Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Confessions

I confess...I am [honestly, pleasantly] surprised at how much fun I had at Anime Weekend Atlanta this past weekend.

I confess...that it was actually enough fun to throw me into a bit of a post-con depression episode ;)

I confess...I have also now been dragged down into the depths of the Attack on Titan fandom. Oops?

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Writer's Block Wednesday: Stop Forcing It!

So generally, I'm a pretty happy and upbeat person. I just am. My relationship isn't flawless, my job is pretty much just a job, my weight fluctuates and I'm sometimes not okay with it, I don't love my big feet or my short torso or the fact that once in a while I still get zits. (At 30 fucking years old. Come on, who decided that was fair?)

Still, I do my best to be a nice person. A good person. Whatever.

But sometimes I have to put my foot down.  Sometimes I'm tired of I Corinthians 13 and pictures of food tagged with "#paleo" and fake Marilyn Monroe 'quotes' (of which there are several that continually make the rounds on every social media site known to man).

Sometimes, I have to call bullshit.

And this is me calling bullshit on every article that says "do this and you will find your soul mate and never ever lose him or her". On every diet that proclaims "eat and drink exactly as I say and you will live forever". On every (usually misquoted, often wrongly attributed, and almost always bad) inspirational quote that shows up on my Facebook newsfeed. Blah blah blah, etc. etc. etc.

Listen, my life isn't perfect. I'll be the first person to admit that I've made some really bad decisions in the past, and that I still make mistakes. Just because I'm really good at joking about how amazing I am (heh) doesn't mean that I think I'm infallible (okay, maybe a little bit) or better than anyone else (welllll....)

Seriously, though, that was me being sarcastic.

I'm going to be blunt here, but at least that's no different from how I usually am. I can't promise that any of my advice will lead to a marriage (or even a relationship). I can't promise that it will make you skinny or get you a job (or even a raise/promotion). Shit, I can't even promise that it will make you happy - but it sure as hell worked to help me generally enjoy life a lot more.

Health. Or sometimes, the exact opposite.

- Get off your ass. No seriously, get off your ass. I suggest yoga for stress and running for just about everything, but sure, some people physically can't do one or the other of those, and I understand that. However, I can't think of many situations in which one literally can't be active at all.

- But come on, know when enough is enough. Sure, some people love running 10 miles a day, but don't force yourself to do more than you're comfortable with or, even more importantly, more than you're capable of. It's one thing to challenge oneself and another to push yourself over the edge.

- Indulge once in a while. Add some extra cheese. Double up on some Double-Stuf Oreos. Fry that chicken instead of baking it. Eat some fucking red meat - unless you literally physically cannot eat red meat, in which case don't. But there is honestly not much out there that is better than a quality cut of steak cooked to perfection (in my opinion, medium rare).

This is a cheeseburger served on a glazed donut, and it is amazing. If you've never had one, you're missing out. Unless you don't like cheeseburgers or glazed donuts, in which case, I am sad for you.

- On that note, stop thinking that "low fat" and "no fat" are always better options. For instance - read the ingredients on that carton of coffee creamer you usually buy...and then put it down and purchase some fucking half and half instead.

- For the sake of all that is holy, quit it with the fad diets. South Beach, Atkins, Paleo, or whatever else. JUST STOP.

- That's right: STOP. Stop forcing it. Believing things like "eating paleo is the ONLY way" is forcing it. "I've already run three miles but if I run two more despite the fact that I have horrible shinsplints I will lose one more pound" is forcing it. "I really really love a good steak but OMG eating it once in a great while increases my chance of a heart attack by .0001%* and OMG STATISTICS AND SCIENCE" is forcing it. STOP FORCING IT.

*this is an entirely made up statistic so don't come around shoving the real ones in my face, thankyouverymuch

Wealth. Or just getting by.

- Keep a budget. Because you should keep track of your own money - no one else is going to do it for you. (Banks don't count as any one.)

