In other news, I got my bike back from the shop and rode it home (2 and a half miles). So today, 2015-07-06, marks the start of my trying to work my leg muscles more by bicycling places.
In other news, I got my bike back from the shop and rode it home (2 and a half miles). So today, 2015-07-06, marks the start of my trying to work my leg muscles more by bicycling places.
- LASFS/Aftermeetings part 487: Coral Cafe (20-Sep-2012)
- LASFS/Aftermeetings part 488: Coral Cafe (04-Oct-2012)
- LASFS/Aftermeetings part 489: Coral Cafe (11/12-Oct-2012) et seq.
- LASFS/Aftermeetings part 491: Coral Cafe (18/19-Oct-2012) et seq.
- LASFS/Aftermeetings part 493: Coral Cafe (25-Oct-2012)
- LASFS/Aftermeetings part 494: Coral Cafe (01-Nov-2012)
- LASFS/Aftermeetings part 495: Coral Cafe (06-Dec-2012)
- LASFS/Aftermeetings part 496: Coral Cafe (13-Dec-2012)
- LASFS/Aftermeetings part 497: Coral Cafe (20-Dec-2012)
- LASFS/Aftermeetings part 498: Coral Cafe (27-Dec-2012)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 499: Coral Cafe (10-Jan-2013)
- Equestria LA part 1: Meeting at Corner Bakery (21-Sep-2012)
- Equestria LA part 2: Meeting at Anaheim Hilton (27-Oct-2012) et seq.
- Equestria LA part 5: Friday setup (02-Nov-2012) et seq.
SoCal Brony Meetup Picnic in Anaheim (22-Sep-2012) Part 1 et seq.
My Little Pony backcard stories part 1: Year Two (16-Oct-2012) et seq.
SCIFI Board Meeting (13-Oct-2012) Part 1 et seq.
Visiting darcee at her school (18-Oct-2012)
Animé Los Angeles 9
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 6: Special Program Division (30-Sep-2012)
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 7: Executive Meeting (20-Oct-2012)
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 8: General Meeting (20-Oct-2012) et seq.
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 10: Executive Meeting (18-Nov-2012)
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 11: General Meeting (18-Nov-2012)
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 12: Thursday (03-Jan-2013) et seq.
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 15: Friday (04-Jan-2013) et seq.
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 19: Saturday (05-Jan-2013) et seq.
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 24: Sunday (06-Jan-2013) et seq.
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 28: Monday (07-Jan-2013) et seq.
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 29: Monday Evening (07-Jan-2013)
- Anime Los Angeles 9 part 30: Visiting the PODS (12-Jan-2013)
Gallifrey 2013 part 3: Committee Meeting (21-Oct-2012)
Conjecture 2012 part 1: Saturday (06-Oct-2012) et seq.
Pacific Media Expo part 1: Friday (09-Nov-2012) et seq.
Loscon 39 part 1: Thursday (22-Nov-2012) et seq.
Omar's Last Day (07-Aug-2012)
Blue house, suit shopping, monitors (17-Nov-2012)
Shopping for Eggs and Soda (19-Nov-2012)
Growing the Beard (01/09-Dec-2012)
Dinner at Dinah's with Colleen and Shawn (04-Dec-2012)
Remodeling the Office (05/12-Dec-2012)
Shyloh and Cherika (29-Dec-2012)
Measuring Wall Space (15-Dec-2012)
Last Day for Lars (19-Dec-2012)
Maria's Birthday at Buca di Beppo (19-Dec-2012)
Mannequins for Costume Exhibit (22-Dec-2012)
Cars, couches, toners and rosettes (Dec-2012)
Christmas 2012 part 1: Foss Potluck Party (24-Dec-2012) et seq.
Christmas 2012 part 4: Dorothy and Bob's House (25-Dec-2012)
Christmas 2012 part 5: Home with Maria and Lynn (26-Dec-2012)
New Year's Day with Sarah (01-Jan-2013)
We were the hit of the weekend.
