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Sam Spade may not be very steampunk, but this is from SF/SF Steampunk Picnic at Rosicrucian Park

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Sunday, anyone?
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This weekend was/is the American Distilling Institute's Brandy Conference (apparently each year the ADI conference has a different spirit theme). It was hosted at St. George Spirits in Alameda. Most of the weekend was taken up by presentations and demos for conference attendees. Sunday afternoon, though, was "Meet the Makers," an open (well, $40) tasting event.

On the down-side... it only ran from 2:00 - 5:00, and there was no program book or listing of all the presenters.

On the up-side... there were a lot of presenters. Who was there?

Westford Hill Distillers had some beautiful eau-de-vie. Their framboise is very fresh tasting, with a really bright raspberry nose and a very delicate flavor.

Organic Nation was one of many certified organic producers. Their gin was medium-body, very aromatic. They also had Q Tonic Water.

Koval Distillery out of Chicago is also certified organic and certified kosher. We skipped the vodka and the grain spirits. Their rose hip liqueur is interesting and tasty. The ginger liqueur is absolutely divine, sweet and hot like a really good strong ginger beer.

Warwick Valley (New York) does some nice eau-de-vie, but their black currant liqueur is one of the best I've ever had.

Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee is interesting. They produce Rehorst vodka and gin. I rather like the gin. The lemon-honey vodka is good, but it's not one of the best I've had. They also produce a bierschnaps from Lakefront Brewery's Pumpkin Ale.

North Shore Distillery from Lake Bluff, IL was one of the outstanding presenters. They do a pair of gins that are superb, an interesting aquavit and a very subtle absinthe.

Templeton Rye from Templeton, IA had only one product, and they can't produce enough of it, but it's a very nice rye whiskey.

Rogue (as in "Dead Guy Ale") has gone into spirits. Their whiskey is very scotch-like and classic; a bit more on the malt side and it could pass for an Islay malt. They do a pair of gins that are pretty tasty too.

Peak Spirits does some interesting eau-de-vie (the peach smells gorgeous). Their CapRock Organic Gin is rough but very good.

Ballast Point Spirits in San Diego also did a really nice gin.

Bendistillery Cascade Mountain Gin was worth noting. Their Cofia Hazelnut Espresso Vodka was outstanding, though; it actually tastes like coffee.

House Spirits had their Krogstad Aquavit (with a nice star anise start and a great caraway finish), Aviation Gin (dutch style, light and strongly Juniper) and Marteau Absinthe (complex with a strong bitter character).

New Holland Brewing had a few products, but the only one we tried was their Zeppelin Bend Whiskey. If you liked the early St. George single malt with it's strong floral character, this is a good one for you.

...and from there we move to Bay Area distilleries.

St. George was there, of course. We didn't really taste their stuff, because we know it well.

Tempus Fugit Spirits is only kind of a Bay Area distiller. They commission and import absinthe distilled in France. They're the "Mansinthe" and "Vieux Pontarlier" folks. Their stuff is very good, but I'm not a real big fan, it's not really to my taste. They had a bottle of pre-ban Absinthe Deschanet, though, that we were allowed a sample from. Oy gevalt. It was amazing, with a sweet nuttiness not common in "fresh" absinthes.

Osocalis had a very nice alambic brandy, but I've got to say it was overshadowed by their Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard traditional port. Yowza, it wasn't particularly sweet and had a nice fruity acidity.

Stillwater Spirits was a real surprise. We weren't tasting much vodka, but they do a really interesting barley vodka that's not distilled up enough to knock out all the grain flavor.

Shadow Organic Vodka was there. It's interesting, with a bit more flavor than I expect from a vodka. That was one of the standard items of the day; "straight" vodka that had more flavor than absolutely traditional.

Loft Liqueurs had some really fabu 'cellos. Limoncello style liqueurs in various flavors, all of them superb. The ginger didn't have the bite of the Koval, but was still quite good.

Square One had some interesting flavored vodkas; their "botanical" was interesting, but the cucumber vodka was amazing.

There were also a few food vendors.

Marcel et Henri from South San Francisco had three different pat├ęs.

Rustic Bakery from Larkspur had all sorts of little cocktail cookies and breads. The really amazing highlight was their panforte biscotti.

There was a catering chef who, unfortunately, didn't have a lot of product. He had chicken liver and brandy spread on toasts, and a great smoked fish thingy on toast.

