What happens when seven people living in a house...oh, wait, wrong reality show. What happens when seven people, most of them tired and hungry, start a quest along the Seattle waterfront to find a restaurant open for dinner at 3 PM? Three restaurants, two more people, no buses, and about two hours later, they end up right back where they started. Ahh, the first crazy unofficial, non-Discovery sponsored night of CatchCon 2011...what memories!
For all of you who are scratching your heads and wondering what the heck CatchCon 2011 is...let me take you back several years ago to my bedroom late at night (this is totally PG so get your minds out of the gutter!) I was a recent grad school grad wide awake worrying about...well, probably something stupid or inconsequential. I was surfing the channels in the wee hours of the morning when, hark! What did I discover? Deadliest Catch (DC), a show about Alaskan crab fishermen...it was like the deadliest job or something. It was interesting and, okay here's a confession (and I could really lose some of my DC cred right now but you'll still like me, right??) I thought Blake was hot. There I said it. To make a long story short and to employ one of my favorite puns, I got hooked. By the end of the show, I already had a favorite boat and a favorite crew (Blake was pretty but the Northwestern is prettier!) Eventually, I became a member of my first online fan forum and joined a loyal band of Northwestern supporters. DC became a Tuesday night staple for me (don’t bother calling me, I won’t answer), I started learning about the world of the Alaskan crab fishery, my mom and I began to go to fan events, and uninformed people began to look at me like I was one crab short of a full pot.
So, that’s some background on the show, but what is this CatchCon business? In 2009, I heard that there was going to be a convention for the fans of the show in Seattle, Washington. I so totally had to be there, but, um, this was before Adventurous Denise and the idea of flying to a city all the way on the other side of the country where I didn't know anybody...well, that was just impossible. But, as always is the case with me, I had a great crew of friends, both in real life and in cyber world who encouraged me to go for it. So I did. And that's how I found myself in Seattle two years ago, meeting fellow fans, making new friends, and oh yeah, getting up close and personal with some of the crews and boats featured on the show.
Last year for CatchCon 2010, I took my mom along because, well, she's better at the whole groupie thing than I am! Once again, we had a blast so, obviously, when we heard about CatchCon 2011, we knew we were going...with or without tickets (by the way, the whole ticket procurement process is an event in and of itself! I won't put you through reading about that...but, once again, I gotta thank my pals for coming through for me for two years straight!). Each year CatchCon gets a little bigger but for the most part, there's a core group of Northwestern fans that I hang out with and while we talk to Wizettes and Banditas, we know that our boat is the best. You can call us fans or groupies but don’t use the “s” word or we’ll throw you overboard without a survival suit!
|My CatchCon "Bling"|
|The Northwestern going |
through the locks.
|Our annual "Waiting in Line" photo...|
but where are Carole and Rich?!
(The next few posts will be about my vacation and CatchCon! I didn’t blog much while I was away because I was too busy having fun!)