Activision. Dinner was held at the swanky DC3 restaurant which
was steps away the office. The buffet was a passing memory because
I was anxious to start gambling. Yep, that's right. They had one
of those kooky fake-money casinos going and we each got $300 to
blow. Well, I sidled up to a blackjack table and went through
my money pretty quick. Ah but, "it's just fake money!"
I kept screaming to myself.
DJ appeared and the dance floor lit up like a Turkish bazarre.
I hit the floor with Anna Kang, Lowtax (formerly of PQ), David
(id Software's tourmeister), and a couple other hip Activision
people. Lowtax and I showed `em what dancing is all about. We
were up, we were down, we were all over that grooving scene in
what was either the most fantastic demonstration of hip hop ever,
or the most embarrassing display of two grown men trying to look
cool. But Anna kept laughing so I think we were doing okay.
a funny tale. I asked one of the waitresses if she would be dancing,
and when she responded that she had to work otherwise "would
love to!", I grabbed her tray, shouted, "Ok go!"
and proceeded to race around the tables collecting empty bottles
and glasses. Well she almost screamed but chased me for a good
2 minutes before she caught me and her tray (I was going pretty
fast). But now she knows. Never bluff the Radmeister.
I dug up another $300 (now THAT doesn't happen everyday does it)
so I hit the blackjack tables again. With only minutes to spare,
I decided to see how quickly I could lose the money. I kept dropping
$100 chips on other folks' bets, including loonyboi, Blue, Sharky,
and a few others, but danged if I just could not lose everything.
end we got tickets based on how much money we had won, and there
was this big prize giveaway, but for some reason I can't remember
much of it. I talked to Todd Hollenshead for a bit and then Christian,
and things were pretty much coming to a close. The rest of the
night was pretty hazy, but I do remember walking for miles and
miles down Sunset Blvd at 2:00am in the morning. What a great
town LA is.
morning was kind of neat. I managed to make it back to my hotel
just as David was getting up, and we jumped on the bus and drove
it back to Activision. There I had the distinguished honor of
helping to pull the guts out of the bus. We pulled out the machines,
the nifty Q3 eye-pleasers, all the black padded foaming, and quite
a bit of the wooden frame holding most of the innards together.
It was fun but kind of sad. I think it was worse for David though,
because he had ridden the thing since launch, a couple of months
to grab a couple of hours of sleep and then hit the town with
two wonderful folk. Paul, the Office Manager from Activision and
his friend, shoot can't remember her name, took me through LA
and we had a wonderful day together seeing the sites. I got to
walk the Promenade, the Santa Monica peer, and even dunked my
head in the ocean. Kind of a geeky touristy thing to do, but hey,
I'm a computer nerd. What do you expect?
pretty much the end of my stay in LA, but I can't end this without
sending a huge thank-you over to Anna Kang of id, who asked me
to be apart of it. Um, so, thanks Anna. Was fun.
Russell "RadPipe" Lauzon is some guy who just walked
into the loonygames office and started calling himself Features
Editor. The position wasn't filled so we kept him.