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Belgian waffle with bacon and cheese. And maple syrup on the side. Photos online:
Lunch trucks at the Fairgounds (01-Dec-2011)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 455: Coral Cafe (01/02-Dec-2011)
Cosplay Picnic in Orange (03-Dec-2011) Part 1 et seq.

So J0cey posted something about the food trucks at OC Fair, every Thursday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and listed six trucks that would be participating that week. I talked two of my co-workers into joining me and we went and checked them out.

I had some Argentine tacos with chimichurri sauce (basically oil, garlic, and lots of chopped parsley), and an empanada I didn't care for. I then had two little barbecue pork and bacon sandwiches. For dessert I had a Belgian waffle with cheese and bacon, and maple syrup. Yum!

Matt Lewis has a shirt he's just completed. Then that night I went to Coral Cafe. Matt met me there, he had a shirt he'd made for me (left). It turned out to be too big -- I'd given him a pattern for Christian's size, not mine!

I had brought a box of poker chips with numbers on them. We used those to randomly assign the Artists' Alley spaces. An artist, Richard, witnessed the whole thing, and helped. Tadao videoed the 45-minute operation.

Dan Hauck and Chaz Boston Baden. The following Saturday, there was a picnic at a local park. I think it was the closest park that I'd been to for a cosplay picnic yet! It was just down the street at Tustin and Lincoln, in Orange.

Melody Vito. I brought the leftover six-pack of IBC root beer bottles. They were a hit. Melody Vito (left) was happy to have one.

In the following week, I've received some notes from both the Kansas City and the New Orleans proto-bids, in response to my party notes. Go check out my two posts immediately previous to the one to see their comments.

I've also finally got the December Squeals from da Ghodfuzzy out. Next week I start work on the January issue if time allows.

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I've made an ''in-out'' board for our household to use. We can slide our magnets back and forth in the ''in/out'' column, or put it on the line to indicate if we'll be home after midnight. Or if we're going to be out for a few days, we can mark when we'll be home.Photos online:
Mother's Day 2010 part 2: Renaissance Faire (16-May-2010) et seq.
Miscellaneous: Signs, monitors, phone day (18/21/25-May-2010)
Miscellaneous: Ikea, iphone, blanket, boards, pipe, monitors (Jun-2010)
Dinner at Du-par's (20-May-2010)
Dinner at Mel's (10-Jun-2010)
Young Dubliners at Muldoon's, Newport Beach (22-May-2010)
Costume College 2010 part 12: Marriott Warner Center Woodland Hills (23-May-2010) et seq.
Westercon 63/Conchord 23/Confirmation part 1: Pasadena Hilton (23-May-2010)
Jim and Stacy (26-May-2010)
FanimeCon 2010 part 1: Thursday, in transit (27-May-2010) et seq.
FanimeCon 2010 part 3: Friday (28-May-2010) et seq.
FanimeCon 2010 part 7: Saturday (29-May-2010) et seq.
FanimeCon 2010 part 11: Sunday (30-May-2010) et seq.
FanimeCon 2010 part 16: Monday (31-May-2010) et seq.
FanimeCon 2010 part 19: Tuesday, heading home (01-Jun-2010) et seq.
Anime Kaigi part 1: Driving Thursday Night (03/04-Jun-2010)
Anime Kaigi part 2: Friday Afternoon (04-Jun-2010) et seq.
Anime Kaigi part 4: Saturday (05-Jun-2010) et seq.
Anime Kaigi part 6: Sunday (06-Jun-2010) et seq.
Cosplay Picnic at Buddy Todd Park, Oceanside (12-Jun-2010)
Pasadena Chalk Festival (19-Jun-2010)
Irish Fair, Irvine: Arrival, and the Fenians (20-Jun-2010) Part 1 et seq.

Bob Null inside Monstro. Been busy. Mourning Bob Null, shown here when he was one of the quiet movers and shakers for many L.A. conventions.

My LJ activity lately seems to be "too long; didn't write" and I apologize for that. Too many undone chores, writing for pleasure comes last.

