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Monday, February 14th, 2011

Subject:And THESE... ARE... ANSWERS!!!
Time:9:47 pm.
So, for those who were curious what the answers were (and what ones I got right/wrong), I'm posting these now. Enjoy. Or something.

And the answers (both mine and the right ones) are here.Collapse )
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Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Subject:THIS... IS... JEOPARDY!!!!
Time:5:16 pm.
Mood: accomplished.
So, I took the Jeopardy Online test on Tuesday. As usual it was seriously hard. And once again I was able to tape it and get the questions. I was unable to make out a couple of words from my video, but I got about 99% of what was there. And if you're interested in seeing how you would have done, check under the cut. Comments will be screened, don't use google or anything, and you get 15 seconds for each question when you take it, so try to keep to that limit.

50 questions, 15 seconds per question... GO!Collapse )

Oh, and if you're curious as to how I did...Collapse )
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Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Time:12:39 am.
Mood: sad.
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Subject:"Who the hell are you?" "IT'S BLUM, YOU BASTARDS!"
Time:4:50 am.
Mood: pleased.
So AUSA was this weekend. I'd stated that I was refusing the idea of it being any less than awesome, and that, in fact, I was going to DEMAND awesome.

I need to demand more often, apparently, because my weekend ruled. More like conquered overwhelmingly.

Thursday: Food, Room, Tits, And GreetingsCollapse )

Friday: The Work Begins, The Hopeless Return, A Surprise Guest, Impressive Ethic, and How To Get To Drink With GuestsCollapse )

Saturday: Back In Blaine, Subbing For Steve, A Message For Jet, Epic Bar Time, The Amazing Rave, The Finger Of Beckoning, and Girls Who Can DanceCollapse )

Sunday: Goodbyes, Connections, Plans, Partying, and More Amazing People.Collapse )

Monday: Nudity, Sex, Toys, The Trip Home, and Guyanan Or Guyanese, She's Still HotCollapse )

So all in all, in the words of Chris Troy: "This con was GOD-TIER".

Thanks to all the people who made it so amazing, including my fellow staff (who'll never see this, probably), the kickass VAs I got "stuck" next to for hours (likewise), the random people I met who I hopefully will at least see again in a few months, Dar, Dani, Sarah, Laura, Eric, Liz, Val, Patti, Josh, Gongo, Rob, Alanna, JJ, Alli, Cat, Paul, Jamie, Mike, Adam, Carlo, Ezra, Alex, Jessica, Keith, Chris, Trin, Ana, Greg, Erik, Kat, Chris, Carrie, Ray, Pete, Drew, Liz, Luminal, and anyone else who I might have forgotten due to name overload.

There's a reason I make it a point to go all the way down to VA every fall, even if it means attending a convention on the same weekend my girlfriend is at another one. It's not the setting or the programming or anything like that. It's the people. And all of you kick so much ass, it's amazing. Much love to all of you. (especially the blondes, since I've also nicknamed this "Hot Blonde Con", so you get added love. :P)
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Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Subject:AUSA Request
Time:1:31 pm.
Hey, just wondering: If anyone out there reading this that's going to AUSA has Spirit Gum (and remover) that I can borrow for bit at the con, could you please let me know? I'm thinking of bringing down a hilariously oversized white mustache and need some way to keep it on my face that doesn't involve heavy-duty glue. Thankee kindly.
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Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Subject:Concert = WIN
Time:9:19 pm.
Mood: accomplished.
So our choir concert was today. I had two solos, one being a verse from the Old Hundredth, which was our opening song and one being a few parts of "Lead Me, Lord". Nailed those two and then joined the rest of the choir (which is a trek... go out the back of church, walk around to the front, then climb the 30-35 feet up to the loft. During one song, and without getting winded at all so you can sing the next song) for the rest of the show. Everyone sounded great. And yes, I broke out "THE SUIT". Complete with shades beforehand. And I'm rocking the chromedome once more. Look good, feel good, sound good, life's good. Anyway, we did a few hymns from the front at the end with the congregation joining in singing. Last one was "Let There Be Peace On Earth", possibly one of the best songs for my voice, because the most powerful section is right where my voice is most powerful too. Turned the power up to about 8.5-9 and had myself a game of "Jim Versus The Giant Pipe Organ." Apparently, I won, because the other organist, who was standing in the choir loft next to the organ said he could clearly hear me. Go me. Managed to keep the power up without forcing it at all.

