Monday, July 4, 2011
KScope 11: All Hail the Queen
The big event was hosted on the historic Queen Mary this year.
All I can say is, wow.
Let me try to run through a list of things to do on board...it won't be complete, I'm sure, but it should give you an idea.
- Food. +1 - lots of food, everywhere.
- Booze. +1 - again, everywhere.
-- Beers available: Corona, Heineken and something else. No fancy IPAs or anything, but I'm perfectly OK with that.
-- Wine and liquor was also available, but I rarely partake in either of those. This is especially true with liquor, it's why it took me close to 10 years to graduate from college. Bad things man...
- Events. +1
-- Ghost Tours - I didn't partake, but it was available. Check out the site for more details.
-- Live Band - I can't seem to remember the band's name, but they were apparently quite the hit. Playing requests from the crowd and heckling them a bit too.
-- Poker - Missed this one too, but many people did not. Reports suggest that the poker room was packed the entire night.
-- Dueling Pianos - I missed this one too, but rumor has it that Maria Colgan had quite the time there.
-- The Champagne Room, I mean VIP room. I believe this was for the Presenters and volunteers for KScope, a special section near the top (?) of the boat with a great view of the band and the aft side.
-- Don McMillan. +2 He had 2 shows, each with slightly different content tailored to the ODTUG/KScope crowd. If you don't know who he is, check out his page or watch this video.
Myself and Patrick Hurley (@phurley) were eating dinner and Mr. McMillan joined us for a spell. Remember, this is the guy (whom I didn't know at the time) who had interviewed me earlier in the week (oh yeah, I'm not that shy). I got to share my dream of being a comedian someday and shared with him my story of...well, I can't really share it here, but if you've met me and there was beer involved, you've heard it.
Throughout the day, we were told of a mystery guest...none of us could figure it out. Kathleen McCasland gave us a small clue, inadvertently, in a video address after lunch...it was a boy.
9:30 rolls around and the lovely ladies of ODTUG/KScope were trying to get us to go upstairs to where the band was, and the mystery guest would be making an appearance shortly.
Wow. Young MC. He seems to have the same problem as me...once a good looking, thin dude...now, not so thin. However, he was a huge hit and I have to admit it was fun seeing him live.
Sometime after that, I was caught in a "decent" picture of myself with a few others:
From left to right, that's Marc de Oliveira, Patrick Hurley, Dominic Delmolino, me, Cary Millsap and Eddie Awad. Picture by Sheeri Cabral.
To end the night, fireworks off of the back (aft) side of the ship. Awesome.
Thanks to everyone at KScope and ODTUG for a fantastic night. I had an absolute blast and many of the people I talked to did as well.