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I've decided to do these in a weekend review type of way, so I'm going to be breaking them up into bite size chunks. The first day was relatively uneventful. After what I think is an ungodly early start (I got up 6, was at [ profile] barbed_whispers place by 6:45) we got to [ profile] honkie_mcgee's, got some breakfast, and got on the road. I pretty much sucked it up at the game of Cows! for the entire trip up. Ah well.

We got to the hotel about three in the afternoon, and within fifteen minutes of checking in I'd seen eight people I know. The odds on that are not supposed to work out in my favor, but it was setting precedent, so I was happy. Then it was off to wait in line for badges (an hour forty-five if you were pre-reg, three hours if you were picking them up from ticket master, and about forty-five seconds if you were buying it at the door). There's something to be said about long lines of nerds, you hardly ever see them agitated. Maybe because they know that good things are coming to those who wait.

I managed to make it out of the badge line in time to herd about 10 people over to the restaurant where we were having dinner. Now, [ profile] theemdash had left dinner in my hands, so I'd called Wednesday afternoon and made a reservation for twenty. When we got there, they couldn't find the reservation. They were very accommodating, however, and in the end sat about 22 people with our group. I was floored that so many people showed up, especially since I had taken the tack that I wasn't going to mother hen anyone, and just let them show if they showed.

From L to R clockwise: [ profile] mckays_lab, [ profile] theemdash, [ profile] myras_girls, her husband Corey, [ profile] skroberts, [ profile] barbed_whispers, [ profile] scifigirl, and [ profile] melayneseahawk.

From L to R clockwise: [ profile] honkie_mcgee's girl Deb and honkie himself, four people whose names I don't know because I fail at remembering things, and Joe.

L to R: [ profile] stoopbeck and her friends H and [ profile] browncoat_gator.

After dinner we all disbanded and [ profile] barbed_whispers and I wandered over to take pictures of this statue at the Suntrust Building and then promptly got turned around and couldn't get out of the courtyard. (We really thought there would be stairs or something to the street below.)

After we escaped the time and space vortex that is the Suntrust Building, we headed back to the hotel to meet up briefly with [ profile] pinkfinity and see some of the first costumes of the con. We also saw an unlikely friendship strike up!

And [ profile] barbed_whispers says: That effing roomba just whistled at me!

After this we skipped over to the Hyatt to catch Voltaire's show with [ profile] sweetnovicane. And when I say skipped I mean I probably did. It was at this point where I started to just feel effing giddy about being there.

But first, Spider Lilies had to finish their set.

We actually saw this kid as we were checking in to the hotel. I had decided kind of early on that I was just going to spend the weekend LARPing as a douche (since I don't really do costumes) and upon noticing his hair I came to the conclusion that I was not the only one with that idea! :p (No offense to him, of course, I'm sure he's a very lovely person who jut happens to have subversive hair.)

This kid really reminded me of my brothers.

And then it was Voltaire! He came onto stage to the strains of Thriller and did a small bit of shenanigating before dropping his guitar off and heading back off stage.

All I knew about Voltaire previous to Dragon*Con could be summed up in two songs and a handful of facts Boy looked up on Wikipedia. I can quite happily tell you now though, that I have drunk of the kool-aid of Voltaire and find myself deeply satisfied. The man's hilarious.

"I have been called a flaming homosexual many times in my life, but a fire hazard only once!" --Voltaire, on how he's been banned from playing the Concourse at the Hyatt.

I really like how this picture came out, but Voltaire gets some of the credit because I'm pretty sure he saw that I was filming and decided to come and make it easier for a short while. You can see it on one of the videos as well.

The following videos were all taken by me. The person you can hear singing most clearly who is not Voltaire, is [ profile] sweetnovicane. ♥

Voltaire performing 'Brains'. I managed to do something I've never done before and will never do again, and record the best song of the set. At the beginning Voltaire tells us to say 'brains' after he says it, but it doesn't go as well for him as he had planned. He later lamented that this is what happens when we don't show up to rehearsal.

Voltaire performing 'Goodnight Demon Slayer'. As I mentioned before, I'm new to Voltaire's music. This song, however, is one of the ones that really won my heart.

