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Photos online: Costume College 2009 part 24: Post-mortem Meeting (30-Aug-2009) et seq.

The meeting has three canopies to keep the worst of the sun off. Sunday, I didn't have a picnic to go to, but the next best thing: a garden party, or rather, a Costume College committee meeting... )

Fran Wasielewski found a pattern she likes. I'd brought the box of vintage patterns, which I've mentioned before. Fran Wasielewski found a pattern she could use. (left)

I don't know who else took patterns, but the box seemed much lighter by the end of the day.

Melissa De Mello, Christian B. McGuire, Lynn Baden, Shawn Crosby. For myself, [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn and Christian, it was mostly a chance to spend an afternoon in a place cooler than home. [livejournal.com profile] ladymaxstarr is going to be Colleen's personal assistant ("Minion") and spent most of the meeting waiting for something to do. Christian and I hung back, in the shade of the house, listening to the meeting and reading. After the meeting we had a chance to visit with Shawn. (right)

Lynn Baden and Chaz Boston Baden, at Dinah's Restaurant. At dinner afterwards, [livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita had a box full of things he was giving away. I took some "Hello Kitty" plates, to add to the party kit, and a few anime DVDs, not shown. (left)

Shawn and Colleen stayed home after the meeting, instead of joining us for dinner. Next time I think we should offer to drive them to and from the restaurant rather than leaving them home, where the only options for supper are potato chips and junk food because anything else would involve cooking.

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Michael Contos and Theresa Contos, with their hand-painted tiki coolers. Michael and Theresa Contos found these tiki coolers, and he used colorful model paints to decorate them festively. Michael remembered us from AniZona earlier this year. (right)

Someone, somebody, and someone else. Thee Swank Bastards. People were ready to start partying again Saturday afternoon... )

The Devil-ettes. Saturday evening, down on the lawn, the Devil-ettes were dancing on stage... )

Saturday night was the last night to party. A number of rooms were open for "after parties" meaning after the music and burlesque show is over for the night. So they opened at 10:00 pm or so. (In sci-fi or anime convention terms, think "after the masquerade.")

Rebecca Cate, Martin Cate. At the Smuggler's Cove party I met Rebecca Cate and Martin Cate... )

Kari Hendler (''Tangaroa-Ru'') and the Mai Tai Jell-O she's created. Tangaroa-Ru had a party, on the ground floor, that I'd wanted to check out, and I'm glad I did -- she was serving up Mai Tai Jell-O... )

Tana the Tattooed Lady. ''It's okay, I'm a mermaid.'' ''It's okay, I'm a mermaid'' (and other elevator snapshots)... )

The newly-built ballrooms at the Crowne Plaza. They haven't finished getting the access ramp ready, so if you're on wheels you'll need to go around to the other side. They also haven't added any new tiki decorations. On Sunday, I took a look at the newly-built ballrooms at the Crowne Plaza. They haven't finished getting the access ramp ready, so if you're on wheels you'll need to go around to the other side. They also haven't added any new tiki decorations. (left)

Dixie Von Trixie at the ''Wear It Again Sam'' booth. Wear It Again Sam is a San Diego store in Hillcrest. Dixie Von Trixie was in the indoor dealers room with the "Wear it Again Sam" booth. (right)

King Kukulele. King Kukulele was on the phone, and had swapped shirts with Otto. Kukulele is the convention's toastmaster. "Otto Von Stroheim" is the chair of the whole convention. (left)

Interviewer, Otto Von Stroheim, and photographer. Framed by the tiki fence. Otto had Kukulele's shirt, because he wanted to look sharp for an interview. I didn't catch the name of the photographer or the interviewer. (right)

And shortly after that I ran out of battery juice. Rather than fish a fresh set of out my luggage, we opted to head for home.

Next: preview of our Guests of Honor and a picnic in the park.

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Sarah Goldberg and Carissa. Photos online:
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 357: Coral Cafe (23-Jul-2009) et seq. New 13-Aug-2009
Pool Party at the Tower (26-Jul-2009) New 13-Aug-2009
Lunch with Sarah and Carissa at In-N-Out (27-Jul-2009) New 13-Aug-2009
Costume College 2009 part 1: Posters on Tuesday (28-Jul-2009) New 13-Aug-2009
Dinner with Maria (29-Jul-2009) New 13-Aug-2009
The photo of [livejournal.com profile] summoner_lenne9 and Carissa was taken when they were on their way home from San Diego Comic-Con.

