So, there’s nothing quite like not being able to sleep… and then waking up late as a result, even though you set an alarm to get yourself up. So then your coworker (who, mind you, is brand new, and this is only his second day on the job) has to call you and wake you up. And instead of calling you right away at the start of your shift, he waits around until 20 after – then calls your boss first BEFORE he gets in touch with you…
Nothing quite like that, right?
Anyhow, at least the new kid was cool about it. Kind of. Could have gone without him calling the boss.
So yesterday was a pretty good day. I had my air shift, then went home immediately and slept. Slept hard. Slept until about 3pm, then woke up to see that Wayne’s World was on the air. For the record, Wayne’s World holds the distinction of being my first “favorite movie ever”. When I was a kid, I went nuts for both that movie and the sequel (which actually came on after the first was done – double score!). I even used to have the soundtrack on cassette tape – it was the first cassette tape I’d ever listened to so much that I actually wore the tape completely out so that it wouldn’t work anymore.
Whoa – our station is playing a public service program right now, and the host just told a story about how he was speaking at an old folk’s home. They got to the topic of sex, and apparently a few of the people had been pretty promiscuous. Anyhow, the host basically made an off-color remark about how you could pretty much trace this STD from person to person back to who had it originally in the home.
This host (who will remain nameless) makes off-color comments a lot. He’s a very nice man, but he’s really old, and has a lot of negative qualities that show themselves during the course of each show. To be honest, said comments are probably the most interesting parts of the show, because it’s pretty boring otherwise.
Off the tangent, back to yesterday. Vince came and picked me up around 5, and we went to his house, where Lisa made us all an excellent dinner. Around 7:00 or so, we took off for the Henderson Pavilion. (A little later than I wanted to leave… but a ride is a ride, and it was free food – I’d have to be ridiculous to complain about any of that.) We got to the venue around 7:30, waited in line for about 15 minutes, and at about 7:45 we were in place and ready for the show to start. That show was Video Games Live.
I don’t have the words – it was incredible. I mean, the whole experience was just mindblowing. Seeing something that you’ve held close for a long time put in the spotlight and validated like that; it’s a great experience. Better than I expected, even. There were even a couple times where I got all misty-eyed – it was THAT good. It was really nice to just let go of some of the self-consciousness I had about my love of the hobby and truly enjoy myself in a crowd of people who were there for the exact same reasons I was. I’m imagining that PAX is going to be much the same way… if I make it to PAX. That’s a whole other story for another time.