After a very, very long drive we finally arrived at the Sheraton in Seattle. All of us were exhausted to the point that we couldn’t fathom the idea of sleeping. If you’ve never experienced that, it’s definitely worth the trouble. Still, we didn’t get much done except picking up our badges and shirts.
We had to get to bed quite early the first night because we had a wedding to go to in the morning! Two Enforcers that met at PAX got married at 7am before the convention opened on Friday. As Enforcers we were all invited and Amber was a bridesmaid! The wedding was suitably nerdy and absolutely beautiful.
Krystal started her shift only twenty minutes after the end of the wedding. I left John behind to give our respects to the bride and groom while I walked Krystal to her shift. I was all puffed up and proud, like I was taking my first born off to college. (Picture note: I’m a terrible parent and didn’t get a picture of my first born and so she provided one of her own.)
The rest of us were working the late shift or, as it is more often called, Wang shift. John worked Classic Console Freeplay, Amber worked Main Theatre backstage (she’s kind of a big deal) and I worked Console Freeplay for the second year running.
Our shifts started right after Expo Hall closed which meant the crowds were unbelievable. I had to get all the way up to the 6th floor of the convention center and was a little late due to traffic.
I work sanitation in my department which basically means I spent 6 hours everyday cleaning controllers, directing people to the returns desk next to me and counting how many people actually asked before using my hand sanitizer. Given, I put it out there for people to use, it was just interesting to see how many people were polite.
For the record, my department is the best department and my job is the best job if you’re an avid people watcher as I am. There were three cases of completely fascinating gamers over the course of the convention. First was a couple that was playing a co-op Mario game on the Wii. They had lots of fun but they made me grind my teeth with frustration. She was terrible at the game and he was a terrible partner and they died on a regular basis.
Second was a pair of girls who shrieked and flung themselves back in their chairs while playing Catherine. I guess it’s a puzzle game that takes place in a nightmare? I have no idea. It was strange and I got some chuckles out of it.
Third (most entertaining and annoying) was a blond woman playing a fighting game on the 360. She moved around with the controller in her hands as if she could move her character that way. She was so violent with her movements that I thought at first she was playing a racing game. But no, she was playing a fighting game quite badly. For about a half hour she would play like that, moving all around her station and slamming her hands down on the table when she lost. She even swore pretty loudly which is a no-no that early in the evening. The clincher, though, was when she actually threw the controller to the ground and broke it. Not cool.
The rest of the people watching was just ordinary folks playing awesome games. Well…there was one other thing.
The best part of the picture? That’s my manager. This is why I love PAX.