My dear friend Terrie Stong of Good Bears of the World was at the show in Kansas City this weekend and she decided to bring along this picture of me. Terrie is one of the first people I talked to when I was getting into the bear world and teddy bear shows and I met her at my first bear show which took place in Toledo, OH. This picture is of me next to my table at my first show. You can see a couple of my bears off to the right and I made the dragon that I am holding. I was probably about 15 at the time, so nearly 11 years ago. Wow, how time flies! (And changes your appearance... haha).