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ConJose '02

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August 26th - Monday

One View From Suite View From End of Hallway Early morning shots from my window. I felt like HRH :)

Since I was getting Hilton points for JD's room, he was my guest for breakfast all week long. At 8 A.M., up we went to the 18th floor where we were confronted by a sign that basically said Special People Only - in we walked, in Tshirts and jeans ... into a room full of suits. It was wonderful.

Here's JD holding up the morning paper, talking about the 'Sci-Fi Invasion of San Jose'.

Hilton Breakfast Room

Light Rail Confusion After breakfast, it was still too early to meet Ara and Nadia to go to the Tech Museum, so we went and took a short ride on the light rail and to find Walgreen's. JD's a good navigator - at the endpoint, I would have gotten on the train that was going in the wrong direction.

We got off the train at Walgreen's and walked back to the Tech and met Ara and Nadia. The Museum wouldn't accept my AAA card for discounts, so we trooped off to the Visitor's Office in the Convention Center, where the concom had said they'd sell discount tickets. Got those, plus a good map of downtown and a good idea for dinner, and went back to the Tech.

Oh what a neat place. Robot dogs, robot spelling machines, computerized faces, I even designed my own roller coaster and then went for a ride on it. We all saw the IMAX movie 'The Space Shuttle' -- outstanding, but the chairs needed to lean back just a little bit more to stop tall people from getting a crick in their necks. We had lunch at the Tech restaurant (where I learned I've been mispronouncing 'Focaccia' and gave JD a good laugh) and then went to the Tech's gift store. I got a weird little clock with suction feet and revolving face, and my usual shot glass. If I ever meet Techyo face to face, I'll have a shot glass for 'The Tech' ready for the tequila. Tech Museum Tech Museum
Tech Museum Tech Museum
Lunch - JD

Star Arrives Then it was back to the hotel to wait in the lobby for Starmom. We knew a friend was going to pick her up at the airport. We had no idea what she looked like. But she found us, bringing toys and green goo.

More fun in the suite, and off to dinner. The Visitor's Office had given us a coupon for complimentary calamari appetizers at Scott's Seafood - how could we resist? Hmph. The place is closed for remodeling. So we ate next door at Ravioli's Restaurant in their outside patio. Then back to wandering around downtown and playing in the fountains again Fountain Fountain

Star Sleeping Star slept in the suite that night since her room wasn't going to be ready until Tuesday. Of course I got a picture.

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ConJose '02

08/23/02 | 08/24/02 | 08/25/02 | 08/26/02 | 08/27/02 | 08/28/02 | 08/29/02 | 08/30/02
08/3102 | 09/01/02 | 09/02/02 | 09/03/02 | 09/04/02 | 09/05/02 | 09/06/02 | 09/07/02