NARBC – Chicago 2008!!!

We’re back from Chicago NARBC and it was awesome! Once again, the feeling of being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of vendors and awesome animals is exciting. I was a total slacker and took the majority of my pictures at BHB’s table and these chameleons I really wanted to get.

Anyway’s, following this post, I will have a link to the pictures that you folks can browse through. (and I’ll include a link to my ’07 pics as well just to feed your cravings. ;))

We came home with 4 new snakes. Now the story is a little disappointing because we were originally going with the intention of bringing home a sugar or calico ball python. We arrived at the convention center on Saturday bright and early at 9 am. There wasn’t a very long line yet so we waited that hour in line. Chris noted that VPI wasn’t listed on the vendor list, which was a huge blow to our sugar-calico plans.

We decided to have a look around anyway’s because there just HAD to be people there with calicos right? Yea… Barely 4 people with calicos at the show. Oh, the disappointment. Most of the calicos were low end and poor examples of the morph.

Marc Bailey Reptiles had a nice spread of ball pythons, and included were some VERY nice Killer Bees (oh so clean, no mud on them!) AND he had the holy grail of calicos, the Pastel Calico and a Super Pastel Calico. They were way out of our price range, and the normal calico’s he had were okay. I would have gotten one except I just wasn’t fully committed to a low white calico male.

The only other people that had calico’s worth mentioning also happened to be the table showing the all mighty Desert Ball python and there crosses like the Enchi x Desert (aka Tiger ball). The Deserts threw Chris for a loop and he was drooling all over them. Once he saw them, he wanted it. Never mind they were something like $2,000 more than we had at the show.

Chris spent the good part of the rest of the day struggling with the decision on whether or not he should put a Desert male on his credit card. With Chris flip flopping, that persuaded me that we shouldn’t get a calico but rather think about other morphs.

So, come around after lunch, we headed to Brad Boa’s table where we picked up our ’07 Pinstripe female. She’s on the hefty side, but Brad feeds his animals like he feeds himself! She is gorgeous, I luv her! :3

We spent the next few hours running around like chickens with our heads cut off. Chris finally realized that he doesn’t need a Desert, and now he was struggling on picking up a Fire female (breeding size) from BHB with the rest of our money.

We ended up getting a wee little male Enchi ball python from BHB, and decided we should sleep on the Fire female idea.The Enchi is teh awesomeness!

In our hotel room that night we were discussing our options when we got a phone call in the hotel room. Chris picked it up to hear a ringtone. Then a few minutes later the phone rang again. I answered to a ring tone.

About a minute later the fire alarms went off. I threw all our things in our suit case while Chris looked outside to see if there was an actual fire, apparently the fire department was out front.

We grabbed the snakes, put them back in their snake bags (we had them set up in tubs already for the night) and carried our stuff down 5 flights of stairs along with Anthony McCain carrying a huge box of animals and one other vendor couple.(Poor Anthony never got a break that night this being the third time we saw him running around with this big box due to problems with the hotel.)

We ended up somewhere in that run out of the building with a bunch of other people who told us that the second floor was on fire and there was smoke everywhere.

We waited outside with the rest of the people and overheard the officers talking about the situation. Apparently, the fire extinguisher/sprinklers went off on the second floor and there was no fire. We have no idea why they went off, but the white smoke was actually fire retardant. We had to wait outside about an hour before they let everyone who wasn’t on the second floor back into their rooms.

The next day we were to go to the zoo and museum. We wanted to check out the show one more time. We waited for the doors to open at 11, and spent about an hour in the show not buying anything before we went back to our room for lunch. We decided to head into the city and do our thing, when the damn fire alarms went off again.

That was it, we had had enough of running out of burning buildings. Chris looked at me and said "Do you want to just leave?". I said yes, so we packed up all of our stuff to go home even though we had reserved the room for another night. About 5 minutes later the fire alarms turned off, but we said screw it, we’re checking out early!! So, we got our stuff out to the car while Jason from redpython.net kept bugging me to come meet him. we grabbed our box of animals and headed back into the show. On the way in Chris and I headed towards John Piro’s table where on a whim we picked up two gorgeous little Black Pastel females with the rest of our cash!

We said hi to Jason, and left for home where we had the sheer pleasure of sitting in stock still/stop and go traffic for hours. Only to finally reach the end and realized that we had just waited for two FULL hours in a 15 mile stretch for some workers putting the LINES ON THE ROAD in a 50 yard stretch!!!

Yea… I just about lost it.

That was my amazing adventure to Chicago and back, where we made it home safely and went to eat at Denny’s at midnight. Mmm… french toast is soooo gooood.

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