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Monday, June 9th, 2008
12:23 pm
On another island, farther on
Damn, but I had a good time this weekend. 

SitS'08 Quotes will follow soon.  Right now, it's too hot here in MA to think.  Just one request, though.  As and when the crew get home from Boston, could you please sound off in the comments here so I know you're back safe and sound?

EDITAHOY: And when you get home, and only then, read today's xkcd strip.
Monday, June 2nd, 2008
12:19 pm
'elp! We need a DVD player!
penknife was going to bring a DVD player for movie night.  She and artaxastra won't be able to come (aargh!), so that plan is moot.  Fortunately, they let us know in plenty of time to find another volunteer.

Who can bring a DVD player to SitS'08?  Or a laptop with DVD-playing capabilities?  That's all we need.  The rental people sent me the cables to hook up the projector to a PC, but if the only laptop we have is a Mac, I can ask them for that equipment instead.  I just need to know by tonight or early tomorrow, as the order goes out Wednesday.

EDIT: compassrose7577 has kindly offered a laptop.  We're all set!
Saturday, May 24th, 2008
9:12 pm
Movie list
I've ordered our projector.  The price works out to about $13 per person--not bad.  I recall that several people were kind enough to volunteer to bring a DVD player when we originally discussed this.  Could somebody please bring either a DVD player or a PC with a DVD player which I can hook up to the projector?  The projector company will be FedExing it to the hotel, and it comes with all the necessary cables.  They tell me that white butcher-paper makes a good projection screen if you stick it to the wall, so that's the route I'll take.

I've got a whole passel of movies.  Here's a tentative movie-night schedule:


At least two or three movies.  Possibilities: Treasure Island, Master and Commander, Muppet Treasure Island, The Princess Bride, Errol Flynn movies such as The Sea Hawk, Hornblower series if available, Treasure Planet if we haven't had quite enough Treasure Island stories yet.

Curse of the Black Pearl, with deleted scenes and DVD extras.  And another movie--whatever we didn't watch on Thursday.

Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, plus DVD extras. 

N.B. Let's start movie nights early, around 7:00, so as to have plenty of time for everything.

Other suggestions?  The Hornblower miniseries and Treasure Planet are favorites of mine but I don't own copies, so by all means bring those, or anything else you like.
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
11:15 pm
What to wear; or, Teeny the Fashionista
As doolabug said two years ago: what am I gonna do when SitS is over and I don't have an excuse to post here 90 times a week?

Herewith, my best suggestions what to pack for Boston.  (Yes, in fact, I do think I'm your mom, why do you ask?) ballincolligand any other people familiar with New England weather, please tell me if I'm overlooking anything.


Expect hot days and cold nights.  We've had a colder-than-average spring, and we're going to be spending a lot of time on the water, where it's always windy.  Bring at least one jacket or warm sweater, long pants, and a warm pair of socks.
Otherwise: ordinary casual summer clothes are appropriate for pretty much everywhere we'll be going.  We'll be eating in a nice sit-down restaurant at least once (more on that later) but all the waitstaff in Boston are used to tourists, so no need to pack your strapless mini and heels (though you can if you like).
Comfy shoes.  We'll be doing a lot of walking, so avoid anything that can give you blisters.
Swimsuit--there's a hotel pool.
Shady hat.  Useful for when we're sailing.
Sunglasses.  Ditto. 
Bathrobe.  For dashing up and down the hotel corridors en deshabille with a bottle of Captain Morgan in hand.
PIRATE CLOTHES.  As it says on the tin.  I've promised a friend of mine who works on the US Constitution that I'm going to bring a crew of lawless fangirl pirates to reef the topsails in the Ship Museum on Saturday.  We've got some expectations to live up to, mates.

