Wrapping up the Con

So, after a busy and thoroughly enjoyable four days of Dragon*Con, I am writing from the comfort of my apartment in Tulsa, rested and reset.  How’d the rest of the con go?  I had planned to write more but the excitement of D*C interfered…I’ll try to keep this from being rambly.

The parade on Saturday morning was good, but a little underwhelming for me.  Everyone else enjoyed it thoroughly, and there was a lot to enjoy.  It was broken down into sections; there was a Ghostbusters section, a Superhero section, a Stormtrooper section, etc.  There were a few floats, several vehicles (the Mad Max vehicle/section was really impressive) and the Steampunk folks even boasted a modified Segway.  I guess I just expected more elaborate costumes.  Makes sense in hindsight; who wants to walk a parade route in some huge, extravagant costume and risk damage?  There were a lot of non-cons there, and from what I understand the Con registration building was overwhelmed afterwards with folks that were unaware and happened to catch the parade.

Afterwards, Indi went to take a nap (last night + early parade) and I did what ended up being my favorite thing to do:  wander, take pictures, and people watch.  I found a lady with a tell-tale “!” above her head, denoting that she had a quest ala ‘World of Warcraft’.  I got a chocolate gold coin out of the deal, and would’ve had more if I’d found the quest turn-in lady, but I never did.  Once Indi got up and about, we were walking around and ran into Jason Carter, who played Marcus on Babylon 5.  Indi got her picture with him (and a drag off his cigarette) which caused her to jump around with extreme happiness.  Saturday night we went to a ‘Quiz Show’ panel (similar to the British show ‘Would I Lie to You?’ and etc) that consisted of games played by MST3K folks and Doc Hammer.  I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

Sunday was magic day for me.  I spent a lot of time on my own (everyone else went to a Brent Spiner panel while I attended to my own matters) and saw some celebs.  I met Claudia Christian (Susan Ivanova from Babylon 5), was greeted by Brent Spiner (on his way to the panel that everyone else was waiting in line for) and Star Trek’s Q (John de Lancie) put his hand on my shoulder and announced he was going to go give Jonathan Frakes some trouble as he walked through a line I was standing in.  I noticed a lot of ‘famous’ Con folks just walking around amongst everyone.  Even Kevin Sorbo, who is quite highly regarded.  I didn’t see anyone get mobbed or overwhelmed, mostly just waves and hellos.  Anyway, Sunday consisted of much people-watching, some drinking, and good times.

Monday was the drive home.  Saying goodbye to Dragon*Con wasn’t as hard for me as it was for some of the others, as my wits were frayed and I was ready to come home and rest.  It was a long, fabulous weekend full of fans and friends.  I met some new ones and felt at home amongst strangers.  Everyone was friendly, polite, and the one fight we saw break out came from a few non-cons trying too desperately to pick up nerd chicks.  Everyone was eager to show off their costumes, or fan knowledge, or gaming skills (the Hilton’s basement was filled with table-top gaming tables).  It was a celebration of all things geek or nerd.  I was very happy to be a part of it.

I can’t wait to go again next year.

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. 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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