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Sunday, June 6, 2010

10:26AM - Westercon 2012

Just invited our GOHs for Westercon should we win! We won't be announcing until after the vote but I can say it is an exciting line up!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

10:25AM - Mama's Pros and Steel had a fire and Jess needs our help

Many of you know Jess of Mama’s Pro’s and Steel – he does a lot of paneling at our cons and is also a vendor.
I know many of you are friends of his as well….

Jay Pearson has posted the following information:

From: Jay Pearson [mailto:jlpearson@comcast.net]
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 8:58 PM
For those who do not know Jess’s shop burned this morning. Here are some particulars straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak.

The fire occurred between 2:30 and 5 this morning, engines from both the reservation and Marysville quickly responded and after a 2+ hour battle got the fire under control and out. Preliminary investigation has labeled it “as undetermined cause of the fire”, there is some speculation that it may have been arson but nothing solid enough for the investigator to label it as such with out further proof. Damage to the shop is total, some fire damage to the House and extensive heat damage to the parked vehicles near the shop. As the article states there was no loss of life which Jess is very thankful for. However this right on the tale end of his loosing Sue (not more than 8 weeks ago) has been quite a blow to him.

I just spent about 3 hours talking with him and finding out what his plans are. He intends to rebuild the shop on the back of the property. He will need help though and at my request he has given me a list of items he will need eventually to rebuild his shop and get back to full on sword making. I will pass this list on to those that email me as it is quite extensive for this post. He still has tentative plans to attend Crown, but with what little stock he has left that was not destroyed in the fire his focus is getting what little of the shop remains up and running as soon as possible. Currently they do not have a phone, power or water at the ranch as the fire destroyed the entire power pole which housed not only the main power box for the property but the meter as well. They are waiting on PUD to tell them what type of box is needed for them to regain power and water (pump house was wired directly to the pole), until such time as this occurs they are doing OK. There is propane to run the heat and stove.

Please pass this on to any whom you believe could help either in supplies to rebuild the shop or tools to outfit it. As I know more I will pass it on to you all.


To this I want to add that I suggested an account be set up to help replace all the tools and such. I had asked about insurance and was told that the thought is that insurance will not cover the shop or the tools. So, Jay set up an account –

From Jay:
Have set up an account with Wa Mu for Jess it is 3154960386 any Wa Mu will take a deposit for this account. It is only up for 6 months so there are no taxes that can be slapped against it hurting Jess. If they do not have the account number handy they can walk in and verbally tell them it is for Jess Roe.


Please forward this along to all trying to help.

Here is also a list of the tools that need replacing if anyone has anything they want to donate contact Jay at jlpearson@comcast.net – he can facilitate the giving with you.
Define Hand tools as everything used for leather working wood working and metal working from rough out to super fine grade.
His entire stockpile of wood stock is a pile of fine ash ( I walked through it this afternoon)
Here is the thumbnail list of items he needs for the shop

Ban Saw Wood (Medium size)
Ban Saw Metal (Medium size)
Table Saw
Compound Miter Saw
Planer (Up to 18 inch)
Jointer (6 inch)
Bench Grinders (Dual wheel both 4 inch and 6 inch)
Bench Polishers (Dual wheel 5 and 8 inch)
Bench spindle sander
Bench Router/ Table and bits
Hand Belt Sanders
Palm sanders
Hand tools (Leather, wood,metal)
Leather Work shop (COMPLETE)
Hand grinders ( 41/2 inch 7 inch 9 inch)
Oxy/Acetylene Welder rig (complete)
Trip Hammer
Propane Forge (complete)
Saw-Z-All electric
Bench or stand alone Drill press and all bits to go with it
Complete lumber for a new shop

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

3:26PM - Pictures on Flicker of Seattle Denvention things

Visit this photographer for the following images:

The Robots made an impression!

The Tin Man - Return to the Emerald City, Seattle in 2011
Return to the Emerald City in 2011 - Seattle bid for Worldcon

Dorothy - Return to the Emerald City

Check out that Scarecrow!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

12:11AM - The Seattle in 2011 bid would like to invite you to join us at Denvention

The Seattle in 2011 bid would like to invite you to join us at Denvention, the 66th Worldcon. We will have parties each of the 4 nights of the convention and of course a table in the Colorado Convention Center. During the day we will most likely be out and about volunteering or prepping for the nightly festivities but feel free to knock on the Suite door (on the 22rd floor of the Sheraton hotel) if you would like to chat.

