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It's good to be home again.

I won't say it wasn't a swell trip. We saw friends, had a good time at Boskone and the New York City Comicon, did business, enjoyed a great dinner with my family...

Getting the norovirus in the middle of our travels did kind of suck, however, and then on our way home, Parris had her luggage robbed. Someone opened a locked suitcase and stole her ipod and a whole bunch of new peripherals that she'd just bought at the Apple Store in NYC. They also stole the two locks. (Both brand new "TSA approved" locks, I might add. So far as I can see, locking your luggage with a TSA approved lock is completely useless, since everyone and his brother has the keys. And of course you're no longer allowed to use locks that might actually keep thieves out of your luggage. It's all to make us more "secure," hoo hah).

She's getting the usual run-around as regards to filing a claim for the stolen items. TSA blames the airline, the airline blames TSA, and no one takes any responsibility. Continental Airlines has been especially useless. TSA and the police have actually been treating Parris with courtesy and doing what they can to help her, but from Continental she's gotten nothing but phone trees, disconnects, brush-offs from disinterested "customer service" people, and repeated refrains of "it's not our responsibility" -- though indications are that it is the Continental baggage handlers who are the culprits here.

We also had trouble with Continental on the way east, but that was in connection with our carry-on luggage. We were seated in row 19 out of Houston to Boston, yet by the time we were allowed to board ALL the overhead space on the plane had been filled by the passengers seated in rows 20 and back, so an especially obnoxious flight attendant insisted that I check my carry on (not even a wheelie, but a nylon shoulder bag), and threatened to call "security" and have me removed from the plane when I refused to give it to her (the bag contains valuables and personal items that cannot be checked). I told her the bag would fit under the seat, but she refused to believe me, choosing to go by her own three-second "eyeball" inspection of the bag rather than listen to my assurances. That damn bag is TWENTY YEARS OLD and has fit under many airline seats over the decades. I have crossed oceans with the bag under the seat in front of me, I was trying to tell her... but she didn't want to listen, she just wanted to threaten me with the FAA. Fortunately an older and wiser flight attendant intervened before this young obnoxious one could throw me off the plane, and actually helped, opening an overhead bin, turning one of those monstrous carry-on "rollers" sideways, and making room for my shoulder bag. If not for her, I might have been dragged off my flight.

Anyway, Continental Airlines has moved right to the bottom of our list as "airline we are least likely ever to fly again." They won't let you carry on your valuables, and if you check your stuff, they steal it.

But enough venting. We DID have fun on the trip as well, when we weren't throwing up or being robbed. Boskone is still a great con, although the new hotel is a definite step down, and we had a good time at the New York City Comicon, where I did signings for Tor, Bantam, and DBPro/Marvel, got to meet the entire amazing Dabel clan, and did all sorts of business.

Even so... it IS good to be home.

Comments

svengoolie007
Mar. 5th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
This is karma
I think all these bad things happening to you are a result of karma getting you back for saying Comicon! I told you already, that's off limits!

We all know Comicon is not a word, right? It's a combination of Comic and Con. Convention. That was the NYC Comic Con. The only place allowed to combine it into one word (because they made it up) is San Diego's Comicon International. Will you ever get that?
grrm
Mar. 5th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Uh... excuse me?

"Comicon" has been in use ever since there were comic book conventions, long before San Diego.

And the very FIRST comicon was held in New York City in 1963. I should know. I was the first fan to sign up for it. It was a one-day event, drew maybe thrity-forty people (high school kids like myself, mainly) to a decaying Greenwich Village hotel. Two kids named Len Wein and Bernie Bubnis ran it, and the only pros to show up were Steve Ditko and Fabulous Flo Steinberg... but it was a comicon, and all comicons since have come from that humble beginning.
hippoiathanatoi
Mar. 5th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Ditko? That's quite cool. He became quite reclusive at some point in time, but I'm not sure when that started.

A few months back this recording popped up, featuring Flo Steinberg, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and some other Marvel Bullpen luminaries from the 60's.

