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Unread 09-28-2014, 03:43 AM   #1
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Riding To Cons

I need opinions on this.

How well do you know someone before you'll ride to cons with them?

Next year I know a couple cons where they're farther away than my family is willing to drive me but I have friends who would be more than willing to let me ride to them in their car. One friend(one I've known for four months now already) has even offered for me to stay in her room with her and her friend for the duration of the con after I ride up with her. Her friend's dad always drives them, he's taken them to the con for a few years now.

By time the con rolls around next year I'll have known her for a year, we'll have met up at other cons beforehand too. She's 16(she'll be almost 17 then) and I'll be 20.

I don't know anything about the friend, but I plan on getting in contact with her to get to know her.

My question is...would it be a terrible idea for me to ride with them? My mother thinks I'll get into a car accident and die or I'll get trapped in a hotel room to find out they're both druggies, or that I'll get snatched up, or any other bad scenario you can imagine.

Is my mother right that it's just a horrible idea?
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Unread 09-28-2014, 04:50 AM   #2
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Just try and get to know them first. When they turn out to be normal people you can still ride with them, if they on the off chance somehow are druggies, kidnappers or get into car accidents on a daily basis, you can still decline.
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Unread 09-28-2014, 12:02 PM   #3
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Just try and get to know them first. When they turn out to be normal people you can still ride with them, if they on the off chance somehow are druggies, kidnappers or get into car accidents on a daily basis, you can still decline.
Building off this, try to meet some of their friends to get to know more about them.
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Unread 09-28-2014, 07:04 PM   #4
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Building off this, try to meet some of their friends to get to know more about them.
I know one of their other friends that's going, she's 14 and the nicest girl ever. The other girl that would be staying with us though isn't into cosplay, she just wants to go to see what it's about. I've asked for contact info but she doesn't seem to have much of an online presence. No Facebook, Tumblr or Skype.

So I dunno what to do about that part.
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Unread 09-28-2014, 07:39 PM   #5
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I know one of their other friends that's going, she's 14 and the nicest girl ever. The other girl that would be staying with us though isn't into cosplay, she just wants to go to see what it's about. I've asked for contact info but she doesn't seem to have much of an online presence. No Facebook, Tumblr or Skype.

So I dunno what to do about that part.
Then my idea would be to talk to the Dad and poke around about how responsible and mature she is?

Not assuming she is but I see where your mother is coming from.
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Unread 09-28-2014, 07:48 PM   #6
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Try this one for insanity.

Family goes on vacation. I can't because other obligations. And for some reason I was told...

"You can't invite any friends over. Why? Because if they trip and fall then die in the house I'll(relative) have to pay for their deaths and funerals."

Frankly, I live in...probably one of the most peaceful neighborhoods possible. What are the chances of a freak accident happening?

But for going with people you've only recently met, it is always a risk. I've however found the community to be very nice so far, and have made friends with all the new people I've roomed with. It never hurts to be too cautious though. Make sure you at least know where they live, and if your parents are that insecure, get a pic of their license plate.
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Unread 09-28-2014, 11:19 PM   #7
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Then my idea would be to talk to the Dad and poke around about how responsible and mature she is?

Not assuming she is but I see where your mother is coming from.
Yeah, I think that is probably what I'll do. I feel like timing is important though, because I feel like if I call to talk to him too far in advance he'll think it's weird XD


Oh and the problem is too that they live in Kentucky and I live in Ohio, about 2 1/2 hours from each other. Otherwise, I'd just meet her in person.
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Unread 09-29-2014, 04:24 AM   #8
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For the record, I once gave a lift to someone living in my area that I had only spoken with on Facebook. I think I was first contacted by them..within a month of the event.

Went fine. 20 minute ride to the convention center, dropped them off, received payment, gone our separate ways.

Never had a single regret or revisionist thought, totally would do it again.

If you have faith in your ability to make judgement calls, I mean, turn down for what?

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Unread 09-29-2014, 07:54 PM   #9
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No offense to your friend, but I wouldn't get in a car that a 16/17 year old is driving.
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Unread 09-30-2014, 02:24 AM   #10
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No offense to your friend, but I wouldn't get in a car that a 16/17 year old is driving.
Her friend's DAD is driving. No where did I ever mention a 16/17 year old driving, I'm confused where you got this from...
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I understand your mom's point, but I think you're old enough to judge for yourself. If you think she's a good person and you like her friend to, once you two get to know each other, I don't see a problem.

I also have a friend I usually only meet at conventios. We've known each other for about a year when she first gave me a ride to a con this year and it was a great trip. We didn't share a hotel room, because the con wasn't so far from us, but I would surely share a room with her, if necessary.

If it turns out you don't get along that well though, it shouldn't be that much of a problem either. You don't have to spend the whole con together, after all
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Unread 09-30-2014, 02:19 PM   #13
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I've driven to cons with minor acquaintances. If you know someone who can vouch for the girl and her dad, I don't really see why it's an issue. You're a legal adult and you've presumably been going to cons for a while. Point out to your mom that sketchy stuff is just as likely to happen at a local con as in a car or con hotel room somewhere else.

How far away is the con you're driving to from you?
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Unread 09-30-2014, 08:55 PM   #14
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I've driven to cons with minor acquaintances. If you know someone who can vouch for the girl and her dad, I don't really see why it's an issue. You're a legal adult and you've presumably been going to cons for a while. Point out to your mom that sketchy stuff is just as likely to happen at a local con as in a car or con hotel room somewhere else.

How far away is the con you're driving to from you?
Well actually I've been to about 4 cons ever, it'll be about 7-8 by time this one comes around. The problem is that she doesn't even want me to stay in a hotel room at all, unless she's there and that's out of the question completely.

It's about 2-2 1/2 hours away from me. So yeah.
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Depending on what state you are in you can get a hotel room on your own. You should be able to check into a hotel if you are over 18 (umm at least in Illinois you can lol). So maybe you can just grab a ride with your friend and then stay in your own room.

Just as a general caution, I know that the cosplay community is filled with generally friendly people, but I would really be careful with who you actually room with. I say this because I have noticed that a lot of people at conventions tend to be prone to con drama and this is definitely something you do not want to deal with or be dragged into. I try to get a hotel room by myself whenever possible or I room with people I know VERY VERY well. I usually don't room with people who I meet at conventions, usually people I room with are high school friends that I know very well (although lately I've roomed with a couple people I met at cons, but that is because I've seen them many times at conventions and have come to the conclusion that they are generally normal non-dramatic people who don't want more than 4 people in a room). So, I would be less worried about the ride, since that is relatively short term compared to spending a weekend in a hotel room with people you may not know so well.
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