Yesterday I was supposed to fly back to New York from Detroit - how the hell did I end up in South Carolina? Spirit Airlines, that's how.
I think this is the busiest I've ever been in my life - even moreso than finals in college, because I wasn't travelling the country. When was my last blog post... before NYCC Special Edition? That convention went pretty well, albeit surprisingly slow at times, with it being at Javits. But met some nice peeps and I even got to see Maki from the Penny Arcade "Strip Search" reality show.
The day after that 2-day convention, I flew to Michigan to be in a friend's wedding. Weddings are always fun, especially when you're in the bridal party :) It was fun to reconnect with friends and dance, and visit Ann Arbor again. Got to spend some time with family, but I still have that Power Rangers coloring work amidst everything, so it wasn't a true "vacation" to relax.
Right now I'm en route to Baltimore for the Graphic Medicine Conference. I'm giving a 15-minute presentation with David Brenner of the Familial Dysautonomia Foundation for our work on the comic strip "No Tears: Life With FD." You can see the whole program of awesome stuff here and our presentation is called "Comic Strip as Connection, Identification and Education for Rare Disease." At first we were part of the shorter "lightning round" talks, but someone cancelled and we were upgraded to a longer talk at 1pm Friday.
Oh yeah, and the reason I'm in South Carolina now is because my flight back to NYC was cancelled yesterday. I was supposed to fly back to NYC, unpack stuff, pack stuff I needed for the convention (besides the talk, there's a small convention for the conference on Saturday), and take Bolt Bus to Baltimore today. Since all the flights were booked until Saturday, the best Spirit could do was fly me to Myrtle Beach, then Baltimore today. I won't have all the things that are usually at my table for the mini convention, but I'll make it work with what I do have.
It's now cheaper to check bags than have a carry-on. I'll need to look more closely at all the extra fees when getting flights next time. After I got my new flight settled, when I saw it had a connection, I was expecting them to lose my luggage, after the run-around I got yesterday. Luckily I was able to get them to upgrade my little luggage as a carry-on, so no way I'm losing anything. Although the part in The Daily Misfortune about losing luggage and it being sent to the wrong address actually happened with Delta a few years ago. It got sent to my friend's address - the same one who got married this past weekend. Everything comes full-circle!