Thursday, May 5, 2016

Another Weird List

I don't know why I'm feeling listy lately. It's like I want to make lists of things I've done during life. It started with movie list and now I'm onto concerts. Who knows, maybe if I get this crap out of my head, I won't wonder how many concerts I've been to. :)

These are chronologically listed. As you can see,  I got a late start on being bitten by the concert bug. Growing up, no one good really came to our town. You'd have to drive anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to get to a concert, and because I didn't have a car for while (I drove my mom's car), out of town concert trips weren't going to happen.

And like my movie and stand up comic list, bolded were really good concerts; crossed through were not that great.
  • Nine Dollar Melon Baller and Caroline Spine--Cedar Falls--1997
  • Cheap Trick--Great Lakes Naval Training Station--July 1998
  • Vertical Horizon and Barenaked Ladies—Virginia Beach Amphitheater—July 30, 2001
  • Jeffrey Gaines and Barenaked Ladies—Norfolk Scope—Dec. 15, 2001
  • Lenny Kravitz—Virginia Beach Amphitheater—July 12, 2002
  • David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar—Virginia Beach Amphitheater—August 19, 2002
  • Aerosmith-- Virginia Beach Amphitheater—Oct. 10, 2002
  • POD--Norfolk--Ted Constant Convocation Center
  • Huey Lewis and the News— Oceana Naval Air Station Park, Norfolk—August 13, 2004
  • Sister Hazel and Barenaked Ladies—Norfolk—NorVa—Dec 16, 2006
  • Huey Lewis and the News—Virginia Beach Oceanfront—June 1, 2007
  • Train with Rush--Virginia Beach Amphitheater—June 23, 2007
  • Matchbox Twenty—Virginia Beach Amphitheater—summer 2007
  • The Beach Boys--Virginia Beach Convention Center--November 2007
  • Billy Joel—Virginia Beach Amphitheater—June 21, 2008
  • Wicked--Norfolk Chrysler Center--2011
  • ZZ Top-- Virginia Beach Oceanfront—Sept. 3, 2011
  • The DeLoreans--ACU4 Khaki Ball--September 2012
  • KISS—Portsmouth—Ntelos Pavilion—August 12, 2013
  • Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band—Portsmouth—Harbor Pavilion—May 12, 2014
  • Def Leppard with KISS—Virginia Beach Amphitheater—August 8, 2014
  • Alice Cooper with Motley Crue—Virginia Beach Amphitheater—August 20, 2014
  • Carlene Carter and John Mellencamp—Norfolk--Chrysler Hall—March 29, 2015
  • Gavin McGraw and Billy Joel—Virginia Beach Amphitheater—June 6, 2015
  • Major and the Monbacks with Huey Lewis and the News--Portsmouth--Harbor Pavilion--June 16, 2016
  • Weird Al Yankovic--Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts (Newport News)--Aug.8, 2015
  • Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band—Virginia Beach—Fort Story—July 4, 2016 
  • The Deloreans—Norfolk—Ocean View Park—July 23, 2016 
  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra, The Music of Star Wars, May 4, 2017, Chrysler Hall 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Spent Part of the Day at RavenCon

Some people love spring because it's a sign of rebirth, and everything turns green and fresh again. Me...I realize it's the beginning of the con season! :) This weekend's con was RavenCon.

RavenCon is a 3-day event that covers everything you love about science fiction, fantasy, and horror.I spent part of the day up there yesterday at the Rebel Legion table. It was a good day, with some fun pictures to be a part of at the RL backdrop of the Tantive IV. But this time, I only took a few pictures myself of the other displays and cosplayers.

There was some group selling birds (dodos?) dressed as various Batman family characters. One of the girls there was giving out ribbons to various cosplayers that said, "Dodo Approved Costume." I ended up getting one but I'm not sure what it meant. She said something about supporting women in cosplay.

After arriving, this dalek was actually controlled from the inside by an adult woman.

Female Klingon.

Steampunk R2-D2: I really wanted to jump in front and have someone take my picture with it, a la Princess Leia, but it was super crowded over here. Maybe they'll be at Tidewater ComicCon and I can do it then.

This TARDIS belonged with the steampunk group. I was going to ask if I could get my picture taken, coming out of it, but there was actually a baby napping inside. I should have yelled, "The Doctor has regenerated again, and this time, he's even younger!"
I also met the guy behind "The Adventures of Baby Skeletor": I am eeevil! Newly reborn and stuck in baby form! But that won't stop me from exerting my treachery everywhere I go until I rule all! This is funny as shit! And BTW, I want that damn Baby Skeletor toy for myself now and they are impossible to find!

I also met Michael A. Ventrella, author of Bloodsucker: A Vampire Runs for President. This sounded like a fun book so I had to pick up a copy of it. Michael even autographed it for me. :)