The magnetic whiteboard you see in the top photo (as I deliberately change the topic to a more cheerful one) is something I whipped up with the help of Squeaker. I wanted to be able to figure out if I can lock up when I get home late at night and the house is dark -- is there anyone else who will be coming home later? With this "in/out/back later" board, all of us in the house can let everyone else know our plans.

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Photos online:
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 378: Coral Cafe (14-Jan-2010)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 379: Coral Cafe (21/28-Jan-2010)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 380: Coral Cafe (04-Feb-2010)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 381: Coral Cafe (11-Feb-2010)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 382: Coral Cafe (11-Mar-2010)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 383: Coral Cafe (Apr/May-2010)
Moving Maria part 1: The storage unit (18-Jan-2010)
Moving Maria part 2: Lots of furniture (20-22-Jan-2010) et seq.
Moving Maria part 4: Dresser (24-Jan-2010)
Moving Maria part 5: Chest and penguin (02-Feb-2010)
Sarah's January visit part 1: Friday (22-Jan-2010)
Sarah's January visit part 2: Sunday (24-Jan-2010) et seq.
Sarah's January visit part 4: Going home on Monday (25-Jan-2010)
Anime Los Angeles 6 part 45: Wrap-up Meeting (23-Jan-2010) et seq.
Lynn's New Ears (27-Jan-2010)
SCIFI Board Meeting (30-Jan-2010) Part 1 et seq.
Meeting Jessica (01-Feb-2010)
Tadao and the Italian Ices (07-Feb-2010)
Gallifrey 2010 part 1: Last meeting, and Late Thursday Night (13/26-Feb-201)
Gallifrey 2010 part 2: Late Thursday Night (26-Feb-201)
Gallifrey 2010 part 3: Sunday Night (28-Feb-2010)
Visiting Holiday Park in Oceanside (21-Feb-2001)
ConDor 17 part 1: Friday Evening (26-Feb-2010) et seq.
ConDor 17 part 3: Saturday (27-Feb-2010) et seq.
ConDor 17 part 6: Sunday (28-Feb-2010) et seq.
Miscellaneous - Toe, Eggs, Rocks (Feb/Mar-2010)
Miscellaneous: Shopping, Costume College publications (Apr-2010)
Miscellaneous: Phones and cars (06/07-May-2010)
Various Friends and Family (Feb/Mar-2010)
Fannatiku Fest 2010 part 1: Friday Morning (05-Mar-2010) et seq.
Fannatiku Fest 2010 part 4: Saturday (06-Mar-2010) et seq.
Fannatiku Fest 2010 part 8: Sunday Morning (07-Mar-2010) et seq.
Julia's Birthday Party (19-Mar-2010)
Cosplay Gathering/Potluck Picnic in Van Nuys part 1: Saturday Morning (20-Mar-2010) et seq.
Various Friends and Family (Feb/Mar-2010)
Con-Nichiwa 1 part 1: Friday morning/afternoon (26-Mar-2010) et seq.
Con-Nichiwa 1 part 3: Saturday morning/afternoon (27-Mar-2010) et seq.
Con-Nichiwa 1 part 7: Sunday morning/afternoon (28-Mar-2010) et seq.
Front of house - tree, carriage lamp (Mar/Apr-2010)
Lynn's Picture Gallery: New Plants for the House (04-Apr-2010)
Anime Conji part 1: Thursday arrival (08-Apr-2010) et seq.
Anime Conji part 5: Friday Morning (09-Apr-2010) et seq.
Anime Conji part 17: Saturday (10-Apr-2010) et seq.
Anime Conji part 26: Sunday (11-Apr-2010) et seq.
Front of house - tree, carriage lamp (Mar/Apr-2010)
Lynn's Picture Gallery: Anaheim Comic-Con (17-Apr-2010)
Costume College 2010 part 6: Packet Stuffing (18-Apr-2010) et seq.
Maria's Haircut (19-Apr-2010)
1st 8th Grilled Cheese Invitational (24-Apr-2010) Part 1 et seq.
Dinner with Alan and Quincy (28-Apr-2010)
Bak-Anime part 1: Arriving Saturday Night (01/02-May-2010)
Bak-Anime part 2: Sunday (02-May-2010) et seq.
Socal Cosplay Gathering at Craig Regional Park, Fullerton (08-May-2010) Part 1 et seq.
Mother's Day 2010 part 1: Dinner (09-May-2010)
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Caitlin Doolittle and Julia Doolittle, from the Decorating Committee. Photos now online:
Anaheim Cosplay and Planning Picnic at Yorba Park (23-Aug-2009)
[livejournal.com profile] little_serenity and [livejournal.com profile] magi_sammy represented the Decorating Committee.

