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  1. Keep me posted. Also, don't forget that there are two guest bedrooms at my place, one with a queen-sized bed and a second with a full bed.
  2. Caryn, note that this year's Philcon (in Cherry Hill) is the weekend of November 16-18. Depending on timing, you all might consider attending. I'll be there (as a commuter), as will Maid of Woodlynn. And an appearance by your faction might draw some additional folks to the event. https://philcon.org/
  3. We are taking him to Sapori somewhere along the way, yes?
  4. DaveAx

    Worldcon 2020: Wellington New Zealand

    Back in the 80's, I was doing programming for the US Bankruptcy Courts. We had an annual user's meeting here in Philly for the staff of the various court locations that used our software. One fellow needed nearly two days of travel in each direction, because he was the systems manager for the branch of the courts located in Guam.
  5. Had a chat in San Jose with the Dublin folks about hotels and learned one useful tidbit: The hotel booking site will be opened to volunteer staff prior to being available to the general membership. I'd already signed up to work Green Room, and this confirms my decision to do so. It doesn't resolve the overall financing of the double-con trip, but it makes it much more likely that I can pull it off.
  6. This File 770 article summarizes the situation: http://file770.com/worldcon-76-response-to-protests-planned-outside-sjcc-on-august-18/
  7. For those making last-minute decisions about attending this year's Worldcon, note that the con has set up a Facebook group that is devoted solely to membership transfers and resource (i.e., hotel room) sharing. https://www.facebook.com/groups/243519673117090/
  8. You can move my entry to "Attending For Sure."
  9. Folks, thanks to a tip from Bex, I have learned that the con has set up a tour of the Winchester Mystery House on Friday afternoon. At this time, they have just under twenty vacancies. I am planning to do this. Please join me in the fun. Note that the mechanism for getting in on the tour if you already have a membership is extremely non-obvious. Here are the steps... 1) Go to the website's page for managing your registration account and log in. https://www.regonline.com/registration/login.aspx... 2) In the "Edit" column, select "Upgrades and Add-ons" 3) Scroll down to "Friday: The Winchester Mystery House and Brewpub Dinner" and check the box. 4) Go to the bottom of the page, click "Continue", and deal with the payment via check or PayPal. Here is a link to the tour's description on the con website: http://www.worldcon76.org/travel-lodging/tours Note that the Mystery House interior itself is not ADA-accessible, but its gardens, museum, gift shop, etc. all are accessible. When you register, you can specify that you don't want the tour, but want to come for the other stuff, and you'll have the tour price automatically removed from the overall cost.
  10. The following email was sent out to con members on 6 May, and may be of interest to those planning to attend. This email contains very important information about hotels for Dublin 2019, An Irish Worldcon. Our general booking period is not scheduled to be open until January 2019, but this information is important enough that we wanted to share it with you as soon as we confirmed it. For more detail about our hotel rates and terms, please go to the two links below. For general queries, please email [email protected] For queries about accessible hotel reservations, or to get on the list for the Access hotel booking phase currently scheduled for December 2018, please email [email protected] The Chair's latest blog post also covers this announcement and is available here: https://dublin2019.com/?p=5413 The full details are available on the Dublin 2019 hotel page: https://dublin2019.com/location/hotels-accommodation/ In short, we have been able to obtain great discounts on standard Dublin hotel prices, but they are still higher than we'd like and higher than recent Worldcon rates. In addition, the hotels are requiring terms that we had hoped to avoid. The good: Discounts – We are offering discounts of 15% - 30% on most of our hotels' standard rates, and in some cases even up to nearly 40%. Items included – The listed rates already include a full Irish breakfast and value-added tax (VAT, similar to US sales tax). Limited restrictions – The terms detailed later only apply to our hotels. We will also be offering en-suite student dorm rooms and a small number of off-site apartments, and we hope to offer more accommodation as time goes on. More options – There are other services and options that may be even cheaper, including hostels, self-serviced apartments, etc. Fully refundable until mid-May 2019 – It is possible to reserve as soon as booking is open and cancel without penalty up to 10th May 2019. The disappointing: Cost – Dublin is expensive, and has a perpetual lack of hotel rooms. This, combined with being a popular destination for city breaks, means that our rates are still not as low as we’d like. Payment in Full – When you book, the full amount for all the nights of your stay will be charged as a deposit. Refunds & Cancellations – Payment will be fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 10th May 2019 (just over 3 months out from the first night you can book at the convention rate). Beyond that date, it will be 50% refundable for another month. After 10th June 2019, the deposit will become non-refundable. Block Expiration – You will not be able to book at the convention rate in these hotels after 10th June, as any unsold rooms in our block will have been returned to the hotels for sale on the open market – almost certainly at rates significantly higher than before. What we’re doing to mitigate: Higher occupancy – We are still working with the hotels on offering triple or quad occupancy, which will help spread the cost. Transfer service – Just as with memberships, we are looking to facilitate hotel booking transfers between members. Continuing negotiations – We are still working with other providers to bring in more rooms, and hope to avoid these terms with them. Other services – Although we cannot endorse any particular service, we are happy to let members know about nearby hostels and businesses like HomeAway, AirBnB, Rent.ie’s short let section, and so on. As you can imagine, we wish we had better news to share with you. However, we wanted our members and potential members to be aware of this as soon as possible, so that you can make your own plans and decisions based on this information.
  11. Will we also be graced by the company of Mrs. Stego?
  12. Already have attending memberships for both events. Barring financial disaster in the next two years, I will use both of them.
  13. Ah, but those are rack rates. Convention rates are much lower: "Standard rooms are $199 Single-Double/$224 Triple/$249 Quad Occupancy. Deluxe (larger) rooms are $239 Single-Double/$264 Triple/$289 Quad occupancy. Fairmont one-bedroom suites (bedroom plus a standard parlor) are $339. Note that suite reservations for parties will be administered by Worldcon 76." Convention rates for all hotels, btw, can be found here: http://www.worldcon76.org/travel-lodging/hotels
  14. And if there are ghost chilies around, some of us are like Texas fire ants.