GenCon 2016

Another GenCon has come and gone as of last week.  This was my 11th year going, and it is just as fun as the first – especially now that we know some tricks.  This year, however, was a bit different in that it was more of a tour of the local eateries and breweries more than games.  We did get in our normal events, but one of my more memorable ones was hitting up 4 different local breweries.  We also added Giordano’s pizza to the list of places we must go for food.  Just dont be in a hurry.  Webber grill was as good always.  We did hit up St. Elmo’s for their world famous shrimp cocktail – and it did not disappoint.

Here are the photos from the week: GenCon 2016 Photo Album

Upcoming Trips

Finally approved, I am heading on 2 different trips coming up in August and September.  In August (3-7) I will be heading up to Indianapolis, IN for the annual GenCon Indy event.  This will mark 11 years for a couple of us, and 10 of others.  It is 4.5 days of gamer heaven with events 24 hours a day starting Wednesday afternoon.  As we plan on being there around 1pm or so (depending on schedules) we will have an epic week.  Then, in September, dad and I are heading to Portland, Maine from the 3rd to the 10th.  Other than some great seafood and a trip down to Glouster, MA for whale watching, we will have plenty of time to see a lot of stuff in that area of the country, and I will be able to knock a few more of the remaining states off my list.  Gonna be some good times coming up!  Now, just have to get some things planned out for Portland.

GenCon 2015

IMG_3394We did it again this year, GenCon 2015 in Indianapolis, IN.  I have been heading up since 2006, and in 2007 a couple of us started going the whole 4 days.  It has been a blast, and an excuse to be a geek and let our inner children run loose for a week.  The core of our group have been getting hotels for the full run since 2008 and this year we are back in the big one.  Some 1100 square foot, 2 bathroom, 2 room behemoth of a room less than 3 blocks away from the convention center at the Hilton.

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Mammoth Cave Trip

IMG_3160So this last weekend I went on a short trip and met up with some good friends of mine down in Cave City.  I rode in from Louisville, they drove their coach in from Bardstown.  We met at Rock Cabin Camping for the Memorial Day Weekend.  I left out a little before 9 AM to meet up around noon.  When we got set up at the campground and headed out to see some sites, namely Diamond Cave, and then grab some picnic in Mammoth Cave National Park.  After that, we went for a nap back at the campground and one of the people there had a couple RC Airplanes, so we had an impromptu air show.  It got a bit late, so we went off to dinner with some other friends before settling in for the night.  Except, there was no settling in on Saturday night.  We had fire dancers and fire works to entertain us for a long while.

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The Infected – A Zombie Web Series

A few years back (2012, for christ’s sake) I was asked to help out with a zombie web series by a friend of mine.  He already had the script ready, a make-up artist and most of the cast already set up.  It was a real mix of people, with some from the RenFair and some from the local MMA crew around Louisville and Lexington.  I was asked to film, and then, once on set, to edit as well.  To be honest, I was more worried about the editing…

It turned out to be a great time and learning experience for me and everyone involved.  I met some great people and new friends and got to participate in making Sean’s vision into a reality.

The Infected Playlist:

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St. Patrick’s Day – Aftermath

Another St. Patrick’s day has come and gone and it was as much fun as I have always remembered it.  The people you see there every year, and it is the only place and time you see them during the year.  You smile, have a polite conversation (usually the same one every year), buy each other a beer and get stuffed on some damn good Irish food.  This year was no different.  I got to the Irish Rover just after noon as we were there until just after 6pm.  From there, we went by another bar, the Barrett Bar to say hi to a few more folks.  Everyone got home safe and sound and was the better for having lived another year.

Below are some photos from our group at the Rover.

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Cabin Weekend!

Yep, another cabin weekend has come and gone.  And as always, much too quickly.  It started as a rainy, swampy Friday, but by Sunday, we were in full on perfect spring.  Much beer was consumed, bourbon was sipped, pipes and other tobacco was smoked and home-made and store bought food consumed.  And good times were had by all.  This trip marks the 15th anniversary of the Cabin Weekends, which started in winter of 2000.  Great friends and great times are had each and every time we all get together.  Cannot wait until the next one!

GenCon Indy 2014

Indianapolis, Indiana.  August 13-17, 2014.  Yep, we went up the day before.  And the day before is quickly becoming Day 1.

Too much fun, yet again.  Save up all year for hotel, events and splurging on huge meals and epic beer.  I have been coming up here since 2005/2006, but only for a day each.  Tim and I have been staying since 2007 and finally everyone else since 2008.  It is one of the best weeks of the year, and a time I schedule around.  For as long as we are able, and the event stays in Indianapolis, we will continue to go.  Hell, we are already planning for next year.

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That’s a Wrap!

So, Louisville’s 48 Hour Film Festival was shot over last weekend.  We started at 7:00 pm Friday night and turned in just after the deadline (technical issues) on Sunday night.  We had a great time with the whole process.  As with all the others I have done it was exciting, exhaust, fun and frustrating, painful and ecstatic.  Yes, it really was all those things.  You really do run the full range of emotional and physical stress as you try and compress what should take weeks to accomplish into all of 48 hours.  Read on to see a synopses of the project.

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World Cup et al.

The World Cup.  Soccer, Futbol, whatever.  Most who know me know I am not a huge sports fan.  I will watch a few NFL games on the TV once in a while, I will go to a baseball game, but wont watch it on TV.  However, there is one kind of sport I love to watch: World Sporting Events.  Things like the World Cup, Olympics (Summer and Winter), X-Games, just to name a few.  This year we have had the Winter Olympics and the World Cup.  I was able to stream both of them whenever I wanted to, it was awesome.  World sporting events are a short time once in a while where people get together to play games and allow politics to take a back seat.  Truly, all of us humans are basically the same when it comes right down to it.  That is what makes these events so much fun.

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