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07:50 pm - My timetable for Nimbus - 2003
This is more intended as an aide-memoire for planning purposes rather than anything else. Many thanks to 2ndavemusic for help with booking the Greyhound tickets; I was going to describe it as invaluable help, but on further thought it is definitely valuable help - and the value is $38, the difference in price between buying the tickets on the day and buying them in advance plus a gift ticket fee.

First of all, a quick note: there are parts of the Nimbus experience which I find somewhat scary - just in terms of meeting people whose company I expect to enjoy. (Frankly, especially meeting people whose company I expect to enjoy.) I hate not being able to trust myself to behave in a companionable, pleasant way in a social situation. On top of that, I know that people's lack of confidence and discomfort tends to be infectious to some extent; I hate to think that my discomfort and lack of confidence might spread to other folk and make their Nimbus less fun. If I'm slow and quiet, it's because I'm thinking hard about what to say; I fear that I will find some new way to screw things up and inadvertently hurt my friends. I hope you can accept that I do not have malicious intentions, though I've commented in the past that I'm sometimes ashamed of some of my intentions behind a few apparently benevolent actions. Conversely, I believe that nobody I meet on this trip will do anything intended deliberately to hurt me or make me feel uncomfortable.

Monday 14th

1130 Travel down to London on a National Express coach.

1720 Arrive in London. Go to visit and stay overnight with the_maenad et al. OK, I won't be staying overnight with Al, but hopefully Al and Ow will be able to make it for the evening.

Tuesday 15th

c. 0600 Wake up. Turn off several alarm clocks by way of insurance. Shower, shave, catch Picadilly line train to Heathrow terminal 4.

0800 Arrive at Heathrow Terminal 4. Check in. Note to self: booked on credit card, reference number _____________. (I will print this out and write this in.)

1025 Flight BA175 to New York JFK 7 takes off.

1305 (times hereafter EDT!) Arrive at JFK 7. Worry about immigration throughout, though it's never been a problem at JFK.

1400 Get out of JFK. Spend day in NYC, hopefully meeting up with 2ndavemusic and Matthew Lederman. I have to admit to some concerns about travelling on the New York MTA subway system with heavy luggage, mostly because both Clay and Matthew have queried it as a potential problem. For instance, I half-remember some stations having turnstiles through which large luggage will not pass. Should this be a concern?

At this point there is a slightly worrying gap. Hopefully I can arrange a meeting with Matt and Clay which will fill it. Otherwise... well, I'm not sure how to fill about four hours in New York, while carrying heavy luggage with me. Suggestions much appreciated. I am also yet to decide between a $7 one-day Fun Pass or paying $2 per journey.

1830 Get to New York Port Authority Greyhound Terminal (on 41st Street - closest stop is 42nd Street Port Authority, which can be reached on an A, C or E train. Check in before 1900 and collect ticket. Note to self: booked on credit card, reference number _____________. (I will print this out and write this in.)

2000 Greyhound coach for Orlando departs. Try to board coach early and get a seat on right-hand side, towards the front, to best see the road signs. Only now I have booked for sure do I start to worry about the fact that the temperature will peak in the upper 80s °F in New York and the lower 90s °F in Orlando. Happily the coach will be air-conditioned, but even so, if it's a sunny day then parts of the journey will be awful. Can you get sun-burn from sunshine through a Greyhound coach window?

There are no transfers required on the Greyhound journey, but here is the schedule:



NEW YORK, NY



 



08:00p



 



GLI



1011



BALTIMORE TRAVEL PLA, MD



11:35p



12:05a



:30



GLI



1011



RS GOLD ROCK, NC



04:30a



05:00a



:30



GLI



1011



FAYETTEVILLE, NC



06:30a



07:45a



1:15



GLI



1011



MANNING, SC



09:45a



10:15a



:30



GLI



1011



RS BRUNSWICK, GA



01:30p



02:00p



:30



GLI



1011



ORLANDO, FL



05:30p



 



 



 



 



I hope to sleep extensively on the coach, not least because (a) I won't have slept much the night before and (b) I anticipate - and hope - for some jet-lag as I shift to EDT. Admittedly I'm already operating on close to EDT already, but I remember it not being too hard to sleep on a Greyhound coach when I travelled on one for 48 hours from Los Angeles to Atlanta. I do hope the great Commonwealth of Virginia will not be too offended if I sleep through it; after all, I spent five weeks (mostly) there in 1987, so I've seen most of what there is to see.

Wednesday 16th

Sleep. Sleep. Sleep some more. Hope it's just hot and not unbearably horribly hot.

