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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Have A Good Time At Salute 2012

It started as a rumble and is turning into into a roar as the date for Salute 2012 approaches. On Saturday, thousands of gamers and miniature painters will assemble at ExCel, London to feed the inner hunger that can only be satisfied by one thing--buying figures, paints, varnishes, bases, and anything else associated with gaming and painting.



For those who don't know, Salute is a convention where vendors from all over the world come to sell their products, where demo games are played and where gamers and painters can meet and come to know each other.  For those of you who don't know what Salute is, just imagine a convention where Gucci, Ferragamo and Prada all came together under one roof and have the best deals of the year.

The excitement on the blogoshphere is palpable and I wish I could go with you guys, but since I can't I thought I'd give you a little advice before Saturday.



Whatever you do, DON'T tell your wife or girlfriend how much you really bought at the convention.


Make sure you come back with some of this in your pocket, because if you don't.....


You won't be doing any of this, for a while.

And what will I be doing while you guys are having the time of your lives at Salute? Well, I'll be mowing the lawn (a thinly veiled attempt to make you all feel guilty).  Have a wonderful time at Salute 2012!!!

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  1. Sounds like you're going to make them all sweat by sweating some yourself. Nothing wrong with making them grovel after having a great time!

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    1. I'm pretty sure the guilt will be wasted. They'll all be having so much fun they won't have time for guilt. Until they come home and find out they're broke!!

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  2. I have always wanted to go to Salute, sometime I'll manage it. Conventions over there are so different from the ones here in the States it would be a lot of fun to experience. However, I will not be mowing the lawn, that's why I have boys. And, quite frankly, it doesn't need to be mowed yet.

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    1. I've not been to a convention anywhere yet. It does sound like a whole lot of fun and I'm sure we'll be seeing posts of the hauls some of these guys bring home. I don't have anyone to mow my lawn, the Hubby can't do that anymore and my son has moved in with a friend so it's my job to do. And I hate doing it, bores the piss out of me. I'd rather be painting than mowing!!

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    2. Painting is good, very good. Getting to Salute should really just cost me airfare, my cousin lives in London so I can crash at her place and then money saved on the hotel can be spent on very shiny metal...someday.

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    3. Then you should do it. But you have to consider the time off work and all that. I need to get started on one of the knights, but I've been so busy with the house and the gardens, I've had not time for fun lately. Maybe tonight I'll have a chance, I hope so!

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    4. I'll be painting tonight for sure. Don't be intimidated by that Knight, he will be a piece of cake!

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  3. Conventions are definitely rad for those who are super passionate about the subject matter... and there aren't too many people more passionate about their hobbies than wargamer/miniature fans.

    Where is it? In the UK somewhere, I presume? Off to google I go...

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    1. It's in London and you don't have to Goggle it, the location is in the post.

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  4. One of these days I will manage down to Salute.
    I keep hoping Mrs K will be persuaded by the thought of her being able to go round the London shops while I'm at the show, the only problem with that is I'm still likely to have more bags to take home than she will!.

    And yes the Golden Rule is never tell how much you really spend! I always try to have a wee secret stash squirrelled away before a show so that I can add it to the meagre allowance that I am given as spending money.

    Thankfully Mrs K doesn't read your blog Anne otherwise the cat is out of the bag on that little ruse!!

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    1. I can't believe you haven't gone!! You would think a shopping spree in London would do the trick for her, but yes you'd probably be bringing home more bags than she would. I guess we'll both have to read the posts the others write next week and be envious.

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    2. Yes, I'll be a wee bitty envious of the guys and gals who are able to go but I'm hoping that I should have new toys to open on Saturday anyway as the first of my Malifaux figures should be here!!!

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  5. Never ever tell them how much you spend but tell them something, the other half's think that our hobby costs so little and that's the idea, looking forward to Salute and spending feck all!

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    1. Oh you're going to spend some money and lie like a rug when you do it like a man should do. You just won't spend as much as moneybags Ray will. Does he have a sugar-momma?

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  6. I'm only taking 50p with me, just can't afford anything else, hopefully Fran might buy me a bacon sarnie there otherwise I'll starve??

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    1. Feck off with your 50p, with your two stashes and what you told me and Vinnie you actually had, just one phone call "Ironsides"!

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    2. I know he's lying Fran, it's what he does. 50p my arse Ray. I saw the haul you brought in at the last convention. And this is Salute so it's probably more like 500 pounds you'll spend.

      Yes Ray, I always take Frans side.

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    3. Only coz he's from Ireland, he gets away with fecking murder!!!!

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    4. Of course he does Ray and you don't stand a snowballs hell in chance of beating him on my page. That's what your blog is for!!

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    5. You know I like you best don't you Fran.

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  7. You won't be doing any of this, for a while... Well, it's funny you should mention this, Anne. I'd like to believe I could always get away with spending too much money, for you see, if she doesn't like it and creates a scene, she won't be doing any of that for a while. Well... um... maybe not with me, I suddenly realize.

    P.S. Ireland is great and you could also simply burn that lawn of yours.

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    1. What we women usually do is go out and spend as much or mare than you guys just spent and then we're happy and it's shag time!!

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  8. Sorry to hear you're not getting to go to the convention Anne. Here's hoping everybody has a good time at it though.

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    1. They're going to have a great time.

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  9. yep so the question is just much is credible to admit to spending... too much and it will me in other ways , too little she won;t believe me... perhaps if i can find out how much she spent in my absence on that bit of retail therapy and come in just under it is the way to go!

