Another Tinley anticipated for a year and now gone again. Meeting friends, seeing some wonderful animals, and some unexpected surprises- All from the 'buyer' side of the table. This year, I had planned to not vend at the Tinley show as I have whittled down my supply of available animals for one reason or another. I think there is a certain expectation I have come to expect from ourselves when presenting a 'Tinley' table. That is plenty of quality animals, including adults and youngsters. And this year, we were not there (sort of).
So, Nanette my wife and I ventured down for a one day trip. While way to short, it was certainly not short on quality time as I found may friends that I have not seen in a long time and had some great quality time chatting with. If you were there, and I missed you, I'm so sorry.
I did get a chance to chat with Charles Schurman, Melissa Clark and family (how is the new girl doing?), Melissa Bordon, Scott Smith, Ryan McVeigh (you're lucky you did not have to fly out of there!), Steve Miller (too long my friend), Nick Esposito (more on Nick later), Harold Chapman (our visits are always too short), Kyle Salzmann (Krystal must have been hiding), Teri Palya (thank you for the nice words!), Gary Hamann (good luck with the little ones), Jim Stelpflug and Mike Roe (Hope you are ok Jim), Ariel Cudia, Phil Tremper (sold animals quicker than I could buy them), Matt Baronak, Matt Parks, Doug Kulie, Amy deGraffenreid, Don Falk, Karen and Doug Skinner, and Dwane and Pam Nimmer. I am missing so many others. Did not meet up with Cindy Bensaid or John Ditkof unfortunately- I personally don't think either of these two were there.
I was especially thankful to meet up with Jon Boone and chat a bit on micro geckos. 10 minutes of his time = reading any book on the market (probably understating that as well).
As you know, if you were there, Tinley did not fall short on the amazing animals at vendor's tables. I would list some of these animals that I personally enjoyed seeing but there just is not enough time and space here.
It was my fortune to attend the gecko presentation by Nick Esposito. I realized while sitting there that Nick is one of the true experts in the gecko world. So much info presented in such a short time. Wish I could have kept up.
So, show of the year and everyone was asking me what all I picked up. Was it some rare pairs of geckos, some high end crested gecko, some newly named leopard gecko morph? None of the above. I picked up one single animal (not even a gecko- Holaspis guentheri- see below for photo). Not even a gecko! As one friend commented- "Wally, what the hell were you thinking!"