunately they was a reading at 10am with the same author Patricia C Wrede and when she arrived early there were fewer in the audience than on the signup sheet, so we got a chance to ask a few questions. Pat read from her new book "The 13th Child" out in April 2009 her first original novel in 11 years! She read selected highlights, rather than the first x chapters and it was really cool, I really wish I didn't have to wait eight months to read the whole novel. This will be the first part of a trilogy of stories set in this new world. She hopes to write a book each year.

After the reading I got a chance to chat, this was the first time I'd managed to meet Pat in person, despite corresponding via email for years. We walked back to the CCC together when we parted.

I had a few words with [livejournal.com profile] madrobin on my way to the dealers room, where I finally succumbed and bought 4 books from Larry Smith (he has a minimum $30 purchase requirement for Credit Card purchases) and given the no access to ATMs I need to conserve my cash.

At 1pm Lois gave her Guest of Honor Speech, it lasted about half an hour and was followed by 45 mins of Q&As, and fortunately her voice held out. Out in the foyer after Frank K, Franz T, [livejournal.com profile] growlycub, little egret and a couple of other listies clumped together for a few minutes before I split for Trailer Park, where trailers for forthcoming movies were shown, inc Bond, Harry Potter. This finished in less than an hour so I was able to update my offline blog,

Then Sufford moderated "The ages of a writer's life" a panel of Bob Silverberg, Connie willis, Lois Bujold and Larry Niven. After an hour the panel answered questions from the floor, though Bob a to leave early.

I met [livejournal.com profile] nlbarber after this and got a spare signed Analog from her, realised I'd left a bag of books in the previous panel room! Dashed back and found them, followed her to a panel ""After the day job goes" with Steve Miller ([livejournal.com profile] kinzel), Robin Owens, Russel Davis and Colin Harvey. Found [livejournal.com profile] growlycub there too.

Afterwards we dashed to Arby's on 16th St for a meal, which we intended to take back to the CCC to eat there. But just as we started to leave a thunderstorm rolled in and it started to rain. So we ate in the shop (I'd put the meal on my card, and got cash back from the two ladies, eeking out my ca$h, Arby's was the only place that used chip and pin). I had a regular beef sandwich, curly fries, and a jamocha shake.

By the time we had finished it had stopped raining and we got back to the CCC just before the Masquerade started. When it finished I discovered my shoulder bag containing my passport amoungst other things was missing. Some time between 5:30 and 9:30 I mislaid it! I left at once to check at Arby's, with no luck, then back to the hostel, where I was able to get a photo copy of my passport just in case. Further blog entries were added, but without the pocket program there may be timing and titling errors. (I later realised I had an electronic copy in my Palm, but I wasn't really thinking straight by then. Bed 11:20pm
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Woke up at 5, couldn't get back to sleet so got up at 6:30, walked to 16 St. Mall caught free bus to Arapahoe Street and back at the original Corner Bakery Cafe, 1147 16th St. (with many power points). Only had an apple and coffee, as breakfast is with Lois McMaster Bujold! when I went to pay I discovered my leather money bag, containing my change had disappeared, sometime between 5pm and 7am.

Anyway plugged eeePC in, connected to Wifi and checked email and added LJ user links to yesterday's upload (Tuesday). Spent an hour writing updates then left for the Hyatt for breakfast with Lois and daughter,

[personal profile] nlbarber , Megaera, Mary D, and [personal profile] filkferengi , who arrived last despite having a Hyatt room, though just before the 9am original meeting time, outside the Altitude Restarant at 650 15th St.

Most of the table choose the buffet, but Meg and I had pancakes which were pretty good, but not as good as those from IHOP! After an hour of chat and eating we dispersed, but before that Lois handed out signed copies of the original Analog magazine that contained the first part of Falling Free.

