Well I got to have a long weekend and a road trip. Took half of Thursday and Friday off to jaunt on down to Austin to see a screening of 'Creature From the Black Lagoon' and meet Mallory O'Meara/ who wrote a book on the creator of the Creature's costume, Milicent Patrick. And while I was down there, I'd do so book hunting. So I rented a car (I have horrible luck with driving between DFW and Austin), and headed down. Drive was fine, the voice in my phone took me on a long loop to avoid I-35 downtown traffic (which is forever a nightmare.) Stayed in my first AirBnB, one of a little cluster of cabins. Nice, cozy, with an attached kitchenette and bathroom. Got settled in, then went out to find some dinner, then to the Alamo Drafthouse for the screening.
First time I've seen 'Creature' on the big screen, and in 3D. I had a
less than perfect seat, but that's what I get for waiting til the
last minute. Got a bit of a headache from the angle, but it was
still a lot of fun to watch. Then Mallory and the guy from 'Birth, Movies,
Death' talked about to book, the creature, and Milicent. Along with more
general movie making stuff, and women in filmmaking. Then Q&A, including
my question about dream remake casting/directing. Then it was time for
book signing. Mallory recognized me, nothing like having someone you're
a fan of yell out 'Chris, you made it!' Talked about the screening for a
few minutes, got my book signed, and walked off grinning. I highly
recommend supporting your fellow fanpeople when they're writing a book.
It's good karma all around.
Went back to the AirBnB, read for a bit and crashed. Woke up Friday,
got stuff organized and myself ready for a day of bookhunting. Raided
a bunch of used bookstores, along with visiting
Book People. It's been almost
15 years since I visited it, but nothing had really changed. All my
usually sections were in the same places, and the 2nd floor smelled like
incense. Did some major damage to the bank account, but boy I came home
with some goodies. Finally left the Austin area around 1500, drove back
up to DFW. No really bad traffic, a few spots of slowdown, but I timed
it well. Was home a little after 1900.
So a quick, but fun trip to meet a fellow monster/horror geek, see a
classic movie, and add to my book addiction. If that's not a good way
to spend a couple of days, I don't know what is.