Part III: Shakespeare By The Lake (but not really Shakespeare)
So, I’m thumbing through the “What To Do In Lake Tahoe” magazine that is one of the few free complementary things in our hotel room when I made an observation.
“Are you aware there’s a Shakespeare Festival going on around here this week?”
“Yes. A group of people from the conference are going to it. I didn’t get tickets.”
“Because you always complain about the extra-event activities.”
“No I don’t. Are you still mad about Utah? For Pete’s sake, I don’t have a problem with extra-event activities unless they’re designed to kill me.”
” ‘Oh, it will be a nice nature walk up to a lake.’ No, it was a mountain climbing expedition up to a lake. I wouldn’t climb a mountain to see a lake if it was filled with Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. And nowhere in the brochure did it say that riding a bobsled was dangerous. It wasn’t until we got there that the people were all, ‘take this very seriously and follow our directions to the letter or you could be seriously hurt.’ I wasn’t thinking about me, I was thinking about Andrew. Shakespeare isn’t going to kill me… Unless it bores me to death.”
“So you’re saying we should go?”
“No. I’m saying you should go. Andrew and I will be at the pool. What show are they doing?”
“The Hound of the Baskervilles.”
“Excuse me? I’m no Shakespeare expert, but I’m pretty sure that’s not a Shakespeare play.”
“It’s not. At this festival they do one Shakespeare play and one by someone else. The night the group is going it’s someone else.”
“You still want to go?”
“Yes. They perform on a stage by the lake. It’s supposed to be very cool.”
“Treat Yo Self.”
Normally on Wednesday we check out the local comic book shop. Alas, there were no comic book shops in Lake Tahoe. So it was another day at the pool. At some point we did go walk around back down where the shops and restaurants were. Walked through a couple of art galleries. That was a nice break from hot tub, pool, hot tub, pool. Yes, there is a casino at Harvey’s but we’re not really casino people. We walked through it a few times to get from here to there. If there had been an Avengers slot machine I might have played it.
That night the extra-event activity was dinner and dancing at a mountain lodge. So we boarded a bus and rode to the tram, which took us up the mountain. I don’t mind going up mountains if I don’t have to walk.
The views were spectacular, the food was meh, as is the way of these things. They did have some decent mac and cheese which Andrew filled up on. They had a really nice ice cream bar. And COFFEE. The dance floor was small and the music was loud so we (or rather Laurie and Andrew) didn’t do any dancing this year.
The final day of conference Laurie got done early so we went for a drive around the lake. More spectacular views. That night Laurie had her closing banquet and the son and I had one last dip in the pool. All in all a pretty pleasant visit. Not one of my favorite LawyerCons but better than some. You lose major points if you don’t have a comic book shop or a dinosaur exhibit.
Tomorrow: The only thing worse than babies on a plane – toddlers on a plane