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Notes on Liralen's visit in October 2018

"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 TBD

  • 10/8 Monday
    • 4:30pm Southwest 1627 at OAK airport. Carl waiting near airport for call to pick up outside baggage claim. Do not bring cooler because no room in trunk. Carl should bring two spoons, paper towels, packaging tape, a sharpie, disposable bowls for snacks, and some large ziplock bags.
    • 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 - Invites sent 9/9 5pm. Reservations for 9 made, with 1 Peking Duck as one course: Carl, Liralen, Cat, Earl, Trip, Marith (work permitting), Chrisber, Christy, Teo. Not: Jeremy, Rachel, Brad, Gretchen, Cera, Ken.
      • Ordered for 5:
      • 1 Peking duck as one course
      • steam sea bass with ginger and green onions
      • potstickers
      • vegetable spring rolls
      • dry cooked szechuan green beans
      • Tangerine beef
      • no soup
    • Check into Hampton Inn Santa Cruz for 2 nights, 1505 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 831-457-8000 free wifi, minifridge, microwave (Inn at Pasatiempo was sold out Tuesday night)
  • 10/09 Tuesday
    • 11ish Pick up Gretchen and return by 1 forBrad's appointment at 3.
    • Brunch at Zachary's 819 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-427-0646. Tue-Sun 7am-2:30pm
    • Ocean
    • Hidden Peak Tea House 1541-C Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-423-4200 Sun-Thu 11am-9pm FriSat 11am-10pm. No time for tea this year.

* Early Dinner at Mobo Sushi 105 River St S, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-425-1700 Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm,5–10pm Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–11pm Sat noon-11pm Sun noon-10pm
* Last Year: A quart of farmer's market sheep milk yogurt from Gretchen for Liralen, which worked perfectly for the whole con.

  • 10/10 Wednesday
    • 11am Check out of Hampton Inn (checkout time 11am)
    • Maybe lunch at Bodo Lucky Japanese Restaurant, 46260 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539 510-226-1388 Tue-Sun 11am-10pm Mon closed
    • Refuel in Pleasanton, mail, boba tea, drop things at home, pick up fudge, cooler, and if air smoky, HEPA filter
    • Trader Joe's in Santa Cruz, get nonperishable food for the food donation bin at Big Bad Con (peanut butter, cereal)
    • 3pm Relocate to Marriott 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 or 925-927-1111 for pickup.
    • check in, put bags in room
    • Buy 1 pint and 1 qt milk at convenience store next to Marriott
    • Pick up an order at Sweet Maria's Wed. Pick up Order #000036792 at Sweet Maria's Coffee 2823 Adeline St, Oakland (Emeryville), CA 94608 510-628-0919 888-876-5917 open M-F 11am-5pm with lunch from 1:30-2
    • Dinner at Le Cheval with Eric L. and Eric V.
    • Wednesday night boardgame night at EndGame - Near & Far
  • 10/11 Thursday
    • Brunch at Hick'ry Pit, 1495 South Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA Su-Thu 6am-9pm FrSa 6am-9:45pm, est. 1928
    • 1:37pm Simon Ward arrives at OAK
    • Open gaming at the convention after 6pm, but will anyone be there yet? LA Crew is arriving Thursday evening with dinner at Miss Ollie's
    • After Simon arrives at hotel, head to Oakland
    • Liralen remains at hotel for 7-8pm Stitch & Bitch with Kevan Forbes
    • Carl, Simon, Eric visit EndGame 921 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607 10am-7pm
    • 7pm 5:30pm Miss Ollie's 901 Washington St, Oakland, CA 510-285-6188 Tue/Wed/Thu 11:30am-2pm 5:30pm-9:30pm Fri 11:30am-2pm 5:30-10:30pm Sat noon-3pm 5:30pm-10:30pm
    • Carl, Liralen, Simon Ward, Eric Lytle, Colin Jessup, Morgan Ellis, David Gallo,Stras Acimovic, Nick (Spencer? Jones?) Gina Ricker, Jason "JiB" Tryon
    • 8ish Carl returns to hotel with Simon, Stras, Nick
    • LA Krew to //The Trappist 460 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607 510-238-8900 Su-Th noon-12:30am Fr-Sa noon-1:30am
  • 10/12 Friday - Big Bad Con Friday-Sunday
    • Colin J suggested breakfast at
    • 10am-noon Liralen playing Near and Far with the two Erics.
    • 1-5pm Liralen as Games on Demand Host
    • 2-6pm Carl running Bliss Stage Final Act for Chris Czerniak, John Taber, Michael Garcia, Paul Echeverri.
    • Dinner at Sauced with Eric V., Simon, and Liralen
    • 8pm-midnight
      • TBD
  • 10/13 Saturday - Big Bad Con
    • 9am-5pm
      • Carl running The Mountain Witch for 6 (includes lunch break): Cy Myers, Eric Lytle, John Taber, Jon Edwards, Phyllis Rostykus, Sean Phelan
      • Liralen playing Mountain Witch HURRAH!
      • Quick lunch from Carl's Jr next to hotel
    • 6-8pm Dinner at Le Cheval for Carl, Simon, Eric. LA Krew + Stras, Sean Nittner, others also there.
    • 6pm-midnight
    • 8pm-midnight
      • Carl chatting in lobby with Simon, Jon Edwards, Morgan Ellis, and others
  • 10/14 Sunday - Big Bad Con
    • 9am-1pm
      • 11:30am Carl has lunch at hotel with Kevan Forbes, finishing before 1pm crush of gamers descends
      • Liralen as Teen Room Greeter
    • 1-2pm Lunch
    • 2-6pm
      • Carl running Masks vs Parental Expectations for Cy Myers, Kevan Forbes (Miss Miracle), Topher Gadd, Trevor Placker (Titania).
      • Liralen TBD
      • 7pm Dinner at Havana at 1516 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925-939-4555 M-Th 11:30am-10pm Fri 11:30am-11pm Sat 5-11pm Sun 5-9pm cuban food about a mile away, near 0L. (not Havana Cafe) or maybe a return to Le Cheval
      • 9pm to 11pm or 1am but definitely not 4am chatting in Marriott lobby
  • 10/15 Monday
    • wake up at 7:45, check out by 9 if we want breakfast
    • 9:30am Carl, Liralen, Simon have breakfast at Hick'ry Pit, meeting Eric there.
    • Cock-a-Doodle Cafe closed.
    • 11ish Carl drives Liralen and Simon to the airport
    • Noonish Carl returns from airport to EndGame but the LA Krew head south. Morgan Ellis, Colin Jessup, David Gallo, Arturo, Gina Ricker, Jason Tryon.
    • 1:30pm (2:15) Liralen departs SW 2208
    • 2:17pm Simon departs OAK

