Picking up from last time –
I was a little belligerent and sort of in-your-face, even for me. And I think the reasons why were basically because I’d gotten up way earlier than I usually do so I could be a part of this. And goodness do I love sleep. I don’t mind forgoing it for cool stuff, but for a waste of time? Come on.
Also, this was held at a place pretty far out from Los Angeles proper. If this had just been at the Convention Center, and I’d walked down there, it would’ve been like, “Whatever. Goodnight. [*walks home*]” But, this was way out by that big YouTube building. It wasn’t even accessible by public transport. I had to take an Uber part of the way there.
And at the time, it seemed so worth it. “I really want to be more creative this year!” I thought. “A chance to be in a fun, short competition where I’ll have a finished product at the end, and get to learn a bunch along the way? Yeah, that’s worth my time and money.”
But when I get there and it’s a total bust… [*sigh*]. It just felt like such a waste for no reason.
And then, I finally got home. Before I went to bed, I made a little rant-y video, just ’cause I wanted to share this ridiculousness. And I posted it to Facebook. Then I immediately fell asleep (in the middle of the day, since I was so tired).
When I woke up after a nap, some guy had commented, “Thank you for acknowledging that men aren’t inferior.” (Or whatever. I don’t remember the exact wording, but that was basically what he said.) And I immediately deleted the video. ‘Cause I just thought, “Did this man honestly just boil down his comment to make this ridiculous story about men?”
I love my Facebook followers. So, I don’t want to be too mean about it. I’m sure he was trying to be positive. But I was so not in the mood (to have the day be any more about men – positivity was fine).
However, I guess the semi-ironic part was that later that night I went to an improv show of all men. (And I loved it.) But I’ll get to that soon.
One post-script note on this. There was one woman who seemed undeterred. She found people at the hackathon and decided to make a video on their app. I don’t know what the video ended up being or how she worked with the Time Warner group. But I saw a tweet retweeted, in which she’d said she won the media challenge. Now, did the challenge ever actually really happen? Or did just that one video get made? I have no idea. But I will say I admired her determination to get something out of the weekend. Maybe I should’ve been that woman.
Instead, I was the woman who threw her hands in the air, ’cause I did not care enough for a small makeshift thing. Let’s go watch some comedy instead! Next time.