People usually come home with a lot of different souvenirs from Comic-Con; Swag, toys, t-shirts, etc., being the standard commodities. Did I bring home any of those from Con? Well, yeah, of course I did…don’t be silly. But I also brought home a bit of South American awesomeness in the person of one Daniela (Dani) Figueiredo, from Brazil.
Dani is another of one of my oldest Guildie friends, and we go way back to 2007/8, when she was very active in the original Guild fan forums, and on Twitter, and on Facebook, and well, you get the idea. Dani was also instrumental in coordinating foreign language subtitles for the show. Oh, yeah, and while we’ve been part of each other’s online lives for years, we never actually met in person until last week at Con (Which reminds me, my list of online-only, non IRL friends has gotten so short after Comic-Con that I need to start making new Facebook friends…Or just getting out of town to meet people more often, ’cause, y’know, awe-some!)
When Dani was planning her U.S. vacation, she mentioned wanting to come up to San Francisco for a bit, so I offered her a ride back from San Diego and a spot on my couch (actually, two couches, no waiting), and she accepted. Game on.
So on Monday after Con, Brian Kameoka and I picked her up, drove up to Anaheim to spend the day at Disneyland before crashing at Kenny Mittleider‘s place for the night. We finally got back to the Bay Area Tuesday evening…
Over burgers (Dani really, really, I mean really, likes burgers), we talked about some running efforts by other Guildies to get Dani to try a root beer float…And after just being amazed that she’d never had one (I mean, they have to have root beer in Brazil, right? And ice cream? That would be just un-Amer…Oh, yeah, right. Never mind), Brian came up with a cunning plan (well, okay, it started out as Tim Gin’s cunning plan, but in the end it was a NorCal Guildie plan, and it was very cunning*): We would all meet up at Fenton’s Creamery in Piedmont, and there, in the presence of Guildies, Dani would try her first root beer float…Which, despite her grave reservations and misgivings about the nature and implementation details of this particular confection (“It just sounds SO WEIRD!!!”), we knew she would love it. So…Facebook invites were made, tweets were dispatched, the NorCal Guildies would assemble on Thursday evening.
We wound up with a pretty good sized crowd, considering the short notice; Lynn Bartsch and her kids, Tammy Cloud and her son, Tim Gin, Ray Hill, and Alissa Scheleng, joined Brian, Dani, and myself as we invaded the back room at Fenton’s for, what would surely be, an epic, life-changing, experience for Dani.
Okay, maybe not so much… (Video by Ray Hill.)
“It tastes just like an accident!”
We all ordered whatever we wanted (and by the way, Fenton’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch goes great with Blueberry Sauce…), and Ray Hill ordered a ceremonial root beer float for Dani’s ritual rite of passage into the American mainstream of conspicuous sugar consumption. The results may not have been exactly what we expected (or more like exactly what we expected…)
So, yeah…No converts here. But we had a great time, and some good fun, and that’s pretty much what Guildie get-togethers are all about anyway.
Tanto tempo, meu amiga…
This morning I dropped Dani off at the Greyhound station, after what seems like all too short a visit, and she is now making her way back to Los Angeles, and a flight back to Brazil. It was so great to have her here.
The Guild: The gift that keeps on giving…
Again, I say it…It’s the seemingly small things, and little choices that we make in our day-to-day that can come back and have the most profound effect on our lives. An email to a girl I didn’t know, who was looking for some help on her little web series six years ago, has put me into the middle of a community of friends and loved ones from around the world, and a couple of weeks of donated time has come back to me as the gift of a lifetime.
*Please tell me someone gets the Blackadder reference, or I will feel very, very old.