I haven’t updated in a while, so here’s a summary of what I’ve been up to the past month.
The weekend of November 2-4, I was in Dallas for a competitive gaming event held by Major League Gaming. When the event was announced a few months prior, my roommate and I planned on attending mainly to check out the rapidly growing ‘eSports’ scene and to experience the city’s night life. I had also planned to compete in one of the small tournaments (for the fighting game, Mortal Kombat) for fun and lastly, to volunteer document the event by capturing video and photos.
Days prior to the event, my roommate was unable to get off work during the weekend of the event, so I was uncertain on attending. While I had already spent $50 on the registration fee, it would have been much more expensive to drive and book a room on my own. The night before the event, I was notified that I could share a room with a few other attendees at the Omni Dallas Hotel right near the Dallas Convention Center. With nothing else to do that weekend and the urge to travel, I left for Dallas the following afternoon.
The last time I attended a similar event was the Summer of 2004, also in Dallas, hosted by the Cyberathlete Professional League. I was intrigued to see how much has changed since then. The venue was set up nicely; there were many sponsor booths showing off their products and giving away prizes. Three large stages were set up towards the back, with ambient lighting equipment and several professional cameras broadcasting the event over the internet. More noticeably were the larger amount of spectators; there were hundreds of occupied seats in front of the stages and hundreds wandering the convention center.
The hotel we stayed in was awesome; very modern and classy. After the final day of the event, other competitors and I ate and drank together at a nearby restaurant and later hung out at the hotel. It was fun bouncing around rooms and meeting tons of people from around the country. One of the popular rooms were “streaming” a live show to fans on the web. Overall, the trip was a unique experience.
The following weekend, I attended my fraternity brother’s wedding in Laredo. It was my first time in that city; I was kind of paranoid for my safety as I have heard stories from prior residents involving illegal and violent activities. Whether I was being ‘trolled’ or not, I was not sure. Regardless, I was relieved not to have any trouble during my stay.
The wedding ceremony went well, though it seemed a bit longer than previous weddings I’ve been to. I talked to the couple afterward; they told me a lot of errors that happened but no one really noticed. I was happy for them; they seem to click well with each other. The reception was really fun; the place it was held at was perfect. Never drank so much tequila in my life, but I was proud to be able to handle it. Scottish whiskey also seems to be my new favorite liquor.
During my Thanksgiving weekend, I attended a Rockets and Knicks game. I was able to find a cheap ticket a few rows behind the away team’s bench. It’s the closest I’ve sat at a game, and it was awesome. I spent most of the weekend hanging out with my family and doing some shopping. I also met with a few of my college friends for drinks on several nights. I realized how unproductive I am when I visit my home town, so I don’t see myself visiting as much unless it’s just to visit family or for an event in town.