Alright, well, I am going to try to sum up the last few amazing days. I had some wonderful times with great friends, and with out further or do here we go!
It all started late Thursday night. I flew into SFO international airport at about 11:00pm. Just two carry on bags in my hand I was ready for the task a head. Once I landed I called one of my closest friends Gerald and let him know I had arrived, and he let me know he was minutes away from picking me up. He may not admit to this, but his voice sounded just about as excited as mine did! Once he grabbed me we made a stop by Jack in the Box for a late dinner, and headed back his place. by the time we got there we were in such a great conversation we didn’t actually eat are food til almost one in the morning! With cold food in are belly’s and Gerald knowing we had to get up early we decided around two in the morning to hit the hay!
Friday morning, I awoke from my slumber listening to Gerald and his great gal Olivia’s voices talking amongst one another. I got up and got ready. Gerald, Olivia, and I hit the local Starbucks and there when the barista asked fro my name I just had to go with Captain Amazing!!! It was a good laugh , and then Gerald and I went to breakfast whereas Olivia had to head to work! Gerald and I went to a place called Freddies, where I had deep fried french toast for the first time. I have to say it was pretty good!! Finally from there we headed to WonderCon.
The first day of WonderCon was amazing!!! I met and bought Stephen Silvers book! I turned a corner and there I saw Legends of wrestling, Honky Tonk Man, Virgil, and one of the Bushwhackers!! I met and talk to some of my all time fav artists Mark McDonnell, David Coleman, and Alvin Lee!! I was overwhelmed with booth after booth! Gerald and I stayed until about 5pm, and I got to say as much fun as it was I was beat!!
After the Con we met back up with Olivia and we all went to Dinner. We decided to eat at this great Chinese place! They kept raving about how good the food was, and it was great, but I am not a guy that can handle spice and all but one dish we got were HELLA SPICY!!!! I was dying!!! Haha but it was very memorable!!
Saturday was day two of the Con. We did the Starbucks thing again before hand and I was Captain Amazing once again! This time they made sure to say it very loud and even with a small clap! Olivia joined Gerald and I this time since it was Saturday and she didn’t have to work. From Starbucks we all ate breakfast and again I decided to have french toast, although this time the french toast was normal! Once finished we drove pretty much to Vallejo to pick up Olivia’s nine year old nephew and together we all went to the con.
Once again the Con was amazing! This time I was buying up tons of things! I went back to Mark and David’s booth and picked up booth of there art books! I saw Jim Kelly the day before, and decided I had to stop by there and grab a signed photo fro him for my pops. I also went back over to Alvin Lee who asked to see some of my work. I showed him and he told me I was there as an artists, and that I just needed to apply! That made me feel great! We chatted it up for a while and then I ended up buying his gnomon dvd, and he put his signature on it! I also finally got the pleasure of meeting Mike Henry in person! I have chatted him with hi for sometime on deviantart and it was great to meet him in person! The second day day was crazy busy, but it was very fun, but just like the first day when it was time to go I was ready!
From the con we decided to hit a local Pizza joint. It was called Pizza orgazmica or something like that and had crazy names for there pizzas like Doggy style and the wet thighs! While eating we watched the Final Four and the crazy close Butler vs Mich State game! We decided it wasn’t time yet to drop off Olivia’s nephew, and so we went to the legendary lion steps! Man all I can say is there HECKA TIRING!!
Sunday comes and well, we didn’t go to Starbucks! It was pouring down rain, windy and cold as hell! But we still had a great time! We did some Sight seeing! They took me to some Military Barracks and many different great kodak moment spots! But unfortunately we had to cut it kinda short for it was Easter, and we had plans to eat with Olivia’s mother, sister, and her nephew, we ended up going to another Chinese restaurant and ate some good food. we didn’t seem to stay with them long, and before you know it we were off again! we drove to Napa, but it was SOOOO RAINY we decided a driving tour was good enough and that we should just have a chill day at the house and watch movies, and we did! I finally got to See The Princess and the Frog! It was great!!! I really enjoyed it!
Monday the final day! Gerald and I decided to head to Starbucks once again! We hung out for a bit and and all of a sudden him and I notice a car pull up and park, Gerald and I looking toward the car began to realize that it was just anyone coming out of the vehicle, but one of the most inspiring people in my life George Lucas!!!! I couldn’t believe it!! Gerald and I quickly went outside while Mr. Lucas was ordering his drink, from there we waited. When George looked over at me I could already tell he knew I knew who he was! I asked him nicely for his autograph and while he was doing it Gerald snapped a few photos of the two of us! I thanked Mr. Lucas many times and then we were off! Fro there on I couldn’t stop talking about how I met him!! I still can’t believe it!!
After Lucas( haha) I packed my bags and threw them in the car! We went to another surprise which was the brand new Walt Disney Family Museum! It was GREAT!! I kinda regret not buying something from the gift shop but I know I will be back! It reminded me kinda of One Mans Dream over at Disney World but more! It was very good. From there Gerald showed me where he once worked when he was in the movie biz, and then we spent some time over at ILM! Once all that was over we ended my trip at a nice bar and grill with Olivia’s friends! They were all great and we were all cracking one another up! It was so much fun I almost missed my flight home! They were actually saying my name over the intercom and waiting for me to board! Haha
This was SUCH A GREAT TRIP!!! I really thank Gerald and Olivia for showing me such great hospitality! I can not express my thanks enough! This whole trip has inspired me to continue with the path I am currently on, and really has rejuvenated me to try harder and work longer! Man this was just such a great trip!..
Now here are some pictures!!
Stephen Silvers and Myself
Lion Steps( Only Half)
I am just for the birds
George Lucas and I chopping it up!!!!!
George signing my sketchbook
Gerald and I in Front of the Walt Disney Family Museum
I hope you all enjoyed the story and pics!!!