Fan Detained by Real Life
April 18, 2008

NYCC.  I started making plans to attend and cover NYCC as soon as we knew Mattel would show more stuff there.  Bus schedules deciphered.  NYCC programing analyzed for best exposure.  Business card and digital camera research were on my list of things to do.  But it was not to happen.

A project at work got crazy.  I ended up working both days one weekend.  Then feeling bad the following weekend when I could only put in a few hours on it.  The project had taken over my life.  Relatives called and said they could come to visit this weekend.  Saturday and Sunday at the con were gone…

Despite asking for the day off Friday (today), ages ago, I felt I could not take it off.  Yesterday I  sat down my partner on this project and said, "I have been planning to take tomorrow off forever, and I just don’t feel like I can."  We looked over the project, itemized what was left and together decided I could take Friday and the weekend off.  But it was too late.  I was too burned out to go racing around for bus tickets and camera memory cards.

The silver lining?  I got to spend the last day of school vacation with my family.  Cleaning before the relatives arrived.  A bathroom sink needed to be unclogged.  Hoping to surprise my wife, I took it apart while she was food shopping.  Unfortunately, I broke a tiny plastic nut.  This forced a trip to the Home Depot.  Only to discover that the standard pieces used in a sink drain had changed.  Not only could I not get the single part I needed, I would have to install an entire new drain.

Oh yeah, not going to NYCC saved me: 65$ for a round trip bus ticket.  5$ for NYC subway tokens.  30$ for admission.  5$ for gas to get to the bus and back.  10$ to park at the bus station all day.  I could add on a hotel, but wasn’t planning on staying at one.  Still, that is over 100$ which I can use to buy toys.

Erik "Superfriend" Skov
"Gathered together from the four corners of the universe." Oh, wait, that's the show, not me. Erik "SuperFriend" Skov never actually got to appear on the show, although he did watch it every week. Erik spent 6 years working for Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI before leaving for a job that paid more (Why else would a collector leave the company that was making Star Wars, Transformers, and while I was there Batman). I used to post all over the net. These days I tend to hang my hat at AFI.
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