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New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 10th, 2018, 6:23 pm
by class316
The Galas of Fashions is something I had not done in a few years. I did average to really good when I tried it, but it was not without lots of stress, pain, and suffering. And in recent years other events would take place around that so I'd be too worn out to try it. This year however there was nothing around it, and I saw some of last year's awesome ops. I decided to give this event another shot. Of course I would also sprinkle it with other things. Let us begin.

Day 1

For my first spot I would join :delta: I would see both Emilia Clark and Lilly Collins, sadly Emilia did nothing and Lilly did like 3 ops but I couldn't get it. Jonah Hill is there and we both beg him to no avail. Eventually I advise adelta to stop and Jonah goes "thank you" (this may have earned me some brownie points, more on that later). These are 3 people I've tried for multiple times and always failed so it was painful. I did get Riley Keough and Ruth Negga but I had them. This spot wasn't for nothing though! Salma Hayek blanked but then me and adelta ran to a stop light and got car shots.

After this I decided to try some of the "easy" show spots. My first target was actress Glenda Jackson who comes out and is nice. Laurie Metcalf is about to come out but I have her so I move to another want of mine, Anthony Edwards of Revenge of the Nerds fame. I got him once before but the photo op is so blurry that it doesn't even count. While there I also get some barely valids. Thankfully Anthony is nice as can be, even marking out when I say "neerrdss" and was impressed I got John Goodman on the blu ray I had him sign. Wow if only every celebrity would be that nice. But I guess if that was always that easy everyone would combo hunt.

Next I get James Caverly from Force Awakens but somehow miss Amanda Lawrence from The Last Jedi. It's ok I would have another chance in the future. Then I rush to a spot where Denzel Washington is about to come out. I already have Denzel and it's known that he does nothing anyway but I wanted some of the lower names (Colm Meaney, Bill Irwin upgrade). I missed them all (Colm left just before I arrived, Bill went out the other door). But it's ok I would have another chance in the future.

Go to the place where I have to find the info for the next spot. SCORE! Drove to the next spot with Vanessa the Jersey Shore Stalker and friend. Jonah Hill is spotted across the street. I cross and wait a few feet away as he talks. He sees me. Then when he's done I ask for the op and to my shock he agrees! I wonder if what I said earlier in the day helped me get this op. But then when he crossed the street he did ops for all. Got Zoe Kravitz for the first time. Chris Rock blanked going in but I managed to get an upgrade with him as he was leaving. Got Tessa Thompson. Already have her but the photo op is unique cause she is grabbing me with her arm. I got Martin Short to sign me some photos but he signs on the worst spot. Donald Glover who I never got sadly does nothing for no one.

A couple of humorous/unique things would happen here. First off Xavier Woods would show up and I showed him how we made the awkward wrestling photo ops list.

Second off Stormy Daniels was there and surrounded by guards. When she exited a couple of combo hunters chased her and her entourage. Since I had no need to do that I just sat and looked on. The security guard is upset that Stormy and her entourage are being chased by combo hunters. He looks at me and he goes "get them away". At this point I am perplexed and he repeats to me "get them away". At this particular spot I never mess with the security guards so I quickly run to the combo hunters and I explained that the guard sent me to stop them. This marks the first time in history a security guard actually passes the mantle of security to me, even if for a little bit. The guard then looked at me in thanks.

Despite Glover being a complete asshole, overall I'd say success.

Salma Hayek: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1769/4151 ... 2416_b.jpg

Anthony Edwards: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1790/4151 ... 023b_b.jpg

Jonah Hill: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1827/2845 ... 1fc0_b.jpg

Chris Rock: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1786/4151 ... ea1c_b.jpg

Full list of Day 1 photo ops: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1801/2945 ... 9328_o.jpg

Day 2

After some much needed sleep I went for actress Diana Rigg. As she came in she was accommodating to all and I got the photo op. I would be joined by :heelorton: and friend and also Vanessa where we tried for 90 year old actress Estelle Parsons. We didn't see her and the chance for Estelle would have to be delayed another day. Check another spot but it's essentially worthless. I get another photo with Lill Reinhart. Drive to another spot for randoms and get Amanda Seyfried who I have and Sasha Lane who I don't have.

Off to another spot where I basically see great but repeat names. Got Bradley Cooper and since I wasn't expecting him my items were in the car. This is my second photo with him but I can never get his autograph. So infuriating. Saw Gary Oldman who is nice as can be as usual. Got a slight upgrade compared to my photo from years ago. Also got an upgrade with Emily Ratajkowski. I also chased Salma Hayek's car again and she did the roll down. This time scoring an autograph.

Overall this day was sub par but not because I didn't score names but because the names I scored I already had. If I didn't have Bradley, Gary, and Amanda I would have probably declared this my best day of 2018.

Bradley Cooper: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/927/41516 ... 001a_b.jpg

Gary Oldman: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1801/4260 ... f7c1_b.jpg

Full list of Day 2 photo ops: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1808/2945 ... c04d_o.jpg

Day 3

This day starts with meeting up with Estelle Parsons, who looks incredible for 90 years! Wow! How is that even possible? She is sweet as can be.

