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Zombified by New York

Got to NYC at 4:30am by my body clock and after two hours of screwing around (and a long-ass ride on the A Train) we arrived at the “old school charm” of The New Yorker hotel, where one could feel the cold wind whistling into the room around the window air conditioning unit, where the only window coverings were roller blinds, and where two people trying to stand up at the same time had to negotiate about where to do it. If that sounds like a complaint, I had a reasonable expectation about what I was getting into and being within staggering distance of the Javits Center was a boon worth paying for. I was less enamored of the location when I was jet-lagged and trying to take a nap in the room before setting up the booth only to find that every siren-wielding vehicle in the city was apparently required to do laps around our building… or at least that’s what it sounded like when for two straight hours there were constantly sirens blaring. And not just regular sirens, either, but the NYPD and NYFD seem to have their sirens hooked up to a wah wah pedal and take joy in having scratching contests (“w’-w’-woo’-w’-w’-weeoo weeoo-wee-w’-w’…”) interspersed with cabbies, truck drivers and other motorists laying on their horns. Ah, New York.

The Comic Con show hours were brutal. A red-eye flight and set-up the first day, eleven hours on the show floor the second, ten hours open to the public on the third. By the time we got to the last day, the mere seven hours plus booth break-down seemed almost luxurious. Having our booth just kitty corner to Miss Horrorfest where they were playing this video on a constant loop was bad enough (she screams twice in a three minute video, so I figure we got to hear her scream about once every 90 seconds on average) but she was there live on Friday and would occasionally make with a live scream while posing with fans on top of it. We were well and truly zombified by the end.

We had time for about one decent meal a day. I would have a quick breakfast, a latte at the convention center, a Cliff bar for lunch and then, finally, a decent dinner sometime after 10:00pm. I’ll follow up with some restaurant reviews and post some pictures of our decadent meals as I have the energy to do so. Got home last night at 3am body-clock time (having adjusted to Eastern Time right away) and finally fell asleep around 1:30am. Had to be up at 5:45am to pick up a Flexcar downtown and pick up Kate in Lake Forest Park so she could get to school on time. Right now I’m fighting the need for sleep and wondering if I dare bust into the Brazilian espresso we brought home from Porto Rico without Chris. I just may have to…

20 comments to Zombified by New York

  • Booth videos are just wrong. I remember the year I worked at GenCon right next to the X-files card game booth. I can still hear the theme song in my head. *shudder*

    Welcome back! :)

  • Booth videos are just wrong. I remember the year I worked at GenCon right next to the X-files card game booth. I can still hear the theme song in my head. *shudder*

    Welcome back! :)

  • Booth videos are just wrong. I remember the year I worked at GenCon right next to the X-files card game booth. I can still hear the theme song in my head. *shudder*

    Welcome back! :)

  • Booth videos are just wrong. I remember the year I worked at GenCon right next to the X-files card game booth. I can still hear the theme song in my head. *shudder*

    Welcome back! :)

  • Booth videos are just wrong. I remember the year I worked at GenCon right next to the X-files card game booth. I can still hear the theme song in my head. *shudder*

    Welcome back! :)

  • It was good to see you three! Sorry we didn’t get to have lunch yesterday. Next time around, perhaps.

    • We were SO exhausted, we stayed in the room until the very last minute and grabbed a deli lunch. Next time we come out we’ll try to schedule less brutal show hours and hopefully have a chance to see more of people!

  • It was good to see you three! Sorry we didn’t get to have lunch yesterday. Next time around, perhaps.

    • We were SO exhausted, we stayed in the room until the very last minute and grabbed a deli lunch. Next time we come out we’ll try to schedule less brutal show hours and hopefully have a chance to see more of people!

    • We were SO exhausted, we stayed in the room until the very last minute and grabbed a deli lunch. Next time we come out we’ll try to schedule less brutal show hours and hopefully have a chance to see more of people!

  • It was good to see you three! Sorry we didn’t get to have lunch yesterday. Next time around, perhaps.

  • It was good to see you three! Sorry we didn’t get to have lunch yesterday. Next time around, perhaps.

    • We were SO exhausted, we stayed in the room until the very last minute and grabbed a deli lunch. Next time we come out we’ll try to schedule less brutal show hours and hopefully have a chance to see more of people!

  • It was good to see you three! Sorry we didn’t get to have lunch yesterday. Next time around, perhaps.

  • We were SO exhausted, we stayed in the room until the very last minute and grabbed a deli lunch. Next time we come out we’ll try to schedule less brutal show hours and hopefully have a chance to see more of people!

  • Sirens

    There is something unique and magical about sirens in NYC. I think it is the fact that the canyon-like walls reflect the sound back upon itself, building up a wave. It’s kinda nice.

    Except at two in the morning when you’re trying to sleep.

  • Sirens

    There is something unique and magical about sirens in NYC. I think it is the fact that the canyon-like walls reflect the sound back upon itself, building up a wave. It’s kinda nice.

    Except at two in the morning when you’re trying to sleep.

  • Sirens

    There is something unique and magical about sirens in NYC. I think it is the fact that the canyon-like walls reflect the sound back upon itself, building up a wave. It’s kinda nice.

    Except at two in the morning when you’re trying to sleep.

  • Sirens

    There is something unique and magical about sirens in NYC. I think it is the fact that the canyon-like walls reflect the sound back upon itself, building up a wave. It’s kinda nice.

    Except at two in the morning when you’re trying to sleep.

  • Sirens

    There is something unique and magical about sirens in NYC. I think it is the fact that the canyon-like walls reflect the sound back upon itself, building up a wave. It’s kinda nice.

    Except at two in the morning when you’re trying to sleep.