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Megaplex - Part II

MegaPlex 2007

‘Cannuck’ for Room-party :P

I'm not even sure where to start -- but I'll give it a whirl. The convention itself was a blast, I think that all of the organizers deserve a huge Kudos, and I for one will be back next year.

Things began on Thursday with massive weather delays out of Toronto and Chicago -- Pup, Jaf and myself were delayed for almost 5 hours mid-stream (where we met up with Theome). When we finally took off for Jacksonville, I experienced the most brutally turbulent flight I've had in almost 8 years of business travel. It was a 2 hour flight, but it was over some of the worst weather of the season (that was the day that the Tornadoes hit the high school and hospital in Alabama) – the ATC on United sounded like we were threading a needle with course corrections “for weather, at your discretion”

Then things got interesting.

Friday and Saturday were a blast – I love the smaller con atmosphere! And I love the different events that Megaplex set up (Murder Mystery, games shows, fursuit parade through Church ?

But Sunday takes the cake. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s done it before, but (like I’ve been doing for like 6 or 7 years now), I went to hang my fursuit up to dry on the fire sprinkler on the wall – the entire-room heard a ‘POP’, a fire-alarm and then TORRENTS of water shot out as the sprinkler exploded with such ferocity that not only was the ceiling literally blown apart, but the mattresses on the beds were shot across the room. Within 5 minutes, we were all standing in about 2 or 3 inches of water.

Shocked, dumb-founded, Slush, Eric, Pup, Jafra, and Ferian took about a minute to realize that we needed to get our things out of the room ASAP. We scrambled to toss everything into the hall – it was quite the psychology test, things were thrown out in the following order:

  • Fursuit heads, suits

  • Bags and loose items

  • Laptops, cell-phones and wallets

  • The fact that we all grabbed our fursuits first, and not our wallets or laptops (which I’ll get to in a moment) was beyond hilarious.

    So the room was completely destroyed – and that’s quite the understatement. The room next-door (un-occupied) was flooded as was the hotel’s kitchen below. After long conversations with the hotel management, we were moved into a new room, they helped clean our clothing.

    Thanks to Pup and Domino for the use of the con-fans, we were able to dry out our fursuits – EVERYTHING WAS DRENCHED.

    My laptop was drenched as was my blackberry – both were alright after being disassembled and allowed to dry. Slush and Eric weren’t so lucky. Slush’s laptop, camera and DS were destroyed, as was Eric’s DS – I’ll make this up to you both.

    So where do things sit? The hotel insurance is trying to get me to cover the damages (including loss of room rental during repairs), I of course am trying to work out something through insurance – early estimates are between $15k and $20k US. I think the fact that something I know lots of us all do caused incredible destruction completely boggles my mind. The ferocity and quantity of water that shot out of that “Sprinkler” was completely unexpected – it literally only took a few minutes before the entire hotel room was our own private pool.

    What I learned most from all of this is that I’ve been missing some of the most obvious things around me. I recently made a post “People suck. That’s all.” I’m taking that back – it wasn’t even a few minutes after this catastrophe that it became obvious how wrong that sentiment was. Yes, if the insurance doesn’t go well this is going to cost me a small fortune and yes that’s more brutal than I would have imagined. But the way that even strangers, folks I had only met at the convention stepped-in for no reason, and for no gain to help us all out brings me to tears.

    I apologize if I'm missing folks:
    DukeFox rushed in to help resurrect destroyed electronics – I can’t thank you enough for your help and I wll do anything I can to repay you for your help (I don't know your LJ username offhand - I'm looking for it now!)

    aceswild, you were an incredible friend throughout all of this – I’ve never felt more supported and I appreciate it more than I can possible express.

    Domino and Pup you guys are fantastic, kuddlepup (you do one hell of a con-programming job), Yappy, Herbie – I’ve known you guys for a quite a while now, and you’ve always been excellent friends. Lace, you're always awesome to hang around (and thanks for being there on Sun) and Wayah, it was awesome to finally meet you!

    My room mates, Eric, Pup, Jafra, and to Slush – I want to again apologize from the bottom of my heart for all of the damage that this caused. It was a careless accident and I will make this up to each of you.

    To the countless, and I do mean that – group of folks at this convention this year are the warmest and more genuine folks I’ve had the pleasure of being around. Folks don’t know what they missed this year – Megaplex was simply fantastic … and how about those room parties?

    On a lighter-note – I know some room parties have been quite the mess for the house-keeping, but how many conventions can claim parties with $20,000 in damage? :D

    (I laugh because I can’t think of any other way to deal with this ... I certainly don’t want to make this seem as though I’m not taking this seriously, because obviously this whole incident is going to end up costing me a small fortune once the damaged items are replaced and the hotel is squared-away)


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    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
    We learned all about how those things work in fire academy, and knowing what I know abotu how they work, I am simply dumbfouded that more fursuiters have not set these things off hanging fursuits from them. There really is very little holding back a LOT of water.


