It's time for the TypeCon "who's-going-who-needs-a-roomie-who-wants-to-carpool" thread

tamye's picture

Who's going to TypeCon? I'm happy to help hook up roommates at the conference hotel and answer any questions. I can't wait to see everyone! I'll arrive Saturday, July 28. A little group of us are driving up to Seattle from the Bay Area - I hope we can find a way to brand the SOTA van without angering the rental card gods... I'm looking forward to this little road trip - properly documented with photos taken of signage all along the way, of course!

Shu's picture

Spray paint comes off with soap and water right? Seriously though the van will be 'rockin. I haven't taken a road trip in a long time and heading back up to my home state seems appropriate. I might need to purchase a new camera. Look out Seattle!

Miss Tiffany's picture

I'm going to be there again this year! Woohoo! This year looks jam-packed too. As much of a geek as I am so far I'm looking forward to Frank Martinez's workshop on copyright protection. I mean you all know I'll be there a day before everything begins anyway, but if you don't have at least one good excuse to get there before Thursday night, I think this year's education forum is easily a great reason to get to TypeCon early.

Ale Paul's picture

I ll arrive the 31th! It will be my first type event ever . I can't wait to be there!

blank's picture

Anybody know if the hotel gym is any good? Also, I’m loosly associated with a local art/culture magazine/web site that is interested in having me write some stuff about Typecon; is it ok for me to try and interview some of the designers?

cuttlefish's picture

I'd really like to go, and probably could join your ride since I'm next to San Jose here, but I just can't afford to go on a convention road trip right now.
Maybe next time, wherever it winds up at.

kentlew's picture

James/jpad --

I'm the chair of SOTA's PR/Mktg committee. I'll be happy to coordinate with you and help you with whatever access I can for any article you write. Contact me outside the forum and let's talk.

Hmm, looks like there's no contact link anymore. Go ahead and e-mail me via typophile: kentlew {at} typophile {dot} com, and I'll get back to you.

-- Kent.

tamye's picture

jpad, the designers who go to TypeCon, are, with extremely rare exceptions, friendly and approachable. Gracious and willing to talk with people interested in hearing them. I think you can wind up with great content for a piece you might write.

kentlew's picture

James -- Hmm, looks like the Typophile.com e-mail aliases aren't working either, right now. If you want to contact me, you can easily find me through my website.

-- K.

Jonathan Clede's picture

I'm curious what the extremely budget-conscious or "cheap" people are doing for lodging/transportation. Any good ideas? Are there any cheap motels within public-transit-distance from the Crown Plaza Hotel?

Thanks!

Thomas Phinney's picture

There are a fair number of budget hotels in the downtown area, some of them are even more-or-less walking distance from the Crowne Plaza.

For instance, the Kings Inn on 5th Ave apparently starts at $59/night and is walking distance (9 blocks, 0.7 miles).

See for instance:
http://www.all-hotels.com/usa/washington/seattle/central__downtown_c1.htm

The Travelodge by the Space Needle and the Quality Inn at 225 Aurora Ave N are both about 1.2 miles from the Crowne Plaza. The Eighth Avenue Inn is about 0.9 miles.

Downtown Seattle has pretty good public transit to most areas, so if you want to stay a little further afield and bus in that's also an option.

Cheers,

T

tamye's picture

Jonathan, you might also consider hooking up with a roomie for the Crowne Plaza, which makes it affordable even for low budgets. Then you can be in the thick of the conference activities including the after-hours sessions in the hotel bar and people's hotel rooms. A lot of networking goes on at night ;)

Ale Paul's picture

Last year at Boston some people had a wonderful sushi that I only enjoyed in pictures. So Tamye, this year, where is the good sushi close to the Crowne Plaza?

paul d hunt's picture

ale, i told you i'll fill you in on the best sushi places... i've got my sources. :P

Miss Tiffany's picture

Tamye isn't the right person to ask about sushi. ;^P

Zara Evens's picture

Ale, don't you worry about the sushi. We have you covered - but make sure you bring at least one thousand dollars.

