Speaking as a 70K two-timer & big fan of the cruise...I actually found the article highly (& perhaps oddly) entertaining to read. In the comments, someone named Dallas (Bolenhausen, not our beloved Dallas the statsman Cowboy) mentioned a book that this guy Pearson wrote called How to Lose Friends and Irritate People
. I wondered if that was legit, so I googled it and here it is - lol:http://www.amazon.com/Lose-Friends-Irri ... B00JDCOJ80
So, the guy clearly has an acerbic wit writing style and presumably the personality to go with it. Maybe some of the statements (like he only knew of a few of the bands onboard...what? Has he been living under a metal rock?) were tongue in cheek / not even serious or true.... who knows. I don't know if it matters.
What I found the most intriguing is that at least a few (several?) of his statements or observations - at least to some extent - rang true (to me anyway). Maybe I'll take the time later to quote the ones I'm talking about.
(and remember - I'm a big fan of 70K & the whole "experience" if you will, so by saying that, I'm not putting anyone or anything down in particular in any way.)
The other thing that I had to chuckle about BIG TIME are the pictures he chose to accompany the article.
Ok - the first one:
Since he refers to some people wearing shirts with huge letters in the article.... this picture makes me laugh, especially after I realized the guy on the left is the author.
The second picture is of...none other than Alf Rocker from Norway!!
(Would post the picture but having a hard time doing it for some reason). I met this guy just once - in a beer tent at Wacken in 2010, and we later became fb friends. We've not been on the same 70K since he started going after 2012 (my last). Anyway, what would have made this pic better is if Chain Mail Santa was also in it. In fact, I saw a great pic of the two of them on fb - lol. I think this pic goes along with the author's "people watching" comment.
Another picture is a guy passed out in a chair.....
Well, I guess if one is going to write about 70K, you gotta have at least one 70,000 Tons of Passed Out picture (what Dragonlord Jim calls his video photo montages of all the passed out pictures). It took me a second to realize this is a friend of mine who I know from 70K & Prog Nation at Sea. He actually wore corpse paint on PNAS which I thought was totally awesome & hilarious since it is so *not* prog. Anyway, wonderful guy who also happens to be "Death Speedo's" brother, another 70K mascot if you will. I wonder if the author saw the latter.... I'm sure he would have made a comment. Funny thing is, I've never met or seen Death Speedo in person, but feel like I have since I've seen so many pictures of him on 70K & MDF on fb.
And the last picture I'll comment on is the one with the Caddyshack reference...that part of the article was pretty rude & silly, but I found it humorous none-the-less.
But wait, it gets better (for me anyway)! The guy on the right is Eric from Helsott (great band!) and his girlfriend (who according to the author alerted the RC staff about the "poop" - lol). I saw Helsott on one of those memorable Paganfest tours, and met him afterwards since he is good friends with another good friend - forum member Goddess of Metal. Just a few minor degrees of separation right there!
Gaaah, I drank way toooo much coffee today & can't sleep which is partly why I'm going on and on about this. In sum, the article made me laugh & I'm not offended by it. I think ya gotta admit, the whole 70K experience/reality provides a lot of humor material. And I don't think that is a bad thing - it speaks to how unique & often "outrageous"
it is (at least to "outsiders"). And I'm convinced that's a large reason why many people love it so much! I know it is the only place *I* have been in my life where I felt like anyone (including myself - lol) could be all kinda crazy and no one bats an eyelash - it's like the "new normal." It's total opposite world to most peoples' real world - which is also largely why I think people have such a hard time leaving & begin the countdown to next year the moment they get off the boat. And then, there's the whole "post-cruise depression" that many people talk & write about. (Although I didn't experience that much myself)
Ramble, ramble, ramble......
What say you?