    (no subject) - theamazingkodi - Mar. 6th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC) - Expand
    (no subject) - yippee - Mar. 6th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC) - Expand
    (no subject) - dog0fwar - Mar. 9th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
    Ya know. I've never ever considered hanging anything on a sprinkler head. They, well, unleash a torrent of water capable of putting out most any fire.. anywhere in the room.. But you know that part now. ;)

    Betcha won't do that again. *^_^*

    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
    Yup. nice 15k lesson
    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)

    wow, I am actually shocked that after so many cons, you would STILL risk hanging things on a sprinkler..

    Goodluck fighting that.
    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
    Definitely agree it was dumb and I'm definitely paying the price for it.
    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
    ...You're takign this well...Ya knwo it's aprtly a shared liability, they do nto have the do not hang warnign stickerrs onder the sprinler heads....so maybe that will help you.

    How long until the water turned off?

    The frusuits all need to be cleaned obviously how is that goign i hoep they all survive, Some of the cutest suits.

    I wish this didn't happen to you, but you'll be ok, *hugs tight* cya again soon
    Mar. 9th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
    While I sympathize with the dude, there comes to be a point where common sense must be brought into play. It is common sense not to do what he did, to be frank, personal responsibility is something too many people lack nowadays because "there was no sign saying not to do this" or the like.

    He's willing to take it like a man and pay up if it comes to that but the argument that there's no signage is flimsy at best. It's McDonalds spilled coffee on grandma level foolishness. Sometimes shit happens, things break, people make mistakes. He's already owned up to his mistake and it's silly to patronize and even suggest that somehow others should take the financial blame for it.

    My ex didn't come with a sign saying "Warning: Could cost $30,000 in wasted money over the next year and a half if he ditches you to fuck off to California" and I sure don't get to have an insurance company pay for my stupid mistake. :]
    McDonalds coffee - wrong lesson. - (Anonymous) - Mar. 11th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
    Ouch! Sorry to hear that the damage has cost you a fortune.
    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
    aw man D:

    *hugs you tight*

    I hope they can maybe make some sort of compromise.. people don't really have that kinda money, I'd hope they realize...
    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
    (no subject) - neouka - Mar. 6th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC) - Expand
    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
    Holy crap, well done man! Too bad there weren't some nekkid people in the room that had to run out to add to the fun! I've seen a few of those heads pop in the dorm rooms when people hang stuff on them and whoooo weeee... yeah. I stay as far away from those fuckers as possible. The damage totally sucks, but that's a prety good story, people won't forget you or this con for a while :)

    I will admit I was hoping for something that involved fire or sex, but I guess I'll settle for this... THIS TIME :P
    Mar. 6th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
    Oh man, that's just insane. Hope things work out in your favor man. *hugs*
    Mar. 9th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
    thanks.. and OMG, I love your icon!! You are still one of my ultimate fav artists
    Mar. 6th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
    OMG!! That sucks a lot! x.x
    But, wow, such a thing just for hanging your fursuit up on the fire sprinkler? o.O A TAD sensitive ¬.¬
    I do hope you're lucky with your insurance. That's an outrageous amount of money!
    Sorry to hear that
    Mar. 6th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
    Daaamn man... THAT sucks! I hope you've got some kind of homeowner's umbrella policy for this kinda thing? Otherwise... Yeah... Good luck man!
    Mar. 6th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
    I've only seen a sprinkler head pop once, and yeah, the volume of water they dump comes right off the mains. Pretty ferocious.

    If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. I got some extra fursuity bits here I could auction off to help make a small dent in the damages. You've paid for a lot of my hotel stays in past via points, so I don't mind paying back the favour.

    Mar. 6th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
    Oh my Dog! You are dealing with a big financial loss, very well. It's really awesome that you didn't let the problem ruin your con or your life, but are just laughing as best you can. And why not? The problem doesn't go away no matter what you do, but it sure feels better like this. Life just isn't funny if you don't have a sense of humor.

    I just don't know what else to say, but ... *hugs*
    Mar. 8th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
    As my grandfather used to say:

    If your woes have a remedy, why worry?
    And if they don't.... why worry?

    Worrying won't help either way =P
    Mar. 6th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
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    Mar. 6th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
    oye, that sucks :\
    I hope you can find a good compromise.
    Hmm, I think I've seen a few hanging stuff on the spinkler too yeah,
    I'll make sure they don't do in my room anymore.
    *snugs* I hope you can recover most of the damages.

    Yeah kinda interesting how you put the suits out first,
    it's clear that I would have done the same . ;)

    So you'll have to make a 3rd Kodi or are the suits recoverable ?
    Mar. 6th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
    Bloody hell. That sucks.

    I've nearly hung things on those heads a couple of times, but always stopped myself short of doing it! (now I know why, thanks subconscious)

    Hope everything sorts itself out. I've seen enough hotel property destroyed (not always by me!) in my working life to know that is rarely the individual who gets hit with the full bill, except in cases of malicious damage(which this isn't). Of course, things vary between countries.

    Good luck with the insurance wrangling, if you have travel insurance, may be worth checking if it has any 3rd party liability cover, I believe mine does, for just these occasions.
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