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VintageMike
Jun 19, '17, 12:35 PM
Figured I'd do this now, before I go back to the real world and things get crazy. Another Meet is in the books and and this point it's no shocker it went in the blink of an eye. I'll try to recap some stuff without going on forever.


Flying vs. driving: Outside of a few glitches involving airport transportation, this was a big "win". Everything went smoothly and instead of an endless 2-day drive, I listened to some stuff on my MP3 player and before I knew it I was there. Also measured my carry-ons so no luggage was checked. That has always been my biggest fear with flying: them losing my stuff.

Old Friends: It's a bit surreal to say this, but this was actually my 10th Mego Meet! Always great to see Brian H., The Gordys, Charlie, Brue, Art B., Tom & Berto, Scott A, Scott P., Brue, Kevin & Scott, Chris H., Ed L. and I'm probably forgetting people. Great to see Dave back of course, which I'm sure will be echoed by others. No Mego Suite Thusday? No problem, a few us just congrated in the lobby! If I forgot anyone, I'm still not at 100% capacity so accept my apologies.

New Friends: Made a few and that's always great. One of the special things about this event with folks: Since we all share a common bond of some sort, there's an instant comfort zone. In day to day life, how often does that happen for any of us? You can bsacialy jump in a car with people you've just met it's totally cool for everyone.

Missing faces: Rob T., Jason Y, Chuck, Derek R who were missed along with many others. I probably don't have to say this, but I will anyway whether you missed this or have yet to go. Do everything in your power to attend. There are unavoidable things (family, situations that would your job in jeopardy) but beyond that the specialness of this week cannot be matched. It will also give you a "recharge" to deal with things.

Merch: Lot of great stuff this year. Fortunate to pick up the exclusive Electra Woman and so happy for Scott A, it was sell out! Of course, I'm always looking for that special vintage piece. There were a few there thanks to Mark Huckabone but upon seeing one of my grail items, a carded Catwoman, I had to have it. It was not without complications on my part. My budget while substantial was not a big as the last two years and I had spent some on day 1. There would have have been no way for me to meet the initial price I was quoted. Thankfully a mutual friend was around to help bring the price down to where it would be in my ballpark. I still had to make a somewhat embarrasing call home, but at the end of the day the deal got done. 10 years after seeing Dan's awesome carded display after my first Meet and dreaming, I now have a carded collection I am really proud of.

The food: Skokie, I'll miss you! Portillo's, Lou Malnati's. If I lived in this area, my eating routine would be in a big, big trouble!

I'll wrap up saying it says a lot that I walked away from this, just happy about the weekend. Many years I've been angry afterward wondering why day to day life is so radically different from this. Now and hopefully in the future, I was just happy to have this special time with people who I consider good friends.

Bronxboykev
Jun 19, '17, 4:28 PM
Great seeing you again Mike... and you are sooo right about the Diet habits lol... always awesome to see someone be able to add a grail piece!!! Enjoy!!! Eternal con next??? Then Mego 2018!!! Lol

VintageMike
Jun 19, '17, 5:48 PM
Great seeing you again Mike... and you are sooo right about the Diet habits lol... always awesome to see someone be able to add a grail piece!!! Enjoy!!! Eternal con next??? Then Mego 2018!!! Lol

Next, I rebuild my bank account and take care of finances, lol! I think EC is too soon. I could have picked a lesser piece and come home with $, but that was one of the tough choices I faced, wiping my events slate clean for the next month or so to make this happen.

noelani72
Jun 19, '17, 7:31 PM
great seeing you Mike, we have a great group of folks. it's always neat seeing how excited you get when a grail goes home with you lol.

ScottA
Jun 19, '17, 11:23 PM
My pleasure as always my man. Congrats on the Catwoman. I am jealous. And thanks. I'm glad they sold out as well.

The Re-Rooter
Jun 20, '17, 1:00 AM
It was great meeting all of you! <3
I wish I had had the chance to talk to more of you and somehow managed to talk to Kevin hardly at all (?!) but did get to know his awesome wife better!
Hopefully next year I will be in better health and not have to sleep so much!
And all of you were so nice to Seth, he's obviously the charming half of us! :smiley1:

-Diana

samurainoir
Jun 23, '17, 2:09 PM
You looked even happier to pick up the Catwoman this year than you did after the Supergirl last year. Delighted your travels were so much smoother this year as well. (and deep apologies for being such a klutz and kicking your phone like that, I'm an idiot).

Toyman_Chris
Jul 27, '17, 7:30 PM
Mike....you will simply need to come back to Chicago so we can just hang out!

VintageMike
Jul 28, '17, 9:49 PM
Mike....you will simply need to come back to Chicago so we can just hang out!

You never know! I can honestly say while the Meet may be moving this will not be my last time in Chicago. Just such a great place to be I am already thinking of possible reasons to return. Got my eye on a couple of things.

Toyman_Chris
Aug 9, '17, 8:50 PM
You never know! I can honestly say while the Meet may be moving this will not be my last time in Chicago. Just such a great place to be I am already thinking of possible reasons to return. Got my eye on a couple of things.

Great!!

LuckySeven
Aug 29, '17, 6:52 PM
Hopefully 2018 will be my first Mego Meet! Hopefully I'll be able to have enough cash to actually start a collection, lol.