July 26th, 2007

born and raised

Pilgrimage to Geek Mecca, Day 0.5

So, here I am in Coronado.

Yes, actually Coronado is San Diego, but across the bay. Whatever. It's where the hotel happens to be.

The Department of Homeland Security exploded a container of Dream Cream in my bag. Boo. Fortunately, it was in a compartment away from all else in my bag, i.e. my clothes. Yay.

We got lost on the bus, trying to get from the hotel to the convention centre, and missed Preview Night altogether. Boo.

Met up with our people, who gave us free stuff anyway! Yay!

Going to try to see the Stardust screening tomorrow night, and also accost Wil Wheaton. Need to properly peruse the programming guide tomorrow when I get it - we got there too late to check in for Wednesday. Tomorrow - tomorrow, we will have BADGES. I am very excited about the badges.

As of right now, we are sitting in the courtyard of the Coronado Island Best Western getting eaten my mosquitoes and being dripped on by the roof (I don't know why; it's been pleasant enough, right now it's 20 degrees and actually I'm a bit chilly, but it's certainly not raining.)

Um, jbmcdragon and daroos, if you know when you're free Sunday (I think you both said Sunday was the day you'd be here?), um, text or e-mail me? I know Roos said she was volunteering...

Tomorrow evening, all benevolent deities willing, I'll have a proper schedule put together for the crazy-making of Fri-Sat-Sun. Tomorrow I expect we'll be winging it - I haven't got a guide yet. I *do* know that Stardust is tomorrow night at 9pm, if we can get tickets. *hopeful*

I am now rambling. I am actually very tired. We are all gathered about a wrought-iron table in the courtyard each with our laptops, no doubt looking mysterious and slightly sad to anyone glancing out their windows. We like to cultivate an air of mystery, y'know. Anyway the point is that while we were trying to watch Webisode 5 of Sanctuary (later I'll tell you about the magic vanishing business card the Sanctuary booth was giving out) and I kept nodding off (I may also be working the booth! Or sitting at it. Whatever. ;)

Going away while still making sort of sense. 'Night, LJ-land.
born and raised

Pilgrimage to Geek Mecca, Day 1

Waited in line for... gods, I don't know how long. Years. (Probably closer to an hour and a half, and that was the pre-reg line. OMG.) Finally got in, wandered around until we found the Exhibition Floor.

Jesus Crossdressing Christ. I knew it was big, but it was BIG. Like, my brain switched off in total incomprehension of the bigness.

Went to one panel (40 Years of Star Trek), at which the panelists mocked William Shatner (always appreciated) and referred to themselves as "continuity pornographers". Worth the hour in line.

Also was nearly killed obtaining a complimentary pass to the advance screening of Stardust (crazy person elbowed me in the FACE!), and then tater_mae and I walked six blocks to the United Artists theatre at Horton Plaza to find that, hey! Paramount WAY over-promoted and WAY over-booked, and it filled up an hour ago! Hooray!

So we grumbled and got a cab and went back to the hotel, because we were too grouchy for the bus. And then there was pizza. And the discovery that we in Vancouver are severely deprived when it comes to Ben and Jerry's flavours.

Got insane amounts of free crap, and spent quite a lot of money on not-free crap (mik100, I got you a present! You'll like it. ;), and expect to do same tomorrow. Bought a poster tube which is bright green and now no longer have excuse of "it will never survive the plane trip home" to not buy posters.

Booth next to Sanctuary had Trek folk doing signings. Spent quite a lot of time leaning against pillar near Sanctuary, talking to Damian, and staring over people's heads working up nerve to talk to Marina Sirtis. WHO WAS THERE. And then... well... I'll show you.

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And then we pimped Sanctuary and gave her cards, and she got all excited about Amanda Tapping doing a web-only TV show, and now she's going to come "hang out" at the Sanctuary booth on Saturday. There was also mention of Wil Wheaton wandering by to "hang out," as well.

This trip is a study in surreality in many ways. O.O

Anyway, laptop battery is surely about to die, must get up obscenely early tomorrow. 'Night, LJ Land.