Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Scum and Villainy Cantina


“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

This Star Wars inspired pop up bar came across my radar last year and I of course I had to go. It was opening up in Los Angeles somewhere and I decide what the heck, I'm in San Francisco I can do this!

In case you are wondering, I don't drive. I don't have a diver's license. You don't need it in SF but it does make it difficult to do road trips.

You had to buy your tickets in advanced, like a year in advance I want to say. I don't really remember and it was 50 dollars a ticket. It included the cover and two drinks. I was going into it blind along with everyone else because there was no other information except the name, it was Galactic, and it would be in LA.


I've made other terrible adult choices when it comes to experiencing things, so I dove in! After getting the ticket for Jaime and I, we waited for the day when they would open up reservations which happened the beginning of this year. That was not fun at all. The site kept timing out. It wouldn't load everything. It would crash. People on facebook were freaking out because nothing was working. It couldn't handle the traffic. I finally got in after an hour of waiting and I was able to snag a spot for a Saturday in May. It was the first reservation of the day and it worked out.


Fast forward to May and we made our visit to Scum and Villainy Cantina. We got there around 230pm and the line to get in wasn't too bad. 3pm rolled around and they were still getting ready but as they were doing that, someone was outside getting our names and handing out the drink chips. By this time the line was getting longer and everyone was dressed up in one form or another!!

They finally let us in!! You make your way down the stairs in dim lighting while lasers were around you, smoke machines, and Sci-Fi music playing. The bar was small! I guess it was given due to it only being a pop up! There was 5 booths, a few hi tables and dozen or so stools at the bar. The reservations are set for two hours and only a small amount is let in. it was crowded but nothing terrible. Jaime and I claimed half a booth and while we did at one point had two folks join us, we pretty much had it to ourselves.


They had your basic bar food for purchase like nachos, quesadillas, and what not but that wasn't included in the reservation price. They had three main theme drinks and of course, your basic beers and stuff. We got to try all three theme drinks - Wretched Blue Milk, The Chosen One, and A Bad Feeling About This - and we both love Wretched Blue Milk. A Bad Feeling lived up to its name.

We both had fun hanging out, listening to some funky music, and enjoying the drinks. Once our time ended, we were given a pint glasses as we exited.



The 50 dollar reservation included entry, 2 drinks which for the ones we picked were at 12 bucks each, a pint glass, and a token to come back at another time which would of been awesome but we aren't local and I overheard that with token it would $10 bucks to get in.

50 bucks was a lot to drop for something we didn't really know about and in our case $100 for the two of us. I do have mix feeling about that... the drinks were 24 each since we go two and the glass would of been 20 if we bought it on it's own and that was already 44 but do I really need more glasses and in our case two?


But it was over all it was fun! I was with Jaime and we made it worth it the trip down with other events through out the day like visiting the Museum of Ice Cream earlier and after Scum and Villainy we had movie tickets to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the El Captain theater.


And I have a video!! I'm still working out how I want to do this and what I officially want my channel to be about but here is a small video of us at the Scum and Villainy Cantina!!

Did any of you get the chance to visit? What were your thoughts and experience? Would you do it again?!



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

San Diego Comic Con: Still be Part of the Fun!


San Diego Comic Con starts today and if you're like me, not being there feels like it sucks. It happens though and even though it seems like everyone else is going to be having fun, getting to see and do all the cool things, there are still ways for us to to stay connected to all the actions coming out of SDCC.


1. #SDCC - You can search the hash tag on pretty much any social media and you'll get real time news, photos, announcements, anything and everything.

2. News Site - Now if searching through the hashtag is not you're thing, your go to geek news site will probably be there and writing up all the posts. You can also set it so twitter can send you notifications to your phone via text message.

3. Trailers - Movies and TV will offer up trailers or BTS as a thank you to the fans and some of them will throw up the trailer after. The Walking Dead has done it almost every SDCC visit. Now not everyone will and sometimes a leak will pop up but I leave that to you to decide if you will watch it.

