Well, the Celebration proper officially starts today, but some fun things happened last night and this morning that I thought were worth mentioning.
After a seven hour car ride (which was very relaxing, surprisingly) we got to the hotel. Driving into Metropolis was kind of neat. It is very much a small town, which I like because I dig on that look. The first thing Superman themed was the giant sign that welcomes you to Metropolis. I would have gotten a picture but something happened and the camera was left on and the batteries were dead, which was disappointing, but hey you roll with the punches and move on. Almost immediately after entering town I saw one of the city’s police cars and it is extremely trippy to see a real life police car that has METROPOLIS plastered on the side.
Trippy and awesome at the same time.
After getting unpacked and somewhat settled I finally got to meet Steve Younis, Neal Bailey and Steve’s sister Carol. Nice people all. We walked around town, talking about this and that, and Steve led us to The Statue.
It’s fifteen feet tall and extremely impressive. It’s a bit awe inspiring actually because of the size of the thing. We came from behind and Steve pointed out that it had the yellow S on the cape, which old school as I am with the costume (old school as in the past thirty or so years version) I appreciated. Steve offered to take a picture with me since our camera was without life and Carol ended up taking a picture of Neal, Steve and I, which I will post at some point. The neat thing about the stature is that when you walk up the steps around back you see that Superman is standing on the symbol and it is surrounded by bricks with the names of the people who donated money. The creepy thing about the statue is that since it is fifteen feet tall you are pretty much face to face with Superman’s crotch, which may be funny but is still unnerving.
We all hung out for a bit and then headed back to the hotel and parted for the evening. I sat around for a bit watching The Negotiator on HBO and after a few attempts to get the WiFi to work (it’s a poor connection but appears to be working just fine now) I finally just passed out from exhaustion.
This morning I woke up to an alarm that Rachel set for me and had breakfast with Neal, Steve, Carol and another Homepage staffer Scotty V (who had his wife and daughter with him). A good time was had by all. At one point Neil Cole, who runs the Superman Super Site, popped by and it was probably one of the best times I have had with a bunch of people I just met in quite some time.
Currently we are getting ready to head out and bum around town until the ribbon cutting ceremony. I wanted to hit the museum before the crowds come in and we need to run an errand as well.
So far I’m having a blast.
More to follow…