On my first adventure to the con, I was sooo out of my element. I did not have any idea where I was going or what I was doing. LOLOL I tried looking at the pocket program (this was before there was an app) and was overwhelmed. After the red-eye and hours in line to pick up my badge, I was off and running. I hit up a Lord of the Rings panel on if The Hobbit was going to be filmed or not. Yes, this was many many years ago. In the room next door was a Sookie Stackhouse panel and I do not know what was going on but there was lots of excitement and screaming. To be honest, I do not remember if the show True Blood had even been made yet or not. I then wandered over to the Hilton and meant to be in the Marriott. I found a Skeptics Track panel and promptly fell asleep. Not to say that the topic was not interesting, just that I had now been up for over 24 hours and was exhausted. After I awoke from my brief nap I was off to......somewhere. Friday was such a blur. I have no idea what happened the rest of the day.
Saturday was the day I was going to get my autograph from the author I went to see. I decided that I would go to see where she was going to be doing the signing. I headed out early. The signing was to be at 2-ish so I thought I would head that way around noon. As I found where it was going to be, I also found a line had already started to form. HOLY CRAP! I instantly got in line and sat there. I was sitting on the floor of the Marriott with the con going on all around me. I was there for hours upon hours and it was great. I met people and took lots of photos. I got my autograph and spent the rest of the con in line to see many many authors. I came across a lady who I saw in many of the same places I was. For now we will call her Mildred. I will discuss more about Mildred later. This whole con I was a lost mess. I am navigationally inclined and can find my way from place to place. However, there were so many places I wanted to be at once and had no idea how to get to all to them. My head was a jumbled spinning mess. I missed out on so much and yet did so very many things. I met people I am still friends with all of these years later. Hi Joe and Gary! I will be forever grateful for my first year at Dragon Con, all of the people I met, the things I saw and did. Oh, what a splendid time I had.
|Cosplay as viewed from my place in line.|