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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator Mod Emeritus
    edited April 2009
    Also this map from 07 is still pretty useful, if a little outdated.

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    heelsheels Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Benaroya Hall.

    I was once employed as a tap dancing Santa Claus at that very building.

    The other Santa's were Caucasian, and female.

    I may have been the odd one out.

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    RiusRius Globex CEO Nobody ever says ItalyRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    The Pre-Pax dinner, is that something that's already being scheduled?

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    BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Rius wrote: »
    The Pre-Pax dinner, is that something that's already being scheduled?

    Thats not an official PA/PAX event, its ran by community members.

    Im sure there will be a thread about it whenever its announced.

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    Qs23Qs23 Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Man, what's up with all these short garages. Shortest garage I've seen here is 7'. Now where will I park the van?

    Moe, I answered this question last year... Park it somewhere else.

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    Goose!Goose! That's me, honey Show me the way home, honeyRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I'm not sure if its been answered yet, but are the EC and WC PAX both happening in the same year or is it going to be alternating?

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    LigerLiger Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Goose! wrote: »
    I'm not sure if its been answered yet, but are the EC and WC PAX both happening in the same year or is it going to be alternating?

    Two PAXes per year. One east coast, one west.

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    algorhythm3.14algorhythm3.14 Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    What's the best way to not miss a chance at the BYOC? I can only imagine that the 300 slots VAPORIZE within minutes of the registration going live. I mean, I'm really worried about this; RSS Feed?, email-notification?, banner announcement?, bribing Khoo? What can a guy do?

    Also, wasn't it WAY earlier than this last year (BYOC reg)?

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    ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Seeress WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    BYOC reg was like mid-late summer last year. We're way off for that. And it doesn't go as quickly as you think. Took about a week or two IIRC.

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator Mod Emeritus
    edited April 2009
    I think BigRed said something about twittering when BYOC goes live, so you could follow him on twitter maybe?

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    BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    What's the best way to not miss a chance at the BYOC? I can only imagine that the 300 slots VAPORIZE within minutes of the registration going live. I mean, I'm really worried about this; RSS Feed?, email-notification?, banner announcement?, bribing Khoo? What can a guy do?

    Also, wasn't it WAY earlier than this last year (BYOC reg)?

    there will be more than 300 this year and last year it took 2 weeks to sell out (will probably be about the same this year).
    Reg will go live around june

    If you follow PAX_BYOC ill notify there when it goes live. or you can always watch the forums here.

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    heelsheels Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    There is also the check box on the registration page when you order a badge, an email will be sent out when BYOC reg goes live.

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    AbbycadabraAbbycadabra Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I'm not sure if this has been addressed previously or not; we are traveling from out of state and the idea of checking out of our hotel room Sunday afternoon as come up. We won't be leaving until after the close of PAX but we're trying to save $$ on another night of hotel costs. I'm wondering what we would do with all of our bags/belongings? Has anybody else done this in the past? Do you just carry it around the whole time? Is there a place to check things? Should we not be so cheap and just get the extra night?

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    CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Most hotels are usually able to check your luggage until you come back. Just ask at the front-desk when you check-in.

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    whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    What he said. Back in '07, the Sheraton was nice enough to hold on to a bag for me until PAX ended, and I wasn't even staying at the hotel (long story).

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    AbbycadabraAbbycadabra Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    This is good news. Thanks! 8-)

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    CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    whypick1 wrote: »
    What she said. Back in '07, the Sheraton was nice enough to hold on to a bag for me until PAX ended, and I wasn't even staying at the hotel (long story).

    Bolded to make correction.

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    whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Pfft, there are no girls on the internet.

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    CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    whypick1 wrote: »
    Pfft, there are no girls on the internet.

    Well, I do have a mental-penis.

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    ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Seeress WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I guess I had better keep my mental-vagina out of your way then, or else it could end up being a total mind fuck. :P

    Oh ho ho, I'm here all week people.

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    WormdundeeWormdundee Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I guess I had better keep my mental-vagina out of your way then, or else it could end up being a total mind fuck. :P

    Oh ho ho, I'm here all week people.

    *APPLAUSE*

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    QuizMasterQuizMaster Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Wormdundee wrote: »
    I guess I had better keep my mental-vagina out of your way then, or else it could end up being a total mind fuck. :P

    Oh ho ho, I'm here all week people.