Trying to get caught up before I leave for another convention: Tiki Oasis!

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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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Attending Costume College? I'm planning to rent a room near the Costume Exhibit, and open it up from about 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday/Saturday/Sunday. You'd be able to stop by and get a snack, perhaps a sandwich to go between classes.

I'm thinking it would be like an all-weekend potluck party. Maybe call it the Peanut Butter and Potluck Room? Perhaps you've got something you'd like to contribute to help feed your fellow costumers?

It's an idea. The convention is 10 days away, so we have a little time to thrash this out...
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People sitting front of the snacks in our Peanut Butter and Jelly Oasis. In August I went to Costume College, we tried running a Peanut Butter and Jelly Oasis. See my write-up to read more about it and learn why the Costume Exhibit should be moved to rooms 120/122. In these two photos you can see most of the food and a goodly number of fans enjoying the hospitality.

Lots of people in the room. Costume College could use a place for people to grab a snack or stop and catch their breath mid-day. I've heard back that they're not interested in having their hospitality open by day, although they'd have no objections if [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles wanted to do this again. I think that means that we wouldn't get volunteer hours credit for running it.

A week later I organized a potluck cosplay picnic at Mason Regional Park, near U.C. Irvine. (more...) )

[livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita has joked that we should chuck this convention-running habit of ours and just organize potluck picnics. Days like that make me think there's a kernel of worth in the jest... And with running it on a potluck basis, it means there will be a lot of variety. People come through with what they can contribute. The trick is just to make sure that the minimum picnic fare is covered.

Current events: We went to Autumn Dream 1 last weekend. Ani-Magic is dead, having run 2000-2007. The new event is completely different, although a significant number of the staff are the same and there's still an ever-smaller number of regular attendees who keep coming back. I'll have more thoughts about that later, as well as my reports on Tiki Oasis, Anime Vegas and other recent adventures.

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Grouse, grouse, grouse.

Last year, I was the volunteer at Costume College that put in the most hours. That got me a free membership to this year's convention -- limited classes and all... )

Where am I going with this? One of the cardinal rules of complaints is to have a clear idea of what would satisfy you. I guess I'm looking for an apology from my FOAF, and other than that I'm just bitching out loud to my friends and acquaintances, beating myself up over lost opportunities, and wondering about my chances. And if we do get one and decide to give it away, we'll be a lot clearer about what's going on. Maybe do it like a scholarship grant thing, where candidates tell us why they should be the one to get it.

I did get a very nice spiff this year, though: the President's Award. Given at the whim of the CGW President, for service to Costumers Guild West in the previous year. Apparently Annie said some nice things about me at Opening Ceremonies. (I didn't go, nobody told me it would be a good idea for me to show up.)

I'm a little bemused by it, because as near as I can tell my entire service to the Guild for the period from 2007-08-01 to 2008-07-31 was during Costume College last year. I sat in the Costume Exhibit, took pictures at the two dress-up events, and printed them out to give them away. So figure three days of service, followed by 11 months, three and half weeks of nothing. That's really not much. I'm not one of the people holding the organization together, or making sure all the stuff gets to and from the convention on time -- I'm not like Bruce Pelz or Filthy Pierre or Gary Anderson, King of the Ooks. (Oh, those Ooks. Someone asked why their ribbon wasn't brighter or more colorful, they're brown/gold, and we explained that would be missing the point. The framing timbers for your house don't need to be colorful, the Simplicity patterns you buy are printed on plain flimsy paper, the dirt you grow your flowers in isn't very pretty. The Ooks get things done, and who cares what the ribbons look like.)

EDIT: And I also brought the soft drinks over for one of the CGW parties. So call it three days plus two more hours.

Anyhow, they gave me the certificate, which included a $20 gift certificate to spend in the Marketplace. I put it towards a nice jacket for Lynn. Thank you, Annie!

I didn't bring the color laser printer this time, because I'd packed the car full of materials for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Room. As it turns out, even if I'd brought it, I didn't have enough spoons to feed everyone and then take everyone's picture Saturday night too.
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This was the year for Costume College's ribbons – they ordered a bunch of official ribbons, including a bunch of stock titles from pcnametag.com. I think next year, if none of my suggestions for the Costume Exhibit are likely to be taken up, that we should print up some sort of ribbon to give to everyone who does manage to stumble onto the exhibit. Any suggestions?

