I went to Historicon for quite some time, but haven't been for a number of years. I was one of the few (?) that didn't have a problem with either the Lancaster location, or the Lancaster Host facility. It had a personality of its own, and I felt comfortable there.
I'm really not a "convention guy". I don't really enjoy competitive gaming - I don't care if I win or lose, and instead just being with good friends. I don't even have to play to enjoy myself. I've never been one that gets much enjoyment out of playing a game with strangers; might as well play solo!
Another reason I don't attend Hcon anymore is that the two reasons I used to enjoy going are no longer necessary - the dealer's room and seeing games for ideas to steal regarding painting and terrain. With the internet, I can get anything from any manufacturer in the world, including rare or hard to find books, within a matter of days. Likewise, blogs and newsgroups provide a vast treasure trove of inspiration for painting and terrain ideas.
So what did I do on Historicon weekend instead?
Well, for one we had a great bike (motorcycle) ride. Open fields and fresh air in our faces, with the deep rumble of HD exhaust in our ears. SWEET!
In my job, I have the distinct pleasure of managing my company's sponsorship program for professional NHRA teams. That's given me the chance to work and interact with top teams and drivers - which is VERY cool.
This week we had John Force Racing and their drivers (John, Courtney, Brittany Force, Robert Hight) visit our headquarters for a meet and greet session - as this weekend was the Mile High Nationals here in Denver. For those of you who don't know who John Force is....he's a legend, and the face of the drag racing sport. A 15 time Funny Car champion, and a personality bigger than imaginable. On top of that, I find him to be a genuine, very nice guy.
Oh yeah, and Courtney Force was just in the ESPN body issue. I'll wait while you Google that and then come back to finish reading this blog post.
My wife grew up drag racing with her Dad. Drag racing, cars, and speed are in her blood. For as long as she can remember, she's been a fan of John Force.
My work gave me a chance to get us back to the more private area of the John Force Racing pits, so she could meet each of the drivers - and John Force (the MAN) in person. She was so excited she could barely contain herself. I don't think I've ever had more fun than introducing her to Brittany, Courtney, Robert, and then John. Of course, photos with each followed! She's still enjoying that event, and the memories will never leave her.
Here's a photo of my wife with John Force this Saturday at the Mile High Nationals:
All I can say is "thank you" to all the people at John Force Racing. A legendary, outstanding, organization and team.
A fantastic, stand out, memorable weekend!
Did I miss Historicon?
Not for a second!