Monday, January 30, 2017

2016

I do not think I am alone in thinking 2016 was a terrible year.  There were lots of celebrity deaths and lots of other problems.  I had a family member die, a family member diagnosed with cancer.  Then there was the terrible awful that was November.  I have been slowly recovering from that horrendous day and am moving on but it is slow and difficult.

A brief history
I grew up in a house with republican mother and a democrat father.  Politics were not discussed much at all.  Then came Bill Clinton and neither parent could get behind him so they started looking for alternates.  When I was in high school some billion years ago, I was in an advanced Citizenship Issues class.  In the class with me were the head of the Teenage Republicans and the Young Democrats.  I was always the person called on as the voice of the middle.  I suppose the middle is where I belong (I am a Libra after all).  I have often joked that I am the most liberal Republican or the most conservative Democrat you might know.  I have volunteered for the Independent candidate and the Democrat alike.  I have voted for the candidate and not the party for years.

To November
This year I volunteered for the Democratic Party.  I am not embarrassed or ashamed of it.  I only wish I could have done more.  I was so excited for the election I rushed home from work, made dinner, fed the dog, put on my jammies and jumped in bed in front of the TV to watch.  I was so appalled and nauseated that I went to bed by 8pm before the election had been called.   I have never been so ashamed to be surrounded by so many people with ugly hearts.  I have unfriended several people on Facebook and am outright ignoring people I should not.  I do understand people that are afraid of women in power.  Do I understand why?  HELL NO but I understand that they exist.  I understand that there are those people that were afraid of the status quo.  However what I do not, and will NEVER understand is that of the two major party nominees, why would you vote for a narcissistic sex offender? OR vote for someone who has no chance to defeat said sex offender.
Well, now those people have put the narcissist in the White House.

Now
In the one week he has been in office, there has been talk of succession from 3 states, multiple rallies and today the crem de le crem...a screening of Finding Dory.  WOW What a good choice the minority of this country has made.

Since November I have been in a bit of depression.  I am trying to get out.  I have decided I need to get out of this funk.  I am back to writing and watching my shows and movies.  I am playing video games again.  I have made the conscious decision to avoid  much of the daily news and to try and become happy again.  I will not get over it and if another person tells me to do so, I will take myself out of their life.  I do not want to be around people who think the behavior of this narcissist is ok and his policies are good for the country I love.

Happier times

Have you ever played The Adventures of Link, Zelda II?  I have not played it since I was a kid.  Holy bananas it is difficult in places.  Lots of things I did not remember and some things I remembered perfectly.  Crazy how things work like that.  Now I am off to catch up on the last two episodes of Gotham.  Goodnight.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

DragonCon 2016 Recap

Holy Bananas, folks, another year of con has come and gone.  There are so many things to tell you! First off there was a hurricane that was coming up the coast.  It brought a lot of wind and sprinkles of rain.  The weather was AWESOME it was in the 70's and with the wind it was not ungodly humid and sauna like.  WOO HOO for hurricanes that are just down the coast.

This year it seemed like there were more people arriving early and staying late.  Usually there was a huge influx of people on Thursday.  This year it was on Wednesday.  Also, there were more people there on Monday than in years past.  Cool!  There were events on Thursday this year also.  The Geek Sing-a-long was a hit and so was the wrestling.  Both were a lot of fun.  The Marriott got a whole lot of new furniture.  It was EVERYWHERE.  It took them 2 days to get it all stored for the con.  It was beautiful while it was out.  I know people are still mourning the Volpin pattern Marriott carpet.  The new one is not all that great to look at.   BUT, when you look at it from the higher levels it is sooo cool.  ALSO, this helps for people who are lost.  The stripes are perpendicular to the sky bridges to the Hyatt and the Hilton so if you are following the lines, you are going the wrong way...see, there is something good about the change.  Besides, folks, this is not the first time the carpet has changed in the Marriott.  Have a cheer, in a few years they will change it again and we will mourn this one leaving.  LOLOLOL

I was on a panel for the first time.  YAYYY Conquered that fear of public speaking.  I helped out with the DragonCon Newbies group and led a walking tour for the first time.  WOOOOOT.  I got a Pic with Daredevil and a Fucking Pissant as my mom calls him.  The amount of great panels I attended were immeasurable.  The friends and fellow geeks I got to hang out with are too many to mention.  You know who you are.  Thanks for another great con!