Got a LOT of compliments on my singing from a lot of various people, including two close family friends who hadn't heard me sing in a long time and were impressed, and a former choir director who really enjoyed hearing me as well. Even the people who've been there for years and the priests were impressed. I don't get a chance to really open up the pipes that often, so I made sure to make the most of it.

Amusing anecdote: I'm walking around in the back at like 3:58 and I'm like "No big deal, no nerves, no problem." The other main soloist, who is a music major and has done concerts at various churches here in town is a bundle of nerves. She even told me she takes pills beforehand to calm down because she gets so nervous. She was stunned that I'm wandering around and being all calm. Hell, I was even caffeinated, so I was worked up a bit, and I was still about 10x more cool and collected. Yes, I'm stroking my ego, deal with it. :P

Mom taped it, but I swear the tape recorder makes everything sound like it's wavering. We'll see.

Got home, turned on the race and saw that Jimmie Johnson's "nearly insurmountable lead" had a huge chunk taken out of it. Crashed on lap 3, ended up in 38th after huge amounts of work on the car were needed to just make it run. Mark Martin, on the other hand, finished 4th. Lead's down to 73 now.

Also, Shaz-Bagl (my fantasy football team) is rocking this week. Looks like I'm making a late charge and might be getting my 3rd "Weekly High Score" award.

Now just taking it easy, preparing for the service on Tuesday (another couple of solos then as well), and then looking forward to AUSA. Can't wait to see so many of my friends that weekend. Only wish Shelly could be there too (she'll be at AAC that weekend).

And now, time for VGZ! http://www.livestream.com/vgzlive
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Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Subject:This WAS Halloween....
Time:4:10 am.
So yeah, Halloween was fun at my cousin's place. Well, except for twisting my ankle when I was taking the kids trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. It still hurts now. Bah. But fun was had, food was eaten, and all was good.

Watched ND pummel WSU, USC lose to Oregon (if you listen closely, I'll bet you can STILL hear Colin Cowherd crying), and the Yanks beat the Phillies (and it looks like the teams remembered to bring their REAL bats for this game finally). Tomorrow is Giants-Eagles, Favre Bowl, Talledega (I can't believe I'm praying for Johnson to crash), and Game 4. And of course, VGZ at 10 PM.


And lastly, there's this convention in June. It's called AnimeNEXT. It'll be June 18-20 of 2010. It'll also be at the Garden State Exhibit Center (along with the Doubletree and the 300 Building) again. Since it's Thanksgiving month, and I am He-Who-Gives-You-Badges-For-Money, I've made a decision. I've decided that I can give Thanks for you Giving us your money and you can give us Thanks for Giving you another weekend where you can dress up like weird characters...
fangirl over yaoi...
spend more money on random stuff in 3 days than you would on food for a month...
dub hentai...
watch hentai...
look sexy in hot costumes...
proclaim your love for a certain bald guy
have fun and be awesome.

And in order to do that, we're officially opening pre-registration. You can go to http://animenext2010.eventbrite.com/ in order to pre-register. It's $37.50 for the rest of 2009. If you want to do mail-in or group pre-reg, we'll have those forms up on the website soon.

Alright, time for Jim to head to bed. Come to ANext. You know you want to. :D
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Subject:Reminiscing and Recovering
Time:3:32 am.
Mood: cheerful.
I apologize for the length of this and for not lj-cutting it, but if you're on here, then I most probably want you to read this. Especially those of you I know from/through DDR. Thank you.

Geezers' Tourney was at the Break this Saturday. It was great to see so many people i haven't seen in so long. I think the biggest surprise of the entire time was that New York seemed to have more people there than New Jersey. Everything seemed to go well, everyone hung out and talked to people and any drama or issues were put away for a day.

I decided for the freestyle tournament that I would remake my old Dynamite Rave routine. Which I did. Unfortunately, I choked and forgot a chunk near the beginning and scrambled from then on. There were some changes to whole setup, but it's okay. Things happen, and I'm fine. I did happen to crack the back of my head open on the pads, however. Right before failing. Took a really hard hit, but I'm fine. I'll probably show off the thing this weekend.

I'll admit, I was really upset for a while afterwards. Because I had failed at my performance. I didn't care about winning or anything. I just wanted to put on a good show and I didn't do that. At least by my standards. Irony: I went over the routine a little later that night and remembered EVERYTHING perfectly.

I did make a promise that I would perform the routine once before I was "done" (whatever that means). Since I failed, I guess I still have a bit left in me. So it'll come back out sometime. I do want to get the routine on video, though. Especially after the whole debacle that happened with the video the first time I did the routine.

