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Northwest Airlines can go fuck themselves and the goddamn horse they rode in on!!!

Nice long rant about NWA, and how I came to be at the airport all night instead of flying out at 1am. )

But, until then, I was having a totally awesome time!!
LJ & podcast peeps that I got to meet for the very first time in person: Brian Ibbott & his lovely wife Tina, Tabz (aka [livejournal.com profile] sl_podcast), [livejournal.com profile] spellwight, Evo Terra & his wife Sheila, Jack Mangan, Len Peralta, Philippa Ballentine, Tee Morris, and I know I'm forgetting people (Hey, it's 3:15 am. Of course I'm forgetting people!!!) And not meeting him for the first time, but also there was [livejournal.com profile] johnboze. I also hung out with [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl the whole time, of course, and we hung out with [livejournal.com profile] cajones a lot. It was a weird surreal twist because unlike the way it usually is with him, this time he didn't know anyone except me, and I was the one who knew a ton of people and was introducing him!
Brian is super awesome in person.

And there was also much JoCo this weekend.
JoCo hug count: at least 5 6. I saw him here at the airport about an hour and change ago. I accused him of stalking me. :)
Beers JoCo bought me: 1.
Checks written to JoCo by me for merch: 1.
Checks written to JoCo by me that he ripped up: 1. Bought the PAX DVD and he wouldn't let me pay for it!

And the concert: Awesome!!! When we got in right as the doors opened, JoCo was kind of overwhelmed at his merch table getting it set up so I asked if I needed a merch minion. He was mostly hanging out so I just ran the credit cards while he signed things for people.
During the concert I took many many pictures. Fewer of Jonathan than all the others because I have so many with better lighting and cooler looking stage.
After the concert said goodbye. Didn't expect to see him again. But today after walking [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl & [livejournal.com profile] cajones to catch their cab to the airport I was headed back to Quark's bar and saw him sitting at the Space Quest bar by himself. He waved so I joined him and we chatted a while. Then people started gathering by us, and he left for the Star Trek ride with Len. That's the last I saw of him. I assume he survived the Borg attack...

Arg. Very tired now. I'll write more about the NME & stuff tomorrow when I'm in the comfort of my own home!
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Well, I'm here in Vegas sitting on the floor in a corner of McCarron Airport's baggage claim.
Hooray for free wi-fi!
I have 'bout an hour and a half until [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl's flight gets in. I had an overpriced mediocre breakfast.
Turns out that [livejournal.com profile] cajones & I were on the same flight out. He thought I was flying in later than him so since he had to be at the airport ungodly early he didn't try to hunt for a ride. If I had known [livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I could have easily picked him up!!!

I have a new haircut! It had literally been years since I had my hair cut. One of those things where the longer it had gone the easier it was to keep putting off. It's kind of nice to not have split ends. :) It's a titch shorter in back than I would have preferred, but when you've got years worth of split ends you gotta do what you gotta do. It is also freshly burgandy-colored. The girl who cut my hair (Addie, at Salon on the Edge. She was AWESOME!) said she'd never had a customer before who's husband would color their hair for them. LOL
I figured if I'm going to be meeting a bunch of friends in real life for the first time I should probably clean up a little. *grin*

Well, gonna throw in a DVD now to kill time. See y'all later.

WTF? Why were comments turned off? I NEVER do that!
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My Twitter feed is full of people already in Vegas, or busy packing for Vegas!

Looks like a lot of people are flying in tomorrow. If I was going to any NME panels that would make sense for me, but since I'm mostly going for the concert and to meet people Thursday is good enough. :)

But now that it is only a day and a half away I'm starting to get pretty excited!

And Bad Wolf is nice and quiet again so I'll survive the flight. I just need to figure out what movies I want to bring to watch on the flight, and also in the airport when I get in. I'll be hanging out there for about 2.5 to 3 hours waiting for [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl's flight and then we'll head to the time share to check in.

As the trip grows closer I'm realizing just how ironic it is that I'm going to my first NME right at the time in my life when I listen to the fewest podcasts I ever have since starting to listen. That's mostly just a side effect of not having a 40 hour a week desk job. My commute is about 10 minutes shorter and that's about the only time I have to listen.


Jul. 23rd, 2008 06:30 pm
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I've been thinking for a while that I should get some Moo cards made up with some of my photos. That way I can easily give people the link to my gallery and such.

So, do I go with the cute l'il Mini Moo cards? Or should I do the regular business card size?

Also, what is your reasoning for the size you picked?
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[livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl is gonna come to Vegas!!! \0/
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On August 6th this year [livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I will be celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary.

On August 7th he will go on vacation without me.

Then on August 14 I will go without him.

It wasn't really planned that way, it is just how things turned out.

I really wanted to go out to Vegas during the NME to meet all my online podcasting peeps and to go to the JoCo/Richard Cheese/Chance Coverville 500 concert. It just happens to be Microsoft's Patch Week, so my darling [livejournal.com profile] hellbob decided he shouldn't go.

Then last night as he was reading anything new on the internets about The Police he saw that their absolute final last concert together ever was going to be August 7th at Madison Square Garden in New York. And he started to hatch a plan.

