Empress and Her City: Road to Quirkcon
The first thing you need to know is that we had no insurance on the rental car. This road trip was accompanied by Roxi with some Moxi and Reinoolvidado (Spanish for "The Forgotten Realm). My dear friend and partner were a hoot on this 6 hour and some change road trip. I mean going to North Carolina all the way from Maryland was no easy feat!
We played a lot of word games to accompany our trip down south. I mean "ABC" games and had plenty of Kpop and Nao to sooth our journey. How many games did you play while traveling? When I was younger, my siblings and I played a big RPG car game where we had elemental powers to fight against the villainous Darla. It was a chaotic world building that kept us entertained on long road trips. While we didn't play anything so extravagant, we did have fun going down south. The hunt for a Popeye's was fueling me and the cups of Dunkin Donuts coffee making me buzzed for an adventure.
Road trips are fun in the sense that you can really get to know someone and test the limits of your patience or creativity. I mean the road is long on any journey. In this case, I thought about what to anticipate at Quirkcon and nerd bonding.
NERD BONDING & NETWORKING:
My goal for attending Quirkcon was to meet more people like me; Quirky, creative, and authentic. There is something about branching out and experiencing the world that draws me outside of my cactus shell. Don't get me wrong I love binge watching a show on Netflix and finding an excuse to watch Future Diary (Mirai Nikki) all over again. Socializing is vital to growth and development. Mingling among quirky people is the energy that I wanted for Quirkcon.
I did end up meeting a lot of people and while I didn't toss my card like dollar bills out. I think the conversation held a lasting impression and gave me a light into the type of quirky nerd I want to be and experience. Finding inclusive spaces that allow you to express your love of something is important. Making a choice to attend Quirkcon was the right direction in that regard.