Otakon 2013: Hotels!

All right, so the weekend was pretty busy and although I did get the wireless to work somewhat (I wound up connecting to the 3rd floor’s wireless instead of the 4th floor’s to get it to work) I found myself unable to find enough time at the hotel to actually do any pertinent updates besides…

“Going to bed, I are teh sleepiness!”

…or…

“Oh god, the Cheesecake Factory has poisoned me with deliciousness!”

This should be the Cheesecake Factory's motto.

This should be the Cheesecake Factory’s motto.

So instead of an actual update/review of Otakon itself, let us first talk about Hotels.  I went for a simple little hotel called the Rodeway Inn on St. Paul Street in Baltimore.  It wasn’t a very fancy room but it had all of the amenities you need on a trip: Comfy bed, several power outlets, a shower, a toilet, towels, a coffee maker (which we didn’t even use), and a few non-essentials that we enjoyed such as the forlorn Wi-Fi internet and a complimentary continental breakfast every morning.

I paid roughly $250 for four nights.  If you don’t include the sleeping we did in the room, we spent a total of about six hours in the hotel in those four days.

A few friends of ours who also went to Otakon were being organized by one of their group, we’ll call him Tom.  Tom has different motivations than I do.  My motivations are very utilitarian: I need a place to sleep, shower, and poop; if I get food and internet out of the deal that’s extra-fantastic.  I don’t care if the room has its own kitchen, or if the bathroom has a tub, or if the hotel has a pool that I’m never going to use.  I want the cheapest assembly of the things I need, with a minor emphasis on my hotel being within walking distance to my destination (i.e. the Baltimore Convention Center).

Tom, on the other hand, has very different motivations in mind.  His motivations are very materialistic and egotistical.  Tom’s motivations in life are material goods and esteem; in other words he wants nice things and the admiration of his peers.

He got a two-room suite, with a kitchen, in a hotel that had a pool, a fitness center, laundry services, and a sauna.  He also skipped half of the convention to practice his routine for the Masquerade: Something where he would be up on stage in front of everyone.  And after the fact he acted rather coldly to us when we managed to find some time to get together because we had decided to go to something else we found more interesting than the masquerade; so we didn’t get to see him and slather him in the attention he so desired.

Now I told you about Tom to make you understand his motivations in Hotel choice.  He stayed at the Embassy Suites on St. Paul Street.  He stayed in a room with three other people, and each person paid $150 for three nights.  That’s a $600 room for three nights.  I paid $250 for four nights.  We both had complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi (that didn’t want to work), we both had 1 bed and a desk, we both had two chairs in our room, but he had a pull-out sofa.

Tom is also a totally different personality than myself.  I plan things out, everything I do.  I pre-registered for Otakon and got my hotel in March, I got my bus tickets in June (and that was just because I had to arrange my schedule with somebody else to drop me off at the bus station so I didn’t have to park my car in a $13 a day garage).

Tom waited until a couple weeks before Otakon to book his hotel and didn’t even pre-register.  So he paid $80 a ticket, $600 for a room, and then skipped half of the convention; he also paid $45 for a one-way Greyhound bus ticket to Baltimore.  I, for the record, paid $70 per pass into Otakon, and $48 for a round-trip bus ticket on Greyhound.

He paid for a fitness center he never used, a sauna he didn’t use, and a pool that he didn’t use.  If I wanted to work out I would have just walked to the convention center instead of taking the free shuttle buses that went right passed my hotel (Charm City Circulator, a wonderful thing for tourists!).  If I wanted to swim I would have paid a taxi to take me to a local neighborhood public pool (and still saved money).  And if I wanted a sauna…I would have just not used the AC in Baltimore.

~RCS

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Otakon 2013: Day Zero

Sorry for the lackluster update on this. We wound up being more than 2 hours behind schedule because of a huge accident on I-70. Then once the hectic day was over, we go back to the hotel to find…the wifi is not working. Only for us though.
Called down to the front desk and got this response, “I dunno…it’s working for me, it’s working for everyone else. I don’t know what’s wrong.”
Stay tuned for another update, hopefully tomorrow and hopefully not typed on a phone.
~RCS

New Year Stupidity

Well it’s the new year, we’re now into 2012.  I’ve recently purchased one of those page-a-day calendars.  This particular one is The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said.  18 years of the stupidest quotes by celebrities, politicians, and athletes.  Al of the quotes are supposed to be from 1995-2011.

So periodically I’ll update you folks with some good, or bad as the case may be, quotes from it.

Let’s start off with the first two, since we’re up to January 2nd, already.

January 1st, 2012

“In life you have to rely on the past, and that’s called history.”

-Donald Trump, on Celebrity Apprentice

That’s right; Donnie-boy’s always a good start for the stupidest things ever said.  Donald Trump says stupid things and winds up being called a genius.  You know why?  Because he calls himself a genius and we, as Americans, are generally simple enough to think, “Well if he’s brash and arrogant enough to call himself a genius and a man of wealth, it must be true!”

In reality he’s just a really good marketer and has enough money to live a posh lifestyle, even though he’s had numerous buildings foreclosed upon has a few bankruptcies under his belt.  Not exactly the heroic job-creator he claims to be.

January 2nd, 2012

This one’s interesting in that it’s not so much stupid as ridiculous.  This rapport was written on a car insurance claim form by a claimant who had struck a cow with their vehicle.

Q. What warning was given by you?

A. Horn.

Q. What warning was given by the other party?

A. Moo.

Makes sense to me…give the man his money.

And y’know what, since I won’t see you folks again until Wednesday.  Here’s tomorrow’s quote, so you can feel like you’re looking into the future:

January 3rd, 2012

Ms. Crystal Lemcke has a few actual questions/comments received by Hotel front desk employees from their customers.  The italicized parts are my own commentary.

*Are you open on Weekends?

Nope, sorry, you’ll have to find some room under the bridge nearby during the weekends.

*Are we confined to our rooms or are we allowed to go out?

Remember the lyrics?  “You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.”  Apparently someone took that literally.

*How dare you fold the towels in the room like that!  That’s not how I fold them at home!  I reserved this room a month ago; you knew I was coming here!

If you’d like we can fold you into a rug and shove you over the bridge where we keep our guests during the weekend closures.  Let me call Mr. Gambino to assist you.

Go here if you’d like to have your own calendar like this, which I highly suggest; especially since it’s entirely recyclable: The pack plastic can be recycled and you can reuse each day’s sheet as notepaper by writing on the blank back.  Or you can go here to check out the writers’ site.

~RCS

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