Si_Daniels's picture

I’d agree with Tamye, hooking up at the conference hotel would likely be the cheapest option, splitting the room two, three or why not, four ways.

Hotel gym - tiny. Any gym-aholics should contact me off-line and I’ll look into guest/short-term membership at one of the many great gyms near-by.

Sushi - I’m not a huge sushi-fan but we’ll include some recommendations in the dining guide.

Cheapskates - offer of camping in my front yard is still open. I’m a 20 minute bus ride from downtown.

paul d hunt's picture

Sushi - I’m not a huge sushi-fan but we’ll include some recomendations in the dining guide.

si, my sister lives up that way and is quite steeped in Japanese culture and would know the best places. want me to forward her recommendations to you for your guide? i think she knows where there good indian and mexican places are as well and probably the best seafood joints. do you want this kind of input?

Si_Daniels's picture

Sure, send them to me and I'll pass them on. As for Mexican, the best place is the taco truck on Rainier Ave and Graham Street, best Indian... my house ;-)

Ale Paul's picture

Sii: how many of us will be eating indian food in your house? lol

Linda Cunningham's picture

Si wrote: Cheapskates - offer of camping in my front yard is still open. I’m a 20 minute bus ride from downtown.

It's not that we are cheap, we were going to be camping the whole time as a vacation. ;-)

Granted, that doesn't really matter, since we're now not coming anyway....

tamye's picture

A very cool TypeCon attendee from LA is looking for a roomie (or two) for the Crowne Plaza. Female, loves type and letterpress, and is a super nice person with a great sense of humor. If interested, please post here or contact me directly at tamye |at| typesociety.org.

hrant's picture

> A very cool TypeCon attendee from LA

Redundant.

hhp

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

...since we’re now not coming anyway...

*Sigh*... I think I will not be able to go either, this year. :-(

TBiddy's picture

Me neither. Blame it on them.

Linda Cunningham's picture

Wow, I actually recognized a few names on there (besides The Police, Wu-Tang Clan, and Cheap Trick)! Guess I actually listen to some of the stuff they play on our local campus radio station where I volunteer.... ;-)

fontplayer's picture

Don't expect that much from The Police. I had tickets last Wed. night which I had to give to a friend, so I could see a client in Mexicali, BC (116 degrees F), and he returned a report that The Police held true to his previous experience that they just aren't as good live.

TBiddy's picture

Hmmm...I saw The Who there last year and they were bada$$. I was hoping to have a similar experience this year.

Linda Cunningham's picture

Friends I know who saw Mr. Sting et al in Vancouver thought the show was worth the ca$h....

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

The Who! Even though it's down to just two of the original members, I would love to see them. I hope they tour again soon.

fontplayer's picture

So, how about that Typecon deal? Seattle, you say...
: )

William Berkson's picture

>The Who

Saw them in '68, at a free concert they gave at the Round House in London in support of the LSE protesters, of which I was one. I think I still have hearing damage from it. The next time I saw them was at the Concert for New York in 2001. They sounded great, and rocked the house--Madison Square Garden.

ebensorkin's picture

RE: SUSHI

The spot without a doubt is on Madison. It's called Nishino. They actually have REAL wasabi. What do you mean real wasabi? I mean the actual stuff uncut with that horseradish & green dye like 99% of the time. But you have to know to ask for it. No secret handshakes needed. ;-). And I think their ginger is saccharine free too. Also ( unfortunately ) unusual. It's best to reserve ahead of time. The Salmon is almost always the best thing to order. It's not that close to the Crowne though.

