Regarding the Brotherhood Without Banners facebook group: all BWBers are welcome, so if you sent in a request and it hasn't been dealt with, please send me a PM here with your name. I'd hate for a real request to get missed (we sometimes get fake people ask to join just so they can spam us with ads).
On a practical note, we do have a group dinner reservation at Legal Test Kitchen tonight. If you made it to the con and don't mind a short walk in this weather, the meeting place will be by the Starbucks in the hotel lobby at 6:45.
If I don't already know you are attending, I would appreciate a heads up. We have more than enough space as I counted all the fine folks who were forced to cancel. I just want to be able to give the restaurant an updated headcount as roughly half the group couldn't make it.
I was just able to reserve a room for a friend, at convention rates. I got confirmation email and everything, no problem. As I wasn't able to do so last night, I suspect some more rooms were added or something? In any case, it's worth re-trying.
I also called the Westin about something to do with my own reservation, and while on the phone got confirmation that we're sharing the hotel with multiple conventions. So, if you even think you might attend, I would try to grab a room while you can. I think you can cancel right up to a day or two before without penalty, so it does not hurt to reserve one just in case.
ES--You have my love and support heading your way, too. I am so terribly sorry you are dealing with this. You deserve nothing but the best.
You know how to reach me, please don't be shy about reaching out if you need a verbal hug or something, okay? Other than obviously not posting on facebook, are your other methods of contact safe to use? Please free to PM/text/whatever if you'd rather not get into details on the board.
*HUGS ALL THE HUGS*
Lany--I am glad to hear you are looking for jobs out of the area. All the best to you as well, dear.
For what it's worth, I'm sending good vibes to everyone dealing with these issues. Please take care of yourselves, and stay safe.