Holy frijoles, what a drive. It’s a whole lot further to Huntsville, AL than I thought it was, even after looking at the map before I left the house.
Still, even with construction zones, demolition derby wanna-bes, semis driving side by side up a hill at 45mph, and the occasional bear in the bushes looking for speeders, i arrived this afternoon. I’ll give the convention credit, the convention hotel is way worth the price. I am not kidding when I say my hotel room has more floor space than my first apartment in Monterey. Hell, it may have more floor space than the second one we had three years later. I do not foresee having to worry about space for the book launch party tomorrow evening.
Made it over to the Von Braun Convention Center and got my booth set up. Even after checking my checklist, I find I’m either down a few things OR didn’t bring enough of some things. I swore I had X in my box and I did, but not anywhere near as much as I thought I had (and left the rest on my desk back in Maryland *sigh*). Still, we’ll figure something out and I now know what to specifically look for next time I have a booth.
Hit a local supermarket on steroids called Publix and picked up a few things I needed for the con and the party. Just pulled into my parking place when some people I’d been visiting with during set-up spotted me and invited me to dinner with them. We found a neat hole-in-the-wall Mexican place with fantastic food and had a great time talking about cons we’d been at before (specifically DragonCon), and the comic/book business in general. While this is the first time I’d ever met them, we have enough friends and acquaintances in common that it was easy to find common ground.
Now, I’m enjoying the leftover chips and salsa, enjoying a nice Dragonhead Stout and thinking it’s time to call it a night.
So, Rocket City Day 0 was quite successful. Here’s to tomorrow being the start of a great con.