Enter the Dragon*Con

It’s just after midnight here on the east coast.  I’ve returned to our hotel room and am relaxing as my pictures upload to Flickr and am trying to process my day.

Really…really trying to process it.

Oh my goodness.

My day started later than usual (thank you, 5:45 shift!) so I was able to get up and around without a lot of difficulty.  Once we had some light breakfast, the five of us went downstairs and promptly split up.  The day was full of this dynamic, as we were interested in different things and had some priorities in conflict.  That was okay, though; the age of wireless communication ensured we didn’t stay apart long.  I was only interested in a single panel today, so I spent most of my time wandering and people watching.

Yesterday was nothing compared to today.  The amount of people at the con multiplied tremendously.  There was also a higher saturation of costumed folks, and many VERY impressive.  Some not so much, but that’s how cons work.  I didn’t see anything in the way of violence, anger, or even loud complaining.  Everyone has been friendly.  Many pleases, thank you’s, excuse me’s…you name it.  Brad says he loves sci-fi because they take care of their own.  This isn’t an entirely sci-fi convention, but that rule seems to apply.  If you’re here, you’re family.

There are four main hotels and I only saw two today.  Since I only went to one panel (Quantum Leap!) I camped out between the Marriott and the Hyatt.  It was a great place to observe, as people were coming and going constantly.  Anyone I asked to stop so I could take their picture obliged happily.  Most of my day is a blur of this.  At one point I told myself, “I’m just going to have to stop taking pictures of cool costumes.  I have so many!” but alas, I didn’t.  I skipped the Kevin Murphy panel and the Weasley Twins panel so I could attend the Quantum Leap panel with Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell.

QL was my favorite TV show for many, many years and it was great to hear the stars talk about the good times, the fan following, and the final episode.  It was obvious that they got along fabulously and really enjoyed the con experience.  It was held in the main ballroom of the Marriott, and it was completely packed.  I’d heard horror stories of Q&A sessions but it was smooth and well-spoken.  Afterwards, I had the option to going to a few more panels but I just couldn’t tear myself away from the people watching.

We got back together, ate, and attended a concert by the Super 8-bit Brothers.  Although the rest of the gang eagerly awaited Weep (a band fronted by Venture Bros. creator and friend to the Nik(k)i’s, Doc Hammer) I absolutely had to rest, get some water (gotta counter-balance my near-empty flask), and prepare for tomorrow.

Saturday starts with a parade.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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