Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Cons and Other Places I'm Planning to Go, With Extra Hamster News, Too.

This August I'm going to NasFic, aka. Archon 31, August 2 - 5 in St. Louis, MO. The WorldCon is in Japan this year (and wouldn't I love to go there!).

I'm also going to try and be at the Star Trek Con in Las Vegas on August 9 - 12 held at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. It's an annual "anniversary" event for the hubby and I. Our old anniversary was August 15th, 1991 our new one is August 19, 2006. This year is the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Should be a pretty good con. Wil Wheaton is going to be a guest. We've enjoyed his previous visits and gotten him to autograph his books (Just a Geek and Dancing Barefoot) there as well as heard him talk and seen some improv/sketch work he does with a group called ACME comedy theatre. He's funny and very generous in giving time to his fans.

I just wandered over to Wil's blog. Apparently AOL has blocked him from emailing anyone with a '' email address. Those folk all need to get gmail, IMO. Read more at his blog WWdN: In Exile

Next year I'm going to go to the WorldCon in Denver.

Denvention 3 - the 66th Worldcon - Denver Worldcon in 2008

Aside from cons I'm looking forward to a visit from my son and a trip with him to SoCal to visit my family and go to Disneyland. I reserved our rooms online this evening, and called Disneyland for "Priority Seating" aka, a reservation, for dinner at the Blue Bayou restaurant. If you've never been to Disneyland it's an indoors restraunt at the Pirates of the Carribean in New Orleans Square. The Disneyland website says of it:

Savor the down-home Cajun flavors at this New Orleans-style eatery with a moonlit ambience, a dining terrace that overlooks Laffite's Landing, entry to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, and the finest Crescent City cuisine outside of Louisiana.

Menu items include:
  • Classic Cajun gumbo and jambalaya
  • Dinnertime offerings of Alaskan King Crab Legs and Filet Mignon
  • Lunchtime exclusive of the Blue Bayou's signature Monte Cristo sandwich
  • Savory choices of broiled fish, chicken and beef dishes
  • Mouth-watering appetizers and delectable desserts

Haven't been able to get in the door to eat there on any of our last few visits - it's always booked up. Last year we got there around 9 or 10 a.m. and tried to get reservations for dinner. I even pulled the "we're newlyweds" card - it didn't help. Then I discovered that you can call up to 60 days in advance and book a table.

The only time I can recall eating there (and that doesn't mean I haven't since, I just don't remember) was back in 1977 when a bunch of college theater friends and I drove down for the day in the middle of the week around Thanksgiving time.

Another blog on my reader that writers might find interesting: Craigslist Curmudgeon. He talks about postings on Craigslist that are insulting to writers.

Lots of news posts about researchers discovering a hamster jetlag cure (I picked that one to link because I, 1) like ScienceBlogs and 2) it had the best title) often do hamsters cross timezones, anyway, that this should be a problem for them? (Yes, I know - but don't disabuse me of this notion, I'm enjoying the imaginary world of jet setting hamsters I've created in my mind, ok?) My first notice of this item was via Jaycinth on Absolute Write, btw.


Cookie said...

Twenty years?!


I think I need to lay down now.

Dawno said...

I know what you mean. Of course I think the same thing about my son "He's 21? When did that happen?"

Mac said...

Worldcon 2008, definitely -- and Nasfic, this August, as well. I'm looking around for more west coast stuff to tempt you out to play, too.