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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Escalator Spinning

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Internet People IRL

Before Vidcon I knew who was going to be there that I really wanted to spend a lot of time with. The people I have known for years and never got an opportunity to meet were coming and I wanted to maximize my time to be with them.

Now, let me tell you something about me. I don't buy into hype that other people follow. If I hear something about someone or some group of people, I don't usually believe it until I see it myself.

That being said, I wanted to spend time with a few people I had never met but thought I knew well. One of them I had spent time with at another gathering and I thought we were pretty close.

After meeting this group, I tried to stay close to them because I knew this weekend was IT. The only time I know I'd be able to see them.

The group took off at random times, and the conversation I ended up having with them was never over 10 minutes long. When they left I was obviously not invited and I didn't see them for most of the event. It was always the group of 3. When I saw them I tried to get the attention of my "close friends" and was ignored most of the time.

Normally this won't bug me, except for the fact that before this we had a sort of bond. One where you know the other person and enjoy their company (online.)

Now there are two types of people I met. There was this one group and then the group who I will be happy to name off!

Toriano (DJTLaC) and Nikki (psush_girl) were some of the first people I ever really talked to on BlogTV.com. Toriano and I have had our ups and downs, and periods of time where we were angry at each other (over a person) and knew that our anger would not last forever. I won't get into that story, but you can check it on his blog.

We clicked almost immediately at Vidcon. They're the same people as they are online and as fun as ever. I enjoyed meeting them and hope to see them in the future.

As for the other group...I'll keep them at arm's length. Trust is big with me, I can't trust someone who say they want to spend time with me and when the opportunity presents itself they take off and do their own thing for the whole event.

They know exactly who they are. I don't think they should be ashamed of themselves, they are who they are. Just know that people notice little things like what you did at this event.

Pre-Vidcon

Day 1: I woke up, did somethings around town and prepared to be gone for a few days.

I drove out to the event and found out that parking was going to be some ridic price I can't pay. So I tried to find out who could pick me up from Venice.

I was trying to make this work because Faris/Kimmi had luggage at LAX and I would have to wait an hour and a half in order to be picked up. At this point I had been driving around LA looking for parking and was exhausted. I didn't want to do anything and was going to just go on home.

My will to do anything was shot due to the frustration and rage I had developed being constantly in traffic. I was convinced to turn back and Derek would pick me up from his place. So I drove around again looking for parking in that area and it wasn't much better than LA itself. I waited, waited waited and decided to text to find out where they were.

Hadn't left yet. Again I wanted to leave and just go home but was convinced to wait it out. Eventually I got picked up, did the quick trip to LAX and we were on our way.

I got to the event and went inside only to realize I left my phone in the car. I went back with the Valet slip to collect my phone. I could have just gone with the guy to grab it since I knew where it was but Mr Can't Speak English said to stay there. I waited over 2 hours to get my phone. I missed Audrey because apparently she was leaving as I was waiting.

Things just weren't going right for me at this point. I finally got up to the room and got situated with everything but it seemed like a recipe for disaster.

After that most of the event was awesome, my lack of a pass didn't really stop me from being with everyone else due to me being AsianGlow for some of the time. I stuck with Phil/Charles for some of the time and they brought me along for some awesometastic fun.

Day 1 ended with me passed out on Dave's floor mumbling things that were hilarious according to those around me. This was the only time I got sleep at the event.