The Penny Lady

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  1. Conder, thanks for pointing out another mistake in one of my show reports.
  2. I couldn't get the link to work so I photographed the article and attached it below.
  3. I was anticipating that this Long Beach show, like other June Long Beach shows, would be on the slow side, but I was pleasantly surprised to find overall it was quite a busy show with both abundant coins to buy and very active sales. As usual, I arrived at the loading dock Wednesday morning, unloaded my car at the bottom of the ramp, and me and my booth mate Rich then pushed the loaded cart up the ramp to wait for the noon setup to begin. With two booth helpers, set up went smoothly and quickly, and soon vest pocket dealers were stopping by my table showing me lots of Pretty Pennies. My bff Cindi stopped by to say hi. She had just bought this moose puzzle for her sister. It wasn't long before my good friend Victor and his brother-in-law Clark who just flew in from New Zealand came by my table. He flew to the United States just to pick up some coins, and submit some others to PCGS for show grading. Yes, he is a very passionate numismatist! And they even brought me a nice bottle of Australian wine. We opened that bottle of wine and shared it together - it was very tasty and we all enjoyed it immensely. After the show, we went to our usual Wednesday night spot for dinner, Cafe Piccolos, with my long-time foreign coin dealer friends, Karl and Joanne Stephens, and my dear friend Ron Guth, as well as my boothmate Rich! We brought a few bottles of wine to share and had a really nice evening catching up with each other! I ordered the exact same thing I order every time, the goat cheese chicken and Caesar salad, which was as good as ever! Then we shared the tiramisu for dessert! The next morning I arrived at the show a little early so I could stop by some dealer tables to see if I could fill some want lists. I stopped by to see a dealer who I had bought several pieces of penny exonumia from over the years. We had talked a few shows ago about my capped cent collection and he mentioned that he had quite a collection of original capped cents that he had acquired from a dealer who bought them directly from Louis Werner, the maker of the capped cents. I asked him at that time if he wanted to part with them and he told me he would think about it. Well, he brought the collection to the show and we ended up working out a deal for all of them. The collection included to scarce Joe Louis pieces, as well as several rare Santa Claus pieces in their original Christmas card holders. Also, there are several silver-plated pieces and others with attached bezels to be worn as jewelry. I'm just so thrilled to have add all these pieces to my capped cent collection! In case you're interested in learning more about Capped Cents, here's the article I wrote which appeared in the Numismatist in April: https://reader.exacteditions.com/issues/80630/spread/50 Also included in this collection were two sports-related capped cents that I had never seen before but I thought they were so detailed and interesting that I decided to buy them as well. I'm hoping to learn more about them, what they were made for, etc. They were made in the 1960's so if any of you have more info, please let me know. After I bought the capped cents deal, that dealer's wife came by my table and gave me this cute little mouse holding a penny! When the show opened on Thursday, there seemed to be an endless stream of people coming to the show. For me and most of the dealers I spoke with were pleasantly surprised that the show was very busy most of Thursday. Todd came over to my table to show me this beautiful glass token from the 1892 Columbian Expo that he bought at the show. I have never seen a glass token like this before. He thought it would make an interesting photographic subject, and he was right! After the show on Thursday we headed to our usual Thursday night restaurant - Naple's Ribs! Victor and Clark had heard us talk so much about how good the ribs are that they joined us as well! Friday started out much more slowly than Thursday but soon became steadily busy. I had several regular customers come by and even some YNs like this very adorable young lady! And this cute boy and his mom Also, Dave99b came by and showed me his 1929 1/4 dollar he picked up at the show And John at CN Numismatics and I shared some of my Rombauer Zinfandel at the Central States show, so he was very gracious and gave me a bottle at the show - thank you John! Here are a few of the amazing proofs from the EMS Collection that will be up for sale at the Stack's auction in August! Me and my group are very much creatures of habit because after the show on Friday, we went to our usual Friday night restaurant - King's Fish House which is just behind the convention center on Pine Street and has the most amazing macadamia nut crusted halibut! They also have these silly riddle napkins. We all brought a bottle of wine to share, though we must be slowing down in our old age since we seem to only drink about half of each bottle these days! This is the halibut - it's so yummy that I get it every time, as does half the table! Me and my booth mate, Rich - his wife refers to me as his "show wife"! The rest of our group! Saturday was pretty crowded with lots of families, scouts and other YN's, but it was slow sales-wise, as expected. Me, a little worn out, on our final day of the show! I made my usual rounds with the grading services and they were busy as usual! After picking up their coins, my New Zealand pals needed to head out to the airport for their long trip home. And they even brought me ANOTHER bottle of Australian wine, this time a very nice cab! Let me just say a little something about Victor. I've been working with him for several years now, helping him put together registry sets. Earlier this year his toned set of Indian cents became the all-time finest, and one of his requirements was that every one of them had to be purchased from me! Wow, I was extremely honored. And Victor is such a delight to deal with, always trusting my judgment in the coins I chose, and making it very easy for me to help him. It's truly been an honor and pleasure for me helping Victor with his collections! And I can see why Victor brought Clark with him, he's a wonderful side-kick! Gentlemen.... until next time! So that's about it. Overall, it turned out to be a good show for me, I'd probably give it a B. I realize my experience can be very different from other dealers, but since Long Beach is close to my home, I have a lot of local customers who help make my show even more successful. And as usual, my hubby was waiting for me when I arrived home - I am always grateful that he is there to help me unload all my heavy bags at the end of a show. And then of course there's my sweet Penny who just lays there and watches all the commotion, then goes back to sleep! Next up: The San Diego Coinarama show July 13-14, then the ANA in Rosemont Chicago August 13-17!
