Every year I think, “I’m going to be totally fine not going to San Diego!” Then the event actually rolls around. I see friends heading off, exclusives being shared, events that are taking place off-site. It gets even worse once panels are announced. Let me tell you how pissed I am about missing out on the “Psych” panel. I AM VERY PISSED. They could show “Thor: Ragnarok” to Hall H, the entire movie, and I’m still more jealous over those attending “Psych.” So, in order to try and keep the green eyed monster at bay, I’m going to share some old SDCC memories and photos! Now, it all blurs together so I might be off with years or whatever. Here we go!
2010, The Year That Started It All
I honestly think this was the last year where you could just get in line at a decent hour. Hell, we even bought our tickets months after they went on sale. It was seriously a bit of a “spur of the moment” thing. Oh, and it was my very first convention. Ever. Yes, I jumped right into the convention pool. Did it come with issues. Yes. It was supposed to be a group of 3, turned into a duo instead. Oh and we didn’t know the 3rd dropped out until we got to our hotel. Yup. Obviously this affected budgets since now we each owed more for the hotel and we rented a car that was big enough for all of us. The entire convention was a learning experience! We stayed in Mission Valley, which is something I wouldn’t do again. We probably could have done better in the food department for Ballroom 20 camping. In the end though, we were hooked. We still had a great time and we knew we’d be back. We got to see things that are probably once in a lifetime. I think that’s the best part of San Diego. Some of the shows and movies really bring their A Game and you’ll walk away seeing something you’ll probably never see again. We saw James Roday and Dule Hill perform “Shout” with Curt Smith. I MEAN COME ON. They even added a little comic-con twist to it.
I got to see actors from shows I love, that I never thought I’d ever see in person! I love Pauley from “NCIS” and couldn’t believe I was actually getting to meet her and tell her about the time I dressed as Abby for Halloween. Or that I’d meet fucking LL Cool J and basically be put in a headlock by him.
Plus I fell in love with San Diego. The city itself is probably the biggest draw for me. If the event moved, I probably wouldn’t feel the same pull that I do now. The weather (normally) is perfect, it’s easy to walk to everything if you’re in the Gaslamp, people are nice. It’s just a great spot and I really want to try and visit for a “normal” vacation once. Another thing we learned was to give ourselves more time. I think we arrived Tuesday and left Monday. Now I try and give myself an entire week if I can. I’m normally exhausted by Sunday and the last thing I want to do is worry about packing or catching a flight home. I think my first year, we didn’t even go to the convention on Sunday. We didn’t know a lot of people either. It’s nice and weird though. I mean, I’ve made so many friends because of conventions that it’s weird to think back to a time where it was really just me and Melinda doing our thing. And little did I know that this trip would kick off When Nerds Attack and I’d be attending as Press down the road. That’ll be another post for sure!
What was your first convention? Have you attended San Diego? Hit up the comments!