Ohhh, what a long day, but a great day it was. ... )

Kate Capps (Sexy Kat Kashi). I learned that ''Sexy Kat Kashi'' now lives in the neighborhood, in the city next door. I recruited her to help with the next postcard mailing... )

Gurren Lagann cake. Someone brought a strawberry-flavored Gurran Lagann picnic, with handmade decorations. Quite the production, and tasty too. (right)

Bekka the Alice. Bekka the Alice, our Fan Guest of Honor, was at this picnic. All of our GoHs were represented... )

Buffet table. I'd promoted the picnic as a potluck affair, and everyone came through with plenty of food... )

When we had the whole place packed up, we tore down the signs. Once everything was loaded, we didn't tell everyone to go home. I just thanked all of them, and told them that I was heading to Carl's Jr. for dinner and it wasn't far away.

As I expected, a handful of people joined us at Carl's in due course, but I received a phone call that meant I had to go resecure someone. Kate's mom's car's brakes had failed, and she didn't have AAA towing, so I went over to make sure the two of them got home safely and the car got delivered safely to Tokyo Automotive. They'd run the brake fluid dry, and hadn't taken care of the car generally, so I was happiest leaving the car there. And even though they were a one-car family, Kate's mom would be able to get back to the auto repair shop via a single bus ride.

Meanwhile, [livejournal.com profile] ladymaxstarr and [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn were entertaining Stephen at our house. I had another stop to make that night -- I needed to print something out at the office -- and then finally it was time for us to get Stephen back to the hotel.

Stephen Poon and Melissa De Mello. Thank goodness Melissa was available. (right) I dozed in the back seat.

The reason I wanted to go, apart from to say good-bye to Stephen, was to drop off the new hotel contracts for [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles 7-8 (2011-2012) and an addendum to our contact for 2010. The new paperwork locks in our convention through 2012, and includes a room rate of $109 for single/double/triple/quad -- including the 2010 convention. We're also getting more space, and we're getting more of our earlier space on Day Zero. I'm happy with the contracts, and as long as our numbers don't take a horrible nosedive the convention's in good shape.

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Lynn Baden. Photos now online:
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 359: Coral Cafe (06-Aug-2009)
Newport Beach Cosplay Picnic at Crystal Cove (08-Aug-2009)

[livejournal.com profile] library_lynn wore her purple bear ears on her lavender hat.

And I'm up to date. Tomorrow I go to 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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Tadao Tomomatsu, helping with the tent. Photos now online:
Van Nuys Cosplay Potluck Picnic at Lake Balboa (30-May-2009) New 12-Jun-2009
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 346: Coral Cafe (04-Jun-2009) et seq. New 12-Jun-2009
Julia's Graduation, part 1: Chaminade Prep H.S. (06-Jun-2009) et seq. New 12-Jun-2009
Julia's Graduation, part 15: Party at the house (06-Jun-2009) et seq. New 12-Jun-2009
Photo of [livejournal.com profile] friendlypinet is from the picnic.

Busy, busy. Commentary (and captions) when I get back from the picnics this weekend. Going to Fresno for a picnic Saturday and Bakersfield for one on Sunday.


