Planning to go there and back again: Comic-Con conundrums


We’ve had our walk–no snakes!– and I have taken my Super Secret Vitamin.  Twenty-one days from now, I will be boarding a plane at Dannelly Field to begin my somewhat unexpected journey to  lovely San Diego and to Comic-Con International.  I’ll leave my country and my little home town of some 8,000 souls behind to visit a city of more than one million, to attend an event that will draw more than 165, ooo people.  That’s a good chunk of the population of our state’s capital city.

English: This is a photograph of the terminal ...

English: This is a photograph of the terminal of the Montgomery Regional Airport in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

If all goes well, I will get settled into my room at the Otay Valley Best Western that afternoon and then grab a taxi or trolley over to the convention center before 8:30 p.m.  to pick up my badge.(My badge! I’ll be official!)

Comic-Con International: San Diego 2007

Comic-Con International: San Diego 2007 (Photo credit: statelyenglishmanor)

I don’t want to have to wait in line the next morning for it. I’ll have places to go, people to see, things to do! And a case of jet lag, no doubt. I will start out at Central Daylight Time when I leave Montgomery, go to Eastern Time and gain an hour in Atlanta, and then lose three hours by the time I arrive in SD. Hmmmm–perhaps a nap will be in order? Or will I simply be too darned excited?

Will I need a nap like Lucas when I make it to SD? Or will I be too hyped to even consider such a thing?

The closest thing I can relate to this event in terms of an experience is the ten days we spent in Europe back in 1999. My husband was amazed I did as well as I did, up early every morning and on the go until bedtime. I was so exhausted I took my Ambien and passed out.

I was determined to drink in every moment and not miss a thing. After all, I might never visit London or France again. I wanted to make the most of it!  However, that was 13 years and way more than 13 pounds and several conditions ago. And I had the help of Benny in keeping up with the kids in our group. The convention center is a sprawling place. Lots of walking, standing, and sitting are ahead for me.

And so I keep  giving myself pep talks and rehearsing in my mind all the steps involved in getting “there and back again.” And taking walks and trying to work out carrying all the essentials with me–no checked baggage to worry about losing or having to pay a fee for. Hoping to travel light and experience traveling mercies along the way.

Will my travels be as pleasant as Margaret and John’s trip together? I will miss having my best bud with me, that’s for sure.

I’m excited to know I’ll have the chance to be a reporter again, something I did for a decade and was pretty good at. At least the people who judged the Alabama Press Association awards each year thought so. Who knows? Perhaps this could be the beginning of a new chapter in my life, just as John and Margaret’s fateful meeting at the train station marked a new beginning for them.  Life can indeed take us on unexpected journeys, as Bilbo Baggins and Thorin and his company discover.  You never know what’s around the corner . . .

I won’t have a shaggy pony or a big sword, but I will be armed with camera, recorder, camcorder, pen and paper when I arrive at Comic-Con.

And now I have something very important to decide. What in the heck am I gonna wear??  Lightweight, comfortable, easy to move in and still “casual professional” is what I’m thinking. With pockets.  Boring compared to the costumes I’ve seen from past Comic-Cons. Hey, I am going to see and not be seen, right? And there will be SUCH A LOT to see.  Like this . . .

Darth Marino of the Miami Dark-phins. Nothing like a costume that combines an American football hero with the infamous Star Wars villain. (

San Diego Comic-Con International

San Diego Comic-Con International (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Comic-Con International is coming July 12-15 in San Diego and I will be there!

Thank you to all who have helped make this trip possible. Richard and I appreciate it.

16 responses »

  1. Darth Marino! I love it. Love all the costuming but I have a special place in my heart for these kinds which combine completely separate worlds. lol Weta’s Facebook page has some great costume photos from last year and a ton from 2010:

    I’m so glad it’s all coming together for you, Angie! I hope it is indeed the start of a new, wonderful chapter. It looks like it’ll be me with my running shoes hanging out where the limos exit on the Saturday of the con. 🙂

    • The mash up costumes are really great. I just found that one particularly hilarious. My late FIL was a big Dolphins fan so I thought of him when I saw it. Maybe you’ll run right smack dab into Mr. Sexy Pants when he’s getting into his limo . . . well, preferably him and not the car. LOL

  2. Angie if you meet him will you ask him for an autograph and tell him you are a devoted fan ?
    Is it a problem as you are at Comic-Con as an official reporter ?

    • That’s a good question, Nadia. Having seen a number of television and radio personalities pose for a photo with the lovely man (think Lorraine Kelly and some of the BBC Radio DJs) I am inclined to think it would not be frowned upon. I suspect a lot of the reporters are also somebody’s fans.

      • Oooh I think Ms. Kelly has a bit of a crush on darling Richard! 🙂 I loved it when she called him “a beautiful boy”… It was so spontaneous, so sweet and also a bit embarrassing at the same time! 🙂

          • His embarrassed mumble in reaction to her compliment was one of the sweetest things I have ever seen and it made me fall in love with him even more (if that’s at all possible!) 🙂

            • I think of that video blog in which John Rhys-Davies was talking about how women around the world would be chasing them, and there was dear Richard in his Thorin attire, looking at the floor, cheeks pinking up, this embarrassed little smile on his face. I just wanted to hug him.

  3. I’m so excited for you. I’ve thought about how this could be a great turn around for you, as well as how the best things are often totally unexpected!! I wish you all the best as you embark on this incredible journey. It’s almost as exciting as Richard’s journey filming The Hobbit!

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