Saturday our alarm went off at 4:30am. Our friends Norris, Adelle and their kids, and then John and his brother were coming to our house to meet up and head out by around 6 (hopefully) for the drive back to NOLA. Chris and I got up and started getting ready. We hurried up and made some scrambled eggs and bacon (completely forgetting that the whole reason we were getting such an early start was to go to Cafe Du Monde for some beignets). Ah well, we ate our eggs and drank our coffee and then it finally dawned on us. DUH. No thinking before coffee, I tell ya. Anyway, looking back on it, I'm glad we did eat those eggs (more on that in a bit). We finally got on the road after everyone arrived and we made a quick gas stop. We got to Jackson Brewery I think around 8:30 or so and walked over to Cafe Du Monde.
|A blog post is incomplete without an obligatory pic of said beignets|
Saturday was PACKED. I think everyone in Louisiana decided that was the day to go! We had a long day ahead of us and had a few things earmarked that we had to do this day (Namely Alan Tudyk's and Matt Smith's panel, and the Costume Contest). I'm also glad we had time to look around Friday because the vendors were packed!
We knew we'd be standing in a lot of lines this day so around lunch, we were still full from eggs and beignets but also knew that we had a small window of opportunity to eat. At this point our whole group had managed to split up so it was just Eden and I walking around. We went and found Chris and decided to check out the Food Court. Nothing sounded good so we decided to go to Subway a few blocks up. Apparently everyone and their mama had that same idea. And by the time we needed and wanted food, it was time to line up for Alan Tudyk. Blerg. No food for us. Because from this point on it was constant lines although I did manage to score a snickers bar out of a vending machine.
After Alan Tudyk's panel, it was time to get in line for the Matt Smith photo op. Yes, you read that right!!! Norris and Adelle ended up with an extra one since they discovered the kids can get in the photo with them! (they had originally bought 2 photo ops). We gave them all the photo op money so we were able to get a pic with #11! I think we stood in line for about an hour to get this. Chris had originally wanted to stand back and roll his eyes if we could get Matt Smith to hug me, but they were rushing us through the line so fast that there was no time to even really pose. Ah well.
|HIS ELBOW TOUCHED MY BOOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
Disclaimer here... In no way would we have EVER been able to afford this place, but 6 years ago Chris volunteered to work though Hurricane Ike to keep his company's computer systems running with a few other people. The CEO of the company gave each of them significant gift cards to the Ritz Carlton. We just kinda set the card aside and forgot about it thinking there would be no way that we'd ever use it. When we decided that we would plan to stay in New Orleans, we remembered about the card. I thought that there was no way that it would even still be valid after all this time, but we called, and it was! Could not believe it! So for once, the Skinny Geeks lived in the lap of luxury and boy did we feel out of place. The most popular member of our group was our Yoda backpack though. I think we got more comments on it even at the Ritz than ever. (At the con too, had a ton of people stop us and say they loved it.. which is weird because Yoda has attended every other convention with us.. ) There was one lady who asked me, if I knew I had a green monkey on my back. UGH! Rich people (just kidding if you are rich...) . Ok tangent over.
Anyway, we successfully checked in and wanted to check our room out before heading back. Here's a few pics:
|Chris and the most popular Yoda|
|The most comfortable bed. Ever. And pillows.|
We needed to get back to the convention because it was getting close to time to start lining up for Matt Smith's Panel that started at 6:15. I figured we'd need at least 2 hours, but all the time we spent in the hotel, we ended up getting back around 4:45. Chris and I immediately got in line and this is what we saw.
A zillion people ahead of us wrapped around the end of the convention center. We hurried and texted Norris to come and get in line. Chris googled to see what the capacity of the theater was and he found that it holds 4,000 people. Judging by the amount of people that were head of us, we were sweating it getting in. They finally opened the doors, and I'm not even exaggerating when I think that they had at least 3,980 in there. Everyone in our party was able to get in and get seats so we were very relieved.
M.S. came out and his panel was awesome! He even did the giraffe dance!
He was so awesome! Especially when the little kids asked him questions!
After his panel ended (much too soon!) we just stayed in the theater and waited for the Costume Contest to start. They were also filming for the show Heroes of Cosplay so we had the unfortunate experience of seeing Yaya Han. Oh well, even Yaya wasn't going to spoil my day. We were beyond exhausted and hungry at this point and only stayed through the contestants and didn't even wait until the winners were announced.
Here's a few pics from the contest:
After we left, we got our car, and went to park at the hotel. Then we decided to walk to find food. We ended up at a very sketchy McDonald's on Canal St. Not my favorite choice, but we were desperate, tired and hungry at this point. We hurried got our food and went back to the hotel. I hated eating McDonald's especially in the Ritz Carlton. Very embarrassing!
After food, we passed out in the most comfortable bed that ever existed. It was like sleeping on a cloud.
Oh another great thing about the day, I met up with a few real life friends at the con too!
|Eden, Chris and Me|
|Obi-Wan and me (RL friend Chris!)|
|TWINSIES! Me and Susie!|
Day 3 is next!