The second year of Frolicon caught us by suprise. It was not only bigger this year but at a hotel not even a mile from my apartment. So we just had to go.
Soni originally planned to come up with her two friends via car but they tapped out last minute so she took Amtrak trains. About noon Thursday she gives me a call saying that during one of the train's many "breaks" it had pulled off and left her in Mississippi. She was a good halfway between new Orleans and here with no luggage other than her phone and a credit card.
She managed to find that greyhound would be willing to drive her the rest of the way but id need to pick up her luggage. With a lot of convincing she got them to say I could pick up all of her stuff, as her ID and other things were all on her carry on items. I had been at college when I got a unknown caller leaving a message of "Hey yo you got some important people this side of the phone you need to call back". Unfortunately my phone battery was about as dead as Sonis phone and I didn't have a number to call back. Left school and headed to the train station. On the way there another "Unknown" call came in and I couldn't receive it for some reason. When there I charged my phone to find out Ichi left a message
"I'm at the citco on holcolm bridge. I cant get into your gated neighborhood. been tryin to get ahold of you dude, I'm outta change". I called my roommates to go meet him but no avail, he wasn't at the Citgo anymore. I had them wait for him in case he came back. Didn't help that I didn't know what car he drives or how to describe him or where they could call him without a cell. The luggage arrived, bright and pink as ever as I nervously admitted I was picking it up and got a few snickers. Soni arrived shortly after that at greyhound and some people were nice enough to let her use their phone to tell me when she had arrived. I made two wrong turns on the way home. First going south on 85 instead of north and then again on jimmy carter going the wrong direction. It was nearly two hours later that we arrived at Taco Bell only to find out they were completely out of Zesty Nachos and Chalupas.
Just as I got home Ichi called from the con and I let him know that I WAS home now and to head over and meet at the gate. I pulled a humpty dumpty and jumped off the wall of my apartment which twisted it a little, but we made it back and Ichi summed up what he saw from the con thus far.
we hadn't missed a thing.
Ichi managed to get in somehow and didn't see much going on. very few people there and the Viking party wasn't all that. Katie was the only person who knew me and security there was Water-Tight.
I told him to go ahead and setup at my place while we go explore the con. Mike, K', and Soni came with me and Soni got a badge and scouted the place. Ling had been in full force that night with the Viking theme. his beard was scruffy as hell, and he was drinking this awesome honey alcoholic mix. Soni scouted out the convention area and admittingly it was pretty boring so we headed up to the room parties. D and Ling got into an almost drunken fight in the lobby when Ling yelled out "Dussttinn is a douuucchheebaagg". They talked it over before either of them got too retarded and had a real fight though.
Back at Farshad's there were plenty of familiar faces here and they had loud Viking music going. We caught some British girl and a guy taking pictures using my camera and had some of the poorly mixed cooler stuff, but since I worked the next day we left around then.
Soni called the next day saying that Farshad wanted to go for lunch at a Persian restaurant. I was able to get Soni in time but by the time we arrived everyone had left, and her phone still didn't have enough charge on it for us to tell the group to wait. So we decided instead to go over to The Real Chow Baby. That got nixed too when we learned they're open until 3 but they close between then and 5. I called Alex and he recommended us a place Figo which was exactly where we were on Howell Mill when we called so we ate there. Really nice Italian food and it was unique in that you order your meal and the sauce in two separate portions. My order of mushroom ravioli with mushroom sauce was a bit overkill and Soni had too many noodles but Alex's spinach dish was the best.
We spent the rest of the day getting my car back and watching movies at Alex's and didn't get back home until late around 10pm. Thankfully today we were able to get a humongous plate of Nachos over at Willys.
a text message I sent to my roommate read "Where can I buy socks and clear tape at this hour?" we also needed a purple gel pen as well, but that's not the point. publics, CVs, and every store we needed to be open wasn't. liquor stores were still serving though so we got some patron, vodka, and a cool little flask. A 24 Hour Walgreen's was still around so we managed to find everything there and while waiting saw SNOW, yes snow in Georgia out of freakin nowhere. This had been the first time my Cali roommates had ever seen it so they were drunk with happiness. Happy with drunkenness, whatever
Red Roof just a few blocks down the street from the Hilton accommodated us. Alex had done several (read: Free) satellite repairs for the owner in the past so his time to use the free night's stays were now. We got a first floor room , checked in and headed back to the con. We went to lings room this time and now his beard was totally gone. To everyone that met him last night he was a completely different person. his setup was as cool as ever, with nothing but top shelf alcohol. we even made our own concoction which we named Curb Stomp (GoW reference). Ling was playing some freezepop too so we chilled there before heading back to the parties. Boozepack had some kind of lesbian makeout thing going on now involving people whooping them on by giving them "Booty". "Booty" came in a form of plastic coins given to Frolicon virgins; this replaces Fantasm's "Cherries" because we all know Fantasm and Frolicon are nothing alike. Boozepack was also handing out some amazing jello shots, the best being blue and chilled. Can't say it helped much for the hotel carpet, especially after some gay dude spilled a bunch of them all over it.
