Man. What a whirlwind. An absolute top-notch, first class, 100% awesome whirlwind. I went into my first PAX East trip with @Newbs
not knowing what to expect, feeling sort of neutral, and just going with the flow of things due to how quickly so much was happening for us (having moved into our apartment just days before we flew out). We got on the plane and I just felt like, "OK, I am on the plane now. doo doodoo..." My mentality was like, Step A. Step A is happening right now. OK, step A is complete. Step B. OK, here we go with that.
We landed in Boston and when @Lamchopz
/ Lammy was already there to pick us up, the fact of everything we were there for suddenly filled my lungs in one of those stifled and airy BWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE sensations. To be honest, the thing I looked forward to the most with the trip was meeting everyone, and hanging out properly for the first time. I met a couple at RTX, but only so briefly. This time much of the visit would be dedicated to friends. It's funny how I could go from only interacting with these people here & there online or through text and video games, but when I finally met with everyone in person for the first time, things felt as natural as if I was meeting up with some friends after a long break at school.
Ugh, man. If I don't catch myself now I'm going to write a friggin mushy novel here on every detail. I finally met so many great people & friends and spent so much time together! That was the BEST for me. It was also a great feeling knowing that some people came from crummy situations, and that they also found some relief & recovery in spending time with these people. I think it was a special trip for everyone. I got to see @BenBen @Bunny @Connor @DarkBowler @Tora @Schraver @Andy @BlueTeam @Juls @Steven @SuburbanFire @Neefertiti @TinaDayton @Ray @Miexriir
... If I missed anyone, please let me know! There were a bunnnch, and it was great.
PAX East was sweet to experience. There was a ton of stuff to do and explore. Lots of getting cropdusted, stepped on and shoved, smelling interesting odors, seeing lots of flesh.... Some cosplays were awesome! Panels we saw and loved were the Harmonix keynote panel, which was moving and enlightening, the Rooster Teeth panel, which was of course hysterical & exciting, and the Make A Strip panel, which was also hysterical and engaging. There were plenty of cool video games being tested on the floor, but unfortunately I have nothing to share with you guys about them! Concerning booths, I wish there were more booths selling art! :)
Probably the coolest highlight for me, and also happened to close out PAX on Sunday for me, was meeting Burnie & Ashley on the floor, and then somehow grabbing coffee with them and chatting about stuff for like half an hour. I can't remember a lot from that since half my brain fried when Burnie asked if we wanted to grab coffee with them off the floor, and I don't feel like recapping the details in this already-lengthy post. Firstly, their presence is just as strong in person as it is on screen, and Ashley is adorable and was very sweet & chipper, and Burnie is, obviously, great at keeping a conversation going and bouncing back to points. It was just really friggin cool to sit and chat for a bit with them!
I'm actually not as sad as I thought I might be now that we're back in MN. Going back to work was rough, but PAX left me glowing and excited for the next thing, RTX 2014, and also left me with a better idea and direction for what I should do between now & then. I'm eager to get to work! :)
I absolutely, truly enjoyed and loved every minute spent with you guys there. It meant so much that we somehow managed to spend quite a lot of time altogether for being such a large group. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN! Each time won't be long enough together, but we'll make the best of it all!! Love you guys :)
PS: Fucking major shoutout to @Lamchopz
for being an awesome and legit driver in Boston. Ninja car skills.