Most definitely worth $40. If the conference comes back to the Bay Area, and they have another "Meet the Makers" event, you must go.
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More pictures from San Jose Coronation 2009 are up at my flickr

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There is no SF Bay Area Gay Rodeo this year. I can't fault the local GSGRA chapter's reasoning, it's just annoying.

That means we will most certainly be going to the Capitol Crossroads "Sierra Stampede" in Sacramento in June. We may sponsor buckles, we may not.
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So [livejournal.com profile] kproche and I went up to SF for their annual coronation ball. We haven't been attending that many imperial court events (because they returns from Costume-Con promotion at them didn't seem to be good, and weren't in the end), so it's been a while since we've seen some of these people. I don't feel like writing up a big review, suffice it to say it was fun, we didn't over-do things, and I'm still exhausted.

On the way home on Sunday, we stopped at the tail-end of Potlatch to visit with folks, and ended up staying for about 4 hours. It was a blast.

I'm processing pics and they will be up on flickr in a few days.
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It was a very odd but satisfying convention, and not just because (once again) it's the last time for a con at the DoubleTree.

(note: if I don't drop your name, it doesn't mean I love you, it means I was forgetful or drunk, or I don't love you.)

K and I moved in on Wednesday night. We really like this plan. He had a bunch of stuff to do on Thursday, and we knew the hotel would be filled with our friends on Thursday. We weren't surprised to find it was filled with our friends already. Moving in Wednesday was particularly good because we found out (well, confirmed) that [livejournal.com profile] super_jayhawk and [livejournal.com profile] dustykat's Margaritaville party was going to be Thursday, and we were helping with the bar.

Thursday I worked, but things ran quickly so I bailed early-ish. K ran to the hairstylist, the spray-tan gal and to the storage locker to pick up tiki decorations. We got back in time to get stuff in to the Margaritaville room and do a fair amount of decorating. After dinner and clean-up, we finished much of the decor and SuperJay opened the party. It was a blast. Margaritas, strawberry daiquiris and pina coladas all around. We ran until 1:00 (FC implemented a policy where alcohol service had to stop at 1:00 for open parties) and then closed the doors and turned it into a private party until just before 3:00am. There was a "care bear" party next door too, but it was kind of scary (like clowns, but more insidious).

Friday we slept late. K had his spintronics panel, and I shot pictures of it. I spent a fair amount of time at the con shooting pictures and figuring out the new camera. I spent some time hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] johnnyeponymous and [livejournal.com profile] bast_kitten in the Creators' LoungeFriday night parties were great, but kind of routine for a Bay Area con. We had a few folks back to the room and stayed up talking until around 5:00am.

Saturday we slept late. No panels. No responsibility. Well, almost no responsibilty. K had to go to "Furry Night Live" rehearsal around noon to work with [livejournal.com profile] scruff_e_coyote and [livejournal.com profile] cabby8 to work on the number they were doing together. I watched the Fursuit parade (over 500 suits!) We shopped in the dealers' room. We checked out the art show. We went to the masquerade. It was pretty much excellent. The show started on time and ran quickly. I wish [livejournal.com profile] kitelessd would introduce the bits as "entries" rather than "acts" but that's a tiny nit-pick. Then we went to parties. We had a few folks back to the room and stayed up talking until around 5:00am.

Sunday we slept late. Pretty much responsibilty-free until K had to go to Furry Night Live call at 5:00pm. A little more time in the dealers' room. I had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] johno, met up with [livejournal.com profile] chriso and we got in line for Furry Night Live. FNL started late (lighting issues, I hear), and was preceded by a hula troupe. They were very good traditional hula dancers, but they weren't right for the crowd (myself included). Showy hula would have been more appropriate. They were kind of hypnotic (in the "you're getting very sleepy" sense). The gourd spanking dance was pretty much the lowlight. Once FNL started, though, everything changed. The acts were varied and good (although, in many cases, not the blow-out over-the-top acts of the last two years). Competition acts ended with a brilliant parody of "Popular" from Wicked. K's number (well, more [livejournal.com profile] scruff_e_coyote's number) was David Seville's "Witchdoctor" with K as the Witch Doctor. Pics are up in my flickr.

