Dublin, Worldcon 2019, and London

[14-19 August, 2019, Dublin, IE and Worldcon 2019, plus London, UK]

Went to Dublin to attend Worldcon 2019. Oddly, I didn’t take too may pictures of Worldcon itself. I have one whopping picture of a group of three in a costume – they were part of the costume contest roaming around after the show. More pictures of traveling to and from Dublin. And going to The Brazen Head Pub (purportedly the old pub in Dublin) to raise a toast to my long gone friend, Tim Costello.

Went from DCA to ORD, then from ORD to LHR, then LHR to DUB. On the way back went from DUB to LCY (first time at that airport so I have a more photos than usual), stayed overnight at Hilton Paddington, then went from LHR to CLT (I think, or was it RDU, don’t recall) then back to DCA. Anyway, the pictures are here (click on pic or link for more):


On the way to The Brazen Head Pub across the River Liffey

Theatrical release of “All Your Base: Last Of Last” in Los Angeles

[25-July through 01-August, 2019, Los Angeles, CA USA]

This is the second time I flew in to Los Angeles in one month! This time, it was to go to the theatrical release of my short film, All Your Base: Last Of Last (AllYourBaseLOL.com).

All Your Base: Last Of Last has been in eight film festivals; but this is the official theatrical release of the short film at the Laemmle NoHo7 in Los Angeles, CA. How cool is that. Oh, not to mention, the film was uploaded to YouTube, so please go take a look: All Your Base LOL on Youtube.

Here are the pictures from the event, including a few pictures from the Kimpton Everly Hotel. Click the picture or link below for more…


“Alanna and These Fine Gentlemen” at the Kimpton Everly

Los Angeles – Shout Factory, John Wells Productions, and Warner Brothers

[10-14 July 2019, Los Angeles, CA USA]

It’s July already. Went to Los Angeles, CA. Of course, I brushed up my materials for my scifi adventure story (invasion6.com) and brought along my newly published graphic novel, aptly name “Invasion 6”, available at MyComicShop.com. I had two appointments, arranged through a charity auction site. I met with Garrison Foos, the CEO of Shout Factory, and Joy Daffern, SVP of Operations at John Wells Productions.

Met Joy Daffern at the Warner’s lot executive cafe. That was neat. It was harder to get into the Warner Brother’s lot than it is to get into a government building! Okay, no, just kidding. We had a great lunch. It was fun. The following day, met with Garson at a local restaurant and that was a great lunch too. Both of them were very nnice and very personable. It was truly a fun time. Joy went out of her way to arrange for a Warner Brthers tour for me on Saturday. That was awesome of her and the tour was very interesting! Here are the pictures, just click on the pic or the link below:


Warner Brothers Lot, Los Angeles, CA

(P.S. Once on the lot itself, all those trees you see in the pictures are all fake. Yep, all plastic. Looks real though, doesn’t it?)

Curaçao 23-27 May 2019

[23-27 May 2019, Curaçao]

So, from Amsterdam in Europe to the islands in the Caribbean in May. Curacao, that is. Stayed at the Hilton – but it’s no longer a Hilton, it was sold off and it’s going to be an all-inclusive resort under another brand name.

The cool thing was that the American Airlines crew stayed at the hotel, so I bumped in to the pilots and the cabin crew. At night, the cabin crew bought me a drink 🙂 That was nice of them!

Met a bunch of other vacationers and we all hung around in the resort – okay, we were at the bar a lot 🙂 Click on the picture or the link below it to see all pictures:


View from my hotel window in Curaçao

The Netherlands, 14-18 February 2019

[January 14 through 18, Amsterdam, The Netherlands]

I was booking travel to Tucson, AZ to visit my dad and everyone there. My friend Lauren at work was talking about Amsterdam so I was just checking prices on the airfare. Guess what, the flight to Amsterdam was cheaper than flying to Tucson! Airline pricing is the worst; right next to used car salesmen – maybe worse. So, I decided to go to Amsterdam 🙂

I cut the flights close. Like two hour layovers across all stops. Nothing like living dangerously! Woke up at 5:00am, went to work. Went from work to airport. Well great, plane from DCA to ORD was late. Ug. It’s always late! Well, the pilot made up a LOT of time in the air, so I got to ORD in time. In time, that is, to find out the ORD to LHR flight was delayed! What!? That’s critical – at LHR, the plane NEVER lands on time because of congestion, on top of that, I have to go from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 via (stupid, slow, not enough) bus(ses) and go through security all over again – I won’t make it!

You’re saying, wait, why are you flying backwards toward ORD when you are going to Europe? Well, the northeast coast airports are too close to Europe so you basically get enough sleep on the plane, so I fly backwards to get more sleep on the Atlantic flight. This is especially needed because I am going to get about zero sleep over the entire weekend. You thought my flights were tight, I booked four tours (I always do tours the first time I am at a new place) in three days. Crazy. But I digress…

The ORD to LHR pilot made it early and shockingly we landed after only one loop over London. Phew! I know, you are saying why didn’t you go direct from the US to AMS airport? Well, I thought it would be cool to take the train to the coast from London, take a ferry to The Netherlands and get to my hotel. Well, the ferry doesn’t go to Amsterdam, it goes to The Hague – which would lose way too much time to make it to my dinner cruise in Amsterdam, so I bought the LHR to AMS ticket to make up the time. Continuing, I land in LHR, breeze through customs (I am a UK Registered Traveler), hop on the bus (line was still not full, yay) and made it to Terminal 5, hopped on the plane and got to AMS.

Hopped on the AMS airport to Amsterdam Centraal rail which is right within the airport complex (I bought the ticket online, I suggest you do the same) and got to Amsterdam Centraal. Okay done right? Nope, I got turned around in the station and went in the wrong direction. I backtracked and found an information booth (and they speak English, phew!!!) and got to my hotel. Checked in and I am kinda-sorta exhausted. RULE NUMBER 1 – don’t sit down and don’t ever lie down or you will zone out cold within 5 seconds! So now I am thinking, I have to get to my cruise. I have to shower (recall I woke up yesterday at 5:00am US Eastern and it’s not 6:00pm Amsterdam time). I said, good grief, I have to take a shower, so I do; get a fresh set of clothes on and off to the cruise!

From here, you can follow the pictures to get the story. I took over 1000 pictures and narrowed it down to 355. That’s still a lot. Hopefully you will like them. Click on th picture below or the link and the photo page will pop up 🙂


Whirlwind Trip to Amsterdam