So yes, [livejournal.com profile] hellbob will be getting two tickets for that concert tomorrow when they go on sale. He's going to go with [livejournal.com profile] kaldeth. They will fly out the day of the concert and fly back the next day.

Damn expensive concert, but how could I say no to him? He's put up with my James Marsters obsession, after all.

It just seems weird that after rarely flying for vacations in all our time together now we are both going to fly opposite directions without each other!

Of course, he will only get to gaze lovingly upon Sting, Andy and Stewart from afar. I, on the other hand, will most likely get to hug the adorable Mr. Jonathan Coulton. *grin*

I also have to admit to a bit of a twinge of jealousy, as I've already been to Vegas 3 other times (and Hellbob's been twice) but I've never been to New York City! Hardly seems fair seeing as how I'm the one that was born in New York state!
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The tickets for the Coverville 500 concert at the New Media Expo have gone on sale! Unfortunately the cost had to go up to $28 because Brian had to change the venue. :( But $28 is still a bargain for a concert featuring:

Richard Cheese
Jonathan Coulton
Natalie Gelman
The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd
and hosted by Dan Klass

All of you who are going to the NME should come to the show!

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Even though [livejournal.com profile] hellbob won't be able to join me - :( - I'm going out to Vegas in August! I'll be going for the New Media Expo. I'll be doing the free Exhibit Hall and Keynotes Only registration. Since I don't actually do any podcasting, it would be silly to do the full conference registration at $349!
It's gonna be so cool to meet all these people that I know just through podcasts and the internets!
If any of you on my flist are going to be there *looks towards Phoenix* be sure to let me know so we can meet!

But the BEST part of this trip?
The Coverville 500 Concert!
I'll finally meet Brian Ibbott in person after 3 years of email correspondence & keeping his song database for him. The concert he's going to have was the deciding factor in me going out there.
To celebrate episode 500 of Coverville he's hosting a concert of some of the favorite artists who have been played on his show: Richard Cheese, Jonathan Coulton, and Chance. Also, there will be a singer named Natalie Gelman who I haven't really heard. w00t! You know I loves me some JoCo. And Chance does the most awesome cover of Kelis' Milkshake ever!
If you are going to the NME and want to go to the concert, tickets will go on sale on June 1st. It's at a venue down by the MGM, so it's an easy monorail ride down from the Hilton. Only $20!

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Hmmm. I spent the weekend in Vegas, and now that I'm home I had to go to the doctor and I'm on antibiotics.

That makes it sound like a MUCH wilder time than it really was.

The doctor said I probably already had the ear infection before we went and the airplane's pressure changes irritated it.
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The Las Vegas Pic Spam
Part 2
Moose Edition

Moose finds a friend in the Las Vegas airport.
The vacation doesn't start until we get a picture of Moose!

More Moosey goodness under here! )
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The Las Vegas Pic Spam
Part 1
Non--Moose Edition

The Bellagio fountain and Paris casino at night

More pictures under here )
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It's getting late and I'm tired so I'll do a more extensive Vegas pic spam tomorrow. For now, just the Penn & Teller pics:

Teller is just the sweetest man. I thanked him for what he did for Joe and told him how much it meant to all of us.

When I said I needed a picture of Rick with him because Rick is the same height as Penn, Teller insisted that Rick lean on him like Penn always does.

Rick said I turned all giggly fangirl when we talked to Penn. When I told him that I miss his radio show he said he has something really cool in the works.
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I was going t try to get my pictures from vacation ready to post but I'm tired so I'll do it tomorrow. Goodnight m y little minions!
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McCarran Int'l Airport has free wireless!!! W00t!
I'd be doing the dance of happiness if my feet didn't hurt so much!

So, I haven't read LJ since Thursday afternoon. Should we take bets on how far back I'll have to skip? :)

I saw a Cirque de Soleil show.
I won a little money, but I then lost a little more than I won.
I not only saw a Penn & Teller show, but I also got to meet both of them!
I took lots of pictures of Moose
I walked many many miles. It felt like hundreds.

I got to meet [livejournal.com profile] tx_cronopio in person, and I got to see [livejournal.com profile] caoilainn again. We never did get a chance to call [livejournal.com profile] felisblanco though because the time difference to Iceland always made it far too late/early her time to be calling. She might be getting some mail soon though...

So now I'm gonna go see how far back on the flist I have to go, and I'm gonna open stuff in tabs so I can read it while on the plane.
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Tea in the Mojave '07

Attn: [livejournal.com profile] lexinatrix, [livejournal.com profile] caoilainn, [livejournal.com profile] tx_cronopio, and LJ-less Jeanine:

The Police concert date is different than was previously advertised!

It is not June 8th as we were led to believe. It is June 15th!! It is still a Friday night, just a different Friday night!

We didn't even notice this when getting the tickets because we were so focused on actually finding cheap seats that we didn't look at the date!

[livejournal.com profile] lexinatrix

Mar. 10th, 2007 12:22 pm
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We have 4 "cheap seats" for Vegas!
There were none available but we persevered and managed to snag a set of 4 that must have gotten released after someone f'ed up their credit card or something. Yay!

Off to lunch now...


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