Last year at KC was not only the best we’ve done but also a pretty epic trip. We played smash, ate Panera and saw Toy Story 3 which everyone agreed was good, but a little twisted near the end.
TJ took silver in pin design and Goodie and Grizzles took bronze in web design. Along with our web and pin team we had a quizbowl team that consisted of Angel, Dwatts, CTall, Rathburn and myself.
After a long layover and playing Mario Kart for the DS on the plane ride we arrived at the hotel.
It had 14 floors, a pool, glass elevators, free breakfast and was perfectly setup for dropping things on the unsuspecting people below. We attended only the mandatory meetings and ceremonies and spent the rest of our time doing things like visiting the Apple Store, going to GameStop, and playing Smash.
Cronin ‘Leroy-ed’ it across a street and almost got us hit by a car on our way to PF Changs for lunch. We watched the Futurama premier and attempted to throw together a poker game and then waited until 2am for our pizza that never got delivered.
We had lunch at a hipster restaurant called Blanc Burgers and Bottles where we ate 100$ burgers and fries served in mini shopping carts then shoved into a van that was NOT meant to fit all 10 of us.
We made a trip to the grocery store where TJ and Cronin split a case of Mountain Dew and TJ ended up carrying it all the way back to the hotel in the 90+ degree heat. And somehow while all of us were sweating and whining about the heat Waters managed to never take off his sweatshirt. We ate the worst pizza any of us had ever tasted, and during the competitions we walked around the booths and got Autodesk bandanas and attempted to trade pins with other states.
We chugged cherry limeade and TJ turned a big pillow into Goodie.
We visited Coldstone Creamery and got some ice cream that melted as soon as we stepped outside and overall we had a great trip, had a lot of fun and did well at nationals then almost missed our flight home because everybody slept through their alarms. And somehow by the end of the trip I had no silly bandz left. Goodie, if you’re reading this I want my pink hippo back!
View all of the photos from the trip here in a flash gallery.