Wii For Mii!

So, Thursday night after the Thanksgiving Day Afterparty started to wind down Patrick and I decided to go camp Best Buy for the coveted Nintendo Wii. I had heard they were opening at 5am and would have about 50 Wiis in stock to sell for Black Friday. I had come up with the theory that no right minded individual would get up at 3am to stand in front of a retail store and figured we would be the first to get some hot Wii action.

Unfortunately Overland Park is full of non-right minded individuals. When we arrived the line was already around the back of the store. Let me draw a map for you.

   Mii (and Patrick)
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             People that got there at 8pm the previous fucking night.

So it was stupid to wait, but we waited anyway. Around 4:30am or so a bunch of Best Buy employees started handing out tickets for the sale items and popular items. They just came down the line announcing what they had and you could take a ticket if you wanted to buy it. Finally, the moment of truth came and the Wii guy came out and told everyone that they had not gotten their shipment and that would definitely have them at open on Sunday morning.

You may remember that in my map up there some people had been camping for almost 12 hours. Woops!

Defeated, we headed home and made tentative plans to come back Sunday.

Saturday night around midnight I decided to head to Best Buy to do some recon and see what the situation was. I arrived and there were about 6-8 people already in line and Best Buy wasn’t supposed to open until 10am! I shot Patrick a SMS and let him know and then I hit the sack. Around 4am Patrick called me and told me he was going to suck it up and go for it and by about 6am he had me convinced too.

So Sunday morning I arrived at Best Buy at about 6:15am with a sleeping bag, a lantern, a pillow and a good book. The line was already around the corner of the building but when I got in line I was 34th from the front. The official Best Buy line was that there would be 50 Wiis for sale, so I felt pretty good about my position. Over the next few hours while more and more people showed up I passed the time playing the two longest games of Uno ever with some other campers and around 8:30am the Best Buy folks announced that they would be handing out tickets at 9am and they had in fact received Wiis but didn’t know how many yet. “Around 50, we think.”

The guy in line in front of me seemed to take this as some kind of personal affront. He thought that Best Buy guys were deliberately being vague or lying about the number of systems available. I thought they had probably just gotten to the store and hadn’t unloaded the palette yet. Oh, and at one point someone walked from a car towards the front of the line and people just completely freaked out. “No line cutting!” “Don’t let him cut in line!”

Settle down, consumers. Please.

So 9am rolled around and they did the ticket thing. Patrick was #28 (if I remember correctly) and I was #36. Booyah! The last person to get a ticket had arrived around 8am and I’d guess there were probably 50 or so people in line behind him.
Patrick and I cruised over to The BK Cafe for some breakfast and went back to get some damn Wiis!

By time we got back the line had shrunk down quite a bit but there were lots of new faces. Patrick had a good time telling everyone that if they didn’t already have a ticket that they were screwed and quite a few people simply didn’t believe it. One particularly pasty geek who turned up at 9:45am whined that “They said it would be first come, first serve!” and we tried to explain that “Yes, it is. And we were here more firster by about 6 hours.”

And then we got our Wiis, and no extra controllers cause they were gone, and we got Zelda and Excite Truck and it completely rocks.

I haven’t played the PS3, but I have played the XBox 360 and every other system ever and I can say that so far the Wii is the funnerest of the bunch. Excite Truck is a total blast and the entire experience is just “FUN!”
The graphics suck, and it’s low powered and not HD or surround sound and it’s just totally fun. I can’t wait to get home and play some more Excite Truck.

So, James, that’s the story of the Wii.

Be Quiet and Drive

This town don’t feel mine
I’m fast to get away

I dressed you in her clothes
So drive me far away

It feels good
To know you’re mine
Now drive me far away

Far away
I don’t care where just far

It’s interesting (to me) to see the leaves change color and to feel the air get cold and to see all you girls put on your sweaters and to feel the need inside myself to run.

