The following text is taken from a Facebook post I wrote about my experience at ReasonCon3. Since I am not releasing an episode this week, I thought I would post this instead. Next week, I will be putting an episode concerning my thoughts on ReasonCon. I hope y’all enjoy.
Where do I start?
I am going to give just a bit of background as to why this ReasonCon was more personally important to me than the other one I went to.
There are many that know about my infamous activities at the previous ReasonCon. I will not go onto details, but I embarrassed myself and hurt people that didn’t deserve it. I was in a horrible place in my personal life at the time, and while that is no excuse, it does explain some of my behavior. It is something that I was hounded about for months after, and to this day it haunts me.
That’s why thus one was so important to me. I called this ‘ReasonCon : Redemption’, because for me it was an opportunity to redeem myself from what had happened previously.
I can not make the determination if I was indeed ‘redeemed’, because I think that verdict is up to those who I interacted with. However, this time things felt more comfortable and enjoyable. I think much of that had to do with me being in a better mental place, as well as the fact that I knew a lot more people this time around. I can only speak for myself, and this may sound corny, but I felt like a part of a family, and felt love as one does from a family.
Now, I will admit to having some anxiety, but that is mostly an outgrowth of some chemical imbalances that occur when I drink too much, which is obviously my own fault. I need to thank all of you who provided me encouragement when I posted about it on Facebook. That meant the world to me.
Aside from all cool people I met, there are some people and incidents that stick out in my mind. If I don’t mention you, please don’t be angry. I have a notoriously bad memory
– Traveling to and from #ReasonCon3 with Tucker. I have a great time with him. He regaled me with his many tales of his life adventures to make the time go by quicker on the journey, and his Dad jokes kept me constantly groaning.
– Getting to meet those youngins from Scenic City Skeptic again, Brian and Lexi. Our plans we a bit awry for recording, but it didn’t matter. I still had a great time hanging out with you them.
– Getting to meet once again ‘The Hottest Couple in Atheism’, Jenica and Patrick Crail. They are probably about sick of seeing and hearing me now, but for my part, I really enjoyed getting to hang out with them. They are truly a class act, and they a genuinely good and caring people.
– Finally getting to meet Mark Nebo, along of course with his beautiful and awesome wife Shanon Nebo. I had met her a couple of times previously, but I always enjoy seeing her. She was the recipient of an award for he untiring activism in the atheist community. It was presented to her by Jennifer Lovejoy,which was a true surprise to Shanon, because they made her think Jennifer wasn’t going to be there! I also have to give props to Nova, their son, for being a relentless adventurer, to the consternation of their parents.
– Once again I got hang out with Callie and Celes, and I never get tired of it. Callie proposed to Celes, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It was so awesome to see them so happy together.
– Getting to see Trav and Morgan for the first time. I loved them both so much.
– Jessica is someone I had met online but long ago and I was honored to meet her because I love he writing and thought processes. We slept in the same bed Friday, but to my disappointment she didn’t make any moves on me.
– I got to meet William Ferguson for the first time. They have been on my show a couple of times, and they were awesome to hang out with. They were funny and I hope to meet you again soon.
– Having dinner at Mellow Mushroom with Trav, Morgan, and Tucker was definitely one of highlights of my experience. It just felt like friends who knew each other forever just hanging out.
– Getting to meet Jeremiah Bannister. I heard the tribute to his daughter Samantha and the work #teamtinydancer and her doctors put in to try to help her and save her life. Unfortunately, those efforts fell short, and that intelligent, giving, and beautiful young woman succumbed to he disease. My heart goes out to Jeremiah, his wife, and his children for their devastating loss.
– Oh, did I mention The Podunk Polymath Podcast Party Palace? I had planned to try and get some people up there and for a beer tasting and other assorted shenanigans. The beer tasting, but before I knew it, Jeremiah showed up with Ari. And then Marissa showed up with Cards Against Humanity. And then Noah Lugeons, Lucinda Lugeons, and Heath Enwright show up, with Cecil lurking in the hallway. In fact, there were so many people that they were lined up out of the room. I am fucking gobsmacked. This shindig had exceeded my expectations significantly. It is definitely one of the things I will remove most fondly.
– Meeting Katie Quesnel and their awesome mom. I was so glad that they got to dance and have a good time. I know what social anxiety is like, and I am glad they enjoyed themself despite having those fears.
-Getting to meet Michael Cerone for the first time. He drove down from Buffalo to be there, and I will so thrilled to meet him. He did a tribute to his wife who had died twelve years ago, and I was honored to be able to participate in remembering her. He even said that apparently I mentioned something about doing it podcast together, but I was so far gone by the point that I don’t remember.
– Zach Law for bringing SO MUCH BEER! This guy is the king of beer. Hell, he filled his bathtub full of ice and put beer in it! That’s some devotion right there!
– Gene Elliott for putting this thing together. I admire him a great deal for his organization and hard work it takes to pull something like this off.
There is so much more to say, but I would not writing for hours. So, I just wanted to say that I enjoyed meeting all of you, whether we got a selfie or not (I must have taken a 100 of them)! I will even go so far as to say that I consider y’all to be family. See y’all next year!