    *APPLAUSE*
    Ohhhh. I'm tipping my waitress as we speak.

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    SlickShughesSlickShughes Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    QuizMaster wrote: »
    Wormdundee wrote: »
    I guess I had better keep my mental-vagina out of your way then, or else it could end up being a total mind fuck. :P

    Oh ho ho, I'm here all week people.

    *APPLAUSE*
    Ohhhh. I'm tipping my waitress as we speak.

    I'm trying the fish. Or the veal. Whichever is funnier.

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    StupidStupid Newcastle, NSWRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    New Question:

    I've read here and there about the pool at the Sheraton. Is this a "real" pool, is it one of those dinky splashy-splashy pools that hotels normally have? By "real" I mean at least 25-yards from end to end, suitable for lap swimming. I suspect that a hotel isn't going to make that kind of investment in real estate and/or water for a feature that very very few of their guests would enjoy, but one never knows. I looked at the Sheraton web site and the pool looks like a typical hotel pool. Am I not seeing the whole thing?

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    ExtraEntropy IIExtraEntropy II Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Quick pre-registration question:

    I've pre-registered, but I'm going to be moving well before badges get mailed out. I do know what my new address will be though - who do I need to contact to get the address on my order changed?

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    heelsheels Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    An email will go out to registered attendees in August before the badges are mailed, so you will have a chance to provide updated contact info!

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    yoshamanoyoshamano The fuck is this. The fuck was that. Marshall, Soviet MichiganRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Stupid wrote: »
    New Question:

    I've read here and there about the pool at the Sheraton. Is this a "real" pool, is it one of those dinky splashy-splashy pools that hotels normally have?....

    I'm pretty sure it's just a hotel sized pool. I never got to swim in it though because it closed at 10PM every night.

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    Rogue_hunterRogue_hunter Breaks Through Brick Walls Los AngelesRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Last year the Sheraton's pool was closed because they were redoing it. Supposedly it's now an olympic sized lap pool

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    MuppetMowerMuppetMower Registered User new member
    edited May 2009
    What time do events start on Friday?

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator Mod Emeritus
    edited May 2009
    The PAX schedule hasn't been released yet, and probably won't until about July. Doors open at 10am, which is usually followed soon after by the Keynote and first Gabe and Tycho panel.

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    StupidStupid Newcastle, NSWRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Last year the Sheraton's pool was closed because they were redoing it. Supposedly it's now an olympic sized lap pool

    If this is true, I may have to be a "guest" of someone staying at the Sheraton. :winky:

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    Dano1Dano1 Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I have a question someone can hopefully answer.
    I booked my hotel room through the PAX Travel Desk and received the acknowledgement e-mail, however it dosen't appear to have taken the deposit from my Credit Card yet (I booked it on the April 5th).

    Is my booking secure and they take the deposit when I arrive?, the last thing I want is to get out there and not an hotel room.

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    whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Correct. You're not charged until you check in or fail to show up.

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    GPIA7RGPIA7R Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I really appreciate this thread, it's helped to answer a number of questions I've had.

    I'm looking into this year being my first PAX, and hoping to bring a friend, as well. I've got a few questions, if someone wouldn't mind giving their input.

    1. I live on the east side. PAX is on the far west side. Does anyone have any estimates on what the overall expense/cost that PAX has been for them in the past? This includes round-trip, hotel fees, etc... I know I can try to add it all up, but I'm sure I'll miss something.

    2. What's the typical process? I've honestly never travelled outside of my home-state, which is sad in itself, so this'll be quite a new experience for me in quite a few ways. I'm going to have to do a lot of studying on the whole process of flying and what to take and what I'm allowed to carry, etc... But do you pretty much fly in, shuttle to hotel, get in room, walk to PAX, back to hotel, lather rinse repeat until it's over? Am I missing anything important? How do PAX-goers keep in contact with each other, such as parties and pub crawls? Any help you can offer for a newbie traveller would be muchly appreciated.

    3. I don't plan to rent a car, I'd like to avoid that expense... but is most anything I'd need be in walking distance provided I get a close hotel? If so, is this a safe part of town? Let's say I do end up going alone, would it be recommended for anyone to be walking around downtown Seattle on their own?

    Thanks much!

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    heelsheels Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I'll snipe in and answer a little bit!

    2: You seem to have the process pretty much down, if you meet up with people from the forum you tend to run into them...over and over. Staying in a group hasn't been an issue from what I have seen.

