Back in SinGar's Room of Weirdness, where there was a two-foot tall margarita growing out of his cooler, we could hear all this weird noise and music coming from what might have been a party down at the pool. As you can see, in the hotel across the way, there was also this huge, multi-story TV-screen-thing as seen through the windows:
We discussed many interesting things, including the best way to bring shock value to my readers. Ba-a-a-a-a-aaaah!
When I entered the elevator, I didn't know what I'd be doing next, but this was solved for me when I got out of the elevator and was greeted by Skeptic Zone host/origamist Richard Saunders and anthropologist/noted creationism opponent Eugenie Scott.
They invited me to go swimming with them -- because I'm that awesome!!!
Needless to say, I rushed back to my room, found some duds to wear to the pool, grabbed a towel, and then fled back downstairs with my gear.
I got another one of my 'random videos' of walking out to the pool at the same time as Eugenie Scott, where she is squeezed by Chupacabrologist Benjamin Radford, and Richard Saunders says "Hi, Spoony!"
Bob Novella and his girlfriend Kate were also out there, and collectively we set about braving the frigid lukewarm water, very slowly, using the steps. Bob had the most problem of all (even his superpower, gluteus maximus hypertrophy, was of no aid), so I jokingly threatened to help him get in the water before becoming distracted by the amount of fun I was having.
` In my head, I was thinking; "EHRMEHGERD!! Swimming is so fun when the water is not freezing, and I am so lucky to be with some of the coolest people evr that I love so much and could hug them but won't, and oh hey I can see underwater even though it's dark! Wheeeeeeee!!!"
Seriously, that's the kind of dreck that runs through my mind. What? Me? Sophisticated?
It wasn't long before I needed to expend my pent-up excitement-based energy that I asked if anyone would race me or something, but they said no, so I set out to do a lap, largely underwater because I swim so weirdly, with the others keeping count. Yes, they were actually counting, ha!!
` However, I not only ran into a dead end, but by the time I surfaced and got my bearings, they had gotten out of the pool, so I walked around to them, and they said that everyone had been called out of the pool because lightning had been sighted.
` Not that we had seen much of the weather, but I remembered then that storms kept kicking up here and there. Yes, it was thunder, not the bowling alley, for sure!
I remember suggesting that we work on our moon-tans or some such, while we hoped that the hot tub would not be closed as well, being under a shelter and all -- but it was.
` As all of us realized the preposterousness of being struck by lightning, here are Bob, Richard and Ben, looking all brave and stoic in the face of possible electrocution -- at least I think that's what they were looking at:
Anyway, as the pool and hot tub really were closed, we walked back into the hotel, and doing so, I got a clip of Bob being all scandalized that he didn't know that the mini-pool had hot water in it, with Eugenie and Ben chiming in about the Great Pool/Lightning Injustice.
` And what is this game? If you've ever played Apples To Apples, it's like that, but more cynical:
We were laughing and playing and having a good ole time, when this blue-haired girl named Glenda appeared with her sparkly hula hoops, and we all started whooping and clapping. Here's her standing on one leg with the hula hoop going around it, along with my drunken comment of "Do no legs!"
Boo! They be kickin' her out! Apparently, hula-hoops are deemed to be too dangerous to be whipping around in a bar....
As for her talk that I missed, she says that the text will be on her Starstryder blog. And I've found it. And it's fairly inspirational, called Make the World Better (Ask if Anyone Minds Later). There are bigger things out there in the universe that we can dream of, and actually work towards!
` [Edit: The recording of her actual talk is here.]
After what seemed like hours playing Cards Against Humanity, I felt the need to get up and stretch my legs. And this was not just because someone else had finally caught up with my score, which was ten:
I remember the 'For My Next Trick' card, I won by finishing with, "I will pull Bruce Willis out of the Kool Aid Man." LOL! And in the M. Night Shyamalan card, I filled in the second blank with 'an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist". Is that cheating?
` Amazingly, a few minutes after I got up, I came back to the table only to find that the rest of the players had gone. Probably because my magnetizing awesomeness was the only thing keeping them there....
Also, in my notes, I wrote down that I was talking with someone about weirding out Richard Dawkins -- which as my bloggy little readers will know, I have done. Apparently, though, it is easy to do, so I'm hardly the first.
` And BTW, the JREF president DJ Grothe plus beer equals way past cool:
Also, this guy went to Christian college with DJ -- I saw photographic evidence of this, too!
` Maybe it's best if I don't, because he told the bartender he would order a beer for Leonard... who isn't quite 21. POOR LEONARD!! But hey, at least there were parties going on outside the bar!
Richard Saunders was also there, and I got this really weird picture that makes his facial expression even more hilarious:
Especially since I am actually cooler than he is. So why has he been my weak spot? I don't get it!
Luckily, I managed to gain some semblance of normalcy, and after I stopped tripping out over Geo, I managed to write down on a piece of paper what was actually going through my head so that he could know, once and for all.
By the time I was done, this was what the sky looked like: