July 12, 1997, the kids and I embarked for Vero Beach, Florida
for the first ever Sailor Moon Fun Day. In the noble chariot heading south was
John (also known as Phoenix), my daughter Jennifer, son Josh and niece
Stephanie. Waiting for us at our destination is our most gracious and wonderful
host Kristyn (known and loved by all as K-chan). Packed in my luggage bag was
about 40 anime tapes including a ton of Sailor Moon and a change of underwear
(after the tapes, it was all I had room for).
We arrived around 10am and checked out the house that was to be Sailor Moon Central for the next 24 hours.
K-chan and Pu greeted us at the door. Pu in typical Mamoru garb and K-chan in her spiffy Haruka togs.
After a tour of the house, K-chan showed off her Sailor Moon
collection. Down from the closet came box after box of treasures upon treasures.
All the NA dolls, big and little; notebooks filled with Sailor Moon cards,
Sailor Moon apple juice and so on. Pu stood guard over me with the Moon Rod so I
would not be tempted by the precious Sailor Mercury doll ^_^;;.
Just to start the event off with the right mind set, I dug out the infamous Snow White episode and illustrated to the present company just exactly what the afsm meaning for 'Talent' is. It was a major hit. Everyone was laughing so hard we could hardly breathe.
Later we hopped in the car to pick up another SMFD attendee, Kellie. Along the way we stop at Cyber Dragon to check out the latest manga and anime.
Inside we take a moment for the traditional SAILOR MOON GROUP HUG!
After picking up Kellie, we head back to the Ponderosa.
We take a moment for a little horseplay before heading inside.
then settle down for some serious Sailor Moon
it's off to Sushi Moon for dinner. Now isn't that the most perfect name for a
restaurant for this occasion?
Inside we ended up sitting at the bar because there was no table big enough for the crowd. Jennifer, Stephanie and Kellie had chicken teriyaki, Pu and K-chan had chashimu with misu soup, Phoenix got California rolls and Josh got shrimp teriyaki.
chows down with her own personal set of stainless steel chopsticks.
Back at the homestead, K-chan provides a special homemade Sailor Moon cake to everyone. In the background is K-chan's Mac computer.
Then it's more Sailor Moon and anime goodie sharing. Here K-chan is showing her Oh My Goddess postcards to Jennifer and Stephanie.
Everyone finally hit the sack around 3 in the morning. The next day, K-chan was the first to awaken and thankfully put the coffee on. I was up next. After rousing the rest of the crew, we visited and watched a few more animes before calling a reluctant end to the first ever Sailor Moon Fun Day.