Saturday, July 28, 2012
Okay so I have had quite the summer (as I stated in my status update - note to self: never again sign up for a summer course unless you have absolutely nothing planned whatsoever). With that being said, I had an eventful-ish summer, preferably at the beginning of this month (July). I went on a less-than-two week trip to a) go visit my dad (I have to take not 1, not 2, but 3, yes 3 planes to see him because he lives all the way out in New Mexico) and b) see my older sister for the first time in 2 years and a month.
I didn't however, realize that I was going to lose my wallet, which had all of my cards (including my health insurance card) and it also had my ID card in there too as well as my school ID, which I have to eventually replace. I sadly and stupidly took it out (along with my phone) and put it on the table I was sitting at. I was planning on putting both my wallet and cell phone back in my purse. However, that would not be the case. I swore up and down that I put both in and when I went to check, only my phone was in there. I cried and cried and cried. Needless to say my dad was disappointed (cause I had lost my ENTIRE wallet) and needless to say, so was I. So then I had to go through the process of canceling/freezing/blocking my accounts (checking, credit card, and savings). I had to call the banks and the credit card company to let them know what had happened. They all 3 immediately were able to close the accounts and issue new cards which they all said it would take them anywhere between 3 to 7 business days to mail new cards. The only problem was that I was without an ID card and other cards and had to rely on cash; luckily I was able to dig around in my big plastic storage totes that I had had since high school and found an old college ID that had a picture on it. That Tuesday (July 10th) I was going to visit my sister out in California (we were both going to San Diego Comic Con (the biggest convention of them all as far as I'm concerned). Luckily, I had my social security card in my wallet (I really need to quit leaving it in there to be honest) along with my old college ID and somehow that was able to get me through security. I truthfully thought it was a miracle (just having a lot of good luck in my case). So I was on my way to San Diego to visit my sister.
This was my first San Diego Comic Con and needless to say I am thankful for all that exercising on the treadmill as well as weight lifting at the school gym. It definitely tested my stamina and endurance big time. We had luckily gotten a badge with preview night and needless to say I was prepared for the lines, but not prepared for the amount of people there. I didn't get what I wanted on the first night, but I did get around to eventually getting it. So I improvised and walked around. My sister and I didn't exactly get to do everything we wanted to do, but we found some good alternatives. Thursday through Sunday proved to be quite the challenge as getting up early was not an easy feat for me (this turned out to happen because I started getting my sister's cold, who got the cold from our cousin). Though I'll have to say that Saturday was my favorite day because as it turned out, luck was on my side. First off, I was early for the Ben Edlund panel (the guy who helped create the live action version of The Tick among other things - he's most noted for being a writer on the show Supernatural). I stuck around for the Minimates panel because that was what preceded the panel I wanted to go to. I didn't stick around for all of it because I got a text from my boyfriend saying that I should try for the booth which held the item I was after. As luck would have it, the security looking guy at the entrance to the line let me in with a ticket (he felt bad for me and gave me one) so I was able to walk right up (with no line I might add) and get the item I wanted. I couldn't believe it - the one item I thought I would never get, I was able to get. I texted my boyfriend a picture message with the item, stating that I had gotten it. I was truthfully floored and flabbergasted. Little did I know that I would have more luck as I entered the Ben Edlund panel. I was able to get second row on the right hand side and a seat on the aisle (my favorite spot). A few minutes later, a guy asks if the seat next to me is taken and as I was looking up to say no, I did a double take and saw Misha Collins (yes, THE misha collins who is best known for his role as Castiel on Supernatural ) and I immediately let him in. He didn't sit right next to me, but the next seat over (I have picture proof which I will put up later). I was just honestly too starstruck to ask him to sign my badge. I truthfully couldn't believe it (my mind was racing with a whole range of thoughts). At the end of the panel I attempted to get his autograph but to no avail. Later on that day, I went to an event that wasn't part of comic con. This event was a meet up with the entire cast (yes, the ENTIRE cast) of Fact or Faked (a show on Syfy). I hung around a bit but mostly laid back because I am VERY, VERY shy to the point where I have to let other people introduce me to their acquaintances/friends. So as I was waiting to get a picture with the cast (again, the ENTIRE cast plus Bill Murphy's wife, who is very nice), I got group hugged by them, which I was NOT expecting. The very nice lady who organized the event took a few pictures, a couple of them being the group hug with everyone and then with the entire cast plus Bill Murphy's wife. Overall, I had a great experience. Sadly, Sunday was the last day, so nothing too eventful happened. I met Doug Jones (yes, that Doug Jones who plays a couple of characters in Pan's Labyrinth and Abe Sapien (I think that's the character's name); and I also was able to meet multiple times over the course of the convention). He was honestly very, very, very nice. He remembered me each time I met/saw him which to me means a lot (and coming from a famous person that's like the golden ticket of compliments). This convention was overall a good experience - I learned a lot (such as getting there at anywhere between 3-5 am for a panel which I shall hopefully somehow master next year. I met people I didn't expect to meet and got things that I wanted.
Overall, I have had an awesome Summer (except for the online summer course, which had been quite a challenge, to be honest and has taught me the lesson never take a summer class, online or offline unless I have absolutely nothing to do). I will more than likely post pictures later because they're on my cell phone).
I hope everyone has had a good Summer so far and is braving it one way or another. Also, feel free to leave comments below.
P.S. - for clarification purposes, when I say that I'm taking about my boyfriend, I actually mean my fiance'