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The whole journey and experience that was BABSCon was such an amazing, miracle filled experience that a single wrap up post couldn’t begin to cover it. I could write an entire  novel detailing the travel, friendships, and crazy random happenstance’s along the way. In fact, I just might do that.

Please, enjoy Part 1 of the adventure. I’m not sure how many parts there will be; but, I do hope you have as good a time reading about my travels as I had on them.

BABSCon 2015, Part 1- Childhood Dreams

There are some childhood dreams that we look back on with amusement and wonder how we could ever be so naive. Other childhood dreams stay with us well into our adult years, always dancing at the edge of possibility and sounding ever bit as exciting to us in our twenties and thirties as they did when we were eight. Finding a cave and becoming a Batman level superhero in downtown Denver, Colorado certainly belongs in the first category. Making a solo cross-country trip, seeing all fifty states before I’m forty, and publishing a novel are things I not only can do, but still want to.

BABSCon, the Bay Area Brony Spectacular, takes place in San Francisco, California. Driving to this convention will help with two of those three childhood goals— California is one of six states I have yet to visit. Not only that, doing this show feels like a celebration of surviving the hard times over the past three months. It’s living the life I’ve always wanted, the one I was always afraid of and allowed other people’s voices to hold me back from.

Some might say I’m a little crazy for doing this. San Francisco is about two thousand,five hundred miles and a thirty-six hour drive from Columbus. Estimating my Corolla’s MPG at twenty-eight, which is a fair bit lower than it’s average of thirty-two MPG, I would need approximately eighty-nine gallons of gas one way. At a cost of $3.50 per gallon, that’s about $312. After selling at the Columbus Toy Show and receiving my support check, I have $375 in the bank once all the bills are paid. That’s just enough to get me out there, but nothing to get me home.

Thankfully, I work at a grocery store and I’m not picky about what I eat. Peanut butter and jelly, carrots and hummus, chips, bananas with almond butter, Larabars, jerkey, and some bagels with cream cheese can stretch for quite a long time and end up costing under thirty dollars. I already have a can of tuna and some crackers; if I pick up some packets of mayo and pickle relish at a gas station, I can make some tuna salad on the road. Every water bottle I have is filled from the tap so I don’t have to buy anything to drink and will help fill air space in the cooler I’m taking.

My older sister, Susan, still lives in my home state of Colorado. She’s offered me some money to help make the trip as well as a free place to stay and some food. Colorado just so happens to be at the nineteen hour mark of the trip, a nice half-way stop. Not only do I get to actually do the convention, I get to hang out with my sister!

Four months ago, I would have panicked at the abrupt hurdles that threatened to put a halt to the whole trip a mere two days before I was supposed to leave. When I was hired at Earth Fare, I told my boss I would need April 2 - April 6 off for the show because I thought I would be flying. She agreed to those dates back in January. When the plan changed to driving, I suddenly needed March 30 to April 9 off. The schedule had already been made and I was to work two of the days I’d be on the road. My younger sister, who was supposed to watch the cats for me, texted to let me know that both her and her husband’s cars had broken down; she couldn’t reliably watch my fur babies. Two other major conventions I do every year still hadn’t gotten back to me on if I would be vending at them or not, which was also causing a lot of stress and worry.

If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past three months, it’s that miracles can happen at the very last minute and to never give up when you know you’re on the right path. The day before I was supposed to leave, I went in to work with the attitude that I would be driving out of town the next day. I didn’t worry or fear that this trip wouldn’t happen. Then, everything began falling into place. A coworker offered to take one of the two shifts I needed covered. BronyCon e-mailed nd let me know that I was off the wait list; not only did I get in, my space will be right next to the bathrooms. Another coworker took the second shift. One of the cashiers suggested I ask one of the guys who works in the pizza station to watch my cats. He said he would and the last hurdle was cleared. I was going to California.

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  • Listening to: Balmorhea- Divisadero
  • Drinking: Hot Tea

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Eskara1862
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Greetings DeviantArtists and fans! I am one of those people with too many identities online, so I'll try to make it easy for you to figure out who I am.

