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Subject:mulling over stuff
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3:15 PM 5/5/10 · So, I'm going to BayCon this year but I'm not sure if I'll be going regular anymore. With the exception of last year I haven't missed an event since 1994, minus 2 family weddings. Of course, I no longer work the convention and I found the first year I went not working it that it just didn't quite grab me as much.

The new location isn't helping...

...I've bitched about this before.

The convention center's convention rooms are massive and ideal...but that's not it. I host rooms and I usually have a few people initially with more picked up over the course of the convention. Years at the San Jose DoubleTree may've spoiled me somewhat, what with the individual rooms being fairly spacious, but the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency ain't all that in this department. The rooms are about average sized and with the big beds they're even smaller. Not that much room around the beds which is tricky for when I'm used to having extra folks setting up sleeping arrangements on the floorspace...

...and the bathrooms are so small that sitting on the toilet you can reach absolutely everything else in there!

At the DoubleTree you couldn't reach much else in the bathroom from the toilet other than the one wall it was close to. Not even stretching your legs full length!

Yeah, the living quarters are a biggie of my issues with the place. I might not've noticed that if I were working the event so much as I'd've been in my room a lot less often. I'm not big into panels so when not checking the art show or the dealer's room or chatting it up with my fellow geeks...I eventually head back to there.

The convention center itself is massive. More space than was ever available at the old location. However, insofar as when I went 2 years back, while the space is larger BayCon occupied a only a small portion of it. Moreso, they took up space that was less than they had used previously. Sure, access to the full convention center...which was kinda cool as we weren't the only convention there.

I'd imagine there's going to be not such a call for using so much space this year either. Last I heard, about a month or so back, there's not gonna be a Masquerade this year. I'm not sure what other events might've been cut too, due in part to ½ the management staff leaving due to financial difficulties from the guy that's been heading up the convention the last couple decades.

Guess we'll have to see. I've already got my room reserved. Got at least 3 confirms for using crashspace.
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Subject:Heads up!
Time:04:56 pm
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Subject:the way of things
Time:01:06 pm
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Kinda bugs that if BayCon were right now I could afford it with moolah to spare but it's still 3 months away and unless I'm employed by then I can't say I'll go. However, I suppose I could make a reservation for a room now and hope for the best then...

...if it turns out I can't go then I'll simply cancel it at the time.
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Subject:BayCon Door Rules
Time:12:16 pm
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11:36 PM 5/9/09 · Even though I'm not going to BayCon this year, I had been working under the premise I still might at the outset of this year. Since last year I'd been working on, whenever something occured to me, a set of rules for my door. Similar to the rules for the room but for people to read that happen to wander by...

...the first time I printed up a list of rules for my room I also hung one on the door and I got dozens of compliments on them. Variation on a theme sorta thing

Within this room are rules to follow but since there often seems to be a crowd outside my door I figured there should be rules for you too!
  • Despite the happy noises you may hear coming from within...this is not a party room.

  • These rules apply to anyone within 3 feet of this door.

  • If you hear any sounds from the door step back. Don't want someone to be in a hurry to get somewhere to crash into you.

  • Ritualistic sacrifice is permitted in the hallway but you must supply your own offering.

  • The hallway isn't clothing optional. No running around naked out there. Think of the children!

  • Do not try to gain access by crawling under the door. If somebody opens it while you're there things could get messy

  • No setting the door on fire!

  • Door is boobytrapped. Do not try to break in or feel it up.

  • Don't get too close as one of the roommates was thinking of setting up a minefield out there.

  • No leaving pets tied to doorknob.

  • No urinating on this door. There's plenty of other doors for you to choose from.

  • ...and while it should go without saying: no pooping on or near this door either.
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    Subject:Well, poo.
    Time:06:00 pm
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    Due to ecomomic tomfoolery, still being unemployed, and generally broke other than what I get from Unemployment...I will not be hosting a room this year at BayCon. Not planning on going either.
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    Subject:Well, poo.
    Time:10:19 pm
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    Was toying around with hosting a room at SillyCon next weekend but as things currently stand I don't think I can afford it. Might not even be able to go.
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    Subject:hmmmmm....
    Time:10:22 am
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    Given a few details about BayCon's new location, I think it's about time I updated some of the rules.
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    Subject:Rule #9 & Rule #10
    Time:08:55 am
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    A couple months back in another community, and totally randomly, KShandraKShandra got on my case about the rules from when I had them hanging up at the 2006 BayCon on my outer door. Basically said she had a problem with a lot of them but only specified #9. Seeing as that one and the one following it are so closely related, thought I'd clear this up now.

    Rule #9: this room is borderline clothing optional; be mindful of others and be careful where you sit
    This is really only due to the fact that after I started getting more than a couple other people in the room it seemed like such a hassle for everybody to have to wait for whoever was in the bathroom to get changed. It doesn't mean that people are just generally wandering around naked in the room...though it has been known to happen every so often...usually after someone showers.

    Rule #10: it is not uncommon for random people to meet and have sex at these conventions. if you do it here that's your business but do not expect everyone to clear out just cuz you can't keep it in your pants. they want to watch and you have a problem with that you can go find another room!
    When I first started hosting rooms the electronic keylocks weren't in effect. Had no problem when they were but hadn't realized that the original hardlock was still there. One year a roommate made a friend and I came back to the room only to find I couldn't get back in because the hardbolt was on. Basically, I made this rule simply so no one would lock me out of my own room but there are other reasons that pop up too...

    ...like, for example, two people in the room hit it off and decide to go at it. They can't ask everybody else to leave, as that's just rude, and it's not fair to take up so much time in the bathroom if someone's gotta use it for what it's actually intended for.

    My room is largely intended as a crashplace, not a party room. People do hang out there over the course of the event but while it is sometimes close to it, there's a reason we're not on the party floor.
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    Time:01:54 pm
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