Well, all the projects I am working on are put on hold for one reason or another again, so might as well finally talk about my experiences from America. Grab your sleeping bags and sleepingpill flavored Popcorn, cause it's vacation slides time.
I had a fantastic time, all people I met were awesome and very nice (And almost all of them also ex-navy seals , cops, marines or 9/11 conquering firemen, so even if I didn't like em I wouldn't dare to say it). The Sonic paradox people were amazing and I'm surprised how far they went and making me feel comfortable despite the fact I was only a special guest and not really part of the gang. Had a blast, saw a lot of thing, made a lot of photo's that are almost all unusable and failed because me. Ah well. Besides, happy positive things are boring to talk about so here's some sarcasm and irony instead:
Things I learned of America:
EVERYTHING has the American flag on it.
Sometimes as a joke, like this adorable fire hydrant, but besides that, every street, building, house. I'm pretty sure there's flags on furniture and officie supplies too, and giant "GOD BLESS AMERICA" posters everywhere.
I started to think Americans suffer from Amnesia and constantly forget in which continent they live without constant reminders.
I would say "look behind the firehydrant on the left to see another miniature American flag", but what's the point? At this point I'm convinced behind every blade of grass there's another American flag hiding.
Sucks, so I actually go to American suburbs right at Halloween time, yet on actual Halloween I'm stuck between airports. Ah well, at least I got to see some awesome decorations. Love the little guy in the waterwell there.
I didn't actually stay in downtown New York, but on the suburbs of Staten island, which had a surprising amount of nature.
I loved the idea that if my grandma or aunts forced me to show vacation pictures, I'd talk about the dark grey, gritty streets of new York and then just show them an endless collection of forests and rivers and beaches.
The best picture is this one, since you see a bit of asphalt sticking out of the grass. "This is New York's main street. Look at all that traffic, dangerous ants speeding everywhere"
In reality, it's a sad reminder of hurricane Sandy. Also, the guy on the picture is Mike, the guy I stayed at and let me eat his cereal. Hey Mike!
You may know him since he occasionaly voice acts for me (Mostly in the Pokemon colleseum flash), occasionaly attempts to spell check my scripts and often delays the movies he spellchecks. Thanks Mike.
The advantage of staying at people's homes instead of staying at a hotel is of course you get to sample the culture a lot more and do more crazy things.
Being in a household with a rich fireman history, I got to walk around and dress up in Firehouse stations.
I'll gladly talk about how, while posing for the picture , an actual emergency happened and in the chaos I was dragged along on many exciting adventures.
But alas, that didn't happen. However, instead of being an accidental hero, I did become an accidental idiot when I tried to get out of the way when the firemen were called out, and decided to stand under the pole just when people were sliding down from it.
So while America has this much higher paranoia and hysteria when it comes to child safety, it amuses me I saw basketball hoops purposely installed on the actual streets.
Another thing I learned from America, people don't greet you with "Hi" or "nice to meet you". They greet you with "Hey, you watch American football?"
Of course I don't. (Hint, "America" is in that title for a reason. Not that it matters since I wouldn't watch European football either, or Roger's home town football or even Roger's living room football.)
Anyway, the guy on the right Is Mike again, the guy on the left his pal Matt. He voice acted once for me, also in the Pokemon Colleseum movie. So yes kids, voice act for me and once you may be rewarded with a vague unfocused ruined photo with me staring at the floor in your vicinity. The ultimate victory in life.
Matt is the typical lovable "Hey you should watch this movie, hey you have to eat this pizza, hey you have to go visit this place" guy straight out a commercial.
A 24 hours non stop salesman. Let's hope he never get's my Skype, got enough hyperactive salesmen on there already.
Here's some traveling advice from uncle Roger.
Make a picture of EVERY bit of vegetables you come across and may have eaten.
When you get back, your parents WILL accuse you that you didn't eat vegetables, and no matter what you say, they won't believe you.
No matter if you still live with your parents or on your own, several cities away.
They WILL travel across several miles to confront you.
So I made thousands of photo's of every carrot I came across, and when my dear old ma accuses me of not eating enough vegetables, I will show her every single picture I made, narrate in excruciating detail every thing I went trough to get to this meal and I will list every single delicious flavor of pancake or bagel I didn't eat and had to sacrifice, just to heroicly scarf down these vegetables. (They tasted pretty good, but my mom doesn't need to know that)
Of course this photo failed to help me much because it contained 2 pieces of chicken, so all her attention went to that. Darn it.
Another IMP voice actress caught. gotta catch em all.
Only Henrik, Hentaiboy, Lindsay (Mayleen) and Terry (Bustin) left I suppose.
This is Molly, responsible for Ginny/ Tiffany/ Kiki and some others.
Posing happely at the 9/11 memorial, the perfect place for such an occasion...I guess?
Since we had to run and race trough traffic all day we didn't have much options for backdrops anyway.
Poor girl just complained to me that last time she was in New York city, her family rushed her trough the museum she was enjoying. I could barely finish my assurance this wouldn't happen again before the museum we were in anounced it would close in an hour and we dashed trough the museum at Sonic speed as well.
Ah well, at least It inspires an IMP episode I suppose. Like I need even more inspiration..
