Embracing the Madness -or- No Tickets? No Problem

Ever catch yourself before you make a mistake? The way you bring your hand up to your chest or head and say “Wow, I’m glad we didn’t do that, what a mess that could have been!”

Every year we almost go downtown to one of our favorite restaurants- The Fish Market or Dublin Square, for example, during the second or third weekend of July. Almost. We always smack our foreheads and realize that we have narrowly avoided the utter chaos of Comic Con.

This year, however, we finally braved… The Con.

Saturday we trollyed on down to the Seaport Village stop and for the first time, walked around to see the outstanding activities going on for the official pass-less masses.

What a hoot! Be warned: this is NOT an event for the claustrophobic…

Like “Outlander?” Here’s a hoard of Scots and such, hired by Starz Network to make a lot of noise for the series-

IMG_7378IMG_7381Here’s a couple of views of the waterfront and hotels near the San Diego Convention Center. People are lined up to get into the Hall H panels for  Sunday already, there is some big dance party going on aboard a yacht, more cosplayers than you can shake a light saber at, and a plethora of goofiness to see all the way to Seaport Village.

IMG_7387IMG_7386This El Cajon cosplayer won. Hands down, she and her husband made the best costume I saw. She rocked her Steam Punk tricked-out mobility device, don’t you think?

Lots of other cool sights to see-

Groot!!!
Groot!!!
These guys were a bit pumped up...
These guys were a bit pumped up… Starz hired a bunch of fun, rowdy guys to promote Outlander

This is a pretty cool shirt associated with Stephen Amell’s (of “Arrow” fame on CW) Sinceriously fundraiser. We saw a lot of these shirts. Click on the picture to be linked to information about “Stand for the Silent” and “Paws and Stripes.” Anti-bullying messages and pets for the troops are the main focus there.

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Fashionable lady supporting  Arrow's Stephen Amell's fundraisers
Fashionable lady supporting Arrow’s Stephen Amell’s fundraisers

I’m totally bummed that I didn’t get in to see the Lego Dimensions exhibit. Check out the video- The Doctor in the Delorean and Darth Vader- how fun! But we did get to see the premier of the Doctor Who Lego Dimensions trailer on Thursday in Hall H.

Sunday is Family Day down by the Convention Center. Get down there for what I’m told is the best of the best costumes worn by the tens of thousands of fanboys and fangirls. Take the trolly for the easiest commute!

Adelaida Cellers “Claudia” 2010- A Nice Red

Described as a red Rhone blend, this wine from Adelaida went nicely with our BBQ’d ribs!

Ribs and a red. Yum!
Ribs and a red. Yum!

A little less of a mouthful than the average Chianti in the same price range, this is a nice table red. Light fruit, not very sweet, and a nice bit of tannins, I like it.

This was another one of the bottles that we won earlier this year at a raffle held at The Boy’s school. Twenty-four bottles of wine for the price of a $25 ticket… can’t beat that with a stick!

Have a wonderful summer evening, everyone. I’m going to enjoy the last of my glass while I listen to The Boy’s excited chatterings. He was just gifted a one day pass to the San Diego Comic Con International and will be going with his sister and me this week since I won those two passes from Fox 5 San Diego. The Girl has some truly generous friends!