I could try to get Maegen Hensley's ear, she's next year's Costume College Dean. Hmmm...
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Well, I think our daytime hospitality room (Peanut Butter & Jelly Room) was a success... )

My suggestion for next year would be to either move the exhibit to 120/122, and rent 124/126 for a daytime Peanut Butter & Jelly Room. (The only odd-numbered connecting rooms on the first floor are 183-185, all the other possible pairs are on the even-numbered side of the hall.)

Or, if the exhibit stays in 184/186, put the daytime PBJ room in 183/185, and put up better signs. At a minimum, make up two signs that say EXHIBIT with a big arrow pointing to left or right, and Room 184/186 in smaller letters. Put them at the junction. If people find the exhibit, they'll find the PBJ room.

Of course, I have no idea if Costume College's management wants to spend money on something like this. For a daytime-only operation, we could do it for a modest budget if they also made sure there was a room or two to put it in. I'd suggest two rooms, to give us more seating space. (If the furniture can be moved, the beds should be turned 90 degrees -- that'll give us more seating space.) If it's just one room, it should be opposite the exhibit, not next to it.

How modest? Well, we were open for about 50% of the convention. We went through a case of water, a case of assorted Frappuccinos, and a little more than half a cooler full of cold soft drinks. Some of the spicy cider was drunk, and some of the iced tea and green tea. No real surprises there.

The interesting thing is we went through 2-lb. loaf of wheat bread, and about half a lb. worth of white bread, and red and green apples. But not a lot of the grapes, oranges, or veggie tray, or much of the junk food. Oh, we used up a little bit of the chocolate (milk/dark choc covered cashews), but a lot of people just wanted something to drink and a sandwich to go. Or they wanted to sit and rest for bit. I bet if I'd had milk, and maybe coffee, people would have enjoyed that too.

So I could easily cut back on how much junk food we buy for something like this. The snacks this time around were covered by our [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles publicity budget -- most of the leftovers will be used at the picnic next Sunday -- and the room was provided by myself and [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn.
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[livejournal.com profile] library_lynn and I are here at Costume College. We're in room 185, and we're running an [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles Peanut Butter & Jelly Room. It's a daytime hospitality suite, open 10am-6pm Friday/Saturday, because the convention con suite is only open during the evening. We may keep it open other hours, depending on our whim -- for example, tonight I'll probably keep it open until 9pm or 9:30, because poor Lynn is on the road retrieving something she left at the house and I've got little else to do.

We're also babysitting the Costume Exhibit, which is right across the hall in room 186.

We have soft drinks, water, Frappuccinos, Elvis-style Reese's Chocolate Banana Cream Peanut Butter Cups, fresh fruit and veg, iced tea, green tea, two kinds of bread, two kinds of peanut butter, and grape jelly & strawberry jam. And more stuff.

Stop on by and say hi! You don't need to be a member of Costume College to check out their dealers room, either... So far we've had 22 people visit, which is not bad.

And Alexander the Cart turned up! You may recall that I bought myself a folding cart, and painted it purple, and named it after the Otter Pop character Alexander the Grape. It went missing... turns out about two years ago an Airtel maintenance man found it in a closet, and they've been making heavy use of it ever since. Remind me to paint a name and phone number on the bottom of each of the other carts!
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So, what have I been doing since Anime Expo? Well, right now I'm putting the Fan Gallery into order, so it can be taken to [livejournal.com profile] denvention3. And we're in high season as far as convention postcards are concerned -- the [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles postcards have been mailed, [livejournal.com profile] loscon has their postcards, and the Gallifrey One postcards ([livejournal.com profile] doctorwho convention) are due here from the printers any day. And then in the next a month or two we've got another round for all three conventions, and possibly a Westercon too.

Lynn and I have been airing out a bunch of boxes of stuff, one piece at a time... )

At work, that project that's sent me to Indianapolis and San Luis Obispo (and even San Francisco recently) is coming to a head... )

In conventions that I will be attending, I've got three coming up in August, all very different... )

Busy busy busy. Haven't done much work lately on the [livejournal.com profile] costume_con photos -- I'm hoping that I can dump all of them in place shortly and come back to the captioning later. I've set that as the project to get past before I upload more of my own photos to my own website, which is why you haven't seen any Hazel's Picture Gallery updates here.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] missmea is still in North Carolina, having adventures. She'll be back sometime this summer. Probably spend some time sleeping on the couch here -- her old room's not available, and she has no apartment anymore. She doesn't like Orange County, though, so she'll be powerfully motivated to find a job and a place.