I had a photo op with this one guy and I was worried because he portrays a particularly unpleasant character.  When I got in the photo line it was not very long.  I was kind of nervous.  Sometimes celebrities are hit or miss with the con scene.  In this line I decided I would go to his fan panel that I was not previously planning to go to.  I usually try to avoid the chaos of the celebrities if I can.  Since his photo line was so short I was worried there would not be a full room for his panel.  I went over to the Hyatt to get in line and it was about 20 minutes before the panel was to begin.  The line was told long before I got there that it had been capped.  WHAT?!?!?  The end of the line went all of the way around the Hyatt and began to lap itself.  YAYAY!  I was wrong and he did get DragonCon Love.  I am so proud of my people for not giving him the cold shoulder.  Everyone that was in line did not get into the panel.  I have a friend who was in the line before it began to lap itself and she did not get into the room until 30 minutes after it started and someone had left.  HUGS to all of the people who waited in that line!!!!

Charlie Cox, aka Matt Murdock, Daredevil from Netflix or Tristain from Stardust was the most amazing celeb I have met.  That says a lot.  John Barrowman is hard to top....ok maybe they are tied.  When getting a celeb photo op you are herded in like cattle and are with the celeb 10 seconds tops.  With Charlie, he introduced himself, asked my name, where I was from and if I was having a good time.  WHAT?!?! This is the coolest celeb ever!  Most just say hi and bye.  That is if you are lucky...This is NOT bashing on celebs...it is just that there are so many fans and such little time. I am sure it is tiring for them.  Please do not think that I have anything unpleasant to say about celebs.  This is just saying that an encounter with one went above and beyond to make those 10 seconds smashing!

This year there was a very distinct difference between good and bad panels.  I went to two in the same room and the same problems were there for both panels.  Difficult to hear...we were told to NOT close the door.  Not sure what that was about and the panelists were not prepped in any way.  Very chaotic.  Another toughie was about Genetics...I get that this is a very scientific topic..however it was supposed to be about Harry Potter.  I think it was about genetics and then just throw in some Harry Potter references.  Kind of a bummer.  There were lots of kids in there and if I thought it was a bit difficult to follow, I am sure they did too.  There was a panel that the Tolkien track puts on every year.  Westeros vs Middle Earth.  The panelists were given a topic and told to research it ahead of time and they would be given an allotted time to talk about it.  This was so well planned.  The panelists were prepared and organized.  This is one of the best panels I have seen in awhile.  Then again, I have never been to a bad panel put on by the Tolkien Track.

I found a new track I really do not know why it took me so long to find.  It is the Fantasy Lit track.  Charlotte and Angel, the track directors are delightful and put on two great panels that I saw.  Both were organized, interactive and they knew their subject matter. The other panel I saw of theirs was DragonSex.  This was the funniest panel I think I have ever been to. They had Todd McCaffery there and they talked about how dragons have sex. It was appropriately inappropriate, there was a rocket scientist who told us how much time the dragons had to have sex in the air before they hit ground...It was 6 minutes if they did not extend their wings and if they extended the wings it could last up to 2 hours.  LOLOL There was a sign language translator...HOLY COW was he into the discussion. There was a hearing impaired person but she did not speak English so there was an ASL interpreter that was translating to a hearing impaired translator who could then translate from English to French SL. The French guy was the funniest thing I have ever seen.  This interpreter was so animated that by the end of the panel we, the audience, were all doing the SL gestures in response to him. I think all three of those folks probably had more fun than the rest of us put together.  So not planned and so amazing.

