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Well, Everfree Northwest has come and gone. I had a real fun time here and in Seattle as a whole. It's been three years since I last visited both. It was great to get back to Woodland Park Zoo, the neighborhood where my lived for 14 years (Ballard), Pioneer Square, and Pike Place Market. 

It is at Everfree Northwest 2015 where the most memories were made. It was great meeting all the show staff that were there:  Nicole Oliver, Ingrid Nilson, Tabitha St. Germain, Lee Tockar, Kelly Sheridan (in her maiden MLP con), M.A. Larson, Jayson Thiessen, "Big" Jim Miller, and John de Lancie. Plus, the bonus was meeting the creator of My Little Pony--Bonnie Zacherle.

I got autographs from everybody and got my photos taken with Ms. Zacherle and Jayson and "Big" Jim. There was the dinner with John de Lancie that was a real highlight as he visited each of the for tables at Spencer's. I had already been to his panel earlier in the day, and he was a real gentlemen to us Bronies as was Ms. Zacherle. The voice actors' panel was a real highlight as always as things get a bit crazy. There were also the community guests like DustyKatt and my fellow Twitter-mates such as Red Card and Marjan. It was great meeting them as well. 

This was my eighth convention and I tend to get emotional when Closing Ceremonies come and it's time to pack up and go home. I never tire of hearing about all the inner working of MLP. I never tire of the inspirational stories as a result of the show. I never tire of the zaniness in and around the convention. It's fun to see all the creative cosplays and fan art. Most of all, it's fun just being here. 

I'm thankful I have the capacity to do all of this. I'm thankful for the opportunity to meet celebrities and friends alike. I'm thankful and proud to be a fan of what I feel is one of the best Western Animated series out there. 

I will get to see many of these guests here again. I'll see Tabitha, Ingrid, and M.A. at MLP-MSP in Minneapolis in two weeks. I'll see Nicole Oliver and John de Lancie at BronyCon in Baltimore in August. I'll see Ms. Zacherle at the My Little Pony Fair in Chicago in late June. I hope to see Lee, Jayson, and "Big" Jim at a future con. 

A big thanks to everyone involved in the planning and putting together of Everfree Northwest for the fun weekend. Also, thanks to the guests of honor for entertaining us this weekend as well. I hope to return to Seattle next year for Everfree 2016. 

I'll conclude with this quote from disc jockey Tom Kent ([link]):

"Yesterday has been a dream. Tomorrow is only a vision, but today well-lived makes every tomorrow a vision of hope."

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan

PS:  Random Observation:  Never met so many people from Montana in my life!
Actually, that's not true. I'm still running Windy City Soccer and I still write for Derpy News. I just haven't had time to write on here. So here are some random samples of stuff:

MLP SEASON FIVE:  So far, so good. Not a bad episode in the seven that we have seen so far. I may be a little lenient in my scoring of episodes, but I'm sticking by my reviews on Derpy News. 

THE 100TH EPISODE:  I'll be at MLP-MSP in Bloomington, MN the weekend of this historic episode. This will be time for the background ponies to shine. Let's see what happens. 

As for me, I hope to do something special on Derpy News to commemorate the event.

EVERFREE NW:  Before Minnesota, I'll be heading to Seattle for Everfree Northwest. Now that it's not on 4th of July weekend, I can go this year. Should be a fun time in Seattle!

WHINNY CITY AND BABSCON:  I already have two cons in 2016 set to go to. The new Whinny City Ponycon will take place at the same venue as this year's My Little Pony Con at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg on April 1-3, 2016. Brought to you by the people who run Ponyville Ciderfest in Milwaukee.

Since BABSCon is not on Easter Weekend in 2016 (Easter Sunday is March 27th in 2016), I can go to San Francisco as well! This will be only my second time in Cali ever. The only previous time was in 2013 in Long Beach for a work-related convention. 

Of course, I am going to BronyCon in Baltimore this and likely next year.

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan
The countdown is on! Season Five will start on the day before Easter and during BABScon in San Francisco. Thus, when the day comes, it will have been 329 days since "Twilight's Kingdom" aired. In case your were wondering:

Days between Season One finale and Season Two Premiere:  134 days (May 6th, 2011 to September 17th, 2011)
Days between Season Two finale and Season Three Premiere:  203 days (April 21st, 2012 to November 10th, 2012)
Days between Season Three finale and Season Four Premiere:  280 days (February 16th, 2013 to November 23rd, 2013)

All I'll say at this point is that the 100th episode of the series will indeed be the ninth of Season Five. At this point, if there are no breaks in the run, and assuming that one episode a week airs after the opening two-parter, that episode will air on May 23rd. 

Cutie Mark Magic is the theme of this season. According to Hasbro Studios Executive Director Brian Lenard, "Season 5 will really delve more into how the magic of cutie marks and friendship can impact those around you." Princess Twilight's mission, and by extension that of the remainder of the Mane Six and Spike, will be to spread the Magic of Friendship across Equestria. The mission starts on April 4th.

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan
This just shows how far My Little Pony has come in almost five years:  
It's been a while since I last did a journal entry here. I've been quite busy with work, curling, my contributions to both Windy City Soccer and Derpy News, and Christmas decorations. Now that I have time in these last few hours of 2014, here are some random thoughts on the year that was and the year to come.

1.  At the cons (2014):  In 2014, I went to MLP-MSP in Bloomington, MN; BronyCon in Baltimore; and Ponyville Ciderfest in Milwaukee. I had a great time at all three events. My favorites were the acoustic concerts put on by the Creber family, Black Gryphon, and Andrea Libman (with Amy Keating Rogers joining at MLP-MSP). That's a setting that I'm more comfortable with when it comes to concerts and it goes to show how immensely talented the cast and crew of MLP: FiM truly are. Even though I've been to seven conventions overall, you still manage to learn someplace new. 