- Don't have a bunch of credit cards. If you can't handle them at all, don't have any, but really, there's no reason to have more than one. NO REASON.

- When you can, save a little extra. Even if it's just a very little extra. I'm not talking about saving for retirement or for an emergency. I'm talking about tucking some money away here and there on top of all that so that some day you can fulfill what may be just a minor dream but is at least a rewarding goal for you to work towards.

- If you need to work, and you physically can work, then for the love of all that is holy, WORK. I personally can't stand hearing that a job is below someone when it's clear that person needs to work somewhere, somehow, to just live and pay bills. I can say this because at times I've had to work some really really shitty jobs in order to just get by.

- Stop forcing it. Stop trying to "keep up with the Joneses". But on the other hand, make sure you're having a bit of fun if you have the money to do so. Don't force yourself to keep up when you can't (and shouldn't have to) but also don't force (or allow) yourself to be a stingy bastard.

[Speaking of] Yourself.

- Get involved in shit you enjoy. Don't be a bystander in your own life.

-  Be selfish sometimes. Seriously, try spending an extended period of time bowing to the wills of others and never making the choices that would please you the most, and then tell me you feel fulfilled, that you are truly enjoying yourself. You know you wouldn't be able to. I've been there, so *I* know you wouldn't be able to.

- Be honest. With others, but with yourself as well. Tell people how you feel - preferably in a tactful manner - whether you think they want to hear it or not. If they do want to hear it, then you win. If they don't, then you won't end up wasting your time on the wrong people.

- Don't lose yourself in relationships, and don't let your relationships define you. Trust me, I've been there, and it never, ever ends well.

- Learn to be okay with who you are. Your bad qualities as well as your good ones. Your body shape/type/weight. Shit, I don't care if getting to this point means you really want plastic surgery - but you know, don't go too far with that.

THIS IS TOO MUCH PLASTIC SURGERY, PEOPLE. She went too far. Be mindful of that.

- Speaking of those bad qualities - because everyone has them - the important thing, outside of knowing what they are, is to fucking take responsibility for your actions and words. Make yourself accountable. Don't be a dick.

- Understand that you will never, ever be perfect, and that's okay. Stop thinking it's possible, stop trying to be, stop forcing it.

[...and I would be remiss if I left out] Everyone Else.

- I'm counting pets here, because I'm all "pets are people too" and stuff. If you can have pets, ADOPT, dammit. If you can't have pets, don't fucking take in a pet. And you know I don't just mean "physically can't" here. I mean don't take on a huge responsibility that you're not ready for. If you adopt a pet that you can handle, you'll be rewarded for a long time to come. If you take on a pet that you can't handle, it will fuck up your life and the life of that poor helpless animal, and that doesn't bring enjoyment to anyone. Oh yeah, I guess the same goes for children. I don't have any of those (thankfully) so I don't feel bad lumping them in here. (My pets are my children, and all that.)

- I'm not a big purveyor of treating others as you want to be treated - because no two people are the same. Get to know people - and just be a good, kind person yourself in the process - and then find out how they want to be treated. Some people want to be hugged, some don't. Some people want you to offer advice when they're going through a rough time, others just want you to listen. Some will appreciate your sense of humor, some won't, and if you care about that person and your relationship with them, tone it the fuck down. Know when going too far is going too far. Know the people you care about, and above all, know the people who care about you. There won't be as many of them as you think or hope, so when you're sure of a person, do the best you can by them. (Without, of course, ignoring yourself and your own needs - see above.)

- Invite others to tell you about themselves, to tell you how they're doing, to vent to you if they are having a rough time or to gush to you if they are doing great. But don't press people to say or admit or explain anything more than they're able and willing to.

- Continuing on that note - you can't force people to be your friends. You can't force closeness, and you sure as hell can't force love. SO DON'T TRY. How many times do I have to say it? Just. Stop. Forcing. It.

