Our second excursion to the home of Don Kaiju was blessed with picture perfect summer weather, making the promise of an outdoor Godzilla movie a reality. As fun as the "drive-in-in-miniature" vibe was, though, it was even more enjoyable to converse with new friends who share a passion for Japanese sci-fi and fantasy. When someone is able to name Ultraman kaiju and describe the plot of the episode from which they came, or talks about the different model kits they can't wait to build, you know you've found kindred spirits.
Andy had a great time holding his own in tokasatsu conversation as well as playing Godzilla: Unleashed with his G-pals, and the Queen of Monsterland Ohio even made the trip and enjoyed herself in the company of other kaiju wives. The family atmosphere is genuine and welcoming. And, of course, there's nothing like watching a Godzilla movie with other G-fans.
Don surprised me with an insanely cool CKC 10th Anniversary T-shirt designed by co-founder Tom (photos forthcoming), and you had better believe that I will be "representin'" at G-FEST! All in all, it was a pretty perfect Friday night--now I'm really looking forward to seeing some of my CKC buddies in Chicago.
Special thanks to Don and Tammy for their hospitality, and everybody who helped make it a night to remember.
"Take that, you dinosaur!"