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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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Taqueria La Cumbre. They didn't have chorizo burritos for me. You may recall from my Anime Vegas trip report that [livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita suspects I can find a chorizo and egg burrito in any town. I had to see if I could keep that reputation going in San Mateo. The Yaoi-con restaurant guide (and bless them for having one) listed a Mexican restaurant, Taqueria La Cumbre, so I set out Saturday morning to find it (right). I was doing the shopping, too -- picking up a few things that we didn't worry about for opening up Friday night but wanted to have for Saturday.

Suruki Super Market. I found Pocky and other Japanese delights here. I had learned that there was a Japanese market in town. Oh boy! It was "Suruki Super Market" (left) and they certainly had a variety of Pocky flavors. They had a few other things, such as Hello Kitty breath mints (or possibly edible chalk?).
Andy Trembley with Chizu Mochi bag. I hadn't yet received [livejournal.com profile] bovil's tip to look for "Chizu Mochi" (right) in the stores, but I'll look for it next time.

We didn't have a large team -- it was myself, Christian, [livejournal.com profile] midnight_rocket, and my minions Melissa De Mello and [livejournal.com profile] aramina. We had just enough people so we could cover the table down by the ballrooms and also the suite, with everyone having time to take a break and wander around the convention. (Things will be different at [livejournal.com profile] pmx!) Lunch was usually hot dogs purchased from the hotel, or peanut butter sandwiches in the suite.

Andy Trembley and Kevin Roche. Andrew and [livejournal.com profile] kproche found our suite. Kevin was one of the bishies performing in the Cafe Verfuhren suite and had a costume with black wings (left). I don't know what it's from.

Incidentally, remember I talked about giving a cooking wreath as a wedding present? )

''Dealer Room - Please come in and close the door behind'' and ''YES WE ARE -OPEN- COME ON IN!'' signs. The Dealers Room, interestingly enough, usually had its doors closed (right). This was on request of the hotel. Apparently, even though the convention had the use of the entire ballroom floor, they were squicked out at the possibility of a mundane seeing the exotic boy-lurve merch on offer.

Our table in the ballroom area was near the entrance to the Dealers Room. Not the exit -- just the entrance. One-way doorways again. (Boo, hiss.) In fact the main traffic flow during the day was from the other end of the hall, down past the restrooms and into the dealers room. Our table was just beyond where you'd make that turn.

You may think I'm a bit cranky about how Yaoi-con turned out. That's not quite what I'm trying to convey... )

Daniella here had a question about Animé Los Angeles (left). I think I answered it to her satisfaction. If I remember correctly, she hasn't been to our convention before. So therefore, waving the flag accomplished something! Check our her ladybug stockings.

Remember a few posts back I mentioned that Christian had Met A Girl? )

Christian B. McGuire, with new ears on his hat, and Chaz Boston Baden. We're at Armadillo Willy's. At Yaoi-con on Saturday we ate at Armadillo Willy's (right). By this point, we've added bear ears to Christian's hat, and as I mentioned previously I Wear My Sunglasses At Night because the Future's So Bright and my clear glasses are home, broken in the street. He's talked to the hat girl, he's talked to the drinking companion, now we're having dinner and then it's back to the convention. Armadillo Willy's is a barbecue place -- if you're not a carnivore, it's not really the place for you. It's not far from the convention, and in fact it's just a hop and skip from the Safeway where we've been doing all our shopping.

When we get back to the hotel, I check in to see how Cafe Verfuhren is doing... )

Melissa De Mello. Room 3141 isn't so hot, compared to the rest we've seen. About midnight, we call it a night. Melissa and I spend a few minutes looking at the hallway we wish we'd been on -- Rooms 3142-3149 are the closest to the ballroom area (right). Should have talked to the right people before we made our reservation and room request.

Las Cazuelas Taqueria. Here I found chorizo and egg burritos for myself and Christian. On Sunday, I made another stab at finding a chorizo burrito. I know there are Mexican-Americans in town, so there ought to be the kind of place I'm looking for. I start looking around downtown, and head for the wrong side of the tracks. There's not much of a "wrong" side, but it shouldn't be difficult to figure out which side of the railroad has the lower rents. The main entrance of the train station faces to the west, so I drive up and down a couple of the side streets to the east, and sure enough: I find Las Cazuelas Taqueria, a hole-in-the-wall storefront operation (left). Getting a chorizo burrito is no trouble, although I should have specified no frijoles. They were very tasty.

