The two things I mainly noticed during my walk from the train station to the hotel were: a lot more racial diversity in comparison to Boston, and a lot more people smoking while standing or walking on the street.
In the airport, in fact, I ran into a fellow Isles 1 player; it was nice to see him. I'd been wondering if I would run into anyone I knew from around here while traveling.
Chicon has the same kind of 'there are so many levels of these buildings underground' as DragonCon does, but it seems it will be much easier to navigate than DragonCon, if only because the levels are named the same thing in both buildings. And because you don't find yourself suddenly two levels above or below ground compared to where you just were by walking through a building.
It's actually kind of awesome that I have this hotel room all to myself, even though it is sad that that also means I'm paying for it all by myself.
I've seen a number of people I know from Arisia, mostly people who are staffing or exhibiting in the Art Show. And I've seen a ton of people who look familiar, but whom I think I don't actually know -- they just look like SF con-goers, I guess.
My art show set up is all done. It made it go a lot faster that I just brought 5 single-display-pad-sized glass-topped cases, with the pendants already pinned in place inside them. It's my first try traveling with pendants and cases this way, and I greatly prefer it to what I did at DragonCon with shipping my large acrylic cases and carrying the pendants individually boxed. Even though I had to enter all my item data and print my control sheet and bid sheets once I got there, that actually went really fast (helped by the fact that I had the info on a flash drive which I could plug in to the data entry computer). The pieces don't look as good behind the glass of the cases as they do with no barrier, but what can you do. I don't seriously think there's likely to be an issue, but still, better to have them in the cases.
I took a quick look around the parts of the art show that were already set up, and damn, there's some great stuff. The thing that impressed me the most was this: http://shockfossils.deviantart.com/
. Seriously, watch the video of how this is done. What an awesome crossing of science and art. And the LED-lit pieces are really beautiful.
My timing today was pretty much perfect. My flight was at such a time that I got up when I normally do, the bus and train weren't horribly crowded, I had just enough time after getting through security to buy and finish a cup of coffee and hit the restroom before we started boarding. Plane arrived early, didn't have to wait too long for my bag; took the T-equivalent to the stop nearest the hotel, stopped for lunch on the way, got my convention badge with barely a wait and then it was exactly checkin time for the hotel. Unpacked, set up in the art show, and had just enough time to look at everything else that was set up so far before the art show closed at 8. And then went and got dinner, which was utterly delicious, with excellent service, and now I'm here in my all-mine hotel room, tapping on this magical device because we live in the future.