    3. The convention center is located in an excellent bit of downtown, most everything is within walking distance, and frankly renting a car would be more trouble then it is worth imo. Seattle is a pretty safe city compared to some east coast locales...

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator Mod Emeritus
    edited May 2009
    The overall expense/cost depends on your method of travel. Flying costs more than driving, if you carpool. On the time, side, if you travel with the Cross-Country Supertrip, it takes about 2 days and gets you there the day before PAX. If you fly, it's an all day affair, but it's quick. So what's your poison, fast or cheap? The CCST is also chock full of awesome, but I may be a bit biased. If you are going alone, I know of a few cars that need extra drivers, if you're up to the task and can make it to South Bend, Indiana.

    Hotels are listed in the Hotel Thread and the hotels section of the PAX webpage.

    Personally, I'm from Ohio, and I usually end up spending about $1000 when all is said and done. That's travel, lodging, food, booze, buying shirts and crap.

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    StupidStupid Newcastle, NSWRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    GPIA7R wrote: »
    1. I live on the east side. PAX is on the far west side. Does anyone have any estimates on what the overall expense/cost that PAX has been for them in the past? This includes round-trip, hotel fees, etc... I know I can try to add it all up, but I'm sure I'll miss something.

    Costs vary greatly depending on how much comfort you require.

    If you're willing to do the college dorm thing, you can share a hotel room with total stranger (which is not as bad as you might think - PAX people won't bite even if you ask them to) or bunk at the local Hostel (see the Green Tortoise thread). Carpooling out can be really cheap. And food will not cost any more than it would "back home". If you play it right, you could probably make the whole thing work for around $500.

    On the other hand, if you're a snob like me and require gourmet food, first class flight, and a hotel room large enough to host a small party in, you can expect to pay about $1500 to $2000.
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    2. What's the typical process? I've honestly never travelled outside of my home-state, which is sad in itself, so this'll be quite a new experience for me in quite a few ways. I'm going to have to do a lot of studying on the whole process of flying and what to take and what I'm allowed to carry, etc... But do you pretty much fly in, shuttle to hotel, get in room, walk to PAX, back to hotel, lather rinse repeat until it's over? Am I missing anything important? How do PAX-goers keep in contact with each other, such as parties and pub crawls? Any help you can offer for a newbie traveller would be muchly appreciated.

    Here are some actual pieces of advice that apply to everyone:

    A. Get a room downtown. You may think you're saving money getting lodging further away, but it will end up costing you more overall in terms of time, money and effort. (The only exception to this might be is you have a dozen people pitching in to rent a weekend rental condo with a full kitchen and laundry facilities. Maybe.)

    B. Don't rent a car. You wont need it.

    C. If you fly in, don't take a cab from the airport to your hotel. A cab from Sea-Tac to downtown takes about 25 minutes and will cost about $40 after tip. Instead, grab the 194 bus from the airport. It drops you dead center of downtown (about seven blocks from the Convention Center), runs every 15 minutes and costs $1.75!
    GPIA7R wrote: »
    3. I don't plan to rent a car, I'd like to avoid that expense... but is most anything I'd need be in walking distance provided I get a close hotel? If so, is this a safe part of town? Let's say I do end up going alone, would it be recommended for anyone to be walking around downtown Seattle on their own?

    Unless you are hopelessly paranoid, you wont have any problems in downtown Seattle.

    You might want to avoid walking through the Pioneer Square area after dark. It's a popular tourist area during the day, but I'm told that there are some less-than-desirable folk there in the nighttime hours. Having said that, we made no fewer than six walking trips within one block of Pioneer Park in the dead of night, and right past the courthouse/jail right around 4:30 (when they release "guests") and never had any issues.

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    algorhythm3.14algorhythm3.14 Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    As a Seattle local I can attest that we have a great great great walking city.

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    Legions Of AntsLegions Of Ants Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I'm staying at the Crowne Plaza, and they give the whole "2.5 blocks from the center" spiel, but is that 2.5 blocks across a highway? Or is it a standard, 15-minute-when-sober, walk? I've only been to Seattle once, and I spent most of my time in the U District. Also, I'm bringing a bunch of buddies with me, and while we'll love to spend a lot of time at the con, we also want to see some sights and hop some bars, is there a good area in particular for drinking/food around the hotel/con?

    Thanks in advance for any help, dudes.

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    whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
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