I had a blast at nationals this year. It was my first year being an alumni and I wasn’t expecting to have as much fun as previous years.
One of the highlights of my nationals trip was I got to meet two people I’ve wanted to for a while.
Encounter #1: Saturday morning at the Omni, after getting dressed and heading downstairs, I went to eat breakfast in the CNN Center food court. I went over to the sandwich shop, one of the only places open at the time, and placed my order. I shuffled off to the left to wait for my order. A mentor from team 45 The TechnoKats, wearing a competition team coach pin, stepped over in the wait line behind me. I know a few people (Deej) that came from that team, so I figured I’d start a conversation while waiting. Much to my surprise it was the one and only Andy Baker! (On top of that, he knew my name! :yikes: ) We talked for a bit before my order came and someone else came over to get Andy’s attention. I said goodbye and went to enjoy my mini pancakes, eggs, and sausage.
Encounter #2: This also happened on Saturday. My friend Tom and I explored the Hall of Fame, looking at what other teams had done in past. We noticed a teammate of ours, Kyle, talking with a member of the X-Cats. After looking at the rest of the displays, we sauntered over to where they were. Kyle had to head out to tend to other duties, so Tom and myself stayed there and continued the discussion. Turns out it was Koko Ed! Koko meets Coco. We stayed there for about 20 minutes talking about how the year was going, the game in general, chairmans awards, etc. I would have stuck around longer but we had a match so Tom and I had to leave.
Being an alumni, I guess I now have more time to interact socially with other FIRSTers. I hope to meet many more people next year!
Did anyone else get to meet someone they wanted to? Or did anyone not get to meet someone?
Let’s see…I was much less shy than last year, and I met a lot of people:
Jess Jank (103)
Barry Bohnsack (1604)
Arefin Bari (108)
Cory (100 mentor)
Billfred (1293 mentor)
Karthik (1114 mentor)
Scott Shaw (237)
Kevin Shaw (237)
Ted Boucher (237)
Neha Batra (1345)
Big Mike (25)
Kinda got stuck in my pits helping fix things and coaching at whatnot, So the list of people I met is rather short…
Paul Copioli, who I didn’t actually know was all famous and the new WFA when I actually met him and played with his team. (Shows how in the loop I am)
Karthik Kang… yeah. Karthik. Who’s really cool and mentored 1114, who we teamed with to beat 71 in a round.
Eugenia Gabrielov, who randomly found me staring at a match on the screen waiting to see if we needed to leave for our next round.
Joe Johnson, who I actually met at GLR, but that was before kept finding bugs in his wicked scoring spreadsheet.
I’m sure I probably met more people than that, but things are a bit of a blur at the moment…
-Karthik Kanasomethingorother (1114 and such)
-Jack Jones (1213, IIRC)
-Brandon Martus (47)
-Joe Johnson (47)
-Kevin Watson (???)
-Barry (1604–although I so said something to him at UCF)
-Andy Baker (45, although his stuff’s everywhere)
-Steve Warren (188?)
-Al Skierkiewicz (111)
That’s all I can remember. For some reason, my fragile college mind isn’t working as well as I thought.
Dean Kamen (I saw him up close on the segway. But my friends got his signature)
Dave Lavery (Saw him at the NASA booth and I was standing next to him. got a picture of that)
Alicia (433) (Went by on the the last day of nationals to deliver my old team T-shirt)
Karen (433) (Same thing)
Brandon Martus (Got to shake his hand and said hello during the web hug)
Robomom - Jenny Beatty (Was walking back to the pits from a practice sesson and suddenly saw the name tag)
And the rest who I saw in Atlanta, I may have seen them but didn’t speak to you or I just didn’t noticed if you are a poster on ChiefDelphi
Team 1574 from Israel. I had the pleasure of meeting most of them and actually hanging out with them for most of the competition. We had a lot of fun and I’ll miss them a lot. They were really really really nice and funny guys.
Lindsay Q from team 234. I met this chica in Arby’s at the Boilermaker Regional and was really happy to have hung out with her again at Championship. She’s a great girl and I can’t wait to see her again.
Aaron (aka rocknthehawk) from the DevilDawgs. I had been talking to him for a while online and was really looking forward to meeting him. He’s a cool guy. I hope to see him again at a competition.
Ryan from 234. I didn’t get to talk to him much, but he’s a nifty guy and I’m talking to him online right now.
