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28 February 2009 @ 11:58 pm
Fly-by updates & questions  
Finished Run, Fat Boy, Run Thursday night. Not bad, and I got a kick out of the landlord (an East Indian man who manages to make "Dennis Doyle from downstairs" sound like such a putdown). Very surprised to see that it was written by Michael Ian Black, known to many as an American comedian and to me personally as Steve the Demon from Reaper.

Tonight, we watched Swimming With Sharks. That was some dark humor, though Kevin Spacey was perfectly cast. Scariest of all... I once had a boss like that, a nasty martinet of a man who changed the rules constantly because his real expectation was that you read his mind (and failure to do so warranted screaming). I hate to admit it, but I wished for really bad things to befall him by the time I quit that job.

In happier news, I'm seriously thinking about going to the Vancouver Creation Con. However, I am a little worried about cost. For those in the know, how workable is the bus shuttle from Seattle to Vancouver? Because I really don't think I can swing the airfare directly into Vancouver. :(

And randomly, someone is leaving me the most thoughtful and involved comments on some of my Wincest drabbles at fanfiction.net... but they're in Spanish. I can get a vague feeling for them via an online translator, but the result is not as coherent as the original. Anybody really good with Spanish?

Also, do any of you U.K. Brits do baking? I have a recipe for Welsh Scones that I intended for Lauren to take to a Girl Scout meeting in November, but I hadn't looked at it in ages and I forgot that the measurement descriptions... need some interpretation. :0

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Rachel_sin_attract on March 1st, 2009 08:49 am (UTC)
You should totally come to the Vancouver con! Why? Because I'll be there and NOT at WinCon this year! haha

You should join our group sn_vancouvercon if you haven't already because I think there is some info about shuttle vs. plane there. Since I'm in Virginia, I have to fly and I think I'll fly into Vancouver rather than land in Seattle and take the shuttle. And airfare can always go up or down, so maybe you can catch it at a deal. I use Farecast to get ideas on ticket prices.

Hope to see you there!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 1st, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
I'd really like to go-- I have an offer to share a room with a lovely person, which would really help the cost, but when I examined the airfare to Vancouver from Sacramento I kind of freaked for a bit.

Sacramento to Seattle is much more affordable (Southwest Airlines!), but then there's that final leg up to Vancouver.

Honestly, I know the boys are IN Vancouver (which lessens the chance that they'll bail on the convention, in my book), but in terms of cost the transportation is simpler and cheaper in Seattle. *cries*

I've joined the community you suggested, and I'll try Farecast as well.

Thanks so much for the tips! *keeping fingers crosses*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 1st, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
Farecast gave me some better fares than I had originally. Some of them aren't much more than SMF->Seattle + shuttle bus, and possibly a litle less hassle. Hard to tell-- there are no direct flights to Vancouver, and this burning desire on the part of most of the airlines to go from Sacramento to PHOENIX and then to Vancouver makes me want to scream. Increases the flight time up to 7-8 hours, not to mention the sheer stupidity!
Queen of Music: awwpuppy by dove95dove95 on March 1st, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
I'm looking to pull a trip to Seattle off during the Vancouver con and then try to get single-day con tix and take a train up on Sunday. My friend in Seattle said that a train ride round-trip is only about $35. There's an option for you :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 4th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
I saw the Amtrack option, though you have to take a bus from the airport to the Amtrack terminal, and then another from the Vancouver terminal to ?? The hotel?

I'm hoping Southwest will post their rates through the end of August soon, so I can truly compare the Seattle+other option vs. the cost of the Vancouver option.

Still hoping to go-- and to see you there too!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 4th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm really thinking about going-- but god, the cost. Ouch! Though you'd be coming from overseas, so it would be much worse for you! Love to see you if I make it up there!

I think what I'll do is email you and gatheringlight and serena64 my recipe information and see if between the three of you I can resolve the mystery ground. I hope the recipe isn't too old for the terms to still be familiar!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 4th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm going to email a group of you (tonight, I hope), and see if you recognize what some of the terms mean. I hope they're not too old and obscure. :0

Thanks!
miss_mandy on March 1st, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Aw, you're coming to Vancouver? You have to come see me! ;P

I've taken a shuttle a couple times with into Seattle with my school and we've got a pretty good Greyhound system here too. (Especially in the summer time, when there's less people skiing so there are more seats :D)

I don't know about cost, but it takes about 3-4 hours to drive.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on March 4th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
The shuttlebus system looked pretty good-- I didn't check Greyhound, but there is a Canadian system that goes round-trip to the SEATAC terminals, which is a huge help. The thought of taking a bus to yet-another-location to then catch a shuttle is really unappealing in terms of hassle & such.

Hope to see you if I make it up there! :)
Deadbeat Nymph: sam dean swatdeadbeat_nymph on March 2nd, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
I poked around a bit, and you can fly Air Canada on any of the dates for that weekend for $467 USD (total with all taxes and fees) with a brief stop-over in San Fransisco, which seems much better than Phoenix or elsewhere. Also, there are several departure times throughout the day. Check Air Canada's site; you can buy your ticket from there directly.

I hope you get to go!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 4th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Thanks for the checking!

I did find some good options from Alaska Air, too-- with stops in Portland, which apart from Seattle would be the most direct choice. San Francisco isn't bad either. The going to Phoenix, though, and taking upwards of 7 hours to fly (in part because the plane flew to Phoenix!) is more aggravation than I can live with!

Serena64serena64 on March 3rd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Did you get your baking question sorted out? I may be able to help.
I find it equally confusing on the odd occasion I've tried to cook from American recipes.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 4th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
I'm going to send off an email to the three of you and see if, between you all, we can get the peculiar terms sorted out. If I remember correctly, some of them have to do with "common units"-- like a "cake" of something-- that mean absolutely nothing in the U.S. My fear is that they'll be so out-of-date, they won't mean anything to you either! :0