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Tiffany as ''Bubbles.'' Photos now online: Irvine SoCal Cosplay Spring Gathering at Mason

Here you see [livejournal.com profile] neo_serenity as "Bubbles" with a positively enormous bubble wand. I've volunteered to help her mix up a gallon or two of bubble solution. Preliminary results: "Rinso" liquid dish soap is worthless, and I need to buy glycerin. And if I make it out to Home Depot, one of those paint roller trays would help in getting her loop all gooped up with bubble stuff...

Surplus things in my house and garage: Several years of Scientific American from the 1980s, when I subscribed. Anyone want them?

Several years of fiction magazines - science fiction (for example Amazing) and mystery (such as AHMM). They're up for grabs, too.

A tank of helium. [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn doesn't like balloons, so this is surplus. I may or may not have balloons that may or may not still be good -- but I'm sure the helium itself is fine.

An assortment of t-shirts, a lot of them with railroad or science fictional/convention topics, that are XL and therefore don't fit me anymore.

More to come... watch my Facebook if you like. I'll bring them to Coral, either tomorrow night or after Memorial Day depending on what kind of response I get online.

And I'm looking for a black and white line drawing (not grayscale shaded) of a droid. Preferably a mouse droid, but any will do.

EDIT: I also have a surplus hotel reservation at the Fairmont San Jose for FanimeCon. Don't need it. Anyone want it?
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Notes on the SoCal Spring Cosplay Gathering on Saturday. (Shortened by some to just "SoCal Spring.")

It turned out I wasn't needed to pick up anyone at the train station. Got up early.. )

Because of my (perceived) arrogant attitude, and the big footprint our lemonade tent was going to take, we set up camp about 50 yards from Shelter 6 where the gathering was headquartered... )

The gathering organizers expected 400 people, and paid for the reservation space accordingly... )

We picked up our wristbands early, before the rush. Later we were offered a refund... )

A terrible blow, there goes your operating budget (or at least the at-the-door portion of it) and that's a rough spot to be in. She handled it with grace and fortitude. I'm impressed with her ethics and honesty, and I wish I had more friends and staff with her good qualities.

One lady brought a billygoat to the picnic, she'd made a dress for it. A few people asked "is that really a goat?" and she'd claim that it was really her dog, cosplaying as a goat with the help of some artificial horns... and then the goat would bleat and give it all away...

I mentioned the two anonymous critics I've accumulated, who are poring over my every post for clues to my evilness. Latest update from that crowd is someone who thought I was fine in person at the gathering, but has concluded (from my previous post about the logistics for the lemonade tent) that I'm a douche and a little Napoleon. Perhaps my style of writing is a separate issue from how I relate to people in person? Anyhow, nobody came up to complain about us at the park. In fact, two people came over to talk about the video game room and the fashion show and might be helping us with the convention.

. . .

Sunday was Mother's Day, [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn and I went and helped my mother-in-law clean up her garage. She gave me a small portable barbecue grill. It might come in handy for a picnic at a park without any bbq facilities. And we took away about six boxes full of old carcare chemicals and cans of paint; I'll go to the hazmat dropoff in the morning. And all of this has really brought it home to me that I've got to get my living room cleaned. (A light just went off in my head: one reason I've put it off is I don't have a light fixture at the far end of the living room. Okay, I can take care of that.) And the room next to it. Inspiration...

And after that, we went to Crate and Barrel to get a "table in a bag" -- it's a coffee table that collapses down into a bag about the same size as my collapsing canvas chairs. Alec's got one, and it's been handy to have a casual table you can put your drink on. I'm not sure if it'll be more useful at picnics or conventions, actually. At [livejournal.com profile] loscon our party had a large coffee table in the parlor -- it would have been handy to have had a smaller one in its place, because it was difficult walking past the furniture and the people.
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Hooray! The prodigal carts are returning!

In late February/mid-March, I was convinced that we'd lost some of the carts. The carts all have names - Ala, Alexander, Tuesday, Trixie, Nessie, Cookie, Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde. And Ala & Alexander, along with most of the others, were missing. Oh noes! They weren't at the clubhouse, they weren't in the Pod, the only ones that had been seen were Tuesday and Trixie, plus Clyde (I think) was used at Gallifrey One.

