Today, was a good day. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good day, so I thought I’d take a moment to bask in it.
It all begin this morning, when the wife and I made the hour and fifteen minute trip to Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fayetteville is home to Fort Bragg and well… the armpit of North Carolina. But, they were having a comic con and I really needed an infusion of nerdom in my life.
We actually began the day by snagging lunch at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. I’ve never been to one and the closet one is in Fayetteville. I wasn’t disappointed. For a chain restaurant the food was surprisingly fresh and well seasoned. It was a great way to begin the day and then we headed over to the Crown Coliseum Auditorium.
I didn’t take many pictures, which I kinda am kicking myself for, but the convention was larger than expected and had some pretty cool names in attendance like Lex Luger and Gigi Edgley. While I do enjoy the celebrity meet ups, they’ve honestly gotten a little out of hand for me price wise, so unless its someone I really like, I haven’t been pursuing as many photo ops. I really like Gigi in Farscape, but $40 was just a bit too steep for a photo or autograph for me.
What I think I enjoy the most out of comic cons are all the fun booths. It’s like a huge flea market of nerdy stuff. There’s usually so much stuff packed in so many booths it takes quite a few passes to see it all. Brandy and I spent around two hours at the con and ended up walking out with some cool stuff.
The first thing I found were these two Star Trek: The Next Generation figures. I’ve wanted to add a few to my Star Trek shelves and this Picard and Riker fit the bill.
Even better, while checking out the guy told us to come visit his store which just so happens to be in Raleigh! I had never heard of it but apparently he has tons of vintage toys and the stuff he had in his booth was very reasonably priced. I’m making it a priority to go check it out sometime in the near future. Crowemag Toys
Next we picked up our dog Marley a cute little Baby Yoda toy.
Then we spent some time chatting with an artist who creates very cool “monster hunter” type art work. He even has cool leather bound books that reminded me a lot of something you’d see in Supernatural. While most of his work was based on actual legends, he had a few pop culture items and well… I just couldn’t resist three of my favorites.
Afterwards we made a stop by a nearby booth selling painted coasters and picked up a couple Stargate coasters, a Firefly, and Harry Potter.
Our last major purchase came at a guy who sells various glasses. He has everything from pint and wine glasses to lanterns of various fandoms. I had noticed this very cool Firefly lantern and I wanted it but I knew it would be expensive (It was $60). We actually circled around and came back to ask about the lantern and Brandy convinced me to get it. I don’t regret it one bit. It’s very neat and will look good next to some of my other Firefly memorabilia once we get a new place. I still got to figure out a proper light source for it, but I think it’s going to look amazing.
And a couple of pictures with a single battery tea light in it.
The one the way home we stopped by Red Neck BBQ Lab and got a couple of Dole Whips before arriving home where I found my Mandalorian Erso ring waiting in the mailbox that my wife bought me.
Overall, today was a damn good day. I finished up the night by watching SRX and the first hour of AEW Dynamite before settling in to write this blog and work on my horror blog a bit. I gotta say, this may have been the best day of 2021 yet. I’m hoping things are looking up.