The Newbies walking tour was new for me this year also.  I stood at the door and gave away tickets to get you into the groups for the tours.  I did this for awhile.  While this was going on, we answered questions while we waited for the next group of 20 to fill up.  When it was time for me to take my group I think things went well.  I stopped my tour more than expected but I think the more info you can give the better.  I had a pair of girls that started at the front of the group and the further we went, the further back they got in the group until finally they and my wrangler went missing.  We waited to see if they could catch up but unfortunately they never did.  We got back to the beginning room and did more Q&A.  I had so much fun.  A Big Thanks to Kim, Kevin, Sue and Michael for setting this up.  I think this is sooo invaluable to anyone who takes the time to stop by.

All in all, this was another AMAZING year.  I did not fangirl out or embarrass myself so that was great.  Met more new folks and tried more new things.  I can't wait for next years adventure.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

66 Days Until Dragon Con

I have a new goal for the week.   The ultimate in difficult for me, to go sugarless.  Now I know that is almost impractical if you count all the sugar there is in processed foods, cereals hot dogs and stuff.  I am talking refined sugar.  Cookies, cake, candy and the like.  Today is day 1.  I hope I do not go berserk and kill someone.  ORR start seeing flying monkeys.  I have gone without cokes for years now and I think I can do this.  Wish me luck.

67 Days Until Dragon Con

I know this is supposed to be all about weight loss but something epic happened Sunday.  She is 10 year old Lyanna Mormont.  She laid the smackdown on a hall full of crotchety old men and took names.  OMG!  Sunday was the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones.  This was in my opinion the best episode in the history of the show.  We have some crazy goings on in King's Landing.  I think this is leading up to the Valonqar prophecy.  Will it be Jaime or will it be Tyrion?  I vote for Jaime.  If you do not know the prophecy, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0epLB3cyn-g  There was some great aligning of old houses...Targaryen, Tyrell and Dorne.  Holy cow, Lady Olenna is awesome.  I two of my favorite characters are Lady Olenna and Lady Lyanna.  Both kicked superior butt!  The oldest and the youngest make me smile.

It is hard to not be all spoiler-y.  I hope I have not ruined anything.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

68 Days Until Dragon Con

UGGG.
My family came to visit.  My diet plan went out of the window.  CRUD.  I did manage to hold myself to only two pieces of pizza though.  YAY for me.  Then I had pie.  =/

Big Brother season 18 has started up again and there is lots of drama.  I love Big Brother in all of it's drama and the oh so many train wrecks.  Anyone remember April and Ollie?  I wonder if they are still dating.  LOLOLOL  I honestly wonder how people are so stupid and do not realize that they are being filmed 24-7?  We have already had one showmance that has broken up and two more are in the works.  DURRH!  I will do more on that when we get to the first eviction.  Stillll UGG!


69 Days Until Dragon Con

Another Friday is here.  UGGG
I have done better this week but not good enough.Atleast there was no gain.
Goal for next week is to watch portion control.  No need to eat everything on my plate, I can leave some on the plate.

Date: June 24, 2016
Time: 10:30 pm
Water: 50 oz
Activities:Walk to lunch daily
Steps: 19819

Thursday, June 23, 2016

70 Days Until Dragon Con

Big Brother season 18 started last night.  As a tradition, Jeff, Marc and I go to On The Border and do a draft of who we want to be on our team.  We did this last night and there was much angst and cajoling.  We ended up with our teams and there was trading into the night.  The teams are as follows:

JeffMarcHeather
FrankDa'VonneNicole
TiffanyZakiyahVictor
PaulieGlennBronte
NatalieJozeaCorey
Paul JamesMichelle
Bridgette


Marc goes for who he thinks will tank quickly.  I try to go for strong women, and Jeff is usually alpha guys and returners.  Due to bad draft choices on my part and decent trades to off my bad selections, I have my team.  Marc made several trades to get his team.  Hopefully this year we will get a female winner!