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#1 Tinplate6

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 07:21 PM

Little did I know when I read that sign on a tower along the road, how true, although grammatically awkward, those words would turn out to be; but I digress.

When I got up yesterday, surveying my modest digs, I decided to lift my spirits by taking an unscheduled trip, nay, a pilgrimage, to a place I had never been. I climbed into my car, lowered my shades and began the 2 hour long trip, northeast. B) I drove on with a purpose. I finally arrived at a curiously quiet village, nestled in the wooded countryside (Shangri-La?), this is where the temple was. :unsure:

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I strode with anticipation though the narrow, winding streets in the early morning mist, until I reached the sanctuary.

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I was greeted by a metallic sentry that must have stood guard against the elements for centuries (ok, maybe just a few years :rolleyes: ).

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I opened the door and was immediately surrounded by...angels? :o No, robots!

Everywhere
, every shelf, nook and cranny, was crammed with robots, robot related books, and science fiction DVDs. A familiar voice boomed, ďWelcome to Altair 4 gentlemen, I am to escort you to the residence. For your convenience I am monitored to respond to the name, RobbyĒ; a large plasma screen TV against the wall was playing the movie Forbidden Planet.

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Just as I was overwhelmed by acute robot euphoria :wub: , he entered...I thought ď...thatís him, thatís the guy!Ē :huh: . I was greeted with a smile, a face topped with a shock of blonde hair...ĒHi, welcome to the toy robot museum!Ē. As I stuck out my hand I saidĒ Joe K., Iím Tinplate6Ē...there was a moment of immediate recognition, like a secret handshake between fellow Masons that had never met; I thought, ďbeing an Alphadromer is so cool!Ē ^_^ He joked, "you're pretty pale for a guy from Hawaii, my arms are darker than yours".

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That is how my visit to the Robot Museum began, and it only got better. Joe is the consummate host, friendly, down to earth and knowledgeable. I felt like Iíve known him for years; well, technically I have, but, you know what I mean. We discussed robots and ray guns, among other things, taking turns as teacher and student. Then, the moment Iíve waited for arrived; the executive tour of the museum itself. I had to restrain myself from running past him like a little kid, as he opened the swinging doors that separated the gift shop from the museum proper. The small room is filled with row upon row of immaculately white Ikea cabinets, chocked full with all manner of toy robots neatly arranged for maximum viewing pleasure.

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I began my reviewĒ...got it, got it, need it, got it...oh my gosh, Iíve gotta get one of those!Ē.

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The tour ended at the shrine itself -_- , a modest set of shelves, punctuated by a special group of robots and souvenirs from past Botstock conventions. This was set apart from everything else, and obviously held special meaning.

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It was here that Joe introduced me to the spirit of Botstocks past, as he showed me photos taken at the events. This was an ďahaĒ moment for me, finally, monikers like; Fineas J. Whoopie, WJN, Dirk, Morbius, Doc Atomic and others, had a face. Itís amazing how the imagination can conjure up an image that almost never matches reality (I always imagined Fineas as older, however Doc looked just about right).

We talked about family, jobs, life and greeted the occasional customer, for hours, periodically I would peruse the shops many treasures; those for sale and those not (I could have easily left with tons of goodies, but I stood firm). However, I did spy a prize that I couldnít resist; a minty fresh Tigrett Zoomeray gun with a rare space-themed paper roll, still taped shut, I grabbed it on the spot, cool.

The day virtually flew by, then to put icing on the cake, Joe invited me to dinner at a fantastic local steakhouse frequented by past Botstock attendees.

As the light of an incredible day dimmed to amber, I returned Joe to his shop/home and prepared to take the long trip back. As I said goodbye, I spied his car in the space aside the building, and his license plate said it all... :)

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Edited by Tinplate6, 19 September 2010 - 11:19 PM.


#2 Tinplate6

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 07:40 PM

Well, I took so many photos, I just had to add a few more...


The ray gun I bought.

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Of course, more shots of the collection.

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#3 Tinplate6

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 07:52 PM

Ummm...ok, maybe a few more.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 08:17 PM

"I have seen the promised land!" Great post T6. I think all of us who have visited Joe at the museum remember first entering the robot mecca just as vividly. Joe's reputation as a great guy and a first class host is well deserved.

Now you have to make it out to the West Coast robot mecca - the Robothut!
There has been talk of next year's botstock being held there (John? True or no?)
I'd love to meet you there, maybe we can bring a couple guns each and do a raygun display for us raygunners. ;)
Donald Conner
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Posted 19 September 2010 - 08:31 PM

great story :lol:

and oh my do I see some verrrry nice desirable plastics in this temple!
of all those zillion robots you took pictures of exactly some of the best, thanks!

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 08:41 PM

Great pics of a wonderful place to be. :)
My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain IBM Domo arigato Mr. Roboto

#7 Tinplate6

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 08:52 PM

Fineas, Joe and I were talking about just that. I said "Oh fer crying out loud, I finally make it to the east coast, and they're moving Botstock to the west coast" :lol: However, If I do make it out there, you can bet I'll bring an armada of guns with me. ;)

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 11:24 PM

Sorry everyone...but these guys are so good looking, I had to post a larger photo. :lol: :lol:

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Don't hate us 'cuz you ain't us! ;)

Edited by Tinplate6, 19 September 2010 - 11:27 PM.