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Pictures taken during August 2017

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Topaz gets so excited for Otakon
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Let's do this
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I didn't get this joke until I listened to the Giant Bomb game of the year podcasts at the end of the year
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Topaz remains so excited for Otakon
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Soth Bulding C
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Our new back halls
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Another Otakon staffer hard at work
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Whoa, what are these future pods?
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Testing the lights for the dance
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Topaz started dancing with the test lights and they immediately turned off
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Lights are pretty complicated
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It really bums me out that signs like this are required
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Phrobyn isn't sure about these photos
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Welcome to the new AMV Theater
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Spherical mattress?
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This is a very helpful sign
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So.. where is the loading dock?
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We found Vic and Amanda!
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Time to start unpacking
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Another team was also unpacking
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Get all the crap out of the van so Vic can go park
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Hi Amanda
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Organizing all the equipment
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Time to shoot another time lapse video
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It's quiet in here
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Consult the All-Knowing Binder
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Anthony is pertty good about noticing the camera
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Our old friend Skynet
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My favorite sign
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Space Corps, eh?
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Hey I know those guys
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The "LEGO Staircase"
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This year's program guide. The theme is "Spies"
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The other program guide cover
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Vic's all radioed up
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Amanda already looks tired
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Figuring out the laptop setup
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What next, Amanda?
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McKeed gets to work taping down the cables
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Wiring up the server
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More cable tape
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Now Will can never get down!
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A two for one special on Team Camera-Shy!
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Taking down the 16:9 screen so we can put up a 4:3 one
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Otakon cookies!
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Otakon is delicious
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Meanwhile, in Main Events..
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The con before us was really exciting
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Don't get near our projector!
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Checking out the server
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Hi Amanda
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Fun things are fun
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Carrying more equipment
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Now we have ballots!
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Hi Will
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We have too much stuff
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Waiting around Main Events
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Anthony's new LinkedIn profile photo
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This stuff makes the AMV Theater look easy
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Cables and pipes everywhere
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Watcha got there, a phone?
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Topaz is so full of energy we should just attach a generator to him
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Hi Topaz
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Let's find dinner!
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Nice lighting in DC
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That's a big Otakon sign
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Back in the WEWCC
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Ascending into Otakon
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Hey we have a sign now!
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Practicing connecting panelists
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Dominion is fun
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Hey Main Events actually came together by the morning!
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That's a lot of chairs
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Let's calibrate it
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Food is good
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Omar found his sign poles!
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Taako says "don't touch the server"
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Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle!
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It's Rey from that new Star War!
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I should probably get around to watching Princess Tutu
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Nappa's going to kick my ass
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Topaz trying to figure out why my stupid laptop won't connect to his network
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Surprise! Kate is here!
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Also Teo!
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Not the best turnout for our space panel but it was fun as always
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Dan and Josh came to watch some anime
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Step step!
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Fastest thing alive
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Neat lighting at the hotel
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I love shots of cosplayers at Starbucks
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Whoops, who's got a keygen?
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Sound Guy James takes a hoverboard for a spin
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Mel couldn't find a lanyard.. so she used tape
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Well this is.. uh..
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Tenshi is going to cut me
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New Dealer's Room
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Who new Mercy had a tattoo?
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Some of these cosplayers must be.. cold
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That chalk art guy is at it again
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This guy was actually playing!
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At first I thought this was Beakman, but MST3K is also pretty great
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Welcome Aspect Ratio
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Taking advantage of the scifi-esque hotel lobby
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Time for my shift
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Otakon Simulator guy is back!
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More Overwatch cosplayers!
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D.Va is making quite a face
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Young Ana
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A gaggle of Robins
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This year's official AMV Contest results
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My girls! D.Va and Mercy
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How do they get air in there?
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The black parts of the floor looked like rogue gaffer tape
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Not sure what this is, but it sure is elaborate
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Rainbow.. bat.. thing? I bet this is from Kill la Kill
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Probably my favorite shot this year. "Cosplayers interacting with the normal world"
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This guy is as thin as his fans
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Devil Mercy!
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Those are some big sleeves
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Hey it's that Chrono guy!
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Lots of big open spaces in the WEWCC
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Hey I know those guys!
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Topaz and Kate hanging out
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A full VAT is a happy VAT
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Amanda says "No"
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Josh at Otakon!
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Mel getting something out of Amanda's pocket lead to a great photo op
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Is "Got Repel?" guy getting more Zubats every year?
