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NG Mod Meetup 2005Philadelphia, Pa.



The NG forum mods toil away on a daily basis to keep spammers and trolls at bay. They do it purely for the love of Newgrounds, cuz I'll be damned if I find a way to put them all on payroll! To show our appreciation, we booked a bunch of big rooms at the Embassy Suites in downtown Philadelphia and stocked the fridges with beer. Hey, it's the least we can do!

Andrea (Freakapotimus) did a wonderful job at arranging the meetup and getting everyone to come downtown for the weekend of June 17th. Twenty mods total made it out for the festivities!

Friday

We kicked off the weekend with FREE HAPPY HOUR at the Embassy Suites. All you need to fill your cup is a room key and we had them en mass! Free, infinite booze for two hours is the perfect ice-breaker, I must say.

1CaptainBob and Stamper are all cuddly and fun.

1I show DarkArchon how "the Bedn" is done.


The Embassy Suites happen to be attached to a TGI Fridays with a rooftop bar, so when happy hour ended we stumbled on up to the roof for some outdoor excitement! From there we went inside for a feast fit for... a TGI Fridays customer. Hey, that ain't too shabby!

1Partying on the roof.

1RedCircle brings gang signs to the dinner table.


1DarkArchon, Afro-Ninja and StarCleaver kicking back.

1Passing around plates for appetizers! Oh yeah, we went all out!


Friday night was a jolly 'ol time. We ate, laughed and drank... In no particular order. RedCircle even made some new friends who gave him a welcome introduction to Philadelphia! Good times were had by all.

RedCircle

Saturday

Saturday was the big day. NegativeONE and poxpower arrived late in the middle of the night from Canada, so the gang was all here. Wade and I made it downtown around noon, giving everyone plenty of time to sleep off their hangovers and get spruced up for a big day out in Philadelphia.

1Family photo! Yaaay!

1We're quite the wreckin' crew!


Our first stop was the Mutter Museum, a showcase of medical oddities. Here you can see mutant babies in jars, the world's tallest skeleton and a whole lot of other sick crap in the name of science. Perfect for an NG day-trip!

1Dead baby corpses?

1RedCircle can hardly wait!


You aren't supposed to take pictures in the museum, although we snuck a few. I don't want to ruin the fun, so that dried out baby corpse is all you get. What I can show are pictures of us hanging out on the front steps!

1L-R: TheShrike, Andrea, TBF and Maus!

1DanMalo, thinkin' about hamsters.


1The plan was to Photoshop Bedn into these...

1It's sorta an inside joke.


1We decide to take the party down to South Street.

1RedCircle gives a look that could stop traffic.


From the Mutter Museum, we made the long walk down to South Street for some lunch. I was originally planning to hit up Jim's Steaks (Pat's and Geno's are for stupid tourists), but the line was around the corner and Andrea recommended Ishkabibble's instead. Ishkawhatzle?!

1Today's lunch: Ishkabibble cheesesteaks.

1Maus is more in the mood for some gum.


South Street is a bit too congested for socializing, so we moved off the main strip to sit down, hang out and eat. We did a lot of sitting down and hanging out, but it doesn't make for good pictures so you won't see too much of it here.

1We take our lunch over to 2nd street to sit down.

1DarkArchon: "This milk is almost as good as my mom's!"


1Hey everyone, check it out!

1DanMalo looks like he's been blowing smurfs!


After lunch, we stormed some random bathrooms and started our slow advance towards the waterfront.

1Wade and TheShrike. Hey! Who's that in the back?

1RedCircle and Wade... Hey! Not again!


1Aaaaawwwwwwe yeeeah!

1Time to take our medicine.


1Ok, they are really just cigars.

1Uberbarista enjoys a fine Cuban.


Philadelphia's waterfront is one of the most under-utilized city waterfronts in the world, I would imagine. However, it was a beautiful day and we actually took in some nice scenery, such as battleships and submarines. What we lack in waterfront dining we make up for with sheer military might!

1CaptainBob by the water.

1TheShrike belches for Afro-Ninja.


1DanMalo small-talks our NG sys-admin, the one they call Tim.

1Maus enjoys her cigar by the water.


1Hanging out on Penn's Landing.

1RedCircle entertains the crowd.


1TheFunk drops the soap.

1DarkArchon shows off his modeling moves.


We walked our asses off on Saturday, so it was time to give ourselves a break and take the subway. Our destination: The hotel, of course! It was time for another free happy hour!

1We decided to take the subway back to the hotel...

1It's time for another FREE HAPPY HOUR!


1Afro-Ninja and NegativeONE are ready to DRINK!

1DanMalo is just too cute for words.


1Hotel happy hour brings everyone closer!

1...Maybe a little too close.


1poxpower is taunted with a room key to get a beer. StealthSteve already has two. He's good to go!

1RedCircle macks on some hoes.


It was a great day to drink outside, but Wade and I had to be on our way. Happy hour was ending and everyone was retreating to their suites, so we came up to take some final pictures and say goodbye.

1The elevator got a bit crowded!

1L-R: NegativeONE, Stamper, me, Afro-Ninja!


1L-R: Wade, DarkArchone, me, StarCleaver, Stamper.

1DanMalo, DarkArchon and poxpower on the balcony.


1Uberbarista pulls a Bedn next to Wade.

1TheFunk pounds another down.


1RedCircle, Andrea and DanMalo havin' fun.

1CaptainBob can't wait to hear RedCircle jam out!


1Things start to get out of control.

1DarkArchon pulls another Bedn.


1TheFunk tries to figure out this internet thing.

1CaptainBob finds what he's looking for!


1Stamper tries to give DarkArchon a kiss.

1TheShrike enjoys a hug.


1Uberbarista and TheFunk party hard!

1Where did that hookah come from?!


1Stamper loves everyone, but especially TBF!

1DanMalo pretends he can play cards.


1TheFunk decides to take things up a notch.

1L-R: CaptainBob, DanMalo, Maus and aviewaskewed!


The hotel was a blast, even Shok made it out to say hi! On our way out, we brought DarkArchon to the car for a parting gift - a massive roll of NG stickers! You thought we would give him something that wasn't self-promotional?! NG stickers are like crack, man!

1Shok makes a special appearance at the party!

1DarkArchon is a little too happy to have NG stickers...


Sunday

Sunday was Father's Day, so I already had family plans and didn't make it out for the final morning. I was bummed to miss out on breakfast at Cereality, though. Cereality is a yummy cereal bar on UPenn's campus and I still haven't been there yet!

1Sunday morning, time for some wake and bake!

1TheFunk's morning beverage of choice.


1Sunday morning: Cereality!

1DanMalo & Maus debate the fair trade practices of Cap'n Crunch.


Ok, I don't really know what all happened on Sunday besides Cereality but I assume everyone went home after having breakfast and hanging out for a bit.

Thank you everyone who came out. We're gonna make this a yearly tradition now, so being an NG Mod has some definite perks! Free happy hour forever!