Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary
In a galaxy, far far away, lives another race. A race that speaks Klingon and knows Tolkien`s elvish runes by heart. A race of humanoids that can encrypt data faster than a cartoon man leaping over tall buildings, while wrestling angry dragonoids in a 3-D gaming platform. This race is a proud component of geekdom, a land where obscure facts and figures on any subject will earn you abject praise, as long as the other geeks you interact with are part of the same realm of geekery you are a citizen of.
Then there`s the rest of us.
Those casual geeks that occasionaly break out a favorite line or quote, show up to a few cons (conventions, for those of you not in the need-to-know group), and sometimes dress up in outfits the first day a long awaited movie shows up in theaters. I know I showed up as Gandalf when the first Hobbit movie was released, and I felt no shame in it. I also got tickets and attended a convention. The Katsucon manga convention in D.C., to be more precise. I hadn`t gone before, and all of my friends were really excited to share in some geekery and simple fun with me. It was also pretty fun to catch up with my best friends from highschool, as I don`t really see them that often anymore.
I really need to do a better job of keeping up with friends! If I was a super hero and had to have a kryptonite, that would be it. I can make new friends in the blink of an eye, but I`m terrible at maintaining friendships. I just don`t have that skill set! Thankfully, a have a few old friends who understand this weakness of mine, and they usually compensate by dragging me along to events so I can refresh my relationships. That`s how I ended up at Katsucon, though I had promised much earlier in the year that I would save all of my money to visit family over Spring Break. The result of that is that I`m no longer lazy, and I`ve applied for jobs at a grocery store, many Summer camps, and various other things. Including that Etsy store of mine. You`re all proud of me, I know it. I can feel that love emanating from you even as I write this!
So, what did I learn over the weekend? That I suck as a geek, mainly. I didn`t recognize half the outfits I saw, though I did get excited over a few of them. See here? That`s Shaggy. From Scooby Doo. And when I talked to him and asked for his picture, he even said “zoinks!”
And who doesn`t love Jack Sparrow? I think almost everyone does. It was really cool, the guy was not only dressed like him, but did the acting as well! The slightly tipsy stagger, the grand gesturing, the charming smile to talk to the ladies. He did a perfect job. I love a good actor, and I think this guy was as good as Johnnie Depp!
Jack Frost was a really popular character at the convention. Along with about thirty others, this friendly geek let me take a picture of her as Jack. I think she had one of the best costumes for it, truth be told. That`s why I took her picture of all others, you see. I only actually got around to seeing Wreck it Ralph this Monday (while I was running away from the cleaning crew that was called to fix our smoke problems) so I`m a lot more excited about this picture now than I was when I took it. I didn`t get it then, but I think this is the perfect Ralph! What do you think?