Saturday afternoon fans were heard talking about going to the masquerade and the speakeasy. Some dealers reported customers buying things to wear for the occasion. One fan (trinsf) currently studying out of state made sure to pack the right dress for the flight here.
The party floor Saturday night was mostly "dry." I think we were the only party "pouring" while we were open. Which is ironic, because it's like the Prohibition era extended the entire length of the party floor, not just our suite. But that's Loscon for you.
A word about our costumes. missmea made herself a Flapper-era dress, and styled a wig for a period hairstyle. She instructed me on my outfit, which consisted of plain black shoes (no fancy shoelaces), a new pair of paints with suspender buttons instead of belt loops, proper suspenders, a white dress shirt (without a ballpoint pen in the pocket), a vest (with penguins on it), no beard, no teddy bear ears, and slicked-down hair.
My favorite remark that she reported from three people who had made it past me at the door, and all the way to the bar, was the question "Where's Chaz?"
( The password notice needs to be more obvious... and more notes about the party )
Photos start here.
Red Beans & Rice
Muffalatta dip with saltines. Next time make a half batch.
Soft drinks included a lot of fruit flavors. The only colas were in the diet section. If you wanted caffeine and sugar, you could have a Sunkist Orange, or try one of the other parties.
(Sunkist Orange, Cactus Cooler, Cherry Crush, Seven-Up, Welch's Strawberry, Squirt, Welch's Grape, Diet Pepsi, Diet Coke, Diet Coke Zero, Diet Mountain Dew.)
Snowballs. We had six flavors of syrup, we didn't go through much of any of them. (We could fill the “ketchup bottles” at home and not bring the gallon jugs to the hotel at all.) Next time only need one can of sweetened condensed milk.
We had a reasonably well-stocked bar as far as spirits go, anyway. We served slushy drinks. Margaritas were incredibly popular! Next year, split the snow in half for the bar and snowball station elsewhere. For transport, use the jumbo cooler to get the dry ice and keep the snow frozen and cooler closed on the drive back from Gardena.
Decorations included purple and gold lengths of fabric. Next year get green, too.
Things to add to New Orleans party at Loscon 2012:
Devilled eggs. Color them? Maybe black sprinkles for the Saints (Black & gold)?
King cake. Bake our own.
Small prepared muffalatta sandwiches.
Research sno-ball machines and recipes.
Things to consider:
Some kind of po' boy sandiwch
shrimp & cocktail sauce in bowl over ice
New Orleans Barbecue, which is different from Kansas City
Red Velvet mini-cupcakes, bite-size, with white frosting
I would personally like to get some Abita Beer.
library_lynn and Maria enjoyed coloring the party signs. In addition to having full-color party signs, can we have ones that are even more suited for coloring?
Need menu signs for what's available. Make individual signs for everything we hope to serve.
Need high-resolution art images. Can we get a good, clear, square-on shot of a street sign that we can then manipulate ourselves?
missmea needs a spare bartender, and an assistant throughout the night. It was a long time to be on her feet. Stool for bartender!
Notes for pre-bid materials.
Lots of people asked "who's running the proto-bid." The flyer answered that question, a whole new group of people. Lots of enthusiasm for the project.
One fan copy-edited the flyers, catching a handful of typos. Another costumer still remembers the problem with the Masquerade's dressing rooms not being cleaned before the fans were to use them. And I was cautioned not to use the word "Nolacon" when talking about the proto-bid as it would be premature to use the Worldcon name.
In general there was a lot of good wishes for the New Orleans group.
