March 14th, 2003


Pawpet Megaplex & Maps

I'm going to Pawpet MegaPlex! Got con registration, hotel reservation, plane, car rentation and plane ticket...alization! I'll be in Orlando, Florida, from Wednesday, March 19, to Tuesday, March 25.

And of course we all know what it means when furry convention time rolls around, don't we! That's right! It means it's time to buy a map. I buy a map every time I go to a con! ...Well, every time I visit a city I don't already have a map for, anyway. I've been to Orlando once, a long time ago, but that was before I started collecting maps. So I went out yesterday to buy an Orlando map. Simple matter, right? I know of two good map stores in town! At least one of them should have a nice map of Orlando, right?

Right! Except I couldn't buy it.

Lemme 'splain. First I went to the Rand McNally store in the Galleria. I looked for the Orlando maps, and they had some... but they were all those simplified tourist guide things that leave out all but the major streets. This is no good for my purposes. I want to know all the streets! For one thing, in case I get lost. There was an Easy-Finder map, but the part of town with my hotel in it is apparently just off the edge.

Well, bah. So, later in the day, I headed over to the Key Map store... but by the time I got there, they were closed! Who knew it'd be so hard to get a proper map of a popular vacation spot?

So anyway, I went back again today and looked at the shelves... nice long neat rows of Rand McNally city maps... except the Orlando box, which just had those stupid tourist things in it!

Fortunately, the nice lady behind the counter went and checked in the storeroom and brought out some real Orlando maps. Yaaay, thank you, nice lady! So now I got me a map.
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Willard and photos

I went and saw "Willard", starring Crispin Glover, today. Very creeepy.

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After the movie, I picked up some photos. See, yesterday I went out and took some photos of two structures here in Houston: the Burger King sign on Kirby, and the postmodernist Darque Tan building on Richmond & Fountainview. The Burger King sign is in the old style, where it looks like the words are in a hamburger bun. I thought I'd photograph it while it still exists, in case the company decides one day to tear it down and put up a sign with the new logo, where the words look all dynamic inside a circle with a swooshy blue line around it.

The Darque Tan building, as I said, is Postmodernist; it's white with weird irregular green... column-type structures in front, curved and set at odd angles, with odd shapes cut out of them. The windows are all square (except for the little round one on the front, the little triangular one on the side, and the little diamond-shaped one in back) with red trim... and they're irregularly spaced, and one is a foot lower than its neighbors, and there are some that wrap around the corners. Then of course there's the wavy green wall with the staircase behind it!

Maybe I'll build a Lego model of it someday. But first I wanna build a Lego model of the Waterwall and archway next to the Transco Tower (sorry, the Williams Tower).
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    Oasis - Waterwall (well okay, Wonderwall)