Yesterday’s tomorrow: A Steampunk Adventure
Wednesday Aug 6 through Friday Aug 8 from 9pm to 1am

You, our intrepid explorer, boldly adventuring into the unknown, seeking golden cities, mysterious artifacts, fame and glory find a wonderful place to relax, unwind and share a bite with other explorers. Your explorations continue, as sample tasty treats from the Pacific Northwest and share stories with other explorers. While you are here, share a taste of our no-bake apple pie, or a “Van Gogh’s Breakfast” made with Absinthe. Be present at midnight and your wishes for glory, gold or at least a gift may come true if your number is drawn for a door prize.

After the Hugo’s Decadent Desserts
Saturday Aug 9 from 10pm to 1am

The Imperial Ministry of Insanity wishes to invite you to join us in celebration as we prepare to embark on our latest extraordinary adventure. We prepare our hearts for our yearlong journey to the far off realm of Anticipation. Festivities will begin at 10 pm on Saturday, August 9, on the 22rd floor of the Sheraton hotel. Desserts and libations will be served. Be present at midnight and your wishes for glory, gold or at least a gift may come true if your number is drawn for a door prize.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

7:03PM - Friends from the Internet

If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the Internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

Monday, June 23, 2008

7:55PM - Need a flyer for an upcoming convention? How about a copy of the bid book?

Documents are available on line if you need a quick copy of something like a flyer or the song book.

mail to info at seattlein2011.org if you don't see what you need.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

10:46PM - Hey I have a group for you all to go join...

We have a group for the Seattle in 2011 Worldcon bid - the name is seattle_2011 please go join it.

Seattle in 2011 is a bid to host the 69th World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon") in downtown Seattle in 2011. The bid hopes to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Seacon, the 1961 Worldcon in Seattle.

Why Seattle?
Well we are a wonderful place with wonderful people and we would love to share it with the rest of the world.
**I bet you could tell me a lot more reasons why Seattle is the perfect place to host the Worldcon in 2011 - leave your comments on the site!**
Seriously though there are hundreds of reasons and I think it would be fun to make a list - if we can make 100 good reasons to have a Worldcon in Seattle we will add it to the Web site @ www.seattlein2011.com and maybe send it out in our upcoming publications.

Well we do know that we don't know everything there is to know about running a Worldcon, but we do have large regional and specialty conventions in Seattle who we will rely on for support and advice as well as our friends and colleagues from around the world. Norwescon is over 3000 people yearly in Seattle, Sakuracon is now over 15,000 and we have bid staff from both of them. We have successfully hosted 3 Westercons in Seattle, and several in Portland, one in Eastern Washington and one in Vancouver BC, and we have had many other roving conventions of varying size such as World Horror, World Fantasy, Left Coast Crime, Potlatch and others visit our fine city. We also hosted the North American Science Fiction Convention here with some of the same staff that will be working on a Worldcon here should we win. And contrary to popular belief it didn't fracture fandom and no one got divorced because of it.
Our bid committee has many people that have worked on Worldcons and in smaller conventions all over in all capacities.

Well you know it doesn't always rain in Seattle and August is one of the most beautiful months in the Pacific Northwest.

We are a hub so you can get here from most anywhere and unlike some places during Aug. your plain probably won't be canceled or run late.

We also have a Yahoo group we would love to have anyone interested join:

join Seattle_in_2011

Current mood: cheerful

Saturday, May 17, 2008

12:45PM - Sometimes I wonder

You know there are times that I can't help but just shake my head at wasted opportunities. We just don't understand sometimes that when "marketing" ourselves we have to present a marketable product - something the buyer wants. It's okay to have other things in the package but FIRST you have to sell the PACKAGE!! In my opinion this group of authors forgot they had a package to sell and instead let all the individual components of the package rant on about whatever their personal pet peeve was....

Science Fiction Mavens Offer Far Out Homeland Security Advice

Now a fixture at Department of Homeland Security science and technology conferences, SIGMA is a loosely affiliated group of science fiction writers who are offering pro bono advice to anyone in government who want their thoughts on how to protect the nation.

