The dealie as we know it at this point:
We'll be arriving in Seattle on Wednesday, September 28th. We're not sure where we are staying yet. Last year, we spent our night in Seattle at the Red Lion; it was nice and a good spot but I may have flipped the fuck out on the person at the front desk who wouldn't replace my room key when it didn't work because my name wasn't on the reservation. In my defense, the jet lag had kicked in BAD and I was thisclose to passing out on the floor in front of her. I was doing her a favor, really. Who wants a sprawled-out, catatonic Snarky cacking up the lobby? You're welcome, front desk person who was just doing their job and probably would have gotten fired if she'd let me in. I hope you have off that night if we stay there again this year. [Note: me "flipping the eff out" is limited to taking a very cross tone, possibly giving the stink-eye, and walking off in a huff.]
We went to there! And it was good.
We'll be driving to Forks on Thursday September 29th, and will be staying at the Forks Motel Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night (checking out on Sunday, October 2nd). The people at the Forks Motel were awesome and better still, they are happy to host us for a second year. Somehow. I guess they didn't know what kind of nonsense we got up to in 2010, after all... If you are reserving a room, let them know you are with Twitarded - last year they gave us bit of a discount, and I expect they'll probably be willing to hook us up again this year.
For anyone in town on Thursday night, we have no idea yet where we'll be trying to gather; I imagine we'll be doing a hostile takeover of whatever local dive bar we can stagger to from the motel (or the motel parking lot). As most of you are probably aware, the space where we did most of our gathering last year is closed, and it's not like the town of Forks is overflowing with spots able to host a group our size (read: there are virtually none unless we feel like tailgating in the school parking lot).
Tailgating in my parking lot? I'll allow it. Grudgingly.
Friday and Saturday night, we'll be taking over the Forks Elks Lodge and scaring the bejeebus out of some of the elder Elk locals (it's what we do best, really). There will be an admission fee/cover both nights, as we'll have to pay for both the space and any entertainment/catering we have on premises. It will be as inexpensive as we can possibly make it. We're not looking to profit on this venture, but none of us have Robsten money. We'll be buying tickets too, and I can pretty much guarantee that we'll be going more out of pocket for random odds and ends than anyone else present (unless you're bringing lots of hookers and blow) but it will be all worth it, trust me.
We are toying with the idea of a prom theme or vampire theme of Vampire Prom theme one of the two nights - what do you think??? Too corny? Or so dang corny it just might work???
We will likely try to have at least one daytime get-together (possibly at one of the beaches?) for anyone who want to meet up, and we're working on some designated Twitarded-friendly Forks Tours. Mostly because I still feel a little sorry for the two hapless German tourists who inadvertently found themselves on the short bus with me, JJ, LKW, Myg, and a bunch of other die-hard Twitards. They're probably still scarred. Entschuldigung, meine freunde. Whatever, it was a blast.
Looks like an awesome place for a box lunch! No boardwalk here, people...
...you just have to watch out for the bodies that have washed up on shore.
Honestly, as was the case last year, this trip will be what we all make of it - come ready to make new friends and put faces to the online besties you already spill your dirtiest secrets to in the privacy of the interwebs. This was the friendliest, bawdiest, most welcoming and genuinely nuts-in-a-really-good-way group of people I have ever had the pleasure of spending a long weekend with, and we hope you'll be there this year to get your fix of Twitardy goodness. You can connect with people to arrange carpools, room shares at the motel, whatevs - HERE in the Forum. The trip last year had us all on a high, and while it was a bit of a let-down when we all had to go back to the real world, we were all better for having participated in - and created! - a peak experience (I forget who told me this term last year when we were all going on and on about the trip after our return last October, but feel free to take credit in the comments if it was you).
Here's a video that GusGus took last year on our first night in town - it's mostly just a garble of whooping, hooting, and hollering with some gleeful profanity mixed in and a game of Mini-Edward Jenga for good measure. I can't begin to name everyone in here, but you'll see appearances by Laxplays, Derry Down, Double Dippin, Malicious Mandy, Dangrdafne, All Twied Up (and her rack), Red Bella, Miss Tejota, me, JJ (and her allergies), Latchkey Wife, Twired Jen, 17 Forever Lisa, TwiLove Sue, Myg, Purple Whipped, Sloppy Seconds, Starlit Violets, Musing Bella, Girl in the South, Micki Martini, and...well, I apologize for all the people I know I left out and for the people who might not have been there who I mentioned. Please give yourself shout-outs in the comments! I'll work on my poor name recall this year, I swear (also, I'll be bringing a bigger, wider Sharpie for name tags - think 30-point font, people!). I'll even bring the book I bought to help me remember names. It's very clever. I just have to find it...
In the meantime - cheers!
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