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November 12th, 2010


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11:53 pm
We've had a very busy day, here in Tuscon.

In the morning, after a free, but poor, breakfast at the hotel, we drove to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and had a delightful several hours. We enjoyed a free flight bird demonstration, with the raptors and owls flying low enough over the crowd to brush their wings on our heads! They had otters and beavers, bobcats and mountain lions, hummingbirds and quail, and lots of flora to examine. We had a great time there.

We got back to the hotel just as the convention was starting to set up the admission table, and got signed in, and then we left again to get some lunch. We found our way to 4th Avenue, which we'd noticed had a number of restaurants on it. We parked, and found our way into Magpie's Gourmet Pizza. Now, we have our problems with pizzas that aren't born and bred in Chicago, though there are a few that we enjoy, here and there. The pesto pizza at Magpie's was definitely an enjoyable item. We may have accidentally found our way to the best pizzeria in Tuscon, for all I know, though with forestcats as the guide, you can always be assured of adventure!

Filled up, we went back to the hotel for the convention, where things had finally gotten rolling. We strolled the art show, and I purchased the two books for the Dresden Files RPG, which I've never seen for sale in my area. I plan to get Jim Butcher, the author of the stories of the Dresden Files (like Storm Front, the first novel of the series) to autograph them both, if he's willing. Then we split up to go to different panels; we met up again a short while later when we both attended the same talk. When the opening ceremonies started, we attended; once over, we spent an hour or so in the con suite, hanging out, nibbling, chatting, and reading.

We crash now; there'll be more convention in the morning. Nice folks, nice chats, good GoH, and tomorrow evening, we'll go out to dinner with Katie, the woman who was matron-of-honor at our wedding, so that'll be cool.

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From:the_megstress
Date:November 13th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
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If you have time in Tucson and like authentic Mexican food, run, don't walk, to Theresa's Mosaic Cafe. My cousin took me there once and the food, from the Oaxacan region of Mexico, is out of this world. Breakfast/brunch is especially fantastic.

http://www.10best.com/destinations/arizona/tucson/west-tucson/restaurants/teresas-mosaic-cafe/
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 13th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the recommendation!

I've never been to Tuscon before, though forestcats has, so we had no restaurants in mind to try. I'll take a look at that website.

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From:pondhopper
Date:November 13th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
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I love a good raptor show.
I think I'd like that better than a pizza.
;)
I've never been to Tucson so no help with eating choices from me.
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 13th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Well, thank you for the thoughts.

The raptor show was terrific. forestcats took lots of photos, and I expect that when she gets up, she'll be posting some on her blog.

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From:clynne
Date:November 13th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
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What's a GoH? My brain translates it to "Goddess of Happiness" which probably isn't your meaning.
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From:kuroshii
Date:November 13th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Guest of Honor. In ConSpeak, it's a big/medium-name person in the industry who the con is paying to attend, partly to give honor to but also in order to draw more congoers.

:)

Edited at 2010-11-13 05:02 pm (UTC)
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 14th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
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Well said!
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 14th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
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Sorry, I should have defined it. It means Guest of Honor.
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From:venedotia
Date:November 14th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm from Tucson and will be moving back at the end of the month. Magpies is considered one of the best pizza places in Tucson and usually wins "best of the best" each year.

You are seeing Tucson the right way it sounds like. I adore it and am quite envious that you have been able to experience not only 4th Ave. but also Downtown Saturday Night.

I hope you continue to enjoy Tucson :)
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 15th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
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Finding Magpies was pure good luck; where we ate and visited last night was due to our good friend sharing with us. It's fun to discover, but it's also very fun to share!
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