November 12th, 2010
We packed and loaded, and then stopped at the mechanic's place as I had a blown headlight. Fixed, we stocked up on some supplies at Fabric Patch so that my spouse could get autographs from SF authors on fabric for a planned quilt.
We stopped for lunch in Yucaipa. We made a Veteran's Day stop at the General Patton Museum off I-10 in what used to be the Desert Training facility during WWII (entry fees to the museum were waived for Veteran's Day, but I simply took the cost and stuck it in the donation box to support the facility.) We stopped for dinner in Buckeye, AZ. We stopped for the night in Tuscon.
TusCon starts this afternoon at 2PM, and we're going to try it out. It sounds like it's a relaxacon, and that would be nice if it is, but I'll enjoy a busy, stimulating convention as well. If it's too boring, there seems to be lots to do nearby including a museum to nuclear missiles, Biosphere 2, and a Desert Museum. The mechanic pressed us to travel out to Tombstone; he says it's much more interesting than Tuscon is. We'll see if we have time. At least Biosphere 2 is on our path homebound.
Oh, and more on the Patton Museum: It's more about the units he commanded during WWII than it is about his career. There's some personal items of the General's there, including a pair of saddles, which led forestcats to complain about the poor condition they were in and how they needed to be cared for, but much of the collection is clearly bequests from former soldiers including models and personal gear. Outside, there's a number of tanks, but only one is a WWII model Sherman; others were from the 50s, and there's a number of Patton tanks, most in very poor shape. I'm glad we stopped to see it, though. There's some photos out there to be seen, when my wife gets around to posting them to the cloud.
Are you familiar with vintage_photos
? Sometimes they post old war/war era pics, especially around military holidays.
It's a good comm, if you like vintage things in general and not specifically Patton or military-oriented history.
That person has only one post, and that one was in 2006, so I don't think I'll pursue it, thanks.
That makes more sense. Thank you!
We have a pair of relaxacons locally, worth the visit should you ever be in San Diego in February or October. A relaxacon is the kind of affair where as much goes on between panels and events, and it's possible to sit a bit and chat with guests and attendees. There are times when a panel will turn into a discussion, with the audience joining in.
I hope you're enjoying TusCon and come back up with pleasant memories and new friends.
I ran into you at the most recent convention in San Diego, whose name escapes me. We met at the improv practice...
Dang, I'm getting forgetful in my advancing years.
For anyone reading this, the event our host spoke of is called Conjecture, a San Diego relaxacon where stuff happens. If you're in the San Diego area next October in time for Conjecture 2011, drop in and join us.
The event Bill spoke of specifically was a series of acting exercises a group of us got to play with, with the aim of becoming better roleplayers. As in roleplaying games. It was fun. I've volunteered to help with programming for 2011, and though we don't have anything planned for yet, I know the people running programming and I can honestly say that events and panels and other fun stuff will be interesting next year.
Anyway, Bill, are you having fun that TucSon?
You bet. When I catch up on the day's posts, I'll be typing about today's adventures.