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Notes on Liralen's visit in October 2016

"Memories are unkind. Even the sweetest ones are tinged by the fact that the experience has fled. A memory is a funeral for experience. Roleplaying
games are designed to create those funerals. It's the way they work." — Malcolm Sheppard

Schedule

  • 10/10 Monday
    • 1:50pm Southwest 2644 at OAK airport. Carl waiting near airport for call to pick up outside baggage claim. Did not bring cooler because no room in trunk. Did bring two spoons, and should have also brought paper towels and disposable bowls for snacks, and some large ziplock bags.
    • No need for Lunch
    • Sugar Butter Flour in Sunnyvale (669 S. Bernardo Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94087, 408-732-8597, open Mon-Thu: 7am-7:30pm Fri 7am-8:30pm Sat 7:30am-8:30pm Sun 8am-5pm
    • Safeway next to SBF: get nonperishable food for the food donation bin at BBC (peanut butter, cereal)
    • 7pm Chef Chu's 1067 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022 650-948-2696 M-F 11:30-9:30 SaSu noon-10pm - Reservations for 8 made, with 1 Peking Duck as one course: Carl, Liralen, Earl, Cat, Chrisber, Christy, Teo, Marith, Trip, Jeremy, Rachel .
      • Ordered for 8:
      • 1 Peking duck as one course
      • 2 orders crab and cheese puffs
      • 2 orders of potstickers
      • 1 pork bun for Teo
      • snow white chicken for Teo
      • dry cooked szechuan green beans
      • Beijing beef
      • Mongolian lamb
      • steam sea bass with ginger and green onions
      • Did not have preserved mustard greens and pork soup
    • Check into Inn at Pasatiempo for 3 nights, 555 Highway 17, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-423-5000. Free wifi and parking. Fridge. Ceiling Fan. No air conditioning. Has continental breakfast 6:30-9:30.
  • 10/11 Tuesday
    • 11ish Gretchen & Brad's. Breakfast at Zachary's. Ocean. Tea.
    • Hidden Peak Tea House 1541-C Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-423-4200 Sun-Thu 11am-9pm FriSat 11am-10pm
    • Early Dinner at Mobo Sushi.
  • 10/12 Wednesday
    • 10ish Breakfast at Saturn Cafe
    • Visit to Trader Joe's in Santa Cruz for convention snacks, and any other errands
    • Hot Chocolate and Truffle from Chocolat next to Bookshop Santa Cruz. Gretchen can have truffles.
    • Carl runs Masks for Brad, Gretchen, Liralen (Nemesis, Nike, Burning Smile vs. Captain Awesome, Death Kitten, and a pteranadon)
      • "PTER-AN-A-DON! They Ate Sharks and Were 10 Feet Tall!"
    • Dinner at Hula's Island Grill, 221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-426-4852 SunMon 4-9:30pm Tue-Sat 11:30am-10pm
  • 10/13 Thursday
    • 10am Check out of Inn at Pasatiempo (checkout time 11am)
    • 11:30am Lunch at Kumako Ramen in San Jose with Pepper
    • Nikaku Animart 615 N 6th St, San Jose, CA 95112 408-971-2822 T-Sat 10am-6pm Sun 10-4:30 Mon closed
    • Shaved Ice at Banana Crepe, 248 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112 408-271-2644 9am-4pm
    • 1pm head north. Refuel in Pleasanton.
    • No Sweet Maria's pickup needed this year.
    • 3pm Relocate to Mariott Walnut Creek 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925-934-2000. Hotel has a free shuttle for 3-mile range. Call Hotel number for pickup.
      • check in, put bags on room, go to Endgame
      • Nearby: Havana cuban food, 1.3mi to 0L bar, Jack in the Box and Taco Bell across street. BevMo and Target nearby. BART half mile away.
    • Visit Endgame and Endgame Cafe. Pick up Liralen's Kickstarter Mug.
    • Sweet Bar Bakery 2355 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 510-788-4997 Open M-Sa 8am-7pm Sun 9am-5pm No eating!!
