|A pleasant surprise!|
|Take 2, Mike!|
After a few hours of looking at the exhibitions, we made our way back to the 3M booth around 1PM, only to find that a line to meet Mike had already begun to form! We quickly found our place in line and sat tight. When Mike entered the room, everyone began to chatter and pick up their cell phones to snap a quick picture or two. It was really exciting to see how many people were there to meet Mike! When our turn came, he alluded to the fact that we had met earlier, and he asked me if I had gotten my photo with the standee. I told him I had, and my husband went up to take a photo with Mike. Apparently, I took a second too long for Mike's comfort, and he moved just as the camera went off. I yelled in a mock-scolding voice "You just totally biffed that picture, Mike!" He repositioned himself, and we took a better one. Then it was my turn. I started off by giving him a hug -- how could I resist? I then got in position for a photo with Mike, and somehow wound up with my head resting on his chest and shoulder. When I saw the picture later, I laughed because it looked so silly to me. I didn't do it on purpose, I was just trying to get a good photo!
Before we headed off to let the next person in line have his turn, I had one more thing to do. With me, I had a copy of the Make It Right 10th Anniversary Magazine, and I asked him to sign it for me. My husband also let him know that I was the person who made the "Mike Holmes Cartoon" for his birthday. At that point Mike, who was honestly looking a little tired (and understandably so), lit up. I told him that I was doing a sequel for his "big birthday" that was coming up ("My 25x2 birthday" he commented to me with a chuckle). I handed him an 8x10 photo of the teaser I made for the new cartoon I'm making and he smiled. After showing the photo to some of the people standing around him, he made sure to put it in a secure place on the table behind him, patting it with his hand as if to say, "I won't forget to take it with me when I leave!" He also gave me a very kind complement, saying that he was happy that he got to meet me. At that point, I was putty on the floor, so it was time to go and let the next person in line have his turn. I gathered my things and headed out, ready to leave for home. I came, I had a great time looking at all the exhibitions, I met Mike Holmes not once, but twice, and I was a happy girl wearing very uncomfortable shoes! Little did I know at that point, my day was far from over.
|The picture I gave Mike|
After taking a few moments to Facebook about what had just happened, I asked my husband what he thought 3M was going to do with those life size standees that I had visited several times that day. An idea popped into my head, and because I was fairly sure that I was NOT going to see Mike Holmes again for the rest of the day, I went back to the 3M booth and found a guy wearing a 3M lanyard. I smiled and asked in a sweet little girl voice that usually gets me anything I want, "Whatcha gonna do with those? You're not going to throw them away are you?" The employee smiled back and said he didn't think they were going to throw them out, but if I wanted one I was going to have to come back the next day to ask a person who had already left for the evening. Darn it! Oh well, I thought to myself. Can't blame me for trying. Now it was time to go home, for real this time! I clutched all of my goodies I had accumulated that day and headed toward the nearest exit with my husband.
|The infamous standee|
All in all, I had a great time at the Hardware Show. I got to meet my favorite person in the world, my hero, and the person who inspires me to want to be better everyday, Mike Holmes, and I got to do it in a rather unique sort of way. I sincerely hope that my love and admiration for this man was able to shine through the awkwardness. I'll definitely remember this day for the rest of my life and count it as a serendipitously one-of-a-kind experience!