1730 Arrive at the Greyhound Terminal in Orlando.

1736 Catch the 25 bus from opposite the Greyhound Terminal to Orlando Downtown Bus Station. Price: $1.25.

1815 Catch the service 50 from Orlando Downtown Bus Station to Walt Disney World Transport & Ticketing Center. Price: $1.25, I think. Bargain!

1900 Catch a bus from Walt Disney World Transport & Ticketing Center to Downtown Disney.

1910 Catch a bus from Downtown Disney to Walt Disney Swan Hotel.

1920 Check in to room under the (real) name of ixchelmala. I suspect getting a shower at this point, my first for approximately 42 (probably very sweaty) hours, will prove to be Priority One.

2000 Get dinner, probably with Nimbus - 2003 staff. Sleep in non-moving bed. A good night's sleep at this point seems to be a particularly good plan.

Thursday 17th

c. 0700-0800 Wake up, shower, breakfast.

0900 Most of day spent helping to set up rooms for Nimbus - 2003, particularly helping vendors to unload. Ideally I'll have such a large breakfast that I won't need lunch, but we'll see.

From hereon after, I use the official schedule and the Programming Schedule grids (which you may need to be a member of HPFGU-Convention to see) extensively.

1600 Set up game room for official start at 5pm.

1800 Attend Welcoming Feast and Worst Harry Potter Merchandise Contest. Meet lots of nice people. Attend MWPP programming session if possible.

2200 Close down game room. Try to get to bed sooner rather than later - long day tomorrow.

Friday 18th

c. 0630 Wake up, shower, breakfast. (Technically breakfast is listed at 8am - must see if I can get one earlier.)

c. 0730 Set up game room for official start at 8am. Also prepare for start of Quest.

Today I am working at the game room until about 1pm, missing the whole of the first programming session.

1300 Grab quick lunch if necessary.

1330-1420 "Don't Tell the Grownups: Subversion in Harry Potter Text & Fandom" (Swan 3)

1430-1520 "Coming out of the cupboard: Slash in Harry Potter Fandom" (Swan 3)

1530-1620 "Tanya Grotter: A Harry Potter Knock-off or Parody?" (Swan 1)

1630-1720 "Other Voices, Other Common Rooms" (Swan 3)

1730 Start setting up Quidditch in Swan 5.

1800 Quidditch briefings.

1830-2030 Quidditch matches. Hope someone closes down the game room at 2000.

2100 Copa Banana Wizarding Nightclub. Can only stay for first two hours, but I suspect that two hours will be enough for me. :-)

2300-0200 Taking a security shift as an Auror.

0201 Bed seems like a very good plan.

SATURDAY 19th

c. 0630 Wake up, shower, breakfast. (Technically breakfast is listed at 8am - again, must see if I can get one earlier.)

c. 0730 Set up game room for official start at 8am.

0830-0920 "Canon, Interpretation and the Alternate Universe: Navigating the Fandom Safely" (Swan 4)

0930-1020 "Sail on, Good Ship: Shipping Debate" (Swan 4)

1020-1130 "Keeping it in the Family: The Weasleys, the Malfoys and Canon and its Dis(mal)contents" (Swan 2)

1130-1200 "Celluloid Polyjuice: The Filmic Transfiguration of Harry Potter into Infallible Hero" (Swan 1)

1200 Lunch.

1300 Today I am working at the game room until about 4pm, missing the whole of the fourth programming session.

1600 Set up Fandom Squares.

1630-1730 Run Fandom Squares. Be very very funny indeed.

1800-2000 Watch parts of Double Double Feature, get dinner. Miss final part of first showing of Philosopher's Stone - don't tell anyone, but I know what happens already.

2000-2200 Oversee game room for last formal hour of business and do final closedown.

2200 onwards Back to the Double Double Feature. Announce winner of Quest at some point. Fall asleep in front of movies, most likely.

Sunday 20th

It's... a... big... black... void. Be spontaneous. Make it up as I go along.

0900-1200 Benefit Auction and Farewell Brunch.

1200 Mortem.

1200-1300 Post Mortem.

Afternoon: not sure really, will work it out according to who's staying back another day, who's available and so forth. The plan is certainly to stay in Orlando for another night, though, unless I blow off the other half of my Greyhound return journey in favour of taking part on the road trip, but this seems unlikely.

Monday 21st

If still at Swan:

1148 (or 1048) Number 50 bus from WDW T&TC to Downtown Bus Station. Arrive at 1235, or 1135.

1245 Number 25 bus from Downtown Bus Station to Greyhound Terminal, or a taxi. (Must find out if I need to be at the Greyhound terminal an hour early on the way back too - if so, take the 1145.)