The group has the ear of Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Jay Cohen, head of the science and technology directorate, who has said he likes their unconventional thinking. Members of the group recently offered a rambling, sometimes strident string of ideas at a panel discussion promoting the group at the DHS science and technology conference.

Among the group’s approximately 24 members is Larry Niven, the bestselling and award-winning author of such books as “Ringworld” and “Lucifer’s Hammer,” which he co-wrote with SIGMA member Jerry Pournelle.

Niven said a good way to help hospitals stem financial losses is to spread rumors in Spanish within the Latino community that emergency rooms are killing patients in order to harvest their organs for transplants.

“The problem [of hospitals going broke] is hugely exaggerated by illegal aliens who aren’t going to pay for anything anyway,” Niven said.

“Do you know how politically incorrect you are?” Pournelle asked.

“I know it may not be possible to use this solution, but it does work,” Niven replied.

“I cannot guarantee I’m going to be a great help to Homeland Security,” Niven said earlier.

Pournelle said that once mobile phone technology and the devices tacked on them to take pictures and record video become more ubiquitous, then ordinary citizens will be empowered to take security into their own hands — a prediction some have said already has come to pass.

“My guess is we won’t need quite so many paid agents of the state to do that for us, which means maybe we can try being a republic instead of an incompetent empire,” he said, then railed against the Transportation Security Administration for treating passengers like “subjects” rather than “citizens.”

The 45-minute panel discussion quickly deteriorated as federal, local and state homeland security officials, and at least one congressional aid, attempted to ask questions, which were largely ignored.

Instead the writers used their time to pontificate on a variety of tangentially related topics, including their past roles advising the government, predictions in their stories that have come to pass, the demise of the paperback book market, and low-cost launch into space.

David Brin, keeping on the topic of empowering citizens with mobile phone technology, delivered a self-described “rant” on the lack of funds being spent to support citizen reservists to back up the military, homeland security officials and first responders in times of crisis.

“It is impossible for you to succeed without us!” he shouted at the assembled officials, while banging his fist on the table and at one point jumping off his chair to wave a mobile phone in their faces.

SIGMA is the brainchild of Arlan Andrews Sr., who noted that many of the writers have advanced degrees, have jobs with the government or have been hired to advise the government in the past.

“If you like the ideas these people have, and you’re from the government, feel free to come talk to them,” Andrews said.

Current mood: puzzled

Sunday, May 20, 2007

2:36PM - Mandy's Birthday party

-----Original Message-----
From: amanda johnson [mailto:amanda_j_johnson@hotmail.com]

You're invited to come spend the weekend with us !
Time: 2pm - over night
Where: Our NewPlace
1617 190th ave Kp n
Lakebay ,WA 98349
come dance the night away or enjoy the bon fire and a good drink or two YOU
BYOB we will have some food and drinks but feel free to bring stuff to
share. Tent spaces avalible some crash space in the house. We are encuraging
everyone to stay all night the best parties don't really get started tell 
late. Bring a swim suit to enjoy the pool !

Friday, January 19, 2007

8:48AM - I am so very tired of Ice!

So, here it is...  another beautiful icy flipping morning. 
I really hate Ice, I don't like getting up in the morning to begin with and Jerry spoiled me for too long bringing me coffee and being my alarm in the mornings.  Waah!  I have to hear an alarm, drag my own self out and make my own coffee all before I hear a friendly voice *pout* amd then I have to contend with ICE on top of it.

I think Ice is pretty, in pictures, melting from the roof, in someone elses world.  But not where I have to walk and drive.

Silly, I know, but I just had to tell someone -- I REALLY HATE ICE

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

10:50AM - What a wonderful man he is...

Pet Pet Pet
Scritch, Scritch, Scritch

Pet Pet Pet
Scritch Scritch Scritch
Nibble Nibble Nibble
Scritch Scritch Scritch

Pet Pet Pet
Kiss Kiss
Nibble Nibble

I love you

Happy Pettable Wednesday


It made me smile when I got it in the mail today!
What a wonderful message to receive when we are apart!


8:40AM - So whats up with Bobbie?

Jerry is off to Washington DC for 4-6 months - that may be the biggest thing in my life right now and the hardest to deal with.
He is such a sweet man and wonderful to me, my partner, my lover and my friend, it is very hard to imagine 4-6 months without him.
He has made it easy on me, "just take pictures" lol!  But, then he took the camera, oh well, I do have a camera phone.