Notes

Weather

Weather was pleasant, neither rainy nor too smoky, TBD in Mountain View Tuesday, TBD Santa Cruz Wednesday, TBD Oakland Thursday, TBD in Walnut Creek over the weekend.

Trader Joe's Notes

Liralen now has one in Boulder, so no need to stock up except for Peppermint Drinking Chocolate for some reason it comes out earlier in California than in Colorado, so stock up on four Peppermint Chocolates to take home.
* 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. In 2017 we got two bags for $62 total and about half was eaten. In 2018 we got $90 (3 bags) and ate a bag's worth.
* Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups were still very popular. They are the king of snacks.
* Two salads with forks.
* Get milk from convenience store/gas station next to hotel if needed, rather than from TJ's.

  • near Oakland
    • Brown Sugar Kitchen 2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607 510-839-7685 T-Sa 7am-3pm Sun 8am-3pm No Reservations
    • Sweet Maria's Coffee 2823 Adeline St, Oakland (Emeryville), CA 94608 510-628-0919 888-876-5917 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
    • 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.
    • Le Cheval 1007 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94607 510-763-8495 M-Thu 11am-9pm FSa 11am-9:30pm Su 4-9pm
    • Rosamunde Sausage Grill
    • The Trappist
    • Marufku Ramen (Yelp waitlist recommended) 4828 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609 510-823-2416 WedThu 5:30-10:30pm FriSat 5pm-mid Sun 5-10pm MonTue closed
    • Cock-a-Doodle Cafe on 721 Washington St closed in 2018
    • Home of Chicken and Waffles, 444 Embarcadero W, Oakland, CA 94607 10am-1am

510-836-4446 b/t Broadway & Franklin St in Jack London Square. Morgan liked it.

  • Hayward
    • Playt on B 1036 B St, Hayward, CA 94541,510-888-1092 Open Tue-Thu 4-10pm Fri 4-12pm Sat 4-10pm Sun 4pm-10pm, not as good as Pican sadly
  • near Pleasanton
    • Red Tractor Cafe in Dublin
    • Bill's Cafe in Pleasanton
    • Dean's Cafe in downtown Pleasanton closed
    • Clementine's in San Ramon has beignets
    • Mimi's Cafe in Dublin has beignets, closed
    • Country Waffle in Dublin
    • 803 Brick Cafe in Livermore where Railroad Cafe used to be is slow but tasty
    • 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
    • Inn at Pasatiempo for 2 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.
    • Saturn Cafe
    • 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
    • Hot Chocolate and Truffle from Chocolat next to Bookshop Santa Cruz. Gretchen can have truffles.
    • Hula's Island Grill, 221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-426-4852 SunMon 4-9:30pm Tue-Sat 11:30am-10
  • Sunnyvale
    • 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
  • San Jose
    • Kumako Ramen (salty, the place in Fremont was better)
    • 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
  • Walnut Creek
    • Near hotel: Jack in the Box, Taco Bell across street, Kinder BBQ, Shanghai ? (scallion pancakes, untried). Kinder BBQ and Shanghai (Scallion Pancakes) 3-4 blocks away. Also nearby: Sushi, Pho, a good coffee shop (Bondo something). BevMo and Target nearby. BART half mile away. 1.3mi to 0L bar
    • Katy's Kreek 1680 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925-946-0949 M-F 7am-2pm SaSu 7am-3pm
    • 1.3mi 0L Beercafe & Bottle Shop 1541 Giammona Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925-210-1147 noon-midnight
    • Havana at 1516 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925-939-4555 M-Th 11:30am-10pm Fri 11:30am-11pm Sat 5-11pm Sun 5-9pm
    • Ramen Hiroshi 1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925-942-0664 M-Th 11-2,5-9 Fri 11-2,5-9:30, Sat 11-2:30,5-9:30, Sun 11-2:30,5-9
    • Le Cheval 1375 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925-938-2288 Tue-Thu 11:30 am-9pm FSa 11:30am-9:30pm Su noon-8:30pm
    • Sauced BBQ and Spirits 1410 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925-433-5957 M-Th 11am-10pm FSa 11am-mid Su 11am-9pm noisy
    • Millie's Kitchen, 1018 Oak Hill Rd A, Lafayette, CA 94549, 4mi away, small
    • Hick'ry Pit, 1495 South Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA Su-Thu 6am-9pm FrSa 6am-9:45pm, est. 1928
    • Mel's Diner 1394 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, Opens 6am, closes TW 11pm Th mid, FSa 2:30am SunMon 10pm, 1mi from hotel, Chris H says its a chain about on a part with Red Robin
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