Last terrible Con pun.  Maybe.  I just can’t help myself. 

The past week has involved a lot of overtime at work, being sick and not a lot of sleep.  Sorry this took so long, and I hope you find it worth the wait (if indeed you were waiting).

Put the pitchfork down and blow out the torches Ali, here you go.  As for the zombies in your care, Halloween is just around the corner and I’m sure they’ll be great fun at parties.


A daily problem for me on any type of overnight outing is that I am an early riser.  Doesn’t matter what time I go to bed or where I’m sleeping (be it my own bed or a nice hotel) I will be up around 8 AM every day fully rested or not.  So I laid in bed passing in and out of consciousness waiting for my room mates come back to life.  Eventually we were all up and went our separate ways.  

Later on, Jon and I made our way to the Hyatt for the action short films at 1:00.  While waiting for the doors to open we were thrilled to find Abney Park beginning an unplugged jam session!  They clearly had a long night after their concert, but they still managed a great show complete with a pirate sing-a-long.

The members of the band dress steampunk most of the time.  Personally, I wasn’t sold on steampunk right away.  That was before meeting Finn Von Claret, at which point I pretty much fell in love with the whole idea.  Finn is the background singer and interpretive dancer for Abney.  Any woman that has “von” in her name and carries her microphone in a holster is fine by me.  I’m thinking a winter wedding, but she wants to wait till next summer.  I’ll let you know what we decide.

When they were done, we checked out the Action shorts (which left much to be desired).  After scrounging some lunch we met back up with the girls at the hotel and decided to go swim a while.  I left before everyone else and went to the panel entitled “Aliens Remembered” at 5:30.  I was really excited because Aliens is one of my favorite trilogies (I deny the existence of Aliens 3, and therefore consider Alien Resurrection the third and final entry in the series).  The panel was a Q & A session with Carrie Henn who played Newt and Lance Henriksen who played Bishop.  Good times.

After the panel, I killed some time wandering around amidst the throngs of people in the various hotels.  Narrowly avoiding an anxiety attack, I gave up trying to actually move around the crowds and returned to the hotel finding the pleasant surprise of some of Ali’s family who came to hang out.  We ordered a pizza and were thoroughly entertained by a hilarious little boy (Ali, please provide details in the form of age, relation to you, and a name if you wish.  I have drawn a complete blank.  Sorry!).

Around 10:00 it was time to get ready for the Cruxshadows concert.  This is one of the major draws for all Con goers and my hopes where pretty high.  There are rules that have to be adhered to.  Among them: Goth out, SOMEthing on your person must glow, and of course “hydration” is important.  The metamorphosis process was quite fun to watch…  Ali’s hair and makeup got more dramatic, Jean sprouted glowing blue horns while mine and Jon’s hair suddenly became irradiated.  Jon looked sleek and sexy while I turned into the love-child of The Crow and the Joker (A croker?).

Here’s a little before and after for you…  Yep, that’s what Con’ll do to you.

CS puts on quite a show, no doubt about it.  Next year, I think I’ll opt for a spot more centered on the stage and not 10 feet away from the stage left speakers taller than I am.  Eventually, my head couldn’t take much more.  Headbanging while tipsy with loud music blaring, surprisingly enough, hurts.

So we went to a more calm environment.  Something peaceful.  A rave.  I had never been to a rave and I have a feeling this wasn’t a very good example of one.  All I know is I was allowed to sling around little glowing things to a very loud beat and had a lot of fun. 

At some point in that night of craziness, I found Jesus.  Whodathunk The Almighty was friends with Kevin Smith?

Around 3:30 or 4 in the morning we found ourselves back in the hotel room completely obliterated from the evenings events.  There was nothing left to do but crash.  And so we did.

Tune in tomorrow this weekend next week probably October for the exciting conclusion to the Dragon Con recap.

Y’all be good,
– J


5 Responses to “Con-fessions”

  1. Ali Says:


    This has been the highlight of my workday thus far! Thanks for the update!

    You’re thinking of Nicole, Mike, and Mikey–actually, Nic (and sometimes Mike!) was a roommate of ours in college (did you know that Jean and I were roommates in college?).

    Mikey is my favorite four-year-old. . . we have a lot of fun together, and I HATE being so far away from him!

    *sigh* now, back to our viewing day. . .

  2. Jon Says:

    I had Jean take down some of the more drastic Goth/Post Goth stuff. No need to worry loved ones.

    Sexy? No offense, but from one guy to the next… just saying.

  3. J Says:

    Ali – OHHH RIGHT!! I’m so sorry. They were really wonderful.

    Jon – I was trying to build the contrast between us to make a joke at my own expense. Because let’s face it, the makeup was a bad idea lol.

  4. Jean Says:

    J, don’t let Jon’s gothicphobic-homophobic-make-up-phobic drama scare you. He knows he was sleek and sexy.

  5. Jon Says:

    I’m acrophobic

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