In case you've never been to DragonCon, here's a little sample of what that's like.
We drove to Atlanta very early Thursday morning after getting no sleep at all on Wednesday night. Seriously, no sleep at all. Why? Because we had costumes to finish up, and we hadn't packed yet. Trust me, we are not the only people at the Con who stayed up all night finishing a costume. We left at 6:30 in the morning, stopping at Lowe's on the way out of town for a nut I needed for my Steampunk gun.
In Anniston, we stopped for breakfast and decided to take a nap in the McDonald's parking lot afterwards, just because we were so tired. We napped for 40 minutes, and strangely this was enough to get us the rest of the way to Atlanta.
As for the rest of the weekend, I can only say that we got more sleep each night than we did on that night, but not necessarily enough sleep. We ate junk food. We walked a lot, dashing from hotel to hotel to catch events. We sometimes crashed out midday out of sheer exhaustion.
Also, Amanda wore a very large and heavy costume for several hours, and suffered sore legs the rest of the weekend as a result. However, she won two prizes for her efforts. In the Friday Night Costume Contest, she won Best Novice and Audience Favorite. Totally worth it.
And then we went home on Monday, feeling worn out. This is considering that we don't drink at the Con. I can't imagine what Monday must be like for those who do.
DragonCon is great fun. It's like Halloween all weekend long. But it's also one of those places that you like to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. Who could live there? Just 5 days of it beats the crap out of me.