It's a very special TEQUILACON edition of Bullet Sunday!
• ISERT10. It all started on Friday when the TequilaCon Planning Posse met in Seattle for the drive up to this year's host city... VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA! Dubbed the International Shark Extreme Road Trip 2010 (ISERT10), it was a journey filled with wonder, good times, danger, and disappointment. The disappointment came when we realized that the Kentucky Fried Chicken DOUBLE-DOWN is illegal in Canada, and we'd miss our opportunity to feed one to Dustin so we could observe the health-deteriorating effects...
A double-cheese and bacon sandwich with fried chicken as the "bread" could only have come from the USA, and apparently Canada wants to keep it that way. After the thorough interrogation we got when crossing the border, I can't imagine the penalty afforded you if you were to attempt to smuggle a Double-Down into the country. Probably death. Or at least long-term imprisonment. Kind of like Brokedown Palace or Midnight Express... but with chicken.
• Apples. Tired from the trip up, we decided to hold off work until Saturday so we could engage in a new TequilaCon Planning Posse tradition... a game of Apples to Apples. This is, after all, how the term SHARK EXTREME was born (because when your word to judge is "Extreme" and you choose "Sharks" over "Hitler" as the most correct answer, you've pretty much laid down the law on extremeness... Jenny has the full story here). This year, I was faced with another Hitler dilemma...
This year I wasn't going to make the same mistake after somebody played The Hitler Card, but Jenny had to go and remind me of Windows Vista, so now we've added BILL GATES UNSCRUPULOUS to SHARK EXTREME in the TequilaCon slang dictionary. And, in a stranger note, Adolf Hitler just can't seem to win at Apples to Apples.
• Preparation. Saturday morning was spent prepping for the big event, with button-making being given priority over sightseeing. Sure it's a tough choice, but sometimes sacrifices must be made for the greater good...
• TEQUILACON! I don't even know what to say about this year's event. It was epic as usual. A truly wonderful bunch of people having massive amounts of fun in a wonderful welcoming atmosphere at a fantastic venue (many thanks to Jet and everybody else at Steamworks Brewing Co. who took such good care of us!). Things could only have been more perfect if Ryan Reynolds showed up with a box of TimBits and Nickelback(!) performed! There's a photo set building up on Flickr where tons of pictures will end up in a day or so, but here's just a few I took...
• SWAG! This year the SWAG (Stuff We All Get) game was elevated to an entirely new level. In addition to the bitchin' name-badge lanyards and souvenir buttons we usually get, Beth (of Copasetic Beth fame) created these amazing hats for all attendees...
Featuring the TequilaCon SHARK EXTREME logo, the hats look just incredible and added all new epicness to an already epic event. Thanks, Beth!
• Victoria. It's not really that easy to get to Victoria from Vancouver, even though technically they're pretty close. First you have a half-hour drive to the Tsawwassen Ferry Dock, a half-hour to buy tickets and load up, an hour-and-a-half to cross the Georgia Straight, and an hour bus-ride from the Swartz Bay Ferry Dock to downtown Victoria. With return, that's a seven-hour journey... it's kind of tough for a day-trip, but we decided to give it a shot because Victoria is a beautiful city and worth the effort...
It was a short trip, but a nice one...
And thus ends another TequilaCon. Until next year!
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Wow. Double Down is Illegal in Canada. Seems they do care what clogs your arteries when providing health care for their citizens.
TC10 looked awesome. I will return next year.
I love how in that photo I look like I just sucked on a tart lemon. See? I can take a bad photo! 🙂
Thanks for another awesome TC. We had a blast.
Looks like fun! Wish I coulda gone. 🙁
Wait… that looks really familiar. Almost like I was there! But I’m here, so I must have dreamed it.
Glad to hear you made across the border with the dead baby hookers in the trunk.
Looks like it was a blast!!!
um, next year can you pick Wisconsin, michigan, minnesota or il?
maybe even the first one?
cause I would be there. totally!
Looks like fun! Lanyards, matching shirts, caps, your own language… hmmmmm. I can see Tequilacon 2035 with everybody in red hats and purple dresses….
I have a half-marathon in Vancouver this Sunday… is the city safe or are they still cleaning up…?
I wish I coulda been there. Alas…
Glad it was so much fun!! And shut UP *SHOVE* I am not being fake. Crying out loud.
Can’t wait to see you very soon, if you’ll still be here. 🙂
Someday. SOMEDAY TequilaCon will suffer my attendance!
Wish I could’ve made it, but I’m glad you guys had a rockin’ time.
Do they still have the tiny monkeys at the zoo in Victoria? Did you have high tea? I’ve been to Victoria a couple times (yes, long day trip). It’s beautiful.
Great job on the hat, Beth. It is seriously kickass.
Guess I better start saving up now for TQ ’11 Venezuela.
I am such a ham for the camera…
SUCH a great night. Epic, INDEED.
It’s a good thing we filled those water bottles with vodka before making all those buttons — that way it looks like we are working up a thirst in your photo of us instead of getting totally loaded.
Thanks for letting me tag along all weekend! It was a really fun weekend.
Don’t waste your time and money with the ferries (either BC Ferries or Washington State ferries), especially if you are just sight seeing in downtown Victoria. In about a half an hour, you can fly by floatplane (or by a huge helicopter) from Vancouver Harbour (or YVR floatplane base by the Richmond Oval) to Victoria Harbour for abour $120. The planes follow the same route as shown on the map. As a former commuter between the two cities, the time savings alone are worth the money! Plus, there is no airport security and you can arrive just 20 minutes before the flight.
You can also fly direct from Seattle (Lake Union) to Victoria Harbour by Kenmore Air. A little bit more hassle, in that you have to check in with customs, but still worth it for a beautiful flight.
I’ve flown Victoria/Vancouver and Victoria/Seattle couple of times, and definitely recommend it… if you can afford it. But the $120 is the cost EACH WAY (and was actually $145 when I checked into it). So $290 just to wander through Victoria for a few hours was waaaayyy outside our budget compared to the $20 it costs to take the ferry/bus. 🙂
Apples to Apples – love it!! But we’ve discovered the universal card is “Tom Cruise”. Fits every green card in the deck (you just have to move the timeframe; beautiful=1990, insane=today…)