A journey of three-thousand miles begins with only a few steps… and a missed flight.
Actually, the missed flight didn’t start things off.
After having spent the past week or so traveling 3400 miles in a nearly vain effort to get home, I have finally returned to the nest of my childhood home/my parent’s home, which is where I typically live about three months a year. Nearly vain?, you ask. Well, let’s just say I managed to hit up the following cities in my travels: Charlotte (NC), Memphis (TN), Myrtle Beach (SC), Washington, D.C., Jacksonville (FL), Boston (MA), and Detroit (MI) – Detroit getting italics because a. it lacks anything at all in common regionally-speaking with any of the others, and b. because it kind of sucks. Sorry, Detroit, but I think New Orleans is looking to have better survival chances right now than you do.
In my travels I managed to trespass on a pier in the middle of the night, miss a flight, get thrown in a pool with my phone in my pocket, almost drown (remember, kids: undertow is not your friend), attend a gay marriage (cool), witness a domestic violence incident (not cool), pack my entire life into boxes, visit a Coast Guard station, shoot glass bottles with a hand gun, watch a guy drive a motorized cooler*, and got a slight sunburn. I also had to bid a good number of friends a perhaps-permanent farewell as they will be graduating in the near future and generally live far, far away. But I also met a whole of really cool people, too!
Sadly, Baka-Raptor beat me to doing a road trip filler post, so I won’t be doing anything fun like that… and that I really only have one picture worth sharing kind of undermines actually doing one anyway. But, for your shock and horror, here you go:
Yes, that is what it looks like. This is brought to you by the fact that South Carolina is still firmly wedged in 1850. Way to sucks, folks.
But, the up-shot of all of this is that I’m home, and gearing up for Anime Boston next weekend. Unfortunately, there appears to be no panel schedule available yet, so I really have no idea what I’ll actually do once I get there. I’ll certainly hit up the booths, although I’ll admit to being a little disappointed that some of the companies I like will not be hosting one this time around (I’ll also be avoiding the Boston Phoenix booth like the plague).
In other news, my cosplay is almost ready; I’m stopping by the crafts store later. I don’t think it’ll be nearly as awesome as I would’ve liked it to have been, but I’m a broke-ass college student who decided, ultimately, that I’d rather have more cash to burn on DVD’s and doujinshi than blow it all on cosplay. Sooo its cosplay on a budget instead of Fuuko (Clannad), but I’m still fairly pleased with the results. Maybe I’ll even share a picture. Again, if you’re going to Anime Boston, I’d love to know.
Looking much further down the road, I’m considering hitting either Anime Weekend Atlanta or Anime USA this autumn. If you can recommend or completely shoot down either of this, I’d be happy for some feedback, although I will admit I’m leaning toward AWA.
*P.S. Appalachia is scary.