I can't imagine what it was like out there on Saturday waiting in that line. Friday was bad enough getting soaked but it was not 35 degrees and windy. Ouch. Crazy because last weekend it was near or above 80 and sunny.
Imagine being one of only four volunteers trying to control that line. That was my job. I was out there from midnight until 8am when they let you guys in, freezing my ass off....praying to God I didn't get my ass kicked when I had to move the line for the 18th time.
After 50 people begged me, I went in and argued with Gen Con at about 2am to let you guys in the damn doors before we gave 12,000 people pneumonia standing out there. They had already been trying to figure out how to do it, but they didn't have the security to cover a line that big inside....or anywhere to put it outside of the halls.
They decided people were going to the Hyatt (where it was warm) but the line quickly grew outside of that hotel....and so we had people standing in line outside over there plus people coming back to my line in front of the con every five minutes thinking they were in the Lucas line. By about 4am I was the only volunteer left on the main side of the building (everyone else had migrated to the Hyatt) but we still had 2000 people or so and it kept growing.
That night was absolute hell....and it's a miracle that we made it through it without a riot.
I was one of the biggest complainers about how terrible C2 was organized, and I'm really going to be curious to see what you guys (and others) say about C3. It felt like it was done better to me, but I think that's because I'm biased after I put in a few hours helping out. Those guys were trying as hard as they could, but without the 501st.....I don't think it would have been possible.
We outnumbered their staff by 5 to 1 it seemed almost everywhere we went. I hope someone out there (Gen Con, attendees or otherwise) will keep that in mind the next time they staff one of these things. They need more than Trooper and Jedi volunteers to run a convention of 30,000 folks.
Breakfast time. TTYL