We made it through DragonCon, but just barely. We both have mild con crud; Nick is very run down and I have a sore throat + run down. Ugh. But it was worth it to attend our last DragonCon for a few years and to help Echo out of a jam.
We helped Echo with setup and breakdown of her booth, just like last year. The setup was OK but the breakdown was a clusterfuck. They were using a truck line to transport their stock to the next show and that was a truly bad idea. They didn’t realise that truck lines do NOT offer packing services at trade shows/cons, which means that Echo was responsible for putting her shit on pallets. Yah, not really a job for a couple of girls. Luckily, Nick was there to pack that shit properly and get it wrangled. HARD WORK!
It was WAY awesome to see Ted and Drew! We missed the girls, but it was great to catch up with the boys. We also got to hang out with Suzann and Dave for a while – YAY! Saw Miracole and Chris briefly and met Grant Imahara. Nick and Ted also got to talk shop with George Pérez, which was great to watch – as was George and Suzann nerding all over each other! PRICELESS!
We got into 2 panels – 2 more than I thought we would. John Barrowman’s panel was hilarious (of course) and he had his husband Scott with him, too, which was even better! We got to see their Batman and Superman underwear! LOL The Trek panel with Dorn and Frakes was pretty good. The questions were semi-dumb, so the guys entertained us with show tunes for much of the panel. Hey, it was Sunday, I don’t blame them! We did learn a couple of new things about Trek so it was worth it.
I gave in to my inner goth girl and bought a new corset. It’s a midlevel corset ($169) that has industrial plastic boning and laces front & back w/ black/purple brocade. It’s OK. Nothing like a Fallen Angel, but at half the price, I can’t really complain. The really good news is that I am in a 32!! This corset should be good for me even if I lose 30+ pounds. We will write it off as “booth décor”. :) Which is 100% true. Now I’ve got to make a skirt to go with it.
That was the big purchase of the con. We don’t need to spend the money, no, but sometimes you’ve gotta go with it. It makes me feel like a girl again, which I really needed. Nick will get his flat panel TV when everything goes on sale for xmas, so it all works out.
The restaurant remodel is clicking along. We’re working on the new menus and pricing. I’ve managed to stay on top of all the corrections despite the con, which makes me happy.
Hopefully the con crud will burn itself out this week and we can get back to normal by the weekend. We’ve got to mow the lawn and do some outdoor work this weekend and we can’t do that while sick. Bleh. Hope everyone avoided the crud and has a good week! (Oh, and Happy Birthday, Andy!)