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It was a great ceremony... Awesome food... Spectacular people... And the cutest grooms.
Made it home... 4 times I hit decided by traffic but I still did it in 5.5 hrs. I missed you guys the second I asked Google to navigate me home.
Love you all...
WOW... nice job!
Icrontic LAN 2004 tickled a new hobby, LAN gaming. At the age of 30, I'd done a few 6+ hour LAN parties with maybe 8 people. It was fun so the opportunity to do a two day LAN with 30 people, AWESOME! WOW, I totally under estimated the fun I'd have and never imagined that I'd make life-long bonds with so many people. No, strike that... I made a bond with a community.
Over the next 12 years I came back each time expecting to have fun, rekindle friendships, create new friendships, and grow as a person. Each year is different but, in so many ways, the same. A new game, same warm friendly faces. A new adventure, same sense of belonging. A new person to EXPO, same realization that Icrontic is home. For most of my Icrontic life I've been a 1/2 generation older than everyone. I never got into console games. I didn't own my own PC until I was 21. I didn't play my first FPS until I was 22. But as EXPO evolved, I did too. I learned to love the new style of board games like Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. I have adapted my PC game playing style to a support role. I played along in the fast twitch games like Unreal Tournament and Rocket League knowing I am not the best but in it to have fun.
So, I came into this year's EXPO the least prepared, the least aware of what was going on, and the least connected due to family, work, and life stress. I NEEDED EXPO more than ever. I needed to push everything aside for 5 days... just allow EXPO to engulf me. I did a lot of watching, a lot of talking with new members, a lot of time just being in the moment. I was free from everything, if just for a while. And in the end, Icrontic showed me how much I am loved and that mean so very much to me. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful community. Thank you...
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