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Everything posted by Revan

  1. Going by the fact that, like me, you've been going since 1994, I'd say we're both on the far end of a bell curve of attendee ages. (To put it in D&D terms, we're in the 16-18 range on the 3d6 scale. 😀) My GBU is partially the con, partially the trip to DC itself. [/u]The Good:[/u] - I got to attend a lot of panels, only missing a few that I'd wanted to see. And I still haven't missed the AMV contest. - The weather held on Thursday and Sunday - the important travel (and touring) days. - There were only a few times I got dinged with lines. - So far,
  2. Keeping in mind that 1 incident does not = across the board enforcement, but one of the staffers called out a presenter at a panel Saturday night. At the 'You're Wrong, and You Should Feel Bad' panel, the presenter (Panda(?) from Many Battleships) moved from up on the dais to walking in front of the front row. (Much like how some stand-up comedians pace back and forth in front of the audience while on stage.) At one point a staffer interrupted and told him if he was going to be that close, he'd have to wear the mask - presenting on stage was enough distance, but right up front wasn't. He compl
  3. That really doesn't bother me, as I still wear a mask while going shopping even though I was vaccinated almost 3 months ago. I tried Nando's once - it's decent enough, I suppose. I do like their Garlic Peri Peri sauce.
  4. I don't know how you feel about plain coffee, but they do have a coffeemaker in the room, along with a couple of teabags (English Breakfast and... Chamomile?). You can always hit the Safeway and grab some bagels there. I usually end up bringing a box of cereal and getting the milk at the store. (Though yogurt and granola for breakfast does sound good. 🙂 ) Speaking of Safeway, as of 2019 if you entered the phone number 202-867-5309 (yes, the number from the song Jenny) at the register you should be able to get the club card discount. (I read an article years ago about that, and entering t
  5. I know that in addition to wearing a mask during the con, I'll be doing the regimen I've been using for the past several years before and during the con to try to boost my immune system - (Cold Eeze, raw pineapple, ginger tea, etc.) I haven't gotten the con plague since I started doing that.
  6. I was lucky enough to get the MM twice in DC, but they didn't have a microwave in the room in either year. (The Hampton Inn did in 2018, IIRC.) You can always ask if they can supply one, though I don't know where they would put it if I'm remembering the room configuration correctly.
  7. Just got my badges in the mail today. Need to provide my own lanyard for it, though. (Not that I don't have a few dozen from previous cons.)
  8. If you're talking about Wizard World Philly, the WW site lists it as an event, but has no information beyond a date - no location, ticket info, anything.
  9. How's Daikaya Ramen? I was looking for a place for my brother & I to go on Thursday, and the pictures on their menu look really tempting. The nice looking menu choices and the fact they have a Hefeweizen on tap there puts in in my 'want to check this out further' column. Actually, this is somewhat relevant to the subject - when you purchase alcohol at the Safeway, do they have a specific register to check you out, or can you just go to the self checkout and plonk it down there? I'm from PA, and our Byzantine liquor laws always lean towards the restrictive side of things.
  10. I picked up the Otakon 2020 mug during Ota Online, and picked up the holiday pack over Christmas, so I have 3 of coupons for the '1 free day of refills' somewhere. Only problem is that mug (32 oz.) is more soda than I drink in a week. (I split my sodas w/ my family so we all have a little. Less sugar that way.) I'm also hoping Yen Press would be there with some even early copies of the Konasuba RPG. It's due in October, but there's always a chance...
  11. They could have made it more clear 🙂 I'm hoping that Discover Teas shows up this year. (They were going to be there in 2020.) Even though I shouldn't buy more teas, I love trying new ones.
