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As you may have figured out by now, I'm in NY for Spring Break right now. While being awake and not tired at hours when I really should be asleep (except that I'm still on L.A. time) I just managed to catch up on my friends list here so I thought I'd make a quick post (besides, I wanted to see if the LJ way of posting to Facebook works so I can use my Notes section for Rockers Online instead).

Last Sunday I went to the 40th Anniversary of the Science Fiction Forum at Stonybrook and had a great time! I saw a lot of people I hadn't seen in a long time, although some I would have really liked to have seen were strangely absent (even a couple that lived locally). I even took a few pictures, which I posted here on Facebook. BTW, for the LASFS members out there the Science Fiction Forum is a lot like LASFS, just with students:).

Over the next few days I'm trying to meet up with a few friends I haven't seen in a long time, and then Friday I head up to Lunacon to see even more people. It should be a fun time! I was sorry to miss last year when they returned to the Escher Hilton, so I'm glad I could make it this year (and it's still there).

Well, I'm finally starting to get a little tired so I think I better get to sleep:).
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The license plate of the mack truck that hit me was something like SPR07@USC. Between that and work I wouldn't expect to see much of me until May.

In fact this semester's so busy I've had to decide I can't really afford the time to go to NY for spring break, and will stay home and work full time that week instead. Which means I'll miss Lunacon, unfortunately:(. I will be at GDC the week before that, though.

I actually had to drop my Advanced Writing class, and the semester's still going to be rough even without that.

At Lunacon

Mar. 18th, 2006 12:02 am
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Well, I did finally make it. I was going to try to convince my mother to just let me borrow her car but then I took one look at the real time traffic conditions online and it looked awful.:( So I took the LIRR to NJ Transit, and it wasn't actually THAT bad. The worst part was waiting around in the cold for about 1/2 hour for the hotel shuttle! Because of that my plans didn't turn out exactly as I'd hoped. You see, by some weird, bizarre coincidence, I found out last week that John Wetton was doing shows here this weekend. Yes, John Wetton, my absolute favorite singer, who VERY rarely does any shows in the U.S.! And not only that, tonight the show was literally 1 mile from the hotel Lunacon is in! Tomorrow night it's at the Knitting Factory in NYC, and I'll be meeting an old friend there and then probably staying with her in Queens and going home from there (I need to call her tomorrow to confirm everything). So as soon as I got to the hotel I had to rush over to find a taxi to the show (fortunately one of the people who works for the hotel was nice enough to give me a ride, and told me to call the hotel to get a ride back. As it turns out, I didn't need to do that.

Well, I was going to wait and write a big review of both shows and the Dream Theater show last Friday I never got around to reviewing, but what the Hell:). I might as well write a quick review of this one while I'm still thinking about it! Because of the hotel shuttle delay I missed the beginning and the meet and greet with John Wetton. Fortunately I was able to meet him later on, anyway. The show was at the Bergen County School of Rock East, which is something I REALLY wish they'd had when I was a kid! Most of the show was the kids from the school performing, alone or with John Wetton, and I have to say the kids were pretty amazing! And rather than hearing all the newest hits, these kids were playing old music you'd think most kids their age would consider their parents music! But they obviously loved it! Even the shirts some of them were wearing were for bands like AC DC and Motley Crue. There was one kid who looked really young to me (I'm not a good judge of age but I was thinking he didn't look older than 12 or 13) who was an incredible guitar player! He was very fast. We may have the next Yngwie Malmsteen or something similar here:). The others were also great!

I guess taking guitar classes now is really affecting me, since I really found myself paying attention to how people were playing, and I really enjoyed the show, even during song I'm normally not that into. With John Wetton, they played an interesting mix of his older bands' music, 2 Asia songs ("Without You", which was pretty amazing, and of course "Heat of the Moment"), and not a single solo song. Normally it's the Asia and solo music that I prefer, but tonight I enjoyed it all! John Wetton himself was in much better shape than the last time I saw him, and put on a great show!

During the show I ran into a few people I'd met at previous John Wetton shows, and I would up hanging out with them (and they later gave me a ride back to the hotel). I also got to get John Wetton's autograph and a picture taken with him after the show, and got to talk to him for a few minutes, which was really nice! He's definitely a really nice guy! I told him how much I'm looking forward to the Asia reunion that's coming up! I told him I'd probably be at the Knitting Factory show tomorrow night too.

Well, even though it's only 12:23 L.A. time, I suppose I should get to sleep so I don't sleep through the entire con tomorrow and have to leave for the concert! I did come here to go to Lunacon after all! I did get to see a couple of people in the hotel lobby after I got back at least.
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Well, my mother got a torn retina just before I got here and had laser surgery, so now she can't go with me to Lunacon. So now I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to get there! Is anyone heading out from Long Island Friday that could stop by Plainview and give me a ride? Send me an e-mail at sharan at rockersonline dot com. It would especially help if anyone's leaving early Sunday (My flight leaves from Islip Sunday afternoon) but I guess I can take public transportation back if I really have to.

Thanks!
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I love that game:).

In other news I've somehow managed to come down with another nasty cold/flu type thing that's finally been downgraded to a nasty cold since my temperature is finally back to normal instead of hovering around 100 degrees. Not good when I have classes, work, a Dream Theater concert to go to tomorrow night, and a flight out to NY on Tuesday. At least my Lunacon hotel is taken care of. My parents will be driving out with me so I just got a room for the 3 of us. Fortunately they still had rooms available, although I got stuck with a smoking room:(. Let's hope it doesn't smell too much.

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