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The view from my window down King Street is pretty spectacular. And I can see the Tower That Controls People's Minds from the elevator landing. It's good to be in Canada; I wish we didn't have to leave.

Does anyone on my friends list have Usenet posting access? I'm blocked by the Avaya firewall (VPN connection), and Google Groups isn't working when I try to post from it. I wanted to post the following:

For folks traveling to alt.polycon, be advised that the ATM in the hotel is inside the gift shop slash news stand thingie, which closes at a fairly early hour. The ATM also won't accept US ATM cards that are Visa-enabled, unless they're part of the Cirrus network -- NYCE, MOST, Plus, and the like won't do it. If you bat your eyelashes at the nice man behind the counter, he'll let you charge CDN$40 to your Visa, though.

I discovered this the hard way last night when I ran out of Canadian money for the vending machines....



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Aug. 22nd, 2003 07:57 am (UTC)
Sounds like you could have used my $37 CDN ... it's all Loonies and Toonies!
Aug. 22nd, 2003 08:19 am (UTC)
You can post to usenet from google.
Aug. 22nd, 2003 08:23 am (UTC)
Re: google
Right, except that I can't -- whenever I click the relevant link, I get an error page for some reason.
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Aug. 22nd, 2003 08:38 am (UTC)
Dunno -- I can't get at my WomBAT mailbox right now. I know that linuxspice and I will be around until Sunday afternoon, at least, if you'd like to try to hook up. I'm debating whether to blow off the Sunday panels (being panel-ed out from Saturday) to catch the Jays game at Skydome, but that would only happen if some other alt.polyites (curiousangel?) were up for it.
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Aug. 22nd, 2003 09:47 am (UTC)
Sunday, perhaps?
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Aug. 24th, 2003 09:16 am (UTC)
We'll probably be hanging out in the con suite (room 1853) until at least 4ish; I'm not sure when we're going to head back to Rochester, but our schedule is pretty flexible if we can touch base in time to arrange things. And if not, we'll be back again next weekend; send me email, which I don't have access to at the moment.
Aug. 22nd, 2003 09:26 am (UTC)
So you're saying slash is mainstream in Canadadadadada? ^_^
Aug. 26th, 2003 05:57 am (UTC)
ACK!!! I shall now have "I Don't Want to Go To Toronto," stuck in my head *all day*.
Aug. 26th, 2003 10:00 am (UTC)
My work here is done. :-)

(BTW, something's wrong with Gilligan's Island.)
Aug. 27th, 2003 07:00 am (UTC)
:P :P

Actually, that one doesn't get caught in my head as much. I *do* tend to get Bulbous Bouffant stuck in my head every time I hear "galoshes", "gazebo", or "macadamia."
Aug. 27th, 2003 08:28 am (UTC)
linuxspice and I do the "Phillipa and Denina" sketches back and forth with each other, which prompts some extremely strange looks from our friends.
Aug. 27th, 2003 12:04 pm (UTC)
*hehe* That's actually my favourite sketch on the CD. I was in Hawaii not too long ago and stayed in Waikiki for a small chunk of the trip. While I wouldn't recommend it as a vacation destination (Waikiki, that is -- the other places we went in Hawaii were STUNNING and I would go back ina flash), I got great joy sending friends Waikiki postcards with just "ALL THE WAY FROM WAIKIKI!" written in big letters on the back.
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