I walked back to my hotel room to rest, eat a snack, and relax for a bit before the Parsec Awards. Since the awards presentation was a formal occasion, I also wanted to put my robe on for it. When I was ready, I walked back to the Hyatt and found the ballroom we were using. I hung out and talked with Scott some more while waiting to be let into the room.
The awards presentation was fun, but the best part was talking with everyone afterward. It was great to see Chuck again; he and Kreg did an excellent job hosting the awards ceremony. I also met two of the guys from VOG Network, which is where I’m told several members of the former Farpoint Media podcast network ended up migrating their shows to. We had a very productive and encouraging discussion, in which I learned that one of the podcasting projects I really want to do (an audio drama) just happens to be one of the types of content they don’t have yet, and would really like to. I definitely plan on getting involved in the network. I can’t promise anything yet, but I think I may finally find the inspiration and motivation I need to get that second season (and maybe even further seasons!) of The Questors from Effpiem off the ground.
The only reason I declined the invitation to go and have sushi with the Parsec crew was that I had already made plans to meet one of my friends from the Omaha area for dinner at the food court. I was excited to tell him about my award. He was very happy that I’d won, and took this excellent picture of me. (Yes, I did get his permission to re-host and repost this picture.)
After that, it was off to another night of gaming with part of the Dog Days of Podcasting crew. I met up with Dave, Ken, and Charlotte in the board gaming room at the America’s Mart building, which was just across the skybridge from the Westin.
Dave and I had time to kill while waiting for Ken and Charlotte to finish the other game they were in, so I recruited Dave to help me stage the one last photo I really wanted to get while I was still wearing my Jedi costume. I decided to stage it at the Westin’s hotel bar, because out of all the hotel bars at the con, I liked its atmosphere best. Dave had never seen Attack of the Clones, though, so I explained that what I was doing was re-creating one of the scenes from it. (This is one of my favorite moments from that movie, and one of my absolute favorite Obi-Wan moments on the big screen.)
We didn’t actually say the lines; we just posed while another con-goer took the picture. The drink I have there is Curacao, Sprite, and pineapple juice; the bartender said, “Here’s your Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster,” at which I laughed and said, “You get the big tip of the night for that one.” (And I did tip well.) The picture and the drink were absolutely worth the money. I wasn’t allowed to take alcohol outside of the Westin building, so I sat and finished my drink before rejoining my friends in the board gaming room.
My podcasting friends and I played three rounds of Cheapass Games’ “Before I Kill You, Mr. Spy…” The theme of the game is that you, the player, are a supervillain building a lair, and have to capture and/or kill spies who sneak into it. Between the game’s theme, the alcohol, and the fact that I was still wearing my Jedi robes, it was really easy for me to switch from playing Obi-Wan Kenobi to playing the most classically supervillain-esque character in the Star Wars universe, Count Dooku. I read all the ‘taunt’ cards in the game in my terrible attempt at a British accent and provided color commentary on my other moves in the same way, which made the game a lot of fun. We played three rounds before we all decided to call it a night.
The day had just been overflowing with awesome experiences, and I decided I wanted to cap it off with some appropriate music, so I used my iPod touch to grab the medal ceremony track from A New Hope off of the iTunes store, and played it through my earbuds as I walked back through the Westin and up to my room. It was the perfect way to end the greatest day I’d ever had at a convention.