Categories: Miscellaneous Kvetching

  • E3 2015 Day 3 – An Introvert’s Lament

    I slept till 9 today, and I could tell myself that was because I was tired out by yesterday’s work. What it really was though, was my subconscious trying to keep me away from the convention center. I finally dragged myself there around 2 pm (after going to breakfast in the floral district at Poppy & Rose) loitered in the press room for another hour, and at long last, decided to brave the game-crazed masses. It took me all of [...]

  • E3 2015 Day 2: Live Streams, Celebrities and Skingrafts

    Spent the entire day staring at a TV monitor watching press conferences via crappy live stream. Hooray! Aside from the official information I was asked to impart re: the pressers, here’s a couple of unsolicited observations: 1. Publishers must enjoy torturing us with embarrassing celebrity appearances. Ubisoft once again won the Awkward Silence Award by hiring Jason Derulo to screech out a tune. Please god, make it stop. Click here to suffer through Derulo’s ear-splitting performance. Angela Bassett’s appearance during [...]

  • E3 2015: Day 1 – United Airlines, official airline of the 9th Circle of Hell

    Today’s trip to LA was a total ordeal thanks to United Airlines’ exhaustive crew of apathetic clowns. They, along with a recalcitrant check-in kiosk started my journey to customer service Hell. Actually, that’s not entirely true. This memorable trip began this morning with my cab driver, who I found crashed out in my driveway. There he was, with the seat reclined all the way back, passed out in a dirty white t-shirt. I woke him up and he graciously popped [...]

  • E3 2013 Journal – Day 1 or, “How to Stay in the Worst Hotel in L.A.”

    OK, technically I didn’t stay at the worst hotel; I only reserved it. I suspect if I had stayed there, I wouldn’t be alive today and writing this. Still, it was a near miss. I’d like to start by saying thank you to the owners of America’s Best Value Inn – without you, the first day at E3 would have been totally uneventful. I got to the ABVI around 10:30 in the morning and the guy behind the desk gave [...]

  • Who CARES What Jesus Would Do?

    Yeah…so after moping an extended period after receiving a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” email today from another prospective employer, I sat for a while, taking stock of my life and it came to me – I make shitty decisions. For the last two years (well all my life really, but the last two years in particular) I’ve been making choices that undermine my career, my health, my relationships and my happiness and today I resolved to employ a [...]

  • Day 1, E3 2011: short beds, sweaty crowds and Star Wars: The Old Republic

    In past posts I’d forgotten to mention one of the most unique features of my shabby hotel room–the unusually short bed. I’m only 5 foot 6 but in order not to have my feet hang off the bottom, I have to angle myself diagonally. Who are these beds made for exactly? Dwarven tourists? Anyway, I woke up this morning early and was immediately barraged with assignments. I worked for hours without eating or taking a shower, sorely tempted to make [...]

  • Cupcakes, Catering and Mr. Caffeine

    After a large cup of coffee, the grainy tuna taste is finally gone. Aside from the short break for ptomaine poisoning, this whole day was one endless press conference. After giving the morning to Microsoft, the afternoon was devoted to Ubisoft and Sony. The former proved a combination of speakers I couldn’t understand and the most annoying MC in history, and the latter was a mix of corporate apologies and lousy catered food. Ubisoft was held as usual, in the [...]

  • Press conferences and bad sushi

    Well, I was up till 2 am writing last night and when I finally got ready to collapse on my wrinkly bed, I realized I hadn’t brought any pajamas with me. There was no way in hell I was going to sleep in my underwear in that grungy bed so I got stuck sleeping in my clothes, something that always makes me feel like a vagrant. Bad enough having to sleep in cargo pants but then I went to pull [...]

  • Raymond Chandler Stayed Here…

    Yeah so, as I was saying, I’m staying in the ahem…”Historic” Mayfair Hotel, a hundred year old place that noir author Raymond Chandler once stayed in while he was writing “I’ll Be There Waiting”. That’s inspiring I guess, even if the decor isn’t. Once I’d checked in to the sound of a chorus of hysterical “fuck yous”, I rode the rickety elevator up to my room on the 12th floor. The ride was kinda spooky, especially because when the elevator [...]

  • Shuttles, shuttles, shuttles

    The more I say that word, the stranger it sounds. Shuttle. Shuttleshuttleshuttleshuttleshuttle! It’s starting to lose all meaning now which is good because it might help me forget today’s shuttle ride from the airport. Before heading out to ground transportation I stopped in an airport restroom, relieving myself and reflecting on my rising anxiety. E3′s always a killer and somehow after nine hours a day of walking to appointments, shaking hands and playing games, I have to come back to [...]