August 13th, 2006

I'm not dead!

I had just gotten caught up on my friends page on the way back from Cedar Point on July 30.  Then I got embroilled in a huge project at work and haven't touched LJ since.  So here I am two weeks later, and I'm back to skip=120.  But I think I'll go ahead and update first...

Anyway, I made my second trip up to Cedar Point this year.  shammers and I were talking awhile back about him wanting to go up to Cedar Point.  His own plans to go were seemingly falling through, so I offered to try and facilitate a visit.  He wanted to go before he moved down to Bloomington for school, and I quickly determined that the weekend of July 29-30 was the only availability I had before then.  Fortunately, it turned out that he was available that weekend, and over the next week or so he gathered his troops to make a party of it.


In the end, we ended up with Lissa, me, Justin, Kate, Sam, Ken, and Dustin.  I suggested we stay at one of the park resorts for the greatest convenience.  We stayed in one of the cabins since they're quaint and are able to house the most people.

Justin was nice enough to drive for the group seating all of us in a TrailBlazer.  I really appreciated not having to drive for a change.  I love going to Cedar Point, but I was more than happy to be able to sleep, read, play games, etc. instead of driving.  We left late morning on Saturday and arrived at the park about mid-afternoon.  We checked into our cabin and went into the park.  Of course Lissa and I go to Cedar Point often, but the rest of the group were CP virgins or hadn't been in years.  It was nice to get to share the experience with them.

It was pretty busy on Saturday, but I think the longest we waited for anything was about two hours.  I think we got about 1/3 to 1/2 of the major rides in on Saturday.  Sunday we got early entry by virtue of staying at one of the park resorts and the crowds were lighter as well.  I think one hour was the longest wait for anything on Sunday--even while waiting for the front seat on several occasions.

The weather was ruthlessly hot and humid, but we all had a good time.  We were able to hit all the major attractions and I even got to see the ice skating show and the nighttime light show that I usually miss because Lissa and I typically visit in the early and late season before and after most of the shows run.

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For the last two weeks I've been producing a video at work.  It was a really ambitious project with an aggressive deadline.  The result was that I put in a lot of long days and overtime to get it done.  It was a lot of pressure, but it was a lot of fun and I'm glad I had the opportunity to do it.  Let's see...it only took nine years for me to do what I went to college for in a real job. :P  That's not entirely true...I have done some video work in jobs since I graduated, but nothing quite to this scale where I was in nearly total creative control.

But I've been almost completely offline during production due to a simple lack of time.  The project was pretty much done on Tuesday, but there were some more details that I had to tend to on Wednesday on Thursday when I was finally able to put it to rest completely.  Friday was a catch-up day on things that had gotten backburnered and things slowly returned to some sort of normalcy.