Triple the birthdays, double the humidity, single the ferris wheel, and zilch the Disney...
It's gonna be Ninjapenguin, Sylvar, and Ssd's birthdays, so lets get down to it!
(Well, it could be a
double noder birthday bash if one of the birthday people can't make it, but still, its damn impressive... and it's also serving as a gathering.) The Central Florida E2 Cabal and those who gave birth to Sylvar, Ninjapenguin, and Ssd should be thanked.
When was it?
August 24th, 2002 @ 2pm
Where was it?
Who showed up:
Skweejeepusher + 1
The Hoary Aftermath
The gas guzzling logistical nightmare that was the The First Ever E2 Triple Noder Birthday Bash (and Central Florida Cabal gathering)! didn't end all that badly. Ironically enough it was triple the birthdays and double the humidity.. but there was no ferris wheel and we were way too close to Disney. The original plan was to meet at a go kart place on International Drive, then go eat someplace, and then go back to my place. It didn't quite end up that way. The only place suggested to me to eat was in Celebration, FL. Though I was wary, I put it on the list by default. I received a message from Bluedragon late Friday afternoon saying that she was staying at a hotel on I-Drive and couldn't find the go kart place where we were supposed to meet.
In an insane fit of panic, I talked to Apatrix, who gave me a call and helped me figure this all out. Eight P.M. Friday night I was /msging everyone to let them know that he original meeting place may not exist at all. (Note to self.. don't offer to plan a gathering when I have a vacation coming up and school starting.) We decided after a lot of hyperventilating (on my part) and alot of "my god I can't believe Xplace is that far!" (on his part) to meet at the Orlando Ale House because A. its a common meeting ground and B. it worked out pretty well March 18, 2002. Little did I know that most people weren't planning on showing up that early. Whoops!
Skweejeepusher, Ssd, Servo5678, a friend and I showed up at the Ale House at 2:00. After a bit, Gamaliel and friend made what was to be one of many short appearances throughout the day. We sat... we waited.. and slowly I got calls and made calls and realized that very few people were going to show up to this part of the gathering. Skweejeepusher, Ssd, and Servo4568, and our non-noder friend decided to go to a theme park type place down the street, I stayed because the Thedeadguy showed up.
Soon Apatrix (+1) showed up and the four of us hung out until it was time to leave for Celebration. Thedeadguy wasn't feeling well and had a hell of a day, so he decided to stay behind. He was missed and wished well. After a haphazard follow the leader situation on the way to Celebration, we finally made it. (I was informed that everyone in Celebration has a poodle, and there are no mosquitoes. Both of these things appeared to be true.) I'd have to say that the funniest thing ever was when Eviltemptress gave us appliances for our birthday (I got a vacuum, ssd got a microwave, and Sylvar got a spare tire) and we all were walking down the streets of Celebration holding them. I'm sure that didn't look suspicious at all. Wait till the pictures come out.
At the restaurant, Sylvar offered us a bigger and potentially less college oriented (I live in a college owned condo complex) place to party... but it was in Lake Mary. I had all the supplies at my house, so again it was another driving adventure to go get that on the way. Upon arriving in the third county we were in that day, we got settled for about 30 min. and then were asked to go due to unforeseen sorority related emotional anguish (see Sylvar's aftermath write-up). After getting the supplies back to my house again, the 11 that were left trecked back for beer, chips, silliness, and good conversation. Apatrix was made the creepiest noder in the absence of thedeadguy, but I mayhaps the title be returned at the next gathering. The entire thing was an adventure, and I'm grateful to everyone who made it and helped me out!
Thank you to (in no particular order): Skweejeepusher for the ride to the gathering in the first place.
Apatrix (+1) for driving all over and helping me plan this whole thing. Sorry some of it was put upon you.
Bluedragon (+1) for taking time out from their vacation to meet us all.
Panamaus for the card plus more, plus coming all the way. It was a pleasure having you and Swankivy over.
Czeano and Eviltemptress for stopping in on the way to MD and Eviltemptress for giving me a vacuum (which was a source of much suggestive joking later that evening)