It?s your cruise director again! Shore Leave is coming, and, unlike Farpoint, no snow is expected. So if you?re looking for fun, come on by the Hunt Valley Marriot ? you probably won?t have to stay until Tuesday. shore-leave.com Shore Leave is a Star Trek convention, basically, from July 11-13, in scenic Hunt Valley, Maryland ? this is near Cockeysville, and Timonium, and allegedly Baltimore. Sadly, Gimli had to cancel due to filming some low budget art film in New Zealand but there?s some Star Trek folks (Deanna Troi and Tasha Yar for example), some Stargate folks like Christopher Judge, Talia Winters from Babylon 5 (and from the ?Don?t Steal Cable? commercial! Comcast is Mother. Comcast is Father.) and the Beastmaster himself, Marc Singer. I am so hoping he'll say "I am Dar." at least once. Registration is $50, and they do have day passes ? Saturday is $35, however, the website says they expect to sell out on Saturday so go early. I?m trying to find out what time registration opens on Saturday, but my best guess is early ? 9 am, maybe earlier. Give yourself 1 to 1/12 hours to get there from the DC area. Here?s my disclaimer: I went last year and it was insanely crowded ? I never got into a single talk by a celeb because the rooms filled up and no one left. They had video feeds to other rooms, which was ok, but not the same as being there. I?m hoping that because they don?t have James Marsters (Spike from Buffy) it won?t be as nuts, or at the very least, they figured out how to manage crowds. I?m going again this year, so it couldn?t have been that bad!