  4. I apologize for this report coming late but as I mentioned on another thread, my hard drive got corrupted and had to be replaced. I have a great local small IT shop who have a couple of brilliant young guys who take care of any of my IT needs. Luckily, I didn't lose any of my photos or other information during the transfer to a bigger and better hard drive! So I had a nice easy flight from OC and arrived in a nice sunny Chicago! I always enjoy seeing the bright colorful lights over the underground walkway at O'Hare. I stayed at the Rennasaince which is connected to the convention center. It's a beautiful hotel and the staff is friendly and helpful. After I checked into my room, I had an appointment with another dealer to look at some coins. They were kind enough to give me a glass of wine while I was looking through their coins. It's a double pleasure to have a nice glass of wine while looking at Pretty pennies! The hotel has a great bar/restaurant area that is a central the gathering area for everyone. So after my appointment, I headed down to the bar/restaurant to have some dinner where I ran into my good friend, Mitch Ernest, President of CSNS, and his son Sam who is also on the CSNS board. Mitch and his entire family are some of the nicest, kindest, hardest working and most generous people I've ever met. While we were catching up, Mitch told me about a new Q. David Bowers award that CSNS was giving to numismatic professionals who were committed and dedicated to serving numismatics. I asked Mitch if I knew the person receiving this inaugural award so I could make sure to attend the ceremony to support that person. He said yes I knew them and recommended that I attend. So I was pretty excited since I guessed that Rick Snow would be receiving the award. After dinner, I went back to my room to prepare for an early set up the next day. The bourse was so clean and deserted before it opened to sponsors at 8 am and all other dealers at 9am. There was quite a crowd of dealers eager to go in and set up their booths. The usual dealers stopped by my table during set up to show me their newps. I was pleased to find some nice pennies to add to my inventory. These are all the coins I bought throughout the show. During set up, a dealer friend stopped by and showed me this old Avon Lincoln cent lip gloss holder. I hadn't seen one before, so I asked him how much he wanted for it but he told me it was a gift! Later that afternoon, I opened up a bottle of my favorite Rombauer Zinfandel that I had brought with me. After the show on Wednesday, we went to a local steakhouse for dinner, then it was off to the casino in Elgin! Thursday morning came way too early! I had an 8am Women in Numismatics board meeting. WIN is planning some special events for 2020 to help promote numismatics to more women (which happens to be the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote). We're calling it "The Year of Women in Numismatics" and are emphasizing how numismatics can enjoyable and interesting for everyone. We will have special presentations, raffles, and give aways at the FUN, CSNS, and WFM shows in 2020, and will be giving free WIN membership to all female YN's during the 2020 Summer Seminar. After our board meeting, we held our general meeting where Mitch Ernst gave a very interesting presentation on “Oscar Roty’s Marianne, ‘La Semeuse’ – France’s Symbol of Liberty.” Thursday was a pretty busy day, and I was pleased to have some decent sales. Also, it was great to see several forum members stopped by to say hi. Paul working the ANACS table with Jennifer from the ANA PCGS busy as usual! The bourse floor still pretty active later on Thursday afternoon After we left the show on Thursday, we went to Yu Mandarin, one of the best Chinese restaurants I've ever been to! We started out with 6 people, then I called the restaurant and added a couple more, and ended up calling the restaurant 3 times to increase our reservation. We finally ended up with 11 people - most were copper people, along with my foreign coin dealer friends. Starting from the left in front: Greg Hannigan, Chris McCauley and his wife Alice, Dino Koromvokis and his wife Lisa, Ron Mirr, Neil Ulrich, Karl Stephens and his wife Joanne, me, and Matt Chapman. We had a great time and, as you can see, the food was abundant and fantastic! After we got back to the hotel, I stopped into the bar where I ran into a lot of my fellow coin dealer friends. I stayed for one drink, then called it a night since my belly was full and I was running simply out of steam! Friday was a very slow day sales-wise for most everyone I spoke to. Luckily I had several people stop by who had questions about some coins they had which kept me somewhat busy. However, it can be hard telling folks that the "unique" and "amazing" penny they thought was worth a pot of gold was actually just some ordinary penny with a tiny die anomaly or post mint damage. By early afternoon, having finished/shared my Rombauer the day before, it was time to open the second bottle of wine I had brought with me. This bottle of Pessimist was a gift and I had no idea what it would be like but I was very pleasantly surprised how nice it was. Since everyone knew about the snow storm that was arriving on Saturday, we were all afraid our flights would be changed or cancelled, and some dealers decided to head out early Saturday to beat the storm. So Friday night we kept it low-key, and just had dinner at the bar with several friends. Also, I had to get up early again so I could make it to the awards ceremony to see Rick receive the Q. David Bowers award (so I thought!). Ron Sirna, Dino and Lisa, Rick and his son Kenny Saturday morning I headed to the CSNS awards ceremony where I was a few minutes late because I stopped to grab a cup of coffee and a banana so I sat in the back row. Right when I walked in I heard them describing the Q. David Bowers award that was newly established to honor a numismatic professional who had demonstrated dedication, commitment and service to numismatics. I know Rick has all those qualities and was just waiting for them to call his name, when instead I heard my name being announced. I just froze, my jaw dropped, and I became confused. I think I audibly gasped. I began walking up the aisle with the banana sticking out of my pocket so I quickly tossed it to Rick's son Kenny who was sitting on the aisle. I made my way up to the podium, still shocked and immediately started getting tears in my eyes. I think I made my dear friend Mitch speechless as well, so I just grabbed and hugged him in gratitude. He told me the decision to honor me with this award with Kevin Foley and his bourse committee. As I mentioned in Rick's thread about this award, Rick and Mitch had me completely bamboozled! I am deeply grateful and honored to have been given this award, but truly I wasn't alone in this venture into the wonderful world of numismatics - there were a lot of people who helped and mentored me along the way, including Rick. By the way, Rick also received a special award at the ceremony. He received the Mitch Ernst Sower Award which acknowledges Rick's service in sharing his love for numismatics and planting the seed in many people throughout his years as a numismatist. The awards ceremony also honored all those creative numismatists who spent a lot of years and time accumulating, researching, and preparing an educational exhibit to share with the rest of us. I understand that, in spite of the new $75 exhibitors donate to participate in the CSNS competitive exhibiting program, it was completely sold out with a waiting list of additional exhibitors wanting to participate. So after the ceremony, I went over to the exhibit area to see all these wonderful creations. Here are some of the ones I especially enjoyed. I also ran into Mitch who showed me their new CSNS tee shirt which he helped design! Around 10 am, the snow began falling pretty steadily and was accumulating on cars and surfaces, except on the road. Several dealers I knew already had their flights cancelled and had to rebook to leave on Sunday and Monday. My flight wasn't until 8pm Saturday night so I had my fingers crossed that the storm wouldn't be too bad by that time. After I head about the storm, on Friday I tried to rebook my flight but many flights on Sunday were already full, and my hotel was full for Saturday night as well. It was very nerve-wracking wondering whether or not I'd have to spend another night in Chicago and scramble for a hotel. But I had faith that O'Hare knew how to deal with snow and airplanes! Most likely due to the snow storm, Saturday was very light with not a lot of public at the show. So after continually checking my United app for flight updates, and having received no delay notifications, I left early for the airport with my fingers crossed. My other concern was, even if my flight was delayed by one hour, with the 11pm curfew that the John Wayne airport has, my flight would be diverted to LA and I would have to be bussed back to OC, but that would still be better than not getting to SoCal at all! So just before boarding, we found out our plane was diverted to another gate and they had to scramble to find a new plane, which they did pretty quickly. But then the plane had to be de-iced. So now I was scheduled to arrive in OC at 10:55pm, and that's exactly when we arrived in OC - wow, talk about cutting it close! My hubby is back in Mexico this week, yes, he's at the same NORRA 1000 race to Cabo where he broke his neck a few years ago. But he is no longer racing, instead, he's pitting and chasing for his buddy's team and loving every minute of it! But look who is always waiting for me when I get home! So all in all, even with this show being on the slower side sales-wise, I sold enough to pay the bills and it was still a good show for me - I was able to buy some nice pennies, spent time with some wonderful folks, had some great food and wine, saw some amazing exhibits, and even won an award! What more could a coin dealer ask for?!? Next up: Las Vegas Numismatic Society Show at the Palace Station (May 16-19), then Long Beach in June
