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Day: March 20, 2010

Remember, remember, the 18th of March…

The 18th of March will be a day that will live for quite some time.
First, it’s the last day for my Associates Degree in Graphic Design from New England Institute of Technology.
And, it was the day hotel reservations opened for the huddled masses going to San Diego Comic Con. At noon the gates opened. At four minutes after I entered my twelve hotel options, they said they’d email me and I happily went to lunch along with several other thousands Nerds going to Nerd Prom 2010 (not my moniker, Warren Ellis‘s.)
Little did anyone of us know that the Twitter Hashmark of #SDCC would become our only link to what has become the biggest fubar in history.
The instructions said two to three hours so by four thirty I left for work for my last class and during dinner, class (all A’s, happy dance begins) and afterwards continued to check my email until ten thirty at night an email came in. I did get one of my twelve choices. It was reasonably priced and it was just seven miles away.
Seven miles?
The happy dance stumbled a bit. Along with several others across Twitter. You know it’s bad when the customer brandies about the words: Better Business Bureau.
Okay, so it was hundred less than those close by so that saved me twelve hundred off the room. And, then I checked out the reviews after a Twitter post got me thinking. It was then I went to Travelocity and other sites to find an alternative. Nope, anything within a fifteen block radius was sold out and those that weren’t had jacked up their prices for that week almost by double. Even Craigslist did not hold out any hope, then I swung by Google and typed in bed and breakfasts.
You know that Church Scene in The Blues Brothers? Course you do. And, if you don’t, you really do need to get out more.
Yep, that happened, minus the backflips. It’s against Call Center policy.
And, sometime on Friday afternoon everything was confirmed and I’m walking distance from the Convention Center. Course this sweet spot will be for naught in the future if SDCC actually moves. The drumbeat to move then con to either LA or Anaheim is getting louder and louder. Personally, SDCC will always be SDCC this isn’t a Wizard World Con after all.
Wondercon is looking really good for next year cuz I’m gettin’ too old for dis.