2007 Con plans this far:
Nippon work (I am doing Volunteers) behind but will be caught up this week.
     need to make the travel arrangements for Japan, get a room etc...
Radcon - I am just a pro there and hosting a Worldcon in 2011 party, a table and a Chocolate Auction (charities are the bid and the Endeavour awards)
Norwescon - on target (I am heading publications), phone meeting today with Paul, also a pro and need to fill out my forms for programming, chocolate auction and Klingon Karaoke both scheduled
Westercon - hummm am I going?
NASFiC -- again am I going?
DragonCon -- good reasons to go, should I?
C-cubed - on target, I am just attending
Orycon, I AM NOT working it this year - throwing a party, table?
**more to be added later**

Personal stuff:
Need to loose more weight, been at a loss of 130 pounds for several months still loosing inches but I want to loose another 40 pounds or so
Need more excersice, and I sware as soon as the weather breaks.... 
Need to go dancing more!  Planning at least some for this week-end
Need to think about spending a couple of weeks in DC *smiles*
Buy new costumes and wardrobe.
Dropped all my leather stuff off with Victor to be made smaller
Got rid of 90% of my clothes, they are just tooooo big
Have 2 paintings to paint and a sketch book to fill
Working on 2 anthologies, need to touch bases with the BC folks and the Utah folks and make things move forward (these will be the 3rd and 4th anthologies I have organized)

Ranch improvements for this year:
Flooring, carpets, linolium
Yard, will have to see the winter damage and decide.  I would like to get one large fenced area set up for a cow
Probably do a couple of pigs again this year, prepare new pen

Online Stuff
The Moulin Rouge is Rocking, the French Media plugged us and we have all these French avatars running around, I am having to use a translator constantly.  Our new building, which is HOT by the way is schedule for a Grand Opening February 14th.  We need to book some stage acts and get it together.  (Second Life)
Teaching some online classes, organizing some classes in both the Rouge Proper and the Dungeon
Keeping my Pet happy and healthy
Need to update Seattle2025.com
Need to update ReadingforFuture.com
Need to write more in this journal and My Space
Need to get my poetry typed onto the computer so they can be uploaded

*This is only a beginning, the Jan view of my 2007 - I will try to update this periodically*

Current mood: amused

7:54AM - Updated weight loss pictures

Bobbie and Jerry at the Nebulas in Seattle Bobbie and Jerry at the Nebulas in Seattle

2005 at CascadiaCon 2005 at CascadiaCon

130 pounds lighter Nov 2006 130 pounds lighter Nov 2006

Friday, November 10, 2006

11:49AM - Thanksgiving at the Gold Bar Ranch (and Christmas)

Hi everybody,

It is time again to start planning for the holidays here in Gold Bar.
This year we raised some Turkeys so the Turkey for both Thanksgiving and Christmas will be fresh!
All our friends and family are welcome!

Thanksgiving dinner will be at 4pm, you don't have to bring anything but if you want to bring a desert, drinks or special dish please feel free.  Drop me a line if you are bringing something so I dupelicate your efforts.

Christmas will be Christmas day, dinner also at 4pm same thing as Thanksgiving let me know if you are bringing a dish or drinks.  No gift exchange I have to focus on the kids ;-) and I am sure you all have other people to focus on too!

Please let me know if you plan on coming and feel free to spread the word to those who should know about this that maybe don't do LJ

Friday, November 3, 2006

10:04AM - This has been a bad week for baaaaaaaaad news - and they say things come in 3's

This week 2 friends of mine died.  They say bad things come in 3's - I don't want a third!!

My good friend Randy aka Zog T. Barbarian, died this week in a motorcycle accident.  I had pretty much lost touch with him over the last few years as we were both busy with our RL's and not doing the same things anymore.  He was the person responsible for some major changes in my path about 17 years ago.  From one act of friendship I chose a path that set my feet moving in my current career, my current choice of volunteer efforts, my current choice of friends and he may even be one of those responsible for me being alive today.  So much time and so many changes and I never got to really tell him how important he was to me.  I never really took the time to reflect on it - it is sad that we sometimes wait until a friend passes on to think about what they really mean to us.