Ale Paul's picture

Eben
you will have to guide us. The images said all
http://www.nishinorestaurant.com/

.00's picture

Well, I made my hotel reservations at the Crowne Plaza today and they had no more non-smoking rooms at the $169 rate. I opted for something a bit more extravagant at the Crowne rather than take a smoking room. (I personally have nothing against smoking, and do enjoy it on occasion, but smoking rooms in hotels always smell like stale ashtrays to me)

James

hrant's picture

Eben, I've heard that in Japan proper asking for wasabi is frowned upon.
I guess like telling a French chef he should've used more salt or something.

hhp

Si_Daniels's picture

James, I just went in via the direct link (see http://www.typecon.com/hotel-travel.html) ...

http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/redirect?path=rates&checkInDate=27&checkInM...

...and booked a non-smoking room at the original rate.

Cheers, Si

.00's picture

Thanks for the advice Si.

I'm arriving a bit early (Sunday thru Sunday) so they ran out of rooms for early arrivals.

James

tamye's picture

Si, James, it's because we are oversold on the shoulder nights (early/late) of our block. We still have a fair amount of rooms August 1-5, but the days before and after that are either way oversold or a couple of rooms away from being oversold. So anyone booking on the shoulders, like James, will find that there may not be rooms available on those nights (at least not at our super discount rate).

I am working with the hotel to increase our room block on the oversold nights, but the hotel and Seattle in general is super busy that week and rates have gone sky high. We blocked a huge amount of rooms, but more people are coming in early and staying late than ever before.

So, please, anyone planning to attend, I could not be more serious. Book now before rooms are completely gone or you are paying NYC/Chicago/Brighton prices ;)

Si_Daniels's picture

Ah, makes sense. I'd suggest staying at the Crowne for the core event and maybe picking another hotel for the other days. The new Pan Pacific is right by Cornish - perfect for the workshop atendee with a lot of money.

Shu's picture

Rounding up local volunteers and have a friend who is looking for a roommate for the Con. She is a young designer and lots of fun. Its not my fault this sounds like a personal ad. Anyone out there interested? You will have Shu's personal thanks and maybe if you are lucky I will invite you to one of my raging hotel room parties.

Shu

John Hudson's picture

Tamye, when do you expect locations for the workshops to be finalised? I'm thinking, if most of those I wish to attend are at the MS campus, I might stay on the Redmond side for the first three days, and move to the Crowne after that.

ebensorkin's picture

Alejandro, I would be honored to take you & the Sushi-holics. Actually their cold Sake is worth it too.

Hrant: in Japan it is obnoxious to ask for what they don't have. It makes them loose face. If they had it, it would not be obnoxious to ask for. Sense?

Si_Daniels's picture

John, all the other workshops are taking place at SVC and Cornish, which are just north of downtown. If you're staying near Microsoft for the first few days and still want to attend the workshops your best bet might be the 545 Sound Transit express bus, it drops off five min walk from Cornish, 20 min walk to SVC.

Having said that the 545 going the other way will whisk you to and from Microsoft in about half an hour, so the Crowne Plaza would be a good bet too.

Ale Paul's picture

Eben, it's a deal!

tamye's picture

John, all the workshops except the first Tuesday Math workshop are at Cornish and SVC. The only other TypeCon thing not in the downtown area is the Wed. night Helvetica screening, but we'll be shuttling attendees between the Crowne and UW for that.

Shu, I have some peeps looking for roomies - I'll contact you offline.

I will give an update on the hotel room situation on the shoulder nights as soon as I get a report from the hotel this morning.

John Hudson's picture

Thanks, Si and Tamye. It looks like I'm sorted for a shared room at the Crowne for all nights.

tamye's picture

Great, John! So glad you'll be there.

crossgrove's picture

Looks like I got in, Tues. thru Sun. See you there.

missgiggles's picture

Wait wait wait, I know your all not going to want me there but it doesn't matter. All I want to know is where is this conference and when? Is it totally typographic and i assume hence the name yes, but just making sure. Thanks

Miss Tiffany's picture

Hey Faz. It is ALL type ALL the time.

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