Photos now online:
Cosplay Picnic (07-Mar-2009)
Having made it back to Orange County Friday morning (a week ago),
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,
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... )
( 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... )
made it over to 24th Street Cafe. A great place for breakfast... )
Then down to Stockdale Hwy, and west a
to Riverwalk Park. (Stockdale and Buena Vista, if you're looking for
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...
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.
( 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... )
I brought a set of the wire cubbies along.
I thought it would help to organize things and
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)
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!"
( There was a good turnout at this picnic - over thirty people, including three from Wasco... )
We stood around and talked, and ate snacks, and generally passed the
in sunny Bakersfield. We were lucky, because rain had originally been
forecast for the weekend.
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)
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