FNL may not have started on time, but it ran solidly and ended on time. It was followed by the FNL cast party. We watched the show 3 more times. That sounds like a kind of sad thing, but it's different going to a video party where the folks there are the folks in the show. It's one of the only good video parties anywhere (well, along with [livejournal.com profile] eric_in_elevatr). We stayed up until around 4:00am talking.

Monday was move-out for the Margaritaville/FNL party room. K helped more with clean-up than I did. We also schlepped most of our stuff home, in a surprisingly efficient manner. Apparently we weren't the only efficient folks; the con move-out was done early too. There was a "Fursuit Parade Take 2" with maybe 3-dozen suiters, the last one at the DTree. We had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] super_jayhawk at Spencer's (very good, actually, in spite of rumors we heard of a drop in quality) before the Dead Dog party. The Dead Dog dance got going nice and early, and everybody was there. We offered [livejournal.com profile] scruff_e_coyote and [livejournal.com profile] tkwolf use of our room so TK could change into suit for the dance. I sat down in the lobby and chatted with [livejournal.com profile] terraluna_bat, a photographer whose name I've forgotten and a few other people. We got to sleep a little after midnight (early, I know), and got out of the hotel on Tuesday morning.

All in all, a great con, and a great last hurrah at the DoubleTree. It was weird having so few responsibilities, but nice. We strenghthened some connections and made some new ones. I think I'm liking this "not constantly pimping our project out" mode.

Next year FC moves to the Fur-mont San Jose, and has a "California Gold Rush" theme. It's going to be an interesting change, but one that I hope offers many new opportunities and few new challenges.
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Tonight is SCCLA "Bar Schmooze" at Renegades, we'll be there 9-ish.

Sunday we're going to the "Leonardo" exhibit at The Tech, 2:00pm. Comment over at [livejournal.com profile] kproche's journal if you're interested.

Rodeo!

Dec. 3rd, 2008 03:51 pm
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OK, it's not our rodeo. Ours doesn't have dates yet.

On the other hand, the Capitol Crossroads (Sacramento) Sierra Stampede Rodeo is booked for June 5-7 in beautiful Rio Linda (between-ish Sac and Roseville).

Don't know if we'll go, but it's on the calendar.
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Well, they're not "sold out" anymore.

The website has been updated again, and there are (at the time of this posting) 98 VIP Event Passes (yes, that's what you're registering to get) still available.
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Last weekend (as in a week ago, not this immediate past weekend) we went to the Bay Area Gay Rodeo.

Doing this the weekend after Worldcon was a bit rough.

So for those of you who don't know the history, we've been going to the rodeo for something like the last 8 years. When we started, the host hotel was the San Jose Hyatt Holiday Inn and the rodeo itself was at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. The Hyatt (which is what it was then) was a glorious dump of a hotel. The fairgrounds were barely 15 minutes away from the hotel. The Saturday pool party was absolutely mad and the Saturday dance was huge.

Then the rodeo decided that the fairgrounds wasn't a great venue (it wasn't, it was hot, dusty and boring) and got tired of being jerked around by the Hyatt (which was and still is, as a Holiday Inn, owned by a douche who really hates having "alternative" events in his hotel regardless of whether or not they make money). They moved the rodeo to Driscoll Ranches on the other side of the hill, an hour's drive from San Jose. The next year they moved the host hotel to the Hyatt Rickey's (once in Palo Alto, now torn down), which was a smidge closer, knocking off perhaps 15 minutes of travel time. After losing Rickey's (because it was being torn down) they moved to San Francisco and the Cathedral Hill Hotel. This, unfortunately, killed the Saturday pool party; SF was never warm enough to support it. It also changed the hospitality suite from being hosted and run by the Rodeo to being catered and bartended by the hotel.

I never really liked the Cathedral Hill (although it's much better than the Holiday Inn Golden Gate up the street).

After three years at the Cathedral Hill the association decided to get a hotel in San Mateo, just over the hill from the rodeo grounds and an easy 30 minute drive. They chose the Foster City Crowne Plaza. Some of you may remember this hotel from SiliCon 2003.

We bailed on work early on Friday to try to catch the tail end of the new Friday Afternoon pool party, but between scheduling, packing and travel we got there about 5 minutes before it ended. It was small (unlike the pool parties of the past) but fun, and Mark and Yvette met us at the hotel. Rodeo registration was just getting started, so we could pick up our sponsor badges.

