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Dragon*Con 2008!!!!!!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 7:56 AM

MANWITHPEZ

Important people don't do field work.


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Originally posted by Hell's Kitten:
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Originally posted by manwithpez:
Adam Hughes was my favorite part of last year, and he's not going this year...

awww... ((pout)) it was a happy confused surprise to see you, and i looked forward to that again... =(

hope things work out for ya

last i talked with Adam, he said he wouldn't be a guest again because of the horseshit he went through last year, but i'm almost certain he said he'll be there as One Of Us... unless he's off galavanting across the globe with Allison...




She's very gallavantible! And, yes, he is one of us, if not more so. It'll be a shame if I don't make it. I know ThatWeirdGirl wants to go, and I don't want to let her down. But, too much shouting, pushing, drinking (oh...that was me...actually, put that in the plus section), and general douchebaggery have made me not want to go again. You never can tell, though, HK, where I'll turn up. I do jump from here to there a lot.

I only have one Con on my plate this year, and its here in NC. HeroesCon in Charlotte in June. Who knows...I might be able to swing it again, and might even have the inclination when the time comes.

Kaylee: "What's so damn important about being proper? It don't mean nothing out here in the black."
Simon: "It means more out here. It's all I have..."

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 8:27 AM

MSB


Well if you don't make it. we will miss you sweety... hang out with us more and then you will enjoy it.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 8:34 AM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


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Originally posted by RiverIsMyGoddess:
I assume that's a pic or a scanned copy of your D*C card, thanks Rose.


Picture of course (love my new camera)

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I haven't seen you in a while, but that's because I usually limit myself to 2-3 threads here, and have been otherwise engaged off of the boards. I hope things are goin' alright for you. *hugs*

They are mostly okay. I really shouldn't have any complaints. I mean, I do, but that doesn't mean I should
You know where to find me Hope the 'verse is treating you well.


I don't think that being cautiously ashamed, or selectively ashamed, or in any way ashamed of who I am is any way to live my life.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 8:45 AM

RIVERISMYGODDESS


I do know where to find you, I just haven't gotten on here at home in a while. The 'verse is treating me pretty well at the moment.



~jimi
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Dude, jerking off on my mom is one thing. But banging your grandmother and her roommates? That's like... legendary.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 8:57 AM

MSB


As it should... HUGS

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Friday, February 29, 2008 7:46 AM

STEAMER


I'm reggied. A couple of other NEBCs are going but I still haven't heard about their lodging arrangements. Thought I'd try my luck here, so....

Is anybody here in need of a roomie?

Or at least have a couch in their room I might be able to crash out on?



Kaylee's batt'ries
Have gone flat
For her - oh, GOD!
We can't KNOW that!
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Friday, February 29, 2008 1:14 PM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


I don't remember there being couches, actually. I'll give this a bump, though, I'm sure there are still people looking for some roomies.

You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 1:24 PM

MSB


Good bumping Rose:)

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Friday, February 29, 2008 1:49 PM

STINKINGROSE


Don't want to miss the wedding...
Missing friends...
Good at providing camouflage for HK...

So many reasons to go, so little ability to predict the future, so few rooms.





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Friday, February 29, 2008 3:38 PM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


Surely six months is enough notice to get the time off, honey. And I haven't heard anything lately, but I think the room crisis was a little exaggerated. Bet you could still get one, or find a roomie who has one, or somethin. You have to come!

You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 4:35 PM

NCBROWNCOAT


Yipee! I'm going along with dear daughter! It'll be a fantastic time!

I just bought our memberships....BTW get yours tonight. The are $60 tonight and $65 tomorrow.

Got the hotel reservations. Staying about a block or two away so I can at least get a few hours of sleep.

Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

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Friday, February 29, 2008 5:37 PM

PHYRELIGHT


I'm hoping I'll get to go to D*C. It depends on what happens. *crosses fingers*



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Friday, February 29, 2008 6:21 PM

MSB


Rosie if you don't come I'll never be able to get into my sari properly.... and it'll be all your fault if I accidentally unwind and end up flashing everyone... so you have to come!!! HUGS

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Friday, February 29, 2008 6:22 PM

PHYRELIGHT


Actually, the best deal for places to stay are the nicer motels (i.e.-Holiday Inn, Best Western, etc.) in Atlanta's suburbs. They're something like $65/night and 20 minutes away from downtown Atlanta. (Though, don't take my word for it. I heard this from someone else--my dad.)



