Greetings Fellow Colonials,
I hope everyone is doing well. This is my after action report from attending Comicpoolza on Friday the 22nd. I was there only one day due to other commitments. I still had a great time and while there I got to meet members of the Battlestar Raven. Whom I have chatted with via the internet as well spoken over the phone with. A great bunch of folks what can I tell you everyone was having a blast. At the Convention there was lots to see and do as you walked around. I look forward to doing it again whenever the opportunity presents itself and my schedule is a bit more free.
After action report time. I was there to enjoy the convention and look forward to making new friends as well recruit for Colonial Defense Forces, Battlestar Fan Club and let’s not forget the Colonial Cylon Alliance. After all when I am at any function I do my best to represent every community I can. The Battlestar Raven table looked great the setup was a team effort no doubt. First on the scene was Paul Oakley who did the initial set up with Tim Riley aka “Cylon Tim” catchy name I love it! As well as Steve Tweed. I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Paul, Tim and Rob aka “Spectre” a great guy I met at Galacticon III. It was a great time being able to talk about Battlestar Galactica as well as other Sci FI genre. There was a gentleman named Doug I didn’t catch his last name. He was writer and he also joined us for some Sci Fi talk a nice humble guy I wish him all the best. He Doug that is loved the character Harley Quinn. As I had walked around the convention I purchased two beautiful art rendering and came back and presented it to Doug as a gift. The man was blown away and shook my hand. He offered me a free book and I decline it’s what I do love surprising people.
Speaking of surprise I was on a secret mission there. A few people knew of my pending arrival. I was there to surprise my friend Cherry Oclima. I had texted her to have a great time at the convention and she had replied. Little did she know I was just a few feet away from and I said HI!!. She turned and looked. It finally hit her I was there in the flesh and she jumped for joy gave me hug. She then preceded to hit me with a ball cap!! I guess she was truly happy HAHAHA!! I don’t like to commit to an event and then have to disappoint people so I always just make contact with one person only. This time it was my point man Colonial Marine Paul Oakley.
Prior to dinner I switched hats and stood up as Fleet Admiral Rivera of the BFC. I got everyone's attention b/c I like going big or just go home and everything I do has purpose or else I wouldn’t bother. Everyone's attention was on me and I appreciated their time. Especially those who came from a great distant to be part of the event. I called up Paul Oakley, Tim Reilly, Steve Tweed and George Mellis. Each of them I presented with an Award to show my appreciation for them supporting the Raven as well as representatives of the BFC Fleet! I shook hands and got a photo op going b/c I documenting things.
Finally, we were also there to celebrate Cherry Oclima time in military active duty service. She is very humble person. I asked Steve to remain standing since he is Raven XO. I asked Commander Cherry Oclima to stand. I then pulled out a framed certificate. I begun to read and let just say her expression was awe striking as well as her crew. I HEREBY PROMOTE YOU TO THE RANK OF REAR ADMIRAL!! I presented her with the certificate Steve and i stood there so we can be photographed together as part of the promotion ceremony. CONGRATULATION!! Hell I even presented her with collar rank insignia as well a Colonial cubit.
She has been trying for the lone time to get a duty blue uniform, but they cost so bloody much. I called in a few favors and got one which I wear. She can wear it until something which is more screen accurate comes along and is also truly affordable. Just hard to spend a great deal of money on cosplay you only wear 4 times a year so it’s understandable. She was floored when I presented her with the uniform. Thank you all for reading. I apologize for the long report, but I am sure you would agree it was worth reading. Please enjoy the photos and please post here.
Fleet Admiral Rivera Reading Awards Order of the Colonies and Good Conduct. Not pictured George Mellis. Last two photos of Rear Admiral Cherry Oclima receiving promotion ~Salutes!~