We have another update on Chickey Cantor, our chicken named by Uber Entertainment in return for supplying two game passes to some of Griffin’s friends who had gotten into a car accident (if you haven’t read the story, you really should, it’s the kind of thing that will warm your heart).
If you remember, they used a photo of our chicken in a Valentine’s day update to the Monday Night Combat game. For Griffin, who lives and breathes gaming, this had been an all time highlight in his life.
Until what happened next.
This past weekend was PAXEast 2011 in Boston. For those not familiar PAXEast is a holy gathering of all things gaming related for people on the East Coast. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy myself a good game now and then, a Christmas gift of the game MASTERPIECE when I was a kid was one of my most treasured possessions, but the people who were at this exposition are into games – obsessively and totally into games. They can’t help it, for them it’s not just a lifestyle choice, they were born this way.
Those that went included my husband, Marc and my sons, Spencer and Griffin. Each night, when they returned, I counted the times I heard the word “awesome” until my head started spinning and I just gave up. Needless to say, they were in their element. (so much so that Marc was discussing the possibility of his buying a utilikilt – essentially it’s a man skirt for those who almost always shop in the plus size department – it took a little to talk him down but I think we’re good now, and besides, I’m not sure a skirt with all your lovelies hanging out is the best thing to wear when you’re hanging around a flock of chickens – you know what I mean?).
Uber Entertainment was there along with Eka who had agreed to be interviewed for the Chickey Cantor Post. Griffin was well received. He introduced himself and when they realized that he was “Griffin, the guy with the chicken” hands were shook and a group photo was taken. (can I just say that this photo has already been passed on to other folks on the school robotics team who are in righteous awe?) Griffin, who hopes to work in the field of game design someday was literally over the moon. He hasn’t stopped grinning.
Griff bought a Monday Night Combat sweatshirt (and for his teachers at school – we’re calling that bullet cartridge on the sweatshirt a tube of Blue Raspberry lipstick so it’s all good – just sayin’ (be advised however, that his “Blow Me” tee shirt is staying at home) which he hasn’t taken off since. The guys at Uber gave him a MNC hat which they then all signed.
Over the years Griffin has met and gotten autographs from some pretty famous people like Hillary and Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and yes, even Chuck Norris but nothing and I mean NOTHING that he’s done in his life compares to meeting heroes in the field where he wants to spend his life.
There is talk of incorporating some aspect of a chicken into Monday Night Combat but I’ve been sworn to secrecy. If and when it becomes public, you’ll get all the details here.
This is a picture of Griffin’s hat that was signed by the Uber Entertainment folks.
And here is a picture of a happy, happy, kid.