But lately we've been experimenting with going longer than 24 hours on the bandaged left foot on the weekends, so rather than making for a rather long, long day -- I could get a room Saturday night. Even better, the Westin dropped the room rate. Even better, I could indulge in the excellent Harry Carey's Steakhouse for dinner.
I did contact Programming to see if they needed anyone of the panels. Alas, when I emailed them ten days ago the program was just going to the printer. But they said to stop by Programming Ops when I got in -- there are always people who can't make it. So I cannot confirm or deny I might be on any panels Saturday, or even Sunday morning.
The Westin in Lombard is in the middle of a mall parking lot, but it is a very nice facility. And WindyCon runs a good convention. If you're in the Chicago area, you might consider coming in two weeks. The theme is Grimm Tales, but there's always more than their theme in panels.
Hell, if anyone I know wants, I might do a private reading from the opening on my YA series-in-progress The Lost Kingdom. Not quite Grimm or a Fairy Tale, but it does have princesses and a secret kingdom trying to survive in the 21st century. Also, always happy to have steak with people. (grin)
BTW -- if you might be interested, my room does have two beds and I'd be willing to consider a roommate.
Al? Cole? Buehler? Buehler?