Shit, I doubt I've even said everything that I want or need to, here. Regardless, take what I've just said with a grain of salt. I'm just speaking my mind, not trying to force all of this down your throats.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Travel Tuesday: My Las Vegas Bucket List

Having returned from my 10th (yes, TENTH) Vegas trip just a few days ago, I figured it was high time that I share my Vegas bucket list! I've actually completed most of these (and may add more later, who knows?) - but for now, here are things

1) Stay up all night

This is one that I've actually accomplished several times over ;) I'd say the most epic time, though, was in May 2011 - when I woke up at 9:30 AM and somehow stayed awake until my 2:30 PM flight the next day! Those last several hours were rough to say the least, but I made it!

Don't mind the panda hat. On this trip, I ended up in Vegas via San Fransisco ;)

One last beverage before boarding my flight home. Awake for at least 28 hours at this point.

2) See a show

Another one I've experienced more than once! I saw the Cirque du Soleil Beatles show, LOVE, and Peepshow back when Holly Madison was in it. Both were epic, though Peepshow was a lot more, you know, Vegas ;)

December 2010

3) Visit the Hoover Dam

When I took my baby sister to Vegas for her 21st birthday, the Hoover Dam was the one thing we did to prove to my parents that we weren't just in Vegas to party...haha.

September 2008

4) Get a tattoo

5) Stay in a suite

This is another two-timer! Most recently we had a suite at the Mirage for my 30th birthday, but it was definitely most exciting the very first time ;)

High rollin'! September 2011.

6) Visit Red Rock Canyon

Kind of a random decision, really - but another time where I thought, "I've seen so much of what Vegas has to offer, maybe I should get outside of the city and explore a little bit." And what better time than during my 30th birthday trip? (Well, minus the fact that it was freezing cold that day...)

December 2012

7) Get a table/do bottle service at a club

This activity has become kind of a staple, because I'm old now (heh) and like to be able to, you know, sit down once in a while. Even when I'm out clubbing in Vegas ;) I got hooked on this the first time I did it, for sure.

September 2011
8) See a Vegas wedding

Okay, so *technically* it was a vow renewal, but since it was a full-blown Elvis-themed vow renewal at one of the infamous Vegas chapels, I'm counting it! I actually attended this just this past weekend - the cousins of my good friend Natalie did it - and it was hilarious and a blast and such a cool way for them to celebrate their 15th anniversary!

The happy couple in front of the chapel :)

9) Go to one of the big pool parties

So I had attended a sort of pool party at Bare at the Mirage many years ago - but I wanted to check out one of the named ones! Though we went on a Thursday and it wasn't nearly as insane as it is on the weekends, we rented a bungalow at Wet Republic and it was amazing...

They even let us use Skippy the Kangaroo!

10) Rent/ride in a limo for no reason

Since I've visited Vegas with sizable groups of friends several times over the years, we've actually taken a lot of random rides in limos - often doing so ends up being the same price as (or cheaper than) taking a cab, when you've got 8 or more people and you'd have to split up anyway. But there was one time when five of us outright rented a limo for the evening kind of "just because" - visited the Vegas sign, and downtown Vegas, and then had it drop us off at Encore so we could go to XS for the night. Champagne was included (well, a bottle of it was) and it was a blast! (Not surprisingly.)

December 2010

11) Go on one of the helicopter rides/tours over the Strip

12) Two words: Champagne Brunch.

Seriously, if you're in Vegas on a weekend there is no reason to NOT hit up one of these. They have them at most hotels, though some have better food (Mandalay Bay) and some have freer-flowing champagne (Planet Hollywood). 

At the Spice Market Champagne Brunch at Planet Hollywood, June 2010
13) Visit Lake Mead

(Okay, *technically* I've done this, but I'm not really counting it as I just went to an overlook. One day, when I'm in Vegas and the weather is nice, I'd love to go out here and boat on the lake for a day!)

