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Dragon Con Summary By Place: The Hyatt Bar

So I really need to do a proper entry about Dragon*Con, but it's been a week and it's all a jumble by now. I decided that since my experience of the convention was limited to a few places, I'd describe the thing by place and what happened there, rather than going chronologically.

I realize that my friends list has accumulated quite a number of people who have no clue what the hell Dragon*Con is, so let me start by attempting to explain it. Dragon*Con started out as a little bitty science fiction convention, one of many, back in the late 1980s. It has since grown into one of the largest conventions of its kind in the United States. Geeks of every stripe show up here from the mainstream stuff like Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter to the more obscure stuff that would take even longer to attempt to list. There's also a very strong goth contingent, which is reflected in the bands that come to play (none of which I saw this year.)

The membership count was reportedly something on the order of 40,000 people. So, yeah, lots of geeks, lots of costumes and lots of drinking and geek talk.

So these are the Places Where I Spent My Dragon*Con.

The Hyatt Bar: There are three main hotels where the events of Dragon*Con take place--the Hyatt, the Marriott and the Hilton. The Hyatt is considered the "main" hotel and it's the place where people go to see and be seen. The best view for this perpetual parade of weirdness is the Parasol Bar in the atrium of the Hyatt.

Some friends of my brother (docwhoopee) have taken to calling themselves "The Drunk Track", as a riff on the different "tracks" of panels that Dragon*Con has. The Random Guys--Rob, Steve and Hawk--also convene there between obligations. I've known them for ages and dated Rob for nearly two years. (My first love. My first heartbreak. Long story, that.) Steve and Hawk have started a comic book company that Rob sometimes helps with, so they were doing promo and schmoozing for that. My stints at the Hyatt Bar pretty much bounced between the Random Guys and the Drunk Track. Calvin, from the Drunk Track, bought me several screwdrivers so I had a nice buzz going by five o'clock on Friday. That was fun.

The folks who worked there made a point of dressing up for the occasion, one girl was dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, another wore a pirate-type outfit and other wore a red dress and devil horns. They seemed to be enjoying themselves and one waitress even said that Dragon*Con was one of the best crowds they had. She didn't specify why, but I figure it's either because they tip well, or at the very least that they're much more fun than the business conference crowd. The Hyatt bar is where you go to meet, drink, hang out and watch the costumed denizens go past, with reactions ranging from "That's really cool!" to "What the hell is that supposed to be?"

Stay tuned for Part Two: The Green Room

Today I took pleasure in defying my sluggardly tendencies.

Today I learned what that Louis Armstrong CD that mysteriously appeared in my collection sounds like.


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Sep. 14th, 2007 07:29 am (UTC)
I miss trying to guess what people are supposed to be. It's like Hallowe'en, only farking hot. :)

Of course, Hallowe'en in Georgia can be hot, too. Just not *farking* hot.
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