Also note I had all the steps correct, but I was not connected to the right server for IRC. If you believe you have everything correct, make sure you connect to: hub.irc.hackthissite.org and not just irc.hackthissite.org because you may end up on nesoi or ethos. This resolved the issue I had for a while. Thanks to weekend hacker for pointing this out to me.
1. No system is safe.
2. Aim for the the impossible.
3. Have fun in cyberspace and meatspace.
For those that know