Day One!

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let the Star Trek Convention 2014 begin! The Gold level pass lets us go straight in, gives us assigned seating in the main room throughout the entire weekend, special ‘gifts’ and discounts from certain vendors, entry into two parties and the Nevada Pops performance, and 13 autographs at no extra charge.

We planned to start our day with a photo op and autograph session with John De Lancie (Q). But first, breakfast. We got up early, went to Hash House a Go Go (yes, weird name) and discovered a really long wait line. We figured it would be cutting it too close to our photo op time if we went there, so Starbucks became our default. We get in line for Starbucks and while waiting chat it up with our neighbours, a couple of photo op room volunteers. What do we learn? That John De Lancie cancelled his appearance at the convention last night. Nooooooooo! Damn it…we hope he’s okay. Then we find out that Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) and Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman) also had to back out for medical reasons.

Upon receiving this news it occurred to us that we now had more time for breakfast, so Hash House a Go Go it was. We got in line, noticed all these posted praises of the place by famous people on the walls, got seated, ordered our food and Holy Hell, you’ve got to be kidding me! The food was just fine, but the portion sizes were insane! Now, I don’t know about you, but when I read ‘flapjacks’ I envision smallish, palm-sized cakes; pancakes are the larger, two-hand sized cakes. I ordered the blueberry pecan flapjacks and got a MONSTER-sized pancake! I did not get through more than a quarter of that thing, which actually impressed Jessica because she predicted I wouldn’t get past a sixth of it. I mean, it was so big, they used whole pecans, not chopped pecans. Crazy!

We got out of there and continued our planned day: visit the vendors room, get photo ops, autographs, etcetera. Photo ops of the day were with: Brent Spiner (Data/Lor/Nunien Soong) LeVar Burton (Geordi Laforge), Michael Dorn (Worf), Karl Urban (Leonard McCoy), Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar/Sela), Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher), and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi). We saw two of The Next Generation panels; for some reason they separated the guys from the girls. Entertaining, nonetheless. The girls were actually more hyper than the guys. We had bought tickets to the Borg Resistance is Futile Bingo, but the TNG girls panel went late, which made their photo op go late, which should have made us late for the bingo, but when we arrived at the bingo the line was only just starting to be let into the room. The bingo room, by the way, was on the other side of the rather extensive hotel. After not winning any of the very cool stuff up for grabs at the bingo (like the Dr. McCoy doll and the Simon Pegg autograph ticket that Jessica desperately wanted), we went to the Gold Dinner party in the Voodoo Lounge where we listened to the The Enterprise Blues Band, which consisted of Steve Rankin, Vaughn Armstrong, and Casey Biggs. We also met a couple of fellow Canucks from Vancouver, Jeff and Gord.

The dinner party was set up with a fantastic buffet supper, but the dessert table wasn’t set up until later in the evening. In my opinion that was a mistake; they should have had the dessert table set up at the same time as the buffet. Why, you may ask. Because there were some people who were there just for the desserts; people started lining up an hour before the desserts even came out. There was one lady who was making a point of ensuring that anyone who came looking by the dessert table knew exactly where the line was. Another lady came up while the desserts were being put out to look at the selection, just so she could let her friends know what was there. The woman already in line leans over to let her know where the line ended and the second woman just laid in on her, “I know, I don’t want to get in line, I’m just looking for my friends!” Really snarky. Jess and I just sort of stood back and watched, trying to assess at what point we should step in to prevent blows. It made for an interesting evening, but the best part (besides the band) was seeing Aron Eisenberg (Nog) having a good time just before we left.

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