Would you come to TONMOcon at Monterey, Aug. 5-7, 2005?

Status
Not open for further replies.

Melissa

Larger Pacific Striped Octopus
Supporter
#1
Would you attend TONMOcon in Monterey this summer? August 5-7.

Enough yeses will make this definite! It looks like Tony and Steve and Erich and I can make it.

A round of applause to Erich for finding an enthusiastic venue that hasn't yet gone bankrupt or been subjected to natural disasters!

Melissa
 

corw314

Colossal Squid
Staff member
Moderator
#8
I just priced out tickets.....What airport is closest? I priced out Los Angelas. Talking with one stop.. 198 roundtrip, or 329 nonstop....times 2 cause of Jess...I would love to come but not sure if I could.

Carol
 

erich orser

Architeuthis
Supporter
Registered
#10
Some advice regarding airports:

If you're not coming in via international flight, for the love of Mike, by all means avoid Los Angeles International Airport! LAX sux! Try flying into Burbank instead if you're headed for S. California and driving up the coast. Burbank is a little airport that can. LAX is an unfriendly disaster. Frankly, the two closer airports are San Francisco International (SFO) or San Jose. These both offer shuttle service directly to downtown Monterey.

Also, for Tonmo parents, the night of August 5th, Friday, the aquarium is offering a kids' campover inside the facility in front of the tanks, with fun-time/educational activities for the children. Obviously a few parents would probably want to chaperone. For the kids, this could be the high-point of the convention!

If you must fly into the Los Angeles area, then maybe take an extra day and drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to Monterey. The Big Sur coastline is one of the most scenic drives in America. Of course, a couple of my wife's friends from New Zealand did this and weren't as impressed. Evidently such vistas are more common down there. Oh well.

Erich
 
#11
I can probably make that. I was planning a trip up that way in May when the Octopus exhibit at the aquarium is scheduled to reopen, but I could probably postpone that until August.

Is Big Sur still infested with hippies or did they become endangered/extinct? I'm thinking of camping somewhere around there, but I don't want the second-hand smoke, if ya know what I mean.
 

cthulhu77

Titanites
Supporter
#15
Erich and Melissa...you have done wonders ! Is there a chance that we could arrange to stay at one hotel, and thereby perhaps get some sort of a "group" discount or something??? We just need to make sure there is a smoking bar on the floor level, so WK and I have some place to stagger to and from... :lol:
greg
 

erich orser

Architeuthis
Supporter
Registered
#17
Greg,

Two hotels actually connect to the conference center where the lectures will be held, and I'm certain they have bars. The conference center, if you want a scenic jaunt, is a gorgeous fifteen-minute walk along the shoreline from the aquarium. Oh, and don't worry. Monterey has lots of restaurants and bars. Carmel is just a short hop away by car, and it also has some great places to eat, drink, and be merry.

Erich
 

cthulhu77

Titanites
Supporter
#19
LOL...two bars ! Heck! I do love Cannery Row...the whole area is great ! What are the two hotels that we are going to be inbetween, and is there a chance of getting a block of rooms if we get enough commitments? I know, stuff to do in your spare time... :lol:
Hats off to the two of you again !
greg
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Members online

No members online now.