This past weekend I was in Kansas for the annual Hallows and Horcruxes Ball.
As usual, the whole weekend was a complete blast. I honestly can't tell you many things that are more fun than getting flown to Kansas in the middle of April to see all your friends; in the mean time getting to stay in a hotel together and play a big, exciting show for a couple hundred loyal fans. It's like all of the best parts of a conference without the stress of the conference itself.
So the trip rocked. Eia and I left at a disgusting hour on Friday morning; Shuttle Express picked us up around 4:50 to take us to the airport, where we slept through our entire first flight to Vegas. In Vegas, we had an hour and a half layover, so we decided to cram everything you'd do on a trip to Vegas in that one short span of time. There are slot machines right in the airport so I taught Eia how to gamble (she lost $20 - I only lost $10) and then we sat at a combination Pizza Hut and Cocktail Lounge and had drinks at the equivalent to 9 AM Seattle time. It had orange juice in it. So it was kind of like a breakfast drink. What.
Then we took our second flight to the Kansas City Airport where we met up with Jarrod of "Gred and Forge", who was picking up our rental car and driving the three of us out to Manhattan for the show.
It was exciting seeing everyone again when we finally got to our Holiday Inn. I had only been inside for about 30 seconds when Lauren burst out of her hotel room screaming "I'm engaged!", so that was a pretty fun way to start the trip. Before long everyone was crammed into one hotel room, and we'd all changed into the costumes we'd brought for our Lost party. I was Jungle Claire; crazy hair, plaid shirt and all. Jason donned some eyeliner and looked scarily like Richard Alpert, Alex had a pretty sweet jumpsuit for Desmond, Luke was walking around shirtless and pouting for a perfect Sawyer, Ryan had shaved and looked exactly like Jack, his girlfriend Julie was wearing footy pajamas as young Aaron, and Sammy G was wearing black sequins and kept putting her leg up over people's shoulders as the Smoke Monster. And those were just my favorite costumes.
The next day was the show and it was awesome. My band "The Parselmouths" opened, and I was pretty nervous, as it was my first time playing guitar on stage in front of people. But I think it went pretty well! Luke came onstage during our set to do "Lumos Flies", which was hilarious. We had Jarrod come onstage to play Viktor Krum and I could barely stop laughing to sing my parts.
Everyone came onstage for the last song in our set and were just dancing around like crazy, which set the trend for the remainder of the evening. There were points in some band's sets where we were backup dancing with crazy props, having chicken fights on each others shoulders, and building human pyramids. Best show ever.
The only problem with this show is how short the trip is. By the time we've gotten there and started having fun, it's almost time to go home again on Sunday. That next morning we packed up, said our goodbyes, and then Eia and I got to ride to the airport with Lauren and Sarah Wilkes. Lauren and I filmed our 5AG videos in the car and we had a nice goodbye at the airport in Kansas City. Mine and Eia's flights were fairly uneventful, though we did play "The Game of Life" on my iPod Touch in German, which made it way more fun because we never had any idea why we won or lost money so we had to make up the reasons ourselves.
Now I'm home, school is school, and I'm almost late for it. I'll try to post again soon, because as of now, BAMF is failing miserably. Haha.
Edit: I was just informed by a very angry tweet from my friend Erinn Lewis that I forgot to mention her and Aaron Nordyke's Boone and Shannon costumes. I can't believe I left those out - Erinn looked exactly, EXACTLY like Shannon. It was almost spooky. Sorry Erinn. xD
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