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    kaoticrequiemkaoticrequiem Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Arco wrote: »
    So, first post here, and I'm in in a bad way.

    Train tickets are sold out. Anyone have any ideas? Think there will be spare tickets at the station, or am I SOL?

    I think you might be SOL, man. We noticed this a couple days ago. Call Amtrak, explain the situation, and tell them that if there's anything they can do you would really appreciate it. You might get a lucky ticketing agent who can work some magic for you or something. And keep checking back - obviously you don't have a lot of time, but the scenario of someone canceling their tickets and a seat opening up isn't the most unbelievable thing ever.

    Anybody else have any advice?

    Curses! Well, I can train back, and there is a local airport (Santa Rosa) that flies straight to Seattle, so I'm going to be able to go, but I will miss all my socialist brothers! How can I assist in the destruction of the imperialist regime if I must accede to its tyranny?!

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    ArcoArco Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Arco wrote: »
    So, first post here, and I'm in in a bad way.

    Train tickets are sold out. Anyone have any ideas? Think there will be spare tickets at the station, or am I SOL?

    I think you might be SOL, man. We noticed this a couple days ago. Call Amtrak, explain the situation, and tell them that if there's anything they can do you would really appreciate it. You might get a lucky ticketing agent who can work some magic for you or something. And keep checking back - obviously you don't have a lot of time, but the scenario of someone canceling their tickets and a seat opening up isn't the most unbelievable thing ever.

    Anybody else have any advice?

    Curses! Well, I can train back, and there is a local airport (Santa Rosa) that flies straight to Seattle, so I'm going to be able to go, but I will miss all my socialist brothers! How can I assist in the destruction of the imperialist regime if I must accede to its tyranny?!

    Oh snap. Santa Rosa? Where are you located? I grew up in Sebastopol.

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    kaoticrequiemkaoticrequiem Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Arco wrote: »
    Arco wrote: »
    So, first post here, and I'm in in a bad way.

    Train tickets are sold out. Anyone have any ideas? Think there will be spare tickets at the station, or am I SOL?

    I think you might be SOL, man. We noticed this a couple days ago. Call Amtrak, explain the situation, and tell them that if there's anything they can do you would really appreciate it. You might get a lucky ticketing agent who can work some magic for you or something. And keep checking back - obviously you don't have a lot of time, but the scenario of someone canceling their tickets and a seat opening up isn't the most unbelievable thing ever.

    Anybody else have any advice?

    Curses! Well, I can train back, and there is a local airport (Santa Rosa) that flies straight to Seattle, so I'm going to be able to go, but I will miss all my socialist brothers! How can I assist in the destruction of the imperialist regime if I must accede to its tyranny?!

    Oh snap. Santa Rosa? Where are you located? I grew up in Sebastopol.

    Heh. I actually live in Santa Rosa, so in here.

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    VanderVander Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Arco wrote: »
    So, first post here, and I'm in in a bad way.

    Train tickets are sold out. Anyone have any ideas? Think there will be spare tickets at the station, or am I SOL?

    I think you might be SOL, man. We noticed this a couple days ago. Call Amtrak, explain the situation, and tell them that if there's anything they can do you would really appreciate it. You might get a lucky ticketing agent who can work some magic for you or something. And keep checking back - obviously you don't have a lot of time, but the scenario of someone canceling their tickets and a seat opening up at the last minute isn't the most unbelievable thing ever. You might get a scenario where the website says the train is full, but if you call there's a seat. Information mismatches like that pretty constantly in the world of travel arrangements. So keep calling and checking the website in the remaining hours. Like once an hour I'd say. That's about the best suggestion I have, being that I really don't know a lot more or have any more power than you do.

    Anybody else have any advice?


    Sock him. Sock everyone.

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    kaoticrequiemkaoticrequiem Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Vander wrote: »
    Arco wrote: »
    So, first post here, and I'm in in a bad way.

    Train tickets are sold out. Anyone have any ideas? Think there will be spare tickets at the station, or am I SOL?