Well, a month later I got a message from Erica. "Chaz, are you ever going to get these carts from me?" And a week or so after that a message from Jarod. "Chaz, are you ever going to get these carts back from me?"

So. Jarod's coming over in about half an hour. And I'll meet up with Erica real soon now.

Gathering-wise: The SoCal Gathering (Long may it prosper) tomorrow marks the fifth year of the picnics -- they started in 2005. Impressive, yes? (See also other well-meant enterprises that haven't been able to manage five events in five years; the SoCal Gatherings add up to 7 or 8 in five years, I think.)

EDIT: Or perhaps it's 6 events in only four years, my source of information may have been wildly inaccurate.

In other news, I have two anonymous admirers who've come here from 4chan, and apparently are hanging on my every word. Hi guys! Introduce yourselves! One of them's a Roadrunner customer in SoCal, the other one's a PacBell DSL customer in or near Irvine, but they haven't been signing their submissions so I don't know much more than that. Well, that and they don't have a very high opinion of me.
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Update to the Great Pink Lemonade Plans: I've been asked not to set up the [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles pop-up canopy tent in the event space.

There are picnic tables outside of the Shelter 6 area, and those are first-come first-served -- so I'll just get there early and set up there. (Unless there's a great outcry for me not to come and bring the lemonade... but one anonymous poster on my LJ does not constitute a landslide of popular opinion.) We're still registering for the gathering, of course. (Even if it weren't a matter of being the right thing to do, there's the practical aspect: paying $10 sure beats dealing with packing a lunch, bringing charcoal and stuff to cook, et cetera, et cetera.)

And no, we're not going to have a big in-your-face convention presence at the picnic. No big signs, we're not bringing the Animé Los Angeles tablecloth to set up a sales table, nothing like that. It's just a matter of the chairman, first vice chair, and a few other convention staffers hanging out in case someone wants to come over and talk to us.
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This Saturday is the "SoCal Cosplay Gathering" at Mason Regional Park, in Irvine. I've been trying to put my thoughts and plans in order... )

I'd like to make it clear that I'm not complaining. It's an interesting task, and the sort of logistics exercise that I take in stride these days. We'll have no trouble pulling it off, and I've got contingency plans in case some of the people can't show -- worst case scenario would be I leave the park after mixing up the first ten gallons of lemonade, go back to buy or retrieve the stuff we're missing and pay another five bucks to get back in the park. I just thought some of y'all might be interested in all this.

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Julia Doolittle, Caitlin Doolittle, and their parents John Doolittle & Kimberly Doolittle Photos now online:
Dinner with Melissa (13-Apr-2009)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 343: Coral Cafe (23-Apr-2009)
Oceanside Cosplay Picnic at Buddy Todd Park (25-Apr-2009)
Caitlin's Gallery Opening (01-May-2009)
Bakersfield Cosplay Picnic at Riverwalk Park (02-May-2009)
Zombie Prom at Bakersfield High School (02-May-2009)
The photo of [livejournal.com profile] magi_sammy, [livejournal.com profile] little_serenity and their parents is from the gallery opening.

Busy, busy, busy: I've been to two cosplay picnics over the past two weekends. The picnic in Oceanside had a good turnout - 45 people put their names or nicknames down on our sign-in sheet... )

SoCal Cosplay Gathering will be at Shelter 6. With Melissa, Corwin, Alec and Pam helping it took about two hours to get everything set up. We'll want to allow at least two hours to set everything up next weekend in Irvine at the big SoCal Cosplay Gathering. (left) If you're planning to help me there (Christian, Alec, etc.) please try to get to our location (aerial photo here) by 9 o'clock.

Then, last weekend we drove to Bakersfield. We stopped by Caitlin's gallery opening at Scripps College. Go see it!... )

From there, we headed to Bakersfield for the cosplay picnic... )

Harvey Auditorium, Bakersfield High School. After the picnic, we went back to the hotel. I took a shower while Melissa and Nikki fetched us dinner from Carl's Jr. and then we boogied down to the BHS Harvey Auditorium. A very impressive theater, especially for a high school (left).