A lot of people said some really great things to me this weekend, on here and in person. It really made me realize that I've done a hell of a lot where "that stupid dancing game" is involved. I had someone who I really respect as a performer refer to me as a "legend", I had people tell me about songs and routines they associate with me, I had friends watching old freestyles I'd done... it really does mean a lot. And while most of the time I've just shrugged the compliments off, I do want to at least say thank you once more. It really does mean a lot to me to know that I've been held in such esteem by my peers.

Now the freestyle competition scene around here is basically dead. The last competition I knew of was at the last Digital Life a couple years ago. Most of the people who used to compete don't play that much, or even at all. Life has gone on. And that's the way things always go. But still, if the opportunity is there, I wouldn't mind giving it another try someday. After all, there's still a lot of ideas that I've never even TOUCHED yet that still are in my head. Kind Lady, Do It Right, Sync, Pick Me Up And Tango... and that's just off the top of my head. So it'll happen again. I don't know if I'll see another tournament, but if I don't, I've had a good run. I've literally won thousands of dollars in cash and prizes from this game, with events like Hagerstown, DexCon, the Break, Adventure Games, CSA, etc. all contributing. I've met so many people all over the country due to it. Hell, DDR is the reason I've been to E3 twice and why I got to compete ON STAGE in an actual dance competition at Konami's booth one year. It's what got me to go to Otakon, and by extension a slew of other conventions. It's what led to me meeting my friends in the cosplay community, and indirectly how I met Shelly. So unlike some people, I'm not going to turn my back on the whole thing and walk away and disavow all knowledge of ever competing. Dammit, I'm Jim The Fly, and I always will be.

So to all the people and all the places and all the events that have combined to make these last 8+ years of competing so fun: THANK YOU. It's been one hell of a time.

... and it's not over yet. Not until I can't do it anymore.
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Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Subject:Bring it back old school.
Time:12:17 pm.
Mood: focused.
So I'm about to leave for the Break for a DDR tournament. And I'm entering Freestyle. First time in over 3 years. It's supposed to be a tournament for the old-school people from the Break. There's gonna be a lot of people who haven't seen each other in a long time, and it's gonna be pretty fun, I'd say.

As for me, I made a statement to someone a few years ago that there was one more routine I needed to do. Or more accurately, that I needed to do AGAIN.

It's been 8 years. Time to bring the beginning back around. Broadway City style.

Damn right.
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Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Subject:WTF LJ Slowdown...
Time:1:48 pm.
Mood: confused.
For some strange reason, the only site that tends to slow the crap out of my computer is LiveJournal. It makes Firefox lock up for a few seconds before it allows me to do anything. And it does this for just about every page on the site. It's been having this issue since I got rid of the infection the laptop got a week or so ago.

LJ run uncommonly slow for anyone else out there?
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Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Subject:YAY GOLF!!!
Time:12:48 pm.
Heading out to go golfing at the local course in a few. Nice place. Par 72, 6600 yards, and I get a cart. :P Might get some pics of the iguanas around there too. Hoping to do well. Anyone care to guess what I might shoot? (before you guess, know that I usually only play on my vacation, so I haven't played in a year)

Time for sunburn and shanks! :P
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Monday, August 10th, 2009

Subject:It's Postcard Time!!!
Time:3:01 am.
Alright everyone. I'm leaving for Florida in about.. 5-6 hours. So if you want a postcard, just let me know. Leave your address in the comments (which will be screened) if you want a card from me and I'll do what I can. I won't promise you'll get one (just because if I get a flood of comments, I'm not sure I'm going to want to sit around and write out 50 postcards. :P)

Take care and I'll see you all in a few weeks!
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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Subject:Tech/Video question...
Time:5:48 am.
Mood: confused.
Okay, so I know there's at least a few of you out there who know your equipments and your cables and your hookups and whatnot. I'm hoping to get a nice happy answer to this situation:

I want to take my PS2 and my Wii on vacation next month. However, I'd like to bring my 17" flat-panel PC monitor and not my 14" probably-older-than-you Commodore CRT monitor, just for space considerations. I've got the standard RCA composite hookup (yellow/white/red) with the two consoles, and the flat-panel only has a VGA input. I'd like some way to connect my consoles to my monitor without breaking my wallet to pieces in the process.

