November 12th 2015 Tuesday 22.39
I'm literally thoroughly exausted! I just came back from Lock's place this afternoon and now that I'm home, the first thing I thought about when turning on my PC was to write a long recap of the happenings here, because there's so much I can tell and I don't want to forget anything about these wonderful days! I'll try to be as accurate as possible and start from the very beginning of my journey... First off, the LuccaComics convention.
This year, me and Lock got organized with a couple of friends of ours to rent a house insted of booking for some hotel rooms, and also agreed to travel with cars in order to avoid crowded and chaotic trains. So in short, we were six people going up and down from Lucca with two cars. Sounds comfy enough innit? I was a bit worried for Lock because he doesn't like car trips, but luckily one of our roommates lives near him, so they drove together from Milan to Florence. I had to start my journey from Salerno instead, and I would originally get to Florence by car with the rest of the gang, but the car would result compressed as a zip package (four people in total counting me as well, and suitcases too...), so I preferred travelling by train, which resulted in the best choice afterall because it only took me a couple of hours as usual xP
I caught my ride in the morning of the 28th October and by early afternoon I was already with Lock and our friend, driving towards the house we rented. The second car, instead, arrived to the house on late night!
Our friend Didi was in charge of housebooking this year, so honestly I had no idea where our place to sleep was; I knew that it wasn't exactly in the same city as the convention but in a nearby town, though I would have never expected it to be on the top of a mountain, reachable only by car and with a steep ride of hairpin turns, barely illuminated by night! As a plus, when we reached the house once again that evening after doing a mandatory grocery shopping it was stormy and foggy, the perfect incipit for a horror movie story D: But apart from that, the house was so very comfy and nice, with enough room for everyone to stay (we were even able to invite Shima over to stay for the last couple of days xD). Me and Lock in particular had a view from our balcony which was amazing! At night, we could see all the city lights shining down in the distance, with the mountain forest surrounding everything <3 I'll see if he can pass me his pictures later.
But yeah, travelling by car has been the best choice ever. We didn't have to worry about the time and we could go to and leave the con basically whenever we wanted without any fear of being late or missing the last train at night; also, it isn't as exausting as being stuffed into a full train wagon for nearly an hour, so once home we still had time and energy to cook dinner together, chat about the day and actually relaxing instead of directly crashing to bed.
We're going to bring cars once again next year I suppose, but next time I'm gonna choose the house >w>
But in reality, the real best part was the convention itself: the staff has changed some organization rules this time, making the whole experience much more enjoyable, and the wonderful sunny weather, which stayed for the whole time we were there (except for our first day of arrival, which wasn't even a convention day so it doesn't count) put everyone in a good mood; it looked like springtime, everyone wearing t-shirts instead of hoodies and wet umbrellas. The nice weather was also a positive things for cosplayers with long dresses, because Lucca tends to become muddy with rain, so yeah xP
This has also been the first Lucca in which we bought most things ever! Lock has got a ton of comics and books, like so much he'll probably still have stuff to read this Christmas, and I got gaaames! Game Boy games for my cartridge collection of course. :V The funny thing is, all of the stuff I got has come from unauthorized stands, because the official retrogaming stands at italian conventions either try to rob you with prices out of this world or to sell garbage disguised as games; I swear, most of what they had to show was in not-so-good conditions (if you were lucky) and some of the games they were selling were... bootlegs. Really, you'd expect to see bootlegs on unauthorized stands, but no, they were in the official shops. They weren't even one of those creative hack bootlegs, but just the ripoffs, and sold with the price of an original, gee! So in the end, I got home with 5 carts in perfect conditions and without spending the monetary equivalent of a kidney. :3
We've also been able to see most of the places in which the convention was held, instead of just fooling around in one place for all days. After so many years of attending the LuccaComics, the city streets are starting to feel really familiar to me to the point I don't need a map to know where I am and where I'm headed, and I can even pick up shortcuts and whatever in order to avoid the crowdy streetways without getting lost x3 And man, four days of non-stop walking and running really do well to your figure xP
After Lucca was over, instead of heading home I drove with Lock over at his place and on the 10th, the wait was over! We headed to Motley Crue's final tour and saw their show, along with Alice Cooper.
Best. Show. Everrrrr.
Alice opened up the Crue's concert with a short but still cool show, of course he did some classics along with the guillotine and the Frankenstein monster (which this time actually moved and sang on stage xD) and I had the occasion to listen to Dirty Diamonds live. I wonder if he'll do a Hollywood Vampire tour here as well because I'm SO going to see him once again x3 Motley Crue pulled off the best coreography I've seen so far, though: the songs were all paired with a show of flamethrowers and fireworks, and at one point, this happened: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPp6LH…
And I mean, it's not easy to top that, am I right? .O.
I noticed the roller-coastery structure since the beginning of the concert, and I was expecting it to be something for fireworks or other effects, but when I realized the drumset was mounted on it and Tommy started "riding" while playing... well, I really was speechless! Seems like this something he has done in other shows, but it was the first time for me to see it live and... I dunno, I felt adrenaline rushes just by watching it! The structure also held two similar moving platforms that Nikki and Vince used to take a panorimic of the whole arena, while still playing and singing.
And yeah, I'm so happy I could at least see them once in my life! The music was amazing, the effects wonderful, and at the end of the day I had no more voice because I sang every single song as loud as I could xD And Lock bought me a concert shirt, because you can't miss those!
And now that I'm back... I shall reopen commissions as soon as possible because with all this, my extra cash vaporized xD I'm also eager to work on more stuff for myself as usual, so you're going to see quite some activity on both of my galleries. For example, I should get around to update my personal character sheets now that I have improved again Xwx See you soon on my next uploading, guys!