Who would have ever thought I'd be on a plane next to Vamprella, heading to Las Vegas, watching her drink vodka at 7:30 AM? I sure didn't. Something in my head signalled that this was probably a precursor to how the whole con was gonna be, but I chose to ignore it..
Those "AirFone" phones in the seats are so inviting. On my previous Southwest flights I had pondered using them, but all required a Credit card to be inserted to remove the phone. On this flight, no such demands were made - a quick flip of a latch and a clipped wire and I could have an elite AirFone to carry around at Defcon and throw at Feds. W00t. My morals and my greed struggled throughout the hourlong flight, but in the end, morality won out. (I learned something my parents taught me, I guess) Vamprella didn't appear to be particularly intoxicated, so we got off the plane into 115 degree weather and away we went! Off to DefCon!
After watching her haggle with 2 cab drivers, I threw Vamprella into the next cab I saw and told the cabbie to get us to the Tropicana. The typical cab ride small talk began, but before I could start my bullshitting, Vamprella went for the throat:
Vamp: What's the best strip joint in Las Vegas?
Cabbie: (coughs) Topless or fully nude?
Vamp: Fully nude, of course! I'd really prefer a raunchy place where you can pay to watch girls getting it on with each other!
Cabbie: (cough) (cough) (choke) (cough) I like the Palamino club. Best looking girls and they treat their women well. I used to go there a lot. I really like full nudity.. I like gambling too...
(After this he launched into a strange and unnatural dissertation on how he was some big gambler who gambled with other people's money. I ignored him and tried to forget that I was putting my life in the hands of this idiot voyeur, Earl the Cab Driver. After $8.00 worth of cab ride, we arrived at the Tropicana slightly shaken but alive.
My first encounter with RatFace took place here. I never did get a name from the kid, but he had the WORST attitude I had seen in quite a while. Vamprella and I walked into the general convention halls area on the Tropicana's ground floor only to encounter some guy with green hair (never did learn who he was, but he seemed nice) and this little rat-faced punk. The conversation went something like this:
Lynch: Jeah. Yew at DefCon?
Lynch: Werd. Anything goin on yet?
RatFace: (makes "pshaw" noize) NO.
At this point I walked past him, not wishing to deal with his lame attitude. The elevators took us to our room...if you could call it that. Mirrors on the wall behind the bed, above the bed, to the left of the bed (while lying on it), and mirrors across from the bed... this was no ordinary room! This was the new home for my harem! Werd!
Relieved of the baggage, I grabbed my laptop and travelled at maximum speed to DrKool & Thayer's room, where I knew beer awaited. DrKool was rather displeased at my quick call to him ("YO I KNOW YOU HAVE BEER HERE I COME HAHAHAHAH") but he let me in anyway. As I pounded 2 Coronas, DrKool introduced me to Thayer, his tre cool roommate and then as Thayer and I chatted, DrK began molesting my laptop's pen interface. A pen laptop with solitaire is NOT something you want to show people - it keeps them entertained, but they often completely filter any external stimuli and they will likely scratch your screen trying to cheat. (Cheat at solitare? People try!)
Eventually Vamprella noticed my absence and joined us in DrK's room. Thayer and DrK got ready while Vamprella and I chatted...then we all just kicked back and shot the shit until about 11:00AM, when we descended the elevators to DefCon III.
It was at this juncture that Razz0 entered the picture. Razz0 is a friend of DrK's who hangs on #talk2me in IRC and has the (mis)fortune of living rather close to the Tropicana. We returned to our room to find a message from Razz0 that he was on his way to DrK's room and that he'd be there about 10 minutes before we had gotten the message. DrK called his house.. no answer.. we sat perplexed wondering where our so-called savior had gone. A lady from housekeeping (she was black, but that's only importan t for the story's sake - she was way cool and that's all any of us cared about) came to change the sheets and we learned that BoyzIImen, TLC, and some singer named Montel Jordan were playing at the MGM tonight, as well as obtaining some intersting info on the Tropicana. Evidently, the Trop had once been a 5 star (***** for the numerically impaired) hotel that had turned into an unrated (NO STARS, for you impaired people) joint considered the cheapie "big" hotel. The housecleaning lady finished the beds and disappeared into the bathroom, setting the stage for Razz0's grand entrance.
