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My Disney Experience

If you woke up this morning hoping to read 3,600 words about a Disney vacation AND see pictures, then you are in luck. Instead of filling an entire week with posts about Disney, all the thoughts, comments, and ideas will be here.

A circle of our friends is in a Disney phase and my wife and I take bets on how quickly someone will bring it up when families get together. Last time it took twenty minutes, I guessed five.

This post has three sections.

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My Persacon Weekend!

On Where Pianos Roam

I just spent this last weekend in Decatur, Alabama as a guest performer for the annual Persacon anime conference.  This was my first "Con", as they like to call it, and I had a supreme blast!! Here are some photos to prove it: First off, on my way down to Decatur, I came across a gargantuan rocket, LITERALLY!  I had to pull off I-65  to check it out and fulfill my stereotypical Asian-ness by whipping out my camera and taking pictures. Isn't it awesome? Here's the info for it: Alabama is a lovely state with endless fields of green stretching out into the horizon .  .  . The town of Decatur, Alabama sits on the banks of the Tennessee river .  .  . Here was my merchandise table with my CD and posters for sale: Then, of course, some awesome shots with Persacon attendees .  .  . [caption id="attachment_1360" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Chillin' with a Storm Trooper (Awesome!)"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1361" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="An epic battle dare I say?"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1364" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="My friend Chris from The Man Power rockin' out!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1367" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Afterwards, trying to get Toby to smile."][/caption] Oreo and Buttercup also came along for the trip, but mainly ventured off on their own .  .  . [caption id="attachment_1368" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Lingering in the marshes of the Tennessee River"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1369" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Waiting for a train to pass (YIKES!!)"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1370" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="A Piggy-Back ride on a huge tower."][/caption] On Friday night, I was the performer for the opening ceremony. Here was the setlist: 1.  Mr. Stranger 2.  Arabesque 3.  This Is Love 4.  Billie Jean (Michael Jackson cover) 5.  Torrid 6.  Fear 7.  Gertrude Is a Boy 8.  Villain On Saturday's setlist, I played all of these songs again along with several others .  .  . Confession Up To You Pale Sunshine Play the Pain Away The Gardener Shadows Dance Swirl Never Is a Promise (Fiona Apple cover) Baker Baker (Tori Amos cover) When Doves Cry (Prince cover) Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis cover) I Wanna Have Sex With You (improvised Man Power cover) Fur Elise (Beethoven cover/Gordon Roque version) This Saturday set took place in the main arcade/holi-dome space.  Several people waltzed and danced to my songs.  One person, a classical ballet dancer, took the floor all by herself and danced to my song "Swirl" (the hidden track on my album).  It was mesmerizing.  She was completely in sync the my every intonation and wilting cadence.  I'll never forget this as long as I live. All in all, this was an incredibly memorable weekend.  I met so many great and kind people  from all over Alabama, Mississippi (Tupelo), and Tennessee.   There are even a couple of folks I really connected with, and I hope we stay in touch  for a very long time .  .  .  . It was also  a pleasure to hang out with my friends The Man Power (comprised of  the ridiculously talented Chris Sexxx, David Debauchery, Cody War Hammer, and Night Stick) and the smokin' awesome Texas-based band Electric Attitude!! Thankfully, the Persacon organizers got me a very cozy hotel room and fed me some delicious food all weekend.  They were all so sweet and accommodating. I even managed to sell a few CD's. (Imagine that!) I LOVE PERSACON!!!!! I will look back fondly to this experience for many years to come! -gordo

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