Kodak Moment #101

I got hundreds to thousands of photos through my life.  A lot of which would match up to stories here on Cowabunga Corner, but for one reason or another they are not chosen.  This does not mean that these photos are not worth sharing and do not hold stories of their own.  I would like to keep sharing what I can here on the site, so whenever I can I will share a photo and a story to go along with the photo.  If it’s a part of events that has been shared here, we will link back to the stories of the events themselves as well.  Hope everyone enjoys.  Today’s photo is from Turtle Con 2001.


This was the second time that we held a Ninja Turtle booth at Motor City Comic Con, as we got the crew here for a group photo.  Sitting still for a nice smiling picture is not always our style, as anyone can see we were having fun.  The photo was taken by my dad.  In the photo we have a great group of people that has played a large roll in my life, more than just working a booth but as good friends. 

Laying down in front giving the peace sign is TurtleNinja, a friend I met through TMNT-L in 1996, and we got to meet in person for the first time during my west coast trip in 1997.  She played a major role in helping us be able to hold the booth and came for 2000 and 2001.  In 2007 I was the maid of honor for TurtleNinja’s wedding, with her husband whom she met through IRC and is still happily married.  TurtleNinja can be seen on Totally Obsessed, as they flew her in for filming on her birthday, though did not use any part of her interview in the show.

In the next role we have the curly hair girl in the white Turtle Con Crew shirt, this is HorseTurtle.  I met HorseTurtle through TMNT-L as well, our first time meeting in person was a first for me.  As I got to take a bus to her hometown to meet her and another TMNT-L friend.  This was my first time on a Greyhound and the first time I did any internet meetups without any family members with me.  Since I’ve been HorseTurtle’s wedding, have had a lot of great times hanging out and am still in touch with her online! 

Next in the black shirt is Belle, with me in the green shirt and Shadow Wolf sitting next to me.  Belle and Shadow Wolf are friends I met in school.  Belle is one of the first people in Jr. High to want to talk to me and even invited me to join her at lunch time.  We’ve been friends for a long time.  Belle introduced Shadow Wolf to me.  Though I am not in touch with Shadow Wolf anymore, I still talk to Belle often.  Both of them have given me many great memories through the years and I was thankful to have them on the crew of the booth that year.

Behind Belle is Phoenix.  Co-Founder of Cowabunga Corner.  Phoenix is one of my best friends, we met through the #TMNT chat room on IRC.  She started coming around in 1997 and became good friends with me in 1998.  Phoenix is another friend that I was able to travel to attend her wedding.  We talk all the time, as she’s one of the few people that I really feel I can open up too no matter if I’m happy or sad, she’s always there. 

Behind me is my mom, whom is a fellow TMNT fan that has helped me with most all events that I’ve held through the years.  I love her so much, and am very Thankful that she’s been a large part of my life.  She mainly worked the booth to make sure it was never left unattended, and being able to answer questions about the collection and photos left on display for anyone who came by the booth.  My mom has always gotten along with my friends, to the point that some of my friends including Belle has a habit of calling her “Mom”. 

Right next to mom is TurtleNinja’s mother, who also helped out with the booths.  Like my mom has always been there for me, she’s always been there for TurtleNinja.  Joining us on many of our trips, and very cool to talk too.  She worked the booth in 2000 and 2001.  For 2001 TurtleNinja and her stayed around and visited for awhile, so we got to do movies, go to the zoo and Greenfield Village creating a lot of memories. 

The artwork around the booth was Shadow Wolf and I trying to get signs up explaining what the booth was.  Some of the signs are still in my collection.  Sadly others were destroyed in the Michigan 2014 flood.  In the display case we had movie props, rare books and toys to share.  On the tables we had photos, newsletters, and flyers to pass out.  We were also doing raffles and giveaways through the entire convention.

Have you ever held a booth at an event, where your friends were the crew?  Did it work out for you?  Do you have group photos of everyone goofing off at the booth?  Please share your stories, comments and questions below.


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