Sunday, 18 April 2004

Spring Memorabilia

Jay and I had to be up and out by a quarter after seven this morning to make the early bird ticket into Memorabila (that means we got in at 9am instead of 11am like everyone else) and it's a good thing we did because we actually had to get tickets for Eliza Dushku.

Jay, Dale (his friend that drove for us since our car is dead), and I got tickets 368, 369 and 370 to meet her and it was only twenty-five past nine. I felt bad for all the poor people who came in at eleven and found out that they couldn't meet her because they stopped giving out tickets. We met a few poor sods who had tickets up in the 700's and were told that the only chance they stood was to come back the next day. Yikes.

It was past three before our numbers were called. Talk about a long day! Poor Jay was ready to drop after about the first two hours. (He DID stay up until twenty past four...) Waiting around in the crush of people to meet Eliza didn't help him much. We had to keep taking thirty minute breaks just to escape outside and get a breather.

I did end up buying a couple of cool things even though money was very tight for us this time around. I got a Jack Skellington wallet (I'd been eyeing it since the first time we went to Memorabilia so I finally just gave in.) and a Living Dead Doll. Jay and I have been talking about starting to collect the Living Dead Dolls for a long time and when I saw this one ("Isaac") dressed as a scarecrow, I just had to have it. It was one of the cheaper ones there (they were everywhere at the convention) so I didn't feel too bad about it.

I did miss a couple of things I would've liked to have gotten-including a Monkeemobile still in it's box-but you can't win them all. Jay had the same problem with the movies he wanted to buy. His favourite DVD dealer wasn't there so he had to spend a little more than he wanted to on horror movies. We had a great time (we usually do) but the best part was coming home again and collapsing in bed.

Check out my impression of the guests:

Brian Blessed It took forever to reach Brian Blessed and as soon as we made it to the front of the line, I could see why. The man LOVES to talk. I suspect that if you ran into him at the pub, he'd keep you entertained for hours with his stories. While we were there, he and Jay had an engaging chat about Welsh rugby. (Sadly, I actually understood part of it...Must be I'm starting to assimilate. Lol.) Let me tell you, that guy's voice BOOMS. He's a very dramatic speaker and good fun.

Eliza Dushku Eliza was the whole reason we went to Memorabilia this time around but she was probably the most disappointing person we met. It's not that she was rude or anything, it was just that, because of the vast number of people there to see her and the time restraints, we were unable to have our pictures taken with her. She did take the time to personalize her autographs but she didn't say more than "Hello. How are you?" to any of us. (It was probably the jet lag... She had some serious bags under her eyes even though she looked pretty glam.) Jay thought she looked pretty awful and didn't even flirt with her like I expected him to. We did get to meet Eliza Dushku though and that's more than most people can say so I won't complain.

Brian Thompson I think Brian Thompson had a big of jet lag today. Even so, he was very nice. He talked about my name for a minute (I get that a lot) and Jay mentioned how he just started watching The Kindred. We both had our photo taken with him at once... He just sort of walked up and grabbed both of us. That's a big guy! Lol. Personally, I thought it was really nice that he took the time to get up and come around the table. It could just be me but that guy has a scary face. He's not unattractive or anything, he's just got this "I was born to play the monster" face. The only thing I was disappointed with was that he didn't have any photos from The Kindred. Jay and I both got the same photo in the end which made us wonder why we don't have some autographs made out to the both of us...

Patricia Quinn Patricia was winking at Jay before we even went up to her table. When we met her I thought, 'Wow, she's as wild as her hair!' I think she's one of the nicest and most talkative stars we've met. Of course, Jay's met her before and told me exactly that. She didn't hesitate for a second to jump up and put her arm around me for a photo. Jay had trouble with the camera (he forgets that it closes by itself after a few seconds) and while we were waiting I turned to find myself nose to nose with Patricia! That was strange. And, of course we had to talk about my name! Lol.

Ken Foree Jay and I met Ken Foree the last time we went to Memorabila but Jay wanted to met him again and I'm not sorry we did. He was a great sport the last time we met him and this time was no exception. Actually, I think I like him more each time we met. He and Jay talked about his role in the new Dawn of the Dead movie and they both agreed that it was far too short. He mentioned that he's doing House of 1,000 Corpses 2 next (he says he plays "a swindler") which point I begged him not to. Lol. He promised that it'll be better than the first one (and agreed that it would HAVE to be) and that he'd make it extra funny for me. Lol. He even told us to keep in touch when we left.

David Emge To be honest, I didn't really know who David Emge "flyboy" was when we went up to meet him. Actually, I'm not sure I do now. I know that he's one of the important zombies in Dawn of the Dead but they all sort of blend together into one terrible nightmare figure for me. Anyway, I thought David was reserved but nice. Which makes sense since he said he's given up acting for a paralegal job. From an evil flesh eating creature of the night to a lawyer...Makes sense. Lol. Jay took great delight in telling him about my zombie fears. Especially of my zombie COW fears... (I shudder to think of it.)

Craig Parker I only went to meet Craig Parker to get SOMEONE *cough*Katie*cough* an autograph. Don't get me wrong, I'm going to get the LotR autographs...I just want to work on a few other series' first. Before I even went up and introduced myself, I was shocked at how different he looked from Haldir. I mean, I didn't expect him to have pointy ears or anything I just didn't expect him to look well, normal. Lol. He was really cheerful when I told him that I was getting his autograph for a friend and I hoped I'd get some cookies out of it. He asked where I was from (I also get that a lot. Must be the accent.) I was greatly amused by the way he said, "So what are you doing HERE?" and then thought about how rude it sounded. So, of course I explained that Jay and I are getting married soon and Craig wished us luck. Twice actually. I even had my picture taken with him "So I can say 'na na na na'" to Katie. Lol.

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