1330 Greyhound bus back to NYC. Sweat a lot. Sleep on the coach a lot. Schedule:



ORLANDO, FL



 



01:30p



 



GLI



1016



RS BRUNSWICK, GA



05:00p



05:30p



:30



GLI



1016



MANNING, SC



08:30p



09:00p



:30



GLI



1016



FAYETTEVILLE, NC



11:15p



12:15a



1:00



GLI



1016



RS GOLD ROCK, NC



01:45a



02:15a



:30



GLI



1016



BALTIMORE TRAVEL PLA, MD



06:40a



07:10a



:30



GLI



1016



NEW YORK, NY



10:45a



 



 



 



 



Tuesday 22nd

1045 Arrive in New York. Another big void which will hopefully be filled through discussion in Orlando. Hopefully it will involve flourish and others.

1800 Leave for JFK terminal 7. Am such a wimp.

2000ish Get to JFK 7, check in.

2300 Catch flight BA182. Sleep. Sleeeeeeeeeeeep.

Wednesday 23rd

1100 BST Flight arrives.

1130 Picadilly line, maybe.

1245 Get to Victoria Coach Station, maybe. Pay £1.50 to change seat on 1700 coach to seat on 1300 coach.

Two hours from touchdown to Vicky Coach Station is pushing it, isn't it? If I miss the 1300 coach then I will hang around in London for four hours and catch the 1700 as originally scheduled instead.

1845 - or 2315 - Arrive home.

That's the theory, anyhow...

PS Have just told parents that I am off to Nimbus on Monday and that my trips to St. Andrews and Oxford were in fact to see Harry Potter fans rather than board gamers. Telling them went surprisingly well, all things considered, though it might well take a day or two to sink in before leading to repercussions and awkward questions. I will regard this as an extremely auspicious omen for the rest of the trip. Bonus: I never had to mention LiveJournal once!

Is there anyone who I'm going to be seeing on this trip who would like me to import something particularly British with me through US Customs? Please make your requests now so that I can make purchases as appropriate this weekend.
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From:daweaver
Date:July 9th, 2003 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Two hours from touchdown to Vicky Coach Station is pushing it, isn't it?

It's just about possible, if your plane is early and the Transport Gods like you.

45 minutes from touchdown through Customs and Immigration to the Underground station is not impossible, then an hour to Victoria. Change to the District at Hammersmith or Baron's Court, and get on the back-but-one car of the District train - you'll be slap at the exit for Victoria. Then 15 minutes barelling through the shopping centre, or down Buck House Road, to the coach station.

It's possible, but you're right not to assume it'll happen.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:July 9th, 2003 01:15 pm (UTC)
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Hardcore advice there - great stuff; I particularly like the part about which carriage of the District train to board. Given that even when I get to VCS I still need to rebook my ticket to advance it four hours, it's really not looking likely unless we have a following wind and an early touchdown.

Good point about 45 minutes from touchdown to Underground; they always say "40 minutes from touchdown to arrival to the general public" and 5 minutes from general public to Underground implies swiftness, foreknowledge of the route and freewheeling down the ramps on a trolley in a most dangerous and unBritish (but fun) fashion. If the baggage-handlers are swift and if my suitcase gets a lucky draw in the luggage lottery it's certainly feasible, but I won't be trying to make up lost time in the Customs leg of the race. (Oh yes, must try to get the bottle to pretend to be someone who I'm not and respond to someone holding a sign with someone else's name on it with a big hug.)

I'm also thinking about getting a coach directly from Heathrow to VCS. There's the number 500 from Heathrow at 11:40 which is supposed to arrive at VCS at 12:30, but they want £10 for the journey. Yaroo! That's bordering on Heathrow Express sort of cost. Mmm - anyone Londonish free between lunchtime and 4 o'clock on the 23rd?
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From:picklepuss
Date:July 9th, 2003 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Have not been on a charter bus in a couple of years, but you can be reasonably assured that it will have air conditioning. Everything has AC over here.

Also charters almost always have the tinted glass to prevent glare and just that sort of sunburn.

If you're lucky you may even get one with televisions. I know the private lines have them, unsure about the Greyhounds. On the private coaches passengers supply movies for a VCR though. So if they do have TV, you could be watching god knows what.

All in all sleeping shouldn't be a problem and may in fact be a boon.