LASFS meetings part 453: Clubhouse (17-Nov-2011)
LASFS Aftermeetings etc. part 454: Coral Cafe, Tower (17-19-Nov-2011)
Loscon 38 part 1: Thursday Night (24-Nov-2011)
Loscon 38 part 2: Friday (25-Nov-2011)
Loscon 38 part 3: Friday Evening (25/26-Nov-2011)
Loscon 38 part 4: Saturday (26-Nov-2011)
Loscon 38 part 5: Saturday Evening (26-Nov-2011)
Loscon 38 part 6: Saturday Night (26-Nov-2011)
Loscon 38 part 7: Saturday Late Night (26/27-Nov-2011)
Loscon 38 part 8: Sunday (27-Nov-2011)
Loscon 38 part 9: Sunday Afternoon/Evening (27-Nov-2011)
Loscon 38 part 10: Sunday Night (27-Nov-2011)
Did I tell you missmea gave me an early Christmas present? I now have real button suspenders. And she modified a new pair of pants to work with them. You can see me wear them at Friday's "New Orleans in 2018" pre-bid party.
Edit: If you want to reach me, there are a variety of ways. This LJ handle name, at my bostonbaden.com domain, for example, should work just fine for e-mail.
A full report on the New Orleans and Kansas City parties will be posted soon. In the meanwhile, caprine has her report on Loscon unlocked for us to see.
We have two completely different parties to host Friday and Saturday. We're representing the proto-bids for New Orleans in 2018 and Kansas City in 2016. The food will be completely different, and you can tell which party you're at by whether you're looking at red beans and ice, or something on a stick. The decorations will change over, although both of them basically boil down to hanging up fabric on the walls.
The music should help set the stage, as the Saturday night party is a blast back to the 20s in our Speakeasy party, while the New Orleans party will have music from a wider span of time.
And the drinks -- frozen margaritas and other drinks like that, basically we have pitchers of stuff to pour over crushed ice (snow) on New Orleans night, then on Saturday night it's cocktails in teacups.
We're also trying to differentiate the non-alcoholic sodas -- so Friday is mostly a large range of fruit-flavor thing, then Saturday we just have classic sodas like Coca-Cola, root beer, ginger ale and cream soda.
We're also taking advantage of the fact that we have a two-room suite, and routing people through the "1728" end on the second night and using "1726" as an exit.
I'm hoping we end up being the hopping happening place both nights. We'll see. I'll try to take lots of pictures.
A week from tonight, during Loscon: Friday, after the Ice Cream Social, in room 1726, we have the "New Orleans in 2018" party. Which means that I'll get to have some jambalaya, or red beans and rice, or both. Wonder if I can get some Abita Beer here...
And a week from tomorrow, Saturday, after the Masquerade, at room 1728: "Pendergast Cafe" in support of Kansas City in 2016. This is the Speakeasy party, the password is Goats. I have my suspenders (thank you missmea!), Rebecca is making me a vest and bow tie. I need to see if they still have the fedoras at Target. The party will have lots of drinks in teacups, mostly drinks that will be called some sort of tea or lemonade (regardless of whether they are actually made from tea or lemonade). Also lots of food on sticks.
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 401: Coral Cafe (28/29-Oct-2010)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 402: Coral Cafe (04-Nov-2010) et seq.
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 404: Coral Cafe (11/12-Nov-2010) et seq.
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 406: Coral Cafe (18/19-Nov-2010)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 407: Coral Cafe (02-Dec-2010) et seq.
Julie and Andrew's Wedding (30-Oct-2010) Part 1 et seq.
Julie and Andrew's Wedding (30-Oct-2010) Part 7
Halloween 2010: Melissa and James (31-Oct-2010)
Hanging out with Maria, Sarah, Caitlin, and Justin's friend (Oct/Nov-2010)
Miscellaneous: Cougar Stadium, plastic tub (Oct/Nov-2010)
Pacific Media Expo 2010 part 1: Friday afternoon (12-Nov-2010) et seq.
Pacific Media Expo 2010 part 4: Saturday (13-Nov-2010) et seq.
Pacific Media Expo 2010 part 8: Sunday (15-Nov-2010) et seq.
Anime Los Angeles 7 part 14: Exec Meeting (20-Nov-2010) et seq.
Anime Los Angeles 7 part 16: Morning Meetings (21-Nov-2010) et seq.
Anime Los Angeles 7 part 18: General Meeting (21-Nov-2010) et seq.