  5. With all the harsh weather the east has been getting lately, and the several flight issues I had last year around this time, I was a little apprehensive about traveling to the Pittsburgh show. But I was very pleasantly surprised to find out I didn't even need to bring my heavy coat. The weather in Pittsburgh was beautiful, as was the city itself with the three rivers and those hundreds of very cool bridges. The convention center was also one of the more open, well lit and architectually eye appealing convention centers I've been to. Overall, the show itself was on the soft side, with slow sales and a lower public attendance. That being said, I don' think I've been in a more friendlier town than Pittsburgh! I left OC on Tuesday morning and, as usual, we flew out over the ocean before turning around and heading east. I never get tired of seeing the gorgeous Newport Harbor and the Orange County coastline from the air! I had a connection in Denver, and must say that the view from the air of the snowy Colorado mountains was equally as amazing as the California coastline! Flying from coast to coast, especially with a connection, is an all-day ordeal and leaves me drained at the end of the day. I finally arrived in Pittsburgh late Tuesday night, checked into my room, and went straight to bed. Set up was Wednesday at 1pm, so I slept in before heading over to the convention center. As I mentioned, the weather was beautiful and not too cold. I took this picture of the city from the walkway between the hotel and the convention center. This is the pristine looking convention floor before all the kaos of dealer set up began. You can see how light the room is from the glass ceiling architecture. The convention center is right on the river with some beautiful views of the river, bridges and the city. The convention center was a bit of a maze, especially if you were coming from the hotel over the walkway, but at least the ANA had a lot of signage throughout the convention center so it was easy to find where the show was. There was a large crown of dealers gathered around outside the door waiting to be let in. After I set up my booth, I went over to the ANA museum area to see the amazing rarities on display. Just before I left for the show, I acquired a complete registry set of MS64/65/66 brown Indian cents from one of my customers (including several key varieties). But I still had some specific coins I was looking for so, before I headed back to my table, I walked around show to see what other Pretty Pennies I could find. Also, throughout the afternoon, several of my favorite vest pocket dealers also stopped by to show me their "wares." And being a one-woman show, I very much appreciate it when dealers stop by my table and let me look through their boxes. When things died down later in the afternoon, I opened a bottle of my very favorite wine that I had brought with me, Rombauer Zinfandel. After the show ended on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists was hosting a wonderful dinner event at the LeMont restaurant, which included being entertained by the Washington Jazz Orchestra. They had a bus take everyone to the restaurant which is located up the hill overlooking the three rivers. It was a really fun evening, with great food, a raffle and silent auction, and several guest speakers including U.S. Mint Director David Ryder. This is me taking a picture of ANA photographer Rob Kelley taking pictures of the orchestra Me and Abe Lincoln! The silent auction items I was bidding on the Caramel Crown Royal and Cuban cigars but when it got to $400, I had to bow out! Guests Speakers Dennis Boggs/Abe Lincoln who gave a great Lincoln-esque talk, and U.S. Mint Director David Ryder who gave a very informative talk and also announced that the Mint had no plans to stop minting the U.S. penny - yay! Tom Uram, PAN President/ANA Governor Towards the end of the evening, they announced winning raffle numbers, and I was lucky enough to win this little 1/10th ounce gold coin! It's the very first gold coin I've ever owned! Winning this coin was icing on the cake of an already wonderful evening! Thursday the show opened to the public at 9:30am. I was pleased to have several folks stop by looking for pennies right off the bat! Thursday morning was my best selling day of the show! Also, I truly enjoyed chatting with several forum members who stopped by to say hi, and a few allowed me to take their picture for my show report. Jim/Kranky Ray/Raybob15239 Jeff/StrikeoutXXX (he stopped by on Friday) By early afternoon, the public thinned out and the show slowed down quite a bit There were several very interesting and creative exhibits by collectors in the Exhibit area. My favorite was this one by my friend Rod Gillis on Money of Monopoly. It included original stock certificates from the same businesses that are featured in the Monopoly game. Another interesting exhibit was about the History of Nursing on pins and medals After the show on Thursday, we went over to the Church Brew Works for dinner and drinks. According to Wikipedia, "The brewpub is located at 3525 Liberty Avenue in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The church building was originally built in 1902, and had been used as a church until 1993. Its doors opened as The Church Brew Works on August 1, 1996, after the building underwent extensive renovation, necessitated by years of lying dormant after being officially deconsecrated by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1993. In 2012, Pittsburgh Magazine named it one of the best breweries in Pittsburgh." In addition to the beautiful church architecture, the food and beer was delicious! Being half Polish, I grew up on perogies so I just had to try theirs and they were amazing! I also had a glass of their Quadroscope beer whih was slightly sweet and delicious! And we all split one of their signature raisen and apple bread puddings After we left the Church Brew Works, we headed over to the Rivers casino which was just across the river. We had a good time playing the Ultimate Texas Hold-Um game, and I was very happy that I ended up a few hundred dollars ahead by the end of the night! When I woke up on Friday, it was raining. This is the bourse floor before they let the dealers in The U.S. Mint was set up at the show - these were taken before the public was let in. They also set up a memorial library in honor of John Burns, a popular and beloved book dealer who passed away during a show a few years ago. Typically, the show was not as busy on Friday, with very moderate traffic. After the show on Friday, we headed over to Eddie V's for a steak/seafood dinner. Wow! What a wonderful dining experience we had there, with amazing food and a wonderful bottle of wine! The lobster bisque was so tasty, as was the seabass and the filet (covered with bernaise and crab). This very cool looking old building was right next to the restaurant. We also saw the peddle cars filled with folks peddling like crazy and having a blast cruising down the street! After dinner we headed over to the Ten Penny pub which we had heard about, so of course, we penny people had to check it out! Soon it was time to call it a night. On Saturday there were lots of families who came to the show, many of whom stopped by my table to ask about pennies they had found or inherited. Unfortunately, I had to advise most of them that the pennies they had wouldn't make them rich. However, a few people came by just to ask questions and learn about how to improve their collection. I gave them advice on learning to grade (I recommend "Making the Grade"), not cleaning their coins, don't buy damaged coins, etc. Several people asked me about some anomaly they found on one of their coins like a repunched mint mark, doubling, a die chip or crack, etc. For folks who like to do roll searching, I always recommnd the "Cherry Picker's Guide" to help them determine which types of varieties might be worth hunting for. One of the questions I get asked the most is what dates of coins should they be looking for that might be worth something. That's when I recommend they get "the Red Book" so they could determine which of their coins may be more valuable. Unfortunately (and unusually), there was no supply dealer at this show, so I advised these folks that they could find the books at Barnes & Noble or an online coin book website. Soon it was time to pack up and head to the airport and beging the long journey home. Bye bye Pittsburgh until August 2020 when we return for the ANA WFM! Hello my own sweet Pretty Penny! Next up: The Santa Clara Show next week, then Central States in Schaumberg the end of April!
