The weekend started off early on Friday morning. The show wouldn't start until 10:30am and wasn't too far away, but living in Los Angeles we know that you can never overestimate the amount of traffic. So we decided to get up at 6:30am to give us plenty of time to get there and set up. The drive was smooth, we arrived a little after 9:00am and were able to get a great parking space in the garage directly across the street from the convention center.
The show floor closed its doors at 7:00pm. This being our first time tabling at a multi-day show, we were a little unsure how much of our table we needed to pack up. We decided to take everything off the table and put it into our suitcases, in part because the convention organizers had come around warning us of possible roof leaks from the oncoming rain. They made plastic tarps available to exhibitors and we took them up on the offer, storing our materials underneath and then covering the entire table. In the end, the tarp wasn't necessary as the rain was never really a problem that night. But better to be safe than sorry.... I know, I'm an old man.
With day one complete, we swung by the car to grab our clothes bags before heading over to our hotel, the Hilton (also conveniently nearby). It took some effort to keep from passing out, but we eventually gathered enough energy to hail a cab to make our way over to Downtown Disney. If being tired and hungry hadn't already put me into a bad mood, the fact that the cab driver went the wrong way and charged us twice as much as it should have cost, definitely pushed me over the edge. Then add on the Disney crowds, the long waiting lines, and over priced bad food, the night was pretty much a bust. My lone saving grace was a red velvet cupcake I bought... which ended up being a little dry.
Back at the hotel, exhaustion hit like a ton of bricks. It was an awesome first day, but we still had a long weekend ahead of us. Out like a light, day one was in the (comic)books!