Saturday, April 23, 2016

Galacticon in Virginia Beach

Galacticon is a science fiction and fantasy convention held in Virginia Beach at the Virginia Beach Central Library, also known as the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. It was held today and the Rebel Legion had a table there. Since everyone else was busy that day, I was the person who staffed the first (Han) Solo event...see whut I did there? :)

It was a very small area for the vendors, but there seemed to be good foot traffic in here.

Star Lord was there with Rocket. He actually showed up with Captain America (I'd actually first seen him at Tidewater Comicon last year) and Spider-Man.

There were two Star Trek fan groups there: one that seemed more original series-based, and one that was more Klingon-based. (I got a photo with the two Klingons there but it's a printed photo and I need to scan it.)
I liked this: "Deactivated Borg tribble sentry drone."

I brought my laptop to bring up some Star Wars videos on  You Tube, but the table to the left was the Star Trek table, and they were showing DVD's, so it would have been a little too noisy.
It's a super goofy picture of me, but it was crowded and quick, but I had to get a picture with Spidey. :)
And damn it. I really need to work on adjusting that belt and my left tabbard!

This has some potential to turn into something kind of fun, over time and with some serious work. It's a free event to attend, but there wasn't enough marketing put out about it: no Facebook, nothing on the library's online calendar. The only reason I knew about it was because the Rebel Legion had it posted on it's own calendar for our area.

The next con will be RavenCon in Williamsburg next week.

Friday, April 22, 2016

RIP, Prince

I originally wrote this post in February 2011. With the passing of Prince, I felt compelled to repost this.

RIP, you glorious purple wonder.

When I was in college in 1996, the first car I ever bought was a 1988 red Plymouth Horizon. This began my love affair with hatchbacks. I loved that car until I killed it in 2001.

A few days ago when I was on that mad tear looking for my diploma, I came across something I had written several years ago. There had been a NASCAR commercial with Richard Petty, where he was talking about Mustangs and how no one ever writes about their hatchback. Challenge accepted!

Okay, so it's not completely original, since it's meant to be sung to the tune of "Little Red Corvette" by Prince, but I'm not a song writer. And just so you know, my car wasn't the POS that I made it sound like below. And the car lot was not nearly as shady. My mom has bought other cars from them since.

I guess I should have known by the way
They parked your body sideways
That it wouldn't last.
See you're in the kinda lot
That believes in pullin' 'em in once.
Show 'em and screw 'em fast.
I guess I must be dumb,
'Cuz U had an engine full of problems,
Leaks, bad belts and some of them used.
But you were sitting on sale,
And your paint wasn't too pale,
And U say what have I got to lose?
And honey I say

Little red hatchback,
Baby you're not too fast.
Little red hatchback,
U need some tires that are gonna last.

I guess I should have closed my purse
When he took us to the place
Where my money ran free.
And I felt a little ill
When I saw all the work
Of the mechanics that were there before me.
Believe it or not,
I started to worry.
I wondered if I had enough cash.
But it was Saturday noon,
A guess that made you past ruin.
And U say, Baby have we got enough gas?
Oh yeah.

Little red hatchback,
Baby you're much too slow, yes U r.
Little red hatchback,
I need to find a battery that's gonna last, oh-oh.

A body like your's (A body like your's)
Ought to be in the shop (Ought to be in the shop)
'Cuz it's on the verge of bein' obscene ('Cuz it's on the verge of bein' obscene)
Move over salesman, gimme the key. (Move over salesman, gimme the key.)
This thing is buzzin' like a little sick bumblebee. (This thing is buzzin' like a little sick bumblebee.)

Little red hatchback,
Baby you're not too fast.
Little red hatchback,
I need to find a battery that's gonna last.
Little red hatchback,
Honey, U can't slow down. (Can't slow down.)

Little red hatchback,
'Cuz if you don't, u gonna run, little red hatchback, right in the ground. (little red hatchback)

Right down 2 the ground (Honey U can't slow down)
U -- U -- U can't slow down (little red hatchback)
You're not movin' 2 fast (2 fast)
I need to find a battery that's gonna last.

Car, U got a bugscreen like I never seen,
And the ride...I say, the ride ain't so smooth,
And the paint, it ain't too clean.
Baby, you're not 2 fast.
Little red hatchback,
I need a battery, U need a battery that's
That's gonna last, oh
(Little red hatchback)
U can't slow down (U can't slow down)
Little red hatchback
'Cuz if U do, 'cuz if U do,
U gonna run your body right into the ground (right into the ground)
Right into the ground (right into the ground)
Right into the ground (right into the ground)
Little red hatchback, baby, oh.