Friday, February 5, 2010

Hemme? She hardly knew me!

Big shout-out to the folks at WPDH (101.5 FM), as well as Paul Lloyd and everyone the Mid-Hudson Civic Center for a great party!

Those two entities hooked up on Sunday to present their annual "Man Show" at the City of Poughkeepsie arena. Never been to a "Man Show" here in town? Think of it as a reverse bridal expo: There's everything for guys — food, beer, sports, music — and they even let us bring our GFs and wives to share the fun! For my GF and me, the best part is the Bud Carnival, where you play games (everything from fooseball and poker to basketball and even rock, paper, scissors) to win Bud Bucks. You collect as many Bud Bucks as you can, and then trade them in for valuable prizes.

When we went to the inaugural "Man Show" at the Civic Center, we won enough Bud Bucks to trade them for two tickets to a "Sex and the City" bus tour in New York City. Sunday's trip to the "Man Show" was just as fruitful.

Among the prizes we left with was a bobblehead of legendary Army hockey coach Jack Riley, who went on to coach the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1960. (In case you didn't already know, I love bobbleheads, like this one of Dave Price, co-host of the CBS "Early Show," who graduated from Poughkeepsie High School.)

This year, the "Man Show" even brought in a celebrity guest as part of the festivities.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment Diva and current Total Nonstop Action interviewer Christy Hemme (pronounced "Hem-mee") stopped by to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Whilie I don't have many wrestlers' signatures in my collection — though I do have those of such titans as Hulk Hogan and "The Rock" — I couldn't help but add Christy's to my collection. Admittedly, I gave up watching pro wrestling back in the early '90s — if ya want more on sports entertainment, check out this blog — but it's hard to pass up the chance to get a celebrity's autograph.

For your own chance to meet Christy or some other pro grapplers, check out Northeast Wrestling when they come to the area over the next few months.

No comments: