May 27th, 2004


Thoroughly mixed

We had the ATC Board meeting last night, got a number of things decided and voted on (my election as con chairman for Anime Detour 2005, and new bylaws regarding voting membership) and also talked a lot about policy and programming and hotel issues. Looks like we'll be at the Thunderbird, not the City Center Marriott, since the security issues (think hundreds of teenage suburban girls wandering around downtown Minneapolis on a Saturday night) are more than we want to deal with. For an SF convention and its older membership it's not such a big deal, but our members are a lot younger than the average SF fan and a lot less worldly besides. Everybody was very impressed by the size of the T-bird's function space (20,000 square feet plus, a dozen other function rooms and 15 suites, YEOW) and the two pools and the proximity to the Sprawl of America, so unless that hotel blows up in our face I think we're set for April 8-10 next year.

On the other hand, the evening went downhill abruptly when I got outside, realized I'd left the lights on, and was unable to start the truck. Had it towed to Bobby & Steve's, and through various miscommunications not only didn't get it fixed that night but didn't get home until 4 AM, at which point I was too sick to go in to work today. Damn. The bus ride into town on the 556 took forever (it's only express from Diamond Lake Road to downtown, and we caught it at Old Shakopee and Nesbitt), the cost of fixing the battery, with tow, came to $300>, and yeah, on balance, it was a sucky day in spite of the nice weather.