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Friday, February 29, 2008 8:20 PM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


Trust me, Phyre, at this con you do NOT want to be that far away from where all the action is. Not much sleep happens and everyone is up late. Twenty minutes away? Hell no, I don't want to be FIVE minutes away.
And I won't be

You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 9:17 PM

FEARTHEMULLET


Im sorta interested. If one of you could explain what dragon con better to me that would help. Is it more than a bunch of people dressing up as misc sci-fi characters? What do you do during the day / night?

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Saturday, March 1, 2008 5:02 AM

STINKINGROSE


Surely six months is enough notice to get the time off, honey. And I haven't heard anything lately, but I think the room crisis was a little exaggerated. Bet you could still get one, or find a roomie who has one, or somethin. You have to come!

*****

I can give all the lead time on a request I want, but if they can't spare the manpower I'm fooked.

We've got one nurse whose BF/BD is getting out of jail in a couple of weeks, and she's announcing loudly that she's going to try for a third child. There's maternity leave right there. She's also not going to be happy at all when our manager does away with the 10 hour day shifts (only work 4 days). This nurse is a large portion of why the rest of us are working so hard to pick up the slack. I'm hoping she leaves in a huff when she can't arrange her second job as easily as she wants (not that she doesn't take time during the day to arrange her other schedule and disapears for an hour or more regularly to "take care of my business"). They started offering 10 hour days so that people (her, mostly) could have a whole day during the week to take care of business. Funny, that.

What about our brand new shiny nurse that we just hired through an agency to replace the one that left in JULY, you ask?
HAH! She has divulged information to me, on her second day, that she made me promise not to tell about. I suggested perhaps she discuss it with at least one other person after hearing it, sooner rather than later. She's going to talk to our manager Monday about it.
I'm not holding my breath on this one.

It takes a while to train a nurse in their new job, especially if they've never worked in that field before, and until they get up to speed it's like walking with a shoe that's the wrong size and has a different heel style (sneaker with a stiletto for a mate). After 10 to 12 weeks an agency nurse has a review to see if she's fitting in and if both parties want to make it permanent. This is just about the time they're starting to really get up to speed from what I've seen so far.
If the answer is "no" you have to start interviewing and hiring all over again, and it's another 12 weeks before you've got someone permanent.


So no, unfortunately, six months is not always enough time to request vacation. In fact, we just had to put in for time through June in late January. Furthermore, the manager can deny the request or even cancel the approval if we're desperate for manpower at the time.


(Don't you hate it when people do that, especially when you know it's going to be something that other people probably really ought to know *before they even tell you what it is*? That dread phrase "I need to tell you something, but you can't tell ANYONE!") You never know if it's going to be "I can't stand the smell of the lotion that nurse uses, and I may have to kill her" or "Aliens are sending messages to my brain telling me to steal all the paperclips".

Let's just say that at this rate there may only be three nurses working in the clinic on any given day by August.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008 5:21 AM

STINKINGROSE


Quote:

Originally posted by FearTheMullet:
Im sorta interested. If one of you could explain what dragon con better to me that would help. Is it more than a bunch of people dressing up as misc sci-fi characters? What do you do during the day / night?




The question is more one of what don't you do during the day/night...

Lots of people don't dress up. There is a significant number of amusing and entertaining Tshirts.
There are lots of presentations, parties, discussion groups, classes, parties, interviews, vendors, concerts, parties, costume contests, and random silliness. Did I mention parties?
Three (or more) hotels which are in a straight line are invaded and overrun for the weekend. People pretty much do just about anything and everything you can think of during the day, then once the sun goes down the more sedate stuff falls by the wayside and they do everything even more outrageously. Sometimes sleep is involved, but not if you're in the Hyatt. (From personal experience). There's also a lot of waiting around for and in elevators.
I spent the whole time hanging out with my new friends and gawking. Oh, and walking a lot.
I only made it to one panel (Ron Glass), and didn't feel like I'd missed a thing. Somebody pointed out that I'd just spent $!?!? to attend and didn't go to anything, but I really was having too much fun to notice.
There are lots of things with conflicting time slots, and you cannot possibly be in three places in three different buildings all at the same exact time, so you might as well get over that before you even step foot in the registration line (which is an event unto itself).
If you don't like crowds and personal space is of great importance to you this may not be your gig. Picture a human anthill and you'll get the idea. They need traffic monitors for the hotels to make sure people don't end up standing in one place for an hour without meaning to (elevators notwithstanding).
But where else do you have a chance to see things like the real (yes, really) Chewbacca in a face-off with a cardboard box wookie?

