So I went to Pax East again this year

AND HAD A HELL OF A FUN TIME!

Though I had a 3 day pass I really only spent one day at Pax. I spent the rest doing EXACTLY what I wanted. Hanging out with my friends, playing games, drinking beer, eating out(and in!) and generally just enjoying spending time with people I really enjoy spending time with.

Thanks again for having me Chris and Rachel!

Now for the photos:

 

I’ll make a separate post about all the statues/models used at Pax East 2013. I’m always blown away by the work the game manufacturers put into their booths and their statues always impress.

PAX Pix (Boston) Better late than never edition.

So I went to the Penny-Arcade eXchange in Boston this year. I must say I had a great time. If you like to game, I highly suggest you go to one if you can. And I mean ANY kind of gamer, video games, board games, card games you have something going on here to enjoy.

Anyway, this post is about pictures. I didn’t take too many because that’s just the kind of guy I am. I’d rather experience the moment, than try and ‘preserve’ it in photos, but I did take some. Of those I took, only these are worth posting. Most of the rest are a bit blurry. I can’t seem to get the iPhone to focus correctly half the time.

If you really wanna see the rest come visit me at home. I’ve saved them all on the computer.

Sorry it took so long to post these (A WHOLE MONTH?!!?). Between not being ABLE to upload the pictures and then forgetting about it, I took too long. Apologies. ENJOY!

Good Luck!

Friend of mine is leaving the office for another opportunity(that’s just another way of saying he found a better job). Just wanna take the time to say, “Good Luck, Chris”.

Edit: And I just saw a different office mate heading for the door to take his wife to the hospital for the birth of their second child, “Good Luck, Brad and Natalie”.

Hell, in this day and age, we could all use some luck so, “Good Luck to us all”. (With two of our small group now gone from the office we’re gonna need it!)

That left a mark

My ego got hurt yesterday. Nice crushing blow from Staten.

Monday one of the Websphere server applications I’m responsible for stopped accepting input from EPA. I found this odd because nothing had been changed on the server or the application. I check it out. Find nothing wrong with the app. Time passes as I go through everything over and over again. Eventually I figure out the problem is with Websphere and not the application itself. The ‘problem’ was that two of the certificates in the Websphere trust store had expired. I refresh them and everything should be cool. But it wasn’t. Spent the next 2 days trying to figure this out finally going to Staten for help. In ONE HOUR he noticed that some comments in one of the config  files was no longer commented. A quick reboot of Websphere and everything works normally. Most likely I altered the config file myself, before finding the cert. problem, and had been looking at it so much afterward it just blended into the background but still it made me feel like an idiot.

Thanks Staten.

PS: I really do mean thanks to Staten. The rest is just me being an idiot.

Vacation is over /sad face

Well all good things come to an end and so has my vacation. I took Friday off and cut the grass. Dad should show up sometime tomorrow for some parental visitation goodness. In the mean time I shall regale you with tails of my vacation.

After all the excitement of losing (then finding) my wallet all other things pale in comparison, however that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a good time. If you ever find yourself up Boston way I suggest you take the Freedom Trail. It’s cheap and fun, if you enjoy history even a little bit. I always get a kick out of seeing ‘Old Ironsides‘ though it was closed for repairs this time around. Instead we spent a little time exploring the “USS Cassin Young” a WWII destroyer that sits nearby free for all to explore.

We spent some time in Portsmouth looking at all the nice homes. Had an excellent ‘Dreamsicle’ shake there. On another day we did some hiking at ‘the flume‘ in New Hampshire which I think the Missus really enjoyed. Was a nice fun hike. But after doing so much walking and traveling we decided it was time to chill out, so we enjoyed a couple of ‘stay at home’ days and just played the hell out of some board/party games. My good friends had just purchased ‘Small World‘ and we played the hell out of that game. We must have played at least 4-6 games during our visit. I believe that it and it’s expansions will make for many a fun game night in the future as well. We played around an hours worth of ‘Tomb‘ before deciding we hated it and simply quit. Note to AEG, “INSTRUCTIONS ARE IMPORTANT!!!! If your instructions suck ass your game will suck ass as well”. Do I need to mention that we felt quite sure the game SUCKED ASS after two party wipes and my party down from 5 to 1 from just one room.  Other older games that we’ve played forever were enjoyed as usual, “Qwirkle” plus it’s derivative “Qwirkle Cubes” (I like the original better), some “Pandemic” which hallelujah we finally beat and “Carcassonne Hunters/Gatherers“.

After a lot of gaming we decided we needed to get out, so we got tickets to see ‘oVo‘. If you are a Cirque fan, and I definitely am, then you go and see any new show when you can. OVO was expensive, as all Cirque shows are, and we paid a premium to be in the front row. My friend is 6’7″ he NEEDS his leg room, but all of us felt it was well worth it. I really enjoyed the show, even though they had to stall the program for around 10 minutes because of a sound system failure. Personally the Diabolos guy is my hero for performing with the entire sound system squelching an ear piercing feedback loop at 11. Plus because it happened toward the beginning of his routine we were able to watch his whole act a second time. Good job dude!

The traffic during the trip back home after oVo must be discussed in this entry. IT.WAS.HORRIBLE! We got out of the show around 11 took a walk and then took over 2 hours to get well out of Boston because of all the traffic caused by construction. One of the MAJOR freeways was down to one lane (THE BREAKDOWN LANE at that). We were all overjoyed to find a 24hr McDonald’s on the way home for something, anything, to eat. It’s amazing how good a McNugget can taste, when you haven’t had anything to eat since 7 and it’s now 2 AM.

All in all I must put a HUGE shout out and thank you to my good friend for putting me up and putting up with me and the wife for this trip. THANK YOU!

If there is ever anything you need down here in the land of the burning sky (its HOT out there folks) just let me know and I’ll do my very best to make sure you have as comfortable and fun a trip as we did.

This was a GREAT vacation. Work is gonna suck after this.

Vacations are exciting

So, whats the most exciting point of the vacation so far? The flight? The midnight drive to my friends house? Taco Bell? No it happened just as we were about to play mini-golf!

Yesterday, we decided to see the matinee showing of ‘Inception’ at the local Imax. We swug by early to get the tickets then to Wendy’s for a quick lunch. Turns out Wendy’s has been replaced by a combo KFC/Taco Hell Bell. I had to try out the double down, what with living dangerously and all. It was an interesting ‘sandwich’, but nobody cares about that get to the ‘exciting’!

After our tasty lunch we watched the movie, which we all enjoyed greatly. Good movie! Glad to see the ‘kid’ from “3rd Rock from the Sun” getting a good part. Good for him! hmm? What? oh..yeah..the point. the point.

Anyway, after the movie we headed out for some mini-golf so the Wife and I can show all these Yankees hows it’s done. I reach back to pay our share and ….I freak the HELL OUT!!! Why? My wallet is NOT on my person! We quickly go back to the KFC/TB to see if it’s there. I have visions of having to go dumpster diving looking for my wallet. It’s.NOT.THERE!

We go back to the theater which is now starting to let patrons into the theater for the next viewing. The cleaning crew had found nothing but I still saw cups and shit under the seats so we asked for a flashlight. We went strait to the correct seat and HALLELUJAH my wallet sat safe under my seat in a nice sticky spot. I could kiss it!

Losing my wallet then finding it is about as exciting a vacation as I can handle. Let’s get back to just zip-lining down a mountain or something more relaxing please!