Marty, if you walk around town dressed like that, you're liable to get shot
What idiot dressed you in that outfit?
....you did.December 30th 2007
The day started pretty much the same the previous day did, get up, shower, get dressed (like I'll go out in my bed clothes.
and then head to the Hotel's conference room for the second meeting, where we were given a second (in my case) SMF shirt and a little goodie bag with little stuff that I can give to my nephew, and a Worthers Original!
As we arrived at the Studios, I instantly started to think Back to the Future Part 3, and started to sing the Back to the Future theme no apparent reason while talking to pmp6nl, RunicWarrior, IchBin and Thantos throughout.
During a trip through a Haunted Mine late in the thing, we came across various skeletons along the route, I was laughing my ass off the entire time, for two reasons, one, RunicWarrior was making up crap as he went along naming skeletons as team members who weren't in attendance, and how corny the whole thing was. I even went though a second time, and it was just as hilarious.
At dinner, there were various discussions going on, but it was one long table, I mostly talked to RunicWarrior and Thantos, as well as dschwab9 for probably the first time in the entire thing.
Retiring to the room, again, pretty late, I pretty much just passed out after doing a few checks on the theme site.
We never lost a year before and I'll be damned if we lose one on my shiftDecember 31st 2007
New Years Eve, and nothing was going to change in the morning schedule. The usual meeting, most of the stuff that was discussed in this one escapes me now.
Though right from the get go, there was always something on my mind that involved my phone and two parents.
We headed out towards Kartchner Caverns, where we went through a cave. I wasnt really *too* amazed as I had been inside one before when I was ten. I forget the name, but it was in Dorset, and half of that cave was actually flooded but it had an arcade which was pretty neat for a ten year old (in case you're wondering I'm 20 now so it was ten years ago).
Inside the cave, I was cracking jokes with pmp6nl and akabugeyes half the time. Later on Thantos and RickC joined in on the fun during the next exhibit. While waiting for the second trip a team member brought up the Simpsons and being the nerd I am, I went into all trivia mode and everyone was staring at my geekiness.
By the time we got out of the second tour, it was 5.15-ish pm. Later than I expected so I swiftly got out my phone, but no reception. So I waited until we got to Tucson and into a restaurant. Where I had an 8 ounce steak. I like my meat. I also pulled out my phone, and sent a Happy New Year Message to my parents. But only my dad got it.
Later we all went back to the hotel walking. RunicWarrior, Sarge and various other team members went away to celebrate the new year at a club, but I remained behind since I was only 7 months underage, which sorta made me unhappy, so I spent it developing my own project, The Cutest Baby vXI
, Donnie Shobe II and I worked hard trying to get the thing working in IE6, and IE7 but I gave up, and left it.
Eventually Runic returned with a beer for me.
I saw no difference between that one bottle and the other British cans I drank back home, so why on earth is the drinking age 21 rather than 18? Someone should complain to Bush.
Dont worry Bart, I have something to keep you interested, a nickel in a water bottleJanuary 1, 2008
New Year baby, and everything started like normal really, a meeting, this time it was Documentation and Support, with a dash of Customisation thrown in. Runic headed up the Customise team as he was in Contact with winrules more than I was.
We headed out for Breakfast this time, walking, jerm, IchBin, akabugeyes and I sat as a group, IchBin and I were trying to figure out whats up with TCB vXI and he suggested something that I should give a try for IE. We then ordered, and all four of us got Buffets. I had mostly bacon, sausages, and some watermelon (I will always be reminded of my first trip to Greece when I see watermelon and yell out "WATERMELON?! HELLO BOY!" but no one will get the reference except family). akabugeyes and I were talking about stuff, some of it being about 2.0 and Docs on the way back.
We headed back into our rooms and many of us gathered our laptops and microphones/headsets to prepare for the Talkshoe Talk show. The way we ended up doing it was rather bad, but hey, thats only because the wireless network we were connecting to was terrible!
Later, the team headed out, without me, since I don't like Italian food, so I remained behind on the forum and playing Sonic Rivals 2 on my PSP. I ended up getting stuck in a zone as Tails racing against Silver the Hedgehog who was introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
When the team returned it was pretty much same old same old.
