This is a real friendly encounter at the Motor City Comic Con. There is no celebrity involved, just a couple of friends meeting for the first time.
I connected with Jamin Hillwig while researching the MCCC for a blog at Global Traveler. Jamin was very helpful and provided several pictures, some good stories and a lot of excellent information.
Last year, we had a loose plan (more of a hope) to meet at the MCCC. I knew Jamin would be wearing his trademark shirt and we knew what each other looked like, but without a phone connection, the chance of running into each other was minimal.
Luck was on my side when my friends and I went outside for a break. While walking back into the convention center, I walked right by Jamin, then realized who he was. Jamin and his wife Susan couldn't have been nicer. It was great meeting them finally.
I love meeting my favorite celebrities, but meeting people like Jamin is especially rewarding. Gaining new friends through all of this is wonderful. Hopefully, I'll see Jamin again this year.
Jamin and Susan Hilwig and me in Novi, MI-May 2010.