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San Diego Comic Con 2011

This was my very first Con. It was a very entertaining, memorable and unique experience. While I am familiar with movies, tv series, comics, video games, I did realize that I certainly do not have the level of obsession that many of the people at the Con had. Twilight fans are a prime example as they waited days to get into their panel. The George R.R. Martin panel also had people waiting all day and even after all that wait, thousands didn’t get in. But I did get to see some panels, preview some upcoming movies and went to the panel for Batman: Year One, where they showed the full animated movie.

And it was a spectacular place for people watching. I found I really enjoyed walking around the Exhibit Hall where the vendors plied their wares and where the majority of the people in costume were strutting around. And yes, I did wear a costume. I made a trip to the other coast for a Comic Con convention, of course I would have a costume. I had people ask to take my picture, I was hit on a few times and one guy told me he loved me. In no way common, I found it was flattering and uncomfortable at the same time.

Would I go again? No…unless I lived there. If I lived there I could see myself get a 1 day pass (instead of 4 days) and get in costume, see a panel or two, walk the Exhibit Hall and spend the evening in downtown. But I am told Comic Con is quite different from Dragon Con…maybe I’ll visit Dragon Con, who knows.


A real post, a glimpse into my life and a costume

Not counting the occasional song posting, which takes no effort, it has been quite some time since I’ve written on my blog.

Life has been on the move, a roller coaster ride, and I don’t know who’s running the controls. I’ve had highs that make me think I will eventually get everything I want and I’ve had lows that bring me to my knees, making me question everything I am and everything I do.

Life now? I paint, I dance, I travel when I can afford it, I spend time with friends. And I think… I think about moving out of state, I think about having kids, I think about my past and my future, I think about pain, passion, connection, letting go, I think about love.

I find life bitter AND sweet, but I am grateful. Grateful for everyone who loves me, supports me and believes in me. I am grateful that divorce did not crush my spirit and my hope. I am grateful that no matter how low I get, I find the strength to get back up, to see the beauty around me, to follow whatever path life takes me, even if it isn’t the one I planned for.

To end, I shall add two pictures. The first is a photo I took while in California a few months ago and the second is a photo of a costume I shall be wearing when I go back to California in a few weeks for Comic Con.



Comic-Con

I will be going to California for the Comic-Con convention in July. The San Diego Comic-Con is the largest convention in America and all of the 2011 tickets sold out in one day. I have never been to one of these before and would probably never have thought to go, except I have a friend who convinced me that it would be fun. Originally I said no, but I want to travel and I haven’t been to California since I was a child, so why the hell not?

It is a good thing it isn’t right away though, because there is a lot that has to get done first and I only have the 4-day pass for the event. We will be staying a week, first spending time in LA before going to San Diego, and I still have to figure out flight, hotel, travel, activities, costs.

And a costume. At first I wasn’t planning on dressing up, but if I’m going I might as well do it right. So I searched a bit and found two costumes I really like.

One is Tifa Lockhart from Final Fantasy, which when I used to play video games was one of my favorites. The other is Jill Valentine from Resident Evil, wearing guns and fighting zombies appeals to me.


Which Yoko Ono for Halloween?

I am going to be Yoko Ono for Halloween, but haven’t decided yet on the outfit. I have long black hair, so I’m going for a young Yoko Ono and have decided to choose between two outfits. Either a flowing white dress (or shirt/skirt) with a white headband like in the Imagine video OR black shirt, leather shorts and black boots like in the bottom picture.

Note: sorry, looks like you have to click on the video and go to youtube to see the video. Yoko’s outfit doesn’t show up until towards the very end.


Kings of Leon Concert

Kings of Leon
Openers: Black Keys and The Wigs
Ford Amphitheater
9/19/10

I first discovered Kings of Leon about a year ago with their newest album Only by the Night and posted their song Use Somebody on my blog. Shortly after I heard that specific song on the radio and that song won best record of the year. I loved the throaty, heavier rock sound and ended up getting 2 more albums (they have 4 total). There are reviews that say that their sound with the newest album sounded too much of studio, mainstream calm instead of their normal southern, raw sound. Since I started with their newest album first and worked backwards I didn’t have a standard of them beforehand, but either way I like their album and sound.

