NYC/New Jersey-Howlercon Trip

Sorry it has been a long time since I’ve updated, but I’ve been out of town for a couple weeks and needed to settle back in to daily life a bit. I’ve got a few blogs planned out and this will be the first.

Vic, me, Larry, and Cass on the ferry to NYC

I went to NYC for a few hours after driving up to Portland OR (which is way too far to drive FYI). The pictures in this post will be from the trip. We started out by taking a ferry (which apparently isn’t supposed to take rando people). We got to wave to the Statue of Liberty basically, though it was still a bit far off. Cool nonetheless. It was a goregous day out, something like 70º which for the area was unseasonably warm.

High Line view of the Statue of Liberty
View of the Statue of Liberty

We walked the High Line for a bit until we got the Chelsea area. The High Line is old railroad tracks that have been converted into a park. It was pretty awesome and there were more than a few shirtless guys running around so we got to enjoy a little of nature in the big city and a bit of oogling as well. Or maybe that was just me? Anyway I’d seen and heard about the High Line before so it was cool to walk around and experience it. Next time if I go I’ll have to come up with an actual plan.

IMG_5958 IMG_5962After the High Line, we made it Chelsea to see Christopher Street and the Stonewall Inn (which was pretty awesome). We went to this ice cream place called Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (no joke!). I didn’t partake, as it was a little chilly by the time we got to there, so I just hung out and watched them eat. They said it was really good, so I believe them.

Proof I was in Times Square
Proof I was in Times Square

After that two of my friends had Broadway tickets so we dropped them off in Times Square before heading back to New Jersey (where our host lived—thanks Vic!). I liked everything but Times Square—way too many people in general.

That night I had a fever which was awful of course, but the next morning I felt better. One thing about being sick is it prevented me from drinking a ton (cuz being sick and drinking is just awful anyway) so I was saved from hangovers. The following day was the first day of the con.

Stickers and magnets!
Stickers and magnets!

I attended Howlercon 2015 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Howlercon is a Teen Wolf convention and it was super awesome. I went with Karina to help her sell art and gopher for her while she worked. I didn’t get to see much of the programming, but I did attend the last panel of the weekend with all the guests and that was fun.

Karina and Vic (Nay in the background)
Karina and Vic (Nay in the background)

If you’ve never been to a convention before, they are incredibly intense, jam-packed schedules. The best part was I was too busy to ruminate (as my therapist likes to say). Other than selling a lot of art, I hung out with fandom people I’ve collected over the past few years. It was a good time and I got to meet a few more cool people (which is always awesome!). I’m looking forward to the next HowlerCon. Yaaaaas!

After the con, it was back to Portland to relax and chill before the drive home. I’ll save that for the next blog, with fewer pictures.

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