January 31st, 2005

Wedding day

B-Fest: The ultimate test of endurance

Back from B-Fest! What a weekend!

evil_jim picked me up, and we headed first to campus to pick up his friend Sarah from Anime Club, then to pick up Thea and another Sarah, also from Anime Club (but not the same as the first Sarah from Anime Club). We made good time on the drive down and made it into Chicago around noon. Lunch at Mitsuwa, and then off to the campus of Northwestern University (so actually, we didn't actually go toChicago, but we were in that general area). We were pretty early, but pretty early turned out to be necessary to get seats.

The assault movies started at 6:00, and didn't let up for 24 hours. The theater was like any theater, in that the seats were uncomfortable and too close together (which I guess falls under the heading of uncomfortable). I took a bathroom break after almost every movie, not because I had to but because I needed to move around. That part wasn't cool, but when I wasn't gaping in disgust the rest of the film festival was enjoyable. I think. It's hard to tell when the movies are that bad whether I'm actually enjoying them or whether my IQ is dropping.

24 hours is a long time to sit, and that 24 was preceeded by another 12 hours of being awake. Most of us were cranky and I was ready to crash, but first we went out for pizza and then to Sarah's (the one who wasn't the first one) friend Tim's apartment in Naperville. That is where I eventually lost consciousness. I'm told that (for once) I managed not to say anything embarrassing in my sleep ("mmmbfwlmmf... your ears are so pointy.... lbbsmkwwfmmmbmmmfff."). Up again twelve hours later, we had lunch at a Grandma Sally's Restaurant where the back wall sports a mural which attempts to combine the styles of Norman Rockwell and M.C. Escher. If you've ever wondered what the city of R'lyeh looks like, Grandma Sally's is worth the stop.

Anyway, back to Mitsuwa, then home sometime around 6:30. It was a long and tiring trip, but it was worth it. I need to go to bed now, but I've described the films we watched Collapse )
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