  6. Star City Homer, it was very nice seeing you at the show. I've known Karl Stephens and his wife Joanne for many years. I was introduced to him by my mentor Alan Kreuzer when I very first started in the coin business, and since they live here in SoCal, we get together outside of coin shows when we can. We joined some of the same wineries in Temecula Valley and do wine tastings together as well. Karl finds me some of my Conder tokens too. Karl and Joanne are such great folks. USAuPz, Charlie explained about the letters and symbols but I found this information which explains it better than I can: In terms of markings, the Rooswijk bars are easy to decipher, but there is one mystery. At the top of the bar a large A announces the VOC Chamber (province) that issued the bar, in this case, Amsterdam. Immediately below the A we have the logo of the Dutch East Company, an interlocking set of three letters, VOC, standing for the Vereenigde OostIndische Compagnie. Next comes the unexplained item. In a small intaglio cartouche we see a rampant billygoat (geitebok) springing across a grassy plain. By Dutch law a silver ingot had to marked by the party responsible for refining it, so this must be the assayer's mark, although no Dutch assayer of the period owns up to the title of "Miijheer Willem Geitebok." Ongoing research by Dr. Arent Pol in the Netherlands may shortly disclose who "Mr Billy Goat" was.
  7. I was really concerned about making it to this show since I got stuck in Houston during last year's March show and had to turn around and go home. With all the recent harsh weather especially on the east coast, I began to think it was going to be de ja vu all over again. But I am thrilled to say that I had no travel or weather issues whatsoever, it was smooth sailing all the way there and home! I arrived at the John Wayne airport early Thursday - this is me very happy to be headed to Baltimore! So I decided to start my trip off right with a delicious Bloody Mary. Orange County had just been through a lot of heavy rain, but it was nice and sunny the morning I left I can't remember what part of the country we were over when I took this photo, but the white mountains were beautiful! I changed planes in Chicago where it was really, really cold just groing from the plane to the terminal! There was still snow out on the tarmac in Chicago. I finally arrived in Baltimore late Thursday night, went straight to my hotel and to bed because I had some early morning appointments, including to pick up a nice group of pennies in scarce old Doily holders that a dealer had called me about (I posted these in an earlier thread). The 1908 is especially nice, but I am very pleased to add these to my personal collection! I also had appointments with other dealers, including Laura's "super secret stealth seller," and was able to find some great coins even before the show started! These are all the coins I found before and during the show: After I finished all my buying on Wednesday and dropped my bags off at security, Rick and I head out to the Horseshoe Casino just down the road from the convention center. I ended up doing pretty well, so we had a nice dinner at their fantastic steak house, then it was back to the hotel so I could be sure to get up early for set up which started at 8am. Thursday morning came way too fast! I headed over to the show which was located in a different hall, luckily right across from my hotel, and the lobby was packed with hundreds of dealers waiting to get in. Set up went quickly, and I was able to do more buying for my customer want lists before the show opened at noon to the public. I took these photos before the public was let in. At noon, there was quite a line of public who began streaming into the show. A dealer who knows I collect encased pennies brought this really nice 1909 encased Lincoln cent from Chicago, which I didn't have in my collection. A gentleman came by my table and handed me a baggy containing this Lincoln cent bar of soap. I was pretty busy when he stopped by so I didn't even get his name, but that was really nice of him! I brought a bottle of Cab from one of my favorite Solvang vineyards, Bella Cavalli, and opened it on Thursday afternoon when things slowed down. It was a nice way to wind down the show. i Even with a decent crowd, Thursday seemed slower than usual for this show. I had some decent sales but there just didn't seem to be the typical buzz for the first day of a show. After the show on Thursday, we met up with our group for some drinks and I ran into one of my favorite hunky dealers, Dino! Then we all squished into an Uber and headed over to one of the best restaurants in Little Italy, DiMimmo's Ron picked out a wonderful bottle of Ruffino Chianti - between the five of us, it didn't go very far so we ended up ordering another bottle! Everyone enjoyed the dishes they ordered. I had a chicken sorrentino with cheese and white wine sauce and it was delicious! We usually stop at Vacarro's for dessert which is right across the street from DiMimmo's but unfortunately, there was a power outage on just that street and it was closed! On Friday morning I looked out the window to see what the weather was like and was very surprised to see all this bright white snow along the street and on tops of the buildings! It was really pretty. I walked over to the show early so I could take care of some paperwork, and walk around the show some more. These are some amazing coins that were on display at the Stacks Bowers table - they will be in one of their auctions I believe at the summer Baltimore show in May. PCGS folks hard at work as usual! As were NGC and of course my bff Cindi at ANACS! Also, the US Mint was getting ready for the new 2019-W Lincoln cent sale - I ended up buying a few myself! This is Allie Byers who works for New England Auctioneers hanging out with the US Mint mascot! The Whtman booth always has friendly and happy people working the show! One of the foreign coin dealers with whom I attend our Black Olive dinner event with at each Baltimore show, Charlie, buys and sells shipwreck silver bars and he showed me this very cool silver bar he had just purchased.from the Dutch East Indiaman Rooswijk that he had just purchased. It was fascinating listening to Charlie explain about how the ship was discovered and the silver bars were recovered. Here is a write up from New World Treasures about this shipwreck: "The Dutch East Indiaman Rooswijk, under the command of Captain Daniel Ronzieres, was lost on December 19th, 1739 after striking the treacherous Goodwin Sands off the South East coast of England in a heavy storm. The ship had just departed the Dutch port of Texel the previous day on her second voyage to the spice islands of Indonesia, carrying a large quantity of Spanish silver intended for trade and payroll in the Dutch East Indies. She sank with the lost of all hands. The shipwreck and her treasure was discovered 265 years later by Ken Welling, a British carpenter and sport diver, while swimming over the area in 2004. Salvage operations, conducted under the supervision of archaeologist Alex Hildred, has produced vast amounts of Spanish pillar dollars, cob coins, and silver bars most of which were returned to the Netherlands government." Al and Karl - my other foreign coin dealer friends who are part of our Black Olive event (I'm sure they are smiling because they were thinking about how much fun we will be having that night at the Black Olive!) Overall, Friday was even more slower than