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How To Plan Your First New York Comic-Con

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Wed 16 Mar 2016 7:00 AM EST
Category: Lifestyle | 4690 Views

(DM) – This is a guide to attending New York Comic-Con (NYCC). NYCC Mobile ApplicationThis primer is assembled from years of actual attendance and experience. Let’s jump right in.

Have you bought your tickets? Download the Comic-Con app. It’s a huge help in planning what you want to see and do at the event. Seriously. Get it. You can use it year-after-year. What can it do? Think of it as a planner, it knows when all the events take place AND can remind you of events at Comic-Con as they approach so you don't miss them. It does much more, just consider it a must have.

COSTS - A COMPREHENSIVE RUNDOWN

  • COMIC-CON: Passes will run $50 per day ($10 kids) to $115 for the full four.
  • TRAIN:  Average $90 each way depending on distance.
  • CAB: Run a $2.50 base fare and .40 cents every 1/5 mile. During peak hours add another $1 surcharge and .50 cents every 1/5 mile. However Taxi's actually charge by the mile when moving and by the minute when idling. It can get complicated. Think $15 a trip on average if you are lucky.
  • UBER: Uber's charge by mile and minute regardless of if they are idle so don't figure on an Uber saving you money. Research shows Uber's in NYC cost more.
  • BUSES: Are prone to many time sinks, so unless you need one east to west only, and know the route, they don't fit most comic-con visitors needs. Still the rate is friendly, just $2.75 per fare (ride). Children ride free. Single ride tickets are available. The Metrocard (think pre-paid card) is used for bus rides. To use it, just dip it into the fare box and remove it. Don't drop it in! Dip and remove! It will deduct money from your card and display what remains.
  • SUBWAY: The subway doesn't run anywhere near the Javits, but in general it's a single fare rate (trip) of $2.50. You can buy Metrocards within the subways outside the gates and the minimum you can put on a card is $5. When you swipe your Metrocard at the turnstile, the balance is displayed. 
  • HOTEL: Hotels average $330 per night.
  • AIRBNB: AirBnB's are anywhere from $120 to $400.
  • FOOD: Food inside Comic-Con is usually $10 for a food and drink item on average.
  • STORAGE: There is super limited storage on site for bags. 
  • Metrocard Vending MachineMETROCARD: Used for both Bus and Subway. Cost to own one, $1. Available at ATM style vending machines in subways outside the gates. A minimum purchase is $5. You can add more as needed. Once on the subway you can transfer from train-to-train for free. Once you exit the station (leave through the stalls), you must pay again to enter. Metrocards also allow you a free transfer between bus and subway within a two hour period. Do NOT confuse a metrocard with a New York Pass. If you don't know how much is left on a Metrocard, remember using it display's what is left but you can check the balance at any Metrocard vending machine. 

DAY PASS VISITOR OR MULTI-DAY PASS

Will you be doing cosplay (dressing up in costume), will you be attending one day or more than one? Each angle changes how you dress and what you can carry.

Have you been to New York Before? Sure it’s a big place but unless you intend to participate in activities away from the Con, you don’t need to worry about too much as long as you get a hotel or airBNB near the Con. 

LOCATION AND TRAVEL TO NEW YORK COMIC-CON

WHERE IS NEW YORK COMIC-CON?

The Javits Center plays home annually to the New York Comic-Con which is located just off the Hudson River, west of Mid-Town (Times Square) Manhattan.The Javits Convention Center

Why the Javits Center each year? It’s the only convention center which can house such an enormous event. And the Javits truly is sizeable. We’ll get to that.

WHERE TO STAY FOR NEW YORK COMIC-CON

A Hotel near the Javits makes the most sense if you want to save additional money on travel. The Javits convention center straddles Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

New York Comic-Con Planner...Read more...

How To Train For a Trail Race Event Like Tough Mudder, Spartan Race or Warrior Dash

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Tue 31 Dec 2013 2:35 AM EST
Category: Lifestyle | 4038 Views
(DL) – No question is left unanswered. Here's how to really train, what to wear and the real safety concerns of mud runs and mud races. It's your most comprehensive guide in how to effectively prepare for a long distance obstacle course from someone that's actually participated.

