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June 6th, 2009

Musings on the Vancouver Con

I've procrastinated working on my weekend job all day. Seriously, I am an amazing procrastinator. I even forced myself to read fanfic long after I had grown tired of reading fanfic. It astounds me that reading fanfic doesn't seem like as much as a waste of time to me as reading books, working - obviously I'm insane.

They are selling Location Tours for $199 during the Vancouver Supernatural Convention. $199 - for a bus tour of locations. I keep thinking of bus tours I've been on "Down that block is the coffee-shop that they use for the outside shots of Central Perk on the Friends"...and then I think of the list of Supernatural filming locations that I compiled myself through hours of online research, and my little car, and my little sister...and really, I can't possibly see how a $199 hole in my wallet and an impersonal bus can measure up to what we have planned. Leisurely days spent driving around vancouver, listening to tunes, and making each other laugh doing lame reenactments.

I certainly don't think poorly of anyone who pays for the tour...I mean, you get driving directly to the site and have it pointed out to you and explained, I suppose. Do they take you all the way up to Squamish and then right down to White Rock, then all the way to Buntzen Lake? Anyway, the point is, you don't have to sit at your computer and rely on other people's guesses. You don't have to worry about the times they filmed on Hastings and whether they were in the portion that's filled with crackheads.

Same with the set tour really. I would LOVE to have a set tour...but, it's what? $350? I just...yeah. Maybe it's my priorities. Maybe I just don't love the show THAT much. Or maybe if I wasn't so broke, I wouldn't be as completely baffled as to how anyone can afford these things. Because really, I'd consider it if it was $100, but no more. I'd pay $25 for a set tour, even if it didn't have the Impala.

Though, I do LIVE in this country. I am planning to move to Vancouver, I WILL be able to take a day to drive myself to Squamish and another day to go to White Rock...I do have that luxury.

Also, unlike seemingly everyone...I don't actually have that big of a desire to meet Jared and Jensen (or even Misha) in person. I think they are all wonderful, but I figure they have better things to do than talk to me. I also figure I'd probably only embarass myself. I mean, it'd be cool to talk to them, but not the kind of talking that gets done at conventions. Mainly because the way I get to know people is to sit back and listen, to be non-agressive, to laugh and make them feel comfortable enough to be themselves...and you can't do that at Conventions. You can only say "Hi, you're awesome. Thank you" or ask maybe one question in front of a roomfull of people, half of whom are going to like your question and half of whom are going to think you are wasting everyone's time.

After saying all this though, if someone were to BUY me a full access pass to the Vancouver Convention, I certainly wouldn't turn it down! I'm just saying, I'm not willing to pay for it myself...and I think the people who are must have a pretty sweet setup in life...because seriously, you are looking at over $1000 in Con tickets and photo-ops alone...and all I can think of when I see the figure $1000 is "That much money will get me to Germany" or "That much money will buy me a new laptop".

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