Thursday. I had spurts of being busy, but there just wasn't very heavy traffic throughout the day. I'm guessing the weather had something to do with it. But soon it was time to head out to the Black Olive for our wine cellar dinner event! For those of you interested, here is the history (from their website) behind this amazing restaurant: The Black Olive History "The Black Olive Restaurant sits in quaint elegance on the cobblestone section of Bond Street in old Fells Point. Though the restaurant itself is only a few years old, the spirit from which it springs holds a story that stretches through multiple generations. The restaurant is owned by the Spiliadis family, whose passion for food as art is grounded in a basic aesthetic principle: cook your food with an eye towards simplicity and tradition, and use only the finest ingredients, no matter what it takes to find them. The story of the Black Olive begins in Northern Greece, over a century ago, when a family who for generations had been notorious for their good cooking and unabashed hospitality, made a trek to Istanbul, Turkey, where many Greeks were living and doing business. The family built a hotel and restaurant on the coast of the Black Sea, and the business bloomed. The stories of those days, at the turn of the century, are still conjured up at family gatherings, and one can imagine the bustling city of Istanbul, a crossroads of culture and history, the busy hotel and restaurant, the sea, the smells, the laughter and shouts echoing. One story tells of how the sea became rough one day, as a storm approached, and as the waves became higher and higher, fish suddenly began to be hurled onto the beach by powerful waves. Everyone rushed down to the beach gathering as many fish as they could hold, carried them up to the hotel (for it was common knowledge that no one could prepare a fish better, and commenced with a feast and celebration that lasted for days. When the Greeks were forced out of Turkey in the 1920’s, the family moved back to Greece, and eventually opened up a taverna in the city of Patras. The notoriety of Spiliadis cooking continued and grew, and many of the same recipes used at the Black Olive Restaurant today were cultivated and honed in those years. In 1956, Stelios Spiliadis, the grandson of the original Istanbul hotel owners, came to New York to attend Columbia University, where he studied philosophy, working at the Sheepshead Bay restaurants, waiting tables to pay the rent. After graduating from Columbia, he moved to Baltimore to attend Johns Hopkins University, and when a pretty young librarian there charged him for an overdue book, he offered to take her out on a date instead. She agreed, and before too long they were married. In 1967, Stelios and Pauline had their first son, Andreas, and in 1970, Dimitris came along. Stelios’ younger brother, Costas, had also come from Greece to Baltimore, where he stayed for a while before moving to Montreal, Canada, to attend McGill University. Stelios became a social worker and Pauline continued working in libraries, but Costas decided to carry on the family tradition and opened up the now famous Milos Restaurant in Montreal. Stelios and Pauline, meanwhile, honed their cooking skills at private parties thrown for any and every occasion, and their friends continually urged them to open up a restaurant. The spark of this idea intrigued their youngest son, Dimitris, and during the summers of his college years, he interned at his uncle’s restaurant, learning the trade and getting his feet wet in the business. It was his early initiatives that would serve as the catalyst for what has become the Black Olive Restaurant. Renovations In Fells Point In 1994, Dimitris renovated a row house in historic Fells Point, finding out as he uncovered layer upon layer of wallpaper and floor tiles that the house was over two hundred years old. The project caught the interest of the whole family and soon the idea of renovating a nearby row house on Bond Street to turn into a restaurant became a reality. In March of 1997, the renovations of the Original Fells Point General Store was complete and The Black Olive opened it’s original 35 seat Greek Fish Tavern. Pauline, Stelios and their son Dimitris began to make a name for themselves by serving only the freshest food. The rest, as they say, is history." We started upstairs with some wonderful white wine while we waited for everyone to get there. Then we headed down to the cellar where our host had chosen several different wines for us. Even though I have only been attending this event for about 5 years, several others in the group have been going there for at least 15 years, so the folks who work there know just what wines to have ready for us. We started off with homemade pita bread and this tray of various dips, as well as a few plates of their specialty - octapus (forgot to take a photo of their very yummy octapus). This is Dimitris who took care of us the entire evening. What a very charming, knowledgeable, hard working young man! Here are some of the wines we had Except for me, they are all "dark siders"! ;-) Even though she too was a dark sider, for the first time, we even had another female join us! The menu had changed from the last time we were there, but not the quality of the food - it was all so good that I forgot to take photos of some of the dishes! Dimitris was showing us some of the wines that had been there for a while and brought out this amazing bottle of 1990 Ridge from it's original crate. It was $250 a bottle, and I remember having this same wine several years ago when we would do wine tasting dinners in Long Beach with Alan Kreuzer, my coin and wine mentor (but it didn't cost $250 a bottle back then!). Any way, we drooled but decided it was a bit too much, so Al very graciouisly treated us all to that wonderful bottle of wine! Their specialty and most popular dessert is their delicious homemade baklava ice cream - which is what everyone had! Dimitris also treated us to the wonderful dessert wine - it had a hint of butterscotch flavor too it. It was so amazing that I went online and bought 4 bottles right then and there! They're due to arrive any day now - I can't wait! What an amazing evening of great food, amazing wine, and wonderful friends!!! Not surprisingly, after a late evening like we had, with all that fantastic wine, Saturday morning came too early and I took my time getting to the show. Saturday was typically slow but I actually had a very good day sales-wise. I even went through my inventory and was able to sell a nice group of "stale" material to another dealer which helped clear up some space in my double row boxes for all the new material I bought. Soon it was time to once again pack up and head to the airport. All in all it was a successful show for me in spite of the lower attendance. But whether it's a good show or a slow show, I always enjoy Baltimore's amenities and Whitman does a great job putting this show together and trying to keep all the dealers happy! As I mentioned, I was very lucky that I didn't have any flight issues, but it was a long day and I was very glad to get back to my own bed. Since my hubby was away on a trip to Thailand with a friend, my neighbor was taking care of the kitties. Both my sweet Penny (and her mean sister Sierra) were eagerly waiting for some scratches on the head and more food in their bowl. Next up: Buena Park show this weekend, PNNA Tukwila/Seattle next weekend, then the ANA Pittsburgh NMS the end of the month!