Endurance obstacle course events have become popular. Most add in the element of mud if for no other reason than to create a light hearted fun atmosphere. However Mud Runs such as Warrior Dash are only mud runs and contain no obstacles. If you are asking yourself, "What's the difference between the Tough Mudder (untimed event), Warrior Dash (timed event) or Spartan Race (timed event)?" The answer is very little. They are all obstacle course events with Tough Mudder being the longest on average and largest. But of the many races and runs out there you should be sure you know what type trail race you are entering. Is it a mud run or an obstacle course?...Read more...

Delaware's Legendary Halloween Loop Night - The Ultimate Halloween Party for Adults

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sun 6 Oct 2013 3:43 PM EST
Category: Lifestyle | 5604 Views
(DL) – Where do all those girls in sexy-Halloween costumes wear them? Loop Night! This is your complete guide and history to Wilmington Delaware's Halloween Loop on Loop Night held each year on or around Halloween. Everything you need to know about Loop Night is detailed.

Once you finish this article, jump over to DangerManXX on YouTube to watch Halloween Loop Night coverage by Lars Hindsley a.k.a. DangerMan from present and past Loop Nights. 
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There are places across the world to be certain times of the year. New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro bring to mind Mardi Gras. Germany has Oktoberfest, Black Rock City has Burning Man, Pamplona features Running of the Bulls, and Wilmington, Delaware has the Halloween Loop. Nothing breaks down barriers in inhibition like an event that puts you in a spirited mood. If you've never heard of Wilmington Delaware's Halloween Loop, this event will now join your life experience bucket list for certain. ...Read more...

How To: Throw A Party On A Budget

Emilie Greene
By Emilie Greene Thu 18 Jul 2013 6:31 PM EST
Category: Lifestyle | 2965 Views
(DL) – Hello, (another) Emilie here with some tips on how to host on the cheap.

Whether you are a college student, a struggling 20 or 30-something, or just looking to entertain without depleting your account there are plenty of ways to throw a cocktail or dinner party that is impressive but not expensive.

The Food

What’s a party without some hors d'oeuvres ? If you’re looking to branch out from the usual chips and dip, try crostini. A crostini is a fancy way of saying “toasted bread with a topping”. You can get a baguette for no more than 2 dollars at your local market. Be sure to get a good quality and more importantly, fresh bread. It makes all the difference and your guests will appreciate not biting into something stale.

Now that you have your bread, what to top it with? You can go the traditional route with a tomato and basil based bruschetta, or you can mix it up with some of these recipes.

Crostini with Zucchini & Feta

Serves 4
5 very small zucchini or squash
Zest and juice of one lemon, plus more juice to taste
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup crumbled feta
1/2 cup packed parsley leaves, or 1/4 cup thinly sliced mint or basil
1 baguette, sliced into thin rounds and toasted

(complete recipe - ingredients &  preparation instructions)

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Aeroplane City - Preview

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sat 15 Jun 2013 5:34 PM EST
Category: Lifestyle | 7380 Views

   I'm standing patient. Forcing fate. I know what's to come. I draw my sunglasses from my pocket, no more than an innate moment of memory reflex. This mundane act precedes a rush. As the seal breaks I feel it in my spine. Anticipation of what I've experienced countless times before. Passengers behind me avert their eyes as overwhelming light bounces up from the glass runway. I'm back in the arms of the one love who has never failed me. Her name is Aeroplane City.

Aeroplane City in the night time
   Secluded in the mountains of the east this compact twenty square mile stretch is more than a paradox, it's one of a kind. No other city in the world is accessible only by airplane. It’s like the moon to most people – they know it’s here, but will never visit it.

   I step from my plane, the elements of clean air and busy atmosphere shift my anxious mood into what I can only describe as highly tuned perception. I feel twice as alive the moment I land here. I look down at the glass beneath my plane. My relay isn't resting on some tarmac in a field. It's four stories from ground level in the heart of the dense cityscape. A ballet of flights are landing and departing at etched locations across the landing deck adjacent to the inbound runway. The rotating thrust pivots each relay downward like a bird that has found its nest. Others rise is a hush, defying gravity then propel out and up as if each were in a race to escape. Crews and passengers like mine hurry from each relay toward suspended muted light beacons hovering off the glass which marks access down into the terminal. A small recess in the glass opens after the first passenger reaches it and places their hand into a section of the beam hued in green.

Dalton Resting Above Aeroplane City   Surrounding me is a breath taking sight of the city to the south, west and north. It is fleeting as I'm expected to exit my plane in a direct line to those same downward openings to enter the terminal. This is the busiest place in the city with a view that can't be savored in the moment, only recalled in wonder....Read more...

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