Avitaween 2009 Recap

All right, what can I say that has not been said in a much better recap yet?

The Costume

The Famous Accessory

The Famous Accessory

Well, I’m not one to toot my own horn, but as most of you already know, my costume kicked ass – if I do say so myself. 😉 The reaction when I walked in was priceless, and well worth all the thinking, planning and shopping in the women’s section at Wal-Mart I had to do to get this done. However, I couldn’t have done it without the support of LovelyWife (despite her first reaction when I showed her the original picture: “You’re going to this party naked?”) who sewed the thing together, Dave2 who agreed to bring the famous t-shirt with him when I told him I was worried that the shipping delays would screw with my last-minute idea, and of course Avitable for the inspiration behind the picture that Invaded! our Tweeter Timeline many months ago.

The People

It’s not a successful party unless there’s a lot of interesting people around, and this party was a massive success! I don’t want to forget anyone I met, so I will not try to link to everyone or even mention everyone I met. Just know that each and every person I spoke to, smiled at, listen to while they where at the karaoke station, absolutely made my day. For those of you that I had already met last year, it was a blast to see you again. For those of you who I met this year for the first time, you are awesome! Oh and for the few that I didn’t meet or recognize before I looked at the Flickr Pool, I am so sorry and I can’t believe that I’ve missed saying hi to you!

Of course, I also met people outside of the soirée, and those people now hold a special place in my heart.

Last year I was really anxious about meeting my first 3D blogger (turned out it was Mr. Fab & Turnbaby) so this year I was wondering who I would recognize first or who would recognize me first. The first blogger I met was Robin. She was sitting down with her back to me in the executive concierge area, texting away. I resisted the urge to creep behind her and tell her that I was pulling up to her bumper, but I really really wanted to. 🙂  Instead I just said: “Hi Robin!” and her “Oh shit!” reply made me smile. We chatted for a little while we had breakfast and then briefly met with Dave2 – he was meeting with Robin and bringing me the t-shirt – before we parted ways.

Then much later that night I joined Poppy & Dawg in the closing-too-soon Hilton Bar. I did see CMG walk through the lobby, but by the time my brain remembered her real name she was already gone. 😦

The next day we met with The Libragirl. She was just sitting in the breakfast area reading her Amazon Kindle and we chatted about stuff we could be doing. Unfortunately, it didn’t really pan out as LovelyWife and I already had plans for that day. We also managed to walk by SheilaCSR – not literally walkedby, but it sure felt that way – as we were going to see our Blues Traveler show at the House of Blues.

EDIT: WordPress ate the rest of my post! WTH??? I had about 500 more words written here. 😦

Oh look, a late post!

Man, the days are just flying by! Vacation is soon over. 😦

I’ll blog more later. I should really do a Avitaween recap, right?

And so it begins…

All right, if my math is correct, the party has already begun so I can reveal my costume for you folks who are not attending or will be fashionably late. 😉

In keeping with the party theme, I decided to go as something that invaded us this last year:


Mike as the famous “Avitaball’d” picture.


It’s the new RickRolling, I tell ya!

It was fairly easy to do and simple to carry on the plane too! I was just hoping custom agents would not search my luggage and find the homemade accessory needed to pull this off.


Yup, that’s homemade (thanks to LovelyWife)

So there you have it. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of action shots tomorrow.

Oh, and if you don’t get it, you might want to look at this first.

The Final Countdown

Ok, how many of you are now picturing G.O.B. dancing around with a knife between his teeth?

This is it, it’s the final countdown to Avitaween 2009.


The party is in seven days, but I’ll be landing in invading  Orlando Wednesday around noon. I can’t wait to get there, especially since it’s almost snowing here. 😉

Now I was going to give you some misleading hints about my costume, but after 20 minutes of trying to find suitable images to post here, I give up. I had to turn safe search on. So I guess you’ll have to see it live or wait for the pictures…

From D to Z*

I always have brilliant ideas.

For example, last Thursday LovelyWife tortured me watched all 116 minutes of Australia. I gave up about 45 minutes in. Wolverine hadn’t used his claws yet, and I sorta guessed that he wasn’t going to.

That left me plenty of time to engage in brain-developping activities Twitter and surf the Web, and connect dots in my brain. That’s how I came up with a brilliant costume idea for Delmer for next Avitaween, he should totally go as Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander aka Zedd from the Sword of Truth book series or the TV series the Legend of the Seeker. played by Bruce Spence.

Left to right: Delmer, Bruce Spence, Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander.

So what do you think? Pretty smart when I have 116 minutes to myself, right?

*It’s pronounced “From Dee to Zedd”.

Other clever titles for this post could’ve been “What’s a Delmer could look like?”, “One of these things is not like the others” and “I hated Australia”.