I made it to Pico Day and I gotta say it was a blast! I didn't take many pics and I can't remember names so I won't try to tag all the amazing young artists I met for the first time or old NG buds I got to meet in person for the first time or friends I got to see again after too long an absence. Although i got in on Friday night I didn't have it in me after a very long day of travel to head to the office - I didn't even think anyone was there until @cosmicdeath called me to say she was there and it was packed.
Saturday had even more people. I showed up at 11 or 12 and there were already so many people! Everyone was wearing name tags and I still can't remember names too well. Tom threw a great party while Tim was awesome on the grill. At some point Evark showed up and we hung out and accosted johnnyutah and strawberryclock like starstruck teenagers.
Sunday was very chill and a ton of fun. With fewer people it was easier to have conversations and just hang out with people who were still there. We went to a pizza place and a barcade in the city and it was the coolest place. Later we went back to the office and people played video games and watched Robocop.
Monday I hear people were still at the office but I took a day out to see some sights on Philly. I went to the Mutter museum, the Liberty Bell, Liberty Hall, the museum district the City Hall train station and the art museum to see the steps Rocky ran up. I actually was there in 2008 for mod meet - we raced up the steps and I think rucklo beat all of us because he's hella ripped. It was a pretty chill day after 3 days of chaos. I took the 'quiet car' on the train back to the hotel and it was very nice.
I was thrilled to finally be a part of a NG event again. I used to really like NG meetups but they haven't been happening as often anymore. I hope to attend Pico Day again next year. I've been following new people on NG and twitter all week since I got back.
Some cool peeps I met for the first time or saw again: @zj, @afroninja, @ryan, @ejr, @jonas, @luis, @evark, @zachary, @tomfulp, @wadeful, @liljim, @mindchamber, @tim, @cosmicdeath, @ornery (and @turkeyonastick as a munny), @mike, @yurgenburgen, @grub-xer0, @VicariousE, @shikamarana, @sardonicsamurai, @jay, @krinkles, @emily-youcis, @kashi, (probably way more to come)