OXFORD AND WARWICK
No more driving to Seattle shenanigans for me. No siree! First time on the Clipper....a not so wee passenger ferry with just over 400 souls onboard. A crossing of about 2 hours and 45 minutes and then we arrived in Seattle.
Now the government of Seattle is very very naughty and have granted licenses to those nasty African scammers who practically force you into unmarked vehicles and lock the door until you realise there is no meter and no posted prices. That's right...you're hostage to whatever ridiculous amount you have to pay. I felt like we were LIam Neeson's family so it doesn't just happen in Paris. They take no credit cards and force you to find cash and wait while you head for an ATM (happened to our co-riders). The lovely family got "TAKEN" for $25.00 for what should have been about a $7.00 taxi fare ($10 at most). They were so angry they told leaned in and told us how much they were scammed. At this point we still were hostages. We made certain to talkabout just exactly what we would pay and what would happen if we were charge more (very loudly to each other in the back seat). Still they took us for $15 in what we would later discover was a $7.00 cab ride. Still me olde Dad would have insured that the driver's wrist (or maybe entire arm) would not have been very useful if we were actually held hostage. Just cause me olde Dad is old doesn't mean he's not trained to hurt folks very, very badly if required.
Even hotel porters/valets are in on the scam so order your cab at the front desk, ensure it's an actual cab, licensed and with a meter. Other than that little scam the Hilton Garden Inn had a lovely restaurant, comfy rooms and a decent price. It was about a 10 minute walk to the light rail transit from which you can get to all the major attractions.
After dropping our bags it was off to ACE COMIC CON. Bit of a confusing walk from the light rail "Stadium Station" to the WAMU but we found it. We got there right at opening time, picked up our swag bag of luggage tags, children's toys (given away to regular ticket buyers), a nice ACE blanket, lanyard with Taron Egerton's adorable face on it and our actual tickets.
First stop was the surprise addition of a large Lego display courtesy of SEALUG (the Seattle Lego Users Group). Chatted with them for about an hour. Stopped for some mini corn dog bits with fries (fries were decent) and then onwards. Fantastic evening meeting the cast and crew of a new film called "They Reach". It is on the waitlist for the Toronto Film Festival. The trailer looks pretty good and the director's attention to detail and the art direction and photography is incredible for such a small budget film.
Later another half hour chat with a Disney artist that worked a lot on Frozen. According to him the best Disney attraction anywhere is in San Francisco, the Disney Family Museum. Pulled at his heartstrings. That is now a plan.
Finally (and maybe the highlight) was a Robert Downey Jr impersonator who was so much like RDJ (right down to personality, body movement, voice, smile...everything). Somehow we sort of befriended him and then kept running into him even outside the con. Turns out his boss is a Lego builder like us and that we very likely have met his boss at Brick Can. I don't know how long we talked to him but overall a few hours. It was like hanging with RDJ and he knew every film. His favourite is "Chances Are", same as me olde Mam's. Here's a wee photo of Jason and me. More coming.