I returned to the Crowne Plaza to see if my money bag had been handed in, to no avail, then to the CCC where I continued to update my conrep.

later.... went to panel "How do ebooks change writing" James B was there and I gave him the signed Analog from Lois. Then followed this with the unaired "Heroes" pilot. The biggest change being the loss of the Molly thread and instead having a nuclear terrorist threat instead.

I then went up to 16th St Mall and has an Arby's beef sandwich for lunch, before rushing back to the Hyatt for a

[personal profile] rolanni  & [personal profile] kinzel  reading, which didn't happen, where expected. Apparently it moved to a larger location but there were no signs at the original site or in the newsletter, so I missed it.

 At 4pm Lois was reading from The Sharing Knife: Horizon, the 4th book in the series, due out in Feb 09. The Golden Compass (the movie) was playing next door, and at the start it was a bit difficult to hear, especially as Lois' voice was not at it's best. But the sound system was tweaked and the film reached a quieter level after a while. Lois started with a few Q&As to allow stragglers to arrive. She read sections from the first three chapters, (she missed out Whit & Berry getting married), but we did see the end of the party afterwards. and we ended with Dag's troop meeting a new Maker. There were a few points where the whole room laughed at a scene, or comment, the worst thing was knowing we can't find out what happens next until next year! Lois finished off with some more Q&As. Most were about the Wide Green World series (that Horizon is part of) but the most Frequently Asked Question was posed "Will Ivan get his own book?" to which the answer "maybe" was not satisfying but...

By the time Lois had finished, it was nearly 5:30 and I had an appointment with Irene, outside the convention center by the blue bear we waited until nearly six and only one other person (Julian) had arrived so a pick-up call was made and Irene's Dad arrived to take us to his home.

The traditional James B sponsored Worldcon curry was held mostly outside and the first half dozen or so arrivals fell to chopping onions (and other ingredients. More people turned up, discussion occurred and drinks were drunk. Then James arrived to start the process of turning misc ingredients into excellent curry Most of us had seconds (some even had thirds) then we were called back for desert. Things started winding down around 11 and Sufford and I got a lift from a local listie, to our respective hotel/hostel. I was in bed by 11:30.

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Woke up at 5, couldn't get back to sleet so got up at 6:30, walked to 16 St. Mall caught free bus to Arapahoe Street and back at the original Corner Bakery Cafe, 1147 16th St. (with many power points). Only had an apple and coffee, as breakfast is with Lois McMaster Bujold! when I went to pay I discovered my leather money bag, containing my change had disappeared, sometime between 5pm and 7am.

Anyway plugged eeePC in, connected to Wifi and checked email and added LJ user links to yesterday's upload (Tuesday). Spent an hour writing updates then left for the Hyatt for breakfast with Lois and daughter,

[personal profile] nlbarber , Megaera, Mary D, and [personal profile] filkferengi , who arrived last despite having a Hyatt room, though just before the 9am original meeting time, outside the Altitude Restarant at 650 15th St.

Most of the table choose the buffet, but Meg and I had pancakes which were pretty good, but not as good as those from IHOP! After an hour of chat and eating we dispersed, but before that Lois handed out signed copies of the original Analog magazine that contained the first part of Falling Free.

I returned to the Crowne Plaza to see if my money bag had been handed in, to no avail, then to the CCC where I continued to update my conrep.

later.... went to panel "How do ebooks change writing" James B was there and I gave him the signed Analog from Lois. Then followed this with the unaired "Heroes" pilot. The biggest change being the loss of the Molly thread and instead having a nuclear terrorist threat instead.

I then went up to 16th St Mall and has an Arby's beef sandwich for lunch, before rushing back to the Hyatt for a

[personal profile] rolanni  & [personal profile] kinzel  reading, which didn't happen, where expected. Apparently it moved to a larger location but there were no signs at the original site or in the newsletter, so I missed it.

