It's been over for more than a week, and most people are already through all their recap posts, but I like to be fashionably late as it were.
We took advantage of the early registration mid-afternoon. Judging by the pictures we saw of the line earlier that day as well as witnessing the line Friday morning, totally glad we went on Thursday. We saw Gus as we were leaving, who looked absolutely terrified that people had found him, so we just waved and went on our way. So hard to not just run up and hug him.
We hit up Frank for dinner (in my opinion, totally awesome), then went down to the river walk to catch the fireworks. We had originally tried to hang out at TGIFriday's for the Sidequest gathering, but it got way too busy way to quickly, so we decided to just skiddadle and do our own thing.
When the doors finally opened for the mad rush, we wandered for a little and ran into the first person who recognized me from the site by my backpack and crazy haired profile picture @millerjs86. Bonus: he and his group live on the other side of town from us. Yes here in Michigan. Totally awesome. We grouped up and watched the center stage from afar while we waited to try and catch Burnie. We missed him, but did get Matt and Kathleen. This was awesome moment number two, as Matt really liked the backpack and asked me if I would mind if he took a picture, then asked me to head over to the store to talk to the people in charge there. Awesome moment number three: Brian Behm liked the bag too.
In the afternoon I hit my first panel, RT Shorts. It was cool to hear about how they flesh out ideas and even get a sneak peek of a short. Later that night we made it to Geeks Who Drink. Not what I expected based on some things I had been told, but it was fun. I bugged out of Geeks Who Drink a little on the early side (we were the opposite of winning), and managed to meet Jack. He was just a cool dude to talk to. He recommended some bars to check out, so the group we had collected head out.
Dear Jesus was this a lesson in how not young I am anymore. We bar hopped a little, ran into our new favorite Guardian @dizzypiper (by the time the weekend was done I was convinced he had to have a clone, because that dude was everywhere), and made even more RTX friends, though it turns out @tcastro and I were already friends and alcohol just made it impossible for either of us to notice that for a few days. Funny how that works out. Good to meet him in person though!
We got to the convention center early for the sole purpose of booking it over to the autograph line to catch Burnie. By the time the doors opened and we made it to and through the line, we were just about the last people to get to see him. He was a little rushed, but that's understandable, I'm just glad I got to talk with him for a half a minute. Definitely one of those people I'd like to just sit down and chat with over a beer if I ever had the chance.
I also got to catch Shannon and Gus, reconnecting every once in a while with our fellow Michiganders. For dinner we hit up Casino El Camino, a place my husband had wanted to go to for ages (big fan of Diners Drive Ins and Dives). It was good, but I don't know if it was good enough to wait that long for.
After dinner we attempted to hit the mixer, but it had the same line and capacity issues the rest of the convention seemed to be hit with. We took the opportunity to go back to the hotel and rest up for a bit, then tried again later. Success! I was able to catch Barbara (who had her shit under control making people form a line) and Brandon, and felt bad for the other staff members who were being absolutely mobbed.
I wasn't up early enough for the shoot it seems, but I did manage to get towards the front for both the RvB and podcast panels, so the day was definitely a success. I'll skip the details of the Joel line/not-line/mob, but I was grateful to be one of the people who were able to see him, despite having to wait 4 hours due to a scheduling conflict. Hanging out with Barbara and Kara was awesome, and Kara
loved the backpack. I believe the exact words were "that is fucking awesome". Majorly happy about that.
Homeslice for dinner (AWESOME), then an early crash to prepare for our super early wake up call for the flight home.
All in all, awesome weekend. RTX has some issues to work out, but they know it, so I can only imagine that it will get better and better. Super glad I was able to go, and I definitely want to go again. Maybe I'll try my hand at being one of the chaos controllers.