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Wendys cosplayers??
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Great turnout for Topaz's talk!
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Topaz in "let's talk about cybersecurity" mode
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"And I said, that's not an iptable, that's my wife!"
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"So the thing about Visual Basic to track the killers is.."
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Something has gone awry at this Metal Gear Solid shoot
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Topaz continued answering questions in the hallway
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I think there's a Sbarro near here
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There was some super intense rain. It even leaked in Artist's Alley!
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Vic in full crisis mode as he tries to fix the Iron Editor laptops
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"AMVs right this way"
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Bumming around in the booth
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Queueing up videos
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Mel keeps the audience engaged
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Peter / DJ-PON3 is a judge
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Taking a break at the end of a long shift
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"Let's shoot our band cover on the escalator"
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I think we found the dance
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It was so loud the sound was like a texture
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Unts, unts, unts, unts
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Amanda loves raves
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I hope you're all drinking your water
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Otakon ran the bag check when they found out the WEWCC was charging per bag
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Topaz... remains so excited for Otakon
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Flying Nimbus!
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Mel is plotting something
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Kit watches over his dominion
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Oh god, no one tell Pub Ops about this
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I don't know what you are, Captain Crossbow, but that's a cool costume
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If this guy offers you apple juice.. say no
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Another Taako!
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Tsundere sharK?
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Want to buy some fwends?
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So many Taakos!
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Lots of people checking out today
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This is the funniest goddamn thing I've ever seen
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Ranma-chan in search of hot water
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Conrad loves photos
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Holy crap, this is excessive
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Is this a warning to other cosplayers?
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So fancy
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Next year's theme is Mechs!
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The view from the back of the feedback panel
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Some tired staffers
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My view when lying down on the chairs
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So many cables
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Finding stuff
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Will pushing the cart
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Lots of CRTs for the video game purists
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Mel likes her "$20 Christmas" gift!
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Phrobyn takes the stairs. We are fat.
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Dead Dog! Let's buy one or two expensive drinks and tell war stories
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Poor Phrobyn got a data dump of all our craziest con stories
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Dave remembers these stories..
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They gave us origami paper. I got to work
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Such a huge open space
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Now this is a con I can get behind
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We all gathered for the staff photo.. and then had to scramble to a different staircase
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Kit can't help but control crowds
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Topaz checking.. stuff
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I got a scouter in the random prize thing
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Looking good
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Topaz doesn't get it
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Let's... sleep for 30 hours
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Topaz setting up board games
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Hey we're way up there!
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Time to crush people at Codenames
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"He's better at this when he's not half asleep"
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Will is ready to eat enough to justify the high price of this breakfast buffet
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Will took a cup full of salmon with him. Gross but.. certainly helps get his money's worth
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Neat hole in the clouds
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James knows how to strike a pose
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Truck art
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So much traffic
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Sleepy little towns
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That's a store??
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Busch Gardens!
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James' squirrel pillow keeps an eye on people
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Roller coasters?
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The path to rides
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Ooo, just like the real England, right?
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So this is what Europe is like
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Just like the Romans used to do!
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That's got to feel good on a hot day
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Little boats
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Basketball was more popular once the emperors took over
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Tempesto looks like fun
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Apollo's Chariot plunges down
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James regrets waiting for the train
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The train is long
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Looking down the river
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Invadr, the new wooden coaster
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James gets a selfie with the new coaster
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Two photographers
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Alpengiest whooshes by
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So many pipes
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Invadr goes around the corner
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Loch Ness Monster is so photogenic
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Gotta love those interlocking loops
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A big drop on Verbolten
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A lighthouse.. on land?
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Probably on their way to fuel up an X-15
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Playing with fire, Marcus
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Oh we're planning
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There was so much tire debris on the roads
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That's a pretty sunset
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Drive safe, motorcycle guy
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Let's go talk to them, James
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So many signs for South of the Border
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Well.. we finally got here
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There is so much weird crap here
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This definitely looks safe
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This place was creepy as hell. It was literally like something out of a nightmare. Weird lighting, people wandering around from all directions..
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Fireworks are fun
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"Video Power"?
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This is the saddest arcade
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The view from the sketchy elevator
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Well.. we're up on the big hat. You could feel it swaying
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Scary headless owl
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James is so excited he finally got up on the big hat
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The middle of the hat
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The view from the top
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It was very red
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The emergency stairs look.. safe
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This is comforting
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Uh huh..
