Mission accomplished! Yamato Party USA is over, and what a great time we had!
On Friday afternoon, the crew assembled here at Chez Echo (the Lewis Family home) for the opening ceremony, which consisted of a Cosmo Cocktail Hour. Pitchers of refreshing "Spring Water" and potent blue "Gamilon Grog" were served around, and before long spirits were high and the fun began. Potent Gamilon Grog was consumed by the pitcherful.
As the evening progressed, some of the crew watched video (three hours of 1960s and 1970s anime giant robot show opening animation!), others sat around the table playing cards, and still others sat and talked. A light supper of penne bolognese was served and enjoyed, along with various wines and beers. The fun ran on into the early hours of Saturday morning.
On Saturday, the main programming track began: the Anime Track. Precisely at 12:00 the first episode of Yamato 2199
began rolling on the Main Viewer, and the marathon was on. Meanwhile, a separate gaming track began on the small screen, featuring various PS2 classics. There were more drinks all around, of course, and a light meal of snacks and chips was served. Meanwhile, the bar was being configured for combat and the preparation for the big barbecue began.
As the day went on, video programming continued. Outside, the Cosmo Grill was prepped and ignited. As night fell, the bar opened for service, featuring more"Spring Water' and Gamilon Grog along with beer, cider, and cocktails. Then the grilling began! The first course was a whole herbed fresh hen, split and roasted over the coals; this was accompanied by baked beans with bacon. Second course: grilled and marinated chicken thighs and whole roast corn on the cob , Texas style, with fresh lime and chili powder. The feast ended with Pølse med Bacon, grilled sausage wrapped in bacon, served with french fried onions, fresh buns, and a variety of sauces and condiments. The night grew dark; the drink flowed; chickens were skeletonized; and the video program wound on and on. Then, finally, at exactly 1:00 a.m., the credits began to roll on Yamato 2199
episode 26, and all congratulated one another on surviving the experience.The six survivors of the YP/USA 2199 Video Marathon: Left: Ben McBride, Joyce Asber; Right: Wes Ross, Ed Hill. Foreground L: Jeff Blend. Foreground R: Phil Matthews
Sunday was recovery day. After church services, brunch was served: egg casserole with Canadian bacon, muffins, Brie, assorted fresh fruit, and of course pitchers of freshly-made Mimosas. We sat around the table chatting and laughing. Somebody put Sgt. Frog
on the DVD player.
And a good time was had by all. Yamato Party USA 2014 ended at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
If you made it to Yamato Party USA, we thank you for your company and we hope you had a great time. If you didn't, why not come next year? Yamato Party USA is an invitation-only affair, so drop me a line if you would like to be invited. We had such a good time -- it was much like the old days of anime fandom, without the sixth-gen VHS and the teenage Angst
. You can be a part of it!
On behalf of Family Lewis, I offer special thanks to Ed Hill, Megan and Brian Guarnieri, Phil Matthews, and Jeff Blend for production help. And I hope that, somewhere beyond Heroes' Hill, Derek Wakefield looked down on us and smiled.Yamato yo to wa ni!BRUCE LEWIS