~~~ The off and on rains continued into what is normally the dry season, falling on two festivals that I went to but did not sell at. They may finally have stopped. The drought has been officially declared over, though nature may decide not cooperate with human decrees.
~~~ I got got a Vendor Room table at BayCon, which has moved to the San Mateo Marriott. Years ago, the original building had another name, and was built to resemble a castle; traces of the round turrets may be spotted in the current sparkling white, red-tile-roofed Spanish appearance.
~~~ It now has expanded to several buildings connected by enclosed corridors, with courtyards inside and around. The various sections are at odd offsets and angles to each other, and the room numbering scheme hops around, so that a map is needed to avoid getting lost. If you take the meeting room elevator, with buttons labeled G and 2, you reach a conveniently clustered group of pleasantly detailed function spaces*, which is where most of BayCon was located. If you go down the odd side corridor that connects this floor 2 to the rest of the hotel, you will find that you are on floor 3 of the rest of the hotel. For these two reasons the hotel has been nicknamed The Escher Marriott.
~~~ I had a good time, meeting people and selling stuff. Several people (including me) were giving away free science fiction and fantasy paperback books (I got most of mine free at the saddening closure of Black Oak Books). My business partner Teri and I bought a few things, and had a dinner with friends.
~~~ In less than two weeks, we should be selling at the PanGaia Festival near Sacramento. It was hot there last year, and probably will be this year, too, but such is the vending life. I only sell at a few events, so it's not that bad; some vendors do dozens of events in a year. I may get a space at Convolution this fall, but it's a juried event with a lot of people wanting in.
~~~ The usual stuff continues as usual....
*The function rooms are named Engage, Strategy, Synergy, Inspire, Connect, Convene, and Collaborate.
Listening to: Increasingly occasional rain
Reading: Graphic Novels
Watching: random stuff
Playing: Oquonie, in theory
Eating: Food; most good, some excellent
Drinking: Water, yoghurt drink