 At 4pm Lois was reading from The Sharing Knife: Horizon, the 4th book in the series, due out in Feb 09. The Golden Compass (the movie) was playing next door, and at the start it was a bit difficult to hear, especially as Lois' voice was not at it's best. But the sound system was tweaked and the film reached a quieter level after a while. Lois started with a few Q&As to allow stragglers to arrive. She read sections from the first three chapters, (she missed out Whit & Berry getting married), but we did see the end of the party afterwards. and we ended with Dag's troop meeting a new Maker. There were a few points where the whole room laughed at a scene, or comment, the worst thing was knowing we can't find out what happens next until next year! Lois finished off with some more Q&As. Most were about the Wide Green World series (that Horizon is part of) but the most Frequently Asked Question was posed "Will Ivan get his own book?" to which the answer "maybe" was not satisfying but...

By the time Lois had finished, it was nearly 5:30 and I had an appointment with Irene, outside the convention center by the blue bear we waited until nearly six and only one other person (Julian) had arrived so a pick-up call was made and Irene's Dad arrived to take us to his home.

The traditional James B sponsored Worldcon curry was held mostly outside and the first half dozen or so arrivals fell to chopping onions (and other ingredients. More people turned up, discussion occurred and drinks were drunk. Then James arrived to start the process of turning misc ingredients into excellent curry Most of us had seconds (some even had thirds) then we were called back for desert. Things started winding down around 11 and Sufford and I got a lift from a local listie, to our respective hotel/hostel. I was in bed by 11:30.

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Once again I'm using WiFi at the Corner Bakery Cafe, but a different building. Found a table with power so the batteries won't run out! I've uploaded the last two days to LJ, but will leave today until tomorrow!

Dispite the lower temperature during the night I woke at 3am and didn't get back to sleep until after 4am, then I woke up at 6:30, and got up.

Only a few LJ entries, read outside the hostel! (no connectivityin the room). So got to breakfast by 7:15 had an Anaheim Scrambler and coffee, and spent nearly an hour on my eeePC.

My right ring finger has swollen up overnight and I'm starting to get worried. Got to CCC and did some exploring, met Ruth B again while looking at the Rockies from the Exhibit Hall D foyer. This floor is where the dealers and art show are hosted. After ten my finger was swelling and turning purple and I decided I had to do somthing. First I went to the con info desk, they suggested the CCC info desk and the lady there called their in-house paramedic who arrived on a vehical, the front half of which was a wheel chair and the back half was a bicycle! He phoned around trying to track down a ring cutter. Eventually he took me to the other end of the building, and the fire station next door, where they used a tiny cutting wheel to slice the back of my ring and a leatherman to bend the parts back so the ring could be removed.

Dispite my misgiving that I'd miss half the day's events the episode only took an half hour from beginning to end. If it hadn't ben done then, who knows how things would have progessed. It all happened so quickly that I was able to get to the first program item, "Writers as Readers" with Lois McMaster Bujold, George RR Martin and Connie Willis in plenty of time (and I've now got a unique con anecote! and a reminder of Denver!

I've noticed that my long distance vision is not very good, dispite recent new glases. I couldn't read the name tags from near the middle of the hall. sat behind [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi and Suford L and Franz joined us. After the panel [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi and I went over to say hi to Lois. I was a bit suprised when she gave me a hug and then we sat down for a chat for over an hour, then toured the dealers room, Lois stopping to sign stuff when asked. One of the requests was from Farah M, who I knew from UK fandom.

After Lois left for a panel I continued around the dealers room buying the latest Bujold hardcover from NESFA (out this weekend!) I then went for a look around the Art Show. Some very cool stuff including a head shot of Lois McMaster Bujold in the style of Futurerama!

I then went looking for next year's worldcon, and signed up for Anticipation in Montreal next August. This meant I was a bit late for the "Age and Wisdon: The Older Protagonist in SF" panel with Elizabeth Moon, Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg and Lois, (m) Margaret Bonham. I left after an hour as i was feeling peckish. Unfortunatly when I got outside it was raining, so I turned back and bought a CCC muffin for $3.50! Anyway the long walk from one end of the CCC to the other meant I missed the first 10 minutes of the opening ceremony, Including Lois' introduction <snif> and that there was standing room only! It finished by 6 without much fanfair, and morphed into the Summerfair on Barrayar party, with quizes, dancing, music and good conversation.