Back at the hotel, we were late setting up, which was a bit of a disappointment. The line to get into the dealers room went in front of our table, and into the dealers room, and since it was a "one-way" door the fans didn't exit from that door. And after the line was gone, people didn't come from that direction. So by opening shortly after the dealers room opened, instead of for a short period before, we missed a chance to be that much more visible.

Christian B. McGuire pouring himself a nice healthy cup of ''Go Girl'' energy drink. On the whole, we had a good time. Christian had a "Go Girl" energy drink, which was almost every bit as good as we expected it would be (right). Well, so he tells us; we didn't have the courage to try it. It was very pink. We still had snacks and food on the table, including a few slices of bread to go with our Peanut Butter and Jelly. When all the bread was gone, we hit the road -- we made it halfway home before dark, and Christian finished the driving through Santa Barbara, to Melissa's, and back to the Tower. After the Tower, Caroline took the wheel (with her newly-minted driver's license). In Lakewood we looked on the street and eventually found most of my spectacles. *Sigh* I was home, in my own bed, by midnight.

hazelchaz: (ears)

All right, we're up to the last weekend of September. We're heading out first thing Friday morning. How long will it take us to get from Anaheim to San Mateo? )

Karisu-sama, in her Man Maid outfit. So that was really too late to be trying to see if Registration was still open, or do anything other than go shopping for our Peanut Butter & Jelly Room. Did we have a good room for that? Well, we were on the same floor that connects to the ballrooms, and on the same hall as Cafe Verfuhren, the "Man Maid" project I'd heard that [livejournal.com profile] karisu_sama was a part of (left). Last year it was an official part of the convention, this year it wasn't (although I couldn't tell that from the Y-con LJ posts). But we were really a long hike from the ballrooms. We were in 3077, which actually was at the far end of the hall past Cafe V (which was at the start of the hall) -- so even if you went to Cafe V you wouldn't necessarily have seen it.

Stephanie Duchin and Patty Engel. We put a sign downstairs, and spread the word a little bit, but we didn't really have much traction getting people to notice we were there. [livejournal.com profile] tenkuudragon showed up (right), and a few other people found us Friday night. I'm pretty sure all of them already knew about us.

Melissa De Mello, knitting. She and Christian are enjoying Mexican sugar Cokes. Friday night, therefore, was mostly us sitting around -- you can see Melissa's working on her knitting (left) -- and waiting for something to happen. (Remind me that if I go back to Yaoi-con next year, I want to arrive before the daytime events end. Possibly leave before dawn? Or Thursday?) We had brought an ice chest with some of the necessities of life -- water, cream soda, iced tea, Coca-Cola in bottles with sugar.

Continued...

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Christian B. McGuire pouring himself a nice healthy cup of ''Go Girl'' energy drink. Photos uploaded:
Maria, Lynn and Flamingo Balloon Animal (02-Sep-2008)
"What Ho, Jeeves!" Garden Party (14-Sep-2008)
Afterparty dinner at Dinah's (14-Sep-2008)
Mikomicon 2008 part 1: Thursday, bag-stuffing (18-Sep-2008) et seq.
Mikomicon 2008 part 3: Friday (19-Sep-2008) et seq.
Mikomicon 2008 part 5: Saturday (20-Sep-2008) et seq.
Mikomicon 2008 part 9: Sunday (21-Sep-2008) et seq.
Yaoi-con 2008 part 1: Friday (26-Sep-2008) et seq.
Yaoi-con 2008 part 3: Saturday (27-Sep-2008) et seq.
Yaoi-con 2008 part 7: Sunday (28-Sep-2008)
Looking around Mile Square Park (02-Oct-2008)
The picture of [livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita with the "Go Girl" energy drink is from Yaoi-con, which is where I gave him the bear ears he has on his hat.











As you can see, I'm caught up with posting the photos taken so far. (Apart from the missing [livejournal.com profile] wiscon photos. I've looked, I haven't found them yet. Don't know where or when they'll turn up, if ever. So much for my comment about digital pictures being harder to misplace...) Anyhow, now I need to go back and caption everything, and perhaps give you gentle readers a bit of play-by-play for what I've done since Costume-Con and Costume College. Thus the ellipses.

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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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