Oh and for those of you who follow the anime convention circuit, some odd news... )

On the ribbon front, I'm probably done with accepting orders from people who don't read my ribbons mailing list or even my Ribbon Resources page. Grrr. Argghh. At least the last person to ask "Is it too late for ribbons for Denvention" was a week ago. If you'd read the mailing list you'd know when the orders go in... Incidentally, if you're running a convention, I've got some "stock ribbons" I'd like to send your way. I'll cut you a deal. I want to use up the ones I have, so I can change color schemes when I reprint them.

And are the Tulsa fans crazy? Conestoga, the annual sci-fi convention, just a week before their new "Tokyo in Tulsa" convention? Ease up, you guys, put a bit of a gap in there! And good luck, wish I could see y'all this summer.

EDIT: Oh yeah, there was an earthquake with epicenter just 5 miles from Lynn's library. It was just in the 5's, though... wake me up when you've got a 6 or a 7 richter for us.
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I mentioned that the Con Suite operation came as a last-minute thing. In fact, I got the call from [livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita when I was eating dinner in Crescent Springs, Kentucky, about three-five days before the con. I wasn't able to pull together signage and so forth, which is a shame. We could have printed them out jumbo size and posted them downstairs and on the party floor, to tell people there was a reason to come to the top of the building. I was just too tired from my trip with the back-to-back conventions to deal with that on top of unpacking and re-packing.

I suppose I should make it clear that I'm not complaining about how things turned out. We were able to do [livejournal.com profile] loscon a favor, and our [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles Con Suite people got one last training exercise. And trading favors back and forth is helpful for both conventions. We're hoping to borrow Loscon's Con Suite equipment, for example.

I think I've mentioned about the Costume College connections. A couple more Costume College people signed up to help with Animé Los Angeles's Costume Repair Station. [livejournal.com profile] missmea suggests we should have ribbons for the Costume Repair Station to hand out. Right now I'm leaning towards one that simply says "Saved by the Costume Repair Station" but I'm open to suggestions. Speaking of Maria, her new business cards have arrived. They've got her new website address (because the old domain expired and was sniped away from us) and on the back is a color photo of her in something she's made. (The gold dress she wore Saturday night at Costume College.)

Business cards. The "California Bill-Splitting Cards" (with tax and tip already figured out) were well-received by those who noticed them. At dinner Saturday night, the restaurant charged us for one more soft drink than we expected (I think), so we were 56 cents short of the standard gratuity calculated for large parties. Rather than confirm that and thrash it out, I just threw in another dollar and called it a day. I'm glad the cards are drawn up for 30% over. The one thing I want to remember for next time is to have a dollar or two worth of quarters to make change. (The numbers on the cards are rounded off to the nearest quarter.)

And as for publications -- Loscon's program book had our full page ad for Animé Los Angeles, on page 35. We'll want to have some kind of Loscon 35 ad in our program book, in exchange.

In my previous post I mentioned Nadine's help with the postcards. The Gallifrey One postcards are spiffy and purple, and the new postcard website is up and running. There's a fill-in form where people can request Gallifrey One or Animé Los Angeles postcards. We've had about six or a dozen [livejournal.com profile] doctorwho fans ask for cards -- including one in Jamaica, who also wants a few of the Animé Los Angeles cards. So they're getting out into the world, with a little bit of cross-pollination going on in the process.

More later. I've typed in everything from my notes, by the way, so there are captions on all the photos I have data for.
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LynnOkay, I was wrong, one more note from the Costume Exhibit. Here you see [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn sitting in the room-sitter's chair. We only had the one chair. (Note: next year can we fit another one in there?)

All of the costumes had a sign on the floor, and I had a laser printer in the other room plus a similar plastic sign-holder. So I made up a sign that said:

Early 21st Century Costume Exhibit Volunteer

Recruited by Lana Bailey and Rebecca Metzger

Source: Animé Los Angeles

Note: Costume College volunteers ran the Costume Repair Station at Animé Los Angeles earlier this year. Animé Los Angeles staff are returning the favor.

