Countdown: D minus 16

So, just under sixteen days until I’m Orff.

I have a packing list. It contains esoteric items such as “Christina Lake’s Eastercon GoH collection fanzine for John”; “the ‘Specially Hand Made Propeller Beanie Fashioned by the Elder Ghoddess’ that Doris Beetam made for all members of Slanapa in the 1970s,” complete with a letter of provenance from Lisa Tuttle; as well as more down-to earth items like “Remember to shave before going!” and “tea bags just in case”. The beanie is intended for the TAFF auction in San Jose. It came with Lisa over to Europe when she relocated here all those years ago, and will be going home to the States now to find a new owner.

Slan-APA beanie

My first stop on the trip is Toronto and Toronto fandom. I will stay with Catherine Crockett and Colin Hinz, and Murray Moore has promised to take me to the Niagara Falls, which has to be considered as something that is on anyone’s bucket list, whether they realised it or not. I’m not sure I realised it before the offer, but never in my life would I turn that down!

I’m also going to see the famous Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, which I find it difficult to say how much I am looking forward to.

Merril Collection logo

And, needless to say, I hope to meet as many Toronto fans as possible.

Itinerary

25-JUL   Dep Stockholm Arlanda 13:40 on FI309
         Arr Reykjavik Keflavik 14:55
         Dep Reykjavik Keflavik 17:00 on FI603
         Arr Toronto Pearson 18:55
 26-JUL  Staying with Catherine Crockett & Colin Hinz
 27-JUL  Staying with Catherine Crockett & Colin Hinz
 28-JUL  Staying with Catherine Crockett & Colin Hinz
 29-JUL  Dep Toronto Pearson 14:45 on AC7733
         Arr St Paul Intl 15:54
 30-JUL  Staying with Joyce S.
 31-JUL  Staying with Joyce S.
 1-AUG   Staying with Joyce S.
 2-AUG   Dep St Paul Intl 14:10 on UA6325
         Arr Houston George Bush Intl. 16:59
 3-AUG   Staying with John & Valerie P.
 4-AUG   Armadillocon, Austin
 5-AUG   Armadillocon, Austin
 6-AUG   Staying with John & Valerie P.
 7-AUG   Staying with John & Valerie P.
 8-AUG   Dep Houston George Bush Intl. 16:36 on UA1792
         Arr Seattle Tacoma Intl 19:20
 9-AUG   Staying in Vonda M's guest apartment
 10-AUG  Staying in Vonda M's guest apartment
 11-AUG  Staying in Vonda M's guest apartment
 12-AUG  Dep Seattle Tacoma Intl 13:55 on AS330
         Arr San Jose Municipal 16:07
 13-AUG  Staying with Sten and Evangeline T.
 14-AUG  Staying with Sten and Evangeline T.
 15-AUG  Staying with Sten and Evangeline T.
 16-AUG  Worldcon 76, San Jose
 17-AUG  Worldcon 76, San Jose
 18-AUG  Worldcon 76, San Jose
 19-AUG  Worldcon 76, San Jose
 20-AUG  Worldcon 76, San Jose
 21-AUG  Staying at the Convention Center Inn and Suites
 22-AUG  Dep Oakland Intl. 18:10 on DY7068
 23-AUG  Arr Stockholm Arlanda 13:15