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I went on a week-long cruise with a boat full of nerds and it was awesome. JoCo Cruise 2017!

I played Pandemic and we failed to save the world!
I played Whitechapel and we had to stop before we could catch Jack the Ripper!
Molly Lewis taught me to play the ukulele!
I was part of a 140-ukulele-strong Ukulele Melee that surprised Paul (of Paul and Storm) for his birthday by singing "Hungry Like The Wolf" with a special verse!
I got to be part of a small group of folks singing along with Ellen McLain when she sang Portal songs.
I saw a mash-up musical of Coulton songs and the plot of Portal and it was amusing and fun!
I saw a bunch of concerts with lots of different acts in different combinations that had many delights including; one of the Doubleclicks dancing around in a shark costume doing the Eliza part in "Satisfied", Zoe Keating being hauntingly amazing with a cello and a laptop, Aimee Mann singing a slow jazzy version of the Mary Tyler Moore show theme, Nerf Herder playing the Buffy theme song while they were singing along to it with "meow" noises, a cover of Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover" that nearly set the room on fire, and covers of George Michael's "Faith" and "Freedom" that had people literally dancing in the aisles. Much to my surprise, Paul and Storm did not play That Fucking Seamen Song (actual title, "The Captain's Wife's Lament"), probably because Peter Sagal wasn't on the cruise so they couldn't torment him with a 40 minute intro to wind people up for it.
I spent time in the swimming pool and hot tub on the ship. I got a sunburn in spite of sunscreen because the sun is a miasma of incandescent plasma, but not too bad because sunscreen.
Because the ship was a charter, the random background music was a special mix that was way better than whatever their standard soundtrack is normally. (I am assuming their public area music does not normally include, e.g., Emerson, Lake, and Palmer or Frank Zappa.)
I read several books: "Ballad of Black Tom" and "Lovecraft Country", which are evidence in support of the hypothesis that the best Mythos stories these days are African-American centered. "Ancillary Justice", which was as good as I'd heard. And I read at least a dozen short stories, mostly from assorted kickstarters.
I surprisingly did not end up watching Amazon/Netflix stuff I'd downloaded to my iPad (although I may yet since I'm currently stuck at the airport for hours before my red-eye flight), nor did I do much crochet (ditto) or make it to any of the "learn to knit socks" craft sessions on the cruise.
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