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Monday, January 19, 2015

Texas Winter Caravan Denton Texas 2015

While most of the blog posts won’t support this, I do collect baseball player autographs.  This year I actually made one of the Texas Rangers promotional stops. I picked up two players, Jurickson Profar and Shin Soo Choo.

I got up early on a cold Saturday and arrived at the Academy Sports store about 8AM.  It might have been 30 degrees outside.  About 15 people were already in line. I stayed in my nice warm car for about another 20 minutes.  I was waiting for more people to show up before I ventured out into the cold.  Since the signing was at 1PM, I wasn’t anxious to spend more time than needed on frozen concrete.

When I did join the line, a few people filled in quickly behind me.  It turned out I knew some of them and that helped pass the time.  About 11AM we were let inside the warm store to wait.

The signing started not long after 1PM.  These signing are pretty much a cattle call and I was done within in 10 minutes. I got both players to sign baseballs. Profar signed under the logo and Choo signed on the sweet spot. 


Friday, January 16, 2015

Rhonda Adams

As I was packing, I was clearing out stuff and I found a signed photo of Rhonda Adams. It was before I started collecting photos so I didn’t really have a system. I’m sure the wife thinks I hide it so she won’t see it.

I’m assuming I got it from a National (National Sports collecting Convention) but I really don’t remember when or where. It’s probably been 10 years since I’ve attended a National. I would imagine the autograph was free. She was probably helping promote some start up card company. Or maybe she was promoting herself.

As I mentioned, I really don’t remember this at all. That lack of memory is exactly why I started this blog. Someday all of the memories might be blurs and the blog will be the ‘official’ transcript.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sunday recap #SDCC 2014

Sunday did not start as early as the previous days. We still didn’t have any luck with WB. We got our ‘makeup’ signing from the Fox booth. But getting any other raffles was a miss.

 Sunday morning I did end up climbing a lot (and I mean a lot) of stairs. I was in one line and then left to join another. The issue was the volunteers not letting me go the road less traveled. It was a long roundabout path and I swear I did 10 flights of stairs.  As I huffed and puffed, one volunteer did take a few minutes to listen to me gasp out my ‘story’ and let me pass. This prevented me from having to go back down those 10 flights and walk around to the front of the convention center.

Of course, the highlights from Sunday were The Strain and The Following autographs. However, I did take some time to visit an acquaintance Gini Koch.  We had twitted each other.  I knew she was going to be at SDCC. And she knew I was going to be at SDCC. She told me (more like a friendly order) to drop by.   

Sunday was my last chance to see the lady with the pink cowboy hat.  I got there as she was chatting with some other friends. I hung out a few feet out of her sight. As she finished talking with the various friends, she turned. She saw me and pulled me in for a hug.  I even think she mentioned I wasn’t all sweaty this time.  I laughed.

My wife was held my backpack and was a little further down the aisle. At ComicCon, it’s just too busy to have a couple of people just standing. It creates too big of a traffic jam.  Gini and the wife did wave at each other.

Gini talked about how chaotic SDCC was. My friends and I were still feeling the sting of the WB mess.  When Gini started lobbying for me to attend Phoenix ComicCon I listened.  It does sound like a fun show. The wife has good friends near Phoenix and we both love AZ. Who knows, maybe Phoenix ComicCon is on the horizon.

As always, talking with Gini was fun and another highlight of the day.

Much later on Sunday, the wife and I along with my 2 SDCC buddies, met for dinner with 2 other SDCC buddies. They hadn’t attended the last couple of years but they live close and agreed to meet. The six of we spent a great evening eating and chatting and swapping stories.  I truly hope we all get to meet again next year.


Monday, January 12, 2015

The Following #SDCC 2014

While we didn’t get winning tickets for The Following signing, we decided to try 'standby'.  The cast was signing fast and we were quickly let in and received our signed posters.

This was an assembly line and I didn’t get any interaction with the cast.  Which was okay as it was Sunday afternoon and by this time my body and mind were at the failing point. It had been a very long convention and as I get older, each day is more of a chore.
The signing had:
However, looking over my poster, I don’t see a signature from Sam. Maybe it just didn’t show in the photo. One day, I’ll pull the poster from the tube and look it over again.



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Strain #SDCC 2014

As I mentioned, the signing for American Horror Story didn’t quite work out.  When I got a chance to pick my consolation prize, I choose The Strain. The show had already aired a few episodes by the time ComicCon rolled around but I had it TiVo’ed and no chance to watch. Between the buzz surrounding the show and my buddies excitement I was confident in my decision.

We were not in the first couple of groups that got mini posters signed; which worked out well.  I’m a people watcher. Even when I’m talking, I’m watching people. SDCC gives a lot of opportunity to watch people.  A rather larger guy in a lucha libre mask was hanging out not far from us.  Not sure why I noted him. Maybe because wrestling masks seem so out of place at SDCC. Maybe it was the 2 large guys in black suits that hovered around him.

When our group finally got to enter the Fox booth, the guy in the wrestling masked cut in front of me and walked in. Very odd behavior.  I actually commented (not quite in a high pitched squeaky indignant voice) that the wrestler just cut the line and he didn’t have a raffle ticket.  My fear was the signing would be cancelled because of that line jumper.  I was told he was with the show.  I held my tongue but I was still paranoid.