Alright, time for a bit of gushing here. I rolled into Ticonderoga on Thursday AM and met up with @pielock373 (who is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life) and we did many laps around the sets that day. Other TFW folk present that day included @jameskirk and his wife Tracy (also super nice people, as was everyone involved with TFW or the Tour.
Joining us later were the incomparable @JoeB and @nygeekgirl, @PKaneProps, @RustyH, my Brother @Fresno_Rob, and I’m sure others whose handles I didn’t quite catch. If you were there, please let me know so I know your username going forward.
We ended Thursday night watching the unreleased version of “Where No Man…” on the bridge viewing screen.
The Okudas rolled in on Friday night and did a tour with the set builders and James, then we all went back through later. Watching Mike Okuda walking through the sets, filming as he went, with an ear-to-ear-grin was among the best things I have ever seen in my life. The very definition of “kid in a candy store”. Denise was equally thrilled, they are such big fans and so great to talk to.
We wound up on the bridge again that night, watching the vault goodies that the Okudas fought to get included on “The Roddenberry Vault” with Mike and Denise at the helm and captain’s chair respectively. This was really fun. We later also watched “Court Martial”.
We immersed ourselves in many cool Trektivities including a raffle, a very cool and really informative demo by @pielock373 on creating TOS brass communicator lids. Suffice it to say that I’m in awe of his skill and am definitely planning on trying this method out. We had several great meals out in Ti as well.
Another highlight: My brother and I walked into the hotel lobby this morning and Doug Drexler is sitting in a chair in a lobby all by himself, waiting for his ride. We introduced ourselves and everyone met for breakfast a short while later… Doug is always engaged and enthusiastic, and also very nice to talk to. So many cool stories from a long career (and fandom).
I really need to thank @JamesCawley for allowing us to play in his sandbox this weekend and being gracious enough to give the group members a great deal on the event. It is appreciated. I was happy to be able to help out a little bit this morning, and will be volunteering in the future. One thing I feel every time I’m there–and every time I hang out with TFW members–is a sense of family. Truly the nicest group of people I’ve been around, and the fact that we all share this fandom means a great deal to me.
Thanks to all for a truly memorable weekend, with special mention to Steve Pielock for being such a great host.Here are some pics, many props, some of the great moments.