    I think you might be SOL, man. We noticed this a couple days ago. Call Amtrak, explain the situation, and tell them that if there's anything they can do you would really appreciate it. You might get a lucky ticketing agent who can work some magic for you or something. And keep checking back - obviously you don't have a lot of time, but the scenario of someone canceling their tickets and a seat opening up at the last minute isn't the most unbelievable thing ever. You might get a scenario where the website says the train is full, but if you call there's a seat. Information mismatches like that pretty constantly in the world of travel arrangements. So keep calling and checking the website in the remaining hours. Like once an hour I'd say. That's about the best suggestion I have, being that I really don't know a lot more or have any more power than you do.

    Anybody else have any advice?


    Sock him. Sock everyone.

    But...but I dun wanna be socked.... :(

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    Hi I'm Vee!Hi I'm Vee! Formerly VH; She/Her; Is an E X P E R I E N C E Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Not to be "that guy", but did we come to a consensus on the ice situation? Do you suppose the train staff will grant us a couple buckets o' ice at random intervals?

    I ask because it's going to determine not just what mixers I bring, but what liquor I bring.

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    RSFRSF Registered User new member
    edited August 2008
    Does anyone know if amtrak will allow unsealed bottles on board? They'll be in a bag just opened, just don't want to buy new bottles is all.

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    Hi I'm Vee!Hi I'm Vee! Formerly VH; She/Her; Is an E X P E R I E N C E Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Is there going to be a problem if the bags I'm taking on have bottles of alcohol in them? Will they object to that?

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    TimeCruiserMikeTimeCruiserMike Past Organizer of the West Coast Train Trip San Fernando ValleyRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    they don't check the insides of your bags .. . atleast not at the stations i've boarded at . . as long as all your booz in in your carryon suitcase i doubt they will have a problem

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    Hi I'm Vee!Hi I'm Vee! Formerly VH; She/Her; Is an E X P E R I E N C E Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    What if I stumble through security holding a half-empty bottle of Jack Daniels, spewing curses at the security officers? You think they'd have a problem with that?

    Probably not.

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    nemaihnenemaihne Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    So, first post here, and I'm in in a bad way.

    Train tickets are sold out. Anyone have any ideas? Think there will be spare tickets at the station, or am I SOL?

    Actually, the tickets are sold out but if you're the type to throw money at a problem there is an option left. Regular tickets are sold out, but I just checked and there's at least one sleeper room left on the way up. Checking it from Emeryville (where I'm getting on) it's like $650, although a cabin holds two people. That's a lot for a bedroom in case you're curious about these things- but it is a way on the train.

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    nemaihnenemaihne Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Not to be "that guy", but did we come to a consensus on the ice situation? Do you suppose the train staff will grant us a couple buckets o' ice at random intervals?

    I ask because it's going to determine not just what mixers I bring, but what liquor I bring.

    I just found a soft-sided 24 can cooler at Walgreens for a whopping $3 bucks. We're in negotiations now about what we're bringing and how much ice will fit.

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    kaoticrequiemkaoticrequiem Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    So, I had to let go of the train dream, at least on the way up there. Flying instead from my local airport.

    That being said, I'll get half of the experience as I join you all on the way home. See you at PAX!

    (Also, what about l5r? I read the thread for card games and the like, and there was all M:tG and Munchkin and that awesomeness, but no l5r? C'mon.)

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    strongesthylianstrongesthylian Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Yeah your best bet is to plan your trip really early! The earlier, the cheaper!

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    Prof. PanglossProf. Pangloss Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Arco wrote: »
    Arco wrote: »

    Curses! Well, I can train back, and there is a local airport (Santa Rosa) that flies straight to Seattle, so I'm going to be able to go, but I will miss all my socialist brothers! How can I assist in the destruction of the imperialist regime if I must accede to its tyranny?!

    Oh snap. Santa Rosa? Where are you located? I grew up in Sebastopol.

    Heh. I actually live in Santa Rosa, so in here.

    Woah! And I grew up in Rohnert Park, did you go to the SRJC? if so I probably know you from That Corner of the cafeteria.

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    YasutakaYasutaka Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Holy fuck, people. This train is right around the corner. I am seriously pumped here!

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    PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I'm going to need a constant line-up of badass motherfuckers to school my ass at Boom Blox until I like it.

    The same goes for Geometry Wars 2, which I'll need to play until my eyes bleed.

    I don't think you can do Jenga on a train though.

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    PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Also, because I seem to have given away my fun one, I will be bringing the most annoying asshole-ish magic deck in the world.

