A Weekend in the Life of a Geeky Nerd

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A weekend in Los Angeles staffing Anime Expo. Filled with fun, adventure, craziness, BS, and other like nouns.

Submitted: July 03, 2016

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Here I am at one of the many USC dorms located in Los Angeles, California.  If you’re wondering why I’m here, it’s because it’s that time of year again and I’m staffing Anime Expo 2016.  As usual, things have changed, and they also haven’t changed.

Weapons Policy still looks like a boring as hell job with little to no satisfaction, and this actually makes me grateful that Lisa decided to let me go.  I was initially peeved about it at first, but when I think about it now it’s a blessing in disguise.  The reason why I was let go is still annoyingly bullshit though.  If one’s job is to deal with customer service on a 4-5 day basis, and those “customers”, or attendees, are ungrateful and threaten to file complaints to AX management because they’re told their prop isn’t allowed due to it not meeting policy regulations, then they’re not going to be happy after 8 whole hours of dealing with the same thing over and over.  Not to mention that we didn’t even have enough chairs to sit in when our feet were in agony, and even t hen it seems that Lisa thought that sitting down on the job looked “unprofessional.” It’s a necessity for our health!

This year I’m in Audio-Visual Tech (AV Tech) as a member of Flex Squad.  Sadly that doesn’t mean we have awesome muscles to show off to the crowd, but it does mean that we go around the convention and handle the technical issues and other bits.  I was stationed at the Maid Café/Butler Café where I have never set foot in before due to a rather silly feminist ideology of oversexualization of women in anime and manga…but I’m glad that I’ve evolved my thinking since twelve months ago.  Maid Café and Butler Café is filled with some of the most amazing and fun people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, including a trio of Japanese singers and performers from Tokyo with the catchiest of original songs! The maids are all cute, the butlers all sexy as hell, and I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.  I even got some experience working a sound board for the first time, which caught me off guard at first, but it’s easier than you think.  Of course my mind had to go and overcomplicate it as usual, but after the first show I got the hang of it.  One skill I pride myself on is that I’m a fast learner and I wasted no time in absorbing everything Chris taught me about managing a sound board.  The maids and butlers even complimented me and said I was really good at what I did.  Apparently the audio was perfect most of the time and at just the right volume.  Swoon, I’m in love! I want to come back next year!

I won’t know for sure if I’ll be able to return next year, you know, due to unforeseeable circumstances or spastic life events, but I’ll do my best to make room for Anime Expo in my schedule.  It’s one of the few times a year I get to go out and really let myself go.  By that I mean I can let the “real me” out of the cocoon of impracticalities that society says I should be.  Plus I’m still young enough to be able to relate to my anime-watching students, so what’s the harm in making them a little jealous? I think of it as a means of networking Anime Expo from me to my students.


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