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2013 Sylum Clan Gathering – San Diego

We’re back!

Exhausted! Feet still hurt! But back to work on all things Sylum!

San Diego was amazing! The city was a gracious host if not exhausted after Comic Con.

Below is a picture of Petco Stadium taken from the St. James Hotel aka Ramada Gaslamp District Convention Center.

Just a few days before we arrived Zombies were running around this place.

Lucky for us they were gone before we got there.

As were the Padres.



There was only a few of us but that didn’t stop us from having loads of fun.

Or going to see some amazing places.

On Wednesday:

A few of us took off to see the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala.

The first Mission in California.


Then we met up and did a quick hello and headed off to Old Town San Diego.

Some dared to see the Whaley House 

While others had a few Margaritas!

On Thursday, five us of ventured out to view the USS Midway!

We got there at 10am left at 4pm.  Only stopping for an hour for lunch!!

If you ever get a chance to see this. GO!!!


They say it takes 90 mins… HA! Maybe 90 Mins per Deck!

The Audio Tour gives a great guide through the decks and life on the ship.

Adds personal stories from crewmen to put into perspective of what you’re seeing.

There are many things to look at and learn.

Crewmen’s Quarters


Engine Room

Mess Hall


But the main event is the Flight Deck.


On Friday we had our Clan Meeting

Discussion Topic: Maritime and Navy

Gee – I wonder why?

Gil gave a great lecture on Ancient Greek/Roman Navy

And their unique naming convention *smirks*

Shep gave us the history of the Coast Guard along with history/bios of a few Characters this will connect to.

Timothy Quinn gave us a history of the HMS Surprise and the Royal Navy.

Which we got to see the next day!


The Maritime Museum of San Diego was pretty awesome.

They had a lot of ships and a very detailed Museum.

But in truth the main reason we were there was for the HMS Surprise.

If you do not know the Surprise – You will need to watch Master and Commander.

Actually – let me just say this now!

Master and Commander is a very important element in Sylum and must be watched.


We spent the day exploring the HMS Surprise 

And I won’t tell you how many photos were taken!


Back at the Hotel there was Pizza, Beer and some Trivia!

Sparrow and Shep fought it out to win the prize.

We’ll be listing out the Trivia later this week, to see what score you can get!

A few memorable moments from the Gathering.

* Trying to get Speed off the HMS Surprise

* Intro to the Assassins

* The Elevator from 1913 that was fast in 1913 not so much in 2013

* ‘… like a goddamn Animal’

* He is him but not him but really him but not him cause really it is him


View from Roof of Hotel.


We’re all ready planning Next Year’s.

Just a few changes in store.

Instead of Clan Gathering – it’s now officially called:

Sylum Con

We have some ideas of where we’ll be going.

Well we had an idea but there may be issues so we’re working on new ideas.

An announcement will be made soon for the Dates for Sylum Con.

Followed by the where, when, how and why.


All Photos shown were taken by Bj Jones

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Upcoming Clan Gathering!


Sylum Clan Gathering

July 23rd – 28th

San Diego, Ca


Just to let everyone know that the Blog will be quiet for the next few weeks do to the Sylum Clan Gathering!

We’ll work to post at least Throwback Thursday and Coffee House Friday.

But don’t be surprised if we suddenly disappear!



Actually you should be worried.


This is when all the Bobs come together and plot!


Sylum Clan Gathering – Agenda and Fees

Sylum Clan Gathering

July 23 – July 27, 2013

San Diego, California




Tuesday: July 23rd: Travel Day
Wednesday: July 24th: 1pm – Welcome Discussion (location TBD) then trip to Old Town San Diego
Thursday: July 25th: Free Day
Things to Check Out:
USS: Midway –
San Diego Zoo –
Friday: July 26th: Discussion/Classes starting at 10 am
Friday Evening: July 26th: Clan Dinner (Resturaunt TBD)
Saturday: July 27th: Field trip
Maritime Museum – (Which hosts the HMS Surprise) This will be an ALL Day event 9am – 9pm – you will need the full time!
Sunday: July 28th: Travel Day Home

Basic Information: 

When: Wednesday, July 23 – Sunday, July 27, 2013
Where: San Diego, CA
Hotel: St. James Hotel
Fee: $100 – Due by July 1st, 2013 (If you have any questions contact me at

USS Midway Museum: San Diego, California

Sylum Clan Gathering – Information Post

Sylum Clan Gathering

July 23 – July 27, 2013

San Diego, California



Basic Information: 

When: Wednesday, July 23 – Sunday, July 27, 2013
Where: San Diego, CA
Hotel: St. James Hotel
Fee: $100 – Due by July 1st, 2013



Hotel Information:

Ramada Gaslamp/Convention Center, Formerly Hotel St. James
830 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101


  • FREE Shuttle from Airport to Hotel
  • FREE Wifi in rooms
  • If you are driving Valet/Hotel Parking is $20 per day.
  • Hotel is located Downtown San Diego (see what is near by here:


  • The Double Queen is $152.15 per night w/ a 12.55% hotel room tax.  So for 5
    nights total cost is $856.20 (Persons to a room – 2: $428.10; 3: $285.40,
    4: $214.05)
  • To Book: Contact Daniel Greenberg at 619-398-2861
    Tell him you’re booking for Sylum Writers Group and he’ll take your info and Credit Card information.

    • The hotel will NOT charge your card when you book.  They will charge your
      card the first night – the day before you arrive at the hotel. So if you
      plan on arriving on the 23rd they will charge your card ONE night w/tax on
      the 22nd.
    • Considering this is San Diego in July, and Comic Con is the week before – I
      SUGGEST you book early!!! Reservations can be cancelled up to July 9, 2013.
      If you cancel any later than that they will charge your card one night


USS Midway Museum: San Diego, California


Clan Schedule/Activities: 

  • Wednesday, July 23: Meet/Greet
  • Thursday, July 24: On Your Own (there is many many things to see and do in San Diego)
  • Friday, July 25: Panel Discussions
    • Friday Night: Sylum Formal Dinner
  • Saturday, July 26: Touring the USS Midway and the HMS Surprise (there will be a discussion about Navy Military history and what these ships represent in Sylum Universe) *Depending on how many attending – we’ll see about getting group tickets.More information will be forth coming as the Gathering gets closer
    • Saturday Night: Sylum Movie Night
  • Sunday, July 27: *waves goodbye*



For More Information about Attending/Fees/Events and Hotels – Please Join the Clan Gathering Group.

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