Posts Tagged ‘CT International Auto Show’

Ya Gotta have faitha faitha faith!

November 22, 2010

After my first day at the International Auto Show at the CT Convention Center in Hartford, CT this past Saturday, I packed up and hopped on the shuttle bus to the parking garage across town. Since I pay $100 per month to park there for work, I figured I would use that garage and hop on the free shuttle for a ride to my book signing for “Strapped Into An American Dream.” I was happy to discover that I was the lone rider on the retreat. That all changed dramatically on the next stop. Apparently the Women of Faith Expo was going on at the nearby XL Center. Women began piling into the bus until every seat was taken. I even had to remove my heavy tote bag of books from the seat next to me to provide one more seat to the faithful. Some women had to stand. I thought about giving up my seat to one of the women standing, but not for long and the thought soon passed. The bus driver turned to me in the front seat and laughed. Then the women of faith began commenting on how I was the only guy on the bus. When I finally got off at my parking garage, I noticed the convention chaos continued. Women were everywhere, and I didn’t stand a chance. I joked with the women on the bus saying that they wouldn’t hear a peep out of me. I made it to the 5th floor via the elevator full of me and about 15 women. Again, comments about me being outnumbered came acallin’. When I made it to my car, I zipped around the 5th floor to the 4th and had to stop. I was in gridlock for the next 45 minutes. Two older ladies getting back to their car laughed when they saw me shaking my head. I rolled down my window and they proceeded to tell me that out of all that traffic, I was the only guy in the garage. I had faith that I would get out of that garage; so did the women of faith. After all, it was in their title. I was happy to see their cars finally head for the highway, and the next day I used the Convention Center parking garage. After the show, I didn’t have to rely on my faitha faitha faith!

CT International Auto Show book signing

November 19, 2010

Business.Auto show coming to Hartford this weekend
Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Middletown Press Staff

Featuring hundreds of cars, including the new 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the Connecticut International Auto Show will return to Hartford this weekend.

The Volt is the industry’s first electric vehicle with extended-range capability. Learn how electric vehicles work, why they are considered the cars of the future and see a display of electric charging stations at the auto show.

But classic and antique cars will be on display as well, as will the Legoland racetrack and a toy drop for We Are the Children, which provides a holiday celebration for any needy child who has no place to spend the holiday. On the Legoland racetrack, children will be able to build their own race cars and then test drive them.

Check out the vintage cars from the start to the middle of the 20th century, including a 1908 Pope Hartford (story on page 4).

State police will be available to demonstrate a seat belt convincer and roll-over simulator. You will also be able to take a test drive in a new Buick, GMC and Chevrolet. A wide selection of used cars will also be on display in connection with the auto show.

The following car lines will be offered: Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Ram, Saab, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The following booths will be available: AAA, After FX, David Lerner Associates, Dunkin Donuts, E-Muscle, FJB Associates, Lincoln educational Services, MMJ Promotions, Potomac Garage Solutions, Ride-Away Moability Vehicles, Silverleaf Associates and Vacation Village Resorts. See floor plan on Page 6.

WMRQ will be broadcasting live from the show floor on Friday from 4 to 8 and WCCC will be live at the show on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.

On Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., author Glenn Maynard will be at the show to speak about his book, “Strapped into an American Dream.” The book tells the story of his one-year journey in an RV through the 48 lower states.

Show hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford. Box Office closes 1 hour prior to the end of the Show each day.
Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 are admitted free, and seniors 65 or older get a $2 discount on Friday with proper ID.

Parking is $3 for the first hour and $2 for each additional hour at Connecticut Convention Center garage.

For more information, visit or check out The Middletown Press auto tab coming out Friday.

The Jerk at my Booksigning

November 9, 2009

My booksigning at the CT International Auto Show was quite interesting, and I believe a success. Although I only sold a few books, I did have several lengthy conversations with people who excitedly took a copy of my press release so they could buy the book online. A Hartford police officer approached me for a chat and he wrote the book title in his little planner so he could purchase the book for his daughter. She is considering a cross country trip, but torn between motorcycle and RV. Another couple hunted me down to purchase a book after saying they had looked for me all over the show and even in the cars. They had seen my ad in the Journal Inquirer on Thursday. A security guard asked me if I was the guy he had heard on the Ray Dunaway radio show a couple of months ago. I told him that I was. There were many others who stopped to ask questions or chat. I watched a constant flow of foot traffic pass by, and the majority of them saw my poster, which is a blown up bookcover of “Strapped Into An American Dream.” Thousands of people each day passed by my booth. On day one of the Show, I had more than I could transport from my car to the Show. I was in a parking garage, but with no clue as to where I needed to go. I carried my box of 16 books, which was quite heavy. I had my leather zippered bag with more books and newspaper articles on top of the box. Then I had a collapsed easel that I had borrowed for the event, and that lie on top of the bag which was on top of the box. I lifted these items with my right arm, squeezing the box high and tight so that the collapsed easel with it’s many legs was pressed against my armpit. I then tried to grab the handled giftbag with yet more books in it as well as the cardboard poster. I couldn’t handle it all as the easel began to slip from my pit and I slowly release the box and the bag, and the easel fell a short distance to the cement and made a disruptively loud noise. I then grabbed a passerby, who assisted me the rest of the way as we both blindly made our way to this show. After the show it got much more interesting, as I had to make the trek to my car, unsure of its exact location…unassisted. Box under bag under collapsed easel tucked tightly under my right arm. Gift bag of books and poster in my left hand. This was one difficult undertaking, and I would make it about 20 steps before I needed to dismantle my load with the loud easel bringing attention to myself. Once I made it to the garage, where I couldn’t find my car, I asked the security guard for a ride via his golf cart. He told me that it’s broken and he could not assist. My dismantles became louder. Then I started carrying the box of books a short distance, putting them down, and going back for the rest of the items. I then found my car, and boy was I a happy camper. All I could think of during this trek was Steve Martin in The Jerk when he kept accumulating bulky items to carry with him down the street. Although I felt like a circus clown, I thought this is how it is in the beginning, and it sounded so much like a rookie story. So many successful people have stories like this. It’s the perseverence that made them successful. I will do this act again if it means i’m on my way.