It got a lot of chuckles as people quietly browsed the exhibit, reading all of the costumes' signs.
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EDIT: My website's got troubles again, the database server is having problems. (Before, it was a matter of the CGIs not executing.) I'll let you know when they're better again...

Saturday night, the Gala ended at midnight. I watched the Bengal Lancer dude try to get chat up the bartender and get her e-mail address. I learned that the Gala wasn't a bad night for bar receipts -- the hotel took in about $500 -- but it wasn't a world-beater from the barmaid's point of view; she cleared over $100 in tips, but "a good night" is one when she gets three hundred dollars.

And woosh, the decorations were pulled, the housemen dragged the airwalls, things were re-set for the morning. I snapped a few pictures of the people cleaning up, and like almost everyone else I went to bed. Saturday night is the big night for Costume College, but that doesn't mean partying late into the night with room parties going on for all hours. Classes start bright and early Sunday morning so it's off to bed.

[livejournal.com profile] library_lynn had volunteered to set up the Exotic Emporium -- that is, a couple of dealers stalls in the hall out front of the Marketplace. So that was an early-morning start for her. She missed the breakfast buffet entirely. I missed most of the "Sunday Undies" crowd too. Many people have made themselves authentic period clothing, all the way down to the underwear -- so Sunday morning at breakfast is a chance to show off your corsets and petticoats. Ladies were running around in their underwear for most of the morning. I didn't take a lot of underwear pictures. Mornings aren't really my favorite time, and I had to get all my gear packed up and the cars loaded.

Chaz[livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita sat the Costume Exhibit from 9:00 am to 12 noon, bless his heart. I got dressed, packed up the room, hopped around taking pictures and hung out with Christian a bit. I was on duty starting at 12. I had my computer equipment piled on "Ala" in one of the exhibit room bathrooms, while [livejournal.com profile] colleency's Alice in Wonderland house costume was in the other bathroom.

2:00 pm is when the Fantasy Tea was due to start, so I could only sit the room for two hours. [livejournal.com profile] bovil and Ian Stockdale stopped by to smof with me and [livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita, and the time passed quickly enough.

Colleen as Alice Eventually Colleen showed up to get into her costume, Lynn and Joanne helping her. She was dressed as Alice, from the scene where she grows too big for the house. The house she was wearing had lots of cute details, such as the welcome mat with the bunnies, and Bill the Lizard crawling up the back chimney.

I'd cleared the Gala photography with Annie Mitchek (Gala head) and Lana Bailey (Dean), but hadn't actually talked to the Tea coordinator Kathy Lear. Ooops! Lana explained the idea -- I'd take pictures, print them out, and give them away, free -- and Kathy quickly agreed. The Tea party ladies all had tables on the upper level of the restaurant, so I rolled Ala and the gear down to the lower level and found a power outlet. The restaurant/banquet head, Noel Gurrola, quickly found me a regular table to use, and I set up.

I ran into the same limitation I talked about regarding setup at the Gala -- because I hadn't set up the printer since the Gala, the night before, the morning's photos were waiting in the queue to be downloaded and printed. I caught up on those, stuffing envelopes with Lynn's help, and then when I was ready and most people were done picking at their food Kathy announced the photography.

This was about 3 o'clock. It took me almost 45 minutes to get the table squared away, the equipment plugged and running, all the morning's photos printed, envelopes labeled and stuffed. I really could have used an easy way to queue those for later; failing that, I should have just set aside the morning photos on their pages, uncut, and resisted the temptation to get the entire backlog cleared up.

It always seemed like "just another minute or two and I'll be ready." I need to concentrate on streamlining the process so I can go more quickly from "the equipment's all in the box" to "I'm ready to take new photos." This is another place where I'd really like to team up with another photog -- a photographer on camera, Lynn on notebook, and me fussing with the computer equipment could have shortened the time considerably.

There was a black backdrop set up in one corner, by the piano; there was also another corner with light-colored. Nothing really great, but better than nothing. Snapped a bunch of fun photos -- Lynn took down names for a while, that was a big help (Thanks honey!) -- and got them started printing out.

As it is, I only took about 65 photos, and that's including the random stragglers and employees I shot towards the end of the thing. (Admittedly, that fits the "about 30 per hour" figure I quoted for Saturday night. More, really, because I was only taking pictures for an hour; should my estimates encompass setup time?)

