Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THE PLAZA, CENTERCITY, WASHINGTON DC


We had parked in an underground parking lot a few blocks away from the convention center.  Because there were thousands of people attending Awesome Con, I feel we were lucky getting a space in this one.  There are very good signs on each floor, indicating how many spaces are left.  Over each space is a light, red for not available, green for available.  When you are looking down a very long line of cars, that green light is clearly visible and you head towards it, hoping the space will stay empty until you can  reach it.  There are usually other cars driving around hoping for the same.  We drove into our 'green' spot and watched the light turn red as two cars passed by looking for their own green light.  



We took the elevator up into a large square (The Plaza, CityCenter) where there were shops and restaurants, and these lovely sculptures.   (We took our photos when we were heading back).



There are other sculptures around the city, and if you go to this site you can read all about them.



The artist is Hung Yi. 
From the above link you will read the following:

"Dromedary Camel (The Plaza at CityCenter) Hung Yi's Bactrian and Dromedary camels, aka two and one humped camels, represent travel, survival and journeying.  Bactrian, the two humped camel is named after the area once known as Bactria, or Central Asia, from where they originated.  Dromedary camels have one hump, and are native to African and Middle Eastern Deserts.  Not only did Hung Yi take two already unusual, almost mythical animals and make them even more wild and whimsical, he also is encouraging unity between the diverse cultures these two camels represent."

This link will give you even more information.



If you click on this you will learn what there is to see at the Plaza.  

In the following photo there are beachballs strung overhead.  These decorations change with the seasons.  The restaurant we went into was on the right just out of sight.



The same on the other side of the Plaza.


You can't really tell from the following photos but all those baubles are moving around at a fast rate of speed, up the wall, over your head and onto the other side, and then they appear again as if in a circular movement.  These also change design.  I saw a man floating through the air after this.  



I wish I had thought to take a video so that you could get a better idea of what it looks like. 


You can just about make out on the left the glass walls of the elevator shaft, which took us down into the parking area.  



Next time I will show you the views as we were heading out of the city.



Monday, June 19, 2017

RANDOM PHOTO AND A QUOTE



"Patience and humor are two camels that can take you through any desert."

~Author Unknown~



A TRIP INTO WASHINGTON DC FOR AWESOME CON

I truly didn't realize when our son invited us to see him speak on a panel for three writers, that we were actually going to Awesome  Con.  He has a full time job but writes articles in his limited free time.  


When we arrived we were a few minutes late.  There were no parking spaces and several underground parking lots were already full.  We finally parked in one three blocks away, so not so bad but we were driving around a while before we found it. 


We were very proud of our son.  When he was younger he used to be an introvert, more like me, but now he has done a 180 and is a confident speaker in front of a large audience, like his Dad :)
  
We had a lovely surprise.  In the audience there was a friend of his from way back in their high school days.  He had read about this event and decided to attend.  I hadn't seen him in years.  He introduced us to his wife, a sweet young lady originally from New York.  Our son was happily surprised when he saw his old friend.


We didn't hang around too long at the end, as there were people waiting to ask him more questions.  So we gave him a big hug and said our goodbyes.  


I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this event.  There were hundreds of people walking around in costumes (cosplay).  It was fun to see them and you couldn't help but admire the effort they had put into whatever they were wearing.  Everyone we saw was very pleasant and happy to be there.  The atmosphere was definitely catching. 


I had to laugh when I saw this fun photo they sent us later, my son and daughter-in-law.  I probably should know the dragon, it seems familiar but can't place him. 


I could not help myself, I was walked over to this group and asking them if I could get a photo taken.  They were happy to oblige.



Here are a few more we saw walking around the convention, and also on the street outside.









Even the little guys!

























 Now this I did recognize.  A young girl wearing a Tardis telephone box dress, from Dr. Who.  David Tennant, one of the Doctors, was attending today. 


This sweet little boy was very interested with the flashing lights on Green Lantern's pole.  Or is it the Riddler?  I will have to ask those in the know.













So there you go, it was great fun!  I have always had a great interest in costumes, whether it be from these today, or from around the world.  I am drawn to those down through the ages also.  If I had my dream job, I would be in the costume department at the New York Met.