I woke up some time between 4 and 4:30 this morning to the sound of wind chimes. It wasn’t a breezy like chime, it was like someone was out there playing them like an instrument for what felt like three or four minutes. Then I heard a noise in the kitchen…the cat was on my foot and the dog was still with the Girl. It sounded like someone squeezed a two liter empty pop bottle? The Girl had a bottle of Pepsi earlier this week maybe it was in the recycling bag and it unpopped? Then the dog came downstairs and was dancing around the bed. My conclusion? The Universe was trying to get my butt out of bed!
I had no idea what to wear and I kind of had it narrowed down to two possibilities in my head. I knew I was going to be on my feet all day so it came down to the shoes. So that was the deciding factor. I even put on some bracelets that were gifts that I never wore, one was a sassanach bangle bracelet and the other said sassanach in morse code.
I finally had a reason to pull them out and wear them. Once I pulled myself together I headed to ML’s condo. I parked my car and jumped in hers and became her wing man/navigator. It was strange how easy everything was today. We headed North and left early with the hopes of avoiding the chaos of Cleveland traffic. It wasn’t bad…we left early enough that everything sort of fell in to place. We even pulled into the event parking garage and found a spot right away on the ground floor.
I have never been to the Huntington Convention Center and didn’t realize it was so close to the lake. I snapped this picture when we popped outside for some fresh air in the afternoon. Balls…it was cold!
Thankfully we didn’t have to stand outside and freeze, they let us in early. We signed in, picked up our wrist bands and headed to the Outlander panel Q&A. This was just one of many lines we were in today. This event was my favorite…even though we had to sit pretty far back. For what those people paid for VIP passes…they deserve to be close, those prices were outrageous!
The Q&A was my favorite part of the day! I didn’t think I could like Caitriona Balfe any more than I already did…but I do. She is just as charming as herself as she is as Claire. Oh…and Murtagh….Duncan Lacroix was even more charming in real life. That leaves me with Roger….the reason we are there. He was funny and adorable and ML was in heaven! Richard Rankin is her favorite and when I found out he would be here I offered to go with her. She bought the extra autograph and photo of him and the line for the autograph? Yeah, that will be a topic of conversation for a while.
The thing about Outlander fans…we’re the best. I met a lot of new people today. When we got to the Q&A this morning and I picked our seats and a woman sat down right next to me. There were single seats everywhere and our whole row was empty and yet she plopped down right next to me. She was from Alabama and rode with her daughter who drove twelve hours to get there. Her daughter wasn’t with her because she paid for the VIP passes and she was up close and personal with her seats. We never exchanged names but I ran into her throughout the day. I liked her. How many moms would give up their weekend to ride twelve hours with her daughter to stand in lines all day? This lovely woman in her red sweatpants. She was one of my favorite parts of the day..she is a beautiful soul.
When we were in line for the autograph I started talking to the woman behind us, she was nervous too. I told her I was only there for emotional support but if she needed me to catch her too I would. It turns out I didn’t need to catch anyone. ML was fairly calm after our extremely long wait in line and even joked with Richard Rankin. She got her autograph and selfie and was radiating joy!! I was close enough to put my hand on his arm…which just happened to be the bicep part and I swear that wasn’t planned and said “Thank you…you just made her whole year” I didn’t plan it..it just happened. You know now…every time the Girl and I are watching Outlander I will say “I touched his arm” and the Girl will roll her eyes. It was a good day.
I paid $55 for admission (before taxes) and an extra $15 for the Outlander Q&A panel. The Q&A was totally worth it…the $55 not so much. I was there because of Outlander but if they weren’t there? There was nothing worth $55 to make me want to come back. So my advice to Wizard World Cleveland? You need to up your game if you want people to come back. I was there for a friend and if it wasn’t for her…I would have never spent the $55. You need to make it worth it for those of us who don’t dress up as Link, etc. There were some great vendors but who is willing to spend $55 to shop? Not me! You have the space to make this a great event so get busy thinking and make it happen!
This last picture…you know how I hate to have my picture taken? I’m trying to get better at it but here’s the thing….this gray hair is throwing me off. I know how to do my makeup for dark hair because I have been doing it since I started wearing makeup. I do not know how to apply my makeup in a way that doesn’t make me look washed out with my gray hair. Plus the haircut is all wrong….it’s a struggle.
I guess everything is just a work in progress? I do know that at the end of the year I turn fifty. I want to be fifty and fierce not fifty and frumpy.. something to think about…Zia