While I had a fantastic time at AX2012, there are few personal gripes I want to bring up.I have massive trouble sleeping at cons. Period.
I've going to cons for 12 years and this has always been a recurring problem. I think the majority of the problem is that I'm really excited when I'm at cons and there's a billion thoughts racing through my head while I lie down like amvs, what I'm gonna say to people when I see them, myself running panels, etc. This literally lasts HOURS when I'm lying in bed and have my eyes closed and before I know it, the sun comes up with me not getting much sleep or any at all. During AniMagic 2002, I couldn't sleep for 24+ hours and my friends noticed I was swerving on the freeway on the way back home.
I also think it also has a lot to do with "It's hard to sleep out of my own bed" syndrome. I tend to turn and toss a lot when I sleep and having other people in the room really makes me self aware and restricted. I end up trying to settle in one position which drives me insane and I absolutely have to turn myself left or right several times before I actually go to sleep.
I tried to take some sleeping meds at AWA 2005 for this and they didn't even help one bit. Con food is either disgusting, overpriced, and in tiny quantity.
I usually want to save money at cons and try to eat at the much cheaper places like Dennys. But this year, when Yue, Kisanzi, irriadin, and machina21 went to Dennys for lunch, the food was absolutely disgusting and it was a chore to finish. What was worse, was the terrible feeling in both my throat and stomach until we finally went to subway for dinner which washed it all out.
On the last day, we decided to have lunch at the food trucks and while the food was pretty good, IT WAS TOO SMALL which made me incredibly hungry until after we left the con.
I usually don't have a large appetite, but I was really concerned with how I was gonna eat the entire con especially with the 10 million amv events I had to go to. I was more concerned with the food I wanted to buy rather than anything from the dealer's room.Anime fans are fucking assholes.
I mentioned this during the AX AMV Contest thread, but when I was watching the contest, there were 2 jackasses behind me saying how my video deserved negative votes along with l337meetwad's DBZ video. They also couldn't shut up the entire time during the contest and were constantly bashing other videos or fanboyingly praising others. You can only imagine how sweet my revenge tasted when I won Best of Show.
Anime fans tend to have this stupid mentality when they're at cons, they feel so high and mighty saying things that they wouldn't get away with in real life.
One thing I love about the con atmosphere is the fact that you can feel expressive about your fandom in front of thousands who share it. HOWEVER, being disrespectful
in front of ANYONE, including fellow anime fans still makes you look like a jackass, con setting or not.
Despite these rants, I still had a good time, but I just needed to vent these out.