Also 2 elevators were out that night, 1 due to vomit and the other because someone took a dump in it. Karaoke was never closed.
What the heck?...Someone took a crap in the elevator? Talk about really classless. It's no wonder that the hotel wasn't too happy about it.
and yes, Denny's does suck. I was thinking of hitting up Little Tokyo, since there's an all-you-can-eat place on the second floor in the plaza (off 1st), but I don't trust it 100% because I got food poisoning there once. It's sort of a last resort thing. If you know any safer options please let me know XDDD
I agree. The Denny's in that area does suck. Stay away from it, if you can. Both the food and the service is terrible, and there's always a long line in the evening. (Sometimes, people wait up to 2 hours outside.) And even when there is no convention around, both the food, and service still really sucks.
In fact, my friends and I used to crack jokes about that particular Denny's restaurant.
One of the joke is, what do you have to do to become a chef at downtown Denny's?
Answer: Show up.
I would recommend IHOP that's located not too far away from Denny's. The food is good, they give you big portions, and the service is much better than Denny's. (When it is crowded though, it takes longer for the food to show up.)
The IHOP restaurant is located at 800 South Flower St.
The all you can eat place in Little Tokyo that you went to, is called "Oiwake". I went there more than a few times. The food isn't that great, but it's really cheap. The place is more about quantity than quality. (About $10-$12 bucks for an all you can eat meal. That's not including tip though.) It's address is 122 Japanese Village Plaza Mall.
I would also recommend the Curry House. It's located on the 2nd floor, and right next to the Kinokuniya book store. It's a bit pricier than Oiwake, but it's food is really good.
The Kinokuniya book store is located at 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street #205, and the Curry House is located at 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street #204.
I'm sorry I can't think of a solution, but I do agree with you. I didn't even know this site existed until a year ago (when a friend told me about it--I had even been cosplaying for a couple years before that). But I've been going to AX for almost ten years--and back then I just depended on the con running itself well so I could just show up. I'm sure there's a lot of people like that....if nothing else, perhaps someone can ask the AX website to link to this thread so that the non-cosplay people can get info? I know the 'me' of 2008 would be heartily confused by this website, especially because of how it's organized (forums for cons way at the bottom, finding the right con, stuff like that--I bet some people wouldn't even realize there WAS a con section). So, maybe just a link would be nice. We can help them from there.
Unfortunately, I have my doubts if the AX website would really want to link the Cosplay.com forum. There are some members in the SPJA who really hates this forum, and some of them have expressed their displeasure about it in the past behind closed doors. Some of the SPJA members have also been told to not comment here.
There's a bit of a history between the SPJA, and this forum. When Michael Lattanzio became the SPJA CEO a couple of years ago, his actions infuriated many of the fans, as well as many veteran staffers. (Whom many resigned in protest.) Lattanzio has never stepped foot inside an anime or sci-fi con prior to being hired at AX as the CEO, and he had no idea how fandom works. (Prior to his hiring as the SPJA CEO, he was the manager of the Westfield shopping center, and some of his actions over there angered some of the people in Arcadia, and that included the former mayor of Arcadia.)
Fans were able to express their displeasure here, but at the AX forums, discussions about Lattanzio's crazy policies were quickly censored & locked. One of things that Lattanzio wanted to do was to charge $40 per person for the hotel shuttles. There was storm of protest here about it, but that issue was avoided at the AX forums. One of the AX staffers saw the protest here about it, and got the shuttle charge removed.
Before Lattanzio took over, fans could express their real opinions & concerns, and staffers would get good honest
feedback at the AX forum. Back then, Cosplay.com was just a forum for various cosplay gathering information prior to Lattanzio. (That would change when Lattanzio took over, and he practiced heavy censorship, and tried to control the flow of information. He seemed unable to grasp how fans would communicate, and tried to control it.)
When Lattanzio eventually "resigned", (Fired) after being CEO for less than a year, there were still certain people at the SPJA who are still furious at this forum to this day. (When Lattanzio left, the AX forums never really mentioned his departure, and there were some fans who were unaware that he had even left.)
If you notice at the AX forum, many of the important & critical issues that are being discussed here, are deliberately being being avoided over there. (You won't find discussions about Jason's recent & sudden termination from "AX Live" show over there.) In fact, some of the AX attendees are still not aware that the X-Games is going on at the same time. (And it's likely that they won't find out until opening day.) As far as they are concerned, everything will be fine, just like it was last year. To them, there will be no barriers, no street closures, and no blockage of access to the convention center, no extra 141,000 people, and no X-Games.