Monday, September 5, 2011

Dragon Con Carne, Pt. 1

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My sister, CYNTHIA, and our friend ARI, flew out from California to Georgia to attend the big DRAGON*CON sci-fi and fantasy convention in Atlanta, held every year over the course of Labor Day weekend. Cynthia and Ari had a hotel room already booked at a Sheraton Hotel in nearby Smyrna (everything in downtown Atlanta was sold out) and since our plumbing was temporarily "out of service" here at the Ranch (see previous two posts), we gladly accepted their offer of hanging out at Dragon*Con and spending the night with them...

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The suite was divided into two separate rooms which were near mirror images of each other. Missy and Ari demonstrate how mirrors work:

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After getting the hotel situation sorted out, we made the trek into downtown Atlanta. The streets were crowded with people decked out in all sorts of costumes. I got a real kick seeing COOKIE MONSTER walking down the street and then stopping to ask a volunteer for directions:

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We ditched the car and joined the hot, sweaty, and nerdy throngs of people walking the streets, moving in and out the various hotels in the area that were co-hosts to the convention...

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Not sure who this guy was supposed to be, but he stood outside of the Hyatt playing the SAX SOLO from WHAM's "CARELESS WHISPER" over and over again:

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Someone came dressed as WILFRED!

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Not sure who these people were, but they were made of candy and cupcakes, so naturally, Missy had to have her picture made with them:

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I saw this chuckled to myself, as I couldn't help but think of KEVIN SMITH's movie, "MALLRATS":

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CAPTAIN AMERICA!

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MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE!

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After a couple of hours people watching in various hotel lobbies, Missy and I decided to go "legit" and actually register with Dragon*Con, so that we could gain access to the many other official areas and events. Lucky for us, we showed up so late for the game that we didn't have to deal with excruciatingly long lines (or so we thought) and we got our passes in no time flat:

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We got all "paparazzi" with LADY GAGA:

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We were hyped to see ZAN and JAYNA - the WONDER TWINS - and Missy couldn't help but help them ACTIVATE their WONDER TWIN POWERS. Were they really brother and sister...or lovers? Cynthia thinks she saw them later that night sans costume, holding hands while we waited in line to take the shuttle to the Dragon*Con party at the GEORGIA AQUARIUM...

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Missy gets a 1-UP and a MELTED CHOCOLATE COIN from the BROTHERS MARIO:

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After waiting in line for over half and hour, we were finally able to get on the bus...we probably could have walked to the Aquarium in half the time it took us to wait for the bus, but for now, we were happy to finally sit and enjoy some ice-cold air conditioning...

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3 comments:

Marla said...

Looks to me like the sax dude is SERGIO, which was a Jon Hamm skit on Saturday Night Live. Which is random and obscure but also kind of awesome.

RANCHO COCOA said...

Ah ha...Thanks for the I.D.!

Emelia said...

Pretty funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaoLU6zKaws