It started with getting lost and ended with rush hour traffic, but it’s everything that happened in between that made Gallifrey One special.
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I’ve attended a lot of conventions over the years. Star Trek ones as a child, official Stargate ones slightly more recently, fan conventions with no guests, fan conventions with guests, giant comic conventions, and so many more. But my favourite is Gallifrey One, a Doctor Who convention that takes place in Los Angeles, CA every February.
I seem to have accidentally filmed the Inspector Spacetime panel at Gallifrey One this year. So while I’m working on my write up, here it is for your viewing pleasure.
Yesterday, I arrived in Los Angeles for Gallifrey One. Yes, I know, that’s two days before the convention actually starts. It’s so worth it though. I love showing up in the hotel lobby and immediately seeing people that I know. Some I see regularly, some I haven’t seen since last year. But it’s always like suddenly being surrounded by friends and chosen family. I get and give out more hugs in those first fifteen minutes than the rest of the year combined. And I’m not a generally “hug-gy” type person.
Arriving on Wednesday also gives me Thursday to hang around and do nothing. I get to plant myself in the lobby with my laptop, do some writing, and wait for more friends to show up. Once that happens, I go on my yearly booze run and catch up with friends I rarely get to see. Talking to people on twitter and facebook can never compare to seeing them in person. Like right now, as I’m sitting in the lobby, I’ve said good morning and waved at about fifteen people.
And that alone makes showing up in LA a day early worth it. Oh, and I get to miss another day of work. That doesn’t hurt either.
Gallifrey One is quickly approaching, in just over two weeks as I write this. February 17-19, to be precise. And I decided that now is a good time to write about my past experiences and upcoming expectations. And I figure maybe I’ll pass on some advice and suggestions too.
So here goes.