As our bathroom became cleaner, Razz0 walked through the open room door. I was the first person he saw and since he knew Thayer and DrK, he was able to deduce who I was. Upon realization of my presence Razz0 exclaimed, "YO LYNCH! WHADDAP NIGGA!@#$@#$!" Time stopped. DrK, Thayer, and myself all paled and looked nervously at e ach other. Razz0 looked confused. No noise was heard from the bathroom. I grabbed Razz0. I whispered "D00d there's a 'negro' in the bathroom." Then I saw her. She looked at us. She fled. Her cart moved down the hall. Razz0 was a mix of astonishment and elation. He was now a part of our group, for better or for worse. Vamprella lay on the newly made beds, asleep.
We all needed beer, I needed a modem, and Razz0 needed someone to figure out what he had done to violate his computer, so we made our way through the maze of the Tropicana and out into his little car. Razz0 put his stolen Handicapped Person placard away and we skidded off into the heart of Vegas..
Packard Bell computers aren't my idea of leet equipment, but poor Razz0 got the most un-elite system they ever made. After he owned it for 6 whole months, the monitor stopped working. He squeezed it with all his might and it worked.. what prompted this action, I do NOT want to know. After hours of difficulty typing with one hand and squeezing the front of the monitor with the other, Razz0 took some electrical cable and tied the monitor up. (If I had a pic of it, I'd post it on alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.bondage) Once past his explanation of the jury rig of d00m, I started his PPP and played around. Razz0 has a pretty kewl homepage on his provider's machine.
DrKool and Thayer were then enlisted to fix the system's many software problems, such as modems and mice and faxes and pieces of cheese all being on the same IRQ. (As all DOS/Windows users know, the cheese was the easy part!) I chilled and talked with Vamprella and Razz0..... and then it happened.
I became one with Razz0's couch as DrK and Thayer toiled on the PC. A fear began to creep over me that we would never see DefCon, that we might never leave Razz0's house thanks to some errant Packard Bell salesperson. Vamprella was lying on the grass outside of Razz0's and I almost felt like joining her. Somehow sunburn was becoming more appealing the longer I was trapped in Razz0's.
Upon departure of Razz0's complex, we saw a 7-11 down the street a few blocks. Thayer drove us there as quickly as possible, pausing only at a stop sign to grind the starter a few times (the car sounded like it had stalled, really!) and attract the attention of all the residents. Razz0 told us later that we had entered the ghetto, but we failed to encounter any problems besides a slow attendant at 7-11. Beer procured, we headed back to Razz0's. The rest of the time at Razz0's flew by as Thayer and I drank our beer and left DrK to struggle with Microsoft and Packard Bell.
My Thinkpad was just waiting to be used but had little purpose without a modem to connect it to the rest of the world. Someone once said that laptops could be used for other tasks besides IRC'ing on the road, but I'm not sure that person was playing with full deck.
While on the subject of idiocy, the trip the Best Buy must be mentioned. My area in California doesn't have Best Buy stores - this is a good thing. Razz0 directed us to the computer section, and I eventually found the PCMCIA modem section which was conveniently located next to a salesman trying to sell an unsuspecting couple a 486sx desktop to run the upcoming Windows 95 OS. I attempted to attract attention to myself using a plethora of tactics including yelling "I WANT TO SPEND HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS HERE! HELP ME!" Eventually DrKool started to shake and ran down an aisle screaming in an attempt to get an employee to help me.
After about 20 minutes of being ignored and shunned by idiot salespeople who failed to comprehend that a $300 modem was better to sell than a $10 surge suppressor we FINALLY got an idiot to help us. I got an XJack 28.8k and was informed by the king of PC knowledge sales ass that PCMCIA ethernet cards "do not exist." And if they did, "Best Buy would not sell them because there is no market for them." I laughed at him and told him that he was an idiot, and he seemed upset. Oh well. I paid and we left. Next stop? The liquor store!
Payless served us well, allowing us to spend a decent amount of money and obtain a lot of alcohol. Razz0 became somewhat incoherent in the car and I really began to fear for my wellbeing. Nonetheless, we were back in DrKool's room filling the fridge soon enough.
DrKool returned from the pool to discover the three of us totally shitfaced laughing violently for no reason at all. It seemed like it might be bad for us to go down to the convention floor in our current condition...so we did.
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