After that it's pretty much barren as crowds in other spots are insane and it's basically impossible to get anyone. Later in the evening my luck turns around as I score my first ever live action Joker, Jared Leto. I was considering the 30 Seconds to Mars m&g last year but decided against it due to pricing and due to beard and possible shades. Now I never have to even consider that expensive meet and greet. After this it went downhill. Got actress Yara Shahidi (first time) and Zendaya (upgrade). Sadly things would go south even further. I would get into a scuffle with a combo hunter and that cost me two photo ops. Tiffany Haddish who did stop (though I would make that up in the future) and someone who I failed on a few times in the past, Chadwick Boseman who did some photo ops. Vanessa and friend got it so good chance I would have as well. And not 30 minutes later the infamous beat down of NYC combo hunter Gio would happen right before my very eyes. I could not believe what I was seeing in front of me.

Obviously lots of people in that spot did nothing for no one such as Katy Perry and many others.

Left this spot and came back only to find out that John Boyega did photos for everyone. However I had him from Awesome Con. I was going to leave the city right there and then but had flight information for Emilia Clarke. This meant I could wait to get her leaving to the airport in the morning. If I left I would have eventually pulled over and slept at a rest stop so I decided to park for free and sleep in the city instead. Vanessa and friend slept in the car with me to try for her as well. Woke up, tried for Emilia, but sadly she blanked. I dropped of Vanessa and friend at a spot and left the city. Not extravagant but I'd say solid as I got Estelle parsons and Jared Leto. One is a 90 year old actress and one allowed me to completely scratch off a meet and greet from my head.

Estelle Parsons: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/926/28456 ... c3f8_b.jpg

Jared Leto: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1765/4260 ... 1457_b.jpg

Zendaya: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1767/2845 ... da66_b.jpg

Full list of Day 3 photo ops: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/845/42607 ... 556f_o.jpg

Autographs obtained: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1766/2945 ... 1b92_c.jpg

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 10th, 2018, 8:38 pm
by oldschoolwwwf
What was the fight you had with the combo hunter?

What was the beat down of the other guy?

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 10th, 2018, 8:47 pm
by class316
oldschoolwwwf wrote:
July 10th, 2018, 8:38 pm
What was the fight you had with the combo hunter?

What was the beat down of the other guy?
Info/pics/vids on the Gio beatdown via google news

https://www.google.com/search?q=cardi+b ... 36&bih=711

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 10th, 2018, 11:35 pm
by Greg2600
Great gets, though you had most of them, and KIA'd your camera in the process.

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 11th, 2018, 3:12 am
by class316
Greg2600 wrote:
July 10th, 2018, 11:35 pm
Great gets, though you had most of them, and KIA'd your camera in the process.
Camera was almost due anyway.

Yes it's a problem for me that I'm seeing people I have. I guess inevitable when doing it so long and many that remain on the want list aren't nice.

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 12th, 2018, 1:21 am
by Gumby
Even if there's some repeats for you this was still a great report, Class. Some really phenomenal gets here, especially Estelle Parsons.

:like:

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 12th, 2018, 9:51 am
by WOODMO
I am still shocked you didn't get Parsons 8 years ago when she was all over, but nice stuff.

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 12th, 2018, 10:59 am
by lanza218
What was the fight you had with the combo hunter?

How much was new camera?

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 12th, 2018, 12:36 pm
by class316
WOODMO wrote:
July 12th, 2018, 9:51 am
I am still shocked you didn't get Parsons 8 years ago when she was all over, but nice stuff.
8 years ago was 2010. I wasn't combo hunting as much because I hadn't realized the feasibility/intelligence of car sleep nor did I know that free parking in Manhattan is something that's attainable.

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 12th, 2018, 12:39 pm
by Greg2600
class316 wrote:
July 12th, 2018, 12:36 pm

8 years ago was 2010. I wasn't combo hunting as much because I hadn't realized the feasibility/intelligence of car sleep nor did I know that free parking
in Manhattan is something that's attainable.
Or was it that you hadn't been given tips courtesy of :gottacatchthemall:?

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 12th, 2018, 12:40 pm
by lanza218
What was the fight you had with the combo hunter?

How much was new camera?

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 12th, 2018, 12:44 pm
by class316
Greg2600 wrote:
July 12th, 2018, 12:39 pm

Or was it that you hadn't been given tips courtesy of :gottacatchthemall:?
I was combo hunting in NYC and doing cons before I ever met him. In fact, the first time I did meet him was combo hunting in NYC. That was when we got Carrie Fisher, my first major Star Wars name.

Car sleep liberated a lot of nuisances of combo hunting.

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 14th, 2018, 4:36 pm
by mrira
Day 1 was the day I ran into you trying for Jim Parsons?

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 14th, 2018, 8:12 pm
by class316
mrira wrote:
July 14th, 2018, 4:36 pm
Day 1 was the day I ran into you trying for Jim Parsons?
Yes

Re: New York City: The Galas of Fashions!

Posted: July 16th, 2018, 3:47 pm
by Btvsp3
Lauren Ridloff just got cast on The Walking Dead so looks like she's valid now.

https://tvline.com/2018/07/16/the-walki ... nnie-deaf/