14)  Check out "Old Vegas"

I mean, why not? Cheap[er] drinking. Cheap[er] gambling. It's kitschy and while you don't need to spend a ton of time there, it's fun!

Those football drinks are dangerous. (November 2007)

My guess is that this place isn't as pricey as Sapphire... ;) (September 2008)

...and Binion's is great for $5 Blackjack! (December 2010)

15) Play blackjack!

To me this is just the quintessential Vegas game - so again, this almost always happens when I visit. Sometimes I even win ;)

(Pardon the blurry picture...)
Like I said, I'll probably add more to this list as I finish the last few goals that I have yet to accomplish...but these are my general suggestions for awesome things to do in Vegas. I could never live there, but obviously it's one of my favorite places to visit...and I already can't wait to go back! Pin It

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Confessions

I confess...I'd rather be in Vegas.

I really, I didn't want to come home from my Vegas trip this past weekend ;)

I confess...that even as I say the above, I did come home...and had to sleep for nearly 17 hours straight to even BEGIN to recover. (But it was worth it!)

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Book Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants was the third memoir I chose in my "I need a break from heavy literature" mode this summer, and of the three it was definitely the best, at least by a small margin.


Now, I like Tina Fey. I liked her when she was on SNL, I loved 30 Rock, and I've enjoyed the movies of hers that I've seen. I do think you have to at least be something of a Tina Fey fan to enjoy this book, but if you really didn't like her at all I'm not sure why you would pick it up in the first place ;)

I will say this - it's not an autobiography. To me it seemed that Fey wanted to keep as much of her personal life personal and private as possible - which is fine. But I think largely because of that, what she ended up writing was more a series of essays than cohesive chapters for a book. Some of these chapters/essays are great; some aren't and feel more like filler than anything else. Still, this was an interesting, mostly fun, and at times even thought-provoking read. 3.5/5 stars.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dragon Con 2013 Recap: The Great Exodus & Some Final Thoughts

Somehow, despite a post-3-AM bedtime Sunday night, I was wide awake and almost chipper at 10 AM Monday morning of Dragon Con. Of course, us having only a two-ish hour drive home, I'd asked for a late check out of 1 PM anyway...but at least my waking up somewhat early meant time for a sit-down breakfast, time to pack up our things, not having to worry about the long waits for elevators and/or luggage carts, etc.

Because yes - all of that was horrible. No, not if you got your butt out of bed and left at like 9 AM, as one of our roommates did - but come 10:30 or so, it was insane. It took my friend Matt something like 45 minutes to come up from the lobby (he'd gone to get his car and parked it just outside the hotel), gather up one load of stuff in his arms, go down to his car, toss it in, and come back up. As he was using the stairs to go down, well, you can imagine how much of that time was spent waiting for elevators.

So yeah, I'm glad I didn't have anywhere to be that day - at least not until that evening, anyway. We were able to take our time rolling out of bed and having a late breakfast at Sway in the Hyatt (amazing food but um SERIOUSLY $4 for a shitty cup of coffee? and even though the restaurant was empty I had to ask for cream three times before someone finally brought it to us). After we ate, Steve went to get our car from the nearby garage, and our lovely friend Ashley watched our stuff while I went back and forth to the room bringing the rest of our bags downstairs. By this time - after 1 PM - there was no wait at all for the elevators, thankfully...especially as, despite my having told the front desk it would be close to 2 PM before we could officially check out, they deactivated our room keys around 1:45.

Talk about annoying. Especially as there were only two things left in our room, but I hadn't wanted to try to drag them downstairs with my arms almost full because they were both very fragile.

Anyway, we were home around 5 PM, and a little while later I had to bring Ashley to the airport in Greenville, but let's just say that next year I'll be more than happy to stay until Tuesday and be those people still walking around in costume, unable to give up on Dragon Con, keeping the party alive for one more day.

