Oswald Rant: East Coast Roadie

Unlike previous rants, you really cannot disagree with what I am about to say. Sorry, maybe next time. This past week I had the opportunity to make a roadie to the East Coast to visit some of the gamers in the Urban Terror Community. MFDoom basically gave me an open invitation to make the trip months ago, but due to my work schedule and the daily routine I was unable to make it. But this past Wednesday, the 21st I boarding a jet bound for Philadelphia.

After a four and a half hour flight, stuck in a economy class, with a middle seat, I was more than happy to get my ass off that plane and start in on my “vacation.” As I walked past security upon arrival I see a motley looking bunch holding a sign reading, “[SID]Oswald” followed by the question, “Okay do you know who we all are?” At the airport to meet me were MFDoom, CaptPorno and Fragging_Newby. Of course the weather was crap, overcast and raining. At least I did get hit with the “smell” of the East Coast…oh yeah, wait that is Jersey that stinks.

The real reason for the visit, aside from hanging out was to go shooting with these guys, as AGBD (agiantblackdude) has a complete arsenal that could arm an entire army. You name it, he seems to have it! But before shooting, as promised CHEESESTEAKS!!! We returned to AGBD’s, where I was going to stay. You know he is on house arrest, right? After changing and hanging out at AGBD’s, FSKGhozt arrived. I got to partake in a REAL cheesesteak. While it was not Pat’s it was still damn good. Beats anything I have had out in SoCal, then again we are not known for our cheesesteaks.

There was a lot of drinking, just ask CaptPorno about his $44 bar bill. No, not for the entire group, but for him. Dude was getting “funky” with some chick as she was playing darts, with her boyfriend next to her side. It was hysterical! You had to be there, but Porno DEFINATELY living up to his name. We shot pool and drank for the next 4 hours or so.

The following day was meant for shooting! The weather decided to cooperate and did not rain. While it was windy and overcast most of the day, it did make for a comfortable shooting day. We hit the Ommelanden Range in Delaware for some skeet and sporting clay shooting. Before this day, I had never handled a double barreled shotgun before. For my first time shooting something larger than a BB gun I think I did rather well, even have the bruise on my right shoulder to prove it. Of course, Doom, Porno, Fragging_Newby and AGBD were right on the mark nearly every time, as Ghozt sat back, listening to these old f*cks call me a “newby” because I rented a shotgun that had a bright orange handle. I believe there was a Viagra reference thrown their way by AGBD, as these old lard asses waddled onto the range. Ghozt then headed off to the indoor range to tear it up with his AR-15 (pictured here).

While skeet shooting was cool (think ut_skeet), the sporting clays was where it was at. Multiple targets being launch in numerous directions, both airborne and on the ground. Out of 24 rounds (some with more than two shots) I score 19 hits. Again, I was new to this and quite surprised at how well I felt I did. I am sure Urban Terror and other FPS games are to thank for this “skill.” AGBD rocked, as did Porno and MFDoom, along with Fragging_Newby and his pump action shotty! With fun like this I could even be convinced to purchase a shotty and a handgun. Check out the “gun nuts” after a day of shooting. Speaking of handguns, I was all to excited to hold a 9mm Luger. While quite rare, this was a high point in my trip (no offense to my hosts), but this weapon is so beautiful. Unfortunately, with a shortened stay I was unable to have the chance to try my accuracy on a range. Next time!

The other reason for the trip was the invite to the {TRIAD} LAN Party in Jersey. Yeah, “smelly” New Jersey. Of course I am from SoCal, so what the hell do I know. MFDoom and I drove about an hour and a half to Dragonne and QueenBee’s house. Upon arrival we played a bit of Urban Terror and stormed the house…lol. They were all in the basement playing the mod. Surprise, right?

It was quite a scene as we walked in on the LAN. Introductions were made: Dragonne, QueenBee, our hosts, Spellbinder, NoLeafClover, Limey, 625, Omita and Lloyd. MFDoom and I took our places and got into the fragging action. While UTZ-Vampyress was not physically at the LAN see completely sw0ned me. Every corner I turned, she was there to greet me an SR-8 shot in the head or ass. Needless to say, I spent quite a bit of time watching the round rather than playing.

It was a blast to meet some of these dedicated gamers who continue to play and support the community, taking an active interest to better the community. Unfortunately, I had not planned on staying the weekend at the {TRIAD} LAN, as we had to head back to Delaware about 6 hours later. Regardless, I do want to thank all those at the LAN, especially Dragonne and QueenBee for the invite.

I also had to cut the trip short due to unforeseen “issues” back in SoCal. So, instead of staying a few more days and drinking, eating and shooting I caught a flight Saturday afternoon back to SoCal. I did not get to hook up with my sister in Virginia or with a group of shoutcasters from TsN. Maybe next time. Lastly, I want to give a shout out to MFDoom for the invite and AGBD for the accommodations. Thanks for a great trip!