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Hey, F1!
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We made it to our Airbnb!
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AJ tries out the eclipse glasses
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James was really excited about this pizza place
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Rubik's Cubes!
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James introduces his pizza to his pizza shirt
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Suz likes pizza
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James takes his selfie for the day
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It's foggy in Charleston.. and there's going to be clouds! Time to drive across all of South Carolina to get to our new primary viewnig location
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I think I know where these guys are going!
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Grabbing breakfast at Waffle House in central South Carolina!
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James made friends with the waitress
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Classic James. Giant slice of chocolate pie
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I. Love. Waffle House.
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Another NASA nerd!
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James is ready for this eclipse
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Balloon selfie
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We accidentally set up in the wrong driveway for a few minutes.. Our viewing spot was outside Suz's relative's house
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The first tiny slice of missing sun! (On the right)
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Andrew really came through with his little cardboard filters. Much easier than the sheets I had.
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The sun is disappearing!
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The sun spots were really handy for manual focusing
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It was super duper hot.. so we spent a lot of time hiding in the shade
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I covered my camera with a shirt when I wasn't shooting, so it wouldn't overheat
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How's it looking, James?
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This real-time simulation actually came in handy. It was cool to check what percentage we were at. I punched in our GPS coordinates to make sure it was accurate
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AJ and Suz are taking proper eye protection precautions
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Our viewing area
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James and the Plane: A story in three photos
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James throws the plane
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The plane throws.. James?
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The sun is really getting covered up now!
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We had a few clouds.. but hopefully they'll move in time!
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Just a sliver left!
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It was tough to capture, but the light started to feel sort of weird
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How's it going, AJ? Also, note the shadows.. They're starting to get all weird based on the crescent sun
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Almost gone!
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The light is getting weirder.. It's tough to describe. It wasn't so much that it was dark or dim so much as... I don't know. It was odd.
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My trusty 70d hard at work
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The last little bit of the sun
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May I present to you.. a total solar eclipse.
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It's... beyond words
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The corona!
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A solar flare!
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If you ever have a chance to see this yourself you absolutely have to go
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Look at that little solar flare!
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The only shot I took from the wide angle
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This is blurry as hell but I sort of like it. It captures the chaos and unworldly feeling of the moment
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The prominences are really incredible
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It's fun trying different exposure settings on it
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The sun is coming back!
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The diamond ring
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And that's a wrap on that!
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I forgot to get a good photo of the strange shadows but you can see them here
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Let's take a group photo while the sun is still dim!
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We did it!
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Trying to jump at the same time is hard..
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Suz loves jumping
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Jump shot take 2
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See? The sun is coming back
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Andrew and Zoe checking out the sun
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James makes the best shot of the trip
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The balloon back home
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Putting coolant in Suz's car
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Hey Cheerwine does exist!
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This is where the boats live
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Everyone ready for a boat ride?
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This is like a spectrum of enthusiasm
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Justin's into it
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Checking the map first
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Bob showed us the engine compartment. Big engines!
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Such dynamic steering
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David is ready for some crabs
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So is Jeff
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Picking apart a crab
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David is so excited about this crab
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Gotta stay clean
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Dan methodically and ruthlessly disassembled his crabs
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Crabs are gross
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You know you're in for something when they put buckets on your table
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A good time was had by all
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Back on the boat!
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David looks into the future
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I think Fred is ready to be a captain
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I wonder if Joe's smart watch is waterproof..
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This nondescript building is where I spend all my money
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Take a deep breath.. time to sign some papers
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So many papers to sign
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Me and my real estate agent Rachel
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Rachel's hobby is breaking her phones
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This photo presented a challenge since I didn't want to show the actual key shape. So I photoshopped it into this weird nub so I could still capture the spirit of the photo
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Got the keys!
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I made an origami crane while all the legalese was explained to me
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Look at me! JP, homeowner!
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Land... land is good.
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This is my floor
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Of course, I insisted on sleeping there on the first night
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Neil is official now
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Sitting in on a space-themed art stream with Eric. Starmie what happened to you??
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Codenames back at Omar's place
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The cats being.. cats
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James always looks sort of panicked
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I don't know why James has to make that face for every photo!
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James is part of the JWST family
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What happens when a launch is streamed during a NASA meeting
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This thing under my car doesn't seem great
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Gibsan thought it'd be a good idea to put her toddler on my car's hood. It was not.
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Debriefing with Andy
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