All in all, I had a great time at Dragon Con this year...but I have to point out the following:
  • They really need to cap tickets. I know that some people are worried about how difficult it will be to then get tickets, but...why? *If* the ticket numbers are capped, it will be at 50,000+ people (seeing as there were 57,000 people there this year). The chances of it being an issue for those who pre-purchase their full weekend badges are almost nonexistent.
  • I already posted an article about this on The Geekiary, but it bears repeating - COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT. Dragon Con improved their harassment policy, had a Cosplay is not Consent panel, ran bumpers about it on DCTV, and even had a separate room in the Marriott where one could go to report sexual assault. They did everything they could, but clearly - from what happened to me on Sunday night (and situations experienced by some of my friends throughout the weekend) this is still a problem. The only thing that *is* consent is ACTUAL CONSENT, and as in all walks of life, when at a convention people need to learn to use common sense.
  • Dragon Con's vibe was...different, this year. Listen, I knew it wouldn't be the same as last year, and next year won't be the same as this year or last year - but there seemed to just be more of a negative energy about the crowd this year, and I gotta be honest, I want that to go away and never again come back. That said, I still had a blast, and of course I already can't wait for next year!
  • No seriously, can it be Dragon Con all year long? And also, I so very much enjoyed the BSG panel that I went to - and meeting Tahmoh Penikett - that next year Dragon Con will totally be all about BSG, methinks. ;)
So, that's all for my Dragon Con coverage...until next year! (Or rather, until the next time I feel the need to make a post about Dragon Con things, which could very well be later this year ;) ) Pin It

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dragon Con 2013 Recap: Day 4, Part 3

It was well after 8 PM by the time we finished dinner, and as the ESO Network was recording a live podcast at 10, I figured it was past time to stop back at the room to freshen up before heading over to the recording.

And on the way back to the room, Steve ran into this other Hunter S Thompson and gave him a cigarette holder. The guy was completely psyched and literally "bowed" to Steve, haha...

Unfortunately, we never made it to that recording, and that's part of the long story of this, our last night at Dragon Con 2013. First, it was a stop at the Outlanders party being held in a suite on our floor of the Hyatt (a friend was hanging out there and I wanted to say hello). Then we ended up outside of the Marriott for a quick, err, break before making our way to the podcast.

This is where - sadly - things took a turn for the worse. Steve was sitting on the edge of a tall cement planter. I was standing in front of him, facing him. I bent down to get my bottle of water out of Steve's messenger bag, which was sitting on the ground between us - and some guy ran by and hit me so hard on the ass that he nearly knocked me over.

Now, sure, I'd bent down at the waist, so yes, my bum was, err, out there. But...I was wearing PANTS. Baggy military pants. As Starbuck. The guy also made some comment about me/my ass/me being bent over like that (I honestly can't remember exactly what he said), but by the time I'd gotten my balance and straightened up, he was gone. Steve had had to help me catch my balance, plus I was standing in front of him and therefore in his way, and at this point I had to stop him from trying to chase the guy down. "What's the point?" I asked him. "You probably won't find him, and even if you do, I don't want to spend my last night at Dragon Con explaining to the cops why you started a fight with some guy."

Should I have allowed Steve to do something about it? I don't know. Should *I* have done something about it? Maybe. Probably. But by the time I'd calmed down enough to realize that I actually kind of wanted to do something about it, all I could do was keep an eye out for the guy and hope that I ran into him again. Which I didn't. And maybe, probably, that was all for the best. Needless to say, I lost track of myself after that, forgot that I was supposed to go to the ESO Network podcast, and ended up whiling away the wee hours of the night/morning in the Marriott and then at the Hyatt. I did, at least, have plenty of fun...

So Hunter S. Thompson, Starbuck, and Grand Moff Tarkin walk into a bar...

