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  1. Over the last few years, it seems like everything past 6 PM was 18+. At least for the video rooms I wanted to visit. Normally, I don't bother with the 18+ stuff, but now you kind of need it.
  2. On the local morning show with the channel's news team, they had someone on hawking small bottles of pickle juice for electrolytes. Some designer brand. I would be curious to try one, but not pay a ton for it. I always have ear plugs in my pocket. Loud noises are painful to me, and movie volumes these days are insane. Te local AMC theater went out of business and was bought by a local entertainment company. They reopened half of the movie rooms and I went to see Godzilla Minus One there. Even with my earplugs in, the volume was painful. I should have walked out, but was really e
  3. The ride back someone suggested taking some other road up to Delaware. I was driving past corn field after corn field and had no idea where I was going. If I saw a New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania license plate I just followed them. However, there was a lot of speeding on that road, so it was hard to keep the cars in sight. Ended up going on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge–Tunnel and stopping at the gift shop at the halfway point of the bay crossing.
  4. One remote convention per year is my limit. I can sympathize with being the lone person footing the bill. It is not cheap. I went to Katsucon once when it was in Virginia Beach to see Masakazu Katsura. What a miserable drive that was down Route 95 during a Nor'Easter. Went through 3 bottles of windshield washer fluid. You would get one clean swipe and then the windshield would ice up again from the frozen muck. Had the defroster on full blast and took my coat off, because that air was so hot, but that ice did not budge. Had to clean the slush off the lights every time I had a pit stop.
  5. Saw a reference to this article this morning and it makes me wonder how much leverage conventions have with the local area. https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2024/07/10/comic-con-may-leave-san-diego-over-hotel-price-gouging-say-organizers/
  6. I suggest planning on a larger spending amount than normal. Given current prices, you could go through your allotted funds easily. My thinking is that prices on food will be 50% higher(or more) than last year.
  7. I take the plastic zippable containers which bed sheets come in and use them for toiletries. The first time the toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, hand lotion, body wash, etc. pops open in your bag, you will wish there was something separating them. There are probably small, clear, makeup bags that zip up which serve the same purpose. Also helps keep the volume of what you bring down to a more manageable size. Travel size toiletries cost more than regular containers, but the space savings are worth it in the suitcase. Make a point of using up any extra travel size things you buy after getting hom
  8. Since the board will be gone soon, figured I would start my yearly thread one last time. An umbrella for when those wicked thunderstorms come through. Cell phone charger Your medications A wide brim hat to keep the Sun off your face. Sunscreen if you will be stuck outside for extended periods. Remember to reapply when needed and don't skip your ears. (Just saw a mini video from a cancer doctor who said ears are a frequent spot for melanoma) A debit card or credit card. (Convention center is cashless as are some local stores. Cashiers [
  9. How apt that this came out https://www-xataka-com.translate.goog/servicios/foros-internet-estan-desapareciendo-porque-ahora-todo-reddit-discord-eso-preocupante?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-US&_x_tr_pto=wapp https://old.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/1disezt/internet_forums_are_disappearing_because_now_its/
  10. @MattTheMinion - Can you set up a RSS feed or bring back the mailing list for announcements?
  11. No thanks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discord#Criticisms_and_controversies Since you are killing a vital source of information for us, I request that all major announcements be posted on the front page of the Otakon site in their own banner 2 weeks in advance of any date. e.g. Hotel block, registration opening, contest deadlines, etc. I don't want to go to some skanky social media site to find information. Will at least visit the Otakon home page to look for changes. Is RSS still a thing?
  12. There is no ice cold water for only one dollar.
  13. Barnes and Noble. They had tons of great magazines (all gone now). When the convention hit some dead spots in my schedule, I could go there to look around. They closed that B&N store too. Don't think DC has any book shops, last time I looked. I also liked walking by the big fountain. You would see all the photographers and cosplayers there, also the idiots jumping among the concrete pedestals. Wonder how many of them got injured? Funny enough, one of my former coworkers lived in Baltimore during Otakon's early years. He worked at the Days Inn and I am pretty sure he was th
  14. 05/26/2024 17:21 1 minute 37 seconds to load this page. What is sad is that in just over 8 weeks, it will be peak time for this board and nobody will be able to use it. 😟 Almost forgot that it was unusable during the convention last year. Spinning circles the entire weekend. Don't have high hopes that anyone will care enough to fix it.
  15. 8.19 minutes to load the new posts page. 9.56 minutes to load this page. Wonder how many minutes it will take for this to post?
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