|Tekkoshocon 2008 Apr 11th-13th
||[May. 5th, 2008|10:46 pm]
I'll probably miss some stuff, but gotta get this written. Melanie went down to Tekkoshocon on Wed the 9th. I did what needed to be done with the girls. Running them to school, checking homework, all that fun stuff. Anyway I had requested off Thursday thru Sunday, so I got to pack and really kept fighting the urge to build something for the model show. I prepped the house for when we come back. Now I was ready. I think.
The truck was leaking oil, which is a funny story for later. I cleaned the truck inside and out as I was driving Salvatore down as well. Will, from my work, was going to folllow us after meeting at Wendy's in Edinboro. I took the kids from school for a half day. (Appease the school district, Yeah!) Met Will and drove on down. Made it there right about at three per the plan. Found Mel, unpacked the truck. That took about an hour as parking was complicated. Got the pocky costume & chinese dress out and went about with the girls. I didn't get to cotume this year, but that's ok. The costumes were mainly for them to shine. I found that the Model room I was to help with was being manned by Nadine and it was just she & I. Talked with her and decided to split the time left that day between the two of us. I worked 'til 6pm as Mel could take the girls. I only took in one entry to the models while I was there and got grabbed as soon as I was free to take Hausel to Robinson Town Center. About two hours later we get back after I was feeling like excess baggage. It needed to be done, but there wasn't much I could really offer. Found out the Dealer's room was closed when I got back. SIGH. Main reason I was going. Well, I looked forward to Saturday.
The Noble Roman's Pizza in the hotel had several problems for dinner. Got my food voucher for working and it took about 45 minutes to get to the counter and decided I didn't want to wait an hour+ for pizza as they had a cheapie burger special for $5. Met all three ladies there and we ate. They were in line waay before me, but they ordered pizza. I shared my food while they still waited for theirs. Mel had to resume her Public Safety shift so I took over the little ladies.
Went to bed at a reasonably decent time to get a jump on Saturday. Got up early enough and saw no one was in the Model room early, so I sat my butt down and watched that part of the room. Someone was in the art side, but thought we would need someone on our side. I left Sarah and Mel sleeping and took Ashlyn to the model room. We watched it with her Nintendo DS. Mel came down and took the ladies to the pool. I stayed there until I believe 11:30 and then got to hit the dealer's room. Wow. What was left? Lots of stuff, but not what I was looking for.
Went back for voting on the models and got the girls back. Nadine kicked my butt out 'cause Ashlyn was hungry again after voting. I decided to take the ladies to the Pizza hut we used to hit when we lived down in the 'burgh and Christine asked to go along. Like the girls would refuse. Christine cleared up a few things that had been bothering me and she's getting her life back together. I'm glad she decided to share. Will probably always debate if I'm being tested tho.~ Oh well, we're cool I guess. Went in the pool for an hour and I got to hop into the Hsu- Nami concert for a few minutes, but the girls thought it was too loud. Sounded cool though. Once voting was done I was free for the con, save for an "all staff call." Something happened in a room and I had to watch a door for a while for crowd control. I was amazed to see how many people deferred to me. Hey, what can I say? The Con Chair knows me and trusts me.
The convention, now that I got to see more of it, was very crowded. Most people seem to agree that at approximately 2,000 people the hotel lost the ability to meet our needs. The hallways were tight as I thought they would be and seeing something was kind of difficult as we had 2,680 people per the official count. The artist's alley I decided to go into and couldn't think on going anywhere else but out of that room after about half way through. ULTRA congested and stifling. You could call it an ant farm or an Otakon Simulator. Long lines and too many people. All due respect to Otakon, but "success tests ones mettle just as surely as the finest adversary..." Some attendees would just camp out and block the path so NO ONE could move at all in the tiny walkways. Some attendees were completely oblivious to what they were causing 'cause they were too full of themselves chatting and trying to hook up. No event can have perfect people, staff OR attendees, and I saw examples of both. Wearing a staffer shirt I asked one set of attendees who were having "FUN" choking each other in the dealers room to stop and reminded them chaining yourself to another is not allowed per the rules. I asked them to stop. I got back a "Yeah, uh... whatever..." Some attendees and staff needed to really look at themselves. Seriously. Some staffers were stressed out because several attendees had the "You're not my mom" attitude. Maybe it should go to natural selection. But when people whine & complain because they can't block a fire exit it just boggles the mind. No clue, you know? Some people do dumb stuff that could kill them and maybe they'll succeed. We can't police everybody. Oh well.
Mel of course would not take her breaks, so I got the girls for another night and took them to watch "Dragon Half". We've seen it and own it, but this way I can say at least I watched something. They had fun watching it in a group. We then went to the "Bampu in the night.." panel. Sarah has been exploring the creepy aspect of life and is going minorly goth, so figurd it'd be ok. She enjoyed it as much as the references permitted. My friend Natalie runs the panel and I tried to give her a good intro when someone asked where the panelist was. The ladies ran outta gas 3/4 of the way through, so that was it for Saturday night.
Sunday went ok, but the Noble Roman's was closed as they ran out of food. Scary, thought they'd try to handle the hand over fist money they were making. I bought the Hsu-Nami CD, as well as the Mari CD I went in on with Sal. We wrapped up after seeing a few things and getting the girls each a souveneir. Driving back went fine and Sal and I talked for a good while about the con. I strarted falling asleep sitting there at home, 'cause Hey ~I was Tired! Three hours driving does that to me. Anyway heard horror stories of packing up from Mel who sadly couldn't get back in time to get the girls from school monday. I had to call on my folks as I worked. Anyways, I bought myself a Totoro and the cds. Looks good on the curio cabinet.
Long winded, and not too much PUNCH! in the story, but it was a fair con. My expectations were a little higher, I would've liked to at least play A game in the game room, but it was packed also. The girls had fun and that's what counts.
Oh, and to follow up on the leaking oil story... I set an appointment for the truck and decided to take a look at it just in case. MY OIL CAP WAS MISSING! Duh! Yeah I think that'll leak! Surprised my light didn't some on. My mechanic found it. It somehow ended up UNDER my battery! Freaky. At least it was a quick fix. I have to laugh at my luck sometimes. Anyway, take care.