From Bunnarchy with Santa and Jessica Rabbit to Anime Unleashed

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2011/04/25 07:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2011/04/25/10157660.aspx


This last weekend extremely unusual.

Perhaps not the single most unusual weekend of my life, but in the top five, certainly.

I'll explain in reverse order why this is the case.

It is a tale of joy and pain, of the drunkests of debauchery and the soberest of reflections 


First, there was Sunday, and Sakura-Con. The huge anime conference at the Seattle Convention Center. Here I am with one of the Domo dudes who did so well in the Ballmer "Developers" mashup:

  

It was pretty amazing, and all I can say is that it is even more amazing in an iBot. To quote Ferris Bueller, "if you have the means, I highly recommend it." Everyone was amazed, and by my somewhat rough calculations (I didn't have a slide rule on me) I am ~8000% more likely to have a woman or lady or girl look at me and say something akin to "that's amazing!" when I have the iBot than back when I did not. I still don't know exactly how to convert this and get to stage 3 but I'm working on it....

I also had a father there offer me $100,000 for my iBot (I've gotten similar offers before). This guy knew it was no longer being made and was interested for his brother's sake. I politely declined but gave him a promise to follow up with him on several "save the iBot" efforts and some other resources. Two 14-year-olds who witnessed me turning down $100,000 thing were in shock....

Maybe I'll talk more about the new schticks I added to my 'explaining the iBot' repertoire, another day.

For now I'll move off of Sunday and go back in time to Saturday.


Saturday was BUNNARCHY!

Somewhere between 500 and 1000 people took part in a 12-hour themed bar crawl, with everyone dressed as bunnies.

Oh yeah, also several rabbit accessories (carrots!) and

one of several Jessica Rabbits (this one played by new friend Erin Bohlmann -- as she'll tell you: don't hate her, she's just drawn that way!) and one undercover Santa Claus (who plans to be an undercover bunny at SantaCon later this year)....

Perhaps you have never found yourself in a Zorro mask and Santa hat riding an iBot with 500+ drunken bunnies somewhere on 1st Avenue in Seattle for half a day.

Let me tell you, if you have not, then you really need to consider trying it!

My Santa logic was based on a South Park -- one where Jesus was mad that he had like two Christmas songs that were about him, and all the rest were about Santa. I consider this bit of costume trickery (assisted by goodest friend Kristi Grinnell) to be Santa's way of pointing out that he gets no coverage during Jesus's big "Walk like a Zombie with a soul" day....

That entire day rocked from beginning to end, all 12+ hours for those who made it the whole way from breakfast at 10:30am to the end of the walk in Belltown.

Which brings us, inevitably, to Friday.


Friday.

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So like I said, a quite unusual weekend....


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