4.  All the EXCLUSIVES!! - Keep an eye out because a lot of places will put their exclusives online during or after the show. Funko just shared their list of which items will be where. In past years Hasbro and Mattel have put up their exclusives online at a later date. Hasbro doesn't announce it, it just goes up! Some folks will announce of they have left over a, they will sell them. Just keep that ear to the floor.

5. Wear your Geek on your Sleeve - Wear your geek clothing. If you had outfit ideas for each day the con, you should still do it!! Of course make sure it's all work appropriate but wear that Serenity shirt, that Star Wars dress, that Big Hero 6 Hat!

6. Get together with Friends - Is your entire squad home this year instead of at San Diego? Make plans to get together and freak out over those dropped trailers or the new movie announcements. Grab a bit to eat and talk about the newest comic news. Hang out and play some tabletop games, have a movie marathon, or help each other out ordering those Funko exclusives!

And if you're local to San Diego or near enough to get down there, you don't even need a badge! There are so many fun off site events that don't require it.

These are some ways for you to feel like you're still apart of the fun no matter where you're at!

What are some of the things you'll be doing to be part of the SDCC fun while at home?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Geek Girl Tag



It's been a while since I've answered a fun, geeky tag on the blog so when I came across ZombieGoddess Beauty's post with some fun geeky questions, I just had to hop on the train!

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?

My phone, hands down. It does everything: keeps me connected, I can play games, listen to music. My phone keeps me sane during slow moments at work and being able to hear music is my everything.

2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

Slytherin.
Fight me.

3. Who is your favorite Doctor?

The FANTASTIC Ninth Doctor. I don't understand why he doesn't get any love but he was so great. He evoked every feeling there is and probably more.

4.  If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

General Organa. I love Princess Leia but I would for sure pick having dinner with her when she's a General because you know she would have some fascinating things to tell.

5. What is your gaming system of choice?

Right now, PS4 but forever the NES.

6. If you had a super power, what would it be?

Oh man, the ability to teleport. It would save me so much on airfare and I could travel!! Or at least visit Disneyland whenever I wanted.

7. What is your favorite fantasy world?

That would be the world of Fantasia (The Neverending Story) before the nothing destroyed it, it looked so beautiful and I have always wanted to visit.

8. If you could be any fictional race, what would it be?

9. Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Wars

10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV series

 1. Star Wars
 2. Sailor Moon
 3. The X-Files
 4. Wonder Woman (TV and movie)
 5. Gremlins

11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

1. Super Mario Kart (Any of them)
2. Splatoon
3. Animal Crossing
4. Resident Evil (The original)
5. Dr. Mario

This was a fun tag and if you feel like creating a blog post with your own answers, I added the questions below for you to easily copy/paste.

The Geeky Girl Tag Questions:
1. What is your must-have tech gadget?
2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
3. Who is your favorite Doctor?
4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
5. What is your gaming system of choice?
6. If you had a super power, what would it be?
7. What is your favorite fantasy world?
8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?
9. Star Trek or Star Wars?
10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

If you do ended up writing up a post please leave the link in the comments below!! I totally want to read your answers, get to know you a bit more, and possibly discover a new movie, game, what not!

Thanks for reading!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What I bring with me: Comic Con Essentials!


It's that time of the year!! San Diego Comic Con is here and so is D23 Expo. They are both within a week of each other and if you are going to both, it's going to be a crazy, fun time.

Sadly, I won't be going to SDCC or D23 Expo. I know I'm going to be having the FOMO effects but I gotta adult and adulting was telling me that I couldn't afford any of the hotel costs. Either way, I wanted to share my list of Comic Con Essentials because it doesn't matter if you're going to a huge event like SDCC or a smaller local con, I find myself always needing these essential items.