Hospitality once again was in the hands of the Rodeo (and a cute new host), but three years of having the hotel run it meant that things were a bit shaky. Still, while the start was late the suite itself was excellent, with a great bar and lovely nosh.

Once again there was a dance up in the Bayview at the Sundance Association's Sundance Saloon. This time there were shuttle buses from the hotel to the venue, so we didn't have to catch a cab. We spent a little time there, talked with the guys from Homorodeo.com. We also had a few too martinis, so we headed back on the last bus and crashed.

Saturday morning we got up, got breakfast at the hotel (it wasn't impressive) and headed out. We got to the rodeo in time for the last few entrants in Pole Bending. About that time one of the entrants was kicked in the head by one of the animals, so there was a break while additional EMTs showed up. We were also treated to a Reno 911!-style entrance by a San Mateo Sheriff's Deputy (none of us quite got what her rush was, neither the other patrol car that followed nor any of the additional emergency vehicles saw the need for speed into the site). With that excitement over we got back to the real excitement of the rodeo.

Mark, Yvette, [livejournal.com profile] lobolance, [livejournal.com profile] mettemu, Bryan and [livejournal.com profile] jorhett all showed up and we got to see a pretty good day of events. I shot everything from Bronc Riding on through the end of the day, and will be posting pictures once things are sorted.

After the events were over we made our way to Half Moon Bay and found the Miramar Beach Restaurant to have dinner at. It was a bit odd, but the food was fabulous. We ate and then drove back over the hill.

By the time we got back, the Saturday Night Buckin' Ball was in full swing. We all cleaned up and spent a few hours at the ball. On the annoying side, our function rooms were mixed up with a Phillipino 18th Birthday Party that could have given Modesto ghetto lessons. Some of the kids cleaned up well, but some obviously didn't know what "cleaned up" even meant. Still, it was a good time.

Sunday was a repeat of Saturday, only without the too much drink the night before and no more Reno 911! following the inevitable injuries. Mark, Yvette and [livejournal.com profile] jorhett came back for another day's events. Sunday was, for the most part, a very good day.

Once the events were over, we (kind of) cleaned up and got ready for the awards BBQ. Of all the changes made over the last few years, putting the awards at the rodeo grounds and having a barbecue caterer come in with food was probably the most inspired. The caterer is good, and it allows things to wrap up in a much more relaxed fashion than the old practice of going back to the hotel for awards. Once again Phil Lucier and Drew Overbeck won the goat dressing buckle, but they weren't there to collect as Drew (I think it was Drew) was getting checked out for a wrenched shoulder when he fell off his horse in barrel racing earlier in the day.

So, while attendance was once again down (blame it on shifting weekends and three years in a San Francisco hotel), this was a most excellent rodeo. The rodeo grounds, while a bit of a schlep, were as beautiful and functional as ever. The Foster City host hotel was a great idea, even if the Crowne Plaza wasn't a great hotel. There are other hotels just off of Highway 92, though, and with a different hotel we could be seeing an upswing again. I can't wait until next year.
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...I'll just say this in a post.

The Purg photos are great.
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First things first.

I had a blast at Denvention 3. For all the worries among smoffish types, it turned out to be a flawed but generally good convention.

There was reason to worry. The facilities contracts and usage was a mess (don't blame facilities, the actual facilities team came on after the letters of intent had already expired and had to renegotiate everything from behind the 8-ball). The local fannish groups (as in Denver local, not the more generous Colorado local) weren't feeling the love from the committee over the last few years, and weren't happy about that. Programming was showing some pretty rough edges, and there was a definite lack of breadth compared to what people expect from Worldcon programming. Communication with top levels of the committee (with the exception of [livejournal.com profile] lauriemann, who ran the website and posted buckets of useful official information on [livejournal.com profile] denvention3) wasn't terribly reliable.

On the up-side, in spite of the long (and understated) walks between some hotels (like, say, the hospitality/party hotel) and the convention center, downtown Denver was an excellent location and (wonkiness aside) the facilities were, for the most part, excellent facilities for a Worldcon. With better facilities options/contracts during the campaign and different people running the bid, I would vote for a Denver bid again.

So what happened?

