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Weekends for us are usually pretty routine. We roll out of bed around 10:00, brew a giant pot of coffee, and spend the morning playing video games or reading or blogging. By 2:00 we're splitting up to hit the thrift stores (Hugh) and gym (me); later it's dinner, a movie. Midnight rolls around and more often than not I'm asleep in Hugh's lap or dozing off against his shoulder. Weekend after weekend after weekend, this is what we do. Every now and then, though, on rare occasions, we decide that yes, we do have social bones in our bodies, and we plan something different. Case in point? Last Saturday, when we woke up at a decent hour, hopped into our friend Mike's car, and headed down to New Orleans for the 2011 Comic Con.

This was my second convention ever, and way more nerdy than my first (and that was an American Library Association convention, so chew on that for a while). The big draw for this one was Buffy, which I guess sort of passed over me as a cultural phenomenon, 'cause meh. Back in college I used to catch bits of it on tv around 5 am, when it was that or infomercials and I'd already seen the infomercials. Just not my thing, I guess. Also the boyfriend absolutely loathes all things Joss Wheadon, so that hasn't helped sway me. In any case, there were a handful of major Buffy actors scheduled for appearances/signing, including James Marsters (whose table I wandered past), Nicholas Brendon, Julie Benz, Clare Kramer, James Leary, and Kelly Donovan. Aside from the actors, there were lots of booths and people in funny get-ups and boxes and boxes of cheap comic books. Nothing really struck my eye, but I had fun taking in all the bizarre costumes.

Afterwards we drove around the city for a while, killing time in and out of the Warehouse District and down Magazine Street, ultimately ending up at our favorite sushi place for dinner. Actually, I say "ended up," but I think Hugh would've gutted our friend Mike if he wanted to eat elsewhere. We seriously cannot go to New Orleans without eating here. I think they put something in the crunchy -- speaking of, WOW. You will not have better crunchy anywhere. Period. And the smoked salmon sashimi ain't bad either. Plus -- plus!! -- right next door?! Amazing little ice cream parlor called Creole Creamery. I had a scoop of Steen's Molasses Oatmeal Cookie on top of a scoop of what was supposed to be Butterscotch Toffee, but what turned out to be Sarsaparilla.

I wouldn't want to go to New Orleans every weekend. The drive feels much longer than it actually is, and hotels are too expensive to be a real option. Plus we quickly run out of things to do there, having no interest in French Quarter nonsense and no pocketbooks for shopping. It's not a bad place, though, in the grand scheme of things. A nice break from our routine. And a pleasant reminder that as bad as Baton Rouge gets, we'll always have a place to escape to.

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shoebob
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
Aw, it makes me sad you don't like Buffy. The first season is pretty campy and the score is kind of terrible (in a campy way), but it really starts to hit its stride in the second season. It's such a witty, heartbreaking show, with such real, lovable characters. What I love about Joss is he's not afraid to rip your heart out and grind it under his bootheel. I'm biased, of course, but I think if you ever find yourself with a little extra time and inclination to give a new tv show a whirl, you should give it another chance. Start with the second season if you don't think you'll make it through the first.

Do you know there's a Last Unicorn comic series now? Six in all. They are so so beautiful -- if you have a fondness for the movie, I highly recommend tracking them down.

I wish I could remember the place where Stephanie and I got brunch when we visited New Orleans... Okay, I just spent a ridiculously long time searching for the name: Slim Goodies! Have you ever been there? It's been, oh, five years?, but I still remember it fondly.
zerzura
Feb. 9th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Heh, I knew I was gonna catch flack for this from someone on my reading list! I wonder if maybe it's one of those shows you sort of had to experience while it was on the air. For instance, if I went back now and watched The X-Files as a new viewer, would I love it as much? Perhaps it's the same for Buffy. For some reason I just can't get into vampire stuff (see: True Blood and Twilight). If Buffy ever comes on the streaming Netflix queue, I might give it another shot. But I'll have to watch it when Hugh's not around, otherwise a shoe might end up taking out the tv. ;)

I haven't seen The Last Unicorn comic, but I bet it's good! I honestly don't read a lot of comics, although I enjoyed Fables and Bone and the few Sandman trades I finished. I need to read more, I just haven't. No good excuse, either, 'cause the boyfriend literally has several bookshelves full. I might try The Walking Dead next, since I'm hooked on the tv show.

I just looked up Slim Goodies online and will have to try that soon! The problem with New Orleans is that it's PACKED with awesome restaurants. There's one on every street corner (or two, or three, or four ...). Not a bad thing, mind you! Just makes it tough to decide where to eat when it's all so delicious.
shoebob
Feb. 9th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
You're in luck, because Buffy IS streaming on Netflix! All of Whedon's stuff is. (At least as of last week, according to Joe.) Maybe it is a zeitgeist thing, I don't know. I was dead set against it, DEAD SET, based (I'm ashamed to admit) completely on the fact that I thought the title was stupid. It sounded like a dumb show, and it was so popular, and I'm immediately suspicious of anything that's TOO popular. I didn't actually start watching it until I had my arm lovingly twisted in college, which was during the show's sixth season. Then I downloaded and devoured every episode of the previous 5 seasons I could find while watching the 6th as it aired.

I'm not a huge comic book person either. I enjoy them, but apart from the Buffy S8 comics I'm not a regular reader. I've been wanting to read Sandman for ages, and every time I'm in a comic store I tell myself I'm going to go request the first volume from the library -- just haven't actually done it yet...
dream_smeared
Feb. 16th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
Yet another person must speak up for Buffy! This is, perhaps amusingly, one of my favorite shows in the entire world—despite, and not because of, the supernatural elements. It holds up well, and the reasons why it's of value cannot possibly wear an expiration date. I vote with Rachel that you give it another try one day! I am actually about to write a series of posts about why Buffy is so amazing. >_> So you may want to skip out, otherwise my LJ will hold definite spoilers.

P.S. All seven seasons of Buffy *are* on streaming Netflix! I know because I've been saving my DVDs by watching it over and over a bajillion times. Ahem.

Edited at 2011-02-16 03:34 am (UTC)
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