I didn't participate in other hosts demo events on Saturday, But I did hang out at Chuck's house on Friday night, and went to the last two demo sessions on Saturday night with group B. (carp's and stoked21’s post party)
First off -- Thanks to so many people who helped plan and organize this crawl.
attended a planning session in December, to help get things organized early.
provided the lanyard name tags
printed the t-shirts
hosted the pre-party on Friday night.
produced the amazing BBQ lunch for >50 people on Saturday.
hosted the post-party on Saturday night.
hosted the post post-party on Sunday morning.
hosted the post post post-party, even including a pontoon boat ride at the lake on Sunday night.
provided tactile and frequency response measurements during the crawl.
provided a JVC RS600 to demo
provided a JVC RS520 to demo
provided a JTR 212HT and Captivator ULF 4000 to demo
provided 60 8GB USB sticks with vertical poster images free to attendees (if you didn't get one,
has the remaining pile currently)
Thanks immensely to the above for your contributions and help! If I'm missing someone please forgive me! This help made the event a success!
Thanks to the nine hosts for their interest and ability and initiative to do this! We have a great enthusiast group in KC! You guys rock!
AND thanks for the KC enthusiast who were able/willing to let some of the various attendees stay with them. I think about half the hosts extended this offer and even some non-KC hosts extended offers for a fellow enthusiast/(s) visiting from out of town to spend the night in their home.
I really enjoyed the event myself, and certainly couldn't have organized this without all the help from my fellow KC enthusiasts and friends.
My favorite 'things' about this crawl:
- Catching up with old and new friends! - That really is the point after all for most of us veteran attendees and hosts.
- Watching d_c frantically screw in drywall as it was being loosed in real time by the ULF 4000. (Drywall that was just hung that morning)
- as well as watching my shirt sleeve and shorts material swing back and forth a full inch in d_c's room while I stood 15' away from the Cap 4000 ULF. That cap was STUPID impressive in Doug's basement room. Without question, the single 4000 ULF had several of us guys with eight sealed subs intrigued and crunching numbers. Doug said it was "violent". I agree, that's the proper adjective. It was actually "painfully powerful" as you approached the corner it was loaded in. I didn't make it to Stoked21's on time for the loudest demos, but when I pulled up I could hear the 4000 ULF in his house before my car stopped, and when I opened my car door I could hear all of his siding vibrating from the street. That is one powerful sub!
- Answering questions and interacting with group C in one of my host demo sessions. The group seemed eager to ask questions, learn and experience! I remember back to when I was newer in the hobby and how exciting this stuff was!
- Watching a flower pot walk across the upstairs dining room table at carps house with the 4000 ULF --- we all had left the theater room save a couple brave souls. The dining room table's hardwood chairs vibrated like they had transducers in them from the theater room below.
- Almost sinking the pontoon boat as we all moved to the front end for a ill-conceived group picture --- And seeing the panic in
's eyes as the front of the boat submerged under water and we all collectively scrambled towards the rear of the boat. Doug (d_c) handled it coolly, cut the motor, and laughed alongside everyone.
- Watching teflon Doug and his many uncanny abilities, heal +10, sneak skill + 10, agility and dodge +10, luck +10, charisma +10.
and not a favorite thing – but very memorable was the several instances were carp almost got knife shanked by a transient on the way to Chuck's pre-party after our John Wick 2 showing at the downtown Alamo. Our mob of like 40 people was walking over to Chucks together, and Sheldon (carp) was pushed out of the way by a guy passing our group. Sheldon reasonably assumed the guy was with our group and just playing, and so shouldered back into him lightly with a smile on his face. The transient went off, pulled a knife and threatened Sheldon several times. I think we were all caught off guard --- like whoa --- is this really happening? Who is this guy? A couple of us, alongside Sheldon were like whoa - hold it man, he didn't know who you were, you pushed first, he thought you were with us, etc. We started laughing a bit, when he backed down, but as he was walking ahead, he kept turning around and telling Sheldon to stop laughing and brandishing his knife. I was playing through my mind how it would work out if Sheldon was attacked. I'd have intervened and just flat tackled the guy, all the while realizing I’d probably get stabbed! We were lucky we were able to defuse the situation instead. The whole situation was so weird!!!
I put together a short video showing some of the video footage I got. Since I didn’t get to attend most of the host sessions, it’s simply random one off videos of some of the stuff we did. I think you can see a good time was had by all!
Hopefully more videos and photos will be posted as people return to normalcy!
I enjoyed getting to spend extra time with BeastAudio, Gorilla83, and Popalock, since they spent the night at my place, as well as Mike Garrett who stayed on Sunday night. I wish I had more time to just chill and visit with you guys -- it was good to see you again.
Keep your calendars open, we’ll likely see you again in the further optimized 2019 KC Home Theater Crawl.