September 16, 2011
Loerie Awards 2011 registration: No haters here
I popped over to check out the action and pick up my goodie bag. The atmosphere was electric, if not a bit zany.
At The Venue at The Grand Daddy Hotel I was greeted at the door by two lovely ladies proffering shots of cherry- and chocolate-flavoured vodka to get one into the spirit of the Loeries. Refusing is futile, and after knocking back one too many (just one, actually), I headed over to register for the weekend’s events.
But hold on a minute. Before announcing my name, I was “encouraged” to have a happy snap taken to commemorate the occasion. A welcome to the Loeries indeed.
After being dazed by the flash, I headed upstairs to seek that elusive registration table.
Eureka! A welcome sign announcing the Loeries and encouraging me not to be a hater.
The registration area was abuzz with anticipation for the weekend ahead.
In the VIP section I encountered an exceedingly happy group – and the weekend was yet to start.
Turns out us media types have a special registration area, where I was helped by these friendly and efficient ladies.
I made it out of the venue (just one more for the road – this time a tequila), dazed by a combination of flash photography and strong alcohol. But I was not done yet. Goodie bag time.
The Slave Church has been host to many functions over the years, most recently the Pan African Space Station. This time it was the venue where one could pick up an exclusive goodie bag courtesy of the Loeries’ sponsors.
And then I was out. A half-an-hour or less of my lunch break and all I got was this awesome bag of crap. But don’t get me wrong. I ain’t being a hater, yo!