You'd think after attending five of these I'd get good at summing up the whole deal but I still struggle with it.
I normally look forward to the meet but this year with all the real life crap and the tension here lately, I REALLY looked forward a relaxing meet up with many people I think of as friends, who just happen to share my obsessions. That's rare for me and I treasure it.
On the moderator side I've noticed that a meet generally sends a good vibe to the boards afterwards as well. People air differences, get to know each other, a lot of that human factor overrides the inherent problems with online communication.
Here are just some random thoughts and observations:
- It was great sharing quarters with Greg and Charlie, it felt like my college days of going to the Chiller cons. Their good influence also had me experience my first Mego Meet without a crippling hang over.
- Scott (Random Axe) gifted me with one of his custom Animal Man figures. Something I was truly humbled by as it's a work of art that I already admired. If I had gone home with nothing else, the show would have been a complete win in my eyes.
- Years of fearing eating at Hoss were unfounded, that's the healthiest I've ever eaten at a Meet.
- It's so nice to see so many couples and families enjoying MegoMeet, the Nagy's, The Baltazars, The Bachman Millers, they add a lot to the event.
- All the new folks I happily met for the first time like Ed, Rick and Amy to name a few. There is a happy satisfaction in going away confirming people are as good as they seem online.
- Saturday night festivities were just plain fun, I loved sharing stories, drinking beers and laughing on that impromtu patio. I was a smelly wreck on Sunday morning and I'm banned from a certain Buffalo area Dunkin' Donuts but I wouldn't have changed a thing.
Of course, all the old faces that I've come to equate with the meet itself, by no means the biggest, but on all accounts the best toy show I attend, period.
Thanks guys, it was a complete pleasure.