  12. Your mom is 'irrational and stubborn'? Sounds just like my parents - probably all parents, when it comes to their kids. (It's almost like they're not doing their jobs if they aren't a pain in the @$$. 🙂 ) While admittedly, you can use all the logic in the world in your arguments, but some people won't be shifted in their opinions. The only approach I can suggest is that unless you're going to be locked up at home for the rest of your days*, that you will be in a large group of people in a confined space at some point in the future - Sporting event, concert, public transit, movie, etc. -
  13. Don't know about an email, but the relevant info might be this (again, Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/Otakon/
  14. My 2 weeks post 2nd shot just happened this past Saturday, so I'm good to go. (My friends and I are actually meeting physically for the first time in forever this week.) I have the card, but they recommended keeping a picture of it on your camera in case it's needed. Likewise, I haven't been out of state since before the lockdown started. (This shocked the heck out of me when I actually realized it.) I've been waiting on getting Amtrak tickets until go / no go is official. Good news is that the Acela is the same price now as coach tickets were normally. (Non-refundable, though.) A
  15. For those who didn't see it, the Otakon home page was slightly different yesterday, April 1. Though I'm statistically unlikely to be around then (I'd be 126), I would love it if Otakon does make to to 2097. I'm still hoping for this year's con, fingers crossed.
  16. Here's a potential good sign: Gen Con is postponing their date for a month, but it's still set to go on this year. They plan to have: Smaller attendance numbers to comply with public health mandates and enable safer-attendance procedures. Potential combinations of social distancing, mask wearing, and vaccination requirements as determined by public health guidelines. I wonder how they plan to pull off the latter, especially in areas like the Dealers Room. Here's hoping we have an Otakon this year. (I could really use the vacation.)
  17. I just remembered another one, and he should have been at the top of the list. I worked* with someone who used to go to Otakon, but he and his wife made the decision to go with Zenkaikon over Otakon when cutting back on expenses. (I remember one of the last years in Baltimore I heard him talking outside of Video 2 on Friday morning. I asked him about it the week after and he said that was him.) *He's still with the company, but I haven't seen him since the corporate part of our business moved to another location over a year ago. Out of sight, out of mind, I suppose.
  18. I met my 2nd one yesterday when I went to renew my AAA membership. As he was scanning a DC guidebook I picked up, I commented how I was hoping that the con would be on this year. He asked which one, and when I said Otakon, he replied, "The one in Baltimore? I've been to it a few times." (Obviously not recently, as he didn't know about the move do DC.) The other person who attended worked at a grocery store I frequent. She saw my Otakon shirt and asked if I was going, and we talked for a few minutes about the con while she rang out my groceries. I haven't seen her at the store for a whi
  19. Just paid off my credit card, and made a donation to Otakon. I don't know how it exactly works, but maybe explore Go Fund Me? They do work with 501.c.3 organizations. Heck, I just saw one up there for saving some bars and restaurants in Baltimore while I was looking at the site.
  20. I'm of 2 minds about changing the location and/or venue of Otakon. On location: Pro - Being closer to Philadelphia than DC would an easier commute and I wouldn't be dependent on SEPTA and AMTRAK being on time. (In 2018 the train to DC was delayed by 2 1/2 hours due to an incident between NY and Philly.) Con - I really like going around DC because I'd never really spent time down there with except for a class trip back in 84. My brother & I hit 3 of the Smithsonians in the 3 years we've gone down there. On change of venue: Pro - It would be a lot cheaper than the WEWCC. Con - Havi
  21. Thanks for that! I'll have to kick in when I get my latest credit card payment done - without Otakon, I wouldn't have a reason to take vacation from work. (I'm only half joking about this. People who know me would vouch for that.) I don't know how feasible it could be, but could a type of... monthly payment... be worked out for donations? I know a lot of people would find it easier to pay, say, $8.50 a month for a year than $100 at one time. I hear them talk about it when I'm listening to the public radio jazz / classical station on the drive in to work.
  22. When did this email go out? I haven't seen anything in my Inbox or Spam folder from Otakon in a while. Any chance of a copypasta?
  23. Re: Otakon this year For those projecting doom about Otakon this year, all I'll say is to follow Mets / Phillies pitcher Tug McGraw's catchphrase: (What can I say, I loved the 1980 Phillies.)
  24. Man, I was idly wondering about Harborplace a month ago. That video is depressing. So much different from when I first went there. 😢
  25. 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.
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