I keep showing up time and time again to blog about “things getting back to normal.” The honest answer, though, is I don’t think there is any more “normal” in my future. Last summer, I shifted (unexpectedly) into working on GME projects full time. Once I hit my stride after a couple of months, my father – one of the few people in life I try/tried to make proud of me – took his own life. Then it was a flood of emotions, estates, and trying to juggle it while a successful business was taking off. My life was all over the place.
You know, the opposite of “normal”.
The past few weeks have been a hefty amount of work. We wrapped up Florida Anime Experience 2014 a couple of weeks back only to be thrown into dealing with the Brooks Hunnicutt Wedding this past weekend. While those two things seem unrelated, how they ARE connected is pretty damn interesting.
You see, Kaleb and Tracy’s wedding is nicknamed WeddingCon V within our circle of friends. The story is this:
WeddingCon I: Shannon and I met in 1999. As a result of our meeting, I went to my first anime convention. As a result of this outing, I created Wasabi Anime. Thus, we are “patient zero” in the legend of pairings in the Wasabiverse. We were married in 2007.
WeddingCon II: Lyn and John met while Lyn was working the Wasabi Anime table at the old FX Convention in Orlando, Florida. They started dating as a result and got married in 2010.
WeddingCon III: Ryan was one of the original gang of pirates who helped me kick off Wasabi Anime shortly after AFO2 in 2001. While attending Wasabi Anime club meetings in Jacksonville, he met Annie. The two of them were married in 2011.
WeddingCon IV: Ken hated hosting events at the FX Convention, but I would drag him kicking and screaming to help represent Wasabi Anime. I introduced him to Katie in a more recognizable fashion at the wrap party for the convention. (They had a passing introduction during the show.) After a few years, the two got hitched in 2012.
Which leads us to WeddingCon V. Tracy (my sister-in-law) has been a part of Wasabi Anime’s shenanigans since early on. She met Kaleb (like the other couples) when he started working events at our conventions. They were married last weekend.
So in retrospect, I guess my life wasn’t every truly normal. I’m looking forward to “stable” again, though, and feel like it could happen at any moment… after I finish 1,001 projects and clear our a million emails.
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