2.  What I learned in 2014:  
"Magical Mystery Cure" was originally going to be the series finale. The script was locked before a fourth season was greenlit. M.A. Larson later mentioned on "Into the Spotlight with Osaka Jack" that what appeared on screen was quite different from his final draft. 

Given time, things turn out great. Why did "Rainbow Rocks" turn out much better the first "Equestria Girls" movie? Why did "Pinkie Pride" turn out better than "Magical Mystery Cure"? Both were given more time. With "Rainbow Rocks," it was given much more time to build things up rather than the short notice for the first movie, and it showed. There was no need to cram so much into "Pinkie Pride" with a 26-episode season as opposed to "Magical Mystery Cure" as part of a 13-episode season. That's why I feel Season 4 as a whole was better than Season 3 and "Rainbow Rocks" was better than "Equestria Girls."

3.  The Analysis Community:  It can be argued that there are far too many Brony analysts on YouTube. I'm not sure how I, as a reviewer on Derpy News fits in, but that's beside the point. I do only subscribe to a few like Voice of Reason, Mysterious Mr Enter, and Strebiskunk. The biggest problem with this fandom and with the community is that we have trouble agreeing to disagree about things. It's not healthy to have things descend into shouting matches full of abusive language in comments sections. Yes, members of the analysis community can be overly nitpicky and overly negative at times, but the fandom can get overly fickle at times as well.

MLP is arguably analyzed at a level that the National Football League is on ESPN (or the National Hockey League in Canada). If other shows get this much scrutiny by their communities on YouTube, please present your evidence in the comments. However, I think the fandom needs to do a better job of respecting opinions from within the Brony community that might differ from their own.  Like the song goes, "There ain't no good guy. There ain't no bad guy. There's only you and me and we just disagree." 

4.  In the Year 2015:  I am already set for three cons this year:  Everfree Northwest, MLP-MSP, and BronyCon. I hope to go to a fourth in 2015. I'm just waiting to see where and when BronyCAN and Equestria LA will be before I decide on one. I might go back to Ponyville Ciderfest as well in Milwaukee since it is later in November that year. I still enjoy going to conventions and being part of this fandom. As long as the ride keeps going, I'm going to enjoy it.

5.  Everfree Network:  I'm sad to see it go. It streamed conventions back in 2012-2013 and the one for Summer BronyCon 2012 made me want to go to one myself. I've been to seven since. I've also watched "Stay Brony My Friends" with regularity (when I'm not curling) and "Saturday Night Songs" with Michelle Creber. I understand that Final Draft and company want to move on to other things with Poison Joke Productions and I wish them luck in the future as well as with Canterlot Hill as they take over the void left by EFN. 

So that's all I have to say for now. I'll have more later in the New Year. 

Happy New Year!

StatManDan
Well, Everfree Northwest has come and gone. I had a real fun time here and in Seattle as a whole. It's been three years since I last visited both. It was great to get back to Woodland Park Zoo, the neighborhood where my lived for 14 years (Ballard), Pioneer Square, and Pike Place Market. 

It is at Everfree Northwest 2015 where the most memories were made. It was great meeting all the show staff that were there:  Nicole Oliver, Ingrid Nilson, Tabitha St. Germain, Lee Tockar, Kelly Sheridan (in her maiden MLP con), M.A. Larson, Jayson Thiessen, "Big" Jim Miller, and John de Lancie. Plus, the bonus was meeting the creator of My Little Pony--Bonnie Zacherle.

I got autographs from everybody and got my photos taken with Ms. Zacherle and Jayson and "Big" Jim. There was the dinner with John de Lancie that was a real highlight as he visited each of the for tables at Spencer's. I had already been to his panel earlier in the day, and he was a real gentlemen to us Bronies as was Ms. Zacherle. The voice actors' panel was a real highlight as always as things get a bit crazy. There were also the community guests like DustyKatt and my fellow Twitter-mates such as Red Card and Marjan. It was great meeting them as well. 

This was my eighth convention and I tend to get emotional when Closing Ceremonies come and it's time to pack up and go home. I never tire of hearing about all the inner working of MLP. I never tire of the inspirational stories as a result of the show. I never tire of the zaniness in and around the convention. It's fun to see all the creative cosplays and fan art. Most of all, it's fun just being here. 

I'm thankful I have the capacity to do all of this. I'm thankful for the opportunity to meet celebrities and friends alike. I'm thankful and proud to be a fan of what I feel is one of the best Western Animated series out there. 

I will get to see many of these guests here again. I'll see Tabitha, Ingrid, and M.A. at MLP-MSP in Minneapolis in two weeks. I'll see Nicole Oliver and John de Lancie at BronyCon in Baltimore in August. I'll see Ms. Zacherle at the My Little Pony Fair in Chicago in late June. I hope to see Lee, Jayson, and "Big" Jim at a future con. 

A big thanks to everyone involved in the planning and putting together of Everfree Northwest for the fun weekend. Also, thanks to the guests of honor for entertaining us this weekend as well. I hope to return to Seattle next year for Everfree 2016. 

I'll conclude with this quote from disc jockey Tom Kent ([link]):

"Yesterday has been a dream. Tomorrow is only a vision, but today well-lived makes every tomorrow a vision of hope."

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan

PS:  Random Observation:  Never met so many people from Montana in my life!

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