Madison Trip part 57: Dinner at the Great Dane (03-Feb-2008)
Madison Trip part 58: Wisconsin Historical Society at UW (04-Feb-2008) et seq.
Madison Trip part 60: Lunch at the Memorial Union at UW (04-Feb-2008) et seq.
Madison Trip part 62: Leaving the campus, shopping on State Street (04-Feb-2008) et seq.
Madison Trip part 65: Back to the hotel, dinner at Noodles & Company (04-Feb-2008) et seq.
More about animelosangeles Friday night. I skipped the AMV Contest, because I'd already seen almost all of them. (I'd loaded them on my computer and uploaded them to our server, to make it easier for our AMV Contest coordinator to fetch them without having to get the discs from me.) I was trying to fix a mess I'd made of some ribbon assignments, and was looking for Joyce Hooper.
She was around, but busy busy busy in her capacity as Speaker to Hotel. See, the storm was really going at this point. If you look at the "Hourly Observations" for that night you can see that by about 6:00 pm the rain was coming down in earnest, and by midnight we'd had two and a half inches of rain. There were big deep puddles in the quad, especially at the doors into the convention center -- the concrete is slanted down to the convention center building.
So people who didn't want to get their feet wet again were going around to the front (parking lot) side of the building, after they'd already learned that every door on the hotel side of the building had a deep puddle in front of it. And, in fact, the water was coming in under the door and making a lake inside the convention center foyer! Happy Bench Land was getting flooded!
Did I talk about Happy Bench Land? I posted a note on the Animé Los Angeles LJ about the benches. We also had two folding chairs, many beanbags (half of them belong to Loscon, the two conventions loan them out to each other), and a "bear chair." The Bear Chair was a fuzzy thing shaped like a teddy bear gingerbread cookie.
The water was coming in, and the Bear Chair got wet! We put it up on one of the benches, and dragged all the benches away from the door. The hotel people came over, swept up as much of the water as they could, vacuumed up the rest of it with a shop vac, and set up an enormous dehumidifier or two. Fortunately the rain didn't come back that night. If you look at the Hourly Observations for Saturday morning you can see that at midnight the rain had dropped off to almost nothing.
Golly. Well, Joyce had dealt with that particular crisis, and she sat down on a bench next to me to catch her breath. Just then we looked up towards the parking lot and saw two firetrucks go by with red lights flashing... Joyce got up, said she'd better find out what's going on, and went down towards the Gaming Room and Rum Party end of the convention. When she came back I asked her whether the building was on fire as well as flooded?
It turns out, no, but the paramedics did end up taking someone who'd been injured in the Rum Party to the hospital. (He's going to be all right, he went back to Canada with his arm in a sling and was seeking medical attention up there.) An exciting night!
The next day I asked im_with_no_name to draw us a sign, in case the flood came back. She made a lovely "Lake District" sign with Ala floating past Registration in a boat. It turns out the rain didn't really come back until Sunday night, during load-out. As long as we were loading trucks it was coming down. But that's Sunday, I'll get to that later!