    You will not like Tangle Wire by the time I'm through.

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    SlickShughesSlickShughes Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    nemaihne wrote: »
    So, first post here, and I'm in in a bad way.

    Train tickets are sold out. Anyone have any ideas? Think there will be spare tickets at the station, or am I SOL?

    Actually, the tickets are sold out but if you're the type to throw money at a problem there is an option left. Regular tickets are sold out, but I just checked and there's at least one sleeper room left on the way up. Checking it from Emeryville (where I'm getting on) it's like $650, although a cabin holds two people. That's a lot for a bedroom in case you're curious about these things- but it is a way on the train.

    Last time I looked that was only available as an upgrade according to the website. Honestly, if it was $650 flat for the bedroom, it wouldn't be that much more expensive than what 2 tickets were going for near the end, hell, I'd pay to upgrade myself, I think the difference is only $70 or so. It's more likely that $650 is the add on cost they're hoping someone who already has 2 seats will pay.

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    TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    And I am now driving up to L.A. for the WCTT has unofficially started.

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    nemaihnenemaihne Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    nemaihne wrote: »
    So, first post here, and I'm in in a bad way.

    Train tickets are sold out. Anyone have any ideas? Think there will be spare tickets at the station, or am I SOL?

    Actually, the tickets are sold out but if you're the type to throw money at a problem there is an option left. Regular tickets are sold out, but I just checked and there's at least one sleeper room left on the way up. Checking it from Emeryville (where I'm getting on) it's like $650, although a cabin holds two people. That's a lot for a bedroom in case you're curious about these things- but it is a way on the train.

    Last time I looked that was only available as an upgrade according to the website. Honestly, if it was $650 flat for the bedroom, it wouldn't be that much more expensive than what 2 tickets were going for near the end, hell, I'd pay to upgrade myself, I think the difference is only $70 or so. It's more likely that $650 is the add on cost they're hoping someone who already has 2 seats will pay.

    Amtrak works in mysterious ways. At the risk of being tossed against the wall and shot as a traitor, I will grudingly admit I *coff* have a room. This is the way they ticket.
    Seat Fare= $X for sake of simplicity let's say $100
    Upgrade Price= $Y Lets call this $550 for the sleeper cabin.

    Your fare would be $650, which gives you a seat IN THE SLEEPER. You don't get a seat up front with everyone else. But they still charge for the seat as the base price. If seats are sold out, they roll that price into the cabin. Unless you have two people in that cabin, where it will suddenly be $750 (seat fare1 + upgrade= $650, + 100 for seat fare2) So if there's a bedroom available, there's a way on the train. This is for a cabin in the northbound (14) direction ONLY, you would have to add another fare and upgrade for the 11.

    I'm sorry if this is muddled or snippy, I normally never post before coffee since I'm a night person, but I figured I'd get this info out there because time is getting of the essence.
    36 hours. ((woot)) (I'm sure that will be in all caps with exclamation points and ponies by noon.)

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    ThreeletterThreeletter Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    http://cbs13.com/watercooler/amtrak.train.out.2.802540.html

    ... and the lady said the delay would be two hours.... hrrmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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    nemaihnenemaihne Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    http://cbs13.com/watercooler/amtrak.train.out.2.802540.html

    ... and the lady said the delay would be two hours.... hrrmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Yeah, and there's also the weird thing with shift changes on the CS. By law, Amtrak employees can only work a certain number of hours being as they're in transportation and hitting the white crosses or whatever to stay awake is a no-no. So if there's enough of a delay on the train, the staff can't make it to the town where the next crew is waiting to come on and the whole train pretty much stops while Amtrak ferries the new crew back to where the train is now stopped because they can't legally move the train any longer. There's some weird stuff with trains.

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Alright. Looks like I'll be hopping on Metrolink from Pomona to LA Union and I should be at the station at 8am-ish. That should give me plenty of time to grab my ticket and meet up with you folk. I'm a total newbie at this train business so here's hoping I don't get lost and end up on some ghost train or some suicide tracks.

