The photos today are of folks who came in costume to MegaCon 2012. They have nothing to do with the following post other than the fact that the nonsense I’m about to tell you took place at MegaCon 2012.
If you’ve been following my previous posts about MegaCon 2012 [Paul Gulacy and Mitch vs BIG RUSSIAN GUY] then you know I spent most of the weekend hanging out with my buddy, John Beatty. John was a guest of the show, and had a table where he sketched and signed autographs for fans.
On the way to the convention Saturday, John and I decided to swing by McDonald’s for a breakfast to go. The McDonald’s was packed and the drive-through closed for construction. So, I ran in and got our breakfast while Beatty circled the lot for a parking spot. Soon enough I had our orders and we were on our way to the show.
We ended up parking in a lot next to the convention center even farther out than on Friday. The difference this morning was that there were bicycle-rickshaws that would ride you over to the convention center for five bucks a head. Since I had my convention bag full of reference, sketchbooks, a camera plus a small cooler with drinks and snacks for Beatty and I, I thought the bike-shaw was a good idea. Beatty had his drawing board and bag of art supplies, and so he agreed.
A bike-shaw rider pulled up and asked us if we wanted a ride. We said we did. He said he could take us both at the same time. Cool. I climbed in with my two bags and McDonald’s Sugar-Free Vanillia Iced Coffee with non-fat milk. I had taken a sip and it was perfectly made. I couldn’t wait to get to the convention table to drink it with my McSkillet steak burrito. Once I was settled in the bike-shaw, John came on with his art board, art bag and McDonald’s Mocca Frappe.
As the bike-shaw driver started to get us moving, the bike and then ric-shaw started to shake back and forth. My iced coffee went flying and landed spilled across the parking lot. The driver apologized. Beatty and I repositioned our gear and the guy started off again.
It was slow going… at first. Then the driver got his momentum and we’re were going at a fast clip. Which was fantastic until it came time to make a fairly tight curve.
Have you ever tried to stop a loaded locomotive?
Apparently neither had our driver. The bike went up the curb and the ric-shaw lurched as Beatty and I came out of it. Surprisingly, Beatty never lost hold of his frappe. The driver again apologized. We straightened out the bike-shaw, pushed it around the curve and re-loaded. Soon we were on our way and arrived at the convention center without further incident.
A short walk and we were at our table – ready for our breakfast burritos. John still had his frappe and I could drink a Diet Coke from the cooler. I asked John for my burrito.
He said, “Didn’t you get the bag out of the back seat?”
“Uh, no. You put it there. I thought you got it.”
Beatty wasn’t sure if I was messing with him. I wasn’t. Our breakfast was sitting in the back of his Charger… and neither of us were going back for it.
The next day Beatty and I hit the McDonald’s again for breakfast. This time we got a MUCH closer parking spot and walked in to the convention. We ate our breakfast at the table and all was great…or so I thought.
After I ate, I decided to walk around and talk to some artists. When I got back, Beatty wasn’t at the table. I asked Bob McLeod, who had the table next to us, where John was. Bob started laughing and said, “You don’t know?”
“No, I really don’t. What’s so funny?”
“John finished his breakfast and decided to get started on a sketch. When John opened his art bag, he realized he had his clothes bag and his art supplies were in the bag in his car.”
At least we were parked close by.