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Chaz Boston Baden, who has shaved his chin, but not his sideburns or moustache.Pictures posted on website:
Anime Los Angeles 8 part 20: Tuesday and Wednesday (03-05-Jan-2012) et seq.
Anime Los Angeles 8 part 37: Publications Wrap-up (21-Jan-2012)
Anime Los Angeles 8 part 38: Wrap-up Meeting (28-Jan-2012) et seq.
Miscellaneous: Dead battery (15-Jan-2012) e
Miscellaneous: Z-Wing, Four and Twenty (21-Jan-2012)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 460: Coral Cafe (19/20-Jan-2012)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 461: Coral Cafe (02-Feb-2012)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 462: Auction, Coral Cafe (09-Feb-2012)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 463: Coral Cafe (23-Feb-2012)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 464: Auction, Coral Cafe (22-Mar-2012)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 465: Coral Cafe (29-Mar-2012) et seq.
SoCal AMCC Cosplay Picnic at Mile Square Park (22-Jan-2012) Part 1 et seq.
Corona Cosplay Picnic at Promenade Park (09-Feb-2012) Part 1 et seq.
Temecula and Pechanga Casino (12-Feb-2012)
Gallifrey 2012 part 1: Thursday Night (16-Feb-2012) et seq.
ConDor 19 part 1: Friday (02-Mar-2012) et seq.
Beth visits California (05-Mar-2012)
Japan. Endless Discovery. at The Grove (10-Mar-2012)
SoCal AMCC Picnic 12 at Mile Square Park (11-Mar-2012)
Sarah, Alannah and the Canadians (15-Mar-2012)
Anime Conji 3 part 1: Friday (16-Mar-2012) et seq.
Cosplay Picnic in Lancaster (24-Mar-2012)
Food trucks at YLHS (29-Mar-2012)
Party at Lindsay and Myion's place (31-Mar-2012)
Chaz's Steampunk Beard (01-Apr-2012)
Costume Camp part 1: Friday Evening (13-Apr-2012) et seq.
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Tiffany (Neo_Serenity) and Arianna Unciano study the menus. Photos online. And most of them have captions. Help me fill in the gaps!
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 354: Coral Cafe (18-Jun-2009) et seq.
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 356: Coral Cafe (25-Jun-2009) et seq.
Irvine Cosplay Picnic at Mason Park (20-Jun-2009)
Anaheim Gardenwalk and the Anaheim Marriott (21-Jun-2009)
Napmobile and a fenderbender (21-Jun-2009)
Anime Los Angeles 6 meetings part 2: Exec Dinner/Meeting (26-Jun-2009) et seq.
Anime Los Angeles 6 meetings part 6: General Meeting (27-Jun-2009) et seq.
Moving Melissa (28-Jun-2009)
Victoria's Picture Gallery: Anime Expo 2009: Saturday (04-Jul-2009)
Melissa and the Fan Gallery cases (11-Jul-2009)
Anaheim Marriott Tour (16-Jul-2009)
La Verne Cosplay Picnic at Las Flores Park (18-Jul-2009)
The picture of [livejournal.com profile] neo_serenity is from the exec dinner.












Losing my camera at Anime Expo really rocked me back... )

Oh, there's more going on than just my emotional state, of course. I've taken more photos since Anime Expo, but the photos in the queue have been on hold because of other non-photo, non-blog reasons. Family health issues and household management issues, and if I can be discarding and shredding old papers any of that comes before puttering around on my website.

I've just spent a few nights (in my copious free time) captioning some of the backlog. I think I've got to stop taking so many group photos -- they slow me down so much in the captioning phase!

I've been putting a few inconsequential updates on my facebook. Nothing major, but I wanted to repeat here the bigger items that I've mentioned there.

The Potluck Party Room at Costume College was a big success, so we'll do it again at PMX... )

Between now and PMX: I'll be at Tiki Oasis this weekend (just for fun), Anime Vegas (in a convention center), and a small anime convention at CSU Northridge. So PMX is the next opportunity to do any kind of hospitality beyond giving away granola bars and candy at our table.

