How I Spent My Summer Vacation

For the first time since I was a kid still living with my parents, I took a ten day vacation. It was, as the story goes, the best of times and the worst of times. Since I’m still tired and have a metric ton of laundry to do, Cardinals to root for and sleep to catch up on, I’m going to go all lazy and tell ya all about it bullet-point style.

  • I bought brand new sunglasses for this trip. First new pair in ages.
  • I dig the new Indianapolis airport. It is incredibly easy to get to and it has cool moving sidewalk walkways. It also has a cool collection of stores and restaurants and parking could not be any easier. Best airport I have ever been in.
  • My flight to Phoenix was bumpy and my sense of time was immediately screwed up. The three hour flight felt like six.
  • When I left Indy it was spitting rain and 68. I landed in Phoenix and it was 98 and hot.
  • I like steak. Had it four meals on this vacation. First time was the best.
  • The dominate colors in Phoenix are brown, dark brown, light brown and orange.
  • Illinois has green cornfields everwhere. There were mountains in every direction in Arizona.
  • Spending four days with Grant, his lovely wife Allison and their adorable daughter Kendall was relaxing in every way.
  • In-n-Out burger is awesome and I wish there was one here right now.
  • The Hangover is funny.
  • Joe’s Barbecue had the best spicy/sweet sauce I’ve ever tasted.
  • Terminator Salvation was pretty weak.
  • Grant’s pool is bathwater warm.
  • I am totally out of practice with Wii bowling
  • The drive to the mountains was more fun than I thought it would be at first. Lots of pictures taken
  • I semi-suck at Rock Band drums because I totally wanna play them like reality instead of “game reality.”
  • Dave & Busters is a guilty pleasure.
  • Green Lantern: First Flight was a little better than Wonder Woman.
  • Six hours in a truck to San Diego. What the hell was I thinking?
  • I learned it is a very bad idea to be stuck in the desert with an overheated engine. This didn’t happen, but we were thinking it the entire way to San Diego.
  • The only time it ever rains in Yuma is when I have to walk half a mile back to the truck. I still can’t believe I was soaked from head to toe.
  • If you don’t think the border patrol isn’t profiling cars and their occupants, you’re dreaming.
  • I hear San Diego is near some water… never saw it.
  • I hear San Diego has a cool zoo… never saw it.
  • I hear San Diego has the second largest convention center in the U.S. I saw plenty of it.
  • San Diego Comic Con is bigger than big.
  • I know of no king who would have stayed at the King’s Inn.
  • I’m pretty sure our bathroom in the King’s Inn was 3’ x 5’
  • Mark Waid is one of the nicest guys in comics.
  • I had a wonderful experience with a shirt retailer (Stylin’) who helped me find a shirt I could not buy from her. Now, that’s customer service.
  • Buying hardback books and discount trades sounds like a good idea until you have to lug them around and is an even worse idea when you have to lug them around on a plane.
  • The best costume I saw was a guy dressed in a full-size rabbit suit complete with vest and pocket watch. The jaw portion of his headpiece moved with his own jaw when he talked.
  • The hottest girl was a booth babe on Thursday who was handing out flyers. I wish I had taken a picture.
  • The second hottest girl was a booth babe at the G4 booth.
  • I saw a visibly shell-shocked mother being led by her 15 year old son through the convention floor. I felt pity.
  • SDCC security was very tight and mostly polite.
  • The question of the trip, “What are you in line for?”
  • Robert Rodriguez is a cool dad.
  • Getting from one end of the convention center to the other was nigh impossible to do under 30 minutes.
  • There were so many cool people I simply never saw at the convention. Pick and choose. Pick and choose.
  • I burnt the top of my head and my nose trying to get into the Lost panel. My nose has yet to recover.
  • 2012 is disaster porn
  • I totally missed Flynn’s Arcade. That totally sucked.
  • Without text messaging, I would never have coordinated anything with my friends
  • The Iron Man 2 footage was pretty sweet
  • I never saw Brea Grant, Johnny Depp, any of the Twilight cast, any of The Guild cast, Megan Fox or any of the Heroes cast.
  • By Sunday, you just wanted to punch people.
  • Driving six hours back to Phoenix with the windows down and the heat on was not in the least bit fun. I melted.
  • Yeah, I’ll probably go do SDCC again. Maybe this time with a slightly better plan…