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JoshFest: 2008
Saturday 16 August 2008

Once again JoshFest rolled around and once again Josh aged another year. To celebrate twenty-seven long years of not dying, a bunch of people got together to spend a day romping through ninety-nine red balloons and reminding Josh that not everybody hates him yet.

Attendees: Dan Norton, Laura Mayfield, Mike Gillespie, Charles Meyer, Katie Mihaly, James Malcolm, Ian Malcolm, Paul Arquette, Phil Dake, Scott Cook, Jeff Osthimer, Felicity Powers, and Ryan Dressel.


The basement was filled with ninety-nine red balloons because the only way to fulfill your Euro-pop fantasies is just to get up and do them.

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A pile-up of balloons in the corner harbors a tragic secret...

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Alas and woe, Laura is being consumed alive by the balloon menace!

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A typical scene of the day: people trying to navigate around flying balloons.

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Laura has this rare condition that causes terrible swelling to occur. We try not to say anything but ... well, it's hard not to.

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We lost Charles for a while. Only a well-placed breeze aided us in relocating him.

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Josh, freshly showered and ready for action.

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The balloons overwhelm Charles, another victim to the latex horror.

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James takes a moment to check his phone as the balloons advance upon him.

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Phil falls to a concentrated assault by the balloon hoards.

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No matter how many times we tried to separate them, Hitler and Stalin kept coming back together.

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If you give a Laura a Sharpie you're gonna get puppy dog balloons.

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Joseph + Paul + Adolf = BFF

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The balloons settle for a moment and a hush falls over the room. It is short-lived and entirely awkward.

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Laura produced the most horrifying image of the entire party.

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James was buried under a pile of most of the balloons in the room in anticipation of Jeff's arrival.

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Scott's duty was to act as a brace to keep the James balloon pile from collapsing. He did an adequate job.

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In the end Jeff didn't go fully into the room so James' suffering was in vain.

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Quiet spells were brief and it rarely took long for the balloons to be back in the air.

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Scott spent most of his afternoon in the center of the balloons, subjected to most of the barrage and chaos.

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Mike tries to act cool, though he is flanked on both sides by Ian and Death.

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The arrival of Felicity and, with her the fifteenth and sixteenth X chromosomes in the room.

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Paul tries to make a break for it but is caught in the act.

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Jeff has a terrible ailment. Every now and then the blisters on his palms swell to ungainly size, causing him great pain and embarrassment.

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Dan gave Josh a fancy new hat a couple days prior that has a very nice Soviet star on the front. However, Josh thinks that wearing hats backwards makes him incredibly hip.

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Presents time, much to the great pain of Josh's humility. Still, he picked up some really nice swag from his lovely friends.

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Scott spent a great deal of time doing unsightly things to the balloons.

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I know that it goes against everything we stand for but yes, we did put Paul in the corner.

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This was an incident in which Phil lined his body with balloons and popped them in a single go. So much for Stalin.

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This was the cake! It has a blimp on it. This is because Josh likes blimps something fierce.

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Here is Mike in the big seat. Pray that Josh's Dad never sees this photo.

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Always one to appreciate a good hat, Josh combines the crown that Katie gave him this year with the hat that Marie had provided for JoshFest: 2006.

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Dan is a man who sees the future and tells fortunes. Though it's odd that your future always includes giving him money.

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People in Josh's living room. This is one part of the house that Josh never uses, so it's good to see it not being wasted.

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Katie made a mistake in going barefoot. Josh couldn't afford confetti so he threw broken glass on the floor. It looks the same, after all.

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Steggy was freed from his long incarceration because Laura provided a new friend! The days of Josh getting a decent night's sleep are over.

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There was a short bout of swimming before retiring indoors for a game of Pictionary.

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James does not approve of this game. It is not one that toughens the muscles and stretches the sinews.

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Paul and Ryan, deeply and personally invested in a spirited game of Pictionary.

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Dan acted up so Charles takes off his belt. This isn't gonna be pretty.

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Judging by her expression Felicity must have been doing pretty well for herself in this game. It could also be a ruse to lead her competition into a false sense of security.

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Ryan loves this balloon. It understood him like no one else ever could.

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How does Paul earn the dough to live a gangsta lifestyle? Why, through product placement, of course!

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I guess things turned out for Dan after all. That's a pity. It could have been a good show.

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Did you know that Jamie Bamber, of Battlestar Galactica fame, got his start on the Horatio Hornblower TV movies? Neither did Katie, but she's happy for it anyway. Kissy kissy!

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We put in Starship Troopers and Dan lost the ability to use his legs. The movie has that effect on people.

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Don't worry though; we turned the movie off and the lad regained his penchant for ambulation.

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By the time everyone had left the remaining balloons had shrank significantly. Through popping and replacing the original lot, the number at the end of the night was 44 red balloons in a decidedly smaller pile.

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Where to put the remaining balloons? In the corners where they wouldn't be in the way, of course! Most went behind the chair.

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The rest went on the opposite side, effectively rendering the table there uselessly buried.

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Bonus Feature:

The decoration for JoshFest: 2008.


The cut-out insignia for JoshFest '08 which graced the top of the TV.

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The table contained old movie day press kits, some binders of Josh's scribbles, and insignia from prior JoshFests.

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Insignia from a year's worth of events were displayed along the shelves, starting with JoshFest: 2007 and working up to the current event.

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The official insignia for JoshFest: 2008, featuring Josh surveying the Earth with decided determination.

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This year also introduced the JoshFest Awkward Club, which sported its own variant of the primary insignia.

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Engaged 18 August 2008 | Updated 26 June 2009