Other stuff:

A pocket umbrella is always handy.
SUNBLOCK.  A must.  I'm bringing a couple of tubes of SPF 30, just in case.  We're going to be spending time out on the water in the middle of the day, which can give you an all-round nicely-basted sunburn if you're not careful.
As Doola and others agreed for SitS 06, a fanny pack is useful and leaves your hands free, unlike a purse.  I'm going to wear a knapsack, myself.
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
3:40 pm
Directions to the Radisson Hotel
Useful entry!  Print this entry out!  ZOMG!  Sew it inside your luggage!  Bring it with you!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
11:55 pm
Last chance to join SitS '08!
It started like this: I initially reserved a room for myself plus anyone who wanted to join us at the last minute.  Then it looked like no one was going to join me, and I couldn't afford the room alone.  Geek Mama has kindly allowed me to join her, so I'm all provided for. 

However!  I've still got a room reserved in my name at the Radisson.  If there's anyone who still wants to come, let me know!  If there's two or more of you, you can stay in my old room, problem solved.  If there's only one of you, then we can reshuffle things and find you a roommate.  Let me know ASAP if so.  I'll keep the room reservation for one more week, and then cancel it if no one needs it. 
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
12:58 am
Quartermaster post: I need a roommate
I've reserved a room, and right now I've got nobody to split it with!  Yargh!  I don't want to spend the weekend rooming alone.  Would anybody like to share the room with me?  I am a model roommate--I don't smoke or snore, and I don't spit on the carpet.  If you've been hesitating whether to attend SitS or not, now is your chance.  We can have up to four people in the room (folding bed available, they tell me).  Even if someone only wants to stay over for one of the nights, that'd be fine.

One month to go, guys.  EEEEE!

EDIT: Geek Mama has kindly taken me on board, so I'm all set on the roommate front.
Monday, April 28th, 2008
3:07 pm
Quartermaster post: expenses
Sail into the Sunset is looming up on the horizon, so it's time to address a few details.  I've put together a list of probable expenses, to help people figure out how much money they'll need to bring for the entire weekend. 

[Expenses not listed here: hotel rooms, transportation to Boston, money for the booze-up.  Those will vary widely from person to person.]

Estimated expenses per person:

$15 towards projector rental...                                       $15.00
$30 per person for afternoon sailing trip...                  $30.00
$5 miscellaneous tips...                                                 $  5.00
$20 for a T card (=subway and bus token)...              $20.00
$2 harbor ferry fare                                                          $  2.00
$20 per supper x 3 nights...                                           $60.00
$25/miscellaneous other food per day x 3 days...     $75.00

TOTAL:                                                                               $207.00
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
12:08 am
SitS: problems arose...ensued...were overcome

Our best bet is to rent a projector for the weekend.  I've called around, and there is a good price available from projector123.com.  It looks like it'll come to $130 to rent it from Thursday to Sunday.  That seems fine to me.  If there are ten of us, that's only $13 apiece.  However many of us come, I'll see that you guys don't have to chip in more than $15 apiece.  Does that seem reasonable to you?  Unless anybody has an objection, I'll go ahead and say we'll rent ourselves a projector.

Also on money matters: a scholarship fund is a great idea, but we're not going to have one unless one of you guys takes charge of it.  Go on!  Anybody can pass the hat.  Especially someone who needs financial assistance herself.  Best candidate for the position, I should say. 

And at last we come to the subject of BOOZE.  I don't drink (much), so I'm not in charge of the rum.  It's up to the crew what we need, who's bringing what, and whether we should have people chip in for drinks.

Monday, March 17th, 2008
3:44 pm
Tech help?
Well, we've got a good batch of movies to watch during SitS'08, but how to watch them? I'm temporarily baffled.

Here are our options:

--Rent a projector to use with a pull-down screen on the wall. I thought this would be the ideal way to go, as there are going to be at least fifteen of us. Then I actually tried to rent a projector. It turns out that they're fantastically expensive. I've been calling around, but the best price I could find came to $130 per day. We'd need it for at least Friday and Saturday movie viewings.

--Crowd around a laptop with a big screen. There are so many of us that this might be way too awkward. I do own a laptop with a good-sized screen (15 inches), but still--that just doesn't seem good enough. You guys are coming all the way to Boston for this booze-up, after all, so we ought to do something less cramped.

