John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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It's All Hot and It Hurts and Stuff

It's pretty bad, we're at the largest con in the U.S., and the Maritime Museum is more fun.

In a nutshell, there was no way in hell we could get in to the Bruce Campbell panel. We did get a brief glimpse of him, through the door, on the far side of a massive ballroom.

the_gneech: There's Bruce, up there at the end of the table.

laurie_robey: Yup. That's him.

BOTH: *look at long line of people still filing in to the already packed-to-capacity ballroom*

the_gneech: So ... webcomics panel?

laurie_robey: Sure, whatever.

The panel was titled "Creating Compelling Webcomics" so I figured it might be worth a shot. Instead, it turned out to be a very basic Webcomics 101 by somebody I wasn't familiar with. Bleah.

So, aside from hanging out a bit with Vince, Nekomimikun, and somebody I knew by reputation but I can't remember who it was now (it's been a long day), Laurie and I spent pretty much the whole day tromping around the waterfront in the hot sun.

What had prompted it was that as we were riding the trolley down to the convention center in the morning, Laurie spotted some tall ships at the Little Italy stop and mentioned that we should go check 'em out. As there was nothing much interesting going on at the con, we hopped on a rickshaw (on the grounds that everybody should ride in a rickshaw at least once) and went down to Little Italy to find out what was the deal.

Turns out the tall ship she spotted was the Star of India, a merchant ship built in 1862 and one of the five ships that comprise the San Diego Maritime museum. The other ships consist of the HMS Surprise (a 1970s vintage mockup ship that was used as one of the sets in Master and Commander), a Soviet B-39 submarine, the Berkeley (a steam ferry) and the Medea, a private yacht.

We had a very good (if unpleasantly warm) lunch at "The Elephant and Castle," a British pub across from the museum (not the same one Kerry told us about) and walked back from Little Italy to the convention center, which would have been a very nice walk in 70-degree weather, but left us no small amount of pooped at the end.

Anyway ... it's late. I'll probably have some more interesting stuff to say tomorrow.

-The Gneech

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