June 3, 2013

I love you, Awesome Nerds

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My Memorial Day weekend was filled with all kinds of special. The first part of it was a trip to Phoenix with my Sister for Phoenix ComiCon.

We’ve never done a ComiCon before, even though we’d talked about it from time to time. However, this was one we couldn’t pass up. Mainly because…wait for it…the headline event was the 20th reunion of the cast of the TV show Babylon 5. aka the greatest sci-fi television series EVAR. But that’s a post for another time.

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Sister with her fancy “Press” badge.

I made the 7-hour drive to Phoenix solo, which was pretty exciting. Especially because, for the first 3 hours I was able to enjoy absolute, total silence. No music, no conversation, just me and my thoughts and the road. Pretty much all kinds of wonderful since there’s not much time for silence and quiet thoughts in my life right now. Also, I got to hit-up an In-N-Out in Tuscon on my way, which I was looking forward to all week.

I wish I had taken pictures of our hotel room. We stayed at one of the convention overflow hotels, and it was pretty swank. So that was also awesome.

The first night there wasn’t a whole lot going on, so we went to the Galactic Mashup Party, a Disney/Star Wars costume party. I should add, we brought no costumes to ComiCon. I didn’t have the time or the money to put into one, and neither did she. We still had a blast.

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Yeah, awkward face. Whoever I give the camera to always manages to FINALLY take the picture in the middle of my instructions on how to use the camera. At least she observed the Rule of Thirds, which is more than I can say for most volunteer photographers.

The next day was an exciting one. It was panel day with some B5 personalities, and a fan panel. For fans, it was a pretty emotionally-intense day. If you’re a fan and care, you can email me and ask about it, but I won’t drag everyone else through the nitty-gritty here.

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That evening was Star Trek night for us. We got to sit through the tail-end of Nichelle Nichols’ (the original Uhura) panel in the grand ballroom.

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It was pretty cool, but really we were there to camp out for the special event that night. It was the premiere of a new Star Trek episode, which was actually really great. (You can watch it here.) A really great cast, including Grant Imahara from Mythbusters.

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There he is!

We also got to meet the cast afterwards, and yes, I met Grant Imahara. He even shook my hand, which only matters because 1) They weren’t really shaking hands because the line was so long and 2) I didn’t offer my hand. Also, Captain Kirk flirted with me. So check that off the bucket list!

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The next day, it was all B5. We went downstairs and met much of the cast, which was awesome and totally surreal. We’ve been watching this show (on reruns) for 20 years. And they were all super-nice and mostly pretty chatty. They wanted to talk about pets and tornadoes and basketball. It was really fun.

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I took lots of pics of the entire cast, but I’ll just post the one for the sake of load time. Again, totally surreal, and very cool.

Afterward Sister and I had dinner with a friend who was also at the Con, then it was back to the room and the next day I came back to El Paso, accompanied by another friend and her little one.

It was a really awesome weekend. Total once-in-a-lifetime, total nerdfest, total fun. And exactly what I needed. May had been a brutal month. Our brigade was hit hard, including my friend Miranda’s husband that I told y’all about a few weeks ago. Earlier that week, the monster tornado wiped out a good portion of the place I grew up, and many of my friends lost their homes. Plus other stressors going on I can’t post on here…basically I needed to go be surrounded by actors, aliens and something-or-others from Game of Thrones and just forget “real life” existed for a few days. Except the zombies. I will never understand zombie fascination.

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It was also a totally perfect trip for me to take with Sister. We grew up watching these shows and got to relive a bunch of fun memories while we were there, and I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed the experience nearly as much had I gone with anyone else. It was also awesome to just hang out together and do something that was just plain fun together, because we haven’t been able to do that in a long time.

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So, that was the bulk of my Memorial Day weekend in a nutshell. I was REALLY conservatives posting pics here, too. We had so much fun and I am so, so glad I went. So many awesome memories.

I’ll finish up my Memorial Day weekend recap in another post.

6 comments:

  1. "the greatest sci-fi television series EVAR"

    Undeniable truth of life.

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  2. Looks like so much fun! Glad you had an enjoyable weekend.

    PS. I am super jealous!

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  3. I love this post. I am glad you got some well deserved pure nerdtastic fun. :)

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  4. I am jealous. I've always wanted to go to ComicCon.

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  5. Sounds like a blast! I had wanted to go to the Portland Comi Com (Bruce Campbell was going to be there! EEEK! Love him!) but ended up not able to. Still sad about it.

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  6. That last photo made my night! We were going to go to ComiCon here this year {a bunch of the cast of BSG were going to be there- not to mention Carey Elwes!!!} but alas, it was not to be. One day I'll get my nerd on ;-) Looks like you had a great time!!

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