So, this thing happened while I was at VidCon. Sorta.
Yeah, I went to VidCon in June. I mostly went to creator panels and touched all the Canon cameras at both booths. I found a Lush in the area, which was pretty exciting. I’ve heard all the raving about Lush but there isn’t one near my home so I’d never been to one. I had one major issue with Lush. I was traveling by air and couldn’t buy the entire store because of TSA restrictions. *sigh*
One kinda cool thing that happened was when some girl handed me an invite to the Samsung Creator’s Lounge around the corner from VidCon. Samsung has a new 360 camera that has been released overseas already, and it’s due to be released here in the US later this year. I don’t really know anything about 360 video/photography, but according to the invite Samsung would lend me one of these new cameras (Gear 360) for 24 hours. All I had to do was wonder down to the Creator’s Lounge and talk to them.
So, I did.
It wasn’t a long walk from the convention center but it was hot, so it seemed to take forever. I talked to one of the Samsung guys, who explained the contraption to me and said that for a $1 registration fee I could take the camera and a GS7 until the next day. When I return it, they would show me some editing tips and help me post it to YouTube. So, I filled out a form, paid my dollar (yes, by credit card because duh), and headed out to shoot things in 360. Actually, I went back to VidCon. I think I hit up two more panels before I went back to the hotel to catch the shuttle to Downtown Disneyland.
I’ve never been to Disneyland. I live in Florida and have been to Disney World more times than I can count (but not since about 1995 or so). I’ve been told countless times that I would probably be disappointed by Disneyland. It has no room for the expansion that Disney World does. Disney World is its own zip code in Florida. It’s massive and they keep adding to it. I wasn’t interested in going to the park. I just wanted to wonder around the Downtown Disney area, shoot some video and have dinner. Maybe buy some Legos.
The first thing I saw, after being searched by security, was the big Disney store. I immediately thought of my Pooh Bear and headed into the store. The current Pooh Bear that I have was bought the last time I was at Disney World. My mom and I went while I was home on leave following the death of my grandfather (her father). Dad had told her to buy me a new Pooh Bear. I can’t say that I was ever a super huge Winnie the Pooh fan but my dad called me Pooh from a time before I even remember. It was just his nickname for me.
My current Pooh Bear has traveled the world with me. For a time, I dubbed him the Combat Pooh Bear and photographed him in various spots around the world. He’s even flown in an EA-6b during combat operations in Afghanistan. He’s lost a fair amount of stuffing. I can’t find his clothes. A few weeks ago, I found a small hole in one of his limbs. These are all things that I can fix myself. But I’ve never had to before. Mom always fixed him. I was thinking all these things as I walked through the doors to the huge Disney store. And just over the threshold I thought, “My parents will never buy me another Pooh Bear.” That thought stopped me in my tracks, something that probably irritated the people behind me. My throated tightened. I needed to see all the Pooh Bear stuff. Some of you might guess what happened next. Disney no longer carries much Winnie the Pooh stuff in their stores. I sped around the store looking for Pooh Bear anything, hiding tears behind dark Oakley’s while trying not to break down. They did have a few items but no t-shirts, coffee mugs, or even nice paintings like they did for almost ALL THE OTHER CHARACTERS. I mean, fuck, they even had some Mr. Toad paintings. But no Pooh Bear. I rushed out the doors on the other side to find a place to go loose it. It’s Disneyland. The only place to cry at the happiest place on earth and not be seen is bathroom stall. *sigh* That’s how grief rolls a little over a year after my mom’s death. Right in the middle of happy, I’m sad. And possibly crying behind my Oakley’s.
I hung out at Downtown Disney a bit longer. I bought some Legos and had a nice dinner at some over priced Italian joint. I only shot a few videos with the camera. I did have a longish chat with someone at the restaurant about the camera and got my first “good luck with your channel.” The next day I returned the Samsung. I didn’t save the video or post it. Turns out Samsung has decided not to make it compatible with Apple products, so I decided that, yes, I want a 360 camera but not Samsung’s. So, when I got home from VidCon, I researched 360 cameras and settled on a Theta S to start out with.