  8. Thank you all, it was a tough but good week going through everything. It brought some tears but more laughter and several "OMG I remember that!" outbursts. We started out each morning going to breakfast and talking about our parents, our old stomping grounds, what the plans were for the day, etc. Then we ended each day going out to dinner, having some drinks, toasting our folks, and laughing at what we had found. Now we just have to figure out where to put all the goodies we each brought home! My brother still has the biggest job - he's going to electronically scan all of the pages of the various photo albums, as well as many of the old loose pictures we found, and distribute the scans to each of us. He lives in the Seattle area, so when I'm up there next month for the PNNA Tukwila show, I'll pick up the physical albums and photos and bring them back with me since my parents' Will appointed me the keeper of the family photos.
  9. First, let me apologize for the lateness of this report. I left for Oxnard the day after the show ended to meet up with my brothers and sister so we could spread my Dad's ashes out to sea as he wanted, and to spend the week cleaning out my parents' home where they lived since 1959. I just got back home and this is the first chance I've had to write up a show report. Needless to say, t's been a long and emotional week. But we did make some great finds in my folks' closets, some of which I'll share with you at the end of this report. Now back to Long Beach.... You know many of us are creatures of habit, and whenever I attend the Long Beach show, it seems this is even more true than for any other show I attend. I usually see the same faces, shop with the same dealers, and dine at the same restaurants - all of which I look forward to. So this report may seem a little redundant from past Long Beach show reports, but I will try to throw in some unique aspects as well. Taryn (Long Beach Expo) let me use a couple photos she had posted on Facebook. Thiis photo was taken while the Expo folks were beginning to set up for the show at the same time another show was still vacating the convention floor. Well, they obviously did a great job putting everything together and on time - I took this photo about an hour before we were let in for set up. So as usual, I arrived at the convention center early Wednesday well before the projected rain storm had arrived. Cars aren't allowed up the ramp until 11:30 so it usually takes quite a while for cars further down the line to unload. So since the line of cars waiting to get up the loading ramp was already long, I decided to unload the car at the bottom of the ramp and push my cart up the ramp (it only takes me one cartfull). I had my friend watch the cart, then moved my car to the parking structure. This is the ramp to the loading dock. While waiting to get inside, I chatted with my friend Al Weinberg who was first in line. Al has found me some of my best and more unique pieces of penny exonumia. As many of you know, he also has the most amazing collection of early copper, several pieces of which recently sold at the FUN auction. At this show, Al was displaying one of the most incredible pieces of numismatic history - a 1787 Brasher Doubloon. So while we're standing out on the loading dock, Al asks me if I want to see the Brasher Doubloon. I said "of course I do"! So he pulls it right out of his pocket and hands it to me. Wow! I was holding a $5.5 million piece of history in my hands. I asked if I could take a picture of it, and he said "sure." So he is holding this precious piece in his hands while I take pictures with my phone. We were let in at noon, and I quickly set up my booth. I noticed while arranging my booth that there was a computer on a stand right next to my table. It was there for anyone to run searches for specific coins. I wasn't sure exactly how to use it but thought it was a helpful idea. As soon as I finished setting up, I walked around the bourse so try and fill some want lists. I have a couple customers putting together a toned Indian cent registry sets. One customer has allowed me to find every one of the coins in his set and I am proud to say that he is currently No. 1. I found him a beautiful 1877 in PCGS MS65 BN at the FUN show which really helped boost his score. And this pretty 1905 is another one I found for him at this show. These are the rest of the coins I found throughout the show, including a very pretty 1856 Flying Eagle that sold before I even left the show! As usual, when things died down, I opened a nice bottle of wine. This Bella Cavalli is a very nice red from a vineyard in Solvang (Santa Barbara County). Soon it was time to pack up and head out to dinner. Our usual Wednesday night spot is Cafe Piccolo's with the same dealer friends. But this time, my dear friend Ron Guth also joined us! We shared a nice variety of wine, and Joanne and I had our usual very yummy goatcheese chicken dish! When I arrived at the show on Thursday, it wasn't yet raining, but it didn't take long before the thunder and lightening and downpoor began. The thunder was so loud it sounded like explosions! At 10am when the show opened, there was a good crowd at the front door streaming in (photo courtesy of Long Beach Expos) However, overall the attendance on Thursday was less than usual, most likely due to the heavy rain - since as many know, we here in SoCal don't know how to drive in the rain! ;-) So I took a few minutes to walk around the bourse and take some photos. David and the busy folks at PCGS The Brasher Doubloon and early copper display was right next to the PCGS table As was the stunning Perfection collection of proof Morgan dollars These two PCGS folks were "guarding" these amazing collections! NGC was also very busy during the show These photos of the bourse were taken from my table in the middle of the room later in the day on Thursday Forum member Aspie Rocco stopped by and bought a few Lincoln cents for his collection and allowed me to take his photo for my show report. It was very nice meeting him. I also ran into my hard working good friend Shae who runs coins to dealers who can't get away from their table - like me! My other bff Cindi stopped by and gave me this wonderful smelling black cherry merlot soap and hand sanitizer, which is a must-have at coin shows! Thursday night is always rib night with a large group of dealers at Naple's Ribs! This time, I was pleased to have some good friends from San Diego (who started out being customers) joined us for dinner - Mark and Lynne (they are seated next to me and my booth helper Rich). Even