Thursday - I arrive at KOA and let me say WOW. The terminal is COMPLETELY OUTDOORS. Thats right, no building. I shuttle up to the Hilton with Jason K, PokePop, and others. I then attempt to find my hotel which is only less than a half mile from the Hilton, but i get lost =/. I eventually find my hotel and WOW, the size of it... I have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, family room, all for less than 700 for 4 nights. I go to the Hilton and meet up with z-man and his family. We finish off his brothers deck then we go get dessert. I then go to my hotel and sleep. Current walking distance - 9 miles Friday - I wake up and meet z-man and family for breakfast, but not before I go picture taking. Took a few pictures and 2 videos of the arena, which looks awesome. They have the 3 divisions seperated into two high tiers and 1 low tier. Grinder will start at 1:00 PM Hawaii time, 4:00 PM PST, 7 EST. After the grinder concludes ill write for my report. UGH, I bombed bad R1 vs infercatty, i get a setup and i end up winning a close game R2 vs hariylutions, they disrupt my hand so severe that i cant play a single card R3 vs gengar, i get umbreon to help me out so i win! R4 vs infercatty, I get owned bad I drop after going 2-2. I decide to go volunteer and I do get a confirmed spot. Current walking distance - 15 miles Saturday - I get up and get ready for volunteering. Prior to volunteering, I watch the opening ceremonies (video taken) and let me say. it was AWESOME!!! I get put with Karl B with side events and we run 2 DS tournaments. No not DS as in Delta Species, but DS as in NINTENDO DS. First was a modified constructed which ran 4 hours. We then went into a team sealed format, which also took 4 hours. The mutant draft. I pull nothing good and i lose R1, Single elim... Nothing in my consolation pack Current walking distance - 25 miles Sunday - I'm also volunteering today for the MT prerelease All in all, we had about 300 people for the prereleases total, and alot of cool cards were pulled. I also went to do side event staffing, and I was overwhelmed with the amount of players for the side events. [EERIE MUSIC] Dave S. and Pete D. came to me and wanted to see me about my performance for the weekend. They took me aside................................ AND GAVE ME A STAFF BAG!!! I was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy!!!! Pete and Dave, and the rest of the staff, you guys ROCK!!! [/EERIE MUSIC] Well, the closing ceremonies were beyond spectacular, and then I went to eat for the last meal with z-man's family, before they left. Current walking distance - 35 miles PROPS Getting to volunteer Meeting new friends Getting a staff card on volunteer status PIPLUP Z-man and his family for being so generous Asking Dave if he wanted a scone Weather LOCATION getting lost Z-mans brother getting 20th in grinder...only 7 slots short Teammates Exercise Dave giving me a free drink!!! WHOO Getting a staff bag for my hard work!!! SLOPS 2-2 DROP Not getting a free hat in the grinder..... Dropping from grinder and still getting paired =/ missing my girlfriend (a_shy_girl_1999) =,< getting lost walking about 40 miles in a weekend Hurricane coming close to Hawaii before I leave =/ Not getting cards signed RANDOM QUOTES Chrisbo: (Shows me a monster energy drink can in his lab coat pocket) "You know what this is?.....Pocket Monster" Dave S. "Chris, how old are you?" me, "24" Dave, (Hands me a coupon for a free drink) "Go get yourself something to drink" Jimmer - "Heres team magma", me, "Those are fighting words (shows Team Aqua wristband to Jimmer)"