LTSB has heard about road trips from HGSB. He thought they sounded fun. LT told him some parts are pretty dull, but during the boring parts, we get our favorite snacks!
Wow, HG and HGSB weren’t kidding about how dull the Central Valley is.
LT and LTSB get bored and artsy.
Our first round of snacks. The LT’s never road trip without Goldfish.
Babo has his own preferences, of course.
LTSB’s never seen pine trees and mountains like this. The LT’s grew up in an area a lot like this, though.
There’s still snow on the mountains, in August!
SB and the LT’s aren’t impressed with the room decor in the Peppermill.
But never mind, we’ve got five days of convention to see!
Dr. Demento is a special guest! Babo got to see his show live!
Absolutely everyone and everything is here. Babo takes the Iron Throne!
After a couple of days of attending panels and exhibits, LT and LTSB need a break to study the program and have a beverage. There was a bar right in the exhibition hall, near the dealer’s room and art show!
A big part of the convention is making new friends who have the same interests as you:
And another is meeting up with old friends.
There was a shuttle bus between the convention center and the LT’s hotel. Sometimes there was a wait.
“Look at the temperature and dryness! I forgot my sunscreen! I hope the bus comes soon.”
After the con was over, the LT’s and friends stuck around, but they changed to a much nicer and more fun hotel.
The room art was more cheerful.
But Babo felt sorry for some other Fabric-Americans.
This is the closest SB got to the gambling. LT said it wasn’t appropriate, and she knew of better things.
These vending machines were all over. “But what about cookies?!” LTSB asked.
Ooooh, Sailor Babo’s heard the LT’s talking about buffets, how you can get anything you want and eat as much as you want. This should be fun!
Look what LT got on just her first trip!
JACKPOT!!! A whole cookie station!
None of the hair ornaments really worked for him.
Circus Circus has a monorail. LT really liked that, as the other hotel and the convention involved a lot of walking.
A wedding chapel in a hotel. A bit beyond Sailor Babo’s ken. But he’s seen many eye-opening things in Reno.
It’s good to be going home, though.
But you can even learn history on the road!
Sailor Babo regrets that he couldn’t show you the art show (Boris Vallejo was Guest of Honor). And LT didn’t bring him along when she was talking to her friends who won Hugos, so he didn’t get to see how beautiful the awards are this year. He hasn’t taken inventory of the new books LT came home with, either, but it was plenty.
In conclusion, Sailor Babo quotes, “In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die.” The photo below represents both. It was the last one before LT’s camera died (she had to borrow one for the rest of the con), and he’s won.
“I’m King of the Sailor Babos!”