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You ain't going to Acen What do you do when you can't go?

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 05:13 PM

As everyone prepares their cosplays, choose what hotel to stay in, plan on travel arrangements and save money on food and what to get in the dealer's room for Acen, there are those who unfortunately can't go due to financial difficulties, school, sickness, etc; So what kinds of things would you do if you can't go to Acen this year, that is if something like this should happen to you? I almost didn't have the opportunity this year to go because I didn't have a job. Thank god I have one!
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 05:16 PM

Kinda depressed as I read this but I dunno if I am still going due to going to jail, again, and dealing with a s-crappy court system. I can't afford a lawyer and had problems the last time I went to jail, which was the first time ever.

I'm going to court in May but due to the cop might not showing up again it might be reshipped to around Acen :(

So hoping I can go this year since I planned everything. I don't have a job myself but still managed to go due to my refund and working my temp job after I lost my job in retail. If you want something bad enough you can manage it unless it's 100% outside of your power and ability.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 05:36 PM

just remember theres always the next year!

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 06:17 PM

I would be sad. D: ACen is my only real guaranteed vacation of the year.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 07:00 PM

Save up and do double the fun next year.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:04 PM

I wasn't able to go in 07 because of financial stuff, but it turns out some of friends couldn't go either so I hung out with them. I guess, if the same thing happened this year, I'd do the same thing I did before.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:17 PM

well so far I've gotten to go to ACen.
Its my yearly vacation. >__>
If I didn't go I know I would be really upset.
and try to go to a con after ACen passes and figure something out.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:23 PM

I ordered my badge months and months ago. So if something came up, I'd have to sell or give the badge to someone else. And if possible, I'd make plans to attend another con in the next few months.

On an average weekend, I tend to relax, meet up with a friend, and try not to spend too much. ACen weekend would become just another low-key weekend.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 11:00 PM

I would do the following:

1. Be In Denial
2. Complain
3. Whine
4. Cry
5. Throw A Tantrum
6. Be Depress
7. Acceptance

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 11:09 PM

Well, basing on the fact that I know I won't be going next year and likely the next couple of years, I feel pretty sad about it, but at the same time I know I'm postponing it for good reasons. After all, A-Cen isn't cheap, and neither are paying back bills and student loans and saving up money for a car and an apartment.

But after I get my life figured out, I'll go back and make up for lost time by going absolutely crazy. XD
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 11:13 PM

View PostThe Fujoshi, on 09 April 2011 - 05:16 PM, said:

Kinda depressed as I read this but I dunno if I am still going due to going to jail, again, and dealing with a s-crappy court system. I can't afford a lawyer and had problems the last time I went to jail, which was the first time ever.

I'm going to court in May but due to the cop might not showing up again it might be reshipped to around Acen :(

So hoping I can go this year since I planned everything. I don't have a job myself but still managed to go due to my refund and working my temp job after I lost my job in retail. If you want something bad enough you can manage it unless it's 100% outside of your power and ability.

And what might you be going to jail for?
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 12:11 AM

View Postdorkatlarge, on 09 April 2011 - 09:23 PM, said:

I ordered my badge months and months ago. So if something came up, I'd have to sell or give the badge to someone else. And if possible, I'd make plans to attend another con in the next few months.

On an average weekend, I tend to relax, meet up with a friend, and try not to spend too much. ACen weekend would become just another low-key weekend.


Please remember that Acen badges are NOT refundable and NOT transferable. Unfortunately if you've purchased a badge and cannot go, you cannot give the badge to someone else since it is tied to YOUR name and information.


For me... if I couldn't go to Acen I'd spend the weekend feeling incredibly guilty because I'm on staff, in a small department, and I'd be upset that I've left my awesome department mates in a lurch. I save up my vacation time and plan all year for Acen, I'd go nuts if something prevented me from getting there.
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 12:37 AM

I have a job for now, I'm going to let it go before acen so hopefully I'll have funds to stay by then. My car insurance went up and the license sticker hasn't changed but it's still expensive. My badge is my insurance of going and even if I didn't have a car I'd find a way there. Assuming I just couldn't go, I'd spend the weekend doing what I always do - nothing with the addition of being a little upset.
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 10:40 AM

well I had to deal with that last year. I got a fever [because of acen related stress lol] and couldn't go friday. Saturday I was a mess and barely remember what I did.
I was stuck in bed so I didn't have much of a "what could I do instead" plan. If I couldn't go due to financial problems, I'd probably just hang out with friends and try to forget that people are out having a fun time without me lol.
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 02:41 PM

hey i would still be able to attend hotel parties lol just sayin i would be sad that if i couldn't go but if my friends are like hey just come hang at the hotel with us then i guess thats fine too i just wouldn't be able to get into anything like my fav Merch room lol
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 11:30 PM

Well... my husband is going to basic training on May 3rd. And I am a big baby and don't like being by myself. Especially in a city I don't know. I have no friends to drive with me.

