Comic Con: Travel DAy

Barbara Vey -- July 23rd, 2008

Comic Con
Well, I’m finally in San Diego, arriving late last night.  Where is the hot weather I’ve been promised?  I still had to wear a sweater!

Anyway, I stopped in Denver to change planes and met two avid readers who are friends, but never said one word throughout their meal, just read their books.  My kind of people.   Andrea Fuller loves nonfiction and  Lani Spicer loves fantasy.  So, after I made author suggestions, I found out they were cancelling all the rest of the flights to San Diego because of bad weather and I had 5 minutes to run to a gate in the next terminal.  Remember that old O.J. commercial where he’s running and jumping over people’s luggage?  Well, that wasn’t me.  I was tripping over backpacks, lost my shoe, snagged my rolling luggage on a newsstand and smacked my arm on a suddenly opened door (just a small bruise).  The 3 Stoogies could have hired me.  But I did make the flight.

Then my luck changed and I sat next to the most wonderful man who was reading James Patterson (I’ll forgive him for that).  James Smith is a pilot with the military and lives with his wife, IT/artist Sarah (who’s also a vorocious reader), in San Diego.  We talked Comic Con, books and movies.  He even offered me a tour of his base and the jets he flies.  That was the fastest flight ever.  

Like I keep telling you, if you find someone with a book, you are all set.  Just go ask what they’re reading and you have an instant friend (except if they’re reading about true crime serial killers, I might be a little wary).

Now I’m at the lovely hotel, with free coffee in the room, free breakfast in the morning and free internet access (take that New York!).  Of course, because of the last minute flight change, my luggage didn’t make it, but I wore a cute outfit on the plane so I’m all set.  

I’m off to Comic Con (which is sold out) and I plan on doing lots of Drive By Videos, so be prepared.  I’m so excited!!

Bottom Line:   "The three worst things to hear in the cockpit:
The second officer says, "Oh crap!"
The first officer says, "I have an idea!"
The captain say, "Hey, watch this!"~ anonymous

21 thoughts on “Comic Con: Travel DAy

  1. Linda McMaken

    About that jet flight – be very careful those pilots have no fear. I know I have a daughter who flies them. He was a cutie though, God Bless the U.S. Military!!! Have a great time Barbara, looking forward to those Drive-By’s!!!

  2. Monica Burns

    Oh get him to take you up in the plane Barbara….I KNOW that would be totally awesome. So glad you’re meeting readers, particularly when the stats say reading is down. Have a good time at the con. Looking forward to some good video. :D

  3. Kat B

    I work just a few blocks from the convention center. What kind of inside tips can I help you with? Do you like Greek food? There is a great restaurant just a few blocks away — Athens Market on corner of 1st and F, right across the street from the mall. The waiters are divine. Look for George, he’s my fav. Cheap snacks, go to Ralph’s Grocery on 1st and G–they are all set up for easy and fast service. They make good sammiches, too. Anything else you need to know, give me a holler!

  4. Margie Lawson

    Barbara — Great blog! You’ll be a star at Comic Con! My good buddy Mario Acevedo, author of The Undead Kama Sutra, had a blast at Comic Con last year. I’ll tell him to look for you. How much did you have to pay to get the seat by a young good-looking pilot? I’m looking forward to your Drive By Videos! Hugs………….Margie

  5. yow

    Barbara, you sound like you’re having a blast already. You’re better at making friends than anyone I know. Love your account of the run through the airport.

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