I don't suppose you read the superhero comics Archie put out around the 60's, like _Mighty Crusaders_? There's a black hood getting mentioned alongside a green arrow and a blue beetle in A Certain Series That Shall Go Unnamed that always made me wonder...
svengoolie007
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Excuse yourself, douche. Search for comicon on Google and try to find me one result that talks about NY, other than some lucky monkeys like yourself that might get linked from a blog. What you'll get are results for the San Diego con. Alright? There's not much to it. This is the internet and it's not hard to find information, so stop being an ignorant cunt.
danalog
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
He's been going to comicons for 23 years before you were born, according to your user info... plus the New York one is the third hit on Google for the word "comiccon".... it helps to not make up search results when you troll, sorry.

Troll Rating: 3/10
svengoolie007
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
I'm not trolling anything. I just get very annoyed at literary things people do. Wizard World Chicago is indefinitely bigger than the NY Comic Con, but I don't claim that I've been to Comicon. It's stupid to say that.

Plus I'm annoyed that I was forced to register to comment. Making an account on LJ is still anonymous, ya know.
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stegoking
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
The guy just informed you that he was there for the very first one, and you continue to argue? Do you even know who Len Wein is? Ditko?

The word comicon was in use when San Diego was nothing but a 1 horse Navy port that was famous for nothing more than having spawned Ted Williams and the zoot suit riots.

The fact that George was incredibly polite to you, despite your thinking he (and his loved one) somehow 'deserved' to be ill because he used a term that offended your ignorant sensibilities, ought to be quite enough to shame a human being with the intelligence of a pile of dog feces.

But I guess you don't meet that standard.

Cunt.
svengoolie007
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Being there for the first one just confirms that he's an old man. I implore him to find proof that it was called Comicon. As I said before, it's the internet. You can find anything.

Me saying they deserve to be ill for it is clearly a joke. I'm a Christian, I don't believe in karma. But in all honesty, I think it's a very good thing that he canceled the pizza gimmick, because I really want to see Ice and Fire be finished. George stuffing his face with junk food is just gonna bring him closer to that heart attack. It was probably God's intervention.
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kalbear
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Well, let's see. From the 5th link from google's search on comicon, we get this link, which has:

San Diego
Chicago
Pittsburgh
Baltimore
somewhere in Ohio
NY
and many others.

You have to go to a mighty page 2 of the google search before finding a reference to the NY Comicon.

Mostly, it's astounding how a person can be so incredibly pedantic and incredibly wrong. Then again, this is the internet. It's Serious Stuff.
svengoolie007
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
No shit, the internets are SERIOUS BUSINESS.

But I'm clearly not wrong because nobody has been able to prove anything. It's the New York Comic Con. That's all there is to it.
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hippoiathanatoi
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
My goodness. A Christian with a potty mouth, will wonders never cease?

The internet is indeed your friend.

For example, one of the oldest comics awards in the U.S. was the Alley Awards, and there just happens to be a complete list of the awards it gave out. In 1965 and 1969, "Best Fan Project" was given to "New York Comicon". If you look at other conventions mentioned in the awards, the New York convention is the only one labelled 'Comicon'.

The Wikipedia article for the Comic Art Convention notes that the 1964 New York Comic Book Convention founded by Len Wein and Bernie Bubnis was known as ...

(Wait for it)

"New York Comicon"

And here is Gary Groth, one of the luminaries of independent comics, discussing comicons back in the 1970s,: "I was the Convention Director of two national comicons, Metro Con 70 and 71... The 1974 July Fourth New York Comicon..."

Oh, and here's Roy Thomas, another luminary in the field, another person who helped found New York comics fandom, in a fanzine from around 1970: "My own choice, influenced by s-f fandom as I am, would be to have all the members of the New York Comicon..."

(I will add one small correction to GRRM's response, though. George, you mean the 1964 con, as that was the first comicon in NYC, and what you wrote in RRetrospective.)
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nimbrethil
Mar. 10th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
You jumped in here being a flaming shithead and you have the gall to call someone else a douche and an ignorant cunt?

Wow.

Why the hell does 'Comicon' bother you so badly that it inspires you to be not only a rude troll, but a sexist one at that?
balefont
Mar. 7th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
You are a sad, sad little man, Brett.

now go back upstairs and ask your mama for a cookie. She makes things alllll better.
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bitchslap112
Mar. 8th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
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Also, the past few days, when I'm walking and my right foot is in the back, I'll get a slight pain in that area. I don't know if that's just yet another problem with me, or if it has to do with the nuts too... I can't really tell. Anyways, if anyone has any advice for what it could be, I would be very thankful.

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