|Pic: taken by me at Chevron 7.6|
The charity angle of this convention was Sea Sheppard, a conservation and direct action organisation which RDA was appearing in conjunction with. Kudos to Rick for using his power for good and generating some income for them. The auction got quite surreal when a keen guest somewhere in the gold section (convention ticket price about £250) paid over £1,000 for the chair RDA was sitting on during the Q+A sessions (to be signed by the man himself of course). When you think that this dedicated geek had also paid out at least £150 for his hotel stay, plus who knows how much for merchandise in the dealer room and drinks at the parties you may start to question how someone can spend so much on a three day geek experience. But the guy was a superb MacGyver at the Saturday night party, with best mullet ever, so I'll forgive him for getting carried away.
I've spent my fair share of money over the last five years feeding my need to geek out, but I've always kept my hands to myself at the auctions. If I counted up all the cash I've splashed in the name of being a geek I'd probably pass out.
Did I mention that I booked for Chevron 7.7 already?... Well, they did announce Ben Browder for frell's sake!