though this is a large dish of ribs and brisket, please know that we make 4 meals out of this one plate since I take 3/4 of it home and my hubby makes several meals out of it over the next few days. It's one of his highlights of me attending the Long Beach show! Friday was a beautiful day with a nice break in the rain, and we thought it would help bring more people to the show, but unfortunately it was pretty slow, and attendance seemed down. It didn't help that there was another event at the convention center which filled up the parking structures so people had to park across the street. I still had a steady flow of people looking, asking questions, showing me their pennies trying to find out if they had something special, and even customers buying some Pretty Pennies! Forum member Original Dan had contacted me about how his daughter was getting into collecting pennies, and said he might stop by, so I had gathered a baggie of wheat cents to help her get started. Down the aisle from me was a dealer with a corner booth that had more coins in flips simply piled on his table than I had ever seen before! It looked like a sea of coins! There was also a large table at the front of the room with a great selection of vintage movie posters. Al Weinberg also stopped by and brought me a couple more encased pocket mirror pennies to add to my collection. I really enjoy finding pieces that I don't already have in my collection. Speaking of Weinbergs, Fred dropped by and gave me this very cool old Flying Eagle, Indian, and Lincoln cent error booklet that he had acquired in a collection - thank you again Fred! Later that afternoon, I opened up a bottle from another one of the vineyards I belong to. This nice Syrah is from Hawk Watch which is a SoCal vineyard in Warner Springs (Southeast San Diego County). After the show closed on Friday, we went to our regular Friday night dinner spot - King's Fish House - which is just up the street on Pine and a popular dealer dining spot. I'd say there were no fewer than 20 dealers having dinner there Friday night! And of course, we shared some amazing wines! And I had my usual macadamia nut crusted halibut, which is so delicious! Saturday opened up rather quietly, but soon there were several families with several young numismatists stopping by looking for pennies to fill their sets. I was honored to fill the last hole in a young man's Lincoln set, and when that happens, I hand out a special certificate and one of my copper coin cards to congratulate them for finishing their set. And surprising for a Saturday, I had my best sales day of the show! Overall, the show was on the slow side but I think it was due to many factors as I mentioned above. Soon, once again, it was time to start packing up and head home. Luckily the rain had subsided by the afternoon so I didn't have to worry about loading up in the rain. As always, it was nice to come home to my hubby and my sweet Penny! This is a photo from a couple years ago when Penny was a bit littler! So, as I mentioned earlier, the day after Long Beach ended, I drove up to Oxnard to scatter my Dad's ashes and to work with my siblings to clear out my parents' home - the home we were all raised in. My brothers were in charge of clearing out the garage which was a HUGE endeavor since my Dad never threw anything away. We had rented an industrial sized dumpster which, due to the amount of metal being disposed of, had gotten so full it had to be dumped twice. My sister and I were in charge of going through the house, which was quite a chore as well. But we found some real treasures and things from our past that brought back fond memories. We found a couple of early group photos of my Dad's various units in the Navy, including these. The first one we think was taken in early 1940’s in front of a F4-U Corsair airplane - my dad is sitting front and center. The second one was taken we think in mid 1950’s - my Dad is 4th from the left 1st row. Very cool pics of my dad!! But for me, the biggest treasure of all was a photo album my Dad had put together during his time on Pearl Harbor. Although we have seen a few photos of him on Pearl Harbor, we had no idea they came from an album with probably 50+ photos of him and his buddies romping around Hawaii. We couldn't see any photos with damaged buildings, equipment or airplanes so we are guessing most of the photos were taken before the attack but some could have been taken later as well. He also had many friends sign his album starting in 1942 all the way through 1945, and many left a personal note for him and printed their address too. He even had pictures of some Hollywood folks like Shirley Temple, Dorothy Lamour, and others. I don't know if he took the photos or they are stock photos. Then the second half of the album were photos of his family, my grand parents, etc. Again, we've never seen these photos before and were just amazed they existed. Following are pictures I took of just the signature pages and some of the Pearl Harbor pages. I also found my Dad's officer's hat which I took home with me. My niece and her husband came up on Wednesday since they were taking the old family jeep back to San Diego with them. My Dad bought his 1953 Willy from the military right after the Korean war and modified it quite a bit so he could take all us kids camping in the back of it while hauling our trailer. I even found the pink slip and original bill of sale - my Dad bought it for $300 in 1957. This was the most sentimental thing our parents left, and we are grateful it will stay in the family. It took my brothers and nephew about 4 hours just getting the wheels to turn since it had been probably 20 years since it last ran. Then Thursday morning we went gathered at the end of the Port Hueneme pier to scatter my Dad's ashes. It was a perfect beautiful crisp sunny morning as we watched his ashes wash out to sea off the coast of Ventura County just as he wanted. I am grateful that my brothers and sister and I were able to do this whole process together, it would have been so hard doing it alone. But I have to say, by the time we finished and we each went our separate ways, I was exhausted and so glad to be home in my own bed. Now that the hard part is over, we can move on with selling the house and finalizing the estate. But my siblings and I have made a pact that, even though we live in different states, we will get together for at least one weekend every year to honor our parents by not letting our family drift apart. So that's it for now. Next up: Baltimore, Buena Park, PNNA Tukwila (Seattle), and NMS in Pittsburgh - all next month!
