The calm before the storm?

I am finally sitting down to write this at 1 AM, the average settling-in time for this week.  There are still people roaming the halls, and until about 15 minutes ago I had friends sitting and laughing at fun stories in the room and a few customers.  Since I have to be up early to teach a class in the morning you will get some stream of conciousness tonight.

Breyerfest 2014 July 10 Thursday hotel

Since our room is actually in the lobby we get many, many, many newbies for whom this is their first Breyerfest.  Not only that but ours is the first room they come to.  They are so excited, it is wonderful to see.   We get a stack of maps from the front desk to hand out, since this hotel was designed by M.C. Escher’s drunk cousin and requires a Mauraders Map to get around.  This is my spiel:  We are here, in the lobby of the hotel.  If you choose to go out of this room and turn right, you will head down the hallway and up the stairs to get to the 300s.  Walk to the end and up the stairs to the 400s.  Walk back along that hallway, down two sets of stairs, turn right and up a flight to the 200s.  If you choose to go out of this room and turn left, at the end of the hallway hang a left and go down a set of stairs and you will be in the ballroom area where the Artisans Showcase and Swap Meet will be.  You will see a door in front of you, go through the door and then another and you will be in the 500s.  At the end of the hall you aren’t at the end, you must turn right, then left, go down a set of stairs, turn right, go down another set and you are still in the 500s.  At the end of this hall go up the stairs and you are in the 600s.  Retrace your route and go down the stairs to return to the ballroom.  The 800s are only accessible by Tardis.

Breyerfest 2014 July 10 Thursday 25

Here we see the wonderful 25th anniversary party.  I don’t know how wonderful it was as I was in my room selling!  I heard there was cake and mom brought back ice cream.

Breyerfest 2014 July 10 Thursday Tshirts

This was my favorite set of custom Tshirts I saw tonight.  Hand made and worn with pride!

Breyerfest 2014 July 10 Thursday body box

This is a body box.  If you hear me say I am going to toss something into a body box now you know what I mean.  If out shopping do take a look, there are treasures to be had in these boxes!  Not everyone can know everything and valuable pieces have been tossed in these because the owner didn’t know.  We have our own lingo in this hobby, and the Ninja Pit of Death is coming up tomorrow.

Breyerfest 2014 July 10 Thursday HR deer

Finally, dumpster diving can be a treasure hunt.  This Hagen Renaker buck, along with matching doe and fawn were found feet-up in a garbage can.  The intrepid collector upended the can and went through the contents to find the missing legs.  Well worth the effort in my opinion!

Hope this will tide you over to tomorrow night.  I can’t promise it will have more content, but I will get more pictures to enjoy!

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