My Very Late RTX 2014 RecapLike every year, words can't do it justice. I'll keep it brief, which is easy because Guardian work doesn't make for much text. Here's my late, boring, rushed, and inadequate recap of RTX 2014.
Wednesday Arrived to find them full up on bag stuffers. Got lunch with @Radius55, @suppi, @bacoose, @cdlr4v1, and others. Went back to convention center. Met with fellow panel Guardians. This year I was Lieutenant for the panel department, under @Arcys. Helped stuff bags for a while. Got home around 8pm, and started packing.
Thursday Managed to check into hotel at 9:30am. Get settled in. Go to convention center and start doing Guardian stuff. Helped lay tape down for panel lines. Grab lunch with @Arcys. Go to hotel room. Take nap. Wake up and get fancy for the SideQuest charity auction. See and hang with a bunch of friends, including @agd2i, @Mikey88, @Radius55, @samurairose, @Optimizer, and others. I was really hungry afterward, so I grabbed a couple slices from Roppoli's on 6th street. I was probably the best dressed guy on the whole street. I promptly ate the slices in my room and went to sleep to prepare for the con.
Friday Woke up and reported for duty at 9am. Made sure everything was going smoothly before entering panelist mode. This year I was lucky enough to be selected to be a panelist for the community panel. Special shout out to my fellow panelists @Caiti, @Newbs, @LoZelda, @Aidan, @Cheshire_Cat, and extra thanks to @GB330033 to organizing it. It was great to be a part of that. I met some cool people during and after that panel (including @optimus2020 and @Erkan). The rest of that day was normal....apart from the evacuation. That was pretty crazy. Shout out to the Guardians on the east side of the convention center. We had that shit down.
Friday night was pretty cool. RvBTX had a party at Fado. Decent turnout. There was booze, games, and door prizes. One thing I learned, is to never underestimate the power of raffling off free drinks. That was pretty fun. I probably got back to my room around midnight. Promptly crashed out.
Saturday In at 7am. More of the same. Kicked some panel ass. Avoided disasters and made sure the well-oiled machine was running properly. Helped get room 18 ready for the handoff between the day and night Guardians before heading off to my room at the end of the day. Ended up having dinner/drinks with @Hotpocket36. We shot the shit and had some bevs. Good times.
After the con ended, I got cleaned up and headed out to Buffalo Billiards for the SQ lounge. Came across the crowd cheering on the attendees. Warmed my heart.
The SQ lounge was probably the highlight of the weekend. It was great to see so many notable community members in one place and one time. I chatted with a bunch of people, and had many bevs. Afterward, @Steffie, @legato2d, and I got some pizza on 6th street. Good times.
Monday Salt Lick. So good. Much BBQ. Food coma.
I feel pretty good about this year's RTX. It was probably the most after-hours socialness I've ever crammed in for one. I went to the most SQ events I've ever been to, and also put on an event myself. I did something every night. That's never happened before. I also kept my Guardian streak alive. Looking forward to adding a fifth one to the collection next year.
Lastly, I also had pedometer on for the weekend, and kept track of what I ate/drank. Here's my RTX 2014 stats (including Thursday).
92,059 steps 28 floors 40.77 miles 18,342 calories burned
1 crostini 1 veggie slider 1 soft-baked BelVita 1 roast beef sandwich 1 Korean rice bowl 1 bag of BBQ kettle chips 1 granola bar 2 servings of potato chips 2 sweet teas 2 egg rolls 2 Sprites 3 gherkins 3 servings of fries 3 cheeseburgers 3 quesadilla slices 4 big Powerades 4 huge slices of pizza 4 small bags of beef jerky 5 glasses of water 5 mozzarella sticks w/dipping sauce 8 servings of Coke 14 gin & tonics (6 were very watered down though)
Now that you've clicked that, let me tell you that I decided to grab an all-access pass to RT SideQuest. I'll be hitting up dat auction, dat lounge, and dat Salt Lick. I'm taking Saturday off to chill though, because I want one day in there to just relax during the evening and do something on my own speed. If any of y'all are free on Saturday and want to get a bite/drink, hit me up. I'll probably be roaming downtown or something.
Second, what are y'all doing on Saturday and Sunday night? As of right now, I'm free on both evenings. I thought about helping/attending the events on Saturday, but decided to take it easy. Does anyone want to grab some drinks on Saturday evening? I'm open to downtown, as well as the nearby hotel bars.
On Sunday evening, I was hoping to have a nice dinner (and some bevs) with you peeps. Who's down? Any suggestions?
RTXIt was nearly four years ago, on Memorial Day weekend 2011, when the first RTX was held. Takes me back. Especially to the last night, when all the attendees basically just got drunk and took over the whole hotel. That was in my top 5 RT community experiences.
Regarding this year's RTX, I know what y'all are doing on Friday night, but what are y'all doing on Sunday night? Anyone want to get together for drinks on that night? I would offer to host in my hotel room, but it might be cramped.
So what say you? Anybody know of any shindigs? Wanna have dinner at a nice to semi-swank restaurant? Maybe grab a drink at my hotel or a nearby bar? Preferably something in walking distance, but whatevs.
I'm On a Panel at RTX!I'm excited to tell y'all that I will be on a panel at RTX. It's called Cultivating a Community. We will be discussing the ins and outs of RT community events. If you've ever wondered what goes into holding successful community events, how to get to know your own local RT community, and possibly growing your own community organization, then this is the event for you. I'm humbled and ecstatic to have been selected to be on this panel as a representative of RvB:TX. My fellow panelists are:
@Caiti from RT OZ & RT Radio @Newbs from RT MN & Rooster Speak @Cheshire_Cat from RvBTO & Toronto: Unconventional @Aidan from RvB:Scotland @LoZelda from RT Michigan & Community Based Network (thought I would get in on this tag party with you guys)
It's all going to be moderated by @GB330033 from RT SideQuest, one of the driving forces behind the community event culture. It's on Friday, July 4th at 12pm-1pm.
It's a who's who of community organizers and organizations. I'm really looking forward to it. We're all eager to pool our experience and knowledge to offer our best advice and insight regarding community events and the community in general. There will also be a Q&A, so we will be able to answer any questions y'all might have. So please come see us. For more information, click here. Can't wait to see y'all there.
PS - Shameless plug, but RvB:TX is hosting an RT SideQuest Presents event at RTX as well. It's on Friday from 8-10pm, just blocks away from the convention center. Details and tickets here.