The show was ZOMBIE PROM... )

Sarah Goldberg, Random High School Girl #12 in the Ensemble, is surprised to receive such a bouquet. Sarah was flabbergasted to receive such a huge bouquet on the second night of the show. (right) I understand the male lead was jealous, because he only got one or two, and Sarah's "just" Random High School Girl #12.

Next: Having lunch and heading for the hills.

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Theresa Mather, artist.Photos online: Xanadu Las Vegas part 1: Arriving late Thursday night (17-Apr-2009) et seq.
The picture of [livejournal.com profile] theresamather is from the convention.

AniZona, then Xanadu. AniZona had a mix of a seasoned "old" (over 30) crew of concom, and its third batch of under 30 staff learning the ropes; while Xanadu had a small concom of over-30 people learning as they go. About 350 members attended Xanadu.

AniZona's supposedly trying to train up the younger generation. My conclusion: it's not working. If this is their third batch of staff, if they've managed to have a 100% turnover in staff twice, then there's something wrong with how they're going about it. And it's not because people don't want to make anime conventions happen in Arizona: Saboten-Con over Halloween Weekend, Phoenix Cactus ComicCon (they dropped the "Cactus" this year) in January, AnimeTuCon down Tucson way... (We'll gloss over Yaoi Jamboree for now.) Anime convention fandom has spread into Arizona.

As far as Xanadu: Jacqueline Mason, the lady who'd convinced me to sign up back in September, was no longer part of the Xanadu operation. I expected to find a con suite, but they didn't have one. They didn't have name badges for at-the-door members, just wristbands. And the hotel, the Plaza Hotel (ex-Union Plaza) stinks of cigarette smoke, not just the decades-old kind but the fresh kind from the guy standing outside the door to the ballrooms smoking. I'm not going back to that hotel for a convention again.

We're heading out to Bakersfield tonight, for a cosplay picnic that [livejournal.com profile] summoner_lenne9 is involved with. Should be fun.

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Martin Young. Photos now online: Cosplay Picnic at Pearson Park (04-Apr-2009)

Saturday morning, after I dropped off Sarah, I headed over to the park. [livejournal.com profile] squiptryx0 was organizing a cosplay picnic to tell fans about [livejournal.com profile] loscon. (right)

Side view, showing the three tents. I had received the replacement frame for our 10'x10' canopy... )

Marcia Minsky. I brought Animé Los Angeles postcards, Kurt Miller brought [livejournal.com profile] 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.

The big worktop with the sinks we used as the buffet area. The shelter had a big worktop with two working sinks... )

Danielle Rivera assembles her hamburger. There were a bunch of people that weren't LosCon regulars... )

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.

Someone and somebody. They just arrived; they'd been told the picnic started at 4 o'clock! 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.

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Tomorrow: The [livejournal.com profile] loscon Picnic that [livejournal.com profile] squiptryx0 is organizing. See his post here for more info.

After that: Two conventions and three picnics, and stuff like that.

Artists: We need an extra design, one for an Animé Los Angeles postcard (you've got about four weeks) and another for a special postcard/flyer we'll be handing out at Anime Expo. More info to follow.

[livejournal.com profile] ladymaxstarr has a regular Orange County habit on Wednesdays: She goes to a goth club that some friends of hers run at a nightclub. Starting this coming week, it will be at an 18-and-over club in downtown Anaheim. For a month or two there, they were closed and she's been coming out and hanging out with us on some Wednesdays. As it turns out, the SPJA (Anime Expo's parent organization) board meetings are held on Wednesday nights... )

So, about those conventions. For AniZona, we'll have a table, likewise I hope to have one at FanimeCon in Artists' Alley. For FanimeCon we're probably going to have a Peanut Butter and Jelly Frenzy like we did a few years ago, which won't be advertised.