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Saturday, March 1, 2008 6:49 AM

STINKINGROSE


MsB wrote:
Rosie if you don't come I'll never be able to get into my sari properly.... and it'll be all your fault if I accidentally unwind and end up flashing everyone... so you have to come!!! HUGS
****

You know dear, there are people who would pay me good money to stay home for exactly that reason.


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Saturday, March 1, 2008 7:21 PM

RIVERISMYGODDESS


Quote:

Originally posted by stinkingrose:
MsB wrote:
Rosie if you don't come I'll never be able to get into my sari properly.... and it'll be all your fault if I accidentally unwind and end up flashing everyone... so you have to come!!! HUGS
****

You know dear, there are people who would pay me good money to stay home for exactly that reason.




*raises hand*


~jimi
Lt. Alexander - Chief Medic / XO Alpha Co. / Logistics & Transportation Specialist - 76th IAB

And so it is that we, as men, do not exist until we do; and then it is that we play with our world of existent things, and order and disorder them, and so it shall be that Non-existence shall take us back from Existence, and that nameless Spirituality shall return to Void, like a tired child home from a very wild circus.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008 10:20 AM

MSB


LOL Y'all are so much trouble...good thing I love you all:)



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Sunday, March 2, 2008 6:07 PM

NCBROWNCOAT


I'm staying at the Best Western about 2 blocks away from the Marriott/Hilton/Sheraton. I figure I can get some sleep that far away if I need it, walk back and forth and avoid the dreaded elevators at the Marriott. LOL

I'm paying $125/night AAA rate/double with full breakfast, so one meal is taken care of. It's also near the Marta station as my daughter and I are hopefully flying from Raleigh.

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Monday, March 3, 2008 3:17 AM

PHYRELIGHT


Huh, that's not a bad deal.

I wish I could go ahead and reserve a room now. However, I was hoping that my brother can come too (who is into D&D, Firefly, etc.), but he also has something scheduled with the National Guard at that time, and they keep moving it around from any where between mid-July to mid-November. I really want to go, but I don't feel safe traveling to a city by myself to meet a bunch of people that I don't know in RL. It's tricky right now.



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-Joss on us fans and our persistent reputation
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Monday, March 3, 2008 4:11 AM

RIVERISMYGODDESS


Jewel is currently listed as a guest, let's hope she and Adam are both able to make it !!!



~jimi
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And so it is that we, as men, do not exist until we do; and then it is that we play with our world of existent things, and order and disorder them, and so it shall be that Non-existence shall take us back from Existence, and that nameless Spirituality shall return to Void, like a tired child home from a very wild circus.

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Monday, March 3, 2008 5:02 AM

EMMARIGBY


Ooooh ! Dilemas! I was just about to bite the bullet and start arranging my first solo holiday abroad to come to Dragon con this summer but then spotted a con coming up in this country which looks fantastic!
http://www.seanharry.com/serenity7/index.htm

Now I can't decide.
A) less scary to not travel alone and cheaper, plus more guests!
B) don't get to meet all my US friends form this board!

What I'd really like is to go to both but don't think I could afford that. What would you do? Honestly?

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Monday, March 3, 2008 6:17 AM

MSB


But but... you said you would come... and I will miss you if you aren't here. It's up to you though:) HUGS

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Monday, March 3, 2008 6:51 AM

CANTER


Quote:

Originally posted by PhyreLight:
Huh, that's not a bad deal.

I wish I could go ahead and reserve a room now. However, I was hoping that my brother can come too (who is into D&D, Firefly, etc.), but he also has something scheduled with the National Guard at that time, and they keep moving it around from any where between mid-July to mid-November. I really want to go, but I don't feel safe traveling to a city by myself to meet a bunch of people that I don't know in RL. It's tricky right now.



Last year I was a bit scared of flying off by myself to the US to meet people I've only spoken to on the boards. My RL friends thought I was insane, and warned me against axe murderers.