I didn’t have as much time as I thought I would, and when I had spare time, it was rarely long enough to venture into the stands or extensively in the pits. As a result, I didn’t meet nearly as many people as I intended, but most of my time was spent finding these people that I did. I probably didn’t forget anyone on this list, as it was rather short:
-Brandon Martus (47)
-Big Mike (25)
-Corey Balint (25)
-Barry Bonzack (1604) (nice business cards, btw)
-The Lucas (365)
RJ (don’t know username) (173)
-The rest of 461 (that’s what happens when you cram an entire team in an elevator :rolleyes: )
-Alex Cormier (1126)
-Koko Ed (191)
People I saw Again:
Kyle, who I saw only briefly at Philly (365)
That’s all…I think. I recognized a bunch more of you, but at the time I was either rushing around or you were zooming by me on a segway fast enough that I couldn’t catch up .
RoboMom- Saw her at the seder after championships Saturday.
Arefin- Finally met him…several times
Dean Kamen- Again…at the seder this time(I now have his and Woody’s signatures on my team shirt )
Isreali team members- At the seder obviously
Human Players- Human player zones. :rolleyes:
I cannot believe all the people I got to meet, at the webhug, at the NEMO hug, in the pits, at the seder, at the VEX party, in the Hyatt elevator, at Jocks and Jills, walking the blue carpet back and forth, and even on the street. It was great! of course it helps when you have a name tag, or two, or three, or four, hanging from a fishing vest.
Next year, I want to add one like Steve W.'s flashing nametag thingy.
Many thanks to all of you who went out of your way to introduce yourselves.
I got to meet Billfred and Big Mike!!! Lucky for me, I didn’t get a bear hug from either.
I’m really disappointed that I had the chance but didn’t get to meet David Kelly. He was sitting right there next to my son, Keith, at the scorer’s table on Curie, but I never saw the name on his volunteer badge. If I had, I would have delivered some reputation points in person – AKA a very warm handshake.
Keith and I volunteered this year at GLR, Detroit, MWR, WMR, and the Championship. I wish now that I’d kept a list so that I could exceed the max post size by mentioning them all. Many of them you may not know; they’re the ones behind the scenes, the scorekeepers, field attendants, coordinators, technicians, referees, supervisors, directors, judges, and so on and so forth…
I didn’t meet many people at all, I was too involved just watching the competition, I forgot to go socialize! I’m a bit shy, but next year, I’ll be everywhere.
I did, however, meet Woodie Flowers on multiple occasions. I saw him in a gate at Logan airport, his flight was leaving a few hours before mine. I saw him today also, but this time, he was on my flight! I was the first of my team at the gate and I spotted him and it definitely caught me by surprise. We all talked for awhile and I got a picture. He said ‘bye’ to me when he was getting off the plane (as in, staring directly at me). About 20 minutes later, there he was again! But this time, at baggage claim. I didn’t bother him, but his wife said goodbye to me as I left (I was picked up early by my parents since my team’s second plane was delayed twice). All in all, it was awesome.
I met plenty of people… the only problem was that I never really got names or anything.
Since I’m arm operator I was busy for long periods of time and didn’t have much time to socialize except with other drivers. I also got quite a few people who just randomly walk up and start talking to me, or comment on my hair…
…thats about it. Wish I woulda had time to make friends with people (aside from the drivers from 245, they are about the only non-Chickens I consistently talked to)
I met a whole load of people, almost everyone on my list.
I also met most of them at the webhug, where I had already had 3 cups of coffee.
Disclaimer: I rarely have quite that much energy
There were some people on my list that I didn’t get to meet. Here’s somethign cool that happened.
I sat at the Seder with Dan Green leading it with me, and at the same table as (gasp) Dean and Bart Kamen. That rocked. Dean signed my shirt, and Bart gave me his business card because I want to be a pediatric oncologist and he is one. And that was my entire weekend
Coco… perhaps Andy knew your name since it is on the back of your shirt!
Anyways, my list is pretty short since I was either in the pits or in the stands, and I was pretty quiet at the webhug.
Greg Ross (330)
Bill Gold (254 - again)
Some other random drive team members
Mysterious person in the red sweatshirt (some person who saw me right after I got kicked off of the drive team when I needed a hug. She walked up to me and gave me a hug. That made me feel better )
I met a ton of people, but of the people I recognized from Chief Delphi I met Ashley from team 1559 (with Rolling Thunder) and the Kool Squad from team 25 (on two occasions…). I never really made a list of people who I wanted to meet though.
I was also extremely happy to get to see some familiar faces one more time (hopefully not the last).