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Posts posted by Clutch

  1. It was in mid April last year when it was mentioned about the convention center becoming a field hospital, and conditions this year are not the same as last. President Biden announced that he is working to make vaccines available to the general public in May. There is a good chance that many of us will be vaccinated by the end of June, and the conditions for lifting restrictions will be a lot greater.

  2. On 1/1/2021 at 10:46 AM, KyoKyo said:

    I'll be happy if there's an Otakon at all this year...

    I was wondering how it will be possible to hold Otakon, since the roll-out of vaccines is not looking good right now. How would you do Social Distancing anywhere in the rooms? How long would the line to the Dealer's Hall be with everyone 6 feet apart? I would be happy to keep my Otakon attendance streak going, but have my doubts about it occurring in 2021 safely. Time will tell.

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  3. The Inner Harbor was already hurting when Otakon first got there. On the very first Baltimore year we went to pool hall with a name that started with Charles (Charles Billiards?) that was on the skywalk near the Hyatt. It was gone the next year, and nothing else was put in place as far as shopping or entertainment. The last year Otakon was in Baltimore they were turning that skywalk level into a parking lot. I would bet the hotels are really hurting too. Taking down the skywalks was not beneficial either, but they did not want to pay to rehab them from what I understand. Over time, Harbor Place, the Light Street Pavilion, and The Gallery, were all  losing food vendors. I still have a ceramic sharpener I picked up from the knife store that was on the lower level (Smokey Mountain Knife Works?). Looks like they moved the U.S.S. Constellation to the other side of the harbor.

    Amazon killed a lot of the malls, and the irony is that they want to buy the dead space from Sears and J.C. Penny to set up fulfillment centers. The mall where I grew up used to hold events every year. They would have a British/Irish/Scottish weekend where bagpipe parades would go through, and vendors set up tables of goods (snacks from the area, wool products, Yorkshire Terriers plushies, etc.). There were Antiques shows with tons of tables on the entire bottom floor. If there is such an event now they may have a few tables with sports memorabilia and one or two tables with movie posters and old toys. It is sad because the malls used to be really vibrant places, and THE place to be on the weekends. Especially at the end of year holidays. The younger generations don't know what they missed missed.

  4. 18 hours ago, Daniel Perales said:

    I honestly never bought an Otakon shirt for myself, but I did for my niece and nephews when I used to take the whole family in the early days (the 1990s). I don't think they still have them, but I do have a friend that still has his 1994 shirt.


    I have seen the same person wear the 1994 shirt to a bunch of Otakons. Stopped wearing mine when the colors started to fade, and the tongue was no longer pink.

  5. 2 hours ago, Revan said:

    For the record, this is the T-shirt in question:


    As I've said before on this forum, it's my favorite shirt I never wear.

    I was not sure which year it was, but that is also my favorite. Alas, it sits in a drawer never to be worn again because I don't want to wear it out.

  6. The Good:

    • Otakon still going on in some way, even though we could not be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center together.
    • People willing to volunteer their time to entertain us. Much appreciated! 😀 🤜🤛 🙂

    The Bad:

    • The volume levels on the presentations were all over the map. You could barely hear one person, but have your ears blown off when changing to a different channel.
    • Would have liked to see a dedicated Anime channel, even if it was something we have seen 100s of times. Twitch has done Pokemon and Yugi Oh marathons, so it may be possible to get rights to broadcast something old or not very popular (original Ronin Warriors?).

    The Ugly:

    • COVID-19! 🤬
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