For those who tuned in late, I had several reasons for doing all this for free. (Or possibly for the cost of one replacement toner cartridge -- the Black cartridge is running low.) First, of course, is because we're volunteers, contributing effort and energy and materials is what we do in this kind of gift economy. And second justification is to get slips of paper with www.animelosangeles.org in the corner into everyone's hands.

But the other reason to do this is because it's a full-scale field trial: does this concept work, in practice? Not just the idea, but the specific implementation? It seemed easier Saturday night than Sunday afternoon. Is that because Sunday's event was shorter? Or because Saturday people tended to get their pictures at the beginning of the event, while on Sunday we didn't start shooting until it was half over?

So many steps or ingredients go into it: The actual photo-taking, writing in the notebook, getting the pictures into the computer, processing the "frames", printing them out (and the kludge of "hit the green button when the amber light blinks" -- need help with that! Mac OS/X, "lp" is the program, printer is HP CLJ 2605dn), cutting them into quarters, writing names on envelopes, stuffing envelopes, getting the envelopes back to the subjects.

One possible shortcut might be to have the subjects write their names on the envelopes at the same time we write their name in the notebook.

Another helpful wrinkle might be to get one of those incrementing counters when doing that. Stamp notebook, stamp envelope, repeat. If we're just doing it to keep the sequences together, we can take a two-shot, stamp 0001 in the notebook, then 0002 and 0003 on the two envelopes. Or just hand-write the numbers stamped on the envelopes. (We have to transcribe the names, because we'll be giving away the envelopes.) Hmmm. Better order one of those.
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(Website problems seem to have been fixed. You can once again click on thumbnails on my website to see larger pictures and to submit additional caption information.)

YodaI think the only meal Lynn and I shared during Costume College was breakfast Saturday. On Saturday [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn took the morning shift at the Costume Exhibit. Christian and I sat the room from noon to 4:00, and Lynn came back for 4 o'clock to 5 o'clock. So we each put in four hours that day. Lynn had lunch while Christian and I were on duty, and then later [livejournal.com profile] obishawn, Yoda, Christian and I went to a late lunch/early dinner at Beep's. A couple of motorists honked their horns as we walked the single short block to get there; as Shawn puts it, "Yoda gets all the chicks." When we got there, we put him a chair and put Shawn's sunglasses on them, at which point we saw that Yoda looks a lot like Jack Nicholson... or is it, Jack looks a lot like Yoda?

Back at the Airtel, we checked in with Lynn at the exhibit, and hung out there for a while because some people were still browsing the costumes. Lynn went off to dinner; we'd just eaten, so I got started moving my rig to the lobby outside the Gala.

The Gala was due to open at 7:00, with dinner at 8:00. So when I got out there a little after 6, I was surprised to find things already in swing -- apparently, they have a photoshoot ("Red Carpet") setup that I knew nothing about. Oh boy! I hopped in and out, snapping a few photos in there so I'd have something to start printing. The light was a little off in there; [livejournal.com profile] jadecat9 tells me they were using gels on the lights and they shouldn't have been. Anyhow, it was tight quarters, and I had to get the rig up and running, so I just snapped a few shots and concentrated on printing out what I had.

I'd brought the entire rig to the convention, and I'd kept it in my room. Before I set up, I'd taken 200 pictures at the convention. I printed out most of those photos in my room and put them into envelopes with the subjects' names on them, and posted them up on a white board near Information. There were some photos that I'd just taken in the previous few hours that hadn't been printed out yet, so when I set up in the hall those came out first. I should figure out an easy way to postpone printing pre-event photos -- I wanted them printed out sooner or later, but I was impatient for them being in the queue ahead of the Gala photos. The software I've put together, though, is pretty mindless and doesn't have the flexibility I need to build into it.

I snagged a bunch of pens from the front desk. I really need to buy a two- or three-outlet extension cord to keep with the printer. I definitely need to make sure my picture frame graphics have room for the filename/tracking number, every time. (I'll probably prepare a couple of generic frames so I have something on the computer if I decide to change mid-stream. For that matter, I need to get a graphics program of some kind on that machine.)

