September stories are due tomorrow. I am telling you this because it is possible that you, not unlike me, were previously unaware; not only have I not written an article, I haven’t signed up, and didn’t even think I had to do one this week.
Also, it is currently 11:52 PM and this is my second post for the month. In other words, I have eight (less than eight) minutes to meet the minimum and I still don’t know what I’m going to talk about.
I blame the late Hunter S. Thompson, my influence as a journalist and as a procrastinator, for all this. That man’s powers of putting things off are legendary. He was assigned to write a book about the Nixon re-election campaign of 1972; five days before the release date, he hadn’t even started. The presses fixed this by sending him to a hotel next to a seal resort (“it’s like living next to a dog pound”, he said), where for the next hundred-and-twenty hours he typed, not eating and rarely sleeping. Near the end, they gave him a box of tape recorders to dictate the remainder of the book. Thompson finished less than twenty-four hours before the presses were scheduled to start rolling.
But his powers of procrastination (it’s 11:58) are only met by his skill at writing. I plan on signing up for the “Game” article; I hope to cover the World Board Game Convention, meeting this week in Lancaster. When I attend (day after tomorrow), I will also keep a daily diary of my exploits, called “Fear and Loathing at the Gamer’s Convention” in his honor. Not much time to write now
(It is now the following day.) I would like to say I successfully posted this before midnight last night. Midnight deadlines really are midnight deadlines for me, because my parents have installed a parental control of my computer that shuts it down between the hours of 12 am and 12 pm; it is meant to keep me from writing in the wee small hours. Luckily I managed to hit the “publish” icon in time.
Anyway, I should probably translate the jumbled nonsense of my last paragraph. Hunter S. Thompson was famous for his “Fear and Loathing” articles (his book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” was made into a movie starring Johnny Depp). In these articles he wrote about being in an unfamiliar place, where a state of horror and hatred existed between him and the locals. This definitely describes my feelings whenever I head over the Convention (and I’ve gone twice before).
I’m going to write three posts: one on Thursday night covering Thursday, one on Friday night covering Friday, and one on Sunday afternoon covering Saturday. Be on the lookout for my dangerous venture into the deepest cave of geekiness!