My other friend, Michael Scanlon, passed away yesterday in Harborview hospital.  I am not as surprised at Michael's death he had been ill of health but it was still a shocker.  Michael was a great person, a writer and a life time fan.  I will never forget his willingness to help out at whatever con he was at.  When I was new to volunteering in fandom he was a quiet mentor, and helped smooth some of the feathers I ruffled through my ignorance.  I learned much from him and again never took a moment to share this with him.

I guess this is a lesson for me - I need to tell people how important they are to me.  I need to share these thoughts before those I love and respect are gone.

To all of you out there reading my LJ - Thank you for being my friend!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

6:28PM - Just passing this on - Sounds like fun! Zombie Walk @ University Village Oct.29th

Zombie Walk

Walk with your un-dead brethren through the corridors of the Emerald City’s most uppity shopping center- University Village. With all your gore and glory, smile at the soccer Moms and dine on Seattle shoppers!

Be one of us because you are a Horror movie fan, because you love costume, or to make a statement. How often do you get to participate in something this weird?

All that is required is that you show up in costume, respect laws and practice common sense. Bring your friends. Nothing says you love someone quite like caking yourself in make-up, limping down the street together and eating them in the shopping mall!

Zombies are infiltrating U-Village on Oct. 29th

4:30 PM Sharp
Meet at the QFC 45th St. parking lot

6:00 pm reservations for cocktails/dinner at Atlas-http://www.chowfoods.com
cash only! No separate checks. (email me if you want to see their specific Zombie menu- $6.00- $18.00 foods)

8:15 $5.00 Zombie movie! TBA @ the Historic University Theater
5510 University Way NE • Seattle, Washington • (206) 352-8291

*It's a rare opportunity to watch a Zombie movie in a theater full of Zombies who won't eat you!

Potentially useful things to keep in mind:
1. Participate at your own risk.
2. Do not pretend to “attack” people not part of Zombie Walk who do not obviously want to be involved.
3. Only swarm parked cars because, if we cause traffic problems- the Police will interfere.
4. There are no permits for this event. Be safe and look out for the safety of others!

* We all will need to work together to stay a horde! Zombies are only really effective when traveling together in large groups. More details T.B.A..


There have been Zombie Walks all over the country…..
Check out: http://www.zombiewalk.com

You can see a map of the shopping center on the University Village website: http://www.uvillage.com/map.asp

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

12:53PM - Internet at Risk with Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers is on PBS this month with a series of documentaries. They are being broadcast on Wednesday evenings -- 10/4, 10/11, and 10/18. The one on 10/18 is "Internet at Risk".

This episode focuses on the move afoot in Congress (sponsored, of course, by the big telecom companies) to effectively privatize the Internet; to turn it into "The Information Tollway" -- a pay-to-play plan, where those with the money (Disney, Fox News, Clear Channel, ad nauseum) will be granted preferred access to the transmission pipes. In other words, a plan to turn the Web into something akin to American network television.



Monday, October 2, 2006

9:49AM - Another way of looking at the whole immigrant issue

Another way of looking at the whole immigrant issue:

Subject: New Immigrants

Newspapers simply won't publish letters to the editor which they
either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not
agree with the philosophy they're pushing on the public. This woman
wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published 
but with your help it will get published via cyberspace!

New Immigrants
From: "David LaBonte"

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC
Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to "print"
it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you
feel so inclined.
Dave LaBonte (signed)

Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the
Orange County Register:

Dear Editor:

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is
made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear
down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't
being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and
other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people
like Mr.Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new
kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from
all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get
off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.
Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the
ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new
country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary
rule in their new American households and some even changed their
names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a
new life and did everything in their power to help their children
assimilate into one culture.

Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor
laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship
they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity. Most
of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father
fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from
Germany, Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation
Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had
come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the
Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as
one people. When we liberated France, no one in those villages were
looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish
American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one
flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons
would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving
it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their
parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They
stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are in 2006 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the
same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing
with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card
and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry,
that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the
immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve
better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising
future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for
those legally searching for a better life.
I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example
by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it
happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the
immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the
United States just yet.

(signed) Rosemary LaBonte

Monday, September 25, 2006

6:08PM - Tiffy with new baby Adrian

Mom and baby Mom and baby

Tiffy holding her new baby on the day of his birth

6:06PM - Rosie with Tiffys baby Adrian on his day of birth

Rosie and Adrian Rosie and Adrian

Rosie and Adrian on the day he was born

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