For [livejournal.com profile] loscon, I'm hosting a Confirmation: Westercon 63 party. "Poofy dresses (especially white ones), shirt and tie, or school uniform" will be the dress code. We're toying with the idea of using a "Confirmitzvah" theme, stay tuned for that.

Some small convention news... )

I mentioned last month that I've purchased a new camera. I haven't found the "sports" setting yet, but I've started playing with the High ISO option for available light shots. You can see I've started posting the first crop of photos from the new camera.

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David Ross and Allison Lonsdale. Oh, by the way, photos now online:
Buddy Todd Park, Oceanside (Feb/Mar-2009)
ConDor: Friday Evening (27-Feb-2009) et seq.
Photo of [livejournal.com profile] caprine is from Condor, natch.


ConDor Report part 2: Party time and scouting a park. (See also: part 1.)

Why go to a convention and throw a party? One could ask the opposite question, sort of: why would I go to a convention and not do something?

Some people near and dear to me go to conventions and dress up in costumes, or go to all the program items, or spend a great deal of time shopping. Me, my focus is generally either hosting a party or sitting at a table (or both).

I wanted to host a "Confirmation" party. [livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita was on board with the idea. (For those who just got here: The Westercon in 2010 will be in Pasadena, and has a name of "Confirmation." Christian's the chair.) I think the theme idea has possibilities - "Come to a Confirmation Party. Shirt and tie, poofy dresses, school uniforms, or come as you are" - but we need to have at least two or three people, preferably more, following the "dress code" for the party, or it's just a goofy guy inexplicably wearing a tie. But there definitely should be flyers for the party with some kind of art explaining the joke. While the chair's named Christian, and the convention's called Confirmation, it's not actually a Christian fandom convention...

And Christian was going to be at Potlatch. [livejournal.com profile] selinawoman wasn't coming, [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn was working, [livejournal.com profile] nitroace had rehearsals. Melissa and [livejournal.com profile] summoner_lenne9 couldn't get away -- it was only going to be me. My folks weren't even going to be there. And I didn't have any art for a party sign.

So, I decided I'd host a party, just to have one. A "Chaz party." Last year I celebrated Hazel's Picture Gallery's 10th (11th) birthday party at ConDor, and my room was already booked for the party block. I'd expected to have some kind of party in my room regardless.

What to serve? Well, a certain portion of my menu tends to be the same every time... )

I've got the cupcake pans ready to fill. Saturday afternoon I went back to my room and started on the cupcakes... )

I learned that from 3:00-4:00 pm, the smell of the baking lemon cupcakes was all over the pool deck area, and wafted into Registration every time the door was opened.

Snacks I served at the party: Little lemon cupcakes... )



Cooler and restock cubbies. Cups on top, various snacks and drinks where they can be reached, and a cardboard box for the empty bottles and cans. I brought one set of cubbies along. I opened the party at eight... )

I have a large variety of small stickers in my party kit, and thought the ''junk food'' ones would be appropriate. By the end of the night I'd used 79 stickers... )

I thanked them all for coming and told them they were welcome to stay but I was turning out the lights and going to sleep. So the party ended for the second time around 2:30 am.

Cheese and crackers in Loscon party. The Loscon party was right next door... )

Liz gets the ball rolling, ten years of Loscon chairs keep it going, and it's down to this? Hope things improve at [livejournal.com profile] baycon, which for California conventions is the big league as far as open parties are concerned.

The sign says ''Historic Loma Alta.'' You might assume that's the name of the park. Sunday I decided it would make more sense to hit the road before I was too tired, rather than wait a few hours and be absolutely exhausted. As it was, I needed a short nap by Carlsbad.

Then I pushed on to check out Buddy Todd Park in Oceanside... )

Next: A week in Indianapolis. Chaz sleeps in five different beds over a seven-day period...