Can anyone out there PLEASE help me with this? I tried looking some stuff up and I got a slew of varying answers that only served to confuse me, especially since a number of them contradicted each other.
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Monday, July 20th, 2009

Subject:Aches, Pains, and Brains
Time:6:51 pm.
Well, yesterday was nicely epic. Church was kind of a downer, but that was because they haven't changed around the schedule at St. Joseph so St. Michael (which I went to) didn't have music. Bah. Got home, watched the British Open, which I think might've been the most amazing golf event I've ever seen. Although Watson didn't win, I think that when you consider that over 4 rounds of golf, no player beat him, and only one tied him.

So in the afternoon, I finally got my chance to head up to Lincoln Park in J.C. for some volleyball. A lot of volleyball. Hours and hours of it. I'm aching like hell now, but it was SO damn fun. More this coming Sunday, hopefully.

Hung out with a friend and a number of his friends at this one girl's house. We watched some of the EVO2009 feed and then played Cranium. FINALLY. I've had the game for probably 5 years, maybe more, and haven't been able to play it. We played in 2-person teams and I got a perfect teammate. We totally rocked the game. XD!

BTW, I had to leave just as it got good, but I'm sure someone out there knows this: Who won the final match of the SFIV tourney: Daigo or JWong? We had to leave just after Wong handed Daigo his first loss, so the only match we missed was the last one of the tourney.

One other thing: I'd love to have a Game Night here at the house sometime. I've got a lot of kickass games that are just getting no use because you can't really play them with just 2 people. Who'd be up for some?
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Monday, July 13th, 2009

Subject:So yeah... pirates.
Time:7:18 pm.
Went to Borders. Got The Pirate King. No, it's not about Luffy. :P The back cover reminded me that Forgotten Realms has one of the best terms for a person from a given geographical location: Waterdhavian. It's a person from Waterdeep.

I wanted to get Jimmy The Hand as well, but it didn't appear to be in. The Borders computer search does tend to annoy me with the "Likely In Store" listing. It's like "It might be there, but if it's not, oh well." I say this because it just seems strange that 2 of the 30 Barnes & Noble stores nearest Bayonne would have a book, but ALL of the 20 closest Borders would. Oh well, if I don't get it by Florida, there's always the store on Sunrise Ave. and the Intracoastal.

One thing that I did get reminded about which makes Florida another notch more epic: 2-story 2 bedroom townhouse condo with private beachfront: about $80/day. We also have a 1-bedroom place with a HUGE king-size bed, a full kitchen, and a good-sized LR/DR area which has a balcony looking southeast over the ocean. One of these years I'm going to get people to come down to join me, and that place is always available for any of my friends... as long as they let us know first.

The "Service Engine Soon" light has been going on and off in our car. It's gone on the last two Sundays and off on Monday. We had it checked out last week by a local mechanic and the code that came out of the computer... was one that a Saturn shouldn't be able to give. Weird. Mom called Saturn today and eventually got through. The Saturn dealer in Jersey City was sold and now there's a Subaru dealer there, but they've got all of Saturn's old equipment. If we get the light going on again, we can take it into Subaru to have them check it to see what the problem is, but they wouldn't be able to fix it, since they're only allowed to work on Saturns still under warranty. Seeing as our car is 11 years old, I don't think that would mean us. :P Thing is, they have to check it with the light still on. My money is on something minor and meaningless. I personally would love to have some way to just disconnect that light, since it makes mom panic every time she sees it.

Of course, I don't recall that light coming on when my entire transmission died about 5 years ago, so WTF. (I could be mistaken... you recall it, Steve?)

Oh well... anyway, time to post more VGZ stuff. And then probably game for a while.

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Subject:Yay elves and pirates and panthers and stuff!
Time:2:22 pm.
Mood: excited.
So finally I've been able to find a copy of The Pirate King in somewhere. Borders in Watchung has it. I'll be leaving in a few to take the trip out there and finally pick the damn book up. I can't believe it took so long to find it. I saw it in B&N back in December and didn't get it then for personal reasons, and then I haven't seen it since in any book store. :-\

So let's see, it's about 350 pages, hardcover.... anyone want to place bets as to when I'll have the thing done? Take note: I've been obsessing on Power Pros 2008 and Puzzle Pirates for a while now.

And check out the newly-redone VideoGameZombies site for some new stories, including a few from our newest writers. I should have another one ready to go up there tonight, and possibly a little poll question for on here/FB/Twitter/whatever later.
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Subject:Advance Planning
Time:12:45 am.
Mood: amused.
So I'm not going to Otakon. I've known this for a while now. I figure my trip to Florida is more important. Plus the place is already paid for both weeks. 2 weeks on Florida coast vs 4 days in Baltimore. Florida wins.