And next up I'll talk about our last morning, checking out of the Hyatt (let me just say: UGH), and my general thoughts on Dragon Con 2013 as a whole :) Pin It

Monday, September 16, 2013

Dragon Con 2013 Recap: Day 4, Part 2

So after our foray into the Americas Mart on Sunday of Dragon Con, I was more than ready to change out of my Glinda dress (and to take out my hair extensions, truth be told). And besides...I wanted to run over to the Walk of Fame in hopes of meeting Tahmoh Penikett - a.k.a. Karl Agathon/Helo from Battlestar Galactica! And I did, and it was GLORIOUS.

No, really though, he was really nice. And really, really, really attractive. I mean, look at him! ^^^

I usually don't get tongue-tied, but then I've never met a "famous person" who I was actually attracted to before. And I'm certain it doesn't help that Helo is also my favorite character from BSG. And there was no one in line behind me when I approached him, so he tried to start a conversation with me and I was generally a bumbling idiot. ::sigh::

After meeting Helo (!!!) it was past time for dinner. We decided to try Meehan's again, since we hadn't been able to get in on Thursday night - and though there was about a 30 minute wait, we decided that was more than worth it in order to get a sit-down meal...especially as hanging out on the street seems to always lead to some interesting conversations with random people ;) (at least at Dragon Con...)

It also gives one a chance to pause and actually get some pictures of oneself...

Ashley and I with our smokes, haha

Matt and I in our BSG costumes!

Eventually we did get to sit down and eat. As usual, after what is surely an insanely busy weekend for Meehan's, they had run out of several things and the staff was clearly overworked. I felt more than a little bit sorry for our waiter, who was seriously apologetic every time something went wrong - and trust me, a lot of things went wrong. He did what he could to fix them, but sadly it was still a disappointing meal overall. Ah well - at the same time, I'm glad we got to actually sit down and eat.

Now, I could continue with the tales of the rest of our last night at Dragon Con, but one of those is actually pretty lengthy - so I'm going to leave all of that for another entry. Stay tuned! Pin It

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dragon Con 2013 Recap: Day 4, Part 1

There may or may not have been late night pizza in our room Saturday night. All I know is that when 10 AM Sunday morning rolled around, I did not want to get out of bed ;) Unfortunately, we didn't have a choice - we had a photo shoot with our Oz the Great & Powerful costumes scheduled for 11:30. Surprisingly, we made it over to the Marriott in next to no time at all - though I guess it's likely that this was because most sane people were still in bed.

Once we get the edited photos from our shoot, I will absolutely be making a post full of them! But for now, here are some random shots that we took on our own ;)

I had hoped to make it to a 1 PM panel, but unfortunately our photo shoot took a little longer than I'd expected. No big deal...but then it started raining.

Hey, weather happens, right? Of course. But in this case, people had finally started emerging from their rooms - and now they all wanted to stay inside. Thus began our skybridge adventure. We wanted to stop in our room and then head out to the Americas Mart to wander the dealer rooms; instead, we got stuck halfway through the skybridge between the Marriott and the Hyatt. For about half an hour. What we heard was that both the Hyatt and Marriott were at capacity, though I think there were some other factors that came into play as well. Regardless, we couldn't go back to the Marriott - nor could we go forward to the Hyatt.

It was not a very pleasant experience, as I'm sure you understand.

Thankfully, we did eventually make it back to our room, and then from there to the dealer rooms. They were a bit more crowded then they were last year on Sunday, but it's clear that the Americas Mart can handle the crowds better. Of course, while it was great to have all of the dealers in the same place, the layout of the building was, as a whole, problematic. Also, I don't know what possessed the powers that be to put the biggest (in terms of size and draw) vendors right by the entrances. (I mean, I understand why they did it, but that doesn't mean it was a good idea.)

We did get stopped a lot so people could take our picture, too :) This made our walk-through a bit more time-consuming than expected, and we wanted to change costumes and grab some dinner, so we left without purchasing anything this year. We did get a great shot of our costumes, though, thanks to Geektography!