Got a hug from[info]persis and photos of Wee Talis with instruction to pass one on to Big Talis (though hight wise they are now on a par!) Met James B again, we really need to get to meet in England sometime, meeting in the Americas at worldcon just seems wrong. Lois also introduced me to her daughter and to Lillian Stuart Carl again. Also chatted to Molly B who created banners for the worlds Lois had crated in the Nexus, and to Irene who's hosting Thursday's Listie curry. There were nearly a dozen listies chatting when we were turfed out of the room, and[info]nlbarber and[info]growlycub and I braved the continuing rain for the Crown Plaza and sat in the bar for a bit, checked to see if it was still raining (it was) and retired to [info]nlbarber's room, where I contacted my bank on-line to see if they could sort out my inabilty to get cash. Left [info]nlbarber to crash around 10 an I started to wander back to the hostel.

Still feeling peckish (despite nibles during Summefair) I went looking for fast food, only to discover everything seemed to close at 10pm, and since it was by then 10:05 I wasout of luck. But since I was passing the Sheraton, where the srmpublishing party was, I decided to pop up to the 22nd party floor, get a few nibbles and say hi to[info]kinzel &[info]rolanni  (check LJ names) also to get out of the rain! Then back to the hostel, damp but not drenched, did some conrep updates and then to bed 11:30ish.

 

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Once again I'm using WiFi at the Corner Bakery Cafe, but a different building. Found a table with power so the batteries won't run out! I've uploaded the last two days to LJ, but will leave today until tomorrow!

Dispite the lower temperature during the night I woke at 3am and didn't get back to sleep until after 4am, then I woke up at 6:30, and got up.

Only a few LJ entries, read outside the hostel! (no connectivityin the room). So got to breakfast by 7:15 had an Anaheim Scrambler and coffee, and spent nearly an hour on my eeePC.

My right ring finger has swollen up overnight and I'm starting to get worried. Got to CCC and did some exploring, met Ruth B again while looking at the Rockies from the Exhibit Hall D foyer. This floor is where the dealers and art show are hosted. After ten my finger was swelling and turning purple and I decided I had to do somthing. First I went to the con info desk, they suggested the CCC info desk and the lady there called their in-house paramedic who arrived on a vehical, the front half of which was a wheel chair and the back half was a bicycle! He phoned around trying to track down a ring cutter. Eventually he took me to the other end of the building, and the fire station next door, where they used a tiny cutting wheel to slice the back of my ring and a leatherman to bend the parts back so the ring could be removed.

Dispite my misgiving that I'd miss half the day's events the episode only took an half hour from beginning to end. If it hadn't ben done then, who knows how things would have progessed. It all happened so quickly that I was able to get to the first program item, "Writers as Readers" with Lois McMaster Bujold, George RR Martin and Connie Willis in plenty of time (and I've now got a unique con anecote! and a reminder of Denver!

I've noticed that my long distance vision is not very good, dispite recent new glases. I couldn't read the name tags from near the middle of the hall. sat behind [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi and Suford L and Franz joined us. After the panel [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi and I went over to say hi to Lois. I was a bit suprised when she gave me a hug and then we sat down for a chat for over an hour, then toured the dealers room, Lois stopping to sign stuff when asked. One of the requests was from Farah M, who I knew from UK fandom.

After Lois left for a panel I continued around the dealers room buying the latest Bujold hardcover from NESFA (out this weekend!) I then went for a look around the Art Show. Some very cool stuff including a head shot of Lois McMaster Bujold in the style of Futurerama!