We flew in on Tuesday morning, got our badges (pre-reg pick-up on Tuesday was pretty efficient, but we heard it wasn't on Wednesday) and got checked in to the hotel. The Sheraton was being a bit sloppy with check-in, but after a bit of fiddling we got into our party-floor room. There was a bit of concern about parties being on the top (and concierge/club level) floor of the Sheraton, but it turned out to work far better than expected (though there were problems). We also caught up with Jill and Don (for whom we were working on the Masquerade) and Jim Mann in program ops (who was applying massive amounts of fixit to the program) to confirm that the supplies for K's Friday panel were actually arranged. We also stopped at the Australia 2010 Bid Party (in a function room in the secret sub-basement of the Sheraton, which triggered the 8th sign of the apocalypse, no beer in an Aussie bid party) and chatted with folks there.

Wednesday was the beginning of work on the con. K was making an appearance in opening ceremonies, and unfortunately things were a bit confused. Still, we found the Mannings and got adequate answers on where and when he had to show up. We also visted [livejournal.com profile] philfoglio and [livejournal.com profile] kajafoglio at their dealers table (where K showed off his Van costume). I also grabbed a little time with [livejournal.com profile] mishalak to run to the liquor store to pick up champagne.

Opening Ceremonies did turn out to screw up more of the day than we had anticipated, but not that badly. On the upside, they were short and simple, rather than long and boring. The "Barrayaran Summerfair" that followed was a nice idea, but the execution was a bit mixed. I don't think they were really ready to open the Summerfair when opening ceremonies ended, and the convention center catering staff certainly wasn't. There was also no attempt to clear the chairs from part of opening ceremonies, so a large ballroom full of people sitting was stuck with a small (1/6) ballroom of social area.

After dinner we headed to the parties. Xerps in 2010, Reno in 2011 and Seattle in 2011 were anchoring the floor, and would continue to do so throughout the weekend. We ran into Wil McCarthy (with whom K was working on Masquerade) and talked over MC scenarios and plans for the show. Wil had some great ideas that we helped flesh out.

Thursday was a bit of madness. I talked with a few of the other masquerade judges about our direction for Friday night, and we ended up doing a printer-shopping run for Jill (who discovered the printer they were planning to use for mug shots was a bit too slow). Parties happened again.

Friday was real madness. K had to spend the day at masquerade tech rehearsal, working with Wil. That was the theory at least. Programming, though, hadn't taken Wil's job (as Toastmaster) into account, nor K's job as MC's assistant. Wil had two panels scheduled against rehearsal, and K had one. This was a really big, really bad mistake, but one that could be covered for.

I had to sort out things with the judges, and we got everyone we could over to "Pi" at the Hilton Garden for happy-hour appetizers (so we wouldn't die of starvation). There we dealt with the other program schedule screw-ups. Rick Sternbach (artist GoH and all-around great guy) was scheduled for his GoH interview in the last slot before the masquerade, so he had that deadline hanging over him. That wasn't a real big deal, but he couldn't join us for dinner. John Hertz was scheduled for his Jack Vance retrospective panel in the last slot before the masquerade, while he was supposed to be in the green room judging workmanship. That was a big deal, and one that couldn't really be covered up.

With all that mess, though, Jill and [livejournal.com profile] wren13 pulled together an excellent masquerade. The facilities were superb. Don G. ran a great green room. We started on time. Tech was rock-solid. Wil was funny. The entries were great. Judging wrapped in an hour. Awards were given (although the entrants had a difficult time hearing their awards). We were done and cleaning up by 10:40, well before the "you must be out" deadline with the theater.

Parties happened again. We missed the Gaylaxians party and Match Game SF but still had a great time. We had folks over for champagne, and eventually went to bed.

Saturday we could finally relax a bit. We showed up for the post-masq panel, but didn't stay. Most of the day was spent hanging out.

We did, though, go to the Hugo Awards on Saturday night. The theater was so nice we decided it was worth it to attend in person, and it was a good choice. Alas, my choices for the fan Hugos went unrecognized, and my fave for best Pro Artist came in 4th (of 6). It was an excellent show, though. Wil, again, was fabulous, as were all the presenters.

Saturday was the last big party blow-out. It was fun, though. [livejournal.com profile] kevin_standlee passed along his "Hugo Losers Party" invitation to us, and Wil got us in to the SFWA suite, but both were very crowded so we bailed quickly and headed back to the regular party floor.

