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Monday, February 6, 2017

Ranger Winter caravan Frisco Andrus and Griffin 2017

Since this Texas Ranger’s Caravan stop was in Frisco, it was easier to get in line at 7AM. However, that is a long time to be in line for a signing that started at noon.  It was about 35 degrees. I dressed warm and had gloves.  I brought a collapsible stool to use. As I was checking Facebook and emails, my phone died.  I later found out that iPhone don’t like the cold either.

I also decided the more annoying a voice a person has, the more incessantly they talk. They tend to talk loudly and in a way that is not drowned out by traffic or other conversations.  I might just be cranky but I think this a new law of physics I discovered.

At 10:30-ish, we got to enter the minor league park and pick out a ticket for autographs.  In the past I worked the line a few times to try to get all of the players that show up to this event. This day I only wanted Elvis Andrus. It happens, the annoying voice was also wanted Elvis and was in same line as me, albeit about 10 people further from me.

By 11 AM it had warmed enough to allow my phone to work. I even took off my gloves and unzipped my jacket. I could focus on something other than annoying voice. Think about that for amoment. From 7 to 11 – that was 4 hours of talking.

The signing stared at noonish and I was done by 12:30 PM.  At Elvis’ table was AJ Griffin so I got this autograph too. Both players were nice and it was painless, except for the cold. And the phone not working. And the new law of physics I discovered.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Jason Alexander – We share a passion

Jason Alexander was performing at the Morton Myerson Symphony Center. This piqued the interested of every Seinfeld fan in the Metroplex. My interested stirred because of poker.

Jason is a poker player. I’ve seen him a few times on TV at the World Series of Poker. That is a tournament that I hope to play one day.  We have a comment interest and I found a photo of him at the poker table.

When Jason came out we were in a line.  The people at the building had us organized.  Jason walked down the line autograph hunter and chatted with people as he signed.  He told me this was one of his great passions as he signed my photo. I mentioned that I hope to see him there one day. And he replied with a quick, ’I hope to make some money there one day.’

Then I moved out of the way and he continued signing.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

David Gerrold Marvelous Nerd Years ComicCon 2016

Yes, I’m a nerd.  The main guest at the Marvelous Nerd Years ComicCon I wanted to see was David Gerrold. He wrote one of most icon Star Trek episodes, The Trouble with Tribbles. I have enjoyed a few of his books over the years. 
I got his autograph once before at a WorldCon.  I figured I would ask if he could sign the other books I have by him.

He looked up as I walked to his table. I unslung my backpack and told him I was happy he was at the show.  We shook hands and I asked if he would sign a few books I had. I also followed up and asked if 3 books would be too many.  He actually smiled and thanked me for asking first.  I guess he has been hit with people bring stacks of books.
So we chatted as he signed. I made a small donation to a charity he was collecting for. We talked about Starlog magazine and that I used to read his column he wrote for them.  He looked up. So I followed up with a Solomon Short quote I had read in that column decades ago: never trust a grapefruit. After admitting I never understood that, he laughed and said never did either.
It was a good encounter.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sean Gunn Marvelous Nerd Years ComicCon

Because this convention was void of fans, I didn’t need to wait to get Sean Gunn’s autograph. He was friendly and eager to chat.  We talked about places to eat and plans for New Year’s.  I was at the show on 12/31/16. Less than a dozen hors would bring in the new year.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche – Pinky and the Brain

Dallas had a ComicCon over the New Year’s Holiday. Sadly for the convention, it was not very well attended.  The crowds were light.

However, the show did have a few guests I was more than happy to see.

Pinky and the Brain were represented by Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche. Both were very friendly guys and very open to chatting with fans.  I liked both of these photos as it showed the actor and the various characters they do voices for. Both actors have long resumes and keep busy acting.