I then went looking for next year's worldcon, and signed up for Anticipation in Montreal next August. This meant I was a bit late for the "Age and Wisdon: The Older Protagonist in SF" panel with Elizabeth Moon, Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg and Lois, (m) Margaret Bonham. I left after an hour as i was feeling peckish. Unfortunatly when I got outside it was raining, so I turned back and bought a CCC muffin for $3.50! Anyway the long walk from one end of the CCC to the other meant I missed the first 10 minutes of the opening ceremony, Including Lois' introduction <snif> and that there was standing room only! It finished by 6 without much fanfair, and morphed into the Summerfair on Barrayar party, with quizes, dancing, music and good conversation.

Got a hug from[info]persis and photos of Wee Talis with instruction to pass one on to Big Talis (though hight wise they are now on a par!) Met James B again, we really need to get to meet in England sometime, meeting in the Americas at worldcon just seems wrong. Lois also introduced me to her daughter and to Lillian Stuart Carl again. Also chatted to Molly B who created banners for the worlds Lois had crated in the Nexus, and to Irene who's hosting Thursday's Listie curry. There were nearly a dozen listies chatting when we were turfed out of the room, and[info]nlbarber and[info]growlycub and I braved the continuing rain for the Crown Plaza and sat in the bar for a bit, checked to see if it was still raining (it was) and retired to [info]nlbarber's room, where I contacted my bank on-line to see if they could sort out my inabilty to get cash. Left [info]nlbarber to crash around 10 an I started to wander back to the hostel.

Still feeling peckish (despite nibles during Summefair) I went looking for fast food, only to discover everything seemed to close at 10pm, and since it was by then 10:05 I wasout of luck. But since I was passing the Sheraton, where the srmpublishing party was, I decided to pop up to the 22nd party floor, get a few nibbles and say hi to[info]kinzel &[info]rolanni  (check LJ names) also to get out of the rain! Then back to the hostel, damp but not drenched, did some conrep updates and then to bed 11:30ish.

 

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It was very warm during the night, with no air con and I didn't sleep particularly well, in my upper bunk bed! So I climbed out sorted my clothes, brushed my teeth and left by 8:00 then I spent over half an hour using my Palm outside to catch up on LJ!. The hostel has free wifi.

The Hostel is less than 15 minutes walk from the convention center, but first I decided to walk down the mostly pedestrianised 16th Street, which is a major shopping area. I was looking for somewhere to get breakfast, but I was also able to buy some postcards. I finally settled on the Corner Bakery Cafe with free WiFi so I was able to check email and eat spicy scrambled eggs with crispy bacon, toast and unlimited coffee. The bacon was a bit crispy even though I asked for it to be less well done! As I was leaving I discovered a table with multiple power sockets, so if I return I know where to sit so as not to run down my batteries.

I appear to be suffering from clutzitis as I managed to to trip over while on my walk, a good samaritan helped my up. No blood was spilt. Later at the CCC I managed to bang my left ring finger against the wall and it's still hurts over an hour later.

After breakfast I caught the free Mall bus to the closest intersection to the CCC (they travel up and down 16th Street) they are hybrids and go past every few minutes. Walked to the CCC and got the registration pack from pre-reg in hall D. For the last few hours I've been charging my Palm TX and eeePC, reading the program and checking off what I want to see (everything Lois is on natch) and cursing when there are conflicts! The last half hour or so I've been drafting my report to upload to LJ. I don't know if I'll be able to be as verbose over the next week or not, but it's a lot easier to do so using my eeePC then when I tried to do the same thing last year using my Palm TX. In the convention bag (brown paper from the Tattered Cover Book Store) apart from the normal Program book, badge, pocket program was a rather cool Fan Hydration Device, I just wish that I hadn't just bought a bottle of water to act in this role earlier in the morning!

Added later: I continued to read the two programme books until 3ish when i started to feel peckish. On the way out I spotted [personal profile] filkferengi and spouse so stopped to chat. With them was [profile] growlycub and after a while she and I went looking for food. Originally we wanted Chick-Fillet but the food court closed at 3:30pm (later found CF didn't open til 10:30!) So then we found a Taco Bell/ Pizza Express. She had mexican I had pizza, though they took so long to get my order it really wasn't fast food! When it arrived it was pretty good and the breadsticks very large.