Voltaire performing what I believe is called 'Cantina'. It's a song about Star Wars and losing your anal virginity to um...everyone. What's not to like!? Also, if you sneak up behind [ profile] barbed_whispers and go 'I LOST MORE THAN MY HEEEEART IN THAT CANTINAAAA', she'll want to hit you. ♥

And that's it for day one. It felt long by the time I dropped into bed, but the weekend was just getting started. I think that evening I got about thirty minutes of sleep collectively. It's always good to start a trip in a deficit, yes? More exciting.

And now on to day two! Including the likes of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Gareth David-Lloyd, James Marsters, Tom Felton, and Abney Park.

Date: 2009-09-09 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heee. Awesome. I'm glad you had fun! And sorry we missed each other. :(

It was not meant to be this year. Next year, yes/yes?

Date: 2009-09-09 01:59 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (IT Crowd Snog)
From: [identity profile]
Of course, dear, of course. I felt kind of like a rat this year anyway. There were quite a few people I was looking forward to meeting and then didn't get to spend hardly any time with. [ profile] pinkfinity and [ profile] ninepointfivemm standing out in the forefront of my mind, but there were others. It's hard to balance 'OMG I HAVE TO BE HERE AND DO THIS' with 'OMG I HAVE TO MEET THIS AWESOME PERSON AND ACTUALLY CONNECT WITH THEM'.

I hope you had an excellent time though, and that you have lots of stories after guest handling. ♥

Date: 2009-09-09 01:59 pm (UTC)
ext_11414: (Frank/Gerard last words)
From: [identity profile]
♥ You suck at remembering names but I still love you, GH. Hmmm KJ? KB? dude. ;)

Date: 2009-09-09 02:00 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (IT Crowd Giddy Goat)
From: [identity profile]
*snort* I appreciate that, Janet-face. Oh, wait.

Date: 2009-09-09 02:06 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (MCR Gerard YOUR FACE)
From: [identity profile]
Who's a dork? Not me!

Date: 2009-09-09 02:13 pm (UTC)
ext_11414: (Frankie Gee dorks)
From: [identity profile]
You're an uber dork. A dorkĀ².

Date: 2009-09-09 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay douchebag hair kid!

How was the Kool-Aid going down, sweetie? I just remember it tasting so good that I didn't realize what had happened by the end of D*C 2008.

Date: 2009-09-09 03:15 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Bleach Szyael Insanity yay!)
From: [identity profile]
Going down well! You know, I feel that after I get a moment with my computer, all four gigs of my iPod are going to be filled with Voltaire, Abney Park, and Hellblinki Sextet. Not that this is a bad thing at all.

Date: 2009-09-09 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sitting at the table with [ profile] stoopbeck and H is Nicole, aka [ profile] browncoat_gater and she's pretty neat!

Nick looks so unamused in that photo. Maybe he needs a poke.

Date: 2009-09-09 03:37 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (FOB Patrick/Pete Dorks)
From: [identity profile]
Score, thanks for the name heads up!

Nick always needs a poke. Grumpypants McGee there.

Date: 2009-09-09 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He scares me in that picture.

Date: 2009-09-09 03:51 pm (UTC)
ext_13463: (yay!!)
From: [identity profile]
It looks like you had a great time!! I wish I could have been there!!

Date: 2009-09-09 03:53 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (FOB Patrick/Pete Dorks)
From: [identity profile]
I wish you could have too! I am very glad I got to go this year. I had some priceless experiences that I'm going to cherish for a while.

Date: 2009-09-09 03:59 pm (UTC)
ext_33206: (scrubs -. muffin puppet)
From: [identity profile]
I totally didn't recognize [ profile] skroberts. What is wrong with my brain?

But YAY! for food and fun and everything.

Date: 2009-09-09 04:01 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (PATD Brendon YAYES!)
From: [identity profile]
Well, she is hiding way back in the back and being very quiet. You know, because you can totally tell that in the picture.


Date: 2009-09-09 07:06 pm (UTC)
ext_33206: (Callum - wink still)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, but after reading her name I was all DOH! But yeah, she is a bit blurry and all hiding in the background, so it is not like I don't recognize my internet mommy or so. ;)

Date: 2009-09-09 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I figured it up--ten years since I've been to Dragon*Con. Can't wait for more fun reports!

Date: 2009-09-09 05:15 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (UmAcad For real!?)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2009-09-09 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL It is really many people I know who are going already next year. So I might. It would be insane.

Did you do any of the writer's tracks? When I went, it was all about Goth. I really enjoyed the tracks ALOT.

