Blogging from a small part of the Internet linked to NYC.

Monday, February 27, 2006

The New York Comic-Con

The New York Comic-Con...

"The best comic convention ever has come back to New York City" is how it was billed. Well, it was more anticipated than anyone... well, anticipated. And, remembering back to those days... I was very excited. And I told everyone that told me they were going, the same thing I always say "Saturday will be the crazy day."

Friday, it was good. I brought my kids, we walked around, saw a lot of things, picked up some swag, saw a few fans in costume... a good day. So good, in fact, that I said to myself "If there's this many people here today, and it's going this well, tomorrow will be insane." I got to see the first 10 minutes or so of the Ultimate Avengers DVD, but had to leave as my son was crying because the Hulk scared him. (Once he saw Dr. Banner, he knew the Hulk wouldn't be too far behind.)

Saturday, my friend (Tinman) got there early to get tickets for the Milla Jovovich signing, but after a while realized he wasn't going to get one. He said "There were too many desperate virgin fanboys ahead of me." I said, "But you're one of them." He replied "Yeah, but I'd be deperate virgin fanboy #800!" hahaha (Tinman, you're too much.) So, lucky for us, he jumped on the ticket-holders line, and we were about 300th on line. Behind us.... HOLY BAT-SHYT! There were literally about a thousand people waiting to get in. The line snaked around the wall from the entrance to the main convention area, around the corner, down a hall, back up, down the hall, around another open area, back down the hall almost to the north end of the center, BACK down towards the south end, AND BACK to the north end AGAIN! And... that was just the TICKET HOLDERS line. There was still another HUGE line to buy tickets.

Thank God I had bought my ticket online, AND Tinman got on the line early, AND I didn't bring the kids on Saturday.

Yes, they oversold the show. WAY oversold it.

After picking up some more stuff, we headed over to a few panels.

** Shout out to Viz Media for giving out tote bags and HUGE plastic shopping bags, as well as TONS of DVDs and books. **

At this point, around 1:30pm, security stopped letting people into the main convention area, because the Fire Marshall had declared that they were over the legal occupancy limit. And there were only about 400 people who wanted to get in. They also stopped selling tickets, as they JUST realized they had almost "double oversold the event" (as one staffer told put it).

At the panels, DC people talked about their books, mainly about the Crisis, "One Year Later" and "52". They threw out a few hints about stuff, such as:

- The Flash "might not be who you think he is"?
- something about Batman being different after the Crisis.
- Wonder Woman (isn't he gone/dead/written off?)

From Marvel:

- A new look for Thanos?
- Civil War
- Spiderman's new costume... "But why do we see him in his regular costume in some 'Civil War' posters?" "Keep reading."
- "Who is that holding Thor's Hammer? Is that Thor's hammer?"

And there was lots more.

I'll post some pics soon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

retroCRUSH's 100 Scariest Movie Scenes

retroCRUSH is a great site. They ahve all this stuff that takes you back, no matter how old/young you are. 70's stuff, 80's stuff, some 90's stuff. Toys, movies, TV shows... just a great site.

This one section is their 100 Scariest Movie Scenes. You might disagree with some of their choices, but you have to admit, it still "takes you back". Some of these, I had totally forgotten about.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Blizzard of 2006

FINALLY, it's come. This past winter has been TOO mild, and Mother Nature's been saving up. Old Man Winter, where ya been?

I'm STILL stuck home with the flu, can't even go put and play... MAN! I hope the rest of 2006 is better.

The Cut

Caroline found a pair of metal kid's scissors and decided it was time to fix her hair...

So, this is the hair that "used" to be on Caroline's head...

And, this is Caroline's new mullet...

Saturday, February 11, 2006

I can cry if I want to, cry if I want to...

I've had the flu since Wednesday night, knocked out of commission... and the worst part is that today is (was) my birthday!! Now I have more hate for the flu virus, in all of it's incarnations.

PS. My daughter, Caroline, found a pair of metal kid's scissors, and decided she needed a haircut. So now it's "mullets-ville" for her until it grows out again.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Vid Blogs

These post funny clips:

This one has fight clips: (I LOVES me a good fight clip)

Sit and Wait

Why does it seem like most appointments (doctor, DMV, etc..) take SO friggin long?

This morning I went to get a routine blood test. Now, I've been to this place before so they have my info. There were about 10 people ahead of me. But it took about an hour and twenty minutes to be called!

Then (I was watching the clock on the wall), it took less than 45 seconds for the whole procedure (from inserting the needle to placing band-aid)! I expect a wait, just because people are not machines, but why does it have to take SO long?

One lady said she got there 30 minutes before the place opened, she was fifth in line and they didn't see her until an hour and a half after they opened! She complained when people who came after her, had not only been seen, but were on their way out. The nurse at the desk said "It's okay, just have a seat." She replied "No, you didn't answer my question. Why are people who came in AFTER me called in BEFORE me?" The nurse simply replied "It'll just be a moment, please have a seat."

Last week, I had an appointment with a doctor, and that wait was almost an hour AFTER my scheduled appointment time. Now, if I missed my appointment, they would have charged me $25. But if the doctor is late, what recourse do I have? Ooh, I get to read another four-month old copy of Entertainment Weekly.

Stuff like that drives people crazy, and makes them not want to wait, and complain more when their wait is even a short one. If I knew my appointment would be on time, I wouldn't complain for a 5-10 minute wait. But when the wait is normally 30+ minutes.... people get upset. I know it really bugs the shyt out of me.