PAX East 2011: Settling In

By Shamus
on Mar 10, 2011
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We set out before dawn, sloshing through the icy rain that afforded the approximate visibility of a trip trough the car wash. It’s a 600 mile journey (my metric is a bit rusty, but I think that works out to be about 1,276.3 litres) from Pittsburgh to Boston. We were headed east. So was the rain. Around mid-day we found ourselves ahead of the mess and we saw dry pavement for the first time in nearly a week.

The trip took about ten hours. Slower than flying, but it was hundreds of dollars cheaper and nobody tried to unshoe me in public and play with my junk. I’m now typing this post on a laptop with a missing ‘H’ key, an unreliable ‘B’, and an infuriating habit of randomly doing a [home] or [up arrow] right in the middle of typing a sentence, for no damn reason in the world. If this computer was voice activated, it would have tried to go screw itself six times during the typing of this paragraph alone.

Note that the picture above is misleading to the point of propaganda. My wife snapped it during a very uncharacteristic moment where I’d stopped making scowly faces and swearing for a nanosecond to contemplate how much I was enjoying reaching the end of a day with my junk un-fondled.

Still no plan for PAX tomorrow, other than the fact that I will be in the Wyvern Theatre from 9:30pm – 11:30pm for the Escapist Movie Night. The crew of LoadingReadyRun, will be in the same room as myself, MovieBob, Susan Arendt and Greg Tito. I can’t promise we won’t just form a super-team and leave the theater to fight crime, so attend at your own risk.

Fun fact about our hotel room: All of the outlets in the bedroom are governed by a light switch. The same switch that controls the lights. There’s an alarm clock in the room, but it turns off as soon as you turn off the light. The only way to have the clock keep proper time is to put it in the other room, which already HAS a clock.

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  1. thebigJ_A says:

    Welcome to Boston!

  2. Sydney says:

    That was oddly Bill Bryson-esque. I approve.

  3. Agnara says:

    Be careful with your use of the word ‘junk’, someone might get the wrong idea. =P

    “[…]Nobody tried to unshoe me in public and play with my junk.”

    “My wife snapped it during a very uncharacteristic moment where […]I was enjoying reaching the end of a day with my junk un-fondled.”

    • Bobby Archer says:

      Based on modern American airport-screening procedures, I’d call the word “junk” appropriate by just about any definition.

    • I’m pretty sure that’s the intended idea actually, considering the treatment airport security has been giving passengers lately. Apparently the words “intimate” and “personal” have no meaning to them.

    • cadrys says:

      Have you read anything about the TSA lately? His use of ‘junk’ was perfectly accurate.

    • Agnara says:

      Sorry about that, it was a reading comprehension fault of my own, not being a native English speaker I read through it quicker than I should have. My post would have made sense if that last word was “unfolded”, in this case referring to his baggage. I was (thinking I was) pointing out that the sentence could be read wrong if you read it in its two different meanings.

      Sorry for the inconvenience.

      • Agnara says:

        Wow… I’m messing up my explanations, I’m missing a ‘do not’ in that last sentence in the first paragraph…

      • Jarenth says:

        The third paragraph ends with “…to contemplate how much I was enjoying reaching the end of a day with my junk un-fondled.“. That pretty much implies one of the two possible meaning of ‘junk’ as being the correct one, to stay PG.

  4. Kirin says:

    You should think about re-taking your icon picture, I’ve hardly recognized you in these new photos!

  5. MOM says:

    Dave starts a two week _ vacation on Saturday. I wish I could drag him on an adventure. Suggestions welcome.

  6. SpammyV says:

    That picture makes you look almost… maniacal. Dark room, hunched over a computer, mussed up hair, beginnings of a goatee…

    Shamus are you turning evil on us? Because you’re actually genre savvy enough for that to be dangerous.

  7. Gamercow says:

    You look much more like a “Shamus” in that pic.

  8. ngthagg says:

    If you do get that crime fighting group together, we’ve got some storms up here in Canada that I’m pretty sure are not ordinary.

  9. Desgardes says:

    OH, that picture cinched it. You totally look like a Jeremy Renner in between roles. Like, you are just hiding out in your bungalow, presumably mainlining heroin. D: It’s so awesome.

  10. Henebry says:

    I’ve had that problem in hotel rooms. The secret is to leave the light switched on and turn it off at the lamp—whether by a lamp switch or (if needed) unscrewing the lightbulb.

  11. wtrmute says:

    1276.3 L to go 600 miles? That gives your car about 0.76 km/L. You might want to have that engine looked at, son ;-)

  12. Julia says:

    Good photo. Compliments to the photographee and the photographer!

  13. SolkaTruesilver says:

    Oh… You chose today of all days to mention Boston to a Montrealer (me)… :-(

  14. Dante says:

    With the beard, you look like LRRs Grahams older brother

  15. Mari says:

    I thought junk fondling was a perk for which it was worth paying hundreds more ;-) I’m not much of a flier myself. I don’t dislike it (or course, I haven’t done any flying since TSA got very cozy with everybody’s private parts) but 3/4 of the fun of a trip for me is the journey. I’m not so much on “destination vacations.” I’d rather just road trip.

    I bet it was doubly fun for you two since you haven’t been away alone in so long. All that wonderful car time to chat makes the miles pass faster and funner (and yes, I just did that to the English language).