1. Backpack: I tend to go for a backpack when I'm attending a con. Using a tote bag isn't the best because eventually it gets really heavy and your one shoulder will be hurting you. A backpack keeps the weight on both shoulders, some will have amazing padding, and will most likely be adjustable in length.

2. Camera: I know most all cell phones have camera functions but trust me, you will drain that battery so fast . Bring a camera with you so you can be get some great photos and save your phone battery for checking social media or getting a drive by selfie with a celeb.

3. Sharpies: Bring different colors as well. In autograph lines, they will have them but if you are getting something specific signed and it's a dark color, the basic black won't work. Silver and gold are great options. Also, having a sharpie on hand is great when you run into a celebrity.

3. Snacks / Water bottle: You will be waiting in lines and at con food is expensive. Having some snacks is essential in surviving. And water!! Don't really on sugar drinks to keep you hydrated. Water is your best friend. Bring a reusable water and fill up at the water fountain.

4. Charging devices: You know how I mentioned above about battery? Bring a couple of charging devices. I always have three on hand. You'll be texting, on the phone, receiving notifications from twitter, facebook, instagram, emails about local happening and deals. You will go through that battery fast. Don't be left out in the dust at 3am when someone awesome walks the Hall H line and you find out your phone is at 7% and the flash won't work because of it.

Another note: Bring an outlet plug too! If you have some down time and come across an outlet, use that and save the charging devices for you really need it.

5. Light jacket: San Diego could be in the 100's but when you walk inside you will be hit with the AC and after a few hours of standing in one spot trying to get that exclusive, you will get cold. I do and I always recommend bringing a light jacket. One that can easily fold up and put into your backpack!

6. Sunscreen: Speaking of 100 degrees BRING AND WEAR SUNSCREEN!! This is no joke everyone. Please wear sunscreen. Protect your skin. Even if you're just crossing the street, the sun rays are harsh.

7. CASH: Not all vendors take credit cards and of course reception can get spotty so have that paper ready. And don't rely on ATMs. So many people and it will run out of money!

Also, you may be able to haggle for less if you have cash! Especially on the last day of the con.

8. Make up bag / Pouch: A small pouch / make up bag can come in handy to hold the little items. This way you're not having to dump your entire bag out. Some of the things I put into my small pouch can include:

  • Hand Sanitizer - sometimes you just can't wash your hands
  • Sunscreen - I have a small travel one that I use on my face especially my nose
  • Business cards - Network and get your information out there. 
  • USB cable - I have a small cable one that I keep in here 
  • Hair ties - I have really long hair and sometimes I need to toss it up
  • Lotion - Travel sized ones are perfect and you will have dry hands through out the day
  • Bandaids - You will get papercuts handling those posters, flyers, and what not. Have them handy!
  • Tissue - I always find myself reaching for tissue. Too much sanitizer and you gotta wipe it off.
  • Pain killers - Alleve is my best friend at cons. Your feet will hurt. You'll get headaches. You don't want to be in pain during the con especially if you dropped a lot for your ticket. Enjoy the day!
This item is a top essential and that's a poster tube. You will be handed some many free posters and you will buy a lot of art. Poster tubes are a life saver. Just be considerate if you bring it with you to the actual con. Don't hit folks with it. 

What are some essentials that you have to have with you will enjoying Comic Con? Something on your list that you think I should know about? Let me know in the comments below!

For those going to SDCC, D23 Expo or both - May you have a grand time!! I'll be following you fine folks on social media and living through your posts. 

Disclaimer: I linked to different products from Amazon and if you buy any of them or anything once you clicked on a link, I will get a kick back. This costs nothing to you and it helps me towards my bills. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Small Goals {July 2017}



Aw July... you came at me full force. It is SDCC and D23 Expo month. There is no rest for the wicked.

Okay, I'm not going to SDCC or D23 Expo this year because of adulting. It was a tough choice but I'm doing so good in paying my credit cards off and if I did both of these trips, I'd be back at square one. Hotel rooms are not cheap during SDCC and adding that 2017 is the year for D23, it wasn't happening. I'm feeling the effects of missing out but thank goodness for social media. I know I won't be missing any news.

