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Jul. 5th, 2010 02:10 pm Trip Home and Westercon Followup

After finishing up with Westercon yesterday, Tara and I lazed around a bit, and then hit up Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles for their signature dish (i.e. the one in their name) - although we didn’t put the chicken on top of the waffles.

This morning, we slept in a bit before packing and heading south.  For better or for worse the worst traffic was the jam directly in front of the hotel.  There seemed to be a bunch of people who were checking in at a time when normally people are checking out.  And with two large groups that had stay overs – both Westercon and the, presumed, Indian Subcontinental language group literary event – this caused a bit of a jam.  It was probably not helped by the fact that the incoming group was dominated by less youthful people who drive expensive cars and – and I’m not wanting to be judgmental here, but… – seemed to think that they were more important than anyone else.  At times the valets, and even bell hops, were having to move cars just to let other people get their cars out.  At least this mess wasn’t spilling out onto the public street.

I talked Tara into taking the more costal route – only to discover that the interesting historic part of CA-110 lays beyond our route – between I-5 and US-101.  But we made good time, and it was a bit cooler and greener – at the expense of being nearly 100% urban instead of the surprisingly rural inland route.

We are now home, being chewed out by the cat while we wait for the groomer at the Vet’s office/boarding place to get done with the dog.  I’m doing some work on the computers – including importing my newly acquired music.

I’m glad we again went to Westercon, and we both fully expect to go the next two years, and not just because we’ll probably need to promote at least one convention at each.  I am strongly in the camp that doesn’t want Westercon to die.  I think that it does, and can, serve several important fannish roles.  One I can think off off the top of my head is it can serve as a bit of “training wheels” for Worldcon.  It is a smaller event, but it does pull people from outside of its immediate area, and has its regular attendees that one may not see at a fixed local or regional.  This idea holds true for both members and con runners.  The only thing that makes this not perfect is that it is, at least currently, often smaller than the local cons wherever it is ran  - or at least this year’s event felt smaller than Loscon.

We do need to find a way to make sure that we are encouraging people who attend the cons in the local area to make it to Westercon at least when it is close enough – and I’d like to see more people go.  At the least, I do plan on at least making sure some of the people I know who go to some of the San Diego cons know that they should go to Westercon the next two years – even though it is a bit further than it was this year.

I’ll also admit that my mind has been playing with a way that one could propose to bid for both a Westercon and Worldcon in the same year for mostly the same dates and location – but setting it up so that Westercon was an extension day or two to Worldcon.  I’m 99.9999% sure that this would be a fun thought experiment, but would could be a disaster and would actually do more damage to Westercon than help get it back onto the map.  Of course the trick would be to find a way to have dates that satisfy the Westercon date requirement and would still allow for sane, but early July, Worldcon dates without creating the risk of killing successful competing bid for either event.  (This would have been easier to do if we hadn’t changed Worldcon back to a 2 year lead since one would just get Worldcon set west of 104 degrees and in early July and then just note that any other Westercon won’t work, but the fun exercise would be for both having a 2 year lead, and Westercon voting first).

I need to get off the computers, get our site selection and hugo ballots filled out, and dequeue some TV.

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Date:July 13th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
A friend who overheard some of them in the buffet line said the Indian group was a family reunion.
Date:July 14th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
There were a fairly good number of attendees of the event at the Pasadena Convention Center staying at the Hilton. When we walked by the center on Friday, the banner outside, as near as I could parse and recall, looked like the First World conference for what I'm 90% sure is one of the languages of the Indian Subcontinent.

They were a compatible group with Westercon I suspect. One of the sponsors - the one who got their name on the conference badges - was a comic publisher or distributor.
Date:July 14th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Perhaps there were two groups. I never saw anyone from the group I'm thinking of wearing a conference badge. They might've scheduled their family reunion to coincide with the language conference because some member(s) would be in town for it, or something.