    • 7pm Reservation made for Dinner for 9 at Pican 2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 510-834-1000 for Carl, Liralen, Eric Lytle, Colin Jessup, Arturo, Morgan Ellis, David Gallo, Gina Ricker, Jason "JiB" Tryon.
      • Note for Liralen: Don't order a main unless it's something you really truly utterly want, as the appetizers and sides are Enough. Unless there's a catfish special or hushpuppies. Then get the catfish special or hushpuppies. Or if there's a lobster thermidor. Also, black eyed pea hushpuppies are fritters, not hushpuppies. WTH, Pican?
  • 10/14 Friday
    • Big Bad Con Friday-Sunday
      • 2-6pm
        • Carl running Masks vs The Doom From the Stars for Chris Mitchell, Jason "JiB" Tryon, Jon Edwards, John Taber (Shade/Beacon, Centurion/Janus, White Star/Outsider, Pipeline/Transformed). Sandy, Hoplite, The Immortal. White Star looted AEGIS holding facility and Shade stole her kirbycraft full of loot, but did not kiss anyone dangerous.
        • Liralen in the Teen Room
      • 8pm-midnight
        • Carl not running
        • Liralen in the Teen Room
  • 10/15 Saturday
    • Big Bad Con
      • 9am-1pm
        • Carl running Masks vs The Citysitters for Liralen Li, Matt Troedson, Chris Czerniak, Eric Tolle (La Muerta/Bull, Goliath/Transformed, Viridian Shock/Outsider, Bee/Protege aka "Justice Bee"). Defeated the Viridian 4 Invaders. Hornet, Blur, Way, Sentinel, The Immortal, Omnitrex, The Doom Violin of Doctor Diabolis, Justine, Ashley the head cheerleader, Red Streak, Crime Spree, Obsidian.
        • Liralen playing Masks vs The Citysitters
      • 2-6pm
        • Carl running Masks vs The Secret Mission for Doug Henderson, Danielle Goudeau, Rachel Tevlin, Morgan Ellis (NOK/Outsider, Fusion/Protege, Utility/Delinquent) go undercover at another high school. Corona. Captain Awesome, Sandy, Red Streak, Kid Dinosaur, [redacted], Surfari vs. [redacted].
        • Liralen played with Chris Mitchell doing both Destination Jupiter and the Black Hack in Games on Demand.
      • 6-8pm Dinner break. Bruce Harlick birthday dinner with Chris Hanrahan at Havana postponed by rain.
      • 8pm-midnight
        • Carl not running
        • Liralen playing The Spirit of Adventure in The Spirits and the Jewel City GM Matt Troedson, with Eric Lytle and Will Pham (Spirits of Nurture, Nature, and Adventure. Triplets at the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair, who slipped from Mary Poppin's grasp (she's a good trainer for stealth) to look around).
  • 10/16 Sunday
    • Big Bad Con
      • 9am-1pm
        • Carl running Masks vs Themselves for Kevan Forbes, Mike McFarland, Dan Shimizu, Dennis B. Mordred, John Taber (Tempest/Protege, Gadzooks!/Nova Sorcerer, Jade/Beacon, Cro-Magnom/Bull) Sensei. Mentor Iron Crane. Defeated Dr. Mayhem's Orangutanks in the gym. Mysterious time travellers came for Gadzooks! at head cheerleader Ashley's house party, and after defeating them the heroes took their time square back to… wherever.
        • Liralen playing Tears & Kisses In The Rain, A Cyberpunk Fable with GM Colin Jessup, Aaron Beagle, Eric Lytle, Steven Kaye, Jennifer Ting (who brought a VEGETARIAN PICNIC)
      • 1-2pm Lunch
      • 2-6pm
        • Carl running Monsterhearts: Hearts in Shadow for Alan Scott, Jefferson Watson (Scott), Melanie Newcomb, Phoenix Eliot (Tucker/werewolf, Nula/selkie, Iris Jourdain/fae "That girl who does art", Annalee/witch) in small ex-lumber town on Washington Coast.
        • Liralen playing Sarah the Vampire Slayer in: Dead Moon Rising with GM B.D. Schwarz, AJ Real, April Padilla, James Lawton, John Taber, Morgan Rivers
      • 7pm Dinner for 11 at Havana at 1516 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925-939-4555 cuban food about a mile away, near 0L. (not Havana Cafe)

