State of the Squadron 30

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  1. Montoya

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    Good job @Montoya. Only 35 more to go! I've gone with your estimate.
     
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    36... We're still missing #16
     
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    Every episode I always look forward to shit new guys are saying. And Montoya's devilish good looks.
     
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    <Event Coordinator's opinion> Hosting the event on Wednesday should have allowed them access to the venue at a lower rate than the weekend and also is a way to filter out the total pool of backers who could attend.
     
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    5 hours, 50 minutes until next allotment of Premium tickets.
     
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    Ah, so why are we paying $80 for the cheap seats?!?!?!?
     
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    i'm hoping work will need me in Austin that week, before I have to pay for flight and hotel.
     
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    Dell Hall at the Long Center holds 2,400 participants. They're doing a 25/75 split between premium and standard tickets that's only $220,000 to cover expenses for the evening with 100% ticket sales.

    I'd expect the cost of the main function room alone is tens of thousands plus from their write up they're renting the terrace for food trucks plus what ever other pre-function areas they've rented on top of that (need space to stuff 2,400 people.

    Then what ever the Long Center's equivalent of PSAV costs, I've worked with for an event like this could also be 20-30 grand, depending on what they want (one event I've worked on the presentation set up costs ran just over $100,000 for the main stage (that was on an 5 day event budget of 1.7 million for reference). Then there's the bar rental and food trucks so lets say food/beverage comes in 10-15k since it's not stated to be open but attendee paid for would be way way worse if it was open bar for 2,400 people. Oh god, I don't even want to guess what 2,400 people would come to for open bar.

    Lets say half of it is going to the venue that only leaves them 120 grand to cover their ramp up, planning, staff travel/lodging, time away from development etc. Since they don't want to spend any development funds on this event they need to work in a safety margin for all of this too.

    Note I haven't worked an event in Austin so all of this is gestimates so take with a HUGE grain of salt.
     
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    This video is a LIE.

    We're still waiting for SOTS #16!
     
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    Great Video Boss
     
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    Thank you, Glorious Leader!

    *SQUEEEEEE!* Hope you didn't spend it all at once, and if you did it was on beers or other nice things :slight_smile:

    You guys missed it? Where were you, under a rock?!

    SOTS 16 caused an international diplomatic incident - and first contact.

    The video transcript was taken down before it was uploaded and each letter of each word spoken was printed onto a rock on the World Heritage Site the Nazca Lines largest land carving. This was revealed in an amendment to the end of the video shortly after it was uploaded so was not on the transcript itself, and was confirmed by the World Heritage Organization within an hour of the video being uploaded.

    The world reeled in shock and horror, the rocks themselves have lain for thousands of years untouched by human hand, the last one that touched them being the Nasca that put them there in their intricate shapes in the first place... Or so we thought...

    Millions of light-years away, the Aliens who had helped with the formation of the lines directing them from their airborne ships detected the change in them via Quantum-Communications. SOTS 16 was inadvertently broadcast to the most advanced species in the known universe... and they liked what they saw...

    In the meantime the World Heritage Organization had SOTS 16 taken down from YouTube and deleted, it was online for hardly six hours. TEST was accused of desecrating a global treasure and was sent to erase every single last printed letter, set to scrub every last printed letter from the rocks with toothbrushes.

    We descended on the Lines toothbrushes in hand, however moments before we could start an Alien Mothership appeared in the skies descending through the atmosphere on a cloud of smoke and fire, blearing horns of Peace and Hope.

    The Alien Leader stepped down from the craft and spoke with our Glorious Leader directly. Montoya explained SOTS 16 was to be destroyed and the Aliens were offended, SOTS 16 had been the signal to them that Humanity had ascended to new levels of consciousness and understanding making us worthy of joining the Galactic Community, but in learning that it was to be erased they saw that only certain parts of humanity - TEST Squadron - were so gifted. Humans were not ready to join those amongst the stars yet.

    So they left, but before they did they replaced every stone on that Nazca Line with a replica without a letter on it in the blink of an eye with their hyper-technology, taking the original printed rocks with them to display in their loftiest places of learning, awaiting the day when every member of Mankind was as witty, wise and wonderful as our Glorious Leader and the rest of TEST.

    The lines appeared as if we had never touched them, and as we didn't have to do any scrubbing anymore we bunked off and went down the pub... But you can't have been there to help scrub those rocks, because you can't remember it... do you guys even have toothbrushes?!
     
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    You need another beer.
     
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    ... This is all I could find :slight_smile:
    :beers::beer::beer::beer::beers::beer: (bought more)
     
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    WTH? I had like 100 beer emoji! Where's the beer?!? @CrudeSasquatch ! Did you drink it?!?
     
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    **burp** Yeash. I. I'm pret ~*hic*~ pretty sure he musta had shomfing to ~*hic*~ do with it. Cuz I didn brink drink. dang. I didn't drink any. Ah didn have nuthin but bee, bee. ah-mean Wine.~*hic*~ onest.
     
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    Great stuff
     
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    Wait what???!!!? The free beer is a lie?
     
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    Depends. If you thought that meant free beer as in "FREE BEER" then ... but if it's "FREE BEER" as in free speech, that's no lie. It flows freely in Test Squadron, despite the price.
     
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    I wonder if everyone who keeps handing beer to @Blind Owl and @CrudeSasquatch know that at the end they will have to pay the bar keep for the "free beers"
     
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