Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sizzling Saturday

This was gonna be my last day to go on the Comic-con. And besides, it was already taking it's toll on me. Anna was with me on this day but she was too tired to go around and take pictures with me.

Saturday was masquerade day. This is when most of the people comes in donning their best costumes vying for some prize. It was too crowded but this was the best day to go. But if you're in for the exclusive toys, you'll just be disappointed since most of the good stuff are sold out already.

This is also the day that most celebrities comes in. Saw a couple like, Megan Fox, Leonard Nimoy and Stan Lee to name a few. And most of the best programs are scheduled also.

I already bought the things that I really want on the previous days, and I'm really in for the cosplayers. I really felt bad, because Anna was just sitting in a corner. She did wanted to go around and take pictures but she was concerned with the large crowd and she might caught something like flu which would affect her pregnancy. So we decided to go home early.

Comic-con has ended, but I'm already gearing up to next year's Con. I'm really excited for next year, since we already have a baby and we're planning to dress him/her up. We haven't thought of a costume yet. And hopefully, Jun would be able to join me next year. He was supposed to this year, but for some reason, he decided not to.

Oh well, I guess I'll see all those people again next year.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Frenzied Friday

My third day at the Con. And it was no different from the previous days. Same old parking, same old crowd, same old stuff to see, but a whole new experience.

Same routine as we did on Thursday but now, I was there as early as 6:30. And I was able to get a good parking spot, just beside the Convention Center. People were just rushing to get inside and trying to get ahead of all the lines.

The next thing I know, I was sitting down, probably one of the first 100 people in line. I was sooooo happy that finally, I'd be able to get inside really early. But then again , something's wrong here.

After 2 hours, the line moved forward but we're heading towards one of the ballrooms. Ok, it's confirmed, I'm attending one of the programs. But which one? I sat comfortably on the 4th row and just waited what's in store.

And then I heard one of the attendees on my right said that it's Stargate Universe. I'm familiar with the show and yet I haven't seen even an episode of it's franchise. Oh well, I waited 2 freakin hours in line and I'm sitting on the 4th row. So i;m just gonna make the best out of this.

I was just there sitting for an hour before the program started. Then they showed a clip of the upcoming season of the series. Everyone was so excited and I was there having no clue at all. At least the cast were there, and I get to see celebrities.

I then headed downstairs to the exhibit hall. Place was packed, "again". So, I just went around, took pictures and headed off to pick up Anna from work and then went home. Another day at the con and another one for tomorrow.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tricky Thursday

San Diego Comic-Con officially starts at this day. I was on my own now since Anna had to go to work. She did not opted for vacation since she's really not into it. I was supposed to go with a friend but he backed out.

I was already up as early as 2:30 AM. I can't sleep not because I'm excited but I was updating our blog and Flickr. We got everything planned out. Drop Anna at work and I'd go directly to the convention center. I thought that 7:30 AM was early since the doors don't open till past 9. And again I was wrong. Place was already packed and I cant get a decent parking spot. So I settled for Seaport Village which was 7 blocks away. I thought to myself, "What's 7 blocks?! And besides, walking is good".

After a few minutes of "walking", I headed right away to Hasbro's ticket booth (You need to avail a ticket to be able to buy any of their items). I was in line for 30 minutes. And again i said to myself, "Ok. Now i got the tickets, and 30 minutes wasn't that long, I guess everything would go smoothly at the booth". And again, I was wrong. I was again in line, and now I stayed there for almost 4 hours.

Since I was there for 4 hours I bought tons of stuff, just to make my time worth while. Which I later realized that I was alone and no one to help me out carry all of these little plastic men. And the hard part is, I had to walk 7 freakin blocks. When I finally got to the car, I was sweating like a thousand pigs.

I was too tired to go back and just decided to head home. When I picked Anna from work, she asked me up to what time is the con open, I said till midnight. So she convinced me to go back. Me being a good husband said yes. Hehehe!!! We then arrived at 6PM. I went around and took several pics, while Anna just stayed in a corner and surf the net. After a few minutes, we then heard an announcement saying that the exhibit hall is closing at 7PM. For the nth time, I was wrong again about the closing time.

We then went home, and now ready for Friday. But was I ever right? ...........

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Preview Night of SDCC 09

Oh yes, it's that time of the year where heroes, villains, monsters, aliens and all that weird stuff gather in one place. It's Comic-Con!!! This time, we get to go for 4 days.

It's my second time around, and I came prepared. I did my research, took my time in checking which booths I'd want to go first and made an estimate of how much moolah would jump out of my wallet.

But me being the cheapskate that I am, told my lead nurse prior the week before, if I can come to work on Tuesday night (my shift was from 11pm to 7am)which was the night before Comic-con. I was thinking, I'd probably have enough sleep before going to the con. But i have totally forgotten about someone from the cable company coming over around 8-10 AM. To make the long story short, while I'm writing down this blog, I've been up for almost 26 hours with just 2 hours of sleep in between.

Anyways, this year's Comic-Con was a huge disappointment for me. We bought the 4-Day pass thinkin that there would be less people on preview night. But when we got there at around 6pm, the crowd was already huge. Lucky for us, we were able to get parking at the convention center which was way cheaper compared to the other "pay parking" lots around the area.

And when we got inside, everything was a mess. People are everywhere, the exhibitors in my opinion were overwhelmed with the huge number of attendees. One of the booths that was included in my plan, didn't even had a line to start with. People were just making their way through to the nearest cashier.

Even though the ensuing chaos was way out of hand. I was still half dazed thinking, I probably died and gone to toy heaven. It never seizes to amaze me, that toys can still have that distinctive allure that affects adults like me. Probably 80% of the people at the con are at the ranges of 18-40 years of age. Which makes you wonder, where are all the kids who are supposed to be the one enjoying these plastic goodies?

With our little one on the way, I'm already thinkin, "What would be a nice costume for our baby in next years Con?".