Date: 2009-09-09 06:38 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Being Human George/Mitchell cuddles)
From: [identity profile]
Oh no, I didn't do any of the writing track. Which is just as well, because I barely had time to do what I wanted to and see people. I imagine this year if it were all anything it would have all been YA steampunk. Hee.

And dude, that would be a grand adventure. You could even room with us. :)

Date: 2009-09-09 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well I am rather sorry I missed the steampunkness. I still kinda have the urge to enfold it into my historical fantasy I am not currently writing but muse about way too often. Grin.

I LOVED the pics in the other post of the people in steampunk outfits! Quirky fun!

Date: 2009-09-09 06:49 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (PATD Brendon Architect)
From: [identity profile]
Man, do I know about musing about stories instead of writing them. *slips off into day dreams* And the steampunk outfits are usually great fun, though I don't really think quite that many characters need to have goggles. This is a picture that's going up in the next post, but I had this girl let me take a picture of her front and back (which there's no way to be NOT creepy about, btw). I just really loved the way the skirt came out from under the tails of her coat. And even though if I do cobble together a costume for next year it will probably be William or James-ish, I like getting girly ideas as well.


Date: 2009-09-09 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As a fan of Project Runway, I love the look of the back!

Date: 2009-09-09 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1. Spider Lilies: hot violinist is hot.

2. Voltaire: Voltaire!!! VOLTAIRE!!!!

3. if the game of Cows! is anything like the games of cow-counting we played in the car on family road trips, my grandma has a secret hint -- just count the legs and divide by four. my grandmother was a funny lady.


Date: 2009-09-09 05:53 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (T-Rex Batman!)
From: [identity profile]
1. Hot violinist's short skirt is SHORT. She came out and tried to kneel down all demurely and pick up her violin and we were all 'WE CAN ALREADY SEE IT ANYWAY.' Not that that detracts from her hotness at all.


3. Haha, that sounds like a solid strategy. Cows is a thing we've nabbed from John Green, though, in that you just have to be the first person in the car to SPOT the cows. Kind of like punch buggy. I didn't spot ANY cows in Florida. And if you've ever been through the middle of Florida, you'll know how particularly horrible that is of me.

4. ILU. And I'll see you soon-ish, yes?

Date: 2009-09-09 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
so much fun!

Date: 2009-09-09 10:19 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Bleach Szyael Insanity yay!)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2009-09-10 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(I came here via [ profile] sweetnovicane's post~)

I really appreciate these pictures. I didn't take many of my own on Thursday because I wasn't in con mode yet, but I love these.

The guy with douche hair is named Connor. I don't know him, but a friend of mine does and he seems to like him~ (What did you really think of Spider Lilies, though? I thought it was kinda missing something... Except for the last song with Rachel, the violinist. So spooky and awesome.)

I'm glad you love Voltaire as well now. ♥ I thought his best moment was on Saturday when they were setting up the table, though, rofl.

Date: 2009-09-10 12:29 am (UTC)
ext_289215: (FOB Patrick argyle)
From: [identity profile]
Eh, they weren't really my thing. I was mostly waiting for Voltaire to start and passing the time by trying to take pictures. I did like the violin bits quite a lot, but then, I'm a sucker for strings.

The bit with the table was hilarious. I like how the staff got all miffed and walked off. WHY THE EFF WERE THEY BUILDING IT THEN ANYWAY? I was so confused by that. Video and pics of Saturday night should be up tomorrow!

Date: 2009-09-10 01:20 am (UTC)
ext_303: ([etc] failure)
From: [identity profile]
those statue photos came out awesome! and also i am going to burn that cantina down :p

Date: 2009-09-10 01:22 am (UTC)
ext_289215: (Friendly Hostility Derringer rainbow)
From: [identity profile]
Whatever would you want to do that for?

Date: 2009-09-10 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Out of order, but:




I want to look up Spider Lilies now. I think I shall.

Date: 2009-09-10 01:00 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (PATD Boys Cartwheels)
From: [identity profile]
I have totally decided that I need to learn to sew in the next year, so that I can make myself a William or James-ish type outfit for next year. OR MAYBE BOTH, IF I GO INSANE. Of course, this also means I need to actually lose weight this year too. Busy busy.

Date: 2009-09-10 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heeee. Now I HAVE to check if I can dl Voltaire on rhapsody. :)

Date: 2009-09-10 03:11 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (IT Crowd Giddy Goat)
From: [identity profile]
Voltaire is AWESOME. There are more vids on the post I made this morning.


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