Hotel: LAX Marriott
Dates: Thursday, January 9 to Monday, January 13 (5 days/4 nights)
Spaces Available: 2
Room Type: Standard - Dual beds
Smoking or Non-Smoking: Definitely non-smoking
Details about me: I'm a 36-year old male who will be attending ALA for the 4th time. I've gone to the Anime Expo from 1993 to 2010 and 2012-2013, and ALA 2010 to 2013, AM2 2011, Fanime in 2011 to 2013, and SDCC in 2013 with other odd conventions here and there.
My simple philosophy about rooms is that if you go, you should only have to pay the money requested and show up. I'll take care of getting the rooms squared away. At AX 2005, the Hilton at Anaheim said they were overbooked and I had to take a set of smaller rooms. I managed to talk them into giving us a suite parlor to replace one of the rooms for no extra cost.
I've also led a suite full of otaku at AX 2006, and I still look at that as the most fun I've had for a convention. If I can get enough people together to do that again at another hotel, I would do it in a heartbeat.
I may bring my Xbox360 with me, but I have a few people and projects that need my time, do that's not a guarantee. I have several games including the latest WB Batman games, UMvC3, and Halo 4 and Anniversary.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What rooms do you have?
Double bed room at quad occupancy.
How long is the stay?
Day 0 to Day 4. I like to get in to a convention before it starts and leave after it's done. Though I may have to check in late on Thursday because I can't get time off work that day.
Are the rates per night or for the whole stay?
It's for the whole stay. I do not have a per night rate.
When would payment be due?
I ask that payment be sent about a month prior to the convention. This gives me time to turn payments into cash for the hotels, as well as weed out any last second drop-outs. Besides, it makes it easier to keep other people's money separate from mine until necessary.
How do you like payment?
I prefer checks or money orders. If cash is sent in the mail and the postman loses it, it's lost for both you and me. Checks or money orders can be traced by the sender, or cancelled and retrieved, if necessary.
Do you accept Paypal?
I avoid it unless I have no other choice. I ask that you send it as a "gift" to so the fees associated with it are handled on your end. Any other way, and they can take a serious chunk out of the hotel monies.
I've heard you usually do group dinners or something?
That is true, though I'm playing it much looser for this convention because it runs late and people tend to have a lot to do, so if you feel like grabbing something, feel free to call me and we'll order a pizza or grab something quick, but I won't force anyone to go.
Are you doing snacks or food for this convention?
I will get some things if specifically asked, but it isn't part of my larger plan this year due to low interest lately. However, if you feel like doing a communal water buy-in, that will be only $5.00 and you can drink as much of the shared water as you want.
I'm under 18... Can I still go?
Sure. I'll take people as young as 14, but if you are between 14 and 17, I HAVE TO SPEAK TO YOUR PARENTS FIRST. This is non-negotiable
. It sounds very over-bearing, but if you're a minor, you lie to your parent/guardian about where you are, and you're found with me and/or my friends, that's a potential kidnapping charge on the adult(s) you're found with, and that's a great way to ruin a convention.
What is your cancellation policy?
I totally get life happens and unexpected things pop up like money troubles or friends suddenly inviting you to go. If you can decide if you're cancelling by the end of November, I'd appreciate it. Though, I'll accept your cancellation up to a week before the convention. However, it's very hard to guarantee a full refund within a week of the convention. The reason for this is there's other people counting on everyone paying their fair share.
What's the rule about drinking?
I don't mind social drinking or fun drinking, but I don't condone getting fall-down drunk. Also, NO MINOR DRINKING, PERIOD
. If you're an adult who gives a minor alcohol, we'll have a few unkind words, and I won't hesitate to involve the authorities.
Someone I'm rooming with is getting on my nerves...
Bring anything like this to me. I'm a decent negotiator and I will handle all issues like this. Few things can make a weekend more tense than people irritating each other and drawing lines in the sand. Even if it doesn't get to fighting, you're giving the cold-shoulder to someone else, and everyone else in that room will get frustrated and caught up in it. That's not fair to everyone in that situation.
"Um... I broke something in the room."
This should be a no-brainer, but be prepared to pay for it. I also inspect rooms quickly before I check them out. The reason for that is if these things are reserved with my credit card and something comes up broken, I have to pay for it. I limit my risks by being careful.
What happens if I break "the rules?"
I escort you out. Not out of the hotel or the convention, but out of my room block. No refunds and no arguments. You're out.
Any other questions, please feel free to ask.