Have fun and good luck!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:July 9th, 2003 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I really appreciate the reassurance re: tinting and air-con. Let's just hope the air-con works, unlike on some British buses... :-/

The Greyhounds I took from LA to Atlanta (changing twice) had no TV and neither did the one from Indianapolis to Columbus. Accordingly, I'm not holding out for a TV on my trip. Must pack walkman, batteries and tapes. Must buy earphones which do not keep falling out of ears, come to think of it. Better idea: get a radio and listen to local stations all across America!
From:paulie14
Date:March 30th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Most charter buses do have A/C. I would call this
Charter bus company if you have any questions. Hope this helps
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From:hermorrine
Date:July 9th, 2003 03:58 pm (UTC)
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PS Have just told parents that I am off to Nimbus on Monday and that my trips to St. Andrews and Oxford were in fact to see Harry Potter fans rather than board gamers. Telling them went surprisingly well, all things considered, though it might well take a day or two to sink in before leading to repercussions and awkward questions.

I'm most confused. Why would telling your parents be a problem? Why would there be repercussions or awkward questions? Why would they care? Mine are completely cool with my interests. *puzzled*

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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:July 9th, 2003 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Why would telling your parents be a problem? Why would there be repercussions or awkward questions? Why would they care?

They've always been pretty Potter-negative in the past; Mum read the first book and didn't like it. I might try her with the others, but only if I can ever get the Large Print editions; the most recent books might just be too long for practical Large Print versions within her limited weight capability. (Maybe a library might rent out the audio versions?) Dad has commented unprompted several times that there has been far too much Potter publicity for his tastes; he's not easy to converse with in my experience except on a limited number of topics, though food and sport are normally pretty safe.

I care more about their opinion of me than that of just about anyone else. I tend not to talk to them much in case they disapprove of what I say or what I am. Not a good reason by any means, but the shameful truth. Be proud that your relationship with yours is so strong!
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From:dancingrain
Date:July 9th, 2003 10:45 pm (UTC)
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re telling parents: fantastic. I too worry it may be a while before the awkward questions - as was the case with my London trip - but who knows. Good luck in any case!
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From:ringbark
Date:July 10th, 2003 12:31 am (UTC)
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Look out for lexin while you're there. Tell her ringbark vouches for you.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:July 10th, 2003 04:55 am (UTC)
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I've seen her name mentioned on the Games and Sports team, so I suspect we're likely to bump into each other somewhere along the line. :-)

I also know someone who knows her a little in Middlesbrough, so I have two two-step connections to her already!
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From:tall_man
Date:July 10th, 2003 12:49 am (UTC)
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> Is there anyone who I'm going to be seeing on this trip who would like me to import something particularly British with me through US Customs?

I'd love a copy of your book, if you've got a spare. Tried ordering it through Amazon.uk, but transatlantic shipping is way expensive.

Also, I can perhaps offer to save you a buck or two on either a cab ride or bus fare back to the Greyhound station on Monday the 21st; since I'm driving up to Orlando, and my date of return is officially "sometime between Sunday night and Wednesday afternoon," I'm more than willing to help shuttle vehicularly challenged people about. I'd offer to pick you up, too, but I'll be arriving late (damned work schedule, I'll miss the Welcoming Feast!).
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:July 10th, 2003 04:59 am (UTC)
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Certainly! I have some spares, but not many; a friend picked them up in a "publisher's clearance" store for the princely sum of £1 each - £1 for the paperback, £1 for the hardback.

For future reference, a good way to get hold of my book in the USA (strictly, the US edition, which I haven't even seen) is to get it online at Barnes and Noble. I'll certainly bring one of mine across, though. I am Gilderoy Lockhart. Good night.

Many thanks for the ride offer - very much appreciated indeed!
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From:foxmagic
Date:July 12th, 2003 07:32 am (UTC)
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Howdy! A recent entry in ericklendl's journal tipped me off that you'd be in the Disney area and suggested that you'd be a fun person to meet. :-) But it looks as if your busy schedule won't leave you any time to visit the parks!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:July 12th, 2003 08:58 am (UTC)
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I saw Erick's post and had a look through your LJ and web site too. :-) Not sure whether I'll be going anywhere near Celebration - perhaps you can tell me whether I will, given that you know my route? - but if I do then I'll think of you.

Incidentally, I was shocked at how difficult it was to find out details of public transportation to WDW; even the unofficial guides don't seem to mention the GoLynx services and there seems to be no integration between Greyhound and GoLynx at all. Surely going to WDW by Greyhound and then local Orlando buses can't be all that uncommon... can it?

Difficult question, but a local expert like you may well know the answer. Given that the Walt Disney World Swan is operated by Westin, can you earn Delta Skymiles for a stay at the Swan?
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From:pervy_elf
Date:July 14th, 2003 01:01 pm (UTC)
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Hello:)

I just wanted to introduce myself as I believe we will be roomies during Nimbus (I'm rooming with ixchelmala). Okay if I friend you?

See you soon!

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