So I have made the decision that I won't be going this year after all. But I already have the time off and the money saved, so I think I am going to get some Gotta Get Away tickets from Southwest and going to see my Aunt in Arizona. Or maybe see my biffle for the first time since she moved to Idaho and help her pick out wedding dresses.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 12:32 PM

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 01:16 PM

View PostIsamu, on 09 April 2011 - 11:13 PM, said:

And what might you be going to jail for?


Son escaped the house. He's autistic. Long story but because some dude who sells questionable stuff next door said that this happens all the time with me they arrested me on the spot. The cops kept mentioning it. Over and over again. I live in a bad area so they thought I was a strung out mom or a ghetto mom. He got out again because he was sick (It was really early and me/mom/uncle were exhausted dealing with a kid who couldn't keep anything down. We laid him down and I woke up to the police in the house and them ended up finding him again and me going to jail again)

The cops didn't show up and they delayed the court date almost three times (because he went on vacation,) so worried it will happen again and I can't change it. (The date is May 3.) Since the police officer cursed out my mom I have to pay for a lawyer now which is cutting into my Acen funding. He tried to get out again but I ran down the street without shoes and caught him. But someone still called the police. Officer got mad and called my mom a bleep bleep bleep b word and said some other nasty stuff and mom got mad and started arguing with him.

Trying to still go because it would be too late in May to cancel it and I have other people depending on me >_>;

FYI we have a deadbolt on both back and front doors and two other locks and a latch lock on top so we have no idea how he got out. We are trying to buy another one and an alarm since he hasn't gotten out the house til recently in almost a year. It's been hard times so we thought four locks was enough.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 06:35 PM

I actually won't be able to get to acen for 2012 so I can take this out of a hypothetical for a moment (I'm not sure how I'll react in april when I'm here in Kentucky sweating over the end of my senior year and all my friends are at Acen but we'll cross that bridge when I get to it).

As for what I did?
- Well first I got upset and really started to get mad that cons booked up the convention Center in May. I then tried and tried and tried to plan a way to make it back to Chicago since I lack a car. Finally, I realized it wasn't going to happen and I gave in. I decided to really enjoy this year. I get to go Thursday - Sunday for the first time in 3 years, my bf is coming and will get to spend all weekend with me this time. My roommates are great and I'm finally going to go to more than one panel.

I also started to evaluate just how important acen is to me. So far, I've never really done more than shop, photoshoot and sleep with maybe one or two panels thrown in. Granted I did have fun and I always hate when the weekend is over but there are better things I could be doing. Then I realized that I only do this once a year and it actually made acen more important to me. By being there I can feel welcomed and do what I love and not have to worry about someone laughing at me for wearing cat ears (which happened on campus my freshman year. People kept yelling "halloween is over" and it got to the point where my BF was kind of...embarrassed to be near me when I wore them).

So I started to look forward to my next con. I'll hopefully have a steady flow of payment, I'll be in chicago full time and I think I can really spend more time on my cosplays so that I don't stress myself out for a month or two trying to put together 3 outfits. I also use my memories from other years to sustain me. After acen I stretch out my swag for 4-6 months especially if I have dvds or manga. It really helps me to feel tied to acen even when I'm away from my cosplay family. I also LOVE looking through all the pics like..hourly. I get to see cosplayers I may not have seen at the con or see pics of those I couldn't manage to grab shots of. It gives me my own mini after-con.

All in all I come up with coping techniques including spending a lot of time talking to the great acen people on the forums.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 07:42 PM

View PostCrimsonAnime, on 11 April 2011 - 06:35 PM, said:

I actually won't be able to get to acen for 2012 so I can take this out of a hypothetical for a moment (I'm not sure how I'll react in april when I'm here in Kentucky sweating over the end of my senior year and all my friends are at Acen but we'll cross that bridge when I get to it).