Anime Los Angeles 7 part 20: Dinner (21-Nov-2010) et seq.
Anime Los Angeles 7 part 22: Morning After (22-Nov-2010)
Wreck of Saltine (20-Nov-2010) Part 1 et seq.
Costumer's Guild West Board Meeting (21-Nov-2010)
Loscon 37 part 1: Thursday (25-Nov-2010) et seq.
Loscon 37 part 3: Friday (26-Nov-2010) et seq.
Loscon 37 part 8: Saturday (27-Nov-2010) et seq.
Loscon 37 part 15: Sunday (28-Nov-2010) et seq.
Smofcon 28, San Jose, part 1: Friday Evening (03-Dec-2010) et seq.
Smofcon 28, San Jose, part 6: Saturday (04-Dec-2010) et seq.
Smofcon 28, San Jose, part 13: Sunday (05-Dec-2010) et seq.
Halloween Costumes (31-Oct-2009)
Old storage, part 14: Cleaning out shelves, treasures, fabric (Nov-2009)
Pacific Media Expo 2009 (06-09-Nov-2009)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 375: Coral Cafe (13-Nov-2009)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 376: Coral Cafe (19/20-Nov-2009)
Costume College 2010: Committee Meeting (15-Nov-2009)
Dinner with Maria (18-Nov-2009)
Loscon 36 (26-29-Nov-2009)
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 neo_serenity is from the exec dinner.
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.
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 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.
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.
Photos now online: Cosplay Picnic at Pearson Park (04-Apr-2009)
I brought Animé Los Angeles postcards, Kurt Miller brought califur
postcards, and of course Marcia Minsky (left) had supplied some LosCon postcards.
( Tony Benoun and Sherri were there, not surprising considering they live nearby and Sherri's co-chair for the 2010 LosCon. Several other LosCon usual suspects were there... )
By my count we had 30 people at
the picnic by the end of it all.
Generally, the larger the group, the longer the natural length of the
party. (Also, the more things there are to do, the longer the picnic
will run. These go together, as larger groups are more likely to invent additional things to do.) Most of the newcomers drifted home by about quarter after
four, and we started packing up.
Martin had sent notices to about twenty local high schools, and two people came from Cypress High School who had heard about it from their teacher. Unfortunately, the message got garbled somewhere along the way and they thought it started at 4 o'clock! They came by a little before five, and we were all disappointed that they'd missed it and we were loading the cars. We gave them strawberries and cups of pink lemonade, and suggested they join us in three weeks in Oceanside. (right)
Next: A milestone birthday party in Redondo Beach.
Photos now online: Fullerton Cosplay Picnic at Hillcrest Park (22-Mar-2009)
Sunday morning, ladymaxstarr joined me for a potluck cosplay picnic at Fullerton's Hillcrest Park. (right)
Here's my picnic schedule for the next two months:
2009-04-04: Anaheim (Sponsored by LosCon 35)
2009-04-25: Oceanside (Sponsored by Animé Los Angeles 6)
2009-05-02: Bakersfield (summoner_lenne9 and the BHS Anime Club)
2009-05-09: Irvine (SoCal Gathering)
2009-05-30: Van Nuys (Sponsored by Animé Los Angeles 6)
(Not listed: I'll also go to AniZona, Xanadu Las Vegas, Ren Faire and FanimeCon.)
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. 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. selinawoman wasn't coming, library_lynn was working, nitroace had rehearsals. Melissa and 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.
( 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.
( 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
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
( 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 baycon, which for
California conventions is the big league as far as open parties are
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...
ConDor Report part 1. (See also part 2.)
Next: Party time, and a park for a picnic.
On Saturday, missmea dressed as "Captain Jack Harkness," so she could flirt with anything that moved. (I don't know if she ended up flirting with the Dalek.)
Catherine the Great had given me a welcome-gift when we checked in:
bottle of red wine, fruit and cheese plate. It wasn't my convention, so I
wasn't prepared for a round of gift-exchanging, but I did give her a
tangerine for each day.