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    waffleboi9waffleboi9 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Arikado wrote: »
    Alright. Looks like I'll be hopping on Metrolink from Pomona to LA Union and I should be at the station at 8am-ish. That should give me plenty of time to grab my ticket and meet up with you folk. I'm a total newbie at this train business so here's hoping I don't get lost and end up on some ghost train or some suicide tracks.

    Awesome, I'm planning on getting to union station around 9 or earlier, so plenty of time to hang out, maybe grab some breakfast? =D

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    sobjwsobjw Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I am sort of jealous that you guys will have been on the train for some 24 hours before I get on in Oregon.

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    The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    agreed

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    waffleboi9 wrote: »
    Arikado wrote: »
    Alright. Looks like I'll be hopping on Metrolink from Pomona to LA Union and I should be at the station at 8am-ish. That should give me plenty of time to grab my ticket and meet up with you folk. I'm a total newbie at this train business so here's hoping I don't get lost and end up on some ghost train or some suicide tracks.

    Awesome, I'm planning on getting to union station around 9 or earlier, so plenty of time to hang out, maybe grab some breakfast? =D

    Probably for a quick bite and coffee. I'm trying to see if there's a way for me to bring some breakfast burritos (homemade) but last time I checked my fridge, I was running low on everything and buying groceries when I'll be gone for a week isn't that good of an idea.

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    waffleboi9waffleboi9 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
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    Turtles or PenguinsTurtles or Penguins Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I'd like to bring something, I just don't know what. There's a rite aid close to me, maybe some suggestions?

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    Squirminator2kSquirminator2k they/them North Hollywood, CARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I'm not going to lie to you guys.

    I am nervous, anxious, and excited as Hell.

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    waffleboi9waffleboi9 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    What has you feeling nervous and anxious? =D

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I'd like to bring something, I just don't know what. There's a rite aid close to me, maybe some suggestions?

    Booze and drugs.

    Pack of gum too.

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    Turtles or PenguinsTurtles or Penguins Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I know! But what booze can I bring to share!?

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    Hi I'm Vee!Hi I'm Vee! Formerly VH; She/Her; Is an E X P E R I E N C E Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    It's probably too late for a booze list, so people know what to bring.

    To reiterate, though, I'm bringing Gin and Vodka, plus something else. Jack Daniels or tequila, not sure which.

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I'm grabbing a dozen Red Stripe bottles for the pale ale crowd.

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    The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    i will be drinking apple juice out of sippy boxes

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    Turtles or PenguinsTurtles or Penguins Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    It's probably too late for a booze list, so people know what to bring.

    To reiterate, though, I'm bringing Gin and Vodka, plus something else. Jack Daniels or tequila, not sure which.

    gotcha, jack or tequila

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    Hi I'm Vee!Hi I'm Vee! Formerly VH; She/Her; Is an E X P E R I E N C E Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Well, I meant I'm either bringing Jack or tequila with me. Although you can bring one or both if you want. I don't think redudancy is going to be a bad thing, considering how many people are going to be on the train.

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    andoando Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Hello fellow West Coast Train Trippers,

    My good friend Brian Jo (nonjapikachu on these forums) is an Omeganaut, and he will be on the train along with an entourage of 6 or so (including dajackal, gidgets, and myself from the forums). We'll be boarding in Emeryville (near SF).

    To help curry favor with the masses, we have created for him a design and had it printed on several shirts of many varieties, tote-bags, hooded sweatshirts, and even THONGS.

    These are professional quality prints on high quality shirts and they look awesome.
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    Brian is NinjaPikachu because of his years as a Smash Bros player.

    These will be FREE, and will be given away as part of mini-tournaments, challenges, or to interested parties for nothing at all. What do we ask in return? Only that these shirts are worn some at PAX and that some of you drop by the Omegathon contest to root for Brian, preferably in shirt (or THONG).

    If you challenge Brian to any game from the Omegathon, you can win a shirt (assuming he's up to play). The games are: Peggle, Boom-Blox (Warlords), Geometry Wars (Vs. King), Rock Band (bring a full band), and Jenga (Trainga?).

    Challenges and tournaments will be adhoc, and some of the nicer prizes (e.g. hooded sweatshirts) will be given away there. If you have any ideas drop me a message or talk to me on the train. My group will be wearing these shirts, so we shouldn't be hard to find.

    We only have so many shirts, so this is "while supplies last" only.

    Andy

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