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The Fangirl’s Guide to Navigating Life: COMIC CON!!

Published July 17, 2017 by Ashley Townsend
The Fangirl’s Guide to Navigating Life:
Surviving Comic Con
In case you haven’t noticed all the social media hoopla or cosplay pics galore accosting your social media feed, Comic Con is just around the corner. Let the nerds and fangirls unite!! I did a LOT of research and prep work for my first venture into the Greatest Geekfest in America, but I had no idea what to expect or what I was getting myself into.
Heads up: If you’re wearing an incredibly elaborate Alice in Zombieland dress, make sure the hem won’t be too long so the crowds don’t step on it every five seconds . . . or so you don’t trip on it going up the stairs (true story). As Edna Mode says, “NO CAPES!”
 
Now, years later, I’ve got a few quick tools and tricks under my belt that take some of the guesswork out of SDCC. And if it does become a bit of a headache, there’s aspirin in my survival pack for that. ~_^
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The survival pack: 
Your CC badge, of course
Camera — no explanation necessary.
Phone and charger
Comfy kicks — anytime you can swap out those cosplay shoes for something comfortable to walk in, do it! Your tired feet will thank you.
Protein bars and water — you won’t always have time to stop for sustenance and need these on hand.
Cool shades/sunnies for waiting outside
Chapstick!!!!!
Gum
Business cards — you’d be surprised at the friends and potential readers you meet in line or on the floor.
Notebook, pen, and Sharpie (autographs and notes).
A watch — time WILL get away from you.
A few random items to bring are bandaids, lotion, aspirin, oil absorbing tissues for your face, safety pins, and double-sided tape for costume repair. Be prepared!
 
Planning your trip:
While most of you probably already have your schedule down, it’s definitely worth downloading the Comic Con app. You can save events to your schedule, signings, and exhibitors to know exactly who will be where, and there are even nifty notifications that let you know when an event is coming up. They also have extra details of the schedule on the Comic Con website that are worth checking out or downloading. And when you get your swag bag the first day, make sure to keep the gigantic events guide they give you. It seems cumbersome, but this shall be your guide for the next four days (or however long you decide to spend in the Fangirls’ Promised Land).
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For locals headed downtown, parking can get crazy expensive in some of the lots (if you can find a space, it’s around $40-$60 for each day), and they block off some of the underground parking during CC. Getting someone to drop you off near Market St. is ideal, but Ubering is awesome if you don’t want to bother with the traffic, and half the locals take the trolley down because it dumps you right in front of the con. If you’re flying in and staying in a hotel downtown, it’s worth the walk to the Convention Center, or you can Uber or take a Lyft. Traffic is usually worst Friday and Saturday, so if you can avoid it these days, it’s definitely worth having these backup plans in mind!
 
I’ll admit I’m no expert, but these small hacks make attending Comic Con a breeze. My biggest recommendation is to not overbook your week with activities and fill every minute. Allow some gaps in your schedule for discovering new things, wandering, shopping, and, of course, taking pics with amazing cosplayers. Speaking of costumes, I plan to have FOUR cosplay changes over the week, so stay tuned on Instagram for pics of the fun and adventures that await. Will I see you there?
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A Night with One Direction

Published August 5, 2013 by Ashley Townsend

Okay, officially BEST NIGHT EVER! My sister Liz and I went to One Direction’s Take Me Hour Tour stop in Chula Vista last night, and it was EPIC! We had so much fun and screamed for our favorite songs, though we couldn’t quite reach the pitch of the girls sitting next to us (yikes!); we’re not as young as we used to be! Traffic was insane getting there—it took us an hour and a half to get through the 1/2 mile stretch of road on the off ramp—but Liz and I agree that it was almost our favorite part of the night. One Direction fans are awesome, and we made friends with twenty or so cars. Everyone tuned their radios together while we were jammed in traffic, and we screamed the same 1D lyrics out to each other. Haha. It was such an experience! The guys were hysterical on stage, and the crowd went wild when Niall did his Irish jig. Definitely the best first official concert a girl could have. My legs are kind of burning from all the jumping and dancing, though, so I’m not quite sure how I’m going to wear heels to work . . . or answer the phones. But it was so worth it!

Here’s the song list from their Take Me Home Tour, and be sure to check out my Facebook page for the videos from the concert. And I feel I should warn you that my iPod picked up five tone deaf girls (one being myself) rather clearly, so beware! ^__^

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  1. “Up All Night”
  2. “I Would”
  3. “Heart Attack”
  4. More than This
  5. “Loved You First”
  6. One Thing
  7. “C”mon, C”mon”
  8. “Change My Mind”
  9. One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
  10. “Last First Kiss”
  11. Moments
  12. “Back for You”
  13. “Summer Love”
  14. “Over Again”
  15. Little Things
  16. Teenage Dirtbag(Wheatus cover)
  17. Rock Me
  18. “She’s Not Afraid”
  19. Kiss You
  20. Live While We’re Young
  21. What Makes You Beautiful
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