    • Mari, we actually finally got to listen to Ender’s Game (I have spent several years trying to convince Shamus to take the time to read it. :)) And I am totally with you on road trips–LOVE them. And if you ever decide to visit Western PA let us know–we live in a great little hicktown.

  16. Gantidae says:

    I still can’t reconcile the pictures of Shamus that I’m seeing now with the profile picture and my mind’s eye.

    That hotel room lighting system is ridiculous. Unless there is some local electrical code that somehow allows such shoddy work that is against the NEC. Tell me the bathroom at least has a GFI.

  17. eric says:

    Daww, he’s sho cute. ^___^

  18. Ian says:

    Fun fact about our hotel room: All of the outlets in the bedroom are governed by a light switch. The same switch that controls the lights. There’s an alarm clock in the room, but it turns off as soon as you turn off the light.

    I was in a place like that. I literally spent the first night trying to figure out which outlet wasn’t tied to the switch. I finally gave up when I realized that the only outlet that wasn’t wired to the switch was clear on the other side of the room and just decided to use my cell phone as my alarm.

  19. TheDefenestrator says:

    Make sure to check out SpyParty!

  20. Of course now it is the goal of all the fans at PAX to go for your junk…..
    Hide the junk!!!!!

  21. Varewulf says:

    You’re such a troll, Shamus. :P

    But seriously, I hope you enjoy your time there. :)

  22. Raynooo says:

    “my metric is a bit rusty, but I think that works out to be about 1,276.3 litres” Stop trolling us !!!

    I guess to you guys 600 miles is something almost usual but I would have to cross my entire country diagonally to travel this much. Hope your gas isn’t as expensive as ours !

    • parkenf says:

      Metric wise if you’re travelling 600 miles in 10 hours, at that rate my little german car (big enough for a family of 4 with luggage, though the biggest non-stop journey we do at the moment is 3 hours, so we’d probably want something bigger and hungrier for your journey) would manage about 300 miles on 40 litres, so about 80 litres in total. Admittedly it is super efficient car but… I suspect you were exaggerating for comic effect.

      • Sumanai says:

        I’m pretty sure Shamus used litres themselves as a joke, and not as a “traveled X miles and spend Y litres”. Maybe next time he should use miles to cubic metres and see if then everyone gets the joke.

        But then everyone will chime in on that cubic metre is actually a unit of volume, not distance.

      • Raynooo says:

        Was… Was that a reply to me or Shamus ?

    • Robyrt says:

      Yeah, I thought that number was pretty high, too. Then I realized it took Shamus 300 miles just to get across the state of Pennsylvania.

      …I’m glad I live so convenient to the airport.

  23. Wolfwood says:

    HF at the show. wish i was there. Didn’t expect the Weekend pass to completely sold out so quickly :( Its not even too long a trip to go there from NYC

  24. ccesarano says:

    My wife snapped it during a very uncharacteristic moment where I’d stopped making scowly faces and swearing for a nanosecond to contemplate how much I was enjoying reaching the end of a day with my junk un-fondled.

    Your wife is doin’ it wrong.

    In all seriousness and stepping back over that line I just crossed, I REALLY am regretting being unable to go to PAX. It was like a perfect storm of circumstances. I had to take three days sick a few weeks ago, my Check Engine light came on Wednesday (turned out my gas cap was loose. Hurray for panic!), and I was enlisted last week to help a team debug a project that is behind schedule, meaning taking off this week after being sick would have been doubly bad.

    But reading this…

    Still no plan for PAX tomorrow, other than the fact that I will be in the Wyvern Theatre from 9:30pm – 11:30pm for the Escapist Movie Night. The crew of LoadingReadyRun, will be in the same room as myself, MovieBob, Susan Arendt and Greg Tito. I can’t promise we won’t just form a super-team and leave the theater to fight crime, so attend at your own risk.

    That’s just salt in the wound. Throw in the Extra Credits guys and I may as well shoot myself.

  25. Vyolynce says:

    I’m now typing this post on a laptop with a missing ‘H’ key, an unreliable ‘B’, and an infuriating habit of randomly doing a [home] or [up arrow] right in the middle of typing a sentence, for no damn reason in the world.

    My home laptop does the random repositioning of the cursor thing when typing as well. I find that disabling the touch pad prevents this. Might not be your problem, but if it’s an option it could be worth a try.

  26. Integer Man says:

    Totally thought that picture was of Conan at first glance.

  27. RichVR says:

    Um, Shamus? You’re in a hotel room. Leave a wake up call with the front desk. You don’t need a clock. The phone ringing will work just fine. Then turn off the lights and the clock.

  28. Who’s the scruffy guy in the picture?

  29. Gordon says:

    wait, you’re laptop is missing the h key too?

    HOLD ME, KINDRED SPIRIT!

  30. Deadpool says:

    The pannel was awesome, even if Shamus was a bit quiet at times. Btw, I am SO glad I’m not the only one with a filthy filthy mind. Nice meeting you, hope you have oodles of fun at Pax and am now looking even more forward to next season of Spoiler Warning…

  31. Silly and/or stupid question – How much was taking the train in comparison to driving (asking as a fan of traveling by train).

  32. Eljacko says:

    Shamus, you’ve lost weight! And gotten hairier!

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