October 3rd, 2008
|04:08 pm - Ich bin ein Portlander!|
Right. So. evil_jim and I are in Portland for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhucon.
Took the Amtrak here -- two day train ride, lots cheaper than flying, but less comfortable. Smellier, too. Kicked around for a couple hours, had lunch, and visited the saddest pawn shop I've ever seen, simply because it was close by. Relaxing for a couple of hours in the hotel, and then off to the festivities. Have the entire weekend blocked out based on the schedule, which is probably the best-planned convention I've ever attended. Programming starts at 6:00 tonight, and at 1:00 Saturday and Sunday, running until late at night. Still, ample time to sleep, enjoy the hotel's continental breakfast, return to bed, and then have a leisurely morning, and then stumble down to the theater midday (take that, HOPE conference!). Lotta good stuff on the schedule, so I'll be busy the whole time. Everything I'm going to is something I wanted to go to, and I'm not missing anything I was interested in. Bouilla!
Here's my plan, which I know you don't care about:
...anyway, I'm pretty excited.
More later, but first, we were looking through the phone book for lunch restaurants, and just for the heck of it (no, really), I decided to check out the escort services section, which is always good for a laugh. There are listings for Alumni of Xstacy University, Bored Housewives ("Can you meet me in half an hour?" "Yeah, sure. I guess."), and Buttered Beauties, the latter of which is the title of an early Devo song. General consensus among the people I've mentioned it to is that it's a service which employs chubby girls, but that's not what I'm trying desperately hard not to picture at all.
Current Mood: excited
Current Music: The air conditioner in the hotel
And the first news I hear is about whores. Rockin.
...Then I guess I shouldn't tell you the rest of the whores story.
I'll talk more about it later. Saw a lot of really great short films, and I think most of them are online.
Sweeeet! How was the train ride? I'm going to be taking one to Seattle at the end of October (to see an awesome woman).
You'll probably be taking the same route we did. We rode in coach because nothing else was available (and it might've been too expensive anyway), which was a lot like being on a tour bus, plus toilets, dining, and changing facilities. It wasn't very comfortable to sleep in my seat, but there's a nice lounge car where you can move around a little more. I was happy to be able to get off the train, finally, but I'd recommend it for price and speed.
Did you go from Columbus or from Chicago? I'm going from Columbus-northern route (it was the cheapest, both ways).
Definitely go from Columbus. As far as we could tell from our schedule, our train started in Chicago, then went to Columbus. If we'd left from Chicago, we'd have had an extra four hour drive down, which would have taken us right back to Columbus.
Have a great time being an Oregon pastry! As for Buttered Beauties, I hear that fat-bottomed girls make the 'rockin world go 'round.
Be that as it may, I have no plans to enjoy the Buttered Beauties. Anyway, yeah, this festival is pretty friggin' great. This is about as much as I could ask for in an expensive, far-away convention.
Are you going to say hi to April while you're out there? I think she'd kill you if you didn't. Hell, I might kill you if you didn't.
Meeting her for coffee today, actually! In fact, I should get down to the lobby. She'll be here shortly.