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Okay, so we're off to Comic Con tomorrow, and in preparation for having the dog walkers come over to take care of the Beaster, I needed to go get a new front door key. No big deal, right? I figured I'd just hop over to the Ace Hardware, which is only about half a mile away.

Well, I'm headed south on Glendora Avenue when two of Glendora's finest (and I use the term loosely, as you'll see in a moment) came zooming out of a side street and hung a left so they were also headed south on Glendora. Like a good citizen, I pulled over and waited until they'd cleared the area before I started back down Glendora Avenue. The Ace is in a shopping center on the northwest corner of Glendora and Route 66 (yes, I live right near Route 66), but traffic was backed up at the red light, so I decided I'd better use the east entrance off Glendora, even though the Ace is all the way across the shopping center. I pulled into the shopping center and had just started to make my way down the lane that fronts the Albertson's there when all of a sudden the two cop cars came screaming down the aisle just ahead of me and whipped around almost right in front of me -- I stomped on my brakes and looked over my left shoulder, only to see this scruffy-looking guy holding his hands up. The funny part (hence my crack about "Glendora's finest") is that the first cop car stopped so suddenly that his buddy rear-ended him! Not badly, but I definitely heard a crunch and saw little bits of plastic falling to the ground. Someone's going to have some extra paperwork to fill out.

I took a breath and passed this little contretemps, and figured that was the end of it. Not really. I pulled up to the Ace, and there were three more cop cars in front of the store, with cops surrounding a guy who looked like someone ordered a gangbanger out of Central Casting. I waited in the car for a minute to see the lay of the land, and it looked as if they were still letting people in and out of the store, so I figured the hell with it and went in. All was quiet inside. I asked the guy at the key counter if it was a robbery, and he said it was just a shoplifting. I made a crack about typical Glendora P.D. overreaction (seriously, five cop cars for someone trying to steal lawn edging?), and the key counter guy just sort of grinned at me.

With that taken care of, I decided I didn't want to go back up Glendora Avenue since traffic was bad and making a left out of the parking lot without a light can be a real bitch. Besides, I remembered that I wanted to get some fresh eye drops, as my right eye has been giving me grief lately (allergy issues). So I headed over to Walgreen's, which was just down Route 66. No problem, except just as I pulled into a parking space I looked out across Grand Avenue and saw that there had been a horrendous car crash right across the street -- completely smashed Nissan Z and something that might once have been a Honda, and then two or three more cop cars, plus your requisite fire truck and ambulance. 

I got my eye drops and then beat feet for home. With whatever weird vibes are floating around this town this afternoon, I wanted me and my car safely back home.

I don't know if Comic Con will be half so exciting.

Grumble

Jul. 24th, 2009 02:42 pm
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Oh, all the news out of Comic Con is just driving me nuts. All my friends (well, at least 90%) are down there, but no, Erik and Joy said (back when tickets went on sale), "Eh, we don't want to go this year...it's too crowded, it's too hot, you can't get in to see anything, blah, blah, blah."

If I start talking like that when the next round of tickets goes on sale, hit me upside the head with something hard. I am NOT missing out on this again!

Phooey.
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Oh, naive little me. I had thought, since they limited membership this year and Saturday was actually sold out (no memberships sold at the door), that it might be a little more manageable. Wrong! Every single panel we wanted to go to was so overrun that the only way you could get in was to line up hours in advance. Sorry, that last time I waited in line that long for something was the midnight showing of The Two Towers. Even so, I heard horror stories of people who waited more than two hours to go to the Heroes panel and STILL couldn't get in. We did finally get to see an interesting panel with several professional costume designers (people who have designed for 300, Hairspray, Men in Black, and a ton more that I can't remember), so that was good, but that was also the ONLY panel we went to. Otherwise we tried to avoid getting crushed to death in the exhibit hall (it didn't help that we kept getting stopped so people could get pictures of Erik as Snape), hung out where we could, and tried to stand under air conditioning vents. :-P  My friend Kim went down for the day because she's a Young Adult librarian and she had some money to spend on books for her section, but she didn't find nearly as much as she'd hoped for. (Also, it doesn't help that she's even worse in crowds than I am. Oops.)

We did get to have a very fun meal with a bunch of friends at our favorite Irish pub down in the Gaslamp District (The Field...highly recommended!), and we also had a good time hanging out in the satellite viewing room in the Sails Pavilion for the Masquerade (which is much better than going and sitting in the actual Masquerade audience, because in the Pavilion you can sit at a big table with your friends, drink (not that we did much of that this year; actually, Erik didn't drink at all), and heckle if you want to. It makes the Masquerade much more tolerable if you can MST3K it). There were some parties going on after that, but we were both tired and had a two-hour drive home after that, so we decided to get the hell out of Dodge.

The highlight of the day was almost getting in a car accident on the way home. Trust the good ol' 57 to try to screw you after you've managed to drive more than 200 miles without incident! We were in the carpool lane, and some numbnuts in a big truck (sorry to anyone out there who has a full-size truck, but it seems to me that most of the people who drive those things are complete assholes) decided to cut right in front of this guy in a Mitsubishi Eclipse. The Eclipse had to swerve out of the way, spun out RIGHT IN FRONT OF US, and ended up turned around the wrong way on the median next to the K-rail in the middle of the freeway. Somehow Erik managed to swerve around the guy (I could feel the car straining, but thank God for that Mercedes engineering -- Gunther screeched a little, but that was it), and we were able to continue up the freeway having lost only a little rubber off the tires. All I have to say is that if the guy in the Mitsubishi and Erik weren't such good drivers, there would have been a serious crack-up right then and there. I don't think the Mitsubishi was damaged, except for its tires (serious cloud of burning rubber as a result of his spinout), but it was really scary. Erik and I had been feeling kind of tired and sleepy up to that point (I'd been trying to keep up a conversation so we both wouldn't pass out), but let me tell you, after that incident we were both wide awake. Yikes.

Consensus? Although I had fun, I'm not sure Comic Con is really worth it anymore. I love dressing up and hanging out with my friends and doing all the geeky stuff going to a convention involves, but frankly, I'd rather go to a small local convention like Loscon -- it's a lot closer, unbelievably less crowded, and I don't have to play walkie-talkies with my cell phone because it's the only way to find anyone unless you tagged them with a tracer and have GPS.

But at least I managed to get a semi-decent picture of Erik as Snape and me as Professor Sinistra: 

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