Chris and I went to InfoAge today (Saturday, even though it's 4:19AM Sunday
as I'm writing this!) to help the staff there and to scope out the location
for next week's event.
I arrived in the morning and was assigned to painting duty. LOL, that
didn't work out, so I was transferred to garbage-schlepping duty.
Eventually, I found a home in removing-wooden-boards-from-windows duty.
What can I say: physical destruction is fun. The task allowed me to use a
drill and a sledgehammer. Woohoo!
Then there was lunch, courtesy of InfoAge. Quite tasty sub sandwiches.
Chris arrived after lunch, and Fred showed us around the building; I was
able to compare parts of it to how it looked when I visited a few months
Oh, speaking of "the building" -- the specific building where next week's
event will be held is called "the hotel" because, well, it was used for
barracks / dorms (the facility changed from Army to a college, many years
Chris and I checked out a bunch of potential rooms we could use next week,
and decided on a corner of the largest room, known as the dining room (it
was the cafeteria back in the days of old). The dining room is VERY dirty
but we spent most of the afternoon sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping. The
good news: this particular corner has several power outlets, a few windows,
and no obstructions. We figured out that we can arrange our electric fans
on the side opposite the windows, so that with the windows open, it will
create a cooling draft.
Since the floor is in lousy condition, I'm going to shop for an inexpensive
tarp this week, and we can put that down, held down at the corners by duct
tape and on the sides by our tables. It is far from an ideal solution (that
would be carpet), but it is cheap, easy, and effective. If there's time,
however, I might call some carpet stores in the town where InfoAge is, to
see if someone will donate a leftover section for us. You never know unless
you ask. :)
Anyway, be prepared to see a lot of ugliness next week! The staff at
InfoAge does not (and can not!) hide that the facility is very, very much
under renovation. They're trying as much as possible to make it look nice
for the event but there are some big limitations.
Evan Koblentz's personal homepage: http://www.snarc.net
Also see: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midatlanticretro/
Where did PDAs come from? http://www.snarc.net/pda/pda-treatise.htm
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