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27 April 2009 @ 11:39 pm
Fandom: Media*West  
Well, I just confirmed my hotel reservations for Media*West.

Didn't realize that the Holiday Inn Lansing-South is now the Causeway Bay Hotel. (Of course, there's neither a causeway nor bay anywhere near Cedar Street.) So, it took me awhile to find the phone number for the hotel; this was one time when the internet wasn't much of a help, as it kept coming up with the wrong information.

I'd heard some folks complaining that they didn't get a room at the hotel this year, and that the hotel is under construction, with some parts of it closed off. Whether that's true or just gossip, I don't know. While the Day's Inn isn't the greatest, we'd stayed there in the past when we couldn't get a room, and at least it's got a microwave and a much larger refrigerator in the room. It's within walking distance during daylight -- I wouldn't recommend walking under that overpass in the dark, though -- and only about a two-minute drive from the con.

Since Hummingbird's is still apparently in the hotel, one can hope that Richard (the restaurant manager) is still there. He always tried to do well by the con.

I'm still somewhat ambivalent about attending this year. Maybe I'll feel more enthused as the date gets closer.
 
 
 
sidewindersidewinder on May 3rd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'm still waiting to hear ANYTHING back on the room lottery.

Last year was the first year I ever got in the host hotel. Which was great because I could do room sales on top of the dealers room, and made enough doing just the room sales to cover my entire hotel expenses. I'm pretty bummed that as of now, the only hotel reservation I have is about 10 miles away. (I've stayed at the Days Inn before when I didn't have car access for the con and...ugh. It used to be better. A couple years ago it was getting really, really skeevy and I was not happy staying there any longer. When there are cop cars parked in the parking lot because of problem guests, you have to prepay on your credit card the moment you walk in, it's basically become a trucker stop and breakfast consists of one box of donuts, I can't really bring myself to recommend it to anyone. Especially if traveling alone.
Dash O'Pepperpfeffermuse on May 3rd, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I don't know if there were any letters sent out, as I never saw one in my mail either. I just called the Holiday Inn Causeway Bay on 27 April to re-confirm my room, because when they were Holiday Inn, you had to re-confirm your reservation by 30 April, or risk losing the room.

It always seemed that the room lottery was just for show anyway, as rooms seemed to be assigned based on three criteria: 1) if you're selling in the dealers room; 2) physical disability; and 3) number of years attending the con. Whether that's true or not, I don't know, but it always seemed that way.

I haven't stayed at the Days Inn in years, so hadn't realized how bad it had gotten.
sidewinder: grrrsidewinder on May 4th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Well, crap. I talked to someone at the hotel a couple weeks ago and was told nothing...I suppose I will call again tomorrow to find out wtf is up.

Also I see Gordon and Lori managed to lose Dr. D's membership...WTF...I sent a pretty ragey email tonight to them about that as, hello, if he can't get in the dealer's room to help me out that kind of fucks up everything for me.

*sigh*

Can I say how much I hate dealing with this con and would never attend it again were it not for trying to make money off of it?
Dash O'Pepperpfeffermuse on May 4th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
If they can't find his registration, I do have a membership available. My other friend, who usually attends, has dropped off the face of the planet, and I did pay for her registration last May.

If I didn't have a sixteen-year-old going with me to the con, I'd have been very happy to let you both share my room. But she's at that awkward age in terms of privacy and self-awareness. Thrusting her into the world of media fandom will be shock enough.
sidewindersidewinder on May 4th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
If they can't find his registration, I do have a membership available. My other friend, who usually attends, has dropped off the face of the planet, and I did pay for her registration last May.

I'll keep that in mind, thanks. Will let you know if I can't get any response back from them in the next week (hah).

I don't know how they'd not let him in when a) I have his registration receipt and assigned number from last year's con and b) since I paid with us together on my business check, $74 ($37 for each of us).

If I didn't have a sixteen-year-old going with me to the con, I'd have been very happy to let you both share my room. But she's at that awkward age in terms of privacy and self-awareness. Thrusting her into the world of media fandom will be shock enough.

Understandable. I appreciate the offer (seriously), but I also know Dr. D needs his "space" and "alone time" when dealing with helping me at cons too. He's not so much for the room sharing thing (except for me, of course). I'll just see if I can get any better answer from the hotel this week. Or hopefully a room at a closer (yet not skeezy) overflow hotel than I have already.
But considering their incompetence knows no bounds and only gets worse by the year, nothing will surprise me at this point.
Dash O'Pepperpfeffermuse on May 4th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
From what I've heard, Lori's health isn't the greatest. (No excuse, I know, when you're trying to figure out what's going on.) So, that could be one of the reasons. But, you're quite right, each year things get later and later and later.

I suspect they're just holding on for 2010 and the 30th anniversary, and will chuck it all in after that.
sidewindersidewinder on May 4th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
I suspect they're just holding on for 2010 and the 30th anniversary, and will chuck it all in after that.

Makes sense, I suppose. Still it's a shame. Yet another convention that could have carried on--if those in charge had been willing to step back and hand over the reins to others more interested and enthusiastic after a point, at least before running the convention into the ground first.