I already knew their music would work well in this type of large open venue. There were also screens on either side taking black and white close ups of the performance, which was nicely done. It was a great concert, even if I didn’t get to hear Cold Desert, Use Somebody, Be Somebody, which they might have sung on the encore but I had to leave then because of other plans I had.

About the openers, I totally missed The Wigs but more importantly I didn’t miss the Black Keys, who I would go see in concert as the main feature.

Note: I forgot my camera so I only got a few pictures from my phone camera.


Lets Dance!

National Dance Day was on July 31, 2010

It was created by So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe, who wanted to “promote health and self-esteem through the art form of dance.”

It makes me reminisce about high school and the Danceros.

My freshman year in high school I decided I wanted to try out for the dance team. I had never taken dance classes before and to be honest I didn’t have much natural ability either. I wasn’t even pushed to try out by my mother, who I know was thrilled hoping this would help me with my shyness and closed off nature. I had long ago quit piano lessons and didn’t play any sports, so I know I desired to be part of something. So despite my personality issues, I motivated myself to stretch my limbs until I could do the splits and toe touches and I practiced the routines over and over again. The dance team wasn’t great at that time and there weren’t too many girls trying out, which made it possible for me to make the team.

I made it every year of high school and my last year I was one of three captains. By my senior year, the dance team was better (of course I’m bias) then the cheerleading team. Mostly this was due to our dance coach who was dedicated to making the team great and could dance herself and show us firsthand what a move should look like.

I certainly wasn’t good enough to dance in college, but I will say being on that team was one of the few things I liked about high school. It was a huge part of my adolescent life and I can’t image how differently I would have turned out if I hadn’t made it. And surprisingly it taught me a lot, especially managing skills. Have you ever had to be in charge of 40 teenage girls? Despite the craziness and drama, I have very fond memories of those girls and tons of tons of pictures to remind me of that time. I went through the boxes of pictures and picked out two to add to the post.

I no longer dance, except around the house for my cat. I always wanted to take classes: waltz, salsa, tango, swing. Sounds like so much fun to me!

So, what activity were you into in high school?

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Thoughts on traveling and pictures from Colorado

How often are you able to travel past those invisible boundaries of your everyday life? A respite from the demands and responsibilities life places on your shoulders.

Why do you travel? To visit friends and family, to expose yourself to culture and the arts, to find adventure or maybe just to escape from the mundane.

What would others learn about you while traveling? Are you a talker, a sleeper, a reader. Do you listen to music, audio books or let the silence comfort you. Do you travel alone, with your partner, your friends, with hordes of people.

I travel every couple of years, when finances and time is on my side. I would love to travel much more often, but I accept and appreciate what I do get. I travel for so many reasons. Give me museums, concerts, plays, mountains, rafting. Indoor, outdoor, on land, in water (that’s what she said, I couldn’t resist). I like to travel with others, sometimes the more the merrier. I get motion sickness, so unfortunately not a reader and not a driver, which I have been spoiled enough on my trips to do at a minimum and I’m certainly a sleeper. Usually travel by car or plane, occupying the time with games, cards, music (sometimes in the car with the windows down and singing my heart out) and definitely accepting to end the pleasant silence with good conversations.

Traveling lets me reset. Traveling lets me stop the tedious day to day, to get away from work and even people. Gives me time to smell the trees, dance in the rain, curl up with a good book, eat ice cream for breakfast, make love all day. Gives me time to see things first hand: music, art, nature, culture, life.

Below are the pictures from my trip to a place with white water rafting, zoo on the side of the mountain, delicious donuts as reward on reaching the top of the mountain and a deceptive hike that lasted 2 hours.

P.S. Sorry it took so long to post pictures, but I was waiting on other pictures that were getting mailed to me, but they got sent to the wrong address and I still haven’t gotten them.