As the weather gets cooler in New England, the trees start to turn their familiar colors (and then drop those familiar colors all over your driveway), the sky becomes paler and slightly cloudier, and there’s a noticeable chill in the air. It’s also apparently the time for special town hall meetings.
Not growing up here, I thought a town hall meeting was when the equivalent of the town board gets together to discuss and vote on things. Perhaps in other areas, but not here. Here, almost 300 people will turn out to discuss (pick your line – in favor, opposed, and questions) and ultimately vote on various measures. Other people will turn up with citizen’s petitions, hoping to get enough signatures to be able to vote on their item at the next meeting in the Spring.
Still other people are visitors seeking to have a say (but not a vote) in measures that matter to them. There’s actually one person, one vote. And the people care enough to sit in a former school auditorium for almost three hours, to vote on 13 (of 22) possible measures. The voting itself is by voice (yay, nay) and, when necessary, by having all the yay’s and then all the nay’s stand up to be counted. Overall it’s an interesting experience, and it’s nice to be able to have an actual vote as part of a democracy.
March 22-24, 2013 - PAX East is something that just needs to be experienced. Why?
Lots of gamers enjoy PAX East.
- Thousands of other nerds. Some dressed in character. All socializing, having fun, and talking about things they all find interesting. If you’re a comic book/video game nerd, these are your people. Welcome home.
- New game releases – if you don’t mind waiting in line for a few hours (and from the looks of it, most people didn’t) you can demo some cool new games from the big name studios.
- Nerd Core. Yes, it’s a musical thing, and yes, they’re pretty darn good.
- Panel speakers. If Penny Arcade’s founders are speaking, go listen. They’re funny, slightly inappropriate, and just all-around cool guys.
- The food really isn’t bad – we recommend pizza or pasta.
- Game rooms. Hundreds of board and video games are being played.
- The Exhibit Hall is huge. No, seriously, it’s huge. And filled with all things nerd.
Lots of things have been going on behind the scenes here at Just Two Nerds. Most recently we were fortunate enough to get to a baseball game, seeing the Red Sox beat the Orioles. We’re hoping to continue working through the backlog of posts, picking out just the right pictures (and associated dry yet witty captions) to enliven the blog posts. We hope you’re all (all 5 of you ) doing well!