M-Th 11:30am-10pm Fri 11:30am-11pm Sat 5-11pm Sun 5-9pm
* 9pm to 11pm or 1am chatting in Marriott lobby

  • 10/17 Monday
    • wake up at 9, check out by 10
    • 11am Carl, Liralen, Eric Lytle, Andrew Linstrom have brunch with Morgan Ellis, Colin Jessup, David Gallo, Arturo, Gina Ricker, Jason Tryon at Cock-A-Doodle Cafe at 719 Washington Street, Oakland, CA M-F 8-2:30 SaSu 8-3
    • Noon Carl drives Liralen to the airport
    • 12:30ish Carl returns from taking Liralen to airport to chat with some of the above at EndGame Cafe until 3:30.
    • 2:40pm Liralen departs SW 519

Notes

Weather

Weather should be 70's in Mountain View Monday, 48-64 Santa Cruz Tuesday and Wednesday, 60-71 Oakland Thursday, 55-72 with chance of heavy rain in Walnut Creek over the weekend.

Trader Joe's Notes

Liralen now has one in Boulder, so no need to stock up except for Drinking Chocolate

  • Liralen should get some nonperishable food for the food donation bin at BBC
  • Snacks for the Con - note that we got $60 worth of stuff in 2014 and it nearly all got eaten. $90 worth was a bag too far.
  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups were very popular
  • 2 noodle bowls.
  • 6 Yogurt
  • One cereal cup.
  • Candy/treats - Note that Ryan's allergies still allowed him to eat the dark chocolate pistachio toffee
  • Fresh fruit (2 apples this time)
  • Try for a pint of milk from a convenience store/gas station rather than from TJ's.
  • near Oakland
    • http://www.sweetmarias.com/ Sweet Maria's Coffee] 1115 21st Street Oakland CA 94607 (510-628-0919) open M-F 11 am - 5 pm with lunch from 1:30-2
    • Sweet Bar Bakery 2355 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 510-788-4997 Open M-Sa 8am-7pm Sun 9am-5pm
    • Miss Ollie's 901 Washington St, Oakland, CA 510.285.6188 T-Sat 11:30am-2pm T-Th 5:30pm-9:30pm F-Sa 5:30pm-10:30pm
    • Lunch at Homeroom 400 40th St, Oakland, CA. 510-597-0400 Open Tue-Sun 11am-10pm, closed Monday. The salad/half order was a perfect size.
    • Rosamunde Sausage Grill
    • The Trappist
  • near Pleasanton
    • Red Tractor Cafe in Dublin
    • Bill's Cafe in Pleasanton (where Zorn's used to be before its kitchen fire)
    • Dean's Cafe in downtown Pleasanton
    • Clementine's in San Ramon has beignets
    • Mimi's Cafe in Dublin has beignets
    • Country Waffle in Dublin
    • Railroad Cafe in Livermore
    • In&Out
    • Little Madfish in Dublin for Ramen
    • The English Rose 163 W Neal St, Pleasanton, CA 94566 925-462-6333 Open T-Sa 11-5 High Tea Times at 11,1,3. Reservations recommended.
  • near Santa Cruz
    • Kebabs at Laili at 101 B. Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 831-423-4545 open Tue-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm,5pm-close
    • Cafe Gabrielle
    • Pink Godzilla
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