Was kinda dissapointed I would spend my stay in the USA mostly up north, in the (I assumed) grey depressing New York and Detroit, while I feel more attracted to sunny California or Florida and such.
Fortunatly for me, I had great weather and Staten Island happened to have some neat beach boardwalks, so I still had a little LA feeling here.
Yeah yeah, did see the "proper" city too, Wall street, Liberty statue and here Times Square.
Don't worry, I'm a good little tourist.
Surreal seeing this place without videogame heroes running around causing mayhem.
Altough there were a couple cosplayers walking around I suppose. But instead of doing cool videogame stuff, they just pose for pictures. Hrmpf.
And it's Mike and Molly again. Hey double M's!
Okay, another thing I learned about America, they don't hire architects to design their hotels, they hire Videogame level designers.
Hey, ever played like a videogame where the hero had to climb a skyscraper, and instead of just walking into the convienent elevator and going to the top floor in one painless movement, he has to run trough endless corridors in a mazelike nightmare, filled with strangely empty rooms and dead ends, accessing Elevators that only go up one floor, or staircases that are constantly in the complete oposite end of the building instead of in one logical center?
Were you facepalming and chuckling to yourself about stupid videogame logic and how real buildings would never do that?
Yeah, well, let me introduce you; Detroit's marriott hotel. It's a good thing this is a nerd convention, so as soon as everyone stopped thinking logicially and instead treated the Hotel like a level in Wolfenstein 3d, we finally stopped getting lost.
Good thing noone cosplayed as a nazi officer tough.
Also, look at those kick ass illuminated cross walks. If Sonic ever get's a hotel stage in his games, this is how it should look like.
To make the videogame vibe of the hotel even more complete, our hotel room had this kickass giant open window so we could stare down 36 floors into the city below.
Ahh, always wanted my own super villain office room.
"Look at those pathetic ants down there. They're just READY to be crushed. Mhuahahaha."
Despite missing out on halloween, during our exploration of the hotel our first night, Alex and I accidently stumbled into a random post-Halloween party, filled with half naked guys playing 3ds, and fun games for the whole family!
Not to mention face painting.
Since we were tired of people demanding to know why we weren't properly dressed like Dr. Eggman and Wiley, and we didn't have the patience to constantly explain what Evil Doc was, we figured we might as well have our mustaches painted onto us and actually cosplay as the actual doctors instead of ourselves.
The next day, we just pretty much said Alex was "Eggman's wife" and I was "Dr. Wiley in his College student days" to keep the Eggman and Wiley fans at bay.
Yes, still working on the interview.
Gheh. This project is turning into a nightmare.
Anyway, Alex forced him to pose happy with her Shadow pluche, because of course.
Whether this event will spark a love for Shadow or more fear into Sonic fans into mister Pontac is yet to be seen.
My view from the Sonic paradox panel while our Robotnik animation was showing.
Including visual evidence people laughed at least once during the production.
Hah, now everytime someone says my movies aren't funny and nobody laughs at them, I have proof against them.
....Well, after I carefully photoshop the grumpy guy in the middle out of the picture...
Usually I hate it when I'm present when people watch my movies and I always immediatly run toward the nearest bathroom, but now I was forced to sit there.
Ah well, pretty cool to have been an active part of a panel once.
In fact, I think I had more screentime and chance to talk to people then several of the actual Sonic paradox members, which made me feel guilty.
Ah well, that's the advantage when you're there as your own person instead of part of a big group I suppose...
Ghah, all people can constantly look at me, so secretly picking my nose is impossible.
Another thing, but don't have a picture of it because my camera broke down and stopped working when I tried to make one.. (I wonder if it's connected.)
On my last day, saw a Wendy's at the airport and figured I might try it once.
Tough their burger is called "Dave's hot n juicy".
But the guy who served me was called Bob.
Well damn, so did I eat at Wendy's, Dave's or Bob's now?
Anyway, whoever's responsible, CONGRATULATIONS! For the first time in my life, I didn't like a cheeseburger and couldn't even get myself to finish it, despite being hungry. Never thought a day could exist where a fat ass like me dislikes something impossible to screw up like a hamburger, but you did it.
So instead tried Chicken strips at the Burger king, and when I opened the box those things where actually floating in sauce and fat.
Well, they didn't show me THAT on the preview picture.
What amused me even more is that they didn't give me napkins to go with it, but they DID give me extra packets of sauce. Because that's what I want when I have to eat a cardboard box filled with sauce, MORE sauce.
Final thing I learned from America, and neither have a picture of.
I was really surprised how newspapers have a full on opinion in them.
Dutch newspapers are always just neutral and keep the commentary in specific parts, but American newspapers just go straight on "Senetor Jones makes another stupid mistake, his comments are of hypocritical insanity".
Also watched a news segment of a psychopatic lady ranting about the health insurance thing. To their credit, they did actually invite a guy into the studio to defend his case, but to their discredit, I don't think he ever managed to say 5 consecutive words without crazy lady screaming at him for lying or missing the point.
Watching that programm suddenly made all the rants and anger I see on the internet make more sense, if the normal news is already like that.
Also noticed a new theory of the JFK assasination conspiracy got onto the frontpage of newspapers as well. Always fascinating to see the things I'd come up with as a parody to actually happen in real life.
Well, enough talk. Back to work.