Well, it’s been a while. A lot has happened. So, here we go.
So, most of you know, but those that don’t, my car died around the end of March. Started small… thought it was a burnt valve or something like that… drove it to portland, and after that, it got worse and worse. Ends up it was probably a bad ring, or perhaps even a broken piston. So, it’s dead. All of it’s $183 value. So, I borrowed my dad’s van… used that for a week, brought it back, got a ride down with Tara’s family on a family reunion, and was without a car for a bit. Got back up to portland via a friend a few weekends ago, checked through the paper, and found something quite nice. 92 Camry LE, V6, 160k. Left portland, and that next monday, my grandfather and father went out and checked it out. Great shape, cost $3000. SOLD! So, 2 weeks later, I went and picked it up. It’s really nice, and hella fun. Get’s about the same mileage as the Dodge Spirit, but is a V6, and has twice the HP. Tons of fun. Can’t wait to take it down to LA this summer for Anime Expo. I’ve got some general stuff I want to do in June… drain and bleed the power steering fluid, change the Tranny Fluid, Diff Fluid (yes, different lubrication), and if not before, try changing to Synthetic Oil. Right now it has 20W-50 in it, and that slightly worries me. It had an oil leak that was fixed… and I’m worried that it didn’t get completely fixed so they put 20W-50 in it to fix it… and once I put 10W-30 in it (what it’s supposed to have), let alone Synthetic, it might start leaking again. But… it’ll improve the mileage more, and help decrease the sludge build-up in the valve cover. I’m going to run it by a dealer just to make sure everything I’ve read online is okay, but that’s the plan. Must do all of that before I put about 2k miles on it down to LA and back. Tomorrow or wednesday I’m going to take it over to Les Schwab for an alignment check and such. The tires are going to need replacing in about 6-8k… so I want to make sure they last that long… or at least until I am working full time over the summer and can afford it.
Weekend before last, the 24th-26th, was SakuraCon. The 2nd I’ve been to. Went as Legolas again… with a new and improved costume. It was a ton of fun. This time we went with a friend of ours, Melinda. She had a good time. Both Tara and I were Staff. Tara, Art show staff, and I, console gaming staff. so a lot of our time was consumed with our work, but when we did have free time, boy did we have fun. My time was rather unremarkable… Tara’s on the other hand. She managed to sell prints of her work under the table, and made about $160, the art that sold in the art show/auction gained her about $500 more. But that wasn’t the kicker. Two of the guests of the Con were voice actors for Anime. Both from Canada. Saturday night Tara and Melinda spent 3 hours hanging out with them, and Tara spent over an hour just hanging out with one of them. Not only did he like her artwork, he asked for a resume and is going to pimp her stuff to the studios he works for in Canada. So, she might be getting a job in Vancouver, BC in the nearish future. To say the least, she is quite excited. And even if it doesn’t pan out, we’ve both agreed that it was still well worth it, and shows her that her art isn’t something that just fans want and think is well done… it’s people that could possibly get her a job. 😛 And to be honest, we both would love to move to Canada… I would stay down here until I finish school… just to put people’s minds at ease. I have another 2-3 terms after this one still… so it’s the 5 year program for me. I just hope I can modivate myself enough to actually put the effort into finishing next year. I would be taking more this term, but the PS class options sucked. I also hope I get financial aid this coming year… because I don’t want to put more of a burden on my grandparents… it already seems like my grandfather is happy to have bought the car for me rather than loaned me the money. As I said to my dad… while I’m in school it’s all fair… once I’m out… 😛
Alright… think that’s in for now… feel free to comment if you know something esle happened and I didn’t cover it, or msg me, or whatever.
Sorry for the lack of posts, btw… I would have posted this last monday, but I was so wiped out from SakuraCon, plus now all I’m doing is working on Kumoricon. Oh yeah…
Kumoricon. Those who don’t know, it’s first year was down here in Eugene at the former (now, since it’s being demolished soon or as we speak) Clarion hotel just off I-5 on Gateway. We got around 450 people. It was a major success for us because we had a very low budget, and really expected 300 people, and budgeted for like 250. So we got a fair amount of profit for the next year. This year, we’ve moved to the Downtown Portland waterfront Marriot (yes, the same one that TPL was in). We’re expecting around 1000 people. We’re going to have to cap at 1250-1500. We’re really not sure. We can make room if we need it, but we can’t spend the money to up our cap until we know we’re going to hit it (there is an employee garage that can be carpeted and converted into convention space for about $12000). So yeah, we’ll see. We’ve got guests in the works, sponsors in the works, all that. I’m heading up Industry Relations (finding sponsors, getting permission for media, etc), and Communications (making sure everyone in staff can communicate, web manager (not necessarily doing the work of updating the site, but delegating that out to other people if necessary)). So yeah… lot of stuff on my mind and keeping me busy. I’m glad I’m not taking a very heavy class load.
Okay, that’s really all for now. Keep you updated, I hope.