Can we also chat about what happened with Photobucket and in the internet? In the last week or so Photobucket decided to change their TOS and are no longer allowing linking to 3rd party sites for free. They are charging a fee of $400 a year. They are still charging for storing photos and to go ad free but they added the linking to 3rd party.

With no notices to anyone, they changed photos to show their add asking the user to log into their account and accepting their newest terms. The internet fell apart. Ebay, forums, Amazon, bloggers all using Photobucket to host their photos and it was gone. I came over to post an entry about my Comic Con Essentials (post coming soon) and that's when I saw the ugliness all over my blog.

That was a wake up call.

I discovered photobucket when I still using LiveJournal. I started using them to host my photos, I used them to host my banners, sigs, and avatars on all the forums I was on. After I made the move to blogger, I kept using them. I used them to save money on ebay fees when I needed to add more photos to my auctions. Selling collectibles, you really need to show it from every angle. And it wasn't just me... you could do a search on twitter and see how many folks used them. A lot of folks paid to go ad free their ads would make the site lag so much and you couldn't do much because you run the risk of clicking on a ad. A ad that had nothing to do with / for me. A lot of folks paid them to up their storage limit.

So with no notice, folks were left to scramble and were mad. $400 is a lot of money to pay for hosting when their are cheaper options out there. If the price was a LOT lower, I probably would of done it. But that price doesn't even include going ad free.

Even if it was a reasonable price, I probably would of still said good bye because of the way they handled this change. No notice at all. I spent Saturday night downloading all my photos, gifs, and what not and deleted my account.

This also served as a lesson to back everything up. I realized after this event that I did not have any of my blog photos on my external.

So with that note, I have broken up my Small Goals for July between Blog and Personal. Fixing my blog is going to be a challenge and will take some time.

It is what it is.

July Goals

Blog:

1. Clean up seven posts - By clean up I mean either delete them or re edit them. This blog has been going for four years and a few of these posts are out dated or just don't fall with my niche anymore.

2. Add photos to four posts - I'm going to realistic and go with with 4 posts. Having to upload and re add the photos is going to be a long process.

3. New blog layout - Might as well get the blog layout I bought from Etsy up and running!

Personal:

1. Purge craft station - This was on a past goals post but ti didn't happen because I was still working on purging the dresses. I have since completed that so on with the craft station!

2. Clean out emails - I took a break from writing over at Agents of Geek and my email has decided to blow up. I really need to clean it out. I've missed a few important ones.

3. Start training for the Super Heroes Half - I'm not running the half but I am doing both the 5 and 10Ks. It is time to start training!


Here we go July!!! Lets see what I get accomplished!! How about you? How's your July goals so far?!




Saturday, July 8, 2017

Welp!!

If you haven't heard, Photobucket changed their TOS and now require users to pay $400 a year to be able to link their photos from photobucket to a 3rd party.

In my case the 3rd party is my blog so now I have all these ugly photobucket photos telling me to click over and read the update. I went in d/l all my photos and have currently asked to have my account officially deleted. $400 is A LOT to pay to host my photos. Their are cheaper options so I'm not going to do it.

With that being said, I had changed my blog to private while I decide what to do but when I realized no matter what I decide, it will be a huge under taking. As I work two jobs and spend more time sleeping, it will take forever to fix this blog and I can't keep it on private for that long.

I also refuse to let four years of blogging go down the drain.

So here I am back with the ugly photobucket photos. I'm going to be updating as usually while working on fixing past posts.

I'll probably take this chance to clean up some. I'm actually thinking of just rescuing my outfits, Disney Parks, & Convention posts and letting everything else go. I don't know yet. Will probably fix the tags as well. I feel like I have too many.

All I know is this is going to take a while.

I guess I have small goals for July.
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