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    1. I know you've got to try to hit that perfect balance. It's hard to stay out of trouble with wives for very long too. We'll always find a way to make you pay, even if you didn't do anything wrong.

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  10. Ah it's a shame you can't go. I'm pretty sure Angry and Ray are going, so that could have been a good meeting for you. You can always go next year though :)

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    1. They are definitely going and they'll have a great time too.

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  11. That stinks that you can't go, but at least you get to mow the lawn!! Love your humor :) And great tips for your gamers!! Spend, spend, spend, but don't tell!!!! That way we think there's still enough for those Jimmy Choos we been eyeing ;)

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    1. I'm so lucky to be mowing the lawn aren't I? It will be so pretty when it's done I won't even notice I'm not at Salute (I'm lying, lying, lying).

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  12. Sounds exciting. pretty good post about action and consequences, but do I expect the men around here ray and Fran to listen your warnings? I don't think so, how many ladies jump right to bed after retail therapy? the ladies have to wait till they get bored with their new toys? Maybe or may be not.
    It is better to go with cash than with card ;)

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    1. Those two won't listen to a thing I say, they'll spend and bugger the consequences. They're smart men, they'll give the ladies some loving out of pure guilt after they lie about what they spent!!

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  13. I do not envy the convention goers. A crush of consumer madness under one roof? Are we sure all the vendors are legit? Like, this isn't some "fell off the back of a truck" scenario here is it?
    Good luck with the lawn mowing and as my uncle 3-Toes Larry always said, "don't mow the lawn drunk and in sandals." He was always a wise sage.

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    1. Three Toes Larry should have a t-shirt made or write a Country song then he could afford prosthetic toes.

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  14. Great post, Anne. Maybe you could get a goat to eat your lawn. Good for the environment, and you won't have to feed it. :)

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    1. Don't think I haven't considered that option Joe. I could even milk the goat and make goat cheese, a total win-win for me!!

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  15. Good tips! i only found out last year that most traders accept card, it was not a high point for my overdraft!

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    1. If I could go I'd leave the card at home and only take cash. Then if I wanted to spend more I'd "borrow" the money from Ray.

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  16. hahaha wow you are really going to make them jealous. Who doesn't want to mow the lawn? Agreed, never ever tell or a cat this is snip snip will get more humpty hump time then you ever will for a good long while..haha

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    1. I know they all wish they were me, out mowing the yard instead of going to the convention with their friends and buying the things they want and going to eat afterwards. Dammit, I'm crying now.

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    2. Awww catch those tears in a bucket and maybe you can make a wish, win big, hire a lawn boy and tell the lawn to suck it!

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    3. If I could afford a lawn boy I'd get a gorgeous one who couldn't speak. A mute handsome man mowing my lawn, wish upon a star!

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    4. LOL then we'd never see you as you'd always be looking at him in your view. Then your alliance would surely fall hmmm maybe there is some toe mute lawn man after all.

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  17. Well, then I won't set my booth up then. xo

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  18. I'm envious of all of this money spending and sex having! I have neither of these two things. I feel like I'm getting ripped off.

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    1. surely with the help of BEER you could have one of them...no wait you still need money...moving on

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    2. Just go to a pub near to closing time, buy one drink and take a lonely woman home and give her the best 5 seconds of her life. You'll be glad you did.

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  19. hahah that's a very good tip, maybe if they do buy too much they should hide the extra items or say there were like 3 for 2 offers!

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    1. Now that's thinking like a woman. That's an automatic for me. I lie to the Hubby like that all the time. He's clueless. We should sell these guys our tips!!

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  20. and by mowing the lawn, you mean mowing the heads of all the spies, that the ebil Cat sent to lurk around our castle.

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    1. I've already got pikes on the ramparts for mounting the heads on Dez. The Cat and his evil minions don't have a chance against us!!

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    2. I knew I could count on you to protect our headquarters, dahling! And if you see something blue and bigheaded in the shadows, it's not bluebells blooming in the spring, it's Cat's new minion!

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    3. I'm aware of the traitor in our midst darling and I've got ways of making him pay. Many, many ways.

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    4. I have a cunning plan of using the blue one's fiancee as our new ally, I hear he is mistreating her :( We could have our collaborator in the blue one's own nest!

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    5. Bah once the blue one gets his humpty hump on you will never turn her at his lawn.

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  21. How I'd love to be there...
    Doesn't anybody have a free-flight ticket from Frankfurt to London and a place to sleep? :D

    @Anne: I'll do something similar. Since we don't have a lawn, I'll tidy up our three balconies ;)

    Cheers,
    Mojo

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    1. You'd think they'd all take pity on us poor sods who can't go and buy us something. But they won't because they're selfish and don't care how miserable we'll be on Saturday.

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  22. see this is why a money stash is good...it is hard to trace and def does not interfere on the late night festivities on your return home...smiles.

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  23. Sounds like something I would go to. Thanks for the tip!

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  24. I wish that there was a way that you could go too, Anne. You'd have so much fun! Great advice for them though....

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  25. Oh yeah, work that lawn! Do it to it, make everyone at Salute jealous of your lawn mowing skills!

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  26. If only I could go...the husband already took care of the yard...because I can't. I guess I will have to lounge on the couch and read.

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  27. Sounds interesting but it's a little bit too far away from me.

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  28. I'd like to go to a technology convention one day but they are all in Taiwan and other super far away places

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  29. conventions like this are always a little dangerous for the wallet and partners just never get the fasination....cool post

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  30. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I'll just say have a great week Anne!

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  31. Hahahaha, so true about those last few sentences.

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