Here we are kids, the Grand Canyon.
It's so old and boring, I want a new one, NOW!
Hi, I'm Tom Hanks, and I'm here to tell you all about the NEW Grand Canyon. Coming this weekend, South of Shelbyville and East of Capital City
Thats where Springfield is!
It's nowhere near where anything is or ever wasJanuary 2, 2008
Another day, another long journey, we got up, finalised our packing and headed out towards the Grand Canyon. We stopped of for Lunch, I had a burger where I was talking to pmp6nl and Compuart about stuff, half of which escapes me.
During the trip I had my PSP out and I was playing Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, I made it a decent way in the game, and I also kept getting caught, so I gave up and switched it for The Simpsons Game.
Later on, we stopped at a rest stop to stretch our legs, pmp6nl, JayBachatero and RunicWarrior all ordered 52 oz of mixed smoothies, I however only got a 22 oz Mountain Dew. We kept joking that pmp6nl should change his display name and avatar. Which he did.
Shortly there after, David arrived. Since I was never on the team when he was, it was hard to be able to talk to him. But we did talk later. Sort of.
We later arrived in the Grand Canyon area, as we started to see snow, I was just looking out the window most of the way thinking of stuff and playing The Simpsons Game, Metal Gear Solid and Sonic Rivals 2 on my PSP.
We arrived, and I roomed with BlackMage who pulled out his router and Wii. I've never really been a fan of the Wii since it's name change from the Revolution. The team had Nachos but I dont like nachos so I ignored them and continued doing my thing.
The Grand Canyon... What a.... Grand Canyon. It's about time you called the people closed to you...January 3, 2008
We headed out towards the Grand Canyon itself, but not to actually go down it, that would happen tomorrow. David had a three-set of Walkie Talkies, which were handed out and used for jokes along the way between the two cars.
I didn't realise that you drive pretty much directly next to the canyon rim, and a team member had to point it out to us and lo and behold it was there. From the get go, we split up, a majority of us went to the rim for photos and such including RunicWarior, David, Harro, dschwab9, Thantos, Compuart, akabugeyes, jerm, pmp6nl and myself. Thantos even left an SMF Business Card in one of the Canyon Donation Boxes. hehe. I am not kidding.
While some team members were climbing up and down ledges like yo-yo's I decided to text my mother and have some fun about huge holes. Turns out she wasn't getting my messages, buts what you get with international texting.
Oh well. We took the bus back to the van and headed back to the hotel.
Later at the hotel after coming back RunicWarrior, David, Thantos, Harro and I headed out for a local restaurant and I ordered a 16 ounce T-Bone steak, double that of the last one I had. It was pretty tasty, the others had a pitcher and some Whiskey from Runic but I didn't due to being the youngest of the five. David then for no particular reason started to burn some bread after dipping it in some whiskey. Sadly, it didn't burn.
January 4, 2008
A Lazy day I wanted, and as it would turn out, this wasn't it, the phone rang, it was RunicWarrior, we wanted me out and about to meet some friends of his who were stopping by from Pagan Forum
which I had recently joined. We talked about random stuff.
It came time for the team to head back to the Grand Canyon to hike down, BlackMage and I decided not to go down, so I spent most of the time playing on my PSP, browsing the forum and developing The Cutest Baby vXI, while BlackMage would do the forum thing and play on his Wii.
We both had McDonald's as it was pretty much the only quick place near by. I normally avoid McDonald's because I am aware of how things are done. They could easily tell that I wasn't familiar which how they work due to my accent. The place looked like it was unfinished with all the bare walls.
The team eventually returned, from the looks of it, it was exhausting. But three team members had to remain behind. We all agreed not to talk about it unless it gets brought up by the team members in question. That is their choice and I will honour that. Though I do give my kudos to all the team members who did it.
January 5, 2008
To me, it was a regular day, but to the others it was pretty painful with the amount of pain their legs must have been in. This time, everyone got into the van since it was our last day at the Canyon. We headed back to the canyon for what akabugeyes correctly dubbed as "The Rescue Mission". As we were leaving it was Windy, Raining, Hail and Snow. Though not all that same time.
