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Day two of RI Comic Con

Ok – this was better. Was there with a couple of people I know so the running commentary banter was better.

It’s definitely got two elements to it.

  1. There’s the retail or flea market like environment. The entire floor of the Dunkin’ Donuts center was all retail and to my surprise has stepped into the 21st century – cash was accepted but cards too. Interesting. Ended up getting a nice leather bound diary type book for Keyron – only $65 (When I know total materials and time were perhaps $15 or so it’s best to keep the peace sometimes.
  2. Then there’s the people watching. My favorite the male Princess Lea slave. I have a distinct feeling it was either done to be witty or it was a ┬ásister. But there were also the requisite Imperial Troopers, Darth Vader, Sith lords, Obi Wan’s as they might look 30 or so years later, etc. Then there was the pink nightmare. Everywhere we went from the Dunkin Donut’s Center (Damnation that name irks me.) to the RI Convention Center to the Providence Place mall we saw this pink nightmare. Then it hit me – Providence is pretty much it other than New Hampshire and New York for northeast people.

Didn’t hit any of the forums because my $!@()*$@#%*& phone was having trouble with RI Comic Con’s web site – it’s not mobile optimized. I should hook them up to the company I work at, they can do mobile optimized web services.

Now would I do it again – because I don’t intend to go back tomorrow. The answer to that is maybe. If I were to do it again I’d get a one day ticket and just go on the saturday. A three day is a waste – as Friday they’re still getting set up – Saturday is the day to go.

Around 3:00PM we left the Convention Center and went into the Providence Place mall and had a late lunch at Nordstrom Cafe. Then tried to get home – the traffic was horrendous. Why? Because Comic Con, Veterans Day celebrations at the RI State House, A Waterfire event this evening and it was hideous.

As I said in the past, if you’re gonna hit all three your best bet is to leave the car parked and hoof it. We”ll probably walk to Waterfire later on. Always fun to see the last full lighting of the year.

Saturday Providence Traffic

So today – we grabbed a zipcar and were all over the place from South Attleboro, MA to Coventry, RI and a bunch of meandering in the Providence/Cranston area.

So one of our trips took us up to the east side of Providence. Down near Pitman Street to be precise. It was a mission to get a certain soap that I both love and that is really good for my skin. The Whole Foods on North Main doesn’t carry it all that often, the one deeper on the east side does. So we went over there. Now coming back you take Angel St. and come down the hill towards Exchange Terrace and from there connect to Broadway.

The issue was – traffic was a nightmare. The Home show is going on today. So I decide I’ll risk going up toward Francis St. which is all the mall traffic. Made it to Francis and Gaspee and decided I’d go AROUND the State House and come down the back side of Providence Place Mall then up the connector and onto Dean St. and from there it’s an easy shot home.

Get half way down and some asshole is trying to turn left to go into the mall. And nobody is letting him in. Finally he edged out a little, I went around and was on the way home.

Now for the gripe – the snow removal during this winter was pretty damned bad. There is ice everywhere and cars parked make it hazardous to drive down the street.

Combine those two things and it’s no fun to drive in the City of Providence on a Saturday.