As for what I did?
- Well first I got upset and really started to get mad that cons booked up the convention Center in May. I then tried and tried and tried to plan a way to make it back to Chicago since I lack a car. Finally, I realized it wasn't going to happen and I gave in. I decided to really enjoy this year. I get to go Thursday - Sunday for the first time in 3 years, my bf is coming and will get to spend all weekend with me this time. My roommates are great and I'm finally going to go to more than one panel.

I also started to evaluate just how important acen is to me. So far, I've never really done more than shop, photoshoot and sleep with maybe one or two panels thrown in. Granted I did have fun and I always hate when the weekend is over but there are better things I could be doing. Then I realized that I only do this once a year and it actually made acen more important to me. By being there I can feel welcomed and do what I love and not have to worry about someone laughing at me for wearing cat ears (which happened on campus my freshman year. People kept yelling "halloween is over" and it got to the point where my BF was kind of...embarrassed to be near me when I wore them).

So I started to look forward to my next con. I'll hopefully have a steady flow of payment, I'll be in chicago full time and I think I can really spend more time on my cosplays so that I don't stress myself out for a month or two trying to put together 3 outfits. I also use my memories from other years to sustain me. After acen I stretch out my swag for 4-6 months especially if I have dvds or manga. It really helps me to feel tied to acen even when I'm away from my cosplay family. I also LOVE looking through all the pics like..hourly. I get to see cosplayers I may not have seen at the con or see pics of those I couldn't manage to grab shots of. It gives me my own mini after-con.

All in all I come up with coping techniques including spending a lot of time talking to the great acen people on the forums.


Wow that's a lot. Sorry to hear that people laughed at you. Reminds me of the time I cosplay in Halloween at work. I was the only one.

At least you enjoy the forums and Acen and don't give up that motivation! Keep enjoying it when you can.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 08:07 PM

Fujoshi: You may want to possibly stash away for a keypad lock and not let your son see you enter the code (Keep the combination hidden away and the lock super high, too.). Keys are shiny and fun to play with, especially when they can work in their respective locks. Chain locks are easily removed via a chair and/or pointy object (my daughter [who is up for autism spectrum testing right now] used to pull them open with the twisty stick from her miniblinds. Slip the stick under the chain, move it towards the side, voila.). Latch locks make cool sounds when you flip them open. He will understand things if you get to his eye level and explain very calmly why it's not good to leave the house. To an autistic child, outside is air.. it's freedom and a place to run and explore... locks are puzzles that MUST be solved. Amazingly, logic is a wonderful tool with kids such as this.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 08:16 PM

View Postcactusmomma, on 11 April 2011 - 08:07 PM, said:

Fujoshi: You may want to possibly stash away for a keypad lock and not let your son see you enter the code (Keep the combination hidden away and the lock super high, too.). Keys are shiny and fun to play with, especially when they can work in their respective locks. Chain locks are easily removed via a chair and/or pointy object (my daughter [who is up for autism spectrum testing right now] used to pull them open with the twisty stick from her miniblinds. Slip the stick under the chain, move it towards the side, voila.). Latch locks make cool sounds when you flip them open. He will understand things if you get to his eye level and explain very calmly why it's not good to leave the house. To an autistic child, outside is air.. it's freedom and a place to run and explore... locks are puzzles that MUST be solved. Amazingly, logic is a wonderful tool with kids such as this.



Wow thanks for the advice; I am going to look into this. I was mostly mad and upset because the police acted like my son was slow or something. 'Does he bang his head on walls and the floor?' 'Why doesn't he say his address? Is he stupid or something?' 'Why can't you just buy another lock or alarm?'

Me and mom had a talk and we have to basically stay up or move the bed until we get something like this that you suggested. His sleeping patterns are weird so we are working on it. I was ready to give up but I am trying to still be there for him despite issues.

Mostly hustling for money; I have a month so it shouldn't be hard to get more cash. My goal was to go to Acen and then take kid to Chuck E cheese with the rest. So I still have hope that it will work out, since most of my outfits are done.

This post has been edited by The Fujoshi: 11 April 2011 - 08:19 PM

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 08:35 PM

Happened to me in 08. I paid for everything, and then my dad decided to stop me from going since the dog got loose when I was cutting the grass.

