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January 17th, 2011
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Further Confusion: Sunday
Wake stagger stagger eat text wait shower dress. Wander wander talk wander wander dragon dress stroll photograph stroll chat stroll stroll photograph wait dragon photograph stroll photograph dress wander hunger text equip text wait. Hunger. Wander dragon dragon dragon dragon dragon dragon hunger wander hunger dragon wander HUNGER dragon dragon HUNGER dragon HUNG--eat.

Text dragon dragon dragon movie dragon game wander chat wander dragon wander dance dance dance wander dance dance wander game. Type wander* dragon wander sleep.

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So yeah, a day full of costuming, dragons, and dancing. Thanks to postrodent for yesterday's photograph; I have more on my camera card that I will process once home, along with a few that others have promised to send me, and some from the official con photography station.

I got to take a walk through town with postrodent, circuit_four, indicoyote, and cryptodragon (who gets special props for being my handler for an hour or two, with no notice and little reward). Most of the photography was in the alley outside the hotel, but the walk was architecturally and conversationally rewarding and there was a British-style telephone booth I got to pose at.

Dinner was a bit later than my mood would have preferred, but in exchange, I got to make a pizza run with a group of 11 dragons (and a lone badger). It was good sharing a meal with Baphnedia, Kaltezar (visiting from New Zealand!), Skadjer, and the Bad Dragon crew - Varka and a number of folks whose names I didn't catch.

Dancing wasn't quite as great as last night's - I liked the music better, but the DJs were really not handling the song breaks well, and it would jolt the mood every few minutes. On the other hand, I didn't have to awkwardly and unintentionally play cocktease to a rather forward gay man, so there was that.

Con is basically over at this point - tomorrow will consist of a little socializing, one last meal, and then a drive home. But it has been rewarding. The mask worked out despite all the shipping problems, and while I've dealt with my share of social roughness, I did at least get to touch base with most of the folks I came here to see, as well as some others that were pleasant surprises.

* Edited to add: And, for the first time in 16 years of convention attendance, I found myself unable to get into the con hotel despite having a legitimate badge.

Shortly after 2 am, I walked outside to look for Kaltezar, didn't see him, and turned to go back in. A hotel employee stopped me and demanded a room key. I showed him my badge. He said that because con activities closed at 2 a.m. (Con EVENTS stopped at 2, but Con Ops, Gaming, etc., were still open), I needed a room key to enter. I asked in disbelief, you need a key, despite the fact there was a con going on through Monday night, and I had a badge, and he had watched me step outside through that same door not 60 seconds earlier? He repeated that I needed a room key to walk through the otherwise open front door, and refused me entry.

This is the first time in 16 years of regular convention attendance that I have had to deal with this bullshit. The con has an official overflow hotel; it is no secret that many attendees won't have room keys. And this was the hotel's FRONT DOOR.

So, total bullshit.

Screw you, San Jose Fairmont Hotel. Way to treat your customers. (And yes, I'm a customer despite not having a room key. I paid for the convention that booked your room blocks. Not to mention your shitty overpriced concessions.)

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From:feedle
Date:January 17th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
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I had something like that happen at another convention. I'd certainly bring it up with somebody with the convention's staff.
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From:baxil
Date:January 20th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
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First thing I did when I snuck back into the hotel via an alternate entrance was to bring it up with ConOps. Their answer was basically, "Yeah, it sucks, we agree; it's the last night of the con and we won't be coming back here next year, in part because of hotel clashes like this."

I'd have mentioned it at Hiss and Purr but I had already left by then.
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From:krinndnz
Date:January 17th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
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That is some bullshit with the front-door experience. I'm glad to hear about the pleasant things in your con time, though, and I'm totally looking forward to pictures of Sir Baxil, Dashing Gentleman-Dragon.
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From:baxil
Date:January 20th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
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Dapper Dragon pictures have been saved to my computer and merely require processing. :)
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From:arethinn
Date:January 18th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
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HUNGER dragon dragon HUNGER dragon HUNG--eat.

Sounds like you were prepared to eat the nearest meatsack, traditional tin can packaging or no.

* Edited to add: And, for the first time in 16 years of convention attendance, I found myself unable to get into the con hotel despite having a legitimate badge.

I can see where the guard is coming from on this - sounds like you were not staying at that hotel, and it's his job to keep you out of it during overnight stay times. At the Doubletree, the signage on the main doors says basically locked after X time and a room key functions as a key to open the door. However, that doesn't mean this was handled well.
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From:baxil
Date:January 21st, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
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By the time I sat down at the dinner table (I was, ironically, literally the last person to get my pizza), I muttered something to the effect that "the next person to interrupt my meal will have their head eaten instead." My neighbor scooted their chair away in a state of decorous alarm.

> it's his job to keep you out of it during overnight stay times

... Man, you must stay at a different class of hotel that I do, that the front door has access control in the middle of the night. Do high-end hotels refuse customers who arrive at 2 am? What are these "overnight stay times" during which they are closed? Door locks after hours are common as dirt, but the point generally is to force people to go around front so they can monitor entry. I've never been turned away from the front door, even when other doors are locked.

Regardless, I guess I can see a point to it under normal circumstances, but this is a convention with 24-hour activities (not 24-hour programming, but ConOps, gaming, etc., are open ... and with nearly 3000 people that's kinda standard). A convention which has been at the hotel before, so they should know to expect this. It speaks of a breakdown between the hotel and the con, more than anything, because with (even at that hour) dozens of people wandering around and walking outside and back in for smoke breaks, it almost felt like the guy was picking a fight just to make a "you're not actually welcome here" point.
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From:arethinn
Date:January 21st, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
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Man, you must stay at a different class of hotel that I do, that the front door has access control in the middle of the night.

I rarely stay in hotels at all, so I don't know what you're trying to imply about the class of the hotel (that it's high or low). I was comparing it to the Doubletree since that's the hotel I've been to the most conventions at (PantheaCon annually since... 2003? 2004?, and a couple of Baycons when it was still there). I would think that during a con, 24-hour goings-on or no, would actually be the time they'd more want to try to make sure people are not getting free stays (or sleeping in places they're not supposed to, like the lobby). It is kind of annoying - last year at the Doubletree they tried to charge me for parking on Monday since my last night was Sunday, when of course, as you note, stuff was still going on at the con (official programming lasts until 3 PM Monday). I can understand why they'd do this normally, if a guest stayed parked in the lot past the time they had a room booked for, but it seemed stupid - of course people are going to be there in the afternoon finishing up the con and then leaving. That's something I'm going to badger them about on arrival because it seems so dumb to penalize people for oh gee wanting to attend the full con. (They've been getting progressively less reasonable about the parking issue with PantheaCon, IIRC.)

It speaks of a breakdown between the hotel and the con, more than anything

True, but who can say what this guy was told?
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From:yaochi
Date:January 20th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
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aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand Fairmont is NOT con hotel in 2012 ......
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From:baxil
Date:January 20th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Which makes me feel, if not vindicated, at least justified in my outrage. :)
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From:kaltezar
Date:March 26th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
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It was quite a pleasent surprise to meet up with you Bax, I did realize that dinner was going a little late, but it was an attempt to get everyone together, seemed it worked out well. Thank you so very much for shouting dinner for me (shouting's a NZ term, meaning picking up the tab)
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From:baxil
Date:April 26th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
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Whoops - thought I had responded to this!

It was good to meet you, too, and I hope your trip out here was an excellent one. :)
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