The name Sulana comes from my days playing LOTRO. I'm a 65 elf hunter on Silverlode, but rarely play anymore. It's time to stop putting so much time into the computer and really get going on creating my own art!

At the MLPArena, I am best known as Eskara1862. Ponies have been a passion for me since I was about 3 and received Baby Quackers as my very first pony on my birthday. Now, there are about 600 ponies hiding in various places around the house. One day, I will find a way to properly display them all.

My newest identity, and the one I would really like to promote is NewGrayMare. I have opened my own shop on Etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/TheNewGrayMa… I'd love it if you would stop by and buy something! I currently make phone socks, dice bags, coin purses, and tote bags. I have plans for many future items, but have to finish the preliminary work before sharing those ;)

On Dinotopia, I am Azonthus. I run the Official Dinotopia Message Board and generally try to keep things going there. Stop by and say hello! ombdinotopia.proboards.com/ind…?

Current Residence: Treetown
Favourite genre of music: Irish
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ThePinkestPie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Hi, i met you at Trotcon in Ohio, me and my friend where dressed as Pinkiepie twins, we talked about the Apple family's barn that you had made, i'm glad i had taken a card, i hope i see you at the next con i attend! :D
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sulana Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Yes, I remember you! You guys were so awesome. Totally amazing cosplays. Sorry it took so danged long for me to reply. I had the Pony Fair two weeks after Trotcon (and hand washed/restored over200 ponies in that time) and have BronyCon coming up. Still going a little crazy with con prep.

If you're at BronyCon, be sure to stop by and say hello! I'm booth number 520.
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GoldenDragon1991 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hiya! We met at Trotcon.  I'm Shelby, the girl who's wanting to room with you guys at Bronycon.  As I mentioned at Trotcon, I'd love if I could commission a vectored, show-style version of my cutie mark!
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sulana Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! Glad I checked this before finally crashing. Thanks for contacting me! I'm so excited for Bronycon and we'd love to share a room with you. I'll call the hotel on Wednesday and see about adding a trundle bed to the room.

As for the vector, I'll be able to start work on it this Wednesday if you can give me that reference photo you showed me earlier and a general idea of how you want the dragon to look.

It was awesome meeting you and I look forward to hanging out again in the near future!
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GoldenDragon1991 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah! I've always wanted to go to Bronycon (as has my boyfriend, Andrew.  You may or may not have seen him running around too dressed in his Doctor Whooves cosplay...he was a bit excited about all the merchandise he could buy lol.  XD ).  I would be so grateful if we'd be able to room with you, and we'd be happy to help split the cost.  :)

the ref pictures i have are all collected on the same page, www.neopets.com/~aggly (both my and Andrew's OCs are on there as well as our cutie marks, but that's where mine is.  I would like to have it look show accurate and vector-ized, like the other ponies' cutie marks...I tried to have someone else do it and I hated the result because it looked awful...didn't look like anything show accurate in the least, and was not worth the money I paid; I will send it to you via facebook if you don't mind so you can see an example of something i DON'T want.  

It was really cool to meet you too!!
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sulana Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! So sorry for the long delay in response. I've been swamped with the Pony Fair and now BronyCon prep. We do still have room in the Con hotel if you would like to room with us. Fair warning, it's probably going to be fairly crowded. If you would like to work out details, my Skype is mari.lwyd or eskara@newgraymare.com. I have no job, so I can get online at any time to chat!

I LOVE your OCs. They're so adorable! And I think your dragon pony is totally show legit. I'll get to doing her cutie mark in a show-accurate, vectorized format as soon as BronyCon is over.

Hope to hear from you soon!
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for faving my essay ^^ :icongiveflowerplz:
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BornReb3l Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why am I not watching you?! Oh Noes *hits the watch button* ≧◡≦
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sulana Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! A new watcher! Thankies :)
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AhAintThatBad Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hiya its poison from the trotcon forums! i was wondering if you was coming this year. hope so!
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