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SOMersCon NW debuts with a day of baseball, books and burgers
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Welcome to the first, unofficial, Northwest Strat-O-Matic Gamers Convention!  We'll call it the SOMersCon Northwest.

I had the incredible opportunity to meet up with fellow SOMers TerryB, stratfan70, atmosneal, and Hendu42 this past Friday, for a day of fun, food, and baseball (the best kind of day).

One other local member (Heyblue) wasn't able to make it.  I think we can assure him that there will definitely be other opportunities.

TerryB and stratfan70 showed up at my place a little before noon.  We hung out for a bit, then went out for lunch (fish and chips) and talked some more (yes, I even let them get a few words in).  When we realized it had already been several hours lost in the best of conversations, we returned to my place to wait for atmosneal to arrive.

TerryB and stratfan70 have been to my house before, so they've seen my "Stratcave" gaming set-up, my stacks of boxes, and the Baseball Library.  When atmosneal arrived, I gave him the nickel tour, then we all took off for the Friends of the Seattle Public Library Spring Book Sale, where we met up with Hendu42.

We all had a chance to exchange introductions, and chat a bit more, before the doors opened.

The sale takes place twice a year in an old Navy airplane hanger.  The sale fills the entire hanger.  Rows and rows of books in almost any category you can think of, at $1 each.  There is also a section of "Better Books," that features rare editions, autographed books, and other items.  Last year, I found an autographed copy of Zim, Don Zimmer's autobiography, for TerryB.

We spent more than two hours combing through the books, and we each came out with a great haul of between 14-23 books.

After that, we went back over to my place, where I got my wife to take a picture of the group, and our haul:


(from l-r: Hendu42, stratfan70, me, atmosneal, and TerryB)

I showed Hendu42 the Stratcave, and we all went out for a late dinner at the local Five Guys burger joint.  Imagine that: five guys hanging out at Five Guys, talking baseball and SOM until they literally had to tell us it was time to close.

I can't tell you what a great time we had, exchanging details of our various Strat projects, and just talking baseball!  And it definitely highlighted the theme of TerryB's next video blog for the SOM website: social networking among gamers.

We have our various sites, and some people are able to hook up through them, as we did.  But there is a great potential for bringing local gaming communities together through the various avenues, such as facebook and twitter.

Each of us expressed surprise that there were so many of us (and certainly others) in our local area.  Having the SOMers site has enabled that.  I know I went for years, thinking I was the only one around.  I just never ran into anyone else until I got involved in several SOM sites.

I can certainly say there will be more gatherings (the Fall Book Sale  in September, for sure), maybe even a ballgame or two at the Safe.  We're not big enough for group discounts yet, but maybe some day.

The benefits of social networking are many, for our relatively small community.  And the need was driven home recently, when we lost a fellow gamer I knew briefly.

His site name at SFF was Harold.  He lived north of Seattle, and I had met him through another site, about three years ago.  We got together and replayed several World Series over the course of about a year.  His own schedule (and a supreme love of golf) kept us from getting together more frequently, as did the deterioration of my parents' health.  We drifted apart when we left the site we were both on.

I had finally, upon learning that we had so many other member from around here, decided to get in touch again, after two years.  I was hoping he could joining us for the book sale, and possibly sign on at SOMers.  I sent an e-mail, but got no reply,  After a week had passed, I was reading the newspaper, and came across his obituary.  Though there was no specific mention, he evidently took his own life.

He had written at SFF within the last few months that he used to have a friend he gamed with in Seattle, but that he hadn't heard from him in some time.  I always had it in the back of my mind to contact him, but when I finally tried, it was too late.

It was devastating to read of his passing, especially under those circumstances.  He was an extremely likable person, very nice and considerate.  It had simply been a matter of getting caught up in our own separate circumstances that we drifted apart over the last couple of years.

Take the time to cultivate local relationships.  Get local gamers to join up.  Exchange means of contact.  Even a life-long solo gamer such as myself can get immense pleasure out of sharing with others (I know, I still haven't shut up!).

And you never know what benefits this interaction might have for others.  I know I will always wonder what might have been.


For Harold.  RIP



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Wow...that was such a happy story until you got to the bottom.    How sad for Harold and the people who cared about him.    Where I reside I doubt there are many SOM players but I have often sought solace with a few games of baseball.     Harold will be missed.    RIP



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Nice photo of you Jeff, but do you really think that I will put a link in my video blog leading people to that atrocious picture of me?



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It was actually better than the others. biggrin

Actually, it was the best overall choice.  After all, I wasn't going to use the one in which I looked like I had a bad case of indigestion!



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A motley crew indeed--not to be confused with the rock group Mötley Crüe.

Sounds like everyone had a great time.

With TerryB in attendance the average IQ of the group rose drastically.

Looking forward to the story and photos of your next meeting. I'm anticipating something along these lines:

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Looks like you had a great time!  We'll need to find an East Coast version of this.



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Congratulations to all of you for taking the time to get together.

Sounds likea lot of fun.  I play in a face to face league with nearly 20 memebers, and the highlights of the year are always the times that folks get together (drafts, banquets, and marathon gaming sessions/cookouts).

Treasure your friends and the time you had together.

And on a side note : Damn that seajaw is a handsome man !



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Just saw that pic of us today. Reminded me of how fun it was to meet you all and what a good time I had. RE the pic: Man, wouldn't want to meet that gang of rogues in a dark alley! :)

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Yeah, we might roll a 20-sided die and give someone a 15-game injury! biggrin



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seajaw wrote:

Yeah, we might roll a 20-sided die and give someone a 15-game injury! biggrin


 

AAAAAA A HAAHA HAHAHA  ahAh! That's the line of the century right there Jeff! I mean I was seriously laughing out loud there!

Yeah bad guys take THAT! Your outa here and right away too buddy!

 



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Is that to say that whomever crosses paths with the NW gang in an alley will be consuming their meals through a straw for the next 3 months?



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It would more likely be a strained oblique or hamstring.



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I am psyched to get together with the gang again and have a great time! We might be adding a new member to our crew. I hope everyone makes it. See you in ten days!



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I got the OK on my schedule so I will be going to the Seattle Freinds of the Library sale. What time will everyone be getting together and who is going?



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I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again!



-- Edited by seajaw on Monday 26th of September 2011 11:15:04 AM

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