After anger, I just accepted it. I don't plan on missing another acen. I had other reasons I really wanted to go, but when I look back at those reasons, I don't think I would have got what I wanted. And actually since my dog got loose (who was found later but sadly he passed away last year) We got two more dogs. Awesome dogs. :D Saving 2 dogs from shelters is not a bad 2nd place prize.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:29 PM

View PostThe Fujoshi, on 11 April 2011 - 08:16 PM, said:

Wow thanks for the advice; I am going to look into this. I was mostly mad and upset because the police acted like my son was slow or something. 'Does he bang his head on walls and the floor?' 'Why doesn't he say his address? Is he stupid or something?' 'Why can't you just buy another lock or alarm?'

Me and mom had a talk and we have to basically stay up or move the bed until we get something like this that you suggested. His sleeping patterns are weird so we are working on it. I was ready to give up but I am trying to still be there for him despite issues.

Mostly hustling for money; I have a month so it shouldn't be hard to get more cash. My goal was to go to Acen and then take kid to Chuck E cheese with the rest. So I still have hope that it will work out, since most of my outfits are done.


I would file a complaint with the police about the questions they've given you. Bring a neurologist's report with you to confirm his autism if you must.. or start recording things with a cell phone next time. If it gets extreme, you may have to have him sleep with you to get him out cleanly..I've heard of some parents having bars over their windows and actually having a deadbolt to lock the child in while they sleep (I hope it doesn't get that bad!). I know with my daughter, the surefire way to knock her out is to cuddle on the couch and put on either new age 'naptime' or soft classical music.. or put on Bob Ross.. either way, it's white noise and they fall asleep pretty fast that way. Make sure you have documentation of absolutely everything when you go in.. and possibly drop an anonymous tip on your questionable neighbor in the meantime. ;)

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 11:31 PM

View PostThe Fujoshi, on 11 April 2011 - 07:42 PM, said:

Wow that's a lot. Sorry to hear that people laughed at you. Reminds me of the time I cosplay in Halloween at work. I was the only one.

At least you enjoy the forums and Acen and don't give up that motivation! Keep enjoying it when you can.

No need to say sorry. It just made me realize that the rest of the world just cannot be as welcoming as my con family and I have to put on a mask to be a part of the normal world. But it also made me stronger because it really made me appreciate my con sisters and brothers. Granted, for the sake of not feeling outcasted in class, looking professional and not making my bf want to run from me, I've stopped wearing my cat ears and dont even bring them with me for the temptation. But yeah. I love acen. So far its the only con i go to and it probably will be for a very long time.
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:01 AM

I basically get very nervous as Acen approaches, because my Dad might just change his mind the day before (he does that a lot) about letting me go. I really hate spending money on preparations for things and then have him say I can't go because he had a bad day at work, or because my sister pissed him off. I know I'm 19, but as long as I'm financially dependent, I'll have to put up with it. At least I'm trusted, which is big to me. By blowing steam off on me, it kind of means I'm the next in line in the family, the person he feels he can vent to. Also, I MUCH rather have the help paying for college instead of the freedom to go as I please, considering today's economy.
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 01:30 PM

View Postcactusmomma, on 11 April 2011 - 09:29 PM, said:

I would file a complaint with the police about the questions they've given you. Bring a neurologist's report with you to confirm his autism if you must.. or start recording things with a cell phone next time. If it gets extreme, you may have to have him sleep with you to get him out cleanly..I've heard of some parents having bars over their windows and actually having a deadbolt to lock the child in while they sleep (I hope it doesn't get that bad!). I know with my daughter, the surefire way to knock her out is to cuddle on the couch and put on either new age 'naptime' or soft classical music.. or put on Bob Ross.. either way, it's white noise and they fall asleep pretty fast that way. Make sure you have documentation of absolutely everything when you go in.. and possibly drop an anonymous tip on your questionable neighbor in the meantime. ;)


Going to talk to a lawyer about this. I never been to jail before so I was messed up and I didn't file charges last year or look into it. After I had to walk home and they changed stations on me without telling me why I knew something was wrong. I asked a public defender and he just gave me weird answers. The second time I went to the station it was different. They were nicer and I came out after two hours compared to the first time. Also the first time I had to bug the police to make sure I got out before the weekend was over with. For some reason they didn't file my paperwork until the last minute. It's going to be hard to file a compliant and report the cop since they charged me for neglect and child endangerment.

So far I'm selling random stuff so I can still cover the hotel fees but your advice has been really helpful and motivational. We just move the bunk bed so he doesn't get out. The windows are old fashioned and he can't open them (yet) and they are locked in my room.

This post has been edited by The Fujoshi: 12 April 2011 - 01:31 PM

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