But meeting Browncoats for real was like meeting family I didn't know I had.

It was well worth it.



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Monday, March 3, 2008 10:52 AM

MSB


Besides... we promise we aren't ax murderers( ok most of us aren't anyway)HUGS really it's fab. I was scared a bit too ( though I knew Jimi was picking me up at the airport so that made it easier) but take the leap...it's well worth it:)

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Monday, March 3, 2008 11:01 AM

NAVYSEILS


They are too ax murderers. Run for your life!!!

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Monday, March 3, 2008 11:50 AM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


Nonsense! I've barely ever even touched an ax in my life!

You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one.

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Monday, March 3, 2008 12:04 PM

FREELANCERTEX


I wish I had the money to go, cuz I'd really love to be able to actually meet some fellow browncoats :-\ *runs off and cries*


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Monday, March 3, 2008 1:03 PM

MSB


HUGS FLT.. you will one day sweety:)


Navy ( shhhhh don't tell them that. How else am I supposed to lure them into my trap... )

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Monday, March 3, 2008 1:22 PM

PHYRELIGHT


You guys pull an ax out on me and I'll whip out my nunchucks and bust a move on you like the ninja turtles! KIAH!!





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Monday, March 3, 2008 1:56 PM

STINKINGROSE


I didn't cross international borders, but I did stay in a room with what amounted to three (and then four) perfect strangers. I'm a grown woman and perfectly capable of traveling on my own, have been for years, and really enjoy not needing to conform to someone else's schedule and itinerary.
The scaries are usually allayed by asking directions from someone who looks to be an employee, and I'm sure that there are people living in and around Atlanta who would be willing to meet you at the airport or hotel. I ran into a lot of Con goers on my way in who I hadn't planned on meeting up with anyway.

Instant family, just add Con ticket!
I also heartily recommend international travel if you can swing it. We've got a big continent to roam around in, but England, Ireland, France, Netherlands, and Belgium were well worth the effort.

Canada's pretty OK too.

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Monday, March 3, 2008 2:42 PM

MSB


It really was the shiniest ever....

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Monday, March 3, 2008 3:36 PM

FREELANCERTEX


how much does it generally cost so i can set aside the proper amount :-P

phyrelight u did NOT just say 'KIAH' @_@ *dies then goes to haunt pete and ryan, who say that all. the effing. time.*


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Monday, March 3, 2008 4:03 PM

MSB


Well don't know what the flight would cost you, but if you find 3 roomies ( which is what most do) the room's about $220 for all four nights and the D*C registration is like $60( not sure check their site) and then just food... so maybe $600-$800

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Monday, March 3, 2008 5:20 PM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


It cost me a grand for flight, hotel, food, and various shinies. Of course, not everyone is going to have the expensive habits I do, so you might be able to get by on less than that. But there are just so many amazing things you can buy there...

You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one.

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Monday, March 3, 2008 5:28 PM

FREELANCERTEX


O_O jesus, where r u coming from? australia? or close to it?

6-800 :-\ guess i could muster that for next year. is it always labor day weekend? too bad i couldnt do it this year, im not goin to school this fall (yay air national guard for screwing up my life again @_@ tis only tech school, but still, i wanna finish college dammit lol)


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Monday, March 3, 2008 5:42 PM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


Quote:

Originally posted by freelancertex:
O_O jesus, where r u coming from? australia? or close to it?


Who me? Are you kidding? A flight from Australia alone costs a good two grand, and that's if you book it early. One of my dearest friends came from there for the last con. It cost me about $300 for my plane ticket from here in the Rockies.

You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 1:23 AM

NAVYSEILS


D*C '07 cost me about 1000 pounds sterling last year when I add up my flight(from scotland)/hotel/spending. That was in an overflow hotel which is a bit cheaper, but I only had the one roommate which countered the cheapness.

I went two days without even stepping foot in my hotel last year, even though it was only a block or two away. I was having too much fun to head back there at night. I would suggest that if you're going to go you try as hard as possible to get into one of the host hotels, cause you really dont want to miss anything when you're there. It's definetly still a worthwhile trip if you cant get into one of them, but it makes life easier.

Also, Rose is not an ax murderer, she prefers big swords and whips. No less frightening.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 3:13 AM

RIVERISMYGODDESS


Damn, they know we're axe murderers MsB, we'll have to change our MO.