We then emerged and took the free Mall bus to Union Station (end of the line) as the Tattered Cover Book Store was opposite, a nice olde fashioned building with a wide selection of books EXCEPT for the romances ones [profile] growlycub was looking for (I've got more romance novels on my shelves!) So another bus back again and walked to the CCC where we parted. I stayed in the CCC completing my reading of the program book until nearly eight when I decided to return to the hostel. On the way I had a meatball sub, visited Barnes and Nobel (a much wider romance selection) and tried to get money out of an ATM but failed. I intend to visit the bank in the morning. Anyway did a final LJ check and bed 9:15. The internal temperature was actually quite cool, and I nearly needed my sheet to cover me!
mbernardi: (Avatar portraight)
It was very warm during the night, with no air con and I didn't sleep particularly well, in my upper bunk bed! So I climbed out sorted my clothes, brushed my teeth and left by 8:00 then I spent over half an hour using my Palm outside to catch up on LJ!. The hostel has free wifi.

The Hostel is less than 15 minutes walk from the convention center, but first I decided to walk down the mostly pedestrianised 16th Street, which is a major shopping area. I was looking for somewhere to get breakfast, but I was also able to buy some postcards. I finally settled on the Corner Bakery Cafe with free WiFi so I was able to check email and eat spicy scrambled eggs with crispy bacon, toast and unlimited coffee. The bacon was a bit crispy even though I asked for it to be less well done! As I was leaving I discovered a table with multiple power sockets, so if I return I know where to sit so as not to run down my batteries.

I appear to be suffering from clutzitis as I managed to to trip over while on my walk, a good samaritan helped my up. No blood was spilt. Later at the CCC I managed to bang my left ring finger against the wall and it's still hurts over an hour later.

After breakfast I caught the free Mall bus to the closest intersection to the CCC (they travel up and down 16th Street) they are hybrids and go past every few minutes. Walked to the CCC and got the registration pack from pre-reg in hall D. For the last few hours I've been charging my Palm TX and eeePC, reading the program and checking off what I want to see (everything Lois is on natch) and cursing when there are conflicts! The last half hour or so I've been drafting my report to upload to LJ. I don't know if I'll be able to be as verbose over the next week or not, but it's a lot easier to do so using my eeePC then when I tried to do the same thing last year using my Palm TX. In the convention bag (brown paper from the Tattered Cover Book Store) apart from the normal Program book, badge, pocket program was a rather cool Fan Hydration Device, I just wish that I hadn't just bought a bottle of water to act in this role earlier in the morning!

Added later: I continued to read the two programme books until 3ish when i started to feel peckish. On the way out I spotted [personal profile] filkferengi and spouse so stopped to chat. With them was [profile] growlycub and after a while she and I went looking for food. Originally we wanted Chick-Fillet but the food court closed at 3:30pm (later found CF didn't open til 10:30!) So then we found a Taco Bell/ Pizza Express. She had mexican I had pizza, though they took so long to get my order it really wasn't fast food! When it arrived it was pretty good and the breadsticks very large.

We then emerged and took the free Mall bus to Union Station (end of the line) as the Tattered Cover Book Store was opposite, a nice olde fashioned building with a wide selection of books EXCEPT for the romances ones [profile] growlycub was looking for (I've got more romance novels on my shelves!) So another bus back again and walked to the CCC where we parted. I stayed in the CCC completing my reading of the program book until nearly eight when I decided to return to the hostel. On the way I had a meatball sub, visited Barnes and Nobel (a much wider romance selection) and tried to get money out of an ATM but failed. I intend to visit the bank in the morning. Anyway did a final LJ check and bed 9:15. The internal temperature was actually quite cool, and I nearly needed my sheet to cover me!

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