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Unique Advice?

Offline Nightshadeisis

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2015, 09:01:17 PM »
5 cons in and without fail I still turn the wrong direction when trying to get to the Sheraton coming out of the Marriott.

This is my eleventh year and I still go the wrong direction to get to the Hard Rock, so I can't say much.  I feel your pain.

I still have to point her in the right direction :)

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2015, 04:28:02 PM »
Forget about making the panels  everything.  They are great but can eat up your time.  Head for the Pulse Loft grab a drink and people/costume watch.  That is one of my favorite things to do. 
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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2015, 08:06:29 AM »
Here's one for you if you're driving and hitting the highway. When leaving the con on Monday, Georgia State Police are usually out in huge numbers on the highways. I've seen them stacked up 10 deep in the median on I-75 somewhere between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Presumably they're doing DUI enforcement on the holiday weekend. Be careful out there.

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2015, 06:21:58 PM »
My advice, for what its worth:
    Bring a badge lanyard, the D*C ones are way expensive
    Good broken-in shoes, you walk everywhere and may times run from a panel in the Westin to one at the Hyatt
    Phone charger, extra cables, and USB battery...  I've made friends from my access to power alone...  ;)
    if you're an iPhone user, switch off iMessage, it rarely works during the con, especially on Saturday
    I bring a hotspot, again I've made friends for my access to the Interwebs
    Sunscreen - I got fried waiting outside in a line one year, ruined the rest of my con, have and not need it
    Bring $20 - $30 in small bills.  Tips, exact change for a drink, that Coke from the hotel vendors with no change, etc.
    Shift your eating hours, if you can eat a meal off the expected hours, you encounter less crowds; that 3pm lunch can be pleasant instead of a madhouse on at noon
     Make lost friend meeting spots, nothing is worse than losing a friend with dead or no phone, if haven't seen someone for say an hour or two meet them at designated spot to reconnect at the bottom of the hour for example
     Karaoke in the Hilton, have to, at least once
     Buffy sing-a-long, even if you never watched the show
     Basement of the Hyatt after 8pm, best bang for the buck for drinks buying a double
     Best crowds for the dealer rooms are right at opening time
     Watch the parade on D*CTV and skip the madness
     Write your room number down somewhere or put it in your phone, 3am on Friday those digits become foggy
     Use automated checkout, the lines sucks, and the bellhops take forever
     Take the stairs up a few floors when the elevators are crowded, you'll be able to grab one going down and just stay aboard
     20min Disco naps at 6-ish are the key to my stamina
     There is nothing worth driving for that weekend, park and leave it.  Uber if you have to
     Check the Daily Dragon, you'd be amazed at what you'll learn
     Follow the Dragoncon Twitter
     I'll tell you my parking secret but then I'd have to kill you...


     
   

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2015, 10:15:15 AM »
My advice, for what its worth:
    Bring a badge lanyard, the D*C ones are way expensive
    Good broken-in shoes, you walk everywhere and may times run from a panel in the Westin to one at the Hyatt
    Phone charger, extra cables, and USB battery...  I've made friends from my access to power alone...  ;)
    if you're an iPhone user, switch off iMessage, it rarely works during the con, especially on Saturday
    I bring a hotspot, again I've made friends for my access to the Interwebs
    Sunscreen - I got fried waiting outside in a line one year, ruined the rest of my con, have and not need it
    Bring $20 - $30 in small bills.  Tips, exact change for a drink, that Coke from the hotel vendors with no change, etc.
    Shift your eating hours, if you can eat a meal off the expected hours, you encounter less crowds; that 3pm lunch can be pleasant instead of a madhouse on at noon
     Make lost friend meeting spots, nothing is worse than losing a friend with dead or no phone, if haven't seen someone for say an hour or two meet them at designated spot to reconnect at the bottom of the hour for example
     Karaoke in the Hilton, have to, at least once
     Buffy sing-a-long, even if you never watched the show
     Basement of the Hyatt after 8pm, best bang for the buck for drinks buying a double
     Best crowds for the dealer rooms are right at opening time
     Watch the parade on D*CTV and skip the madness
     Write your room number down somewhere or put it in your phone, 3am on Friday those digits become foggy
     Use automated checkout, the lines sucks, and the bellhops take forever
     Take the stairs up a few floors when the elevators are crowded, you'll be able to grab one going down and just stay aboard
     20min Disco naps at 6-ish are the key to my stamina
     There is nothing worth driving for that weekend, park and leave it.  Uber if you have to
     Check the Daily Dragon, you'd be amazed at what you'll learn
     Follow the Dragoncon Twitter
     I'll tell you my parking secret but then I'd have to kill you...


     
   

Awesome advice! +1 for you!!

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2015, 11:44:17 AM »
Definite +1 especially for the lost friend bit.  My teens first year I took her to every host hotel so she would know what they look like and where the front desk was; her own personal walking tour.  Made sure she had a cell phone on her charged and ready in case she got lost and knew where to go in the host hotels if the phone was lost for any reason to give them our numbers to reach us.  You never know and it's always helpful to have a backup.  :)
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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2015, 03:33:40 PM »
Growing up in a city that was shaped out in a grid, I always took for granted the foresight the city planners had.

When in Atlanta - if you're driving - taking a wrong turn could steal 45 minutes from your life that you will never get back. 

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2015, 08:52:51 PM »
Definite +1 especially for the lost friend bit.  My teens first year I took her to every host hotel so she would know what they look like and where the front desk was; her own personal walking tour.  Made sure she had a cell phone on her charged and ready in case she got lost and knew where to go in the host hotels if the phone was lost for any reason to give them our numbers to reach us.  You never know and it's always helpful to have a backup.  :)

Yeah the friend thing came from experience, like all of them.  We had a friend who had her street clothes in our room and no place for a phone, kind of a skimpy costume.  We lost her and she couldn't remember the room number.  She started to get an over appreciative fan and couldn't find any of us.  We found her in near panic hours later, since then, we have set spots.