Hey Y’all! As promised, our fun-loving Russian is back with another guest post. Only this time it involves nerds, crazy costumes, and a status update she’ll need to make soon!
Hello all you folks who follow ourmarriageadventure.com! I’m honored to have the opportunity to do another guest post for you guys!
So I’ve been thinking of what to write but so much went on during Labor Day weekend that I don’t even know where to start! I guess I should begin with the big item of the week – I got engaged! My best friend and love of my life proposed to me on the 22nd floor of the Hyatt hotel in Atlanta. We had been talking about getting married for some time now but I definitely was not expecting the proposal that weekend. He caught me very much off guard, but we were lucky we had great friends there with us who were able to take some photos to document the event. This was definitely a very exciting, and emotional weekend.
The engagement happened 9/1/11, the first night of Dragon*Con. Con usually runs through that Monday, so we were there for all four days. Four very long, amazing, tiring, and partying days. For anyone who doesn’t know what Dragon*Con is, imagine 45,000 of the nerdiest people you can think of, dressed in drag, cosplay costumes, or altogether lacking costumes, and packed into 4 hotels for four days and nights. If that isn’t enough, imagine the movie and TV idols of these people attending the con as well and performing and speaking in various events and panels. It gets pretty crazy and intense.
My fiancé and I normally go to people watch, donate blood and platelets (you get free snacks, good feeling from helping people, and free Dragon*Con themed blood donation t-shirts, why not, right?), and check out interesting events. This year there were not a lot of guest speakers that peaked our interests (last year we met Adam Savage from Mythbusters, kind of hard to beat that), but we were able to attend an Archer (an adult themed Fox TV show) panel in which we met a few of the behind the scenes folks as well as a voice actor from the show. It was amazing to see the people behind the animation and learn more about what they do.
My favorite part of Con is always the costumes. There were so many great ones this year! I even took part in some costuming fun, dressing up as Annie from a western themed episode of the TV show Community.
There is a huge number of people at Con following the Doctor Who series (our favorite!), and a lot of costumes based around various characters from the show. There were also quite a few Cap’n Jack Sparrows, and even one very well done Davey Jones.
The costumes from the parade were amazing as well! Most of the costumes you can see at Con are made entirely by hand from scratch. It’s pretty amazing, especially if you consider this new “alternative history” trend that’s becoming very popular in Cons around the nation: Steampunk. Imagine Victorian and pre 1900’s period attire and themes blended with “futuristic” gadgets, gizmos, and various machinery and armaments. It ends up looking something like this:
It’s amazing what people can come up with when they let their imagination and creation juices flow! We had so much fun at Dragon*Con this year. Next year if you find yourself in Atlanta for Labor Day weekend, at least come down and watch the parade. It’s free and always a good time. So now that I’ve filled you in on the amazingness of Dragon*Con, I’m off to plan a wedding!
Your nerdy guest poster, Vikki
Congrats and thanks for writing a guest post again Vikki!
Now for the ultimate question – since it’s basically a giant Halloween get together between adults, what costume would you wear if you had to get dressed up? Little Bo Peep? A ghost? Perhaps the ever popular sleepy college student (PJ’s make the best costumes)? Go on – let out your nerdy side, tell us what you’d dress up as!