On the way back, we learned that the gang was getting ready to have
dinner. Christian and I met them at the hotel, we got the cars out of
parking lot and drove/walked to dinner and we all drove back, or home in
After the Masquerade Halftime and the Awards,
Toby Hadoke did his one-man show Moths Ate My Doctor
Who Scarf. Paul Cornell (left) and Toby had both complimented me
on the work I'd done on the postcards. Toby quipped that he finally got
an "and" credit. "... and TOBY HADOKE performing his play MOTHS ATE
MY DOCTOR WHO SCARF" was how I'd ended the list of guests on the
I'd been trying to reach fangrrl_squees all weekend. She looked fried Friday night, and frantic Saturday evening. She was helping with the Masquerade, and making things happen -- she'll be running the Masquerade next year. By the time the Masquerade was over for the night and she'd had some time to decompress, she was back to her chipper self. (right)
That evening, Maria was wearing a slinky red dress as "Lucy Saxon." Complete with subtle black eye makeup -- some people didn't notice, some people saw it and immediately were ready to beat up whoever she'd already put in the hospital. No, no, it goes with the character. It's rare for the character to smile, but you'll notice she's holding a surprise for her husband. When Maria walked by late that night, I heard Dan Sandifer mention that red was now his favorite color... (right)
Next: Late night, Sunday and home.
Interlude: Mid-January to mid-February.
Anyhow, dinner had everything split into separate dishes. Some non-marinated chicken was cooked up, so that Lynn could have some; lots of vegan options, so that Thomas wouldn't starve; and so forth. Tortillas to wrap up everyone's customized tacos. And everything was delicious. (right)
We were invited to come back the following day, for some hanging out and socializing and a nice Sunday Brunch. Same deal, lots of dishes -- crispy bacon, fruit salad, and so forth. And an Apple Brown Betty. Which we decided was better nicknamed an Apple Pie Pizza. Yum! I've decided I want the recipe. Many of you already know I'm a fan of the baked apple pancakes at Dinah's; this is like that, only more so.
And then, the following week, I met up with an old friend from middle school. Dan Newman's a genius; after he got his Ph.D. in mathematics, he started a little company that invented the "MIME" standard. (His name's not on the RFC because he didn't want to feel guilty when he ignored people writing to him about it.) If you've sent or received e-mail with attachments, you're using MIME -- you've got my old friend Dan to thank. (right)
Dan lives up on Mt. Baldy, in a small mountain town, and commutes into Claremont. His daughters (7 1/2 and 9 1/2) sometimes have to miss school for snow days, like certain people on my FL.
Next: Gallifrey One! Togas, Daleks, and an Evil Lesbian!
( Sunday also marked the debut of our ''Your Next Convention'' mini program track... ) Rob Miles is in charge of "Stage Zero" at FanimeCon, and he's offered us a half-hour timeslot to talk up animelosangeles. What shall we do? Will it be at 9:00 am on the last morning of the convention?
( Sunday afternoon was the ''Walking Free'' Fashion Show... ) There was a lot of interest in next year's Fashion Show, especially for having it earlier in the weekend. It'll be either Friday or Saturday next year, depending on what Tech and Events work out.
Feedback/Gripe Session, in the timeslot before Closing Ceremonies, was relatively painless. Suggestions included positioning signs so from the foyer you can look down the hall and see where the doors to Artists' Alley, Dealers, LP1, LP2, and so forth are. It was pointed out that the hotel has removed the signs hanging from the ceiling that used to say Salon A and Suite 1 etc, so it's even harder to find things. Another suggestion was to add a map of the facility to the BADGE ZONE signs, with a YOU ARE HERE dot. Many compliments, lots of people liked the costume-eating escalator sign and the big posters we had everywhere (mostly of Kevin Lillard's photos). We should have announced at Gripe to go get your poster now -- many were torn down once Closing started. (I may owe people a few reprints.) Suggestion for next year: post photos from the past five Animé Los Angeleses (Animé Los Angeli?). As well as Jessica's art.
Next: After it's all over