Today was more eventful and strange.
There were only a handful of shops left to visit. About noon I went and visited Angel at GeekLife. The store has only been open for a few weeks now. It is basically like going over to a friends posh apartment. It has a clean environment, nice tables, chairs and a good variety of games. They now have a great variety of supplies too (including ours :)).
After my meeting with Angel I met up with a couple friends downtown at Tout Suite. After hearing the name I knew that it was going to be a new-wave, Frenchish cafe, hipster joint and it would be expensive. It was exactly that. It took a very long time to get our food. When it finally arrived I dug into the Cuban sandwich. It was spectacular. A little on the salty side, but the pork they used was of great quality and flavor. The curry soup was equally as good. If you're downtown, have money and want a good sandwich this is a great stop.
This is where it gets strange. I was on the west side of Houston. A homeless man in his early 30s was holding a sign saying "Starving Christian". I just pulled out from the gas station where I had gotten two liter bottles of water. I had no cash, but I at least thought he would enjoy a cold bottle of water. I was wrong.
He said that he couldn't accept it because he had been poisoned too many times for handing out fliers like the orange one above. He handed it to me and I was reading it. I looked back at him and before I could say a word he yells, "Did you just wink at me?" I replied, "No." He flew into a rant about how there's this secret society of devil worshipers that are trying to kill him and corrupt society. He said they wink at you and their cars have the one of headlights smashed out. He went around the front of the car to make sure I wasn't one of them. He said that he was going to stop their evil plans and destroy their organization. Then he casually told me to have a good day and started walking towards the cars behind me. I'm not making any of this up lol.
Tomorrow I'll be heading back home to my wife and two boys. The trip was a great success and after we restock our coffers we'll be back on the road in the north. Thanks for reading!
BONUS: Austin sent me these pictures from Kaboom Comics in McAllen. He said it was a really sweet store. He didn't have much luck in the valley as most of the stores can't even make an 8 man FNM. However, you may be able to find us at Kaboom in the next few weeks.
The first day in Houston was pretty uneventful. 4 meetings that were very far apart. Spent several hours just driving to find out the owner wasn't actually there or was too busy to meet. It happens. Hopefully tomorrow will be more eventful.
With Austin conquered my cohort and I split up. He heads to the valley (far south Texas) and I head to Houston. The split causes both of us to be fairly light on product so this will have to be the last leg of our journey through Texas for now.
On my way to Houston I stop by and visit one my favorite places I've ever lived, College Station (Aggieland). My friend Raul was still in town from Alabama game the previous day. Still scarred from the previous days horrific game we decide to head to Northgate for some beer and grub before my meeting with Clockwork.
It's been over two years since I've been back to Aggieland. So much has changed. Both Bryan and College Station have blown up. The population has skyrocketed since I lived here in 2011. There's new buildings everywhere. Even in the tiny area north of campus where the college night life runs wild. One of the newest additions is Blackwater Draw Brewing Company. They have a sweet wrap around deck in the front and house their stills inside of the main dining area. For their in-house brews the tap handle is literally a hunting knife stabbed into a piece of wood. Awesome. It may be a little pricey for college kids, but similar establishments I've been to in Dallas/Houston charge you twice as much. The fresh brewed beer is great too.
Afterwards we head back to Clockwork, play a couple games of EDH and meet with the manager Michael. The owners were out of town, but it's looking like you'll be able to find us here sometime before Halloween.
Alright. On to Houston.
Today was a lazy day for me. There was only two shops we haven't visited. They were both out in Bastrop. The
appointments conflicted the the A&M vs Alabama game so Austin went. For his good service I ordered us a $25 pizza from East Side Pies. Was it good? Yes. Was it $25 good? Debatable.
So the game didn't go as planned. I bet you can guess who I was rooting for.
Defeated in a terrible way. I needed to drown my sorrows. What better way that a BFZ Sealed Draft. Yes, SEALED DRAFT. So you get 3 packs. You have three minutes to open the packs and basically memorize what you have. Then you receive three more packs and draft like normal. My first three packs were a poor mix of BR ingest, BW life-gain and really bad allies. The draft wasn't that much better. People around we ended up opening bombs and an expedition. The guy across from me popped a FOIL Drana, I ended up going UBR colorless. I had to drop black and just hoped that my three nettle drones will carry me.
Boy did they. However, every game was a struggle. Ended up getting 2-0-1. Due to us only have 7 people in our pod that left me tied with the guy I drew who ended up 2-0-1 as well. His deck was super gross. He had me to one life, but I did have enough blockers to stave off his next few attacks when time was called.
The packs I won were pretty bad too. Quarantine Field was the only card over $1. :(
HI! Welcome back! The internet is finally working. Time to upload a ton of goodness.
Austin and I split up to conquer the rest of Austin (the city lol). He didn't have the best of luck, but I did. Met a lot of great people and saw a bunch of cool stores.
The bad part of the day was the food. Ugh was it bad. That is until the Empanadium food truck came and saved the day. Had chicken and hamburger empanadas. Best I've ever had and the best food I ate all day.
About two days behind on updating the blog. Have lots of pictures! I am currently in Houston. I have been having some internet problems. Hope to get them fixed tomorrow and upload everything.
Today we teamed up again and visited 4 stores. We wish we could have done more, but we can usually only work till about 5 then the owners leave or are busy with customers. Couldn't find a draft/commander game for tonight :(. Tomorrow we'll split up and finish off the rest of the stores.
You can find us at Outlaw Moon Games and Toys!
Day one started with traveling from home base in Corpus Christi, TX through San Antonio to Austin. There was a wreck or construction at nearly all of the roads we traversed so there wasn't much time to run around on day one.
The good news is you can now find us at Pat's Games and Whose Turn is it?
Hopefully tomorrow we'll have more time for fun, games and antics.
Who: Turn One's Wholesale Emperor - Zack
What: I will be on a journey to bring our fun, high-quality gaming supplies to nearly every one of the 148 MTG stores across Texas. Or at least until the product I brought runs out.
When: Over the next two weeks.
Where: All over Texas
Why: To bring Turn One's fun and high-quality gaming supplies to every store possible.
Hi and welcome to my sub-blog! This blog is solely dedicated to my journey across Texas. I will be visiting dozens of stores all over the state. I thought it would be fun to catalog some of the highlights of this adventure. Every day I hope to post about some of the great stores, events and people I meet along the way.
If there's a store, event or even a great place to grab a pint let me know in the comments section below. I'll be sure to stop by :).
The Wholesale Team