Autograph Hound's Blah Blah Blog

Monday, September 8, 2014

Whole lotta life going on 2014

All, The Autograph Hound’s Blah Blah Blog will be going dark for a month or maybe two.

It’s not because I don’t love you.
It’s not because I don’t have any new autographs to share.

Nothing is wrong – everyone is healthy.

While the blog is a chore, I do enjoy it and especially enjoy the ‘likes’ I get on Facebook or the comments I see on the blog.  Like a field mouse with a crumb I greedily read each one; pausing briefly to ensure no one is watching me smile like an idiot.


My favorite quote from John Lennon: Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.
Like is rather full right now.

You may have noticed I haven’t gotten into a good rhythm for posting. 

Work is eating into my down time.  That is not a complaint. I started this blog when I was unemployed. It was a way to be creative and keep myself preoccupied.

I have been playing a lot of poker lately. While there is no doubt poker is a rollercoaster, I have been making some progress in my play.  Not ready to quit my job but I’m no longer that ‘lucky’ fish that the sharks love seeing sit down.

Mrs Hound and I will be having a house guest. Not sure how long that will last. He needs a change of scenery and will be relocating to the Dallas area.  We are his safety zone for a while.
Mrs Hound and I are celebrating our 10 wedding anniversary by taking a long trip to Hawaii. Unfortunately, this trip is 16 years overdue.  Maybe I should say we are making the trip for our 25th wedding anniversary and only a year late.

And lastly, Mrs Hound and I are working through buying a new house.

As you can see, a lot of plans; which means a lot of opportunities for ‘life’ to occur when the plans get derailed.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SDCC 2014 Friday Recap

Like Thursday, my day started at 4:30 AM. It started even earlier for my friends. I think they were in line by 2AM. I brought donuts and Red Bull. Yeah, that’s how they roll.

Even as close as were to the front of the line and as many people splintered off to queue up for Fox, Hasbro, or Ballroom 20, we still seemed WAY too far back of the WB line. Disappointingly, The Game of Thrones wristbands were gone. But I was happy to get a Banshee wristband.  It’s a show I love even though it’s not sci fi, horror, or fantasy.

I struck out at the Fox drawing. Meaning this was day 3 of carrying my poster tube with nothing in it.

As a group, we decided to wait until the expo floor opened and try for the Marvel booth. Sadly, we got to Marvel just after they were capped the line. So no Agent Carter story to tell.

Personally, I never got to the Walking Dead booth to try for tickets. I didn’t even venture outside so I never tried for the Walking Dead BBQ Scavenger Hunt. 

While I did win the Entertainment Earth Penny Dreadful drawing and I had a wristband for the Hannibal and Banshee signings, some disappointment was setting in. My expectations were much higher.  This was SDCC afterall.

As my friends and I separated, I circled back to the Sails Pavilion and to see what ticketed events were still available. While, I could have gotten George RR Martin, I already have 3 books signed by him so I passed.  I think Mike Tyson tickets were still available and I passed on that.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#Banshee #SDCC 2014

Fortunately, Games of Thrones wrist bands were already gone by the time I got to the WB table. This way I didn’t need to debate whether to try for Game of Thrones or Banshee.  Of course, the other problem, this was WB and I have a horrible track record there.

My heart raced as I reached into Banshee bag.  I just KNEW I was going to pull a losing ticket once again. Trying to earn sympathy from the guy holding the bag, I asked for him to think good thoughts.  Yes, he gave me a weird look. But he also doesn’t know my back story.

The ticket was a winner. I just paused. I smiled. I looked for my friends to show it to them but they had moved out of sight.  I held up the line in my wonder of actually getting a ‘golden ticket’.  The ticket was swapped for a wrist band and I wandered away.

This was 7 AM-ish. The signing was scheduled for 6PM. That makes for a long day.

When 5PM rolled around, I was done for the day. I was tired and my feet hurt. I did head to the WB to hang out. Because it was toward the end of the day and early, I was able to be toward the front of the line. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ben Tripp #SDCC

Can I admit I really don’t know how Ben Tripp got on my radar?   Somehow I knew the name. Somehow I knew I wanted his autograph.  Have I read his books or even know the title of one? No.

But he was on my radar and I was in line for his autograph. And I was in line to get a book signed.

He was seated with several another authors. Ben was cosplaying. To me he looked like a character from his book The Accidental Highwayman… a story set in the 18th century.  Or maybe he dresses like that normally.

As I stood in front of him, he thanked me for coming out. AND he gave me a free copy of the book The Accidental Highwayman. What more could I ask for?



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Emmanuelle Vaugier #SDCC 2014

One of my favorite booths at SDCC is Holzheimer’s. The friendly staff, the celebs, and relaxed atmosphere make it a ’must see’ each ComicCon.

That last sentence sounds like a restaurant review. Sorry about that. The point?  I like the booth.

I was excited to see that Emmanuelle Vaugier from Lost Girl was going to sign there. I enjoy the show, I think the actress is stunningly beautiful, and if there is a chance I could chat with someone for a moment, it would be at this booth.

As I walked up, Emmanuelle was idly chatting with her handler.  The handler is someone I have a nodding acquaintance with.  We’ve bump into each other at dozens of conventions over the years.  She’s handling celebs and I want celebs’ autographs. We are bound to see each other often. We rarely exchange words as she is busy working and I’m busy collecting.

This day, the handler was a chatter Cathy.  As I said hello to Emmanuelle, the handler gave me a big hello back. We actually chatted for several minutes regarding other shows and celebs.  It was funny.  While I was enjoying getting to know the handler better, I also felt I was ignoring Emmanuelle, the main reason I was there.

After a couple of failed attempts to steer the conversation back to Lost Girl and Emmanuelle, I succeeded. As expected, I loved the time I got to spend with her and I verified she was just as gorgeous in person as on the show.