Well, I’m baaaaack!!! ;)
The con was great and definitely had a comics and LJ flavor for me. I’ll be posting reports of each day starting tonight. I have always done these reports on my listservs and am now expanding to Livejournal. Since I am not sure how many people on my flist have ever been to a con before in general or Media*West in particular, I’ll be trying to paint a picture for you. Enjoy!
One note: For crying out loud, you guys, you’ve got me going back a lot of flist pages! How come you weren’t out in the sunshine and fresh air? ;) I’ll be working slowly through the comments you’ve made on my flist as well as your LJs. I’ll be behind a little while, no doubt, but enjoying the catch-up! With a little mustard, too! ;)
Thursday, May 24, 2007
It’s always a good sign when your shuttle to get to the airport shows up on time. The driver was prompt and we picked up another passenger and then we were off!
For the past few years the Providence airport has had a long line that snaked around the airport for Security due to the extra layers of security since 9/11. This time I was happily amazed to see a very short line indeed. I went to the table in front of the Security area and took out my ziplock bag filled with toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and other now-suspicious products. Sigh. Such is the world we live in. But wait! It gets better! As any traveler knows, that’s only the beginning. Once I got to the scanners I removed my shoes, jacket, purse, and placed them and the baggie into a tray, and then put my luggage on the conveyer belt. I can’t believe I’m nostalgic for the days when all you had to do was plunk the luggage on the belt!
After getting through Security, I did some writing on “Rainbow’s Freedom” while I waited to board. Thought of you guys! J
All was well on the two-hour flight to Detroit with the exception of a crying baby two rows back who cried continuously from the moment we boarded the plane until an hour had passed on the journey. Such is the joy of traveling in an airplane! J Luckily there was finally quiet and I dozed.
The next leg of the journey was fine at first, but then the flight to Lansing was delayed and switched to three different gates! So it kept me on my toes. I did meet old friends Jean, Mary, and others so we were all in the same boat.
Once we did get to Lansing, the hotel shuttles were waiting and we boarded. The weather was hot and a breeze blew, pushing the heat around. Since I’d been used to days dipping down to the 30s last week, it was an adjustment! :)
The shuttle was full and we were off! The second shuttle was also full and followed us. We immediately launched into fannish talk, recalling past cons and discussing current shows. We were a tired but happy group.
At the Holiday Inn South, we disembarked and entered the lobby. The lobby is a well-designed gateway into the hotel. There is a rose/tan faux marble floor and front desk with a lovely chandelier hanging over a round glass-topped table with an arrangement of flowers on top. There is a function room off the lobby that serves as the Zine Reading Room and a snack room with vending machines in another off-the-lobby area.
Yes, the lobby is rather elegant, but HIS is not a four-star hotel. It is clean, however, and while it has grown shabby in spots, it is definitely not a dump. It is a ‘tweener: not sumptuous but not your Super 8 motel, either.
The lobby opens out into an atrium with the same faux marble design. A set of doors opens out into the courtyard, which features two fountains, several tables and chairs, and trees for shade. The hotel’s architecture is ‘70s-style but enough modifications have been made so it’s actually comfortable and not-so-ugly! J
The other opening off the atrium leads to the conference center. I’ll have a description of that in the next report.
So up to the room I went, unpacked, showered, took a walk and meditated, and then my roommate Khylara arrived. She gave me the buttons that I had commissioned from her, and then we went down to dinner at Hummingbird’s, the hotel restaurant. Flyers for various fannish items for sale were already up in the elevators.
As is tradition at Media*West, the restaurant staff is encouraged to wear fannish T-shirts. This means tees with TV or movie themes, and they do so enthusiastically. We are far different group from the usual business conventions, so they are eager to see us! We make life interesting! J
Anyway, this year they added a feature to the usual movie posters and large cardboard cut-outs. You can be greeted by Leia in her slave costume or Jar-Jar in all his goofiness in the cut-out department, just to mention a few.
The new feature was a continuous loop of old TV show themes. A sampling: Star Trek:TOS, The Wild Wild West, Bonanza, Dragnet, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Rawhide, Star Wars cantina scene, The Empire Strikes Back’s Vader theme, The Adventures of Scooby-Doo, The Muppet Show, Mission: Impossible, and many others.
I enjoyed a delicious Angus Burger with red onions, tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup and mustard with French fries and a pickle spear. Khlyara and I caught up with each other and after dinner set to work on our door decoration.
First we did a quick room crawl, seeing some doors already decorated.
We had chosen a theme of our favorite pairs ‘snuggling’ under quilts around a collage of fireplaces. Then when we added pix of plot bunnies we called the door “Snuggling With The Plot Bunnies”. J The pix were print-outs taken from the Net. They were placed on different colored squares for the quilt.
Pairings included those that Khylara and I share, and the separate fandoms we love:
Jim/Artie, Benny/Ray V., Clark/Bruce, Bruce/Dick, Dick/Roy, Clark/Lex, Xena/Gabrielle, Starsky and Hutch, Kirk/Spock, Apollo/Starbuck, Han/Luke, Obi-Wan/Qui-Gon, Napoleon/Illya, and a bunch of others I can’t remember right now! J
Several comics-related pix, especially some goodies from The New Frontier: Robin smiling in joy at his first meeting with Superman, and Superman and Batman conferring during that same meeting. Other characters include teenage Robin, Wonder Woman, and Captain America.
The quotes I came up with:
The World’s Finest Slash: Superman And Batman
The Justice League Of Slash
Bruce Loves Dick
Xena/Wonder Woman: The Perfect Pair!
Clex Is My Kryptonite
Clex Sex Makes Me Happy
They Killed Cap!
Well, that’s it for the first post. I’m sure I’ve forgotten stuff so I’ll be adding any new TV themes/pairings/slogans. I’m getting tired after all the traveling today so I’ll just say goodnight and will work on Day Two tomorrow. J