Monday, August 13, 2001

Well, Otakon was certainly interesting.

I was pretty miserable by the time I arrived on Saturday. The factors involved were:

  1. two-and-a-half hour drive to Baltimore
  2. Pouring rain
  3. The large pothole full of water, into which I placed my entire foot, thus soaking my sneaker
  4. The fact that the only parking garage I’d managed to find closed at 8:00, so I was going to have to go back out later in the day to move it to another garage
  5. My fellow con-goers. I don’t know why, but I felt like Otakon had a very high percentage of pathetic fanboys. I felt as though 95% of the people there were obsessed Generation X-ers who like to oggle anime girl breasts or watch Akira a hundred times. This is the first time I’ve had such a serious reaction to a con’s populace.

But the anime music video competition was a lot of fun, and so was the overflow showing where they showed “Deathdance”, my AMV. In fact, “Dathdance” got a very healthy round of applause, which was gratifying.

I realized that I enjoyed myself the most when I was connected with other people. It was only during the AMV contests, where I was part of a clapping, cheering, hooting audience, that I had a good time.

All that aside, Sunday was spent crashing and recharging. I stayed home all day, watching the final disc of Dual! and the first two episodes of Gasaraki, plus a lot of TV. Good stuff there.

And today, I’m…still crashing, kinda. I charged through work in the morning, but now (mid-afternoon) my brain is slowly shutting down, HAL-like.

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