Sunday the 10th of February, Day 1:
We landed fairly early, I believe before 6 instead of the 6:20 that was originally planned. So we waited around the airport a little, playing games on our Phones and Surfaces before Beth’s Uncle called and came and picked us up. It was very nice to be able to head over to their house, changed, and washed up a bit. We then headed out to a breakfast with a bunch of her Uncles, Aunts, and Grandparents. It was great to be able to see all of them.
After breakfast they dropped us off at the airport and the next shuttle arrived fairly quickly. While loading on to the bus, we met our first Sea Monkey! Sea Monkey is the nick name for other people that are on the JoCo Cruise Crazy. His name was Erik and he works as a game designer for Gearbox. We talked about the previous cruises and experiences all the way to the ship. We finally got on board the ship around 2pm. At this point Beth and I were running on very little sleep for the past 24 hours, so Beth went off to take a nap.
I went off to work on getting on Twit-Arr! You see when we go out to sea, the cruise charges us something like 20 cents a minute to use the internet. That means using the internet isn’t general a good option. They have an “Analog” tweet system, i.e. large paper tablets and pens posted in the game room. However, they also have Twit-Arrr which is a Status-Net server to “replace” Twitter. Unfortunately my phone didn’t like the site too well and my phone didn’t want to stay connected to the WiFi because it thought it was useless since it wasn’t connected to the internet. But it was kind of fun to use.
In addition to playing with Twit-Arr I made some last minute changes to our return plans. Instead of using the same shuttle to get back to the airport, we decided that we were going to go to Kennedy Space Center. I was hoping this would provide us with some time that Beth’s other Aunt might be able to meet up with us. It would also help kill the many hours between when the boat was supposed to dock and when our flight left.
That whole processes of calling people to get the refunds and changing how we were getting back to the airport took longer than I expected. They had begun calling people to the emergency drill to explain to us how everything was going to work. I was racing up the stairs to try to get to Beth before the drill started, but at about 3 floors short, they had someone standing in the middle of the stairwell who wouldn’t let me pass. I had to go to the safety drill and I hopped Beth wouldn’t wait for me and come down to the drill.
Our “emergency” group was C10. While waiting for things to start, they had everyone lined up, I got to meet Joel from Hijinks Ensue! I hope wasn’t too much of a nuisance to him. I wanted to say Hi, but couldn’t think much past that. This however, was obviously the group to be in since in our group, but several rows over was Wil Wheaton, his wife, and a bunch of other performers for the JoCo cruise.
Then it was off to welcome cocktail party. This was our first official event, it was in Studio B, where the Ice Rink normally was. Yes, there was an Ice Rink on the boat! I was excited as we were walking into the room. A bunch of sea monkeys were hanging around the entrance. We turned the corner and started to enter the main room, and there were just people everywhere. I knew that there were going to be a lot of people, but the sheer number of people was impressive. The whole entire floor was filled with people and there were people still coming in and sitting in the chairs around the floor. I got to have my next awkward famous people interaction was with Lar of Least I Could Do.
Dinner was open seating which meant that we would get to meet new people. That night we had dinner with several awesome people, many of which this was their first JoCo cruise. When the dessert menus came around we were having trouble deciding what to get. When asked what she wanted one of the people at our table said one of each, then picked one of the desserts. The waitress brought the desserts around and then showed up with one more dessert. And then one more. I think did ultimately end up with one of each desserts, and we all got to try some of each! They were all very tasty.
After dinner I went down to the game room. The JoCo Cruise had taken over the whole conference center that was on the boat and turned it into a game room! There I tried to hop into a game of Infinity Dungeon with people. The goal of the game was to get your way out of a bunch of rooms. You had a build a plan and then see if people would agree that the plan would work and was acceptable to them. It was a little weird because it didn’t seem like there was enough structure around how you earned points to beat a room. It was basically all just people making up stories. It seemed too easy to “game” the system. But it was kind of fun.
It was then time for the JoCo Band show. This again was in Studio B, however the dance floor was mostly empty since everyone was sitting around it. It took us a little while before we decided that we should just go out onto the floor in front of the band. It was awesome, the music was amazing, everyone was into it, and we were all jumping round. I doubt it was intentional, but during one of JoCo’s songs about zombies, “re: Your Brains”, I noticed that there was a space between the floor and the wall. You know because we were on an Ice Rink. There was a greenish light that was shining through and the fog machines that they had going just made for an awesome atmosphere. Oh and then you know, most of the night we were dancing a few feet away from Wil an Anne Wheaton. It was awesome to get to see them enjoying the music and dancing along.
Yes, that was ONLY day 1…