Ok, I just realized that I had never really posted impressions. Let's see:
Car Rentals from CarRentals.com - killer car rental deal
Enterprise Rentals - great service... after a little hiccup they took care of me.
2009 Hyundai Elantra - A decent little car. XM radio, cold A/C, reasonable gas mileage, soft suspension, touchy brakes. Other than being gold, it's something I could recommend for someone who wanted to keep a car for 7-8 years and have a warranty and never care about resale. Well, someone who didn't care about cars, or handling. It handled highway cruising like a champ, though.
Atlanta traffic - Not as bad as could have been
Fitz - talkative for two hours, not talkative for next 4 hours, good at trying to figure out which intersection we were at when we about ran out of bloody gas in BFE, SC at 1:30am
Colin, Jeff, Jim, Ken - Still awake at 3am when we got in
Ari - Sleepy
Couch @ the pink house - Comfy
Waking up after 4 hours of sleep, randomly, then going outside to see the ocean - cool
Wifi - awesome. Got in the chat or on AIM and Dan said to come over, so I did.
Dan - Has a bunch of kids
Pete - ^
Woman across the street who said a bike rally was coming through - :rollseyes:
Breakfast - Rocked, day one.
Lunch/Supper - Best BBQ Bacon Cheddar burger I've ever had at an Italian/Seafood place on the Atlantic Ocean.
Dinny - looks different from his old avatar, which my kids loved. I didn't tell them otherwise, as they would have been disappointed. He loves his large green hat, though.
Mike and Al - Damb dirty hippies
Vicki - I drove 700 miles to add "gunrunner" to my resume and all I got to do was shoot a full-house custom for the first time? :rollseyes:
JP#s- doesn't care for Papa John's "pizza"
Deepak - forgot his prescription pad
Doug - has a fine taste in scotch that he brings... has awesome tirade skillz, stole outfits from Tyll.
Nate, Gene, Todd, Zach, Tyll, JH, BH, Dusty, Steve - Slackers
Matt the Younger - The beer-runner to my gun-runner... a good team.
Scott - "Late-To-The-Party" Award winner
Papa John's pizza delivery guy - jealous
Wayne - probably sucked at qualifying
Ted Yost - Helluva gun smith
Les Baer - knows what a trigger pull is supposed to feel like
Justin - needs a larger head and a louder announcement voice
Qik.com - awesome. Let me watch my daughter's soccer game live at 9am while sitting on the porch 560 miles away.
Britt's Doughnuts - has been covered elsewhere
The breakfast place - Day 2, ran out of biscuits just before we got there... on the bloody day that I wanted biscuits.
The breakfast place - Day 3, the table from our crew get biscuits, another table of us got biscuits, people who came in AFTER me got biscuits, I go to order and hear, for the second day in a row "we have everything but biscuits". I want to fly off the handle, my new friends laughing at the situation... grrrr. Much ablige to Al, as he so graciously gave me half of his biscuit. It was enjoyed to the full extent of someone who was pissed off about biscuit availability could enjoy.
Bathrooms - Much better than in ATL.
Atlantic Ocean - owes me a titanium ring, size 12. Mother fucker.
O2 - really good
HD800 - still look like they are on backwards
Grados - still gradotastic
JH13 + pico - FS: Grado HF-1 + HF-2 #39 matching set. Duggeh approved HF-1s. Will throw in 1 set of flats. PM for details/pics.
Les Baer Xtreme Tactical 1911 - My old flame. Still as lovely as ever, now with a new friend to court.
Ted Yost Signature Grade Heirloom Precision Browning Hi-Power - Sexy.
Ok, going a little deeper, it was really great to meet most everyone for the first time. Some people were new to me, even through forum chatter. Some are old friends I just recently got a chance to meet. Colin, for instance, has been a friend via chat channels for 5-6 years now, we figured. I've been talking to Dan about that long as well. It was GREAT to finally meet you two. I once drove 300 miles round trip to have dinner with Vicki. Driving 1200 miles round trip to hang out for a few more hours was easily worth it. After 1000 miles in the car with Fitz, I realized that Atlanta is the work of the Devil, and that he really is passionate about gear and music, as an introvert who really comes out of the shell when the topics arise. I also had a blast at the trip to the range as I got to spend a solid 1.5 hours in a vehicle with Jeff, Al and Colin. Glad I got to get to know them a little better, though there WAS a certain chat of epic proportions which I somehow missed out on.
I had 14 months of anticipation for DanJam, and it was everything I hoped it would be and more. Even though I couldn't hear out of my left ear (hearing loss happened 5 hours before I left for DJ, and cleared up about 2 days after I got home... sucks for an audio event, no?), this was easily top-five most enjoyable weekends of my life. There was such a wonderful mix of people it makes me glad I'm a part of this community.
Thank you so much for getting this together, Dan. I am still talking about it to people and expect to for a while to come.