20,000 Leagues to Dearborn, MI


Give or take a few leagues.

Last weekend, Sunday to be exact, I was attending my first Steampunk convention. To explain what this is, I tried to come up with all sorts of analogies. The best I could come up with is to think of Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. From the time they board the Nautilus, the movie turns to what is now known as steampunk. Other movies of this genre are League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Frankenstein. All of the Victorian era clothing, marked by advanced inventions powered by steam or clockworks.

I was thrilled to spend the day with my oldest daughter, her husband and my lovely step-granddaughter. I was able to pick up some steampunk garb and blend into the convention a little more than my jeans an t-shirt allowed. I know I will wear the coat more when the weather is appropriate.

Now, I have been asked why I would want to do anything of this sort. Easy answer, it was a lot of fun. Going to the events themselves is an eye opening experience, going in “garb” makes it a total immersion. I know I will never get to the point of digging local garage sales and flea markets for pieces of brass, but the theater nut in me will complete at least one set of clothing to wear next year.

It was a step out of my usual comfort zone. And I enjoyed myself that day. Maybe next year a comic book convention. I always wanted to be a super hero, or villain.

8 thoughts on “20,000 Leagues to Dearborn, MI”

  1. Sounds like fun! Well, for the right type of people anyway. I think it’s a good thing for people to try new things to see what they like. Glad you had fun!!

  2. Well, on this end, your oldest daughter and her husband were thrilled that you could come, and your lovely step-granddaughter had quite an enjoyable time, I am told. So, next year, we’ll do the Masquerade Ball?

  3. That DOES sound like GREAT fun! I’ve always wanted to do sometin like that… smetng like Star Wars weekend at Disney or any of the dozens of Trek cons or a comic book con! But this one sounded intriguing as well.

  4. Trek conventions must be different elsewhere than this area. I attended a few Trek conventions and very few showed up in costume. I do remember seeing a show where everyone dressed up to go, however. Freaks and Geeks I think? No, not you Justj, the TV show. 😆

  5. I have been to a convention, one that was purley Star Wars, those are some intricate costumes. If I can I want to go to one August of Next Year in Flordia, gonna be hot, but I enjoyed the last one I went to. I may also go to one in Chicago, once I find out exactly what it is.

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