Adam Baldwin and Jewel Staite are listed as guests at the moment, and I read somewhere that Morena was also slated to be there, though it isn't on the main D*C site just yet.

This year I think I will try to go without sleep for the whole weekend. Naah, probably not.

It's definitely worth the time and money, as it's loads of fun, and I've made it one of my two unofficial holidays of the year.

It is a giant Con though, with the official numbers from last year being 33,000 (there were at least 50,000 there, IMHO). That can be daunting, but I find it a lot of fun. If you do come it'll probably be a good idea to find a "Con-Buddy", at least for the first day or so.



~jimi
Lt. Alexander - Chief Medic / XO Alpha Co. / Logistics & Transportation Specialist - 76th IAB

And so it is that we, as men, do not exist until we do; and then it is that we play with our world of existent things, and order and disorder them, and so it shall be that Non-existence shall take us back from Existence, and that nameless Spirituality shall return to Void, like a tired child home from a very wild circus.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 4:30 AM

ARTCAT81


I have my lil yellow slip in hand I am official now... now if only Lost will reserve a hotel room ... grrr argh.. yall all have permission to poke and prod Lost_thought until he reserves a hotel room.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 5:11 AM

EARTHGIRL


If that does not happen, I currently have 3 rooms booked in my name and will probably only need two of them. I'm not releasing the third one yet, just in case. They are in the Marriott, as that's where the dealer room is, so I wanted proximity thereof. Although from what I'm reading, I'd best start practicing running up and down stairs instead of waiting forever for elevators!

I like to have all my basis covered.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 6:21 AM

RIVERISMYGODDESS


The Marriott elevators aren't that bad, even at peak times. The Hyatt's are the worst, IMHO, and that's mostly because they all go to all floors. I really hope I am in one of the towers, or that I have a room in the first 2-3 floors at the Hyatt.



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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 6:33 AM

MSB


Oh not the elevators... I still have nightmares of the elevators... giggle

Also have your cell phone so that when you get lost for the 40th time you can describe your location and one of your more directionally able friends can come find you ( of course that might be just something I have to do as I get lost terribly easily... ask Jimi, Rose, and Magda as they were the ones who had to come find me all the time)

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 7:24 AM

HELL'S KITTEN


Quote:

Originally posted by earthgirl:
If that does not happen, I currently have 3 rooms booked in my name and will probably only need two of them. I'm not releasing the third one yet, just in case. They are in the Marriott, as that's where the dealer room is, so I wanted proximity thereof.

if you end up only needing two rooms,
i could use the unneeded room you have...
((currently roomless))

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 7:34 AM

SISTER


oh, and cameras, cameras, cameras!! One of the few joys of being a smoker is that I'd have to go outside the Marriott where I stayed last year and watch the costumes parade back and forth across the street! The Marriott is the middle hotel of the 'three in a row' that Dragon*Con encompasses so everybody has to go through that hotel to get to the others. Fabulous for people watching. I would not be worried at all about traveling there alone. While you will find the occasional ass; most of the people are really very pleasant, helpful and there to have fun and not cause problems. (Although I'm sure there are those who would disagree). It's actually quite safe, even for the single folk. I had one woman in line for the passes tell me that, "if anyone is seen giving somebody a hard time they will be rescued instantly as many of the fans get very much 'in character' as soon as they arrive." I drive down by myself (and last year requested a refrigerator in the room so my roomie and I could bring simple snacks/fruit/breakfast stuff and our own booze from home - saved SOME $$ that way!). ALSO - eating out at restaurants while there - wow, HUGE portions; so we always asked for 'to go' boxes and stuffed them in the fridge for another meal! Hopefully THIS year I will figure out a better place to park, tho. Leaving, I sat in my car for about an hour to get OUT of the damn garage - THEN realized had I "lost or misplaced" my ticket it would have been about $30 LESS! Grrrrrr. Ya live, ya learn.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 7:55 AM

MSB


Hk... well we will just have to fix that won't we!! Hmmm ok who is brave enough to room with you???

Sister...ooh good tips:)

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 8:04 AM

HELL'S KITTEN


Quote:

Originally posted by MSB:
Hk... well we will just have to fix that won't we!! Hmmm ok who is brave enough to room with you???

heh...
bravery is irrelevant.
my roomie and i need our own room. ^^

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