--Rent or borrow a TV and DVD player and set them up in my hotel room. Also possibly expensive, unless a crew member has a TV she doesn't mind hauling in for the occasion (or having me haul in).

I've just found out that these aren't options:

--Renting the movies on the Radisson's in-house movie pay-per-view. I just talked to the nice hotel lady, who tells me that their movie service only includes recent releases.

--Plugging a laptop into the hotel TV. Apparently they have a set-up that won't let you do that.

How do you guys feel?

My own suggestion: if someone who lives fairly near Boston has a television and DVD player that we could just bring in for the duration, that'd be a good solution. Or, if someone owns a projector, then that'd be even better. If not, then maybe we could rent a projector after all, and do this in style. The money is the only trouble. I can't afford to pay for the $260 projector by myself. We could pass the hat to pay for it, of course. But I don't want to just tell you guys "Okay, time to chip in for the projector", because that wouldn't be fair. I'd rather leave it up to a vote from the crew.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
2:51 pm
Head count time

Time we should firm up our plans for SitS '08.  Here's a list of everyone who's so far said they'll come.  Please let me know who-all you're rooming with, and who's in charge of your room reservation.  And if I've left anyone out, give me a heads-up.


fabuwaterswordceria_taliesin keokiballincollig (possibly; staying the night elsewhere)

lizzie_omalley (possibly)

[info]hazelhawthorne (ditto)

kommandant_krech (possibly; sorry, I need to contact you!)

Is that everybody?
Thursday, December 20th, 2007
1:10 pm
Side trips: Mystic Seaport, Connecticut
The weekend after SitS is the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival, June 12 to 15.  I've been attending this festival every year since I was a kid, and wouldn't miss it for the world.  Perhaps I can tempt some of you into extending your stay and joining me there.  All the performers are brilliant and some of them are well-versed on piracy.  For anybody who likes big late-night drunken singarounds, it's the best place in the world.  

The Mystic Seaport Museum is a historic re-creation of a whaling village, with houses, boats, and waterfront just as they would have been in the 1840s.  It's heaven for a wooden ship buff like me.  The last wooden whaler in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, is docked at Mystic, and the museum crew use chanteys to raise and lower her yards and haul the boats up in her davits.  

Mystic, Connecticut is about a three-hour drive from Boston.  It's a long haul from either Logan or Bradley Airport, so I didn't try to make SitS happen there, but it's well worth a look for anybody with piratical or historical interests.
12:45 pm
SitS: side trips
For anyone who'd like to do a little sightseeing, Plimoth Plantation is the best historic re-creation around.  They've built a set of houses which exactly imitates the Plymouth settlement in the 1630s, and their interpreters role-play so well you'd swear you were talking to a live member of the Mayflower voyage.  

Also belonging to the Plantation museum is the Mayflower II, a recreation of the Pilgrims'  vessel that was sailed across the Atlantic in the 1950s and now docks at the downtown waterfront.  If people fancy a trip to Plymouth, we can organdize an Expotition there, before or after SitS.  It's about an hour's drive south of Boston and well worth spending the whole day.
Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
9:07 pm
Sail into the Sunset '08: reminder post
Awright, me hearts of gold--as of today, there are still rooms available at the hotel for June 5 through 8, 2008, but they won't last forever.  At last count, we had three roomfuls of pirates.  Now is the time to reserve a room or look for potential roommates.  Consider yourselves prodded to come.  Put your names down here or in the last roommates thread to let us know you'll be there.  As always, I can be matchmaker if you need roommates; as always, everybody is welcome to email me at aprilcath@yahoo.com with any other business.  If money matters are making you hesitate, please put your name down and we'll try and fix you up with roommates or scholarship money. 


We still need someone to organize the scholarship fund.  All you'd have to do is set up some sort of online account so that we could all chip in.  Then we'll divvy it up between the applicants.  

I could also use a quartermaster--someone who can arrive Thursday afternoon and help me get people settled in.  This person can also be cell-phone liason--I don't own a cell myself, so she can be the designated person whom people phone when they're going to be late, need directions, or otherwise need to talk to me for whatever reason.

