Categories Uncategorized The View From the Hotel Window, Chicon 7 Edition Post author By John Scalzi Post date August 29, 2012 81 Comments on The View From the Hotel Window, Chicon 7 Edition Not so bad. In other news, hi, I am in Chicago and ready for Chicon 7. Where are you? Share: By John Scalzi I enjoy pie. View Archive → ← The Big Idea: Richard Kadrey → And So It Begins 81 replies on “The View From the Hotel Window, Chicon 7 Edition” Hi, Chicago. I’m Oklahoma City. Nice to meet you. ; ) That won’t be nearly as funny if you edit a preposition into your post, Mr. Scalzi. So please don’t. ; ) At work. Oh, where am I? Selma, TX. (Actually San Antonio, but it’s all the same). That’s a dizzying scene. Alas, merely 40 miles away, but not attending ChiCon. Have a great weekend! Still in Minnesota, but I’ll be there Friday! Ai, Chicón! Cómo está? Boston, trying not to fall asleep in the office. In that building! Slightly left of center, closest building to the boat. prepping for getting in tomorrow, mr earlybirdpants The Hyatt’s a very nice hotel. Hope you guys have a great time! Broad-shouldered and brutal with a Mallet, oh yeah. Sadly, I won’t be attending this year’s worldcon.. I want to, but physics and logistics can be problematic at times. I haven’t figured out how to be in two places at the same time… yet. I’ve got people working on it for me, so stay tuned. Just landed at O’Hare. Plane delayed an hour due to “cargo problems.” I’m in the Chicago burbs, finishing up work and looking forward to ChiCon this weekend! At work, waiting to go home so I can pack for Chicon and then fly out that way tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get to say “Hi” and see how good your memory is :) (You recognized me instantly 2 years after VP 13 and surprised the hell out of me.) Just boarded the shuttle at ORD. I’m in London, England; peering out of my bedroom window there’s City Point in the foreground, and the Gherkin in the background, and from my living room window there’s the (small) lake and the triple towers of the Barbican. All in all, I’m used to tall buildings… I am currently in Lisle, Illinois,where I work. Then I’ll be in Geneva, Illinois, where I live. Then I’ll be in Chicago tomorrow for Chicon, staying at the same hotel you’re at now. I’ll see you tomorrow. Welcome to our fair city! Hope you enjoy the con and your visit! Oh, about a block and a half away from the building you took that photo from :) At home in Denmark – just back from a 4-hour roleplaying session. I am at Dragon*Con. I will con with you in spirit. (Note: The preceding is not valid for the first 24 hours after posting.) On my front porch looking at Bucks Elbow Mountain and enjoying a cold refreshing beverage. If I’d gone to work today, I’d be stuck in bad traffic made worse by a presidential motorcade. I prefer the porch. I’m in San Diego at work reading Whatever Sitting in the lobby about fifty feet behind you right now. At home, planning the programme for this year’s Swecon and about to update the website for the Mariehamn 2016 Worldon bid. //JJ Is it just me or does this “View from the hotel” picture have a certain Simcity vibe to it? Just outside Chicago, planning my trip to Chicon tomorrow! I’m in Chicago 11 days ago; I’m quite a bit further east by the time Chicon starts. Would like to be there with you, but this four-dimensional navigation is trickier than I thought. St Louis, working the evening shift at the public library. Sigh. Desperately wishing I was there, instead of working late at the office. I am in Hoboken, NJ, but (thanks to the generosity of a friend) will be there tomorrow evening. Also desperately wishing I were there, but at least I got my new tomatoes planted today. On our way! See you tomorrow! At work in the burbs (Batavia, then home to Elgin) mourning the fact that I could only take Friday off and thus won’t be joining tomorrow’s festivities Don’t get shot, John. It is Chi-town, you know. :) ♥ New Orleans. Sadly, not there. I’m in Colorado. Just couldn’t make the time and money thing work. :-( I’ve got almost the same view as you, just looking down the river to the lake. Right now there’s a fire hose of water across the river soaking all the boaters coming in from the lake. :) BTW, Puddletown, Orygun USA! One of the few Libertarian/Conservatives out here. It’s like being a civilized man exiled to live with the savage pygmies. Well, intellectual pygmies anyhow… I’m in northern NJ.. I never get to go anywhere. :-\ Had to stay home – bummer, this was to be my first WorldCon but plans were foiled. I’m in Las Vegas, watching and listening to it rain, and getting ready to teach my first real astro class of the semester. I am in KC and will be there tomorrow! There will be bacon, right? I’m in Murrieta, CA. Great view! (Yours, not mine.) Today Seattle. Tomorrow THE WORLD! BAHAHAHAHA… oh.., sorry, no, I meant Chicago. As near as I can tell, about 10 floors above you. That looks like the Sheraton, where I stayed a few years ago for Bouchercon. Wish I remembered more of that con, but that just means I had a good time. Where I am is Cincinnati, but where I will be is Annapolis this weekend. And because my lovely wife is resourceful, I’ll also be flying there instead of driving eight hours after picking her up from work Friday. Now, if I could just find a way back to New York or San Francisco… Today — Durant, OK; Madill, OK; and now finally in my hotel in Mesquite, TX. I’ve driven about 1000 miles around OK and TX last week and this and am looking forward to being home in Washington state on Friday just in time to drive to my parents for Labour Day weekend and then fly out to Naples, FL after that… ;) Back under your bridge, Scorpius. On my way to Chicon and hopefully will arrive in time for opening ceremonies. 