Ad Astra 2013 flashback: Best Fuego Grilled Burger!

May 11, 2013

Okay, well, the first thing you need to understand is when I went to bed on Saturday night, I set an alarm on the iPhone to wake me up with a custom ringtone. The second thing is that I’ve gotten into this habit of taking the iphone with me when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, because whatever email might have arrived between midnight and 3am is obviously SO important. ;)

So I wake up very groggily to the dim strains of a ringtone playing over and over again in the next room. By the time I finally got to the hotel bathroom to shut it off, that alarm had been ringing for something like ten minutes. Oh well.

I went to the hotel restaurant for the breakfast buffet, and wasn’t too impressed with their french toast or milk, (and there were no pancakes at all,) but went back for a second helping of bacon and breakfast potatoes. Maybe that was because I’d gone the day before with no meat and possibly a low level of protein, (peanuts notwithstanding.)

So after breakfast, went back up to the room again; the plan was to check out by nine AM so that I could help out with the vendor’s room again and not need to worry about running back upstairs. That worked out pretty well, except that I forgot about a work thing I was supposed to do on the laptop Sunday morning, (but that worked out okay twelve hours later.) I took a few things out to the car, and left other luggage behind the front desk with a claim check. It was a little while before anybody showed up for the vendor’s room, so I pulled out the Kindle and read some of Jim Butcher’s “Ghost Story.”

After the vendor’s room was open, I went upstairs, and met Magie and Maggie from the browncoats in the corridor. They were a little upset that the Star wars/Disney panel (with Jim!) wasn’t where they’d expected it to be, but I pulled out my schedule and figured out that they were nearly an hour early. :)

The Masquerade awards were given out at ten-thirty Sunday morning, and the participants outnumbered the few fans who’d come out to see who won. (And one participant, Link, wasn’t able to come because he was stuck on duty at the registration desk.)

So… I won an award!  Read the rest of this entry »


Ad Astra 2013 flashback: Cosplay Saturday!

May 9, 2013

Well, it’s more than a month since I went to Ad Astra, but I figure I can still tell you guys about it. My last Ad Astra post covered Friday, so this time I’ll start with Saturday morning.

I woke up pretty early, showered, headed out to look for the Tim Horton’s at the corner that I’d seen listed on Google Maps. It turned out to be a coffee counter at a gas station, and they didn’t have TimBits, so I grabbed two maple dip donuts for breakfast. ;) Once I’d eaten, I suited up into security gear and went downstairs to see if I could help.

The volunteer room wasn’t open by nine, so I just kinduv hung around, and kept an eye on the vendors moving their stuff into the room. Soon the guy who’d deputized me as a volunteer showed up, and told me that my main job was to keep non-Vendors from wandering into the Vendors room before it opened up at ten. That worked out pretty well; I got to say hi to a lot of people, even though some of them were disappointed that they couldn’t get an early start on their window shopping. I also challenged a vendor or two who didn’t have their lemon-lime colored vendor badges out, and let a few people with ‘panelists’ slip through because I wasn’t sure I wanted to give them a hard time about hanging out with their vendor friends. :) And it was fun to get to check with the ConCom liaison in charge of the Vendor’s room and tell the gathering horde that it was time to go and buy!

At ten, I went to a panel for ‘What’s new in fandom’, but started paging through my schedule and realized that I had a busy day of stalking Jim Butcher ahead of me, so I left the panel to take care of some business. First I checked in with the guy in the volunteer office to ask some questions about spending the day in Cosplay. The volunteer guy said that I could just leave the yellow T-shirt and the radio gear in my hotel room while I was dressed up. He was bonding a staff from somebody’s cosplay outfit when I got there, so that answered another question, if I should ask to get my blasting rod bonded as safe. So up the elevator I went, put on my Harry Dresden finery, and back down to the volunteer office, where a bit of black zip-tie was wrapped around the end of my ‘blasting rod’ broomstick, to mark it as convention-safe or whatever.

There were Jim Butcher panels in the next two time slots: “Standalone novel versus series” and “Magic in the big city.” I was complimented a few times on my costume, and two people suggested that I should sign up for the Masquerade contest that night, so I left after the first few minutes of the ’50 years of Doctor Who’ panel to go to the signup table and entered as a novice, no craftmanship judging: I didn’t craft most of the costume myself. My Mom did more of that, with all the time she put in on the white bead pentacle, and helping with the shield bracelet too.

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Polaris 2011 – Day Two!

July 16, 2011

Had a great day at the convention today, and it isn’t over – there’s still the Constellation awards this evening, and the costume masquerade, and the Whedonverse geek-off. Actually, the masquerade and the geek-off overlap, so I won’t be able to see the end of the masquerade, but that’s just the way it has to be.

But, let’s see, the highlights so far:

  • I volunteered setting up the autograph room, first thing in the morning. That was really pretty cool, and I’ve signed up for some morning set-up as a volunteer again for tomorrow at 8 am.
  • Great Q&A sessions with Armin Shimerman and Adam Baldwin.
  • Getting autographs from both of the above gentlemen, plus Melinda Clarke.
  • Got my picture taken with Adam, and still need to actually pick up the photo print.
I didn’t go to too many panels – and twice I got to one really late, found that it was way too full, standing room only, so I went to find an alternate panel and really had a good time. The first time, this morning, it was after volunteering, because I decided to stay later than I’d planned to make a full hour on my volunteer timesheet, and the Doctor Who panel was really full, so I went to the Chuck panel, which was lots of fun.
This afternoon, a similar thing happened, when I stayed in the Adam Baldwin Q&A after the hour, because he was late arriving on account of a long autograph line. This time, it was a panel on worldbuilding and writing that had no room – so I went to a Doctor who panel about picking where in space and time you’d like to travel.
I’m also a little sorry that I got the Sheraton convention meal plan, because it’s meant that I needed to eat three times from the restaurant buffet today. The breakfast buffet was pretty good – it had pancakes, maple syrup, bacon, and milk, which is all you really need to keep me happy in the morning – and granny smith apples too for bonus. But I was not really impressed with the buffet selection for lunch or dinner, though I managed to find some things to fill up on.
Wish you were all here! You’d have a blast, I rather suspect.
UPDATE: Yes, I am the undisputed Polaris Toronto ultimate Whedonverse geek, and proud of it, whoo-hoo! I’ll leave you with the final tie-breaker question: “Who took Inara to the shindig on Persephone?”

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