Day: July 30, 2011

4 Days at Dragon*Con, the Full Documentary

So during last year’s Dragon*Con Countdown I posted about a documentary called 4 Days at Dragon*Con. The documentary was filmed during Dragon*Con 2009 by some members of Atlanta’s PBS affiliate.  The special has aired on a few PBS affiliates around the country but it hadn’t aired here in Chapel Hill.  Luckily some kind soul posted it on the internet recently.  I spread the link via Facebook and then got on with my day, figuring I’d watch the documentary later that evening.

Then I get a message from Marc, one of my fellow Dragon*Coners.  Evidently Jon and I make an appearance in this Dragon*Con documentary.  At 36 minutes you can see our backs, bustling about in the Steampunk Dance Party.  But at 36 minutes, 10 seconds you get the money shot: a ridiculous series of rapidly edited shots of us dancing.  At this point I’ve probably watched it twenty times.  I have such geek pride.  I made it into the Dragon*Con documentary!

I distinctly remember the Steampunk Dance Party from 2009, by the way.  I remember seeing a camera on one side of the dance floor and thinking to myself, “BITCH, YOU BETTER WORK.”  I tore up that dance floor because I am a narcissist and I wanted to be on camera.  However, I thought it was a still camera (it was dark and I was a little drunk, what can I say) and I also figured it was just Dragon*Con staff documenting the convention for Dragon*Con’s website.  Oh how wrong I was–but how right of me to tear up the floor!  I’m a star y’all!

Here’s the link so you can watch the documentary: 4 Days at Dragon*ConYou should totally watch the whole thing, as it is only an hour, and a very entertaining hour at that.  However, if you just want to watch my moment of glory go ahead and fast-forward to about 36 minutes.  Then sit back and enjoy the victory.

Dragon*Con 2011, so soon y’all!

Bristol Caverns

After braving the Snake we headed straight for the Bristol Caverns.  We purchased two tickets into the caverns at a gift shop that probably hasn’t been renovated since the 1970s and soon were heading to the cave entrance.  We had a small group, just four people.  The group after ours had 20+ including some kids–we lucked out!

Our guide marched us along a short trail through the woods, pausing to show us a hole in the ground that had been used by Native Americans fleeing the white man back in the 1800s.   The Native Americans used to slip through the hole and into the caves, using vines to climb 180+ feet along slippery, wet walls to the cave floor below.  Terrifying!