Uneventful trip from Oakland to Denver. I dozed while Joey worked on which songs he would need to have ready for the various concerts and panels. I had put in my requests, but whether I'd get them, we'd see. =)
pezazul and clsinsl were waiting for us at the airport. There was diet pepsi. I am loved. =) Made it over to the Sheraton and spent the next twenty minutes trying to find a parking space. Christopher handled the car very well, both forwards and backwards (lots of deadends). There was supposed to be at least one more level of parking, but the ramp must have been hidden under some sort of cloaking device. Success! We were able to check into our room (3796) right away. Dumped all the stuff and then headed out to the 16th Street Mall for lunch.
Lunch at the Appaloosa Grill. I think half of us had decided that the duck raviolis served with a breast of duck sounded fantastic - but it was a bit too much for lunch. Would have to try it another time. I think I got the french dip and a salad. Hey! They even had restaurant matchbooks! It is rare to find a restaurant with matchbooks anymore. My mom always collected them and when I was old enough, I did too!
Then we took the free bus (hybrid electric!) up to the Tewksbury and Company a tobacco and Colorado wine shop. Tried several wines (though it was weird to taste wines when the aroma of tobacco was so strong) - I ended up with a bottle of Carlson's Vineyards' Laughing Cat Gewurztraminer. We didn't taste that one there - but we did drink it later in the week. I think the final conclusion was that it was good - not fantastic. I guess I liked the label better than the wine =)
We went over to the convention center to register. As we were walking towards the center, Joey ran into a friend named Charles. He'd already registered and warned us that registration was as far away from the Blue Bear (the front of the center) as it was possible and still be in the center. He was not kidding. The Denver Convention Center is HUGE. Very hard concrete floors. Registration had three lines going - many people in the A-H. Only one person ahead of me in the I-O (or whatever the split was) and nobody in the P-Z line. So, Joey and I were done with registration pretty quick. Kev had a bit of wait. Joey went off to do some stuff for his panel and so Kev, Christopher and I went back to the hotel. Actually, I think Joey got back before we did. Like I said, Kev had a bit of wait in line.
The Big Blue Bear statue is huge and it is of a bear standing up and looking as though he were trying to get (or look) into the building. I liked him lots. kbeader says that he was supposed to be a temporary statue, but everybody loved him, so he stayed. Much nicer than the huge blue bronco with the red eyes close to the airport. He's scary looking.
I think we yakked a bit and then decided to go find something to eat - it was probably between 7 and 8 at that point. We got several blocks down 16th Street when Kev got a phone call from mat_t. He'd tried calling me, but I hadn't heard the ring. I haven't figured out how to turn on both the ringer and the vibrate mode at the same time. Oops. So we walked back to the hotel and met up with Mat deer. We had dinner in the hotel at the Bravo! Ristorante. I think I had some sort of seafood pasta.
We met up with mbumby and her husband Clark somewhere on the walk to or from the hotel. =)
Back up to the room to go through the programming until we all zonked out.