The scene at MechaCon check-in is bedlam. A man in a glittery green bowler hat, possibly left over from St. Patrick’s Day, jostles a woman with blue and purple hair, who consoles her crying sister. A girl in a metallic red and blue jacket, matching bikini bottoms and black high-heeled boots shivers nearby. Other people in varying degrees of costume stand around the registration desk in vague gestures toward lines; the confusion seems to stem from the fact that there are multiple registration levels. Red-shirted volunteers keep trying to line people up based on the first letter of their last names (“N through Z!”)
Behind me, a young man in an electric blue wig, a red fedora with playing cards tucked into the band and goggles seems indifferent to the chaos. He’s carrying two boxes at about chest-level.
“What’s in the box?” I ask.
The first box has a deck of Magic: The Gathering cards, he says.
“And the other one?”
“It’s a box of string.”
"And what is the string for?
“No one is supposed to know what the string does.”
Shyly, he opens the box’s lid to reveal a tangled nest of extension and power cords.
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