So that title is a bit misleading but it's amusing. Rather than referring to life as a convicted criminal, the title instead refers to attending conventions (mostly of the nerd variety). We attended the Dallas Scifi expo this weekend at the Irving Convention Center. The big draw this year were four stars from Back To The Future, Morena Baccarin (Firefly's Inara), assorted Battlestar Gallactica stars, and three of the actresses from The Walking Dead (Laurie Holden, Danai Gurira, and Emma Bell).
The panels were fantastic. Morena was hilarious and once again we found ourselves calling Nathan Fillion and leaving him a boisterous voicemail hello from the Dallas Scifi Expo. My favorite part of the BTTF panel was the little girl that came to mic and thanked "Dr. Lloyd" for being her inspiration on her science fair project. She won first place. Lea Thompson looks FANTASTIC and doesn't seem to have aged a day. She is bright and witty and charming. Christopher Lloyd is getting on in years and I am thrilled to have had the chance to meet the man who made me believe the impossible was plausible if I put my mind to it. Now to just keep remembering that.
Coming back to the real world after con is always a shock to the system. You spend days in this world where your eccentricities are seen as the norm. You get to dress as your favorite characters. You have the chance to see and speak to your idols. And you get to do all of this in an environment of unquestioned acceptance. Of course it's kind of a pain to go back to your mundane job and your mundane coworkers who look at you like you have grown a second head when you start talking about your nerd stuff. But this is the reality of nerd life. Once the panels are over and vendor booths are packed back up and the actors have gone, you have to go back to work and leave your compatriots in nerd life behind.
For me, it's also going back to job hunt. I had another interview today. If I can get my computer to work with rather than against me on some software issues, then I may just have a shot at it. If not, well....there's always the next one.