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Christian B. McGuire looks at the books. Photos now online:
A day with Sarah (15/16-Feb-2009)
Old Homestead, New Bookcases (22-Feb-2009)
Barney's Beanery with Tadao (22-Feb-2009)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 337: Coral Cafe (26-Feb-2009) et seq.
The picture of [livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita with the books is from our late night at Coral Cafe.




Interlude: Two weeks between Gallifrey and ConDor.

Sarah, sleeping in. My parents brought back that very heavy wool blanket from China about two decades ago. Maybe two and a half. Picking up where we left off at the end of Galllifrey: [livejournal.com profile] summoner_lenne9 slept on our couch. (left) The plan was for her to go home Monday. When we got up it was still raining, and the Grapevine was closed. So we didn't want to send her on her way if she might not be able to make it over the hill.

Instead we took her to see a few of the sights... )

After our outing, we went to the house to learn whether the Grapevine was still closed. And to decide whether Sarah was going to take a bus, train, or if we'd drive her to Santa Clarita to take it from there, or some other combination of transportation options. An interesting development, though, was when we learned that the snow on the mountain meant that she couldn't get picked up at the Flying J in Lebec (Frazier Park exit). The roads up from there were too slushy and icy to risk.

So we had the option of waiting who-knows-how-many-days for the mountain roads to clear up; or figure out how to get her to Bakersfield... )

Three hours of driving, in stages, got me back home by early morning. My boss knew I'd be in late, as I'd texted him the night before. I actually got about seven hours of sleep before going to work, so it all worked out.

For the record, it should be clear that Lynn and I understood when we offered to host Sarah that there was an excellent chance that one or both of us would be getting up early, staying out late, or otherwise sacrificing a few hours of sleep somewhere along the line. It may have come as a surprise to her, but we knew it was a likelihood all the time.

We heard later that a number of people at the school were startled to see Sarah on Tuesday -- with the snow on the Grapevine, they weren't expecting she'd make it in.

The following weekend we took care of some business at our house and my parents'... )

Having dropped off a carload of boxed books, I now had room in the car to go pick up stuff. Lynn and I drove to [livejournal.com profile] lasfs to look for Animé Los Angeles materials that had been borrowed by Gallifrey, or had been delivered to the clubhouse after our convention.

I was expecting to find a bunch of our carts, such as Ala and Alexander. (The yellow one that belongs to the convention, and the beat-up purple one that belongs to me.) Cookie and Nessie (blue, green) are also still missing, as well as the light blue one that was going to be named after one of the Pac-Man ghosts. They weren't at the club. It's believed there aren't a lot of carts in the POD. Where are the other carts? (I still need to contact Pam and ask her what she knows...)

Tana Tharalson watches as Martin Young admires the new power strip. At my office, I have a four-foot long power strip, with 16 outlets on 2.5'' centers... )



Korinne Wilkening and Patrick Beckstead. Patrick Beckstead and his girlfriend "Patrick" (Korinne was wearing his sweatshirt with his name on it) were there, adorably sharing a milkshake. (right)

Darnell Coleman and his ''cousin'' Whisky (Warren Johnson). We noticed that Darnell Coleman and Whisky have surprisingly similar builds, facial structure, beards, et cetera. We hypothesized that they might be cousins. We dare not accuse them of being twins, because then they'd squabble over who got to be the Evil Twin. (left)

We should see if we can get them in matching flannel shirts, though...

Karl Lembke and Christian B. McGuire, sifting through the books. I brought that big box of books I mentioned. About the equivalent of six bankers boxes. I pulled some books out of the box, spread them on the table and let it be known that they were free for the taking. By the end of the frenzy, there was about one bankers box to take home. Here you see [livejournal.com profile] karl_lembke and Christian going through them at the end. (right)

There was even a mundane woman in the restaurant who stopped by on her way to the restrooms and picked a book or two to take.

I brought the few remaining books back home. The next day, I'd be going to ConDor, and there's a free book swap there that [livejournal.com profile] caprine oversees -- I'd put out the rest of them there.

Next: Party time at ConDor.

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