Chaz and the girlsI was "on duty" in front of the Gala for six hours. During that time I took another 200 photos and printed them up. (That's a little more than 30 photos an hour. I was busy snapping and scribbling most of the evening.) A lot of people picked up theirs that evening, and came back for additional shots -- bringing friends for two-shots; everyone wearing silly slippers lined up for a shot; all the poofy shiny dresses in a puddle on the floor... Karen Lavoie took my picture, and four other ladies joined the shot, including Jody Regan, who had some lovely flamingos on her dress which coordinated well with my flamingo shirt.

It wasn't difficult to take notes recording the names of the smaller groups of people who wanted pictures. If four people wanted a group shot, I'd take four photos, and when they came off the printer I'd make up four envelopes and give each of them a different shot. (Sometimes they came back and asked for reprints, which was easy to do for them.) Having the names in my notebook made it simple, although tedious, to write their names on the envelopes; by the end of the night my handwriting was getting sloppier than usual.

When I started uploading these photos to the server, I typed in the captions right away. I'd already had practice matching up the faces to the pictures because I'd already done it once for all the envelopes!
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Maria Didn't see much of Maria at Costume College. (Saw [livejournal.com profile] colleency a lot more than I saw M.) The gold dress Maria wore to the post-Gala dance was stunning -- I'd never seen her in it before, although I understand she finished it a few months before.

I arrived at the convention Thursday night, a littler than I'd promised to work at the check-in desk, but they had the thing under control with almost half a dozen people and sent me over to the Costume Exhibit. I did a little general assisting and trouble-shooting. Vida Jones needed help getting a box open. I pulled a piece of tape and it was as open as it needed to be. The box was falling apart, so I volunteered a smaller box from my truck and another box to be brought from the house in the morning. There wasn't much going on Thursday night -- I heard that there was an LJ meetup, but poking around on my friends' LJs didn't unearth the secret of its location or time, so I headed off to Coral Cafe and then home.

I looked in the garage for a medium-sized box, and found something better: a suitcase I'd been meaning to throw out. The zipper was busted on one side. So I brought that, and a roll of duct tape, and told Vida she could use as much tape as she liked and to throw the suitcase away after she got home. She was thrilled out of all proportion, considering I was giving her a piece of my trash... but I accepted her thanks, and she promised to figure out a way to get the duct tape back to me. I told her to pass it onto any L.A. fan who was still in the hotel when she finished with it, and it would eventually make its way back to me.

I'd bumped into Kevinandandy at Trader Joes on the way in, because I needed some iced tea to get through the weekend. I worked my shifts at the Costume Exhibit -- I had 2:00-4:00 off, and checked in then. During my 4:00-5:00 shift, I saw someone checking into the room across the hall from the exhibit. I managed to talk them into swapping rooms with me, because they'd put me in 252, upstairs by the far elevator. Room 185 had two beds, not one, so [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn and I ended up in a double after all. (I usually reserve a double at most conventions because more often than not I end up giving away crash space to someone. Didn't happen this time.)

BrianFriday night was the GBACG meetup in the bar, which was an open thing. It was also [livejournal.com profile] fairegoddess's 21st birthday, but she didn't show up until hours later. At the bar, this young man named Brian was friendly with the ladies dressed up in their costumes, and they adopted/shanghaied him up to Kevinandandy's party suite (380, not the usual 280) for more partying and sampling of flavored vodkas and other strange spirits. (I'm not convinced the world needs a basil liqueur, really...) The party was still going by almost midnight, when the hospitality suite was due to close, so we trooped over there to try to round up any late night stragglers to bring them back to 380.

On the way back I picked up some chocolate chip cookies and baklava from my TJ's stash. Amie Luther was thrilled to find baklava at the party. Someone had brought tiaras, but they ran out -- not before Brian got his, though. Amie missed getting a tiara, so she started pulling tissues out of her purse and making origami flowers for the girls to wear in their hair.

Christian was on the property Friday night, but arrived after we'd vacated the bar, and the dealers room was closed; he didn't call me on my cell, nor did he wander around outside 180 or we would have called to him from the balcony. So he missed a good party...

Brian and the girlsBrian apparently is in the National Guard. He turned up at the Saturday night dance in his work clothes (that is, his camo BDUs). All the girls danced with him. I was sitting out front, taking pictures and printing them out, when one of them (sorry for not remembering which) came out and urged me to take a picture of him with the fifteen girls because otherwise his unit would never believe his story of the weekend.


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