We should also have contests in the evenings, after the movies.  We need someone to organize those.  Definitely an Embarrassment Orgy where we have to read our own smut out loud.  A badfic competition would also be a good idea.  (I'm totally stealing this idea from winchestercon.)  Every contestant writes intentionally awful fic, then prints it up with no name on the manuscript, and everyone has to read someone else's fic aloud.  Then we all try to guess who wrote what. 


 Sail into the Sunset '08 will be held at the Radisson Hotel Boston, from Thursday, June 5, to Sunday, June 8.  Here is the phone number of the Radisson Hotel Boston: (617)482-1800.  They also have an 800 number: (800)333-3333.  Check out their website here.   It's $259/night, which is about par for the course in Boston.  There's an attached parking garage ($25/night).  I've stayed at the Radisson often and can vouch for their good quality.  The rooms are nice; there's a pool, a hotel cafe, and a lot of nearby restaurants, and it's on public transportation.  

We're going to go out on Age of Sail-related excursions in the daytimes and watch movies in the evenings.  I'll borrow A/V equipment from a friend of mine, and we can all just crowd in and watch the PotC trilogy projected on a screen in my room.  Prospective additional movies include Treasure Island, Captain Blood, Master & Commander, the Hornblower miniseries.  Non-piratical significant others and family members are welcome to join us for the duration.
Friday, November 16th, 2007
11:57 am
fabu has suggested that we form a scholarship fund for SitS'08.  I think this is a great idea.  I'm not the best candidate to organize such a thing, as I'm hopeless with PayPal and that sort of thing.  Therefore I shall ask for a volunteer.  Would anybody like to see to this?

I'm not sure what will be the best use of whatever money we raise.  One solution might be to have a scholarship room, where we put the money towards part of the cost and the people staying in it pay the rest.  That might be too complicated, however; perhaps we can just divide it between scholarship candidates.

In the meantime, I'd like to see how many people need assistance.  Please leave a comment if you would like to be considered for a scholarship, and say whether (a) you won't be able to come unless we help cover part of your costs, or (b) you will be able to come, but it would be much easier if you could have some financial assistance.

*And yes, I'm quietly losing it every time I type the word "scholarship".  Why yes, Professor, I received $100 in scholarship money to help me attend SitS'08 this summer, where I studied pirate porn.  Why do you ask?
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
5:11 pm
Sail into the Sunrise: reservation time! (public edition)
Hey all--

It's time to make hotel reservations for SitS '08.  More information is here (in a members-only post due to personal information).  If you're just watching but you've decided you would like to attend SitS, please leave a comment on this post and I'll make you a member.  

Short version: we're still meeting June 5-8 in Boston, but staying at a more centrally located hotel.  It's more pricey, but hopefully still manageable.  Also, you're welcome to e-mail me at aprilcath@yahoo.com for more information.  (Put "Sail into the Sunset" in the subject line so I'll be sure and read it straight away.)
Friday, August 31st, 2007
9:24 pm
Sail into the Sunset '08: Hoist the colors!

I hereby invite you all to Boston, Massachusetts in June of 2008.  I was wild to hang out with you all, this past summer, and I've sworn a solemn oath* to make SitS happen next year.  I'd like to have everyone come to town on the weekend of June 5, 6, 7, and 8, Thursday to Sunday.  

With the kind help of Doola, I've been plotting the details.  

I've found a promising hotel, the Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf.  It has plenty of amenities: a waterfront view, complimentary hot breakfast, a pool, and fairly reasonably priced rooms.  It's in Charlestown, across the river from downtown Boston, so the price is considerably lower.  Rooms start at $179 a night for a room with one queen-sized bed and one sofa bed.  I believe that means we can fit three people in a room if two don't mind sharing a bed, but I'll have to double-check.  The hotel is on a wharf within a stone's throw of the U.S. Constitution, and the water taxi can take us to the Boston side of the Charles River whenever we like.  I just spent some time on the phone with a nice young lady from the hotel, who says that it's too early to reserve rooms for next June.  Accordingly, I'll look into that in a month's time.  In the meantime, I'll take a look at the hotel next time I go to Boston and make sure that it'll be up to our standards.  