On the way, I was playing my PSP again
When we arrived, Compuart, RunicWarrior and I headed off into the lodge and then quickly moved to go down the Canyon to meet the others. However due to the weather condition and no grip on my trainers, I couldn't continue far so I retreated. I did feel kinda bummed. I'm used to trekking in poor footwear as I've done all sorts of climbing experiments in my school shoes in the steep hills near the school when I was like 14. But this was taking the cake, so much so that I could fall and kill myself.
We had lunch at the lodge, since it was pointless in wasting fuel in the van and the weather got from bad to worse, I had a brief five minute chat with some other tourists at the Grand Canyon as they were leaving and were quite friendly.
RunicWarrior and Compuart eventually returned but only to buy ice spikes for themselves and the three team members, if I had those, I could've joined them! I had already eaten as well. Oh well. Maybe next meeting of the minds huh.
Eventually, all five returned, and celebrations were in order. The five were soaking wet, and I was getting wet just sitting at the table since the place was leaking! The five orderd, and I had a side of onion rings since I was still hungry. We then headed back to Tucson after that.
We stopped at a gas station on the way back and it was snowing pretty hard, I was happy, and it was very refreshing as it snows rather rarely in London. I bought a packet of Gummi Bears, Some Gummi Worms and a 22oz Mountain Dew again. We stopped off again later, and I bought a packet of Butterfingers, because they used to be advertised by The Simpsons, as there are commercials on my Simpsons DVD's. (Nobody better lay a finger, on my butterfinger). But they tasted terrible and ended up throwing the entire packet away. Along the way, Runic wanted to play The Simpsons Game on my PSP, and used up the last of my battery power, it took him forever to get through the tutorial level the Land of Chocolate. Wow! Chocolate, half price!
Mr. Gadsdon... Mr. Gadsdon...
Huh wha? I'm sorry we were talking about chocolate?
That was ten minutes ago!
We arrived in Tucson again and gave a few overviews on the things that transpired, what we enjoyed, what we weren't expecting and such and then went to our rooms where RunicWarrior and I discussed various stuff for a theme we're going to be working on.
We are experiencing some Godzilla related TurbulenceJanuary 6, 2008
Well, the time has come, time to return home. We left for the airport after getting some breakfast at the same place we was at just six days earlier, and once again, I had buffet. I sat with RunicWarrior this time around as we weren't really talking about much.
At the airport, we checked in using the self check in, Compuart and I could have upgraded to First Class for $90 and it was really tempting, Runic couldn't upgrade because he didn't have the money. BlackMage was also with us, but it turned out that his flight was hours earlier, so he was on Standby for ours, luckily he got it, so I did the Final Fantasy Fanfare to celebrate. He was the only one to recognise it. Later on, akabugeyes showed up after having missed his flight, so he was headed to Chicago. His flight departed shortly before ours did.
Our Flight to Dallas Fortworth went off without many issues, and we said adios to BlackMage. RunicWarrior, Compuart and I wandered around Dallas Fortworth, found our gate to London Gatwick. Once we found that we headed off to Rest rooms and Duty Free where Runic bought a bottle of whiskey.... again.
Our flight to Gatwick board and took off again no issues, so our flights were the only ones not to have any problems. Thankfully. While on the plane, I tried to get some sleep, but was unable to so, I played The Simpsons Game, Sonic Rivals 2, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, listened to the music I had on my PSP and watched one of the in flight movies, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.
Welcome to London folks, local time is....... tomorrow.January 7, 2008
We landed in Gatwick and I was home! Compuart and RunicWarrior still had another leg of their journey yet, thats an advantage I get for living in the city the airport is located in.
We quickly headed down to baggage claim and I gathered a cart, and like most carts these days, they needed a £1 coin to disconnect! Good thing I had one then.
Our luggage came off quite quickly, and we went through to arrivals where my dad and my brother were waiting. I left RunicWarrior and Compuart to go to their next flights and I went with my dad and brother to the car.
Once in the car, my brother phoned my mum and she answered, I said "It's me" and starts screaming in my ear. I was then talking to my dad and brother about the trip, what happened and such. When I got home, I logged on to confirm to the team that we landed in Gatwick safely, early in fact, and then went to sleep in MY bed for the first time in just over a week.
And the rest is... as you say... history.
Gary M. Gadsdon