I can only conclude this is because:
a) The security officers are big Trek fans, and assume my goatee means "evil!!!!"
b) shaved head + goatee = irresistibly sexy
Anyways, I had to take off my sandals (cold tile floors, yipes!) and pretty much everything else that may have contained metal. Then after the gate, I got the wand. Then I got a friendly grope from the security officer. Then another security officer swabbed my electronics for anything untoward. Yet another officer approached me for a fondle in the name of security, but at least had the courtesy to offer me a private room first. I resisted the temptation to ask if he’d at least buy me flowers, but they have notoriously poor senses of humour. I think it’s a requirement of the job. So you see, it almost started with a bang after all
Anyways, one last feel-up later, I was on my way! Into the terminal.
Some hours later, I was in San Diego! I got to explore the airport for the pesky 'commuter terminal' that Nean was arriving in, wait for her luggage, then go pick up our woozy friend from the dentist, so we could go stay at her place! Good times were had by all, especially Laura since she had all the fun sedatives.
The next few days were a blur of take out food, movies, Mission Beach, sunburns, and an amazing air mattress that was full when you fell asleep, and empty when you woke up. One could get a surprisingly good sleep on that one.
Come Wednesday, hijinks abounded as we invaded downtown San Diego. Early hotel check-in? Yup. Standing in line for preview night? Yup!
Sci Fi being lame and only offering freebies on preview night if you signed up for a mastercard? *sigh* Yup.
Much of the con is a blur, in which we got up, walked to the convention center, waded through seas of people, sat in rooms that were either too air-conditioned, or didn’t have enough air conditioning, taking many pictures, going out for dinner, and walking home.
We did run into Ash several times, which was cool. I’m now the proud owner of the comic mini series he edited, and I’m happy to report every issue is covered in shiny ink! I’m also amused to note that Ash talks like I do after way too much coffee. It’s great. (Ash’s wife is also my hero for finding copies of the fourth issue after they had a FedEx SNAFU.)
The "Lost" panel was mostly what you’d expect, except for a crazy girl who insisted that a fictional corporation is real, and that the producers all had blood on their hands. Which may or may not be true, but it’s not because of a fictional corporation But anyways, they played along at first admirably, until they realized she wasn’t just being silly. I think the rest of us were cringing and waiting for security to finally show up. I dunno if they did –we were right at the back of the (large) room.
Sci Fi somewhat redeemed itself for the credit card thing by handing out the most awesome free Stargate keychain ever at the Sci Fi Friday showing. Also, they showed the premiere of "Eureka." It has potential, but I won’t see it unless I download it using bit torrent, and we all know that’s a VERY BAD THING TO DO.
Speaking of Sci Fi, the moderator for the Stargate Panels was the guy who plays "the technician", Gary Jones! He’s a great panelist. He’s me if I were more clever, and drunk enough to be loud. Not that he was drunk. Just that I’d normally have to be
Insert clichéd segue here, I didn’t get drunk once! Tipsy occasionally, but hey, drinks with dinner on vacation is like a requirement! Though I behaved at the EI shindig. I didn’t want to scare Jill away before she signed a book for me! Which she did, because she’s awesome.
I got to meet scruffylooking in person too. Very nice chap. Kinda quiet, though I suspect that was fatigue’s fault.
But alas and alack, Monday came all too soon, and I got to spend many hours in airports in San Diego and San Francisco, before and between flights. I got a fair bit of reading done on the plus side. On the down side, I was quite stiff, and had to be up early this morning after getting back to town at midnight.
Oh well... at least I didn't run into any amorous security people on the way back.
So, that in a nutshell, is the San Diego Comic Con report from me this year. Hooray for abridged versions!
Edited by Jid, 25 July 2006 - 10:07 PM.