Friday, 30 April 2004

Collectormania 5

The road to Collectormania 5 was not an easy one. (Jay couldn't get up on time and I give HORRIBLE directions.) The one home was pretty nice though. (We went splashing through puddles at the services where we stopped.)

All in all, we ended up being five and a half hours late getting there. We were pretty tense. I got flustered and couldn't shake it all day. The convention itself was nice this time around, though,   because it was a lot smaller. (No getting trampled on for me!)

I gave into my darker urges and bought this great black and white photo of the main Star Trek: Next Generation cast (Worf, Troy, Riker, Picard, Beverly, Data and Gordie). Well, since Gates McFadden was there and all... Plus, I felt better because we got a flier for the next Collectormania in October and Worf, Gordie and Troy will be there. That's gonna be a nice collector's item, I reckon... That is, if I'm lucky enough to get Patrick Stewart's autograph... *fingers crossed*

 Anyway, I managed to wear my spiky shoes for all but an hour! That's impressive for me! (Hey, I'm a heathen. Lol.)

Jay spoiled me and bought me a Living Dead Doll. :) And all I had to do was promise to make him and Egg tea on the hour for the night. Lol. The doll is great though because it's one of the Hollywood Classics ones. It came in a coffin like the rest but the plastic cover was black so you couldn't see which doll it was. And, it was a normal doll from series 5 or 6 but it was done in black and white (hence the Hollywood Classics thing.) We got Hollywood from series 5. Yay! (If you don't know what the Living Dead Dolls are...Go here.)

Jay managed to pick up a couple of DVDs for himself too. (Can you believe that the stores in the mall where the convention was held won't let the dealers sell American DVDs because they're afraid of the competition? Sissies. Lol.) We went to get a roll of film developed and had some serious problems reloading the camera. It just refused to play nice with the film. It didn't help that I was talking away and opened the back of the camera before it had wound. Stupid hobbit. I SO know better but I did it anyway. I told you, it was a hard day... (I lost the pics of Brad Dourif. Well, not totally...Clever cropping might save them but don't hold your breath.)

Anyway, I ended up buying a new battery for my camera (that didn't help the problem) and a new roll of film (that did). That part sucked.

Jay bought me this wicked red hair dye while I was at the photo counter so we're gonna have fun playing with that when my hair starts to grow out again. :) Well, the stalls were closing up and the stars were going home when we finally left.

We got to meet all the people we wanted to meet and they were generally really nice so it was all worth it. (And, I only got us lost once on the way home.) No conventions for a few months now but anyway, here's what I thought of the guests:

Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) I can't believe how good Kristy Swanson still looks. (I'm so jealous. Lol.) And she's a good sport...Jay was being a bit raunchy. Lol. She also told us that Luke Perry is appearing in a play in London (When Harry Met Sally) with Alyson Hannigan and that *hint, hint* we might be able to wait for them outside the theatre for autographs. Thanks, Buffy. ;)

Penny Johnson (24, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) I can't say with any honesty that I know who Penny Johnson is but she was pleasant enough. There was a dealer in front of us and she was signing about fifty pictures for him. (She stopped to see us though.) I was so tempted to stop him and ask what ridiculous price he'd sell them for but I was a good girl and kept my mouth shut...

Brad Dourif (LotR, Child's Play) Omg! Creepy looking old guy! Watching him in LotR (as Grima) you think, "Omg! That guy is so freaky!" and meeting him in real life is no different. He was thoughtful enough to take off his glasses for our photos though. (Of which there were four because the bloody flash wouldn't work...) Still...I wouldn't want to be stuck alone in the dark with him.

Gates McFadden (Star Trek: Next Generation) I was kind of bummed walking up to meet Gates McFadden because her sign said "no flash photography". It was a pleasant surprise though when we got to the end of the line and one of the workers for Collectormania offered to take a picture for me. (She just covered up the flash. Lol. If at first you don't succeed, cheat.) Jay went first though and missed out on getting his picture taken with her. I've already decided that if we get the chance to meet her again, I will because I didn't get my photo personalized.

Denise Crosby (Star Trek: Next Generation) I'm not gonna say that Denise Crosby is a little butch but...Well, yeah, she's a little butch. Not that I expected her to be all fluffy and glittery playing a security officer and all but still...She was polite but not really chatty. Her and Gates both, actually.

Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager) Ok, I'll admit right away that I don't watch Voyager. (The only episode I ever watched was the one with Q in it.) I can't say anything bad about Ethan Phillips. None of the Voyager or Enterprise guys were very busy at all. Btw... It's kind of scary when you can look at a picture of someone in all their alien make up and then look at them in person and think, "Yeah, I can see it..."

Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) What's up with stars not wanting flash photography lately? Prudes. Lol. Jay was SO not impressed with the dear holographic doctor. He was sort of curt and went back to reading his book as soon as he signed the autograph. The only real disappointment of the day.

John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise) John Billingsley was fun to talk to. He and Jay chatted a bit about Enterprise and how the show "hasn't been picked up yet" for the next season. (It was canned). I couldn't help but notice Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) at the table next to him and holy hairballs, Batman! That man has huge hands! (Jay's met him a couple of times and he says he walks with a bad limp too...) He didn't have anyone at all at his table and I felt really bad...I would've gone up and asked for a picture but honestly, he looked like he stepped out of Deliverance...

Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran (Superman 2-Superman 1 and 2) When we walked up to the table, Jack was giving Sarah a neckrub that looked a wee bit painful. Since they were both standing there together, Sara told me to go ahead and take a picture because "it's not very often that you get them together". Well, who am I to pass up a photo opportunity? O:) When Jack walked away, she said she was going to start calling him "Touch like bull". When she asked Jay what name he wanted on his photo, he said "Hung Like Donkey". (This is a shortened version of the story but it's been a stressful day and I'm very tired so that's all you're getting.) Of course, Jay couldn't help a naughty joke as we left...Lol. Btw...That chick is TALL.

Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) Ah...The man we waited all day to see. (Our ticket numbers were 359 and 360.) Actually, Robert was leaving at 6pm and we were the second to last people in the line. I was lucky because a couple of people cut in front of us to have their picture taken with both Freddy and Jason (Well, that wasn't the lucky part.) and they got a picture of Freddy and Jason alone...Well, I couldn't help but sneak over and have a picture of them myself, could I? O:) Anyway, Freddy ROCKS. My autograph says "For 'Wondra', Sweet Dreamz! 'Uncle' Freddy" (and his autograph) :) He he he....(Only I could get excited about that...Lol. To make the whole thing even better, he even THANKED us for waiting in line! How cool is that?!?

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