Here are my ideas. 
Arrive in Boston and meet up at the Residence Inn.  Hit a local restaurant for dinner.  Watch movies if we have the energy: Master and Commander, the Hornblower TV miniseries, and the 1950s Treasure Island with Robert Newton are all good options. 
Daytime: Go for an afternoon sail on the schooner Argia or the Liberty Clipper.  Dinner at a pub.  Evening: Watch Curse of the Black Pearl plus blooper reel, deleted scenes, and all the DVD extras our hearts can desire. 
Daytime: Walk over to view the U. S. Constitution and museum.  Afternoon: watch DMC.  Order in pizza for supper.  Watch AWE. 
Pack and head home, plus possible touristy activities in downtown Boston for anyone who's staying over.

Y'all.  I want to meet you all in person and rave about piracy together.  I hope we'll be a good big crew, but even if only four or five people want to come, I am still ready and eager to organize this.  

First off, please leave a comment if you're interested in coming.  This isn't a commitment--I'll be asking for those next month, when we actually have to reserve our rooms.  For now, just tell me if you want to come and think you can make it.  Let me know who you'll be coming with, and/or whether you'd like to share a room with another pirate.  In addition, let me know if you are willing to be the person who makes the reservation for your room.  You'd reserve ahead of time with your credit card, pay for the room, and then the other people in the room pay you their share.  

Volunteers?  I could use a person who is willing to bring a laptop and hook it up to the TV in one of our rooms so we can all crowd in and watch the DVD.  Also, please let me know if there's stuff you want to do that I haven't put in the schedule.  We're free as birds on the wing and Boston is a city of infinite possibility.

Oh, yeah--and please get the word out!  Link this everywhere you wish among PotC and Age of Sail fandom.  The more the merrier!

Yours for more swag and booze, 

Teeny Buffalo

Thursday, June 28th, 2007
10:03 pm
Apperently I make a better Julie than a Captain Stubing.
Sail into the Sunset is officially canceled.

I'm sorry.

Hopefully someone wants to steer this ship off the sand bar I ran it aground on and will plan an outing for next year. I will gladly sign on as entertainment director again, especially since I have a TON of stuff I had accumulated for this year.

Current Mood: sad
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
10:42 pm
I just discovered that I may have a problem with my outgoing emails. At least one person has not gotten emails I have sent in the past few weeks. Maybe up to a month.

In that time period, I have sent emails to (at least) Lizzie O'Malley, Linaelyn, Dove, Doola Bug, Dala, Hanah, Keoki, Juni, Fabu, KJ, Ceria, Cymbeline and Monkey Puzzle. I haven't gotten replies from anyone.

Have any of you gotten them?

Mostly they were things about SitS. About rooms and trying to talk people into coming.

I'd like to see if anyone is still onboard for July.

The only people who might still be coming (ie: they have not explicitly told me they are not coming, not that I have gotten confirmation that they are) are myself, sinister_beauty, ceria_taliesin, cymbeline, hannahorlove, erinya and trollypup.

Pirates who are definitely not coming include linaelyn, fabu, hija_paloma, dollabug, lizzie_omalley, sarspasm, teenybuffalo, juniper200, monkeypuzzle and the_dala

Are all people on the crew list still planning to come? Is anyone not on that list still considering?

There will be Adventure sails on the Californian at the Maritime Museum that weekend and there are still tickets for either Saturday or Sunday. And I have a pirate/nautical themed photo scavenger hunt planned if we have enough people who want to participate.

At this point, I have five rooms reserved at the hotel. I can still pare down if we don't need that many (as I expect). I'm not sure if I can add any more at this point. If everyone is planning to jump ship and we should scrap this year entirely let me know so I can cancel ASAP.
Sunday, April 29th, 2007
7:09 pm
Hey y'all, I've spoken with Hazel and she really needs a head count for who is 100% coming to SitS '07. (If you're still not sure, decide quickly so that hotel arrangements can be made.) So please comment and say aye!

Current Mood: excited for pirate con!
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