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A couple of other Loscon comments -- the negative - RonO's Ramblings

Nov. 30th, 2008 06:50 pm A couple of other Loscon comments -- the negative

Things weren't perfect at Loscon. I'm going to point out the problems, but I don't think that there is much I could do to help fix them (i.e. I'm trying to void the rule that equates complaining to volunteering).


First, the elevator situation was very unfortunate. Since this is the hotel trying to upgrade their ancient elevators it is a good thing. But I do wonder if the rumor that it will take two years to upgrade the elevators is correct, I do wonder why it is taking so long, and why the elevators in service are so fragile and slow that the backups become problematic. This is aggravated by the fact that, like many conventions, the hotel has more rooms than the con can occupy so there are a number of non-con members in the hotel who may not be nearly as understanding of elevator restrictions -- not that there weren't fen who felt it was unfair to have to wait for an elevator or not push to the front of the line.

Second, the ballroom area, which is more or less at a basement level, had almost no cellular coverage. This is a problem for people like robot_grrl and I who use our cell phones to communicate regularly during cons, and for merchants (including other cons and bids) who use cell phones to take credit cards. I suspect that this may also be a problem for other conventions and training events that make up the bulk of the hotel's weekday business (I doubt that three fannish cons are the only users of the function space at the hotel), so the hotel should probably work with the carriers to resolve the problem. Personally this was aggravated by the fact that T-Mobile seemed to have poor coverage around the hotel.

Finally, the restaurant guide for this year was completely useless if you didn't know the neighborhood addressing already (the map side had no marks even for the hotel) and the one from last year that showed up sometime on Saturday was only marginally better since it didn't have a good scale. It occurs to me (and I am NOT volunteering to head this up) that Loscon, Anime LA and Galifray One could share the effort to put up a restaurant guide wiki someplace where people could contribute reviews, distance information and updated lists which could be used to generate a guide shortly before the convention.

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From:nolly
Date:December 1st, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
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The cell covereage on the ballroom level has actually improved over the past few years. it's still not _good_, but it used to be even worse.
From:nitroace
Date:December 2nd, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
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There is a reason for the noticed cell improvement. The LA fannish community bought a cell phone repeater and it was turned on all weekend. My AT&T went from no service to 1 to 3 bars once the repeater was turned on. We can look into getting more.

Great idea on the restaurant guide wiki! I'll forward that on to Anime LA and Galley and see what can be done. Now that all three are in the same hotel, a combined effort would be great!

Thank you again for your comments, and here's to a speedy repair of the elevators.

From:fr_john
Date:December 8th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
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1. I think the slowness and clunkyness of the elevators is why they're being upgraded. Actually they are being completely rebuilt. Elevator cars, especially for a 40+ year old hotel have to be custom built in the shaft. This is very time consuming.

2. As has been noted, it has improved. I was actually able to make a call or two. On the plus side, it meant that nobody's phone went off during a panel.

3. I agree about the restaurant guide. If you have a map, you need to mark the restaurants on it, not just give the address. But, as you say, this is not to volunteer to do it. Besides, I don't live in Socal, so I don't know the area.

Commenting on previous posts:

As for the masquerade, it was not the best they've had. It varies quite a bit from year to year. And they're quite loose on the rules -- it's not too bad for an entry to go over time if you have only 16 entries. In the past there have been more. And less. And some are hall costumes that have been seen all day. And Rocky is getting on in years now.

I'm glad y'all came to the Mass. And dinner was nice. I get along well with kids, I think because I'm the same mental age...