Weather Report

By Cheryl on October 27th, 2009
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The latest from has backed off on the shower warnings for the weekend. They still show a 20% chance of rain, but that’s a vast improvement on the 60% they were showing last time we checked.

The Weather

By Cheryl on October 22nd, 2009
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OK, so there’s a week to go before the convention, but those of us coming from overseas are wondering what to pack.

The forecast for the coming week in San José is warm and dry with temperatures in the region of 70 F (21 C). However, there’s a possibility of showers on the Saturday of the convention. That’s right at the limit of the long range forecast, so we’ll keep an eye on that for you.

Please note that if you or your family is planning to go touristing in San Francisco the weather there will be several degrees colder. The City is on the waterfront and also more windy than San José. Take a jacket and an umbrella, just in case.

A Little Piece of Australia

By Cheryl on October 8th, 2009
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Garth Nix is not the only Australian on his way to the San Francisco Bay Area. This particular one is rather larger, comes from Melbourne, and will be taking up residence in the public transit system of San Francisco.

One of the many popular tourist attractions of the City by the Bay is the collection of vintage streetcars that runs a service from the Castro district, along Market Street, and around the Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf. That fleet will soon be augmented by the arrival of a 63-year-old Melbourne tram. See this story in the San Francisco Chronicle for more details.

Although the new tram will not take service until next year, homesick Australians should note that San Francisco already owns one Melbourne tram. The other vintage streetcars are very nice too. Further details are available here.

Local Attractions Update

By admin on September 25th, 2009
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We’ve added a few locations and a map to our list of local attractions. There are some amazing places almost next door to our hotel, and we know that a lot of you want to visit the Winchester Mystery House. But don’t forget the equally weird Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. San José is the world headquarters of Rosicrucianism, which is quite weird enough already.

A Local Area Guide

By admin on September 22nd, 2009
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Julie K Rose, one of our members who lives in the Bay Area, has put up a local area guide on her personal blog. We’ll be doing a restaurant guide ourselves, of course, but Julie’s is an excellent start and she has some good tourism ideas too. You can find her post here.