August 8th, 2007

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I went to college. It didn't suck.

(5 points to whomever gets the obscure reference in the subject line... I barely remember it and can't find any information about it on teh intartoobs)

Since we're running Costume-Con 26 next year, we decided it would be prudent to go to Costume College, CGW's grand event in beautiful Van Nuys, California.

As usual, we drove down after work on Thursday. Unfortunately, we weren't at all packed on Thursday evening and didn't get home until 6:30, so we didn't leave San Jose until almost 8:30. We stopped for dinner at Casa de Fruta (unfortunately, the restaurant food is on a downward slide again; it was great when they introduced their 100th anniversary menu, but the cooks are getting lazy) and then continued down to LA.

We got a phone call from Yvette and found out that she and Mark had been put into the room we had asked for, but after a call to the hotel we found we were just moved up a floor into an identical room. No big problem.

We got in just before 3:00 am. Unlike Anime Los Angeles, the hotel wasn't populated by convention staffers hanging out in the lobby doing last-minute set-up. It was pretty much a ghost town.

We got up around ten-ish, and attempted to go down for breakfast, only to find that the hotel restaurant had closed breakfast already and wasn't going to be open until lunch. We picked up our registration packets, chatted with a few folks, and took iamradar along on our shopping trip to pick up necessities.

(If you're looking for class reviews, you're not going to see any. Our weekend goal was to network and be social. We didn't go to any classes.)

When we got back, we dyed K's hair. While he was soaking, I picked up "early entry" tickets for the dealers' room. One wash later, we checked out the dealers' room (while it was quiet) and visited with friends. We followed that with dinner and a stop at "orientation."

Orientation was a bit overdone. There was a lot of gab, much of which wasn't really important. Janet W-A made very good use of her 5 minutes to remind everybody that they were there to have fun, and to get over themselves if they weren't having fun. I moved out to the hallway and chatted with folks until it was over.

Then we went up to change and meet the gbacg_costume gang in the bar. The pink drink posse was already on their first cosmos, but since the bar's cosmos were a bit sweet by my taste we had gimlets instead. A few of us ran up to hospitality (in the other tower on the top floor, a good room in a non-optimal location) to check it out. Then we snagged the gang and went back to our suite for more drinks.

It was a hell of a booze-up. I think we ran until 3:00am.

We slept in late, real late, on Saturday morning. Then more of the same. Lunch. Chatting with folks, talking up CC26. Sitting in the costume exhibit talking with hazelchaz, library_lynn and prinz_kristzian. Getting ready for the Gala.

The "Time Travelers' Gala" is the big food function. There's a dinner (which was decent), music (which was pretty good) and a dance (which I didn't pay much attention to). We sat at one of the GBACG tables and gossiped over stuff.

Saturday was an earlier night. It was a good thing.

Sunday we still slept in a bit, and did more of the same. I did a run to pick up additional supplies for the night, because we were hosting the dead dog party in hospitality. We set up a few of the Evil Genius decorations and opened at 6:30 PM. Surprisingly, we were pretty popular by 7:00, and by 8:00 we had dealers (who had finished tear-down) and CGW members (who had tired of the unending CGW meeting) showing up. The freeze-dried mangosteen was a hit.

Tear-down was pretty quick, and we went to bed.

Monday morning we packed out and drove north. It was an uneventful drive, and we went straight to the basfa meeting before going home.

It was actually a really good time. We're not going next year, as it's the week before denvention3 and it's already sold out (yes, it sold out at around noon Sunday). If you wanted to go and you're not registered, it's too late. Think about coming to CC26.
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Drink recipes

The Expanding Cosmo (all Hangar 1 Vodka)
  • 2 oz citron vodka
  • 1 oz orange vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime vodka
  • 1/2 oz raspberry vodka (or a splash of cranberry juice to turn it pink if the raspberry vodka is unavailable)
Shake with ice and serve up with a lemon or lime twist

Basil Mojito
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp turbinado (or brown) sugar
  • 2 oz basil eau de vie
  • soda
Squeeze the half lime into the bottom of a pint glass and drop it in. Add the sugar and muddle. Add the basil eau de vie and ice. Transfer between the pint glass and the serving glass to mix. Top up with soda and transfer to the serving glass one last time.

Chili Limon
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp turbinado (or brown) sugar
  • 2 oz chipotle vodka
  • soda
Squeeze the half lemon into the bottom of a pint glass and drop it in. Add the sugar and muddle. Add the chipotle vodka and ice. Transfer between the pint glass and the serving glass to mix. Top up with soda and transfer to the serving glass one last time.
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Drink Recipes #2

This one isn't mine. It's straight from the book.

Vespers (AKA "The James Bond Martini")
  • 3 oz gin
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lillet blanc (the original recipe calls for Kina Lillet, which hasn't been available since the mid 80's)
Shake with ice. Serve up with a lemon twist.