I hadn’t realized that my front page was down to Key Lime pie and idiocy about beds and sheets. That won’t stand. It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything. It’s just that the last few times I’ve sat down to write here it all came out wrong.
For example, here’s an excerpt from one of my posts that I deleted: I’m going to use the words “my”, “dick” and “balls” in the next paragraph, so, you know, skip it if you like.

See what I mean?

Anyway, last weekend was the much anticipated wedding of Adam and JoLynn! The wedding was absolutely great, and very beautiful. The whole thing got kicked off Thursday night with the rehearsal at the chapel at Powell Gardens and it went nice and smooth. The wedding party and family met up for drinks at 75th Street Brewery later on and that was about it. I left pretty early.

Friday I ended up taking the day off cause the wedding stuff was starting to pile up. I had to get my tux, help buy the likker, open up the party suite and just generally help. It was a great day and I got all kinds of great stuff done.
Adam and JoLynn got a party suite at the Doubletree Hotel to keep everyone entertained during the day and then the rehearsal dinner was scheduled for that night. Dinner at the Trofi Restaurant at the hotel was very nice, and Adam’s dad and brother, and JoLynn’s mom gave really excellent toasts.

After dinner we headed back to the party suite and… partied 🙂 Too much, for me, although I am proud of the fact that I can claim to have introduced most of Adam’s family to Jaegermeister. I think it was my idea, at least. I also invented the pig dance and just generally embarrassed the hell out of myself in front of everyone. Ah alcohol, why do you do this to me?

Saturday was the big day and man, it was big. Chances are probably pretty good that if you are reading this then you were there so I won’t go into the whole thing but everything just went wonderfully. We had buses take us from the Doubletree to Powel Gardens, lots of pictures in the Gardens of comfortable guys and frozen girls, a gorgeous (and nice and short!) ceremony and a rocking reception. Francie and I both gave toasts at the reception and that went off pretty well. Francie is a natural and did a hell of a job. I’m not a natural but I think I did pretty well. And I shook like a leaf the entire time. Hate that.

After the reception there was a seriously partying bus ride back to the hotel and… you guessed it! Another party! More Jaeger, hundreds of wings, tons of pizza and a little bit of heartbreak. I hear Patrick broke up with me 🙁

Monday morning I dropped Adam and JoLynn off at the airport for their flight to Hawaii and there it is!

Other fun stuff in the last month was Adam’s bachelor party which was awesome. Stretched Excursion, 30 forced shots of beer, 11(ish) guys, infinite booze and a wide open city made for a hell of a time.

I also got to see Placebo and Social Distortion a few weeks back. She Wants Revenge was playing too, but I didn’t feel like seeing them. It was pretty wacky how that night turned out. Courtney met me at my place and we headed down to the Beaumont Club. We watched Placebo who put on a great show and then we decided to get some food and wander around while She Wants Revenge whined. So we’re sitting on the curb near the Beaumont and Eric and his friend Mike come walking by. We collected them and decided to hit Kelly’s for a while. We’re sitting in Kelly’s and in walks Jeremy who we added to the gang.

We finally head back to the show to see Social Distortion and Courtney and I are pushing through the crowd trying to get closer to the front and middle. I see kind of an open space and I poke Courtney and say “Right there.” We stop in the open space, and I look to my right and Charles is standing there! Weird.

Social D kicked tons of ass but they didn’t play Story of my Life which kinda bummed me out. We wrapped the night up with some Snake and Bake. Mmmm…

Geez, I didn’t write about the Supersystem show? Or the art opening? Man…

Okay, way back in the beginning of October I went to see Kwanza’s art opening at First Friday, and that was excellent. I even bought one of his paintings! It’s the first piece of art I have ever bought and it’s awesome. You can see a terrible camera phone picture of it hanging in my house at this link.

And right after that was Supersystem and Ladytron in Lawrence. Went and saw them both (two seperate shows) with Adam, JoLynn and Tricia. Ladytron kicked lots of ass and they closed with my favorite song (Destroy Everything You Touch) and Supersystem kicked even more ass. That night ended with some Pyramid Pizza, which is one of the best possible ways to end a night.

So, yea. Been busy.