  10. Having had a 6-week hiatus away from shows, I was REALLY looking forward to the FUN show. For me, it's always been the best show of the year, both buying and selling. And this show did not disappoint. I've read a few reports with mixed reviews, but based on my personal experience at this FUN show, it was super busy and very successful. On Wednesday I did most of my buying, and on Thursday, I never even left my table until 5pm. Friday was a little slower than Thursday, but still had very steady traffic. As you all know, since I specialize in copper, I personally can't gauge how the market in general is doing. I can say that based on my sales, quality Indian and Lincoln cents are still strong and popular, but early copper seems to have flattened over the last year. But if you're looking for what's going on in the coin market as a whole or reports on how bullion was selling, perhaps you may want stop reading here. In this report, as usual, you will see pictures of my "nasty wine, while eating whatever," along with pics of the "lights of the city," and of course last but not least "how pretty my coins are." You'll also see pictures of some of the educational exhibits at the show, some of the forum members who stopped by, some of the faces behind the grading tables, photos of the bourse floor in general, and more. So if you're just wanting to be entertained and follow along my adventures at this coin show, then sit back, grab your favorite glass of nasty wine or other beverage, and read on! I left chilly but sunny SoCal Tuesday morning. As usual, we took off from John Wayne Airport heading west over the ocean, then turned back and headed east. The view of Newport Beach and the coastline is always breathtaking from the sky. I connected through Houston, then finally landed in Orlando Tuesday night. Rick had arrived on Monday and had rented a car so he was kind enough to pick me up at the airport. After I checked in to my hotel (one of the many "Rosen" hotels in the area), we walked across International Drive (right past the famous upside down house) and grabbed a bite and drinks at one of the local pubs, and listened to some great music. The next morning (Wednesday) after sleeping in a little, we grabbed breakfast then headed over to the convention center to view some auction lots and do a little business before the bourse opened for dealer set up. By the time the doors opened at 2pm, there was a huge crowd of dealers waiting to get in. I set up pretty quickly, and it wasn't long before my usual vest pocket dealers began stopping by to show me their Pretty Pennies. I also took a few minutes to hit some of my favorite dealer tables to see if I could fill some want lists. Wow, I found some fabulous and scarce pennies at this show, including an 1888/7 in PCGS F12, a beautiful 1877 in PCGS MS65 BN, a unblemished 1914-D in PCGS MS64 RD, and a colorfully toned1916 MPL in PCGS PF66 RB! I also found more than the usual number of quality Pretty Pennies throughout the show. Here are a couple pics of the bourse floor taken from my table (1025) during set up (that's Rick's son Kenny in the dark red shirt photo-bombing my pic!) After things settled down later in the afternoon, I opened one of my very favorite "nasty" wines that I had brought with me - Rombauer Cab! My buddy Neal (retired FBI now coin dealer) happened by and shared a cup with me. After set up was over, a group of us headed over to Charley's Steak House on International Drive for an amazing dinner! It is located right across from the very scary looking Starflyer ride which is all lit up at night and changes colors. Charley's is rather pricey but I can't say I've ever had a better steak! And their lobster bisque was full of tasty chunky lobster. Of course we had some great wine too! They have a huge wine selection - this bottle of Rodney Strong Cab was one of their featured wines and it was so amazing that we had two bottles! The show opened to the public on Thursday. I was non-stop busy from the moment the public began streaming in until 5pm when I had to leave for a meeting. It was great to be so busy that the day just flew by! Again, these are photos of the bourse taken from different directions at my table location. Dave/DPoole took a moment to stop by to say hi I also picked up a couple of nice penny pocket mirrors for my collection, including a couple that John Kraljevich had set aside for me. John also sold Rick Snow these two original letters from the designer of the Indian cent, James Longacre. They were written shortly before he died. I also bought this very cool Christmas postcard that would be given out with a penny tucked inside the tiny envelope that is glued to the inside of the card. After the show ended, six of us headed over to PF Changs - I know it's a chain, but when you're in the mood for Chinese food, you can't go wrong with PF Changs. Our table was filled with lots of great and varied dishes! And what goes better with Chinese food than a very tasty refreshing Mai Tai! Knowing that Rick and I are huge Game of Throne fans, during dinner Neal presented both of us with actual rocks he picked up from one of the castles in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where Game of Thrones was filmed! Although Friday wasn't nearly as busy for me as Thursday was, it was still steady and I had good sales throughout the day. A few more forum members stopped by to say hi. Bill/Ponderit Bob/Watersport and his friend Dave Brian/Wabbit2313 And Mel At 1:30, I headed over to the Fly-In Club meeting. Chris Pilliod gave a fascinating presentation on the various Indian cent errors he's collected over the years. He really had some amazing errors, including a rare triple struck Indian cent and this very rare V nickle struck on an Indian cent planchet. After the meeting before I went back to my table, I took a few pictures around the bourse floor. These are the very busy and hard working folks at the PCGS table And here's a picture of my bff Cindi Another pic of the bourse at the other end of the room from my table That night the "Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers" group held a reception/meet and greet at Maggiano's. It was a really nice gathering of probably over 100 people. They served all kinds of hors d'oiuvres with a cash bar. Rob Oberth works does a great job getting everyone together and managing this group on Facebook. They also gave out a nice souvenir half dollar. That's Rob on the right Here are photos of the various folks who attended After the reception, we stayed for dinner at Maggianos They had a special on another of my favorite wines! Saturday morning I had to get up early for an 8am Women In Numismatics board meeting, followed by our general meeting. We had a really good speaker, Jim Zylstra, who gave a presentation on "bride-price" in primitive money. It was a fascinating talk on a very unusual numismatic topic! After the meeting, I decided to peruse the educational exhibits. The FUN show is known to have some very competitive and well-crafted exhibits. Here are just a few of the exhibits - I don't know which exhibit one as it wasn't announced until later on Saturday. This is Paul working the NCS table Even though they were swamped, the folks at the NGC table were very kind to take a few minutes to pose for this photo! And of course here's my bff Cindi working at the ANACS table, along with her co-hort Matt! After the doors opened to the public, the bourse filled up nicely, though there were many more folks "just looking" or there to ask questions or get appraisals. Soon it was time, once again, to pack up everything and start my long trek back home. Knowing there was a huge snow storm hitting most of the mid and eastern U.S., I was a little worried about delays and flight cancellations. I was returning through Chicago and I had faith that Chicago knew how to handle tough weather. Even though my flight out of Orlando was delayed, it took off in time to get me to Chicago for my connection to Orange County. Bye-bye warm sunny Orlando, for now! However, when we arrived in Chicago, it was still a bit of a nail-biter because we were stuck on the tarmac waiting for the plane at our gate to get de-iced before it could take off. I had only 20 minutes to make it from the C terminal to my gate at the B terminal and I had to lug my heavy bags with him as I hurried to my gate - I was one of the last people to board my flight! But I need not have worried because we were stuck at our gate for quite a while before we took off because our plane had to be de-iced, and several planes ahead of us getting ready to take off also had to be de-iced. However, I again began to get a little concerned about my flight because the John Wayne Airport has a curfew and if an incoming flight gets there past 11pm, they are diverted to LAX which is over an hour away from my home (whereas John Wayne is only 10 minutes away). But even with all the delays, our flight crew managed to make up time and landed at John Wayne at 10:30pm! YAY! My hubby was out of town at our place in Lake Havasu when I got home, so I only had my grumpy Siamese kitty Sierra (who ignores me) and sweet Penny waiting for me at home! Both were very ho-hum about me arriving home because I was disturbing their rest! Next up, the Long Beach show the end of January!