It's not clear yet whether we'll have a table at Anime Expo, but we have decided that we'll have a hospitality room at the Westin Bonaventure serving dinner. (That's the hotel which will have most of their evening programming.) We'll open in the afternoon/evening -- the time we open depends on whether we have a table in the dealers room. I'm going to want art for a special flyer we'll print up that will invite people to join us for dinner, and we'll hand those out -- face-to-face, and at our table if we have one. I'll be announcing the art contest for that flyer on the [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles LJ in a few days.

For all of these conventions, plus Anime Vegas (at the Cashman Center, about a mile north of Fremont Street), I need to know who wants to help; if you and I have already talked about it, it wouldn't hurt to remind me now.
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Someone, someone else, somebody, somebody else, and 19 others. Photos now online: Fullerton Cosplay Picnic at Hillcrest Park (22-Mar-2009)

Sunday morning, [livejournal.com profile] ladymaxstarr joined me for a potluck cosplay picnic at Fullerton's Hillcrest Park. (right)

Potluck picnics are a great low-cost way to have a day's fun, and this was no exception... )

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 ([livejournal.com profile] 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.)

hazelchaz: (ears)

Group photos. Photos now online:
Columbus, Indiana (Mar-2009)
Bakersfield Cosplay Picnic (07-Mar-2009)

Having made it back to Orange County Friday morning (a week ago), I tried to work at the office for a while but gave it up and went home for a nap. Then it was time to pack the car for the drive to Bakersfield.

Bakersfield? Yes, I'd reserved two rooms for myself, [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn, Martin, [livejournal.com profile] sbecktead and [livejournal.com profile] nitroace. See, [livejournal.com profile] summoner_lenne9 organized a cosplay potluck picnic, and you know how I'm always ready to pitch in and help. It was her first time being in charge of something like that, and she did a good job.

Martin brought along his papers to grade. I'd had a good solid two-plus hours of sleep at home, so I was good for most of the drive.

We pulled over at the Carl's Jr. in Gorman to get a snack, take a comfort break, and switch drivers. I was surprised to see an old fave back on the menu... )

Travelodge and Hampton Inn. From there, Lynn took the wheel and we proceeded to Hwy 99 Exit 25 California Avenue... )

The plan was to meet at 9:00 am... )

24th Street Cafe, Bakersfield. We made it over to 24th Street Cafe. A great place for breakfast... )

Then down to Stockdale Hwy, and west a few miles to Riverwalk Park. (Stockdale and Buena Vista, if you're looking for it on a map. North side of the street.) We stopped at the Ralphs along the way, next to Trader Joe's. I wish I'd thought to get some cheese for the burgers, and Tejava at Trader Joe's...

Lauren in green, Sarah in pink, at picnic location. A beautiful spot. In a few years, when the trees grow in, it'll be even better. We're at Riverwalk Park, at Stockdale Hwy & Buena Vista in Bakersfield. Sarah's friends, led by Lauren, had staked out an absolutely marvelous spot. A shelter with a barbecue, close to the walk, close to the lake. (left)

Scott Beckstead cooking. There were hot dogs, hamburgers, charcoal, barbecue utensils, condiments, paper plates, napkins, and just about everything needed to make sure people got fed something solid... )

Chaz Boston Baden, disassembling the cubbies with Martin's help. I brought a set of the wire cubbies along. I thought it would help to organize things and give us more free table space. It worked out very well. The only thing I want to try to remember is to park it somewhere out of the afternoon sun. (right)

Sarah Goldberg, saying ''I need my eye candy!'' Speaking of sun, I need to work on my photography of people in the shade when there's bright light behind them. It doesn't help that it makes them squint -- Sarah was either squinting or blinking when she told us all "I need my eye candy!" (left).