5000+ of us in an enclosed area for 5 days. Yay! Three hours to the west of you with a POS car that wouldn’t make the drive and a lack of 1k in dinero to drop on a WorldCon weekend. (Yes, I could easily spend that at a WorldCon. Easily.) *couldn’t make the drive, I meant to type. Sitting in the Hyatt lobby suffering from sticker shock at the price of my supper and vowing that no more food will be purchased from the hotel. Looking forward to the conference, though! Getting ready to watch Casablanca on TCM @ 10 CT At the Chicon hotel; just finished decorating the Boston in 2020 Christmas Worldcon Bid Party room. Hope to see you there once we open up at 9:30pm! No,wait! Casablanca is on NOW (9pm CT) I live in Chicago so I’m here, and I’m watching ‘Casablanca’ too. Chicago says “welcome!” =) Wishing I were there instead of sitting at home listening to the wind and rain from Isaac and hoping a big branch doesn’t fall on my roof. This has been going on since last night and will continue until tomorrow morning, probably. Oh well, at least I have electricity, unlike most of my neighbors. Packed and ready to head to ChiCon with UrsulaV – see you at the Hugos! In Minneapolis, printing out Google maps to get me from O’Hare to the Hyatt via transit. I sometimes wonder how I survived without Google Maps. Bagram Air base Afghanistan Packing for Chicago and debating how many pairs of socks to bring. Still in Ontario, Canada but we’re leaving in 5 minutes for the drive to Chicago! Nice an amazing view. I wish I be there for a long time. Honolulu. Wish you were here! So when does the Cook County Assessor’s office open? @nifmom: That’s not a fire hose – it’s a permanent fixture of the riverfront: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial_Fountain See the third floor corner on the right of the Mies van der Rohe building across from you? I worked there after college. Currently? I’m in DC :) Have fun! In Philly, working in a freezing cold office, counting down the hours to the 3 day holiday weekend… At work, still recovering from the 7ath Discworld Convention last weekend. I went to college in Chicago. It is a really nice city when its warm. Just a few miles away in Evanston. Sad to be missing a con so close, but I am watching my son learn to crawl, so I’m pretty happy to be where I am. I am inside my brain, trying to get out. Dude, I’m at work in the building right to the west of you , 233 N Michigan Ave! Welcome to the neighborhood :] I am in Columbia, MD at a rehab hospital for the 12th day in a road, recovering from bi-lateral knee replacement surgery on the 14th. Next year in San Antonio, I can show you my “Frankenknees.” Clearwater, F..L..A.. But, I WAS in Chicago just two short weeks ago but couldn’t justify abandoning my kitchen reno any longer. Not even for you, John Scalzi. Two days ago? In New Orleans, in the dark, listening to Hurricane Isaac reports on the weather radio. Whee! Got the power back this morning–had to see what you were doing, of course. Last time I stay for “only” a category 1 storm. Hello there, simply was alert to your blog through Google, and located that it is really informative. I am gonna be careful for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you happen to continue this in future. Lots of people can be benefited out of your writing. Cheers! By: http://www.bedroomchecker.com So John, Neil Gaiman, and the adult components of John’s family were on the way from the Hugo Winners party to another party. I said: “Neil, Master of All Media, now you need to publish a paper on General Relativity or Molecular Biology.” Neil: “Why?” me: “To prove to the fanboys that you can do that too.” I am just now back from Chicon 7, the 4th Chicon I’ve attended, 4th of the 7 World Science Fiction Conventions held in Chicago. No con is perfect, but this was as good as any of these 4, which is very good indeed. A full con report will be posted here when I’ve written it. Sorry it’s over — great people, great programming, interesting tales to report of Sanley Schmidt’s farewell party as he stepped down from his decades at the helm of Analog, of Neil Gailman winning his Hugo for a Doctor Who episode, of George R. R. Martin winning his Hugo for Season 1 of Game of Thrones… of my 5 Panel dsicussions… Chicon 7 was held on August 30 to September 3, 2012 Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as “Worldcon,” was the premier gathering of authors, artists, fans, dealers, and more in the world science fiction community. Worldcon covers all the genres of written speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and alternate history, as well as science, media (movies, television, anime, and online), fanzines, gaming, costuming, filking, and more. More than 5,000 attendees from more than thirty countries attended the five-day event. I never once checked email or posted on Facebook while in Chicago, so now to catch up… Comments are closed.