Yours truly with Kevin Van Dam, a mere week after he won the 2010 Bassmaster Classic.
When: Thursday, February 25th to Sunday, February 28th
Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA
What: Working a booth for The New Jersey Angler
Weather: From snow to rain to wind to sun
First off, it is incredibly fulfilling and I get a great sense of pride (not the bad pride) writing for and representing The New Jersey Angler Magazine. So, when I realized I was going to have to shell out a few beans to relocate to Pensy for a long weekend, it wasn't a tough decision.
It's funny how things work out though............as you shall see.
Products Editor Gabriel Hnat with Sandy from Northern Bass Supply.
This was the first time that I actually met Gabriel Hnat in person, the man who opened the door for me and with whom I've been working closely with since August. It was nothing short of a pleasure.
The weekend would have many other moments for the highlight reel, including the picture you see above with KVD, meeting Gabriel's wife Lisa and son Jack, talking to a ton of industry people, giving away hundreds of magazines with me on the cover, etc., etc., etc.
Thursday and Friday brought snow and Saturday brought Lindsay to the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. I ducked out of the show to get her, and upon returning, she quickly made friends with Lisa and did a stellar job of selling subscriptions.
I am also happy to report that my quick visit to the City of Brotherly Love had me warming up to place a bit. It was the first in half dozen trips to Philly that I have not gotten lost. It's was also the first time I bothered to get directions. GO EAGLES!!!
I need to thank my Mom and Steve as well for getting me a top-notch hotel at top-notch price, which was only 10 minutes from the Expo Center. We dined there with friends on Saturday night, checked out Sunday morning and headed to the Expo Center for a half-day at the booth.
Awhile later, after four days of standing, talking, shopping and nearly overdosing on pickles, beef sticks and cheese, we headed home.
There would, however, be one more surprise.
We were well into our trip home, with the windows down, enjoying the fresh Turnpike air when my phone rang. I answered, and a man from the Montgomery County Bassmasters informed me that I had won first place in their raffle and $400 in cash.
I was sure he was joking.
Like I said, everything would have been more than swell if I had not gotten that phone call, but after finding out that my expenses (and a few purchases) had been paid for, I couldn't help but wonder if there were other forces at work.
Next stop......the Asbury Park Fishing Flea Market, March 14th.