Samantha Patterson, Vidi Flores, and Taylor Tillman, all from Wasco High School. There was a good turnout at this picnic - over thirty people, including three from Wasco... )

Lynn Baden and Cathy Beckstead. We stood around and talked, and ate snacks, and generally passed the time in sunny Bakersfield. We were lucky, because rain had originally been forecast for the weekend. (left)

Carissa Edwards and someone at BJ's Pizza, near the park. And then it was time to pack up and go, before it got dark. We went to a nearby restaurant (BJ's) to get some dinner. (right)

Sarah Goldberg, heading home. After about an hour and a half at the restaurant (two hours if you count the wait for the table in the first place) we all went home. Cathy and Scott took Sarah back up the hill, and her family met her at the Flying J. (left)

Talk has already started on when to have the next one. Timing is tight, if there's going to be another one before the BHS school year ends, but perhaps?

hazelchaz: (ears)

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...

hazelchaz: (ears)

Helen Keeble, who was looking for Marshmallow Peeps and other treats. Photos posted recently:
WisCon 32 (May-2008)
Mother's Day at the Faire (11-May-2008)
Culture Day - Gamble House (01-Jun-2008)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 322: Coral Cafe (06-Jun-2008)
Dad's Birthday Lunch (10-Jun-2008)
Allie & Glenn's Wedding (14-Jun-2008) et seq. (morning photos not previously uploaded)
Cosplay Picnic at Santa Monica Beach (15-Nov-2008)
Anime Los Angeles 5 meetings part 31: Exec, General Meeting (16-Nov-2008) et seq.
Indianapolis Trip (Nov-2008)
LosCon 35 (Nov-2008)
Picture of [livejournal.com profile] helen_keeble is from [livejournal.com profile] wiscon.

What happened, did I fall off a cliff? Not exactly. I think I owe y'all a recap of my fall and winter since my last installment. Let's pick up the story with Part 1 of my four-part PMX report. The post I made on [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles doesn't count here, and for the most part I'm repeating everything I said there anyway. (Other installments: part 2, part 3, part 4.)

Pacific Media Expo was the first full weekend of November.

My Friday morning started out with a detour to pick up Selina. We had about ten people representing Anime Los Angeles over the course of the weekend... )

Selina Phanara and Lynn Baden, in their new goggles. [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn (left) was able to come out for part of the weekend! Hooray! My lovely wife doesn't make it to that many of the conventions on the circuit, because she works about three Saturdays a month. So on the whole, it was a weekend with some of my favorite people.

Lynn Baden, FER, and Matt Wells. The fine folks at PMX had given us a choice spot, on the side of Artists' Alley closest to the elevators (right). With our shiny new red tablecloth, we had an eyecatching location. The Downstairs Team spent the weekend there, giving away postcards, Shinbunshi (our newsletter), and temporary tattoos with [livejournal.com profile] le_moose's "Chibi Winking Ala" on them, granola bars, gummy worms, and bottles of water; and sold some silly ribbons to raise money for all the ribbons we give away for free at [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles. Also they had some ribbons to give away freely as they wandered the convention, to add to the buzz. I'm thinking next year we'll have an ask-for-it-nicely ribbon -- if you say "May I please have an xyzzy ribbon" you'll get that one.

It's been pointed out that sometimes I'm ambiguously snarky, or even passive-aggressive, in my LJ posts. So let me state this plainly: I like Pacific Media Expo... )

If anyone's likely to invite Sam Bak Za, they can do it and not have it conflict with their charter.

Does PMX have problems? )

They're a small convention with big-convention connections. Oh, I'm green with envy on that front -- one of my set pieces has to do with "big conventions can do things little cons can't, and little conventions can do things big cons can't" and they're straddling both areas. (Do I need to add a caveat that "...and PMX can do everything?") Just as one example, they're bringing in Asian fashion designers you won't see at Animé Los Angeles or at Anime Expo. And they seem to be giving AX a run for their money as far as bringing in musical acts.

They're doing okay. I hear they had about 1400-plus people, and that they were up a little from last year. There's a great community of people that appreciate PMX for its unique aspects, especially regarding art and fashion. They're trying interactive events such as a Cowboy Bebop event, which reminds me a little of what Rum Party has been doing at other SoCal conventions. And [livejournal.com profile] tatsugawa is encouraging people to participate, to bring in more ideas. Anyone want to report on how PMX is using Facebook and Myspace?

To be continued...


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