Today was my birthday. For my birthday, I bought myself a chance to take a photo with the cast of a webseries I like called Critical Role that streams a Dungeons and Dragons game that I really like. I've watched those guys play like 400+ hours of content so going to see them is like meeting up with old friends who have no idea who you are. The human brain isn't really evolved enough to deal with the internet.
Anyway, I write about it because EVERYONE I encountered today was INCREDIBLY nice. The 7-11 guy who sold me a bottle of water was happy. The parking attendant was cheery. The taxi drivers back and forth to McCormick place were pleasant and friendly but not overly so. I passed a very pleasant homeless guy with a cat called Angela (I gave the cat $5). The Critters I met were all very friendly and happy and no one had stereotypical body odor issues. An Oakton student who I invited to come along for the picture seemed happy and didn't roll her eyes too much when I suggested doing "jazz hands" for the photo (see photo). As we were being herded out I bumped into Sam Riegel's chest (after the aforementioned ill-conceived photo) and somehow got/gave him an awkward hug. Okay? Everyone was smiling and welcoming. The young lady behind us in line was a roller derby/professional singer/business major called Ashley who subsequently went with me to the panel discussion afterwards and was charismatic and friendly. The C2E2 working the event were kind and friendly. The Critical Role cast seemed tired by the end of the panel but were unerringly pleasant and polite. Afterwards I drove to Portillos for a Birthday Italian Beef and a GIANT chocolate malt. The checkout lady asked if I wanted something that big and I said, "Why not, it's my birthday!" and she gave me a free piece of chocolate cake. I spoke briefly with my same-birthday'd bnf (best nerd friend) Lauren for birthday wishes and then drove home and was welcomed home by all my sweet cats, most of whom had not vomited on my bedroom rug. All in all, a perfect day. Thank you, world. This was fantastic. <3
Today's word: edubation (etymology - Critical Role Campaign 2 Term)
Meaning: To have extreme pleasure while learning.