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Portus - Not A Review

Written on July 13, 2008

I guess Portus is over now. There is still the Post-Portus Dance Party which starts in about three hours, but the name kind of implies that it really shouldn’t be counted.

The weekend was… interesting. Apparently at some point I pissed off Eris again and she decided that this week would be her revenge. I came down with a cold on Tuesday which resulted in me missing the Mickey Hart Band show on Wednesday night. The cold, combined with my terminal case of shyness in real life, left me in a weird state for most of the weekend. All of this seemed to come to a head Friday night when I spent most of the night with my hearing out of whack because of the pressure build up.

Things began to turn around on Saturday. At the last minute I made the decision to go see the Wizard Rockumentary, instead of seeing Oliver Boyd, The Blibbering Humdingers, and Owl Post. I’m still bummed at missing those sets, but the movie was in many ways a revelation. I picked up the DVD after the screening and watched it again last night. I’m sure I will at least be watching it on the flight back tomorrow. I’ll try to get a review together at some point, but right now it is a bundle of half formed ideas.

Which kind of sums up where my head is at about this whole experience. A jumble of half formed ideas which may or may not ever fully gestate. I’m not sure if I’ll be coming to one of these symposiums again or not. I think, given why I came here, something like WRockstock would probably serve me better. I am glad I came though. It wasn’t what I had expected, though in many ways my expectations were unfair and unrealistic. It was real though.

Whether or not a real review of this weekend ever surfaces, video of many of the performances will be popping up over the next several weeks. So far I have almost 4 gigs of videos and the dance party still to go. I’ll throw up a note as they begin to pop up. I think I’m going to look into actually learning how use iMovie before posting these.

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  1. Comment by Grace:

    I can’t wait to see the Rockumentary… I’ve heard such good things, and it will be awesome to look back and see the whole community back when so many of us were just beginning to stretch our legs.

    Can’t wait to see your videos… don’t worry, iMovie is pretty simple.

    Your comments on Portus as a whole have me wondering what my experience at Terminus will be. I’ve heard wizard rockers tend to function as a separate entity almost, ha. I’m looking forward to taking in as much as I can, though.

    July 13, 2008 @ 11:04 pm
  2. Comment by Matt:

    I was surprised to see you and your mom in the doc. It reminded me that we need to talk CDs at some point. :)

    I think your experience will be very different from mine. You’re apart of this scene. Outside of Liz (who was very cool) I don’t know anyone. I’m paranoid about not being a third wheel so I tried not to hover around Lizz much, which meant I ended up doing the whole thing on my own.

    One day I might learn how to socially interact with people, but this was not that day. :)

    July 13, 2008 @ 11:16 pm
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