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Oct. 23rd, 2010 09:28 am An Idea

This morning while my mind was running on idle in the shower, I was struck with an idea, that I am going to share.

A Disclaimer: I have no plans to start to implement this idea.  But if anyone else chooses to, they are free to use it, and blame me if they wish.  I might even help.

The idea was generated when I realized that I haven’t heard of anyone bidding to run the Westercon in 2013.  Knowing that the 2011 Westercon is Westercon 64, and 2012 is Westercon 66, an idea for a bid was born: “Route 66 for 66.”

Of course my brain had to then move to the practical, so I then starting thinking about where such an event could really be held.  After eliminating the places probably too far east for the west coast fen: Flagstaff, Gallup, Grants, Albuquerque, Santa Rosa and Tumcari; too small: Needles, Kingman, Williams, Gallup, Grants, Santa Rosa and Tumcari; or too hot: Barstow, Needles and Kingman; I was left with two obvious choices: San Bernardio or Santa Monica.

Of the two, I figure that San Bernardio is the more logical choice since it is more likely to have facilities that would work and not be overcrowded with the “regular human zoo” on a holiday weekend.

The next choice out of the cities I eliminated would be Albuquerque since they do have an active fandom and clearly have the facilities – albeit most of the ones I’d think of using are not actually that close to the historic Route 66 on either of its routings through the city; but I’m sure someplace somewhat close could be found.  Flagstaff might also work since with a university and a major attraction not too far away I’m sure there would be at least one hotel that would work – but it is a bit hard for non drivers to get to (no major airport – but the Southwest Chief does stop there).

But, as I said, I’m not going to run with this; but will let anyone who both thinks that this is a good idea and has the time, energy, etc. to run with it run it if they desire.

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Date:October 23rd, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
If you were to try to implement this, is strikes me that having some sort of tie to Chicago, say a live feed from either the Art Institute or Lou Mitchell's during opening ceremonies would be essential. The Art Institute being more or less the official start of Rte 66 and Lou Mitchell's being the traditional breakfast place before starting the drive.
Date:October 23rd, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
It would make sense - even more so if the con were in Santa Monica (the traditional end).
Date:October 28th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
I have this strange feeling that I should be throwing a twenty dollar bill in your direction.