Before going to the convention this year, I made plans to meet face-to-face with one of my favorite doll people - RichFL. He is one of the most generous and kind individuals you could ever hope to know. Unfortunately, it wasn't as easy to meet up as I anticipated; we kept missing each other.
On Saturday morning, Rebecca Berry (another truly amazing person), ran into me and said, "Rich has been looking all over for you!" I asked her what he looked like. She described Rich and told me he was wearing khaki shorts and a plaid shirt.
So, I went on "The Great Rich Hunt!" If I passed a man who fit Rich's description, I asked, "Are you Rich?" It was surprising how many men were wearing plaid shirts and khaki shorts. Even if the gentleman wasn't wearing a convention badge, I asked them, "Are you Rich?" I was set on finding my friend. In the lobby, a man responded with "Exactly how rich do I need to be?" I don't know precisely how many heavy, older women are pushing their personal wares at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, but this man seemed amiable to the experience if the price was right. Needless to say, "The Great Rich Hunt" ended right then and there. It may have been a creative alternative for acquiring those elusive table centerpieces, but it wasn't going to happen.
Now ... to our regularly scheduled program.
Choosing my first doll from the convention to write about was a very difficult decision. There is the glamorous Eugenia who is getting alot of web time right now. But the doll that caught my attention immediately and has been calling my name is Hot Dots Poppy.
This is not your traditional Poppy Parker. I've always thought of Poppy as a young girl, late teens to early twenties, who is trying to make it in the Big Apple. This doll transcends the Poppy story line. She is a doll who has already made it.
Hot Dots Poppy is in a mini giftset. She is wearing a one piece bathing suit with a little skirt tied around it. The ribbon on the skirt matches the ribbon on the espadrilles - which was nice attention to details.