Sunday the con wrapped at (I think) 2:00pm. Closing ceremonies was as short as opening, and Anticipation (Montreal 2009) ran a funny (but partially inaudible, until a microphone was retrieved for them) little sketch introducing their division heads and pimping their skills (I think to point out how they wouldn't be another Torcon 3 or Denvention 3). There wasn't much of an official or unofficial "dead dog" party, just the consuite trying to clear out all their excess food (and having to close down at 10:00 because of the aforementioned renegotiated contracts). We cleaned up, checked email and went to bed.

Monday morning we awoke to a wonky hotel bill. Apparently, so did everybody else who was staying on the 22nd floor. It was remarked that the Sheraton's billing system was written by drunken trolls, but I'm betting on drunken gnomes. Still, the fabulous TR was able to get our bills correctly credited as we checked out and made our way to the airport.

So, again, a flawed con, but in many ways better than it deserved to be. It wasn't another Torcon 3. It wasn't even close. It wasn't another Nolacon. It was easy to overlook most of the problems, or even miss them entirely, and that's a sign that the on-site staff and committee were doing, for the most part, an excellent job.
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It was a blast. Now too major weekend reports behind.
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A busy not-busy weekend it was.

Saturday was, of course, PenWAG meeting. It was the summer pot-luck brunch meeting, so we had a good crowd, if a somewhat warm room (we have divined that there is no A/C in the fellowship hall).

The afternoon program was a trunk show by Rachel D.K. Clark. The woman is a blast. Seriously one of the best speakers the club has had in ages.

Sunday we went to Obon with [livejournal.com profile] yotefoxwolf and [livejournal.com profile] gurdymonkey.

It was... interesting.

We did not dress. I didn't feel like pressing our hakama. Then again, there were very few people in traditional clothing, aside from the taiko performers. We may dress next year.

In many ways it was just a standard church festival/carnival. There were food vendors, lots of food vendors, with interesting and very fresh Japanese goodies. There was a performance area. We got to see some of the UC Irvine Jodaiko performance. They were pretty good.

Most of the local shops were open, so we did a bit of shopping. Nichi Bei Bussan was a pleasant surprise; we had never gone in because it's at the edge of the shopping district. They had a very nice selection of vintage clothing, an excellent selection of footwear, and a very large martial arts store.

Nikkei Traditions (the Hawaiian Japanese store) had some cute stuff.

We almost always make a stop at Kogura Company, and made some good finds there. They had some nice books on tsukemonon (Japanese "pickles") and some other goodies. There will be a return shopping trip soon.

Nikaku Japanese Arts (the website is focused on the Nikaku Animart portion of the business) was also a good stop. We didn't buy anything, but if you ever want a big tanuki statue (and are willing to pay real money) they've got them.

Finally we returned to the performance area to see San Jose Taiko perform. They were, as always, fabulous.

Rather than staying for Bon Odori (traditional dance) we bailed on the festival and went downtown to the Camera 12 to see Wall-E. It was a good film. Highly recommended. Strange, but highly recommended.
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We've definitely got PenWAG going on Saturday.

It's the big July Pot-luck Picnic Brunch, followed by a trunk show by Rachel D.K. Clark. The club requests a $5 donation from non-members for the meeting itself, and the trunk show is $15 (no registration cap, no membership requirement, it can be signed up for at the brunch).

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin's Obon is also this weekend, but it's Saturday and Sunday. We've never gone before, but I've heard it's one of the iconic Japanese festivals of the west coast. [livejournal.com profile] gurdymonkey wants to go. We could do Saturday after Ms. Clark's trunk show, or we could go Sunday. Just need to pick a day (Sunday is tempting). I figure that rather than dealing with J-town parking, we can park at Curtner Station and right the light rail up to Japantown/Ayer.
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So here's how next Saturday (6/14) is shaping up:
08:45: Breakfast, probably OPH (-ish, could be as late as 9:15)
10:00: PenWAG meeting in Saratoga
12:00: (-ish) finish at PenWAG meeting and head to Milpitas
13:00: (or earlier, ideally earlier) get to West Kingdom Arts & Sciences Tourney at Ed Levin Park in Milpitas to join [livejournal.com profile] gurdymonkey and [livejournal.com profile] gcmadtown81

From then on it's all wing-it.
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...but [livejournal.com profile] trystbat just pointed out that West Kingdom A&S is in Milpitas in 3 weeks.

Mind you, it's right before a 3 day conference I've got to go to for work, and I'm seriously under-wardrobed for a multi-day event (and am not likely to get the second Japanese done).

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