However, AUSA is a very probable next con. Might even be interested in working it again, since I really enjoyed doing so last year.

After listening to some stuff and thinking about it, I've decided on the cosplay I want to do for AUSA. It's something I once joked that I would do and rethought it after some recent events. However, I've got a couple of things that would lead to me being perfect for the character, both external and internal.

I don't want to mention it quite yet, although you might be able to guess. We'll see. Here's a hint though: It has NOTHING to do with anime, manga, or anything Japanese. It's just THAT EPIC, however. :D

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Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Time:5:43 pm.
Mood: confused.
So I'm watching ESPN. Or at least I have it on in the background. And I turn and I see... furries? Not mascots. Furries. And then there's a mention of Anthrocon. On ESPN.

As you can imagine my mind is going WTF all over the place.

Oh, and I finally got my Billy Joel songbooks back. Yay!
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Subject:Recap and remix...
Time:12:47 pm.
ANext has come and gone. Saw some good, some bad.

+ Any weekend with a Shelly around is auto-win.
+ I think a certain person who throws up at facial hair on girls might've had to pay for a second badge after having lost one.
+ Our. Department. Rocked. Team Reg All-Stars FTW!
+ "1....2..." "No... NO!!! NO!!!!!!" "3!!!" *splash* "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!"
+ Bruno x Germant photoshoot. VERY FTW.
+ I have the best damn badge ever. Next year, that's going to be my "official" badge. Seriously.
+ The more Punch-Out! I play, the more I love it.
+ Atari 2600. OH HELL YES. If this happens next year, I'm bringing my collection.
+ Painkiller. Man-Up Juice. Shelly growing a penis. Cracker. BTW, Ray (Cyn) needs to have Vistah's "F*** THIS CON!!!!" video sent to him.
+ Screw Konami... EVERYONE will sue. Oh, and Deliciously Delectable (R) Cookies.
+ Vistah once again managing to pull off the epic after the con is over.
+ Figuring out how to take my databases and pull searches for pre-regged people out of my ass.
+ Picking up Brigg's book in the Artist Alley. Yes, DDR peoples. Brigg has written a book. And so far, so good. I'm putting my new Scott Adams and Weis & Hickman books on the back burner until I finish his.

- Having one of the staff members bitch at me for asking him a question PERTAINING TO MY DEPARTMENT, and then bitching about me while I'm only a few feet away.
- No Internet in the GSEC or Doubletree that we could use.
- The shelves for one manga dealer collapsing and the books tumbling onto the floor about 45 minutes before the Dealer's Room opened... and then apparently straining one of my hamstrings (or some similarly located muscle) while helping to pick all of them up.
- Staying in the Holiday Inn, which meant a longer walk than one would think for a place right across the street.
- Rain during those walks.
- Idiots clogging the bridge that was between the GSEC and the Doubletree (it was a chokepoint... the bridge was half the width of the rest of the path) and then bitching at people who would ask them to move.
- Not getting to check out the tabletop area until Sunday morning when the whole place was almost dead.
- Being told at Anime Boston that one of the vendors was going to have a Kefka figurine at ANext, and then finding out that they didn't have one here.
- Working in one building, food being in another.
- Only being at the rave for a little while and ending up missing Eric's set at the end of the night.
- People at the rave being idiots: Caught one guy smoking in the middle of the floor, had one hit me while stringing (and if he hadn't hit me in the hand, he would've hit Shelly in the FACE) who then proceeded to try to take the glowsticks out of my hand, seeing Nick apparently get smacked in the face by a stringer, and then seeing a conga line almost stomp on the head of someone who had fallen on the ground.
- Still not having my flash drive back. Yet. But that'll be fixed soon enough.

Also have a few titles for if I had done individual day recaps. Can't remember Sunday's yet but Friday's is "RECTAL TIGER UPPERCUT!!!" and Saturday's is "I LOVE THIS HOLE!!!!"

