Working then vacationing then working then vacationing the busy part then the quiet part then working then home.
Or what we did in the month of July where Caroline spent a grand total of approximately 7 ½ hours in New York State.
Caroline at the end of June went with her sister Shana to Jacksonville to help her sister and brother-in-law get ready to move. She had a good visit there.
We picked her up at JFK on our way to Shoreleave thus the first hour and half of time in New York.
Shoreleave was a blast. Peter and I signed books and did panels. I was a prop in AJ’s sketch in the Masquerade. I talked to friends and caught up on news and the like. It was a very comfortable Shoreleave with the exception of the wool coat that is part of the 12th Doctor Costume and the eye problem that I talked about on this web log earlier. Sunday evening found us at the Watch Out for Snakes Tour of Mystery Science Theater and we got to chat with the cast for a short while.
Monday found us at the Doc in the Box and not the fun one. Got a diagnosis for the eyeball and started working on getting my sight back along with laundry so we would be ready for the next part of our journey
Tuesday we went into Baltimore and the Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
. Where we oo’d and ah’d over the items in the collection and realized how much of that stuff either we had or friends had. Had a lot of fun and learned some stuff about comic book history. Also Peter has several comics in the cases on display.
Wednesday we went to Washington DC to find out that the museum we were going to was closed for renovation so to Air and Space
we went and had a blast. I was able to show Caroline a lot of things that I remember seeing when I went to the museum when I was about her age.
We drove down to North Caroline to visit Ariel, AJ and Anthony and were very thankful for the HOV lane out of the city. We had a nice visit with them but short because we knew we would see them again at the Raleigh SuperCon that was our next stop on the tour.
Mike and Crew did their usual magnificent job of taking care of us. I can highly recommend the SuperCons to any professionals that might get invited. Any issues were handled very quickly and very professionally. I ended up on a number of panels because of my friend Patty who knows good resources when he sees them. The fans were great. The venue was splendid. Only downer was the food poisoning we had Friday into Saturday but were fine the rest of the convention.
It was there that we added a stop on our tour as Peter was wearing one of his rare Doctor Who shirts and was asked if we wanted to do Florida SuperCon the weekend that we were leaving to go back to New York because Capaldi. We said yes and plotted how we were going to do that.
While a lot of our friends were fighting their way through SDCC, we went to Disney World and spent a leisurely number of days just doing what we wanted there. We did not go to Animal Kingdom this time around. Figured Pandora is going to be there for a while so let’s wait for when the wait time is less. Tuesday Caroline and I walked Epcot while Peter did laundry. Wednesday we went to Magic Kingdom. Thursday found us at Disney Hollywood where we didn’t ride the great movie ride having ridden it twice last time we were down there getting both the gangster and the cowboy scenarios so we are good on that. Friday was back to the Magic Kingdom for some last minute rides with a lot of rain. In fact it rained every day we were down there but only after we were done and on our way back to the hotel with the exception of Friday where the rain almost chased us out of the park and our magic raincoats didn’t hold it off.
The biggest adventure was that of Peter’s cane. He has it for days that we are going to be doing a lot of walking for balance more than anything else. Also if his knee acts up, it is a good thing to have. Wednesday afternoon we rode the Buzz Lightyear ride and Peter’s cane managed to escape from the spaceship. They looked for it but came up empty. We left our information hoping that it would be found. Thursday no word. Friday no word but we were back in the Magic Kingdom. On his way out, Peter checked at the front to see if the cane had been found. He had a substitute cane that the park provided and it worked but it was not HIS cane. They had it and we got it back. Peter is very happy because he really likes this cane. Also if lost at a convention it is easy to describe, “Do you watch Once upon a time? OK, it is the same cane that Mr. Gold uses in Storybrook.” The more technical term is a brass-handled Derby walking cane.
Saturday we went to St. Augustine for the yearly gathering of my family. We have been going to that area for a week’s vacation since I was seven. The place we go to now has been the place we have gone for over 30 years. We had a very quiet week of walking on the beach, writing, spending time with the family and napping.
Thursday evening we drove down to Fort Lauderdale for the Florida SuperCon so we would be there at the beginning of Friday’s convention.
We set up Friday and began the next convention experience, which was amazing. We got to talk to old friends and made new friends. Got to hang out with the 12th Doctor and Amy Pond..I mean Nebula. I did some panels as did Peter which is pretty spiffy considering we were last minute additions to the show. Met Ricky Whittle who is one hell of a hugger in all the good ways. Got to do a panel with my friends Patty and Hansi. Talked about Doctor Who. Amused Doctor Who fandom with my first Doctor puppet and War Doctor puppet. Caroline sold art. Peter sold books and scripts and signed a lot of autographs. And over all we had a good time.
The drive home was a bear as we added four hours to it but we made it home. The cats pretended to be miffed with us for the grand total of half an hour before cuddling up.
I am grateful that we had the adventures we did but also glad to be home.