I had to be the hero that night as I stayed relatively sober for my 9am class, but everyone was blasted so I drove them back to the hotel and headed home afterward.
Saturdays class went really well debating over whether we should debate Global Warming or Legalization of Marijuana. The class voted marijuana until they found out that half of the class would have to argue Against legalizing it. Global warming it was. I went to McDonalds afterward and got a snack wrap, fries, 10-pc mcnugget and a large sprite for Soni and I to eat. She was starving and we spent the next few hours sleeping and watching bad movies (Hoot) on the hotel tv's limited 12 channel selection. There was no diet coke in the hotel or panera bread for some reason despite Georgia being the home of the Coke factory but Panera bread had some amazing soup which got us ready to go back to the con again. Alex and Soni headed off while I waited on the roommates to arrive with pajamas and beer.
t the con we chugged some beer and took some with us. I went down to the convention area several times that night only to return back to the party rooms upstairs. The bar downstairs was also insanely priced at around 4 dollars a beer and six dollars for a mixed drink. The dance was still being setup too and although it had a nice glow in the dark setup, nobody was there. The Dance Off With Your Pants Off event was really funny. Ling, PhotoGnome, and two others got to host it and it was basically a striptease contest. Soni was making really funny comments screaming for everyone to vote for Katie. Katie's performance was definitely the best! She had "Snakes On A Plane" as her theme song and even though she didn't strip nude, her performance and sexiness definitely won everyone over. A guy even entered and got boo'd off. Shortly after announcing the winner (KATIEEE) I witnessed her boyfriend and another guy almost get into a fight. Security responded pretty well and they separated the two and minutes later they were friends and saying they were off to o drink, yay.
Bellydancing was now going on in boozepack and the room was getting way stuffy. D had me open one of the doors and mark it as exit only. the toilet had now become overflowed too so the entire area had to be quarantined and blocked off. Bellydancing wasn't that amazing but it got its audience. Fershad's party room idea was "Seven Deadly Sins". Each room would have one or two sins themed to it. The Greed room had fake paper money scattered everywhere and a stripper pole in the center. The "Gluttony" room had a girl laying down in the room with food on her and people would eat off her. Another room had a Hawaiian theme and there was a VIP room at the end. Ironically the "Sloth" room was left unopened and everyone said they were to lazy to open it. Vortex showed up in a full banana hammock Borat costume, definitely the best one of the con! Very Nice! The jello shots passed around this floor were horrible and way too tough to chew. Soni actually threw a few into the crowd after attempting to chew on them. I left her to take mike and karissa back to their car. Alex was pretty much done with the night as well. We caught Ichi lateron with his 3 friends walking around and he seemed pretty happy they finally arrived. Soni by now had completely passed out in the Sloth room with some of her friends in it. Amber was now wearing Ross's shirt doing funny impressions of him. They tried moving her but she wouldn't budge. When I vouched for her as the caretaker they said they were going to be getting busy and the room and needed her out of it anyway. Luckily she had enough in her to make it out to the car and back into the hotel.
The next morning I picked up my ROOTS hoodie and Tiger Super Shoes I had left in lings room as well as Soni's flask which was pointless since it had already served its purpose. Ling actually cleaned up his room really well before leaving it, bagging up the bottles and generally making it much easier for any hotel maids; nice. We ate at some Mexican taco place which filled us up then went over to Ikea the rest of the day.
"i feel sorry for anybody who's not me"
"cosplay in the 70's, on their webpages"
"sending a kid to school with abacus and sailor suit, serial killer"
"captain f*#king douchebag"
"Why didnt you walk up to kinkos earlier"
"1000 word essay for free"
"they know my name and face"
"filthy assistants" [transmetropolitan]