Thanks to all my friends, both old and new, who ended up making the weekend so much fun, and especially to everyone in my department: Sung, Shelly, Mark, Izzy, Cindy, Dave, Bill, Mitch, Andrew, Tiki and Ronde</i> Chris and Steven, Eugene and his crew, Michael, Dave, James, and everyone else who I've either forgotten to list here or whose names I didn't learn/can't remember. And just remember... only 50 or so weeks until we do this all again! :P
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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Subject:So yeah, NH and Anime Boston...
Time:12:52 am.
Mood: tired.
I'll bullet-point things for the ADD crowd. :P

- Finally exposed to The Lonely Planet. Frightening how I knew how things went without ever hearing them.
- Spent a few days up at Shawna and Martine's. Much fun and craziness had. Complete with the squirrel in a wheelchair in a leotard. I also have an urge to crash many vehicles now.
- Actually started putting together a new costume: Tempou from Saiyuki Gaiden. Used some new stuff I learned to see how I could do improve my overall ability. My knowledge level has now increased.
- Got to Boston and was the the room lynchpin since I knew everyone in the room personally. Was me, Shelly, dr_teng, animeangel, blindkijin, uberasriel, electrumicity.
- Hotel charging $9.99/day/laptop for internet. Oh hell no. Hynes having free wi-fi? Oh hell yes.
- Didn't do that much work at the ANext table, and I feel bad about that.
- I have an Otakon AB badge. It's funny being listed as working for a convention I'm not even attending this year.
- Kept checking reg as I passed by. Never got to see Jackie, though. Was going to just gesture to the empty room and go "WTF???? YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY DOING SOMETHING WRONG HERE!!!!" :P <3
- Dance on Friday was crappy. Main DJ was all happy hardcore and nothing else. Side DJ got funky and mixed shit around and was MUCH more enjoyable.
- Saturday dance had a waiting line. Holy crap. Didn't spend much time there, but enjoyed the band. Liked the varying musics. Oh, and I pwned what apparently was the only circle in the room. Left at around midnight for a pee break, saw the line, went up the room for a drink and to call Shelly and ran into Drew, Mikhail, Krissy, Ian, etc. Ended up getting a Shelly and hanging with them and a few others all night.
- Managed to increase my skill at drink mixing. Gatorade + Hpnotiq + Cuervo Silver + Strawberry Powerade =..... ORANGE???? Also snagged a mixer from Chili's so I can make some stuff in the future.
- Shelly and I (mainly) managed to polish off a bottle of Hpnotiq and a bottle of Cuervo Silver over the weekend. My tolerance was at a rather high level, apparently.
- There were a lot of people that I either didn't see or only saw in passing maybe once. With the exception of the ANext/Otakon people, my roomies, and Shawna/Martine/Renee/Diane, I think I saw Rob more than anyone else except for those in Drew's room, and I didn't see much of him.
- Grabbed 3 more FF figures: Diabolos, Yojimbo, and Odin. Will made me hope for a future set to have one underloved summon: Alexander. Oh, and I'm gonna probably be getting an Unholy Kefka soon.
- Went to a couple of panels and wrote up some stuff on them. Will be touching up the reports and putting them on the VGZ site this week, hopefully.

oh, and last but not least:

So there was a Rock Band tournament. Basically a freestyle tournament. Made a band online with a group of 3 who needed a singer. Those 3 never showed up, apparently. Ran into a group of 3 free agents at the tourney who were a drummer, a bassist, and a lead guitar. Used the song my original band was going to do: "Dani California". Got nervous after SIX STRAIGHT BANDS FAILED at one point. Apparently had some pics taken during the song. Maybe some video too. Was one of 3 bands to qualify for the finals. And lost my drummer and bassist due to things running long. So we were able to take two of the guys from other bands. This basically means I had EIGHT different bandmates inside of 2 hours. Had to pick out of a list of 6 songs:

"Roam" - B-52s
"Tangled Up In Blue" - Bob Dylan
"Hysteria" - Muse
"Black Hole Sun" - Soundgarden
"That's What You Get" - Paramore
"Give It All" - Rise Against

First band took Hysteria. 2nd band took Roam... and then we found out IT WASN'T ON THE SYSTEM. So they got Reptilia instead. What did that leave me? No contest: "That's What You Get" Yup, the baritone having to sing a song from a female lead. What happened?


That's right. We won. My prize: A free custom Rock Band 6" figurine from Rockband.com. I'll be working on it once I get contacted. And honestly, just the fact that I could FINALLY take a microphone and play it up and perform in front of a crowd was great. Been wanting to be part of a band for... oh what, 20 years? 25? But I'm always told that my voice "isn't want we're looking for." THIS IS THE PART WHERE JIM LAUGHS AT THEM METAPHORICALLY!!!!! (And if you can't handle me taking my ego for a short walk, too bad. :P)

When the figure gets made and sent here, I'll get pics. Also, if I find pics or video from my performances, I'll post/link.

But for now, I'm tired, so I'm going to sleep I think. G'night all!
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