I'll leave you with that for now, but more Dragon Con Sunday stories are on their way soon, promise!
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dragon Con 2013 Recap: Day 3, Part 4

Finally, down to my last entry about my Saturday at Dragon Con! :)

After stocking up on drinks and freshening up yet again (Labor Day weekend Atlanta heat and humidity are killer, let me tell you), it was time to make my way to my second panel - as in, the second panel I was actually participating in as a panelist. This one was also with the American Sci Fi Fantasy Media track, and it was called "Sexing up History".

This particular panel, being a late night (10 PM) panel, was meant to be more adult-oriented (obviously, I mean, it was called "Sexing up History). Generally it focused on shows like Spartacus and The Borgias, with a bit here and there about The Tudors. It was definitely an interesting panel, and I was surprised at how well-attended it was for being scheduled at 10 PM on Saturday night.

On my end, the main issue that I had with this panel was that they kept talking about Game of Thrones. I mean, we all know how much I love ASOIAF/Game of Thrones,'s fantasy. Not history. And while to an extent it may be more "realistic" in terms of the way it portrays certain aspects of medieval life, if they wanted to talk so much about Game of Thrones they should have made this a "Sex in Fantasy Media" or "Sex in Game of Thrones" panel. Just my two cents.

Also, for the record, Tyrion Lannister not raping Sansa Stark on their wedding night (a wedding which, mind you, was forced on her - both in the book and on the show) does not make him a feminist. Even woobified show!Tyrion is a far, far cry from a feminist.

Okay, stepping off my soapbox now.

But speaking of Game of Thrones...once my panel was over, it was off to the Hilton to play my friend Murphy's Game of Thrones drinking board game!

Traveling Sandor would like to be a playing piece!

Terri is stuck in the Godswood and Brian has been Bran'd...

Jedi (or is it Sith?) Alf came to play!

Needless to say, this board game is dangerous...but oh so fun! Hopefully Murphy's Law Games will create many more interesting board game experiences along these lines...because we played until we got kicked off the twelfth floor of the Hilton, and though we wandered around a bit after that, trying to find something else to do or somewhere else to settle down, it had gotten to the point where I knew that I needed to get to bed or risk not being able to get out of bed the next morning for our Oz the Great & Powerful photo shoot ;) And what happened there will be discussed in my next post! Pin It

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dragon Con 2013 Recap: Day 3, Part 3

Back to it!

After having to duck out of the BSG panel five minutes early, Steve and I grabbed burgers at the cart outside (yeah yeah, I know, but I hadn't eaten an actual meal yet that day) before making our way to the tenth floor of the Marriot for the /r/dragoncon meetup :) There was a *huge* crowd there, honestly almost too big to fit in that space, so we didn't stay for very long - but we did get to meet a few people and take part in the big group picture!

/r/dragoncon group photo!

Laura and I at the /r/dragoncon meetup

Laura and Jeremy, who also live in Greenville and use /r/dragoncon, were there as well, and after hanging out for a short time the four of us eventually left (Laura and Jeremy first, Steve and I not far behind) to go to the Westin for the video game character photo shoot. But not before Steve and I jumped in with this group of people in Western getups to take a picture ;)

(Seriously though, next year - not so many photo shoots. Ugh.)

Unfortunately, they started the video game photoshoot a bit earlier than expected, and on top of that we were a bit late, so we missed the group photos - but we were lucky to have a few minutes with the photographer, Brian from Templar Digital, and get some special Red Dead Redemption pictures :)

Photo courtesy of Templar Digital

Photo courtesy of Templar Digital

Photo courtesy of Templar Digital

Photo courtesy of Templar Digital

Photo courtesy of Templar Digital

At this point I needed to sit down for a while (what can I say, that hike from the Marriott to the Westin carrying that fake - but very heavy - shotgun had taken its toll on me). We made our way back to our room to freshen up a bit before going to a 10 PM panel that I was a panelist on...and so I'll leave you there and finish my Saturday recap in the next entry! Pin It