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Sally Forth Comic Con Checklist #3: Find Parking

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on June 27, 2018


Almost every year we go to San Diego Comic Con we tend to make a slight miscalculation in regards to accommodations. Some of these hotel errors can be attributed to not wanting to spend an ungodly amount of money during a period when even lesser lodgings charge like a Michelin three-star restaurant, only to find that upon closer inspection the pillows are actually three white multipurpose copy papers hastily stapled together.

But most of the times it’s simply that hotel options are severely limited three seconds after event booking begins, leaving one to scramble for any place with four walls, a bed, and a window that looks out at someone screaming at a vending machine for their Doritos. And often such places advertise themselves as “Con-adjecent” or “Practically within walking distance of San Diego Convention Center” but in truth are so outside the “blast zone” of the Comic Con that if a missile were to hit Hall H one would comfortably be free from fallout for a good eon.

Naturally, this is when one must rent a car. And this is also when one realizes that, unsurprisingly, all parking lot fees shoot to levels never even seen in Manhattan because 1) Like the holiday season to retailers, San Diego Comic Con probably accounts for 70% of a lot’s revenue, so might as well charge all you can to those who have no choice but to pay and 2) By simply setting up a ticket machine you not only don’t have to pay for staff but can also see just how many days you can go getting $75 per car before people start to realize from the confused family looking out their windows that you’ve commandeered a stranger’s lawn.

And parking is only possible if you’re game enough to wake up at a time the U.S. Naval Observatory refers to when calculating sunrise as “Go back to bed,” only to realize every lot by the convention center, near the convention center, requiring a taxi to the convention center or in Irvine are already full. And so like the Forths you simply drive and around and around, each person taking turns tucking and rolling out of a moving vehicle and entering the con before assuming the wheel an hour later. It’s an effective system, and while the ensuing road rash can be hell on cosplay it’s more than made up by the memories one can still retain after repeatedly rolling into oncoming traffic.

Addendum: This year, by some miracle that probably still requires us to offer a sacrifice to the gods, we got a hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter that is actually within walking distance and has a rooftop bar, meaning we may not even bother going to the con in the first place. I will provide updates should “rooftop bar” prove to mean “someone left an open bottle of Jäger on the roof tarp.”

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  1. carlfink said, on June 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Why on earth would you rent a car? I mean, on the day you leave if you plan to do tourism, sure, but otherwise if you plan to hang at/near the con, just take Lyft or transit or something.

    • cesco7 said, on June 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      We also go to the zoo, Universal Studios, and a few other places.

      As for the Forths, the con was earlier mentioned to be a few hours away and that cost would far exceed that of parking their own car.

  2. LBD "Nytetrayn" said, on July 1, 2018 at 3:18 am

    This is why I’ve so little interest in actually attending SDCC.


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