July 4th, 2011

Inigo Montoya

Westercon Highlights & Critique

Westercon 64 at the San Jose Fairmont was a huge success, I enjoyed it very much, and anything else in this posting should be weighed against this Great Truth™®©.

First things first: Chairman Glen worked hard, traveled far and wide, and surrounded himself with a mostly excellent staff who mostly did an excellent job.
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Westercon 65, next summer, will be up at SeaTac. I doubt if I will go. The con chairperson was one of the angry birds when Portland lost its bid, and the story the Portland bid chair gave was she had called him to suggest he run W66. So she had a dog in the fight, and it was a pit bull. The writer GoH I have never heard of, the other GoHs I've seen enough for them to not be a big draw for me. They plan to start the con with closing ceremonies to "take it out of time". I don't think so. But who knows? A lot can happen between now and then.


Originally uploaded by how3ird.

Some interesting pix of the fireworks at Shoreline from my balcony. Even with dead calm, they did the low altitude show, so phone & power lines were in the way.