I've got friends that work in tech who give great advice. I've got friends that are crafty and make things for me. I've got my best friend who is a writer, so we go out drinking together. And while most of them are geeky, some are more geeky than others.
I have a former coworker (Holly) who goes to lots of conventions. This past Saturday she went to Big Wow Comicfest in San Jose. We were having lunch on the Friday prior, and she excitedly told me that Dave Gibbons was going to be there. Now, I had a wedding I was going to on Saturday, and if I'd known earlier I would have handed something off to my friend for her to take to get signed.
Then Monday were chatting over Yahoo Messenger, and she said that Gibbons was going to be at Flying Colors Comics Wednesday afternoon. Again, I'm committed that afternoon to help out at mom's with laundry and cleaning. Holly offered to come by Tuesday, and pick up something I wanted signed, and then bring it back to me on Thursday (today).
Now, I have the original 12 issue comic set (I may actually have two) somewhere in a long-box in storage. I could have gone to get them Monday afternoon, but it was cold and windy, and I thought I be okay. I'd be okay, because I have one DC Absolute edition on my bookshelf: The Absolute Watchmen. Now this is like a special edition DVD for comic books. It's oversized, and comes in a slipcase. It's great to read and see all the artwork enlarged.
Holly asked if I wanted my name in the signing, and I said sure. She does know how to spell my name, which some people still have trouble with, and so Tuesday I handed it off to her. Last night she sent me a picture via text, and today she dropped it off to me.
It is so much more impressive in person, but here is the picture she sent me:
Now, I know I owe her lunch. So we're getting pizza next Friday.