Married to the Empire

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

All-Con: Day Two

I intended to go to All-Con for Day 2 with my husband. He had the second part of his diorama-building forum at 10am, but I just couldn't get up for it, so he went by himself. I wound up missing the 501st Legion's photo shoot, but I got a picture from Jason Melton. My husband is in the Imperial Officer uniform on the far right (click on the picture for a larger photo):

After sleeping very late, I spent some quiet time at home, ran a couple of errands, then arrived at the convention around 4pm, just in time to help set up for the Imperial Gladiators event.

Steven was pretty frazzled with trying to get everyone and everything organized for the set-up, but everyone was great about helping out:

Steven wanted people to get colored stickers when they came in. They'd root for the stormtrooper representing that color. Each trooper participating had his own Sith Cheerleader to get the crowd cheering for him:

The competition began with each trooper having to put on his armor as quickly as possible. If you've ever watched a trooper get suited up, you'll understand why doing so quickly can be a competitive event. Let's just say that putting on armor isn't easy:

Actor Aaron Douglas from Battlestar Galactica was kind enough to play the role of Princess Leia for the Capture the Princess part of the game. Someone even knitted buns for him to wear and keep:

The rest of the photos are of the various games in the competition. If you want an explanation of them, go here:

I didn't finish getting pictures of the games because my camera battery died. Oops. I did manage to squeeze enough power from it for one last shot, though--Steven with Aaron Douglas:

Steven was exhausted and hungry after this. It was a lot of work for him! I bought some treats from the Sith Cheerleaders' bake sale, benefitting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. We ate them and hung out in the 501st suite with some other troopers for a while, then we went to the costume contest. This was one of the most interesting parts of the convention. It's always fun to see what costumes people come up with, and a few of our friends entered. There are a lot of talented people out there, as most people make their own costumes.

We were starving by the time the costume contest ended, so we went out for Chinese food with our friend Fred. After dinner we went back to the convention and hung out some more in the 501st Legion suite. (Everyone else was at the burlesque show, but that's so not our thing for various reasons!)

There was a big 501st party later that night. I didn't stick around for long. We're not drinkers, and the hotel suite was packed. Like, seriously breaking fire code packed. That sort of atmosphere puts me on edge, so after hanging out and chatting for a little while, I called it a night and headed home.

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