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Things they don’t warn you about before your first Anime Convention:

  • depending on where you live, hours of boring car rides
  • cramming your props into the little seating space you have left
  • the weird looks you will get if in cosplay during the long trip
  • getting all of your luggage to fit onto a cart in one go when you reach the hotel
  • fighting crowds to the elevators with a huge luggage rack behind you and waiting for nearly an hour for an open elevator
  • getting there and your hotel room is MUCH smaller than expected
  • cramming your other 8 friends and their luggage into the room you promised to them
  • getting sleeping arrangements organized
  • sleeping in unintentionally, not sleeping at all, or falling asleep at the worst possible times
  • putting on the cosplays while everyone else is running around, digging through their bags, on a 20 minute race to meet the opening of the convention
  • fighting the lines to the elevators, and losing, then taking the 12 flights of stairs down to the lobby where the door is locked, then back up 2 flights to find an unlocked door that actually IS the lobby and not the basement
  • getting separated from your con-veteran friends in the sea that is same-character cosplayers upon first arrival 
  • vic mignogna
  • elevator parties
  • public restrooms with lines forever
  • the creepy sweaty 40 year old men that hang out around the raves that insist on trying to dance with you
  • sweat
  • you will be deaf for about 4 hours afterwards depending on how great the rave or rock concert is
  • “this ATM is out of order”
  • sometimes the staff isn’t really all that friendly
  • having to use your actual hair because your wig never came in
  • very strange people joining your apples to apples game with your friends
  • your room being next door to the block party where you can hear every tap of the mic and every bump and grind of the teenagers in the next room
  • DO NOT GO INTO PUBLIC OUTSIDE THE CONVENTION IN SWAT GEAR OR SIMILAR FOR CHRIST SAKE
  • DO NOT TAKE ANY KIND OF WEAPON OR WEAPON LOOK ALIKE INTO THAT BURGER KING/DENNY’S/MCDONALDS ACROSS THE STREET, EVEN IF IT’S “JUST FOR 5 MINUTES”
  • If anything or any costume looks like it could be a threat (or very revealing) towards anyone unfamiliar to and outside of conventions, do not take it. Do not wear it. Change first or send a friend. (i. e. swat gear, swords, plastic rifles, weapons in general, boobs hanging very far out the sides of your “sexy jutsu” cosplay, thongs, bikini type wear)
  • General creeps asking if you could come back to their room of come to yours while you get something
  • busted escalators
  • getting everything packed back up for the ride home
  • the long ride back and everyone’s either asleep the entire way or is suddenly very rude
  • getting home only to realize you suddenly have 4 pairs of underwear in your bag, 2 bras, and a sock… and none of them are yours
  • post-con depression