If you could see me now, what you'd see is a whole lot of bouncing and flailing! [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and I made plans today to go to Stratford Upon Avon and see Patrick Stewart and David Tennant in the RSC's production of Hamlet. !!!!! We're flying into London on 9/10 (arriving 9/11) and then we'll drive to Stratford for a Thursday night show. Friday is a day trip to Cardiff for a Dr. Who/Torchwood extravaganza and then it's back to Stratford for another performance of Hamlet on Saturday night. 5th row and 10th row!! Patrick Stewart! David Tennant!! Hamlet! Cardiff! I AM SO EXCITED!

In other squee worthy news, Eric Stoltz has joined the cast of "Caprica" as Daniel Graystone. He will always be Keith Nelson to me and I'm not sure how to process him on screen without Watts by his side but I love watching the cast of Caprica unfold.
Kiffle grabbed some video at the con of the guys getting their special forces coins and now I know how to use youtube. More than them interacting with each other, it's Jared and Jensen all stoic and humble even as Jensen wears that absurd Jared t-shirt.

NOTE: The image doesn't seem to show up in the embed but the video works just fine. It seems I only halfway learned how to use youtube. ;)



Now I have to get my ass moving so kiffle & I can hit to road at 7am. It's the airport for kiffle and then work for me. I'm pretty sure I like yesterday better than today. :)
I don't even know where to start. Jensen is the hottest thing I've ever seen up close and personal. Until today, Jared Leto held that honor but it's not even close. SO, SO HOT. Jared, on the other hand, is adorable...totally cute and charming. They were fabulous on their own but hysterical together.

Jensen

  • Jensen came out first after a fun vid to "Ghostbusters" that featured a whole host of shots of him stuffing his face. His first comment on stage was, "Why am I always eating?" :) He went right into the Q&A. Here are some of his As:
  • Best live sporting event: First time he went to Cowboys game.
  • Best live concert: His first concert was Michael Jackson's Thriller concert. He was six and it scared the hell out of him. His first concert on his own was Van Halen. (I think he was very proud of that. :) )
  • His best fan experience was during his Days days. He was at a mall appearance in a split level mall and he felt something tapping his head. He looked up and saw a little girl waving at him. She had tied string to a note pad and paper and lowered it down for his autograph.
  • Someone asked about his most embarrassing drunk moment and Jared's. Jensen said that, fortunately (or not) he doesn't remember the best of his drunk moments and Jared has too many to choose from.
  • Talking about getting out of the head space of emotional scenes, he joked that he just drinks like a fish. Though really, he sleeps, talks to friends and family, and reminds himself why he's doing the work.
  • "10 Inch Hero" is still working on a distributor.
  • In reference to AHBL, he took a stab at Jared and said that those dead scenes are some of the best Jared's ever done. Hee!
  • Last year, Days asked him to come back for a 6 episode arc. He said he'd love to go back for a short appearance but, given the hours he works, it's not likely in the near future.
  • He talked a bit about WIAWSNB. It was the first episode Kripke directed and it was challenging in that Kripke, as creator and a writer, has very specific ideas about how scenes should flow and play out so that was tough particularly because Jensen wanted to do a good job for Kripke on his SPN directorial debut. He says, though, that fortunately Kripke isn't usually on the set all day. :)
  • Jensen said he doesn't know what's going to happen with the strike (and didn't mention how many episodes they have filmed/written).

Jared

  • At this point, a "mysterious" voice from a mic asked an "anonymous" question about what it's like to work with Jared. Of course, the question was from Jared who popped out on stage and asked Jensen what it's like to work with someone so talented and handsome and tall. Jensen's response? "You have to ride shotgun."
  • Now it was Jared's turn who said he was ready to "smartify the questions."
  • Jared is ADORABLE. He imitated Jensen and, every time someone introduced themselves during the Q&A, he's say, "I'm Jared." Someone eventually got him when they walked up and said, "Hi Pam. I'm Jared." To which he responded, "Hi Jared." Hahaha!
  • His description of filming the love scene in Heart was hysterical (because he wanted it to "be like hot and sexy.") He was all, "is my forearm in the shot? Yes? Do I need to flex? What about my abs? Are they good from this angle? How about my biceps??" SO CUTE.
  • Asked who he'd like to meet living or dead, he said his dad's dad who he never got to meet.
  • Sandy was backstage. We never saw her but someone complimented her when asking about what it was like for Jared to ask with Sandy. Jared joked about always wanting to shoot her and went on to ramble about acting with someone you love and reading each other and then he stopped because he realized he was rambling.
  • Jared said that his favorite part of "Bad Day at Black Rock" is the scene where Sam and Dean take the photo with their oversized "prize check" because Dean looks like he's five with that goofy grin on his face!!
  • Someone (asking a Jensen question to Jared) said they fell in love with Jensen on Dark Angel to which Jared replied, "Didn't we all?"
  • He said that he's trying to bring out more the Dean in Sam this season in keeping with the question from AHBL about whether it's the Sam we know who came back. (I thought that was an interesting comment because the last thing I thought the questions about Sam would lead to is Jared playing Sam more like Dean.)
  • The character Jared would like to play most is Howard Roark in The Fountainhead.
  • He said he doesn't get to watch the episodes live because he's always working but watches them on his i-pod. If someone interrupts him while he's watching, he's happy to hold it up and say, "Sorry, let me pause Supernatural." Again? CUTE.
  • A woman asking a question lost her voice and Jared told her, "It's okay. I have that effect."

Jared and Jensen

  • At this point Jensen came back on stage wearing a JARED SUPERNATURAL SHIRT OMG. After Jared stopped laughing he said, "I have never been more attracted to your torso."
  • They sat down in the chairs provided and were just about the same height so Jared had to comment, "Did they give me a short chair???"
  • Jensen teased Jared and said he was going to fly home on the plane with Jared wearing the SPN shirt. Hahaha! Then Jared teased about the tattoo he has on his chest (implying, of course, that it's Jensen) to which Jensen deadpanned, "Ricky Martin."
  • They were asked about their favorite episode so far. Jared said he loved "The Kids are Alright" because he wasn't in most of the scenes and he got to watch it from the perspective of a viewer (and complimented Jensen's work on the episode). Jensen's favorite was AHBL.
  • Jensen imitated the faces Jared is making on shirt he was wearing. (Seriously? The jokes about the shirt never got old.)
  • They did Texas accents!! "Shoot, I don't know."
  • Jared did a Lucille impression which had people in hysterics. I have no idea what that's about. Can anyone enlighten me?
  • Comment to Jared: You play a badass very well. His response: I'm not playing, sweetie.
  • There was a moving presentation to Jared & Jensen from a solider who's back, for a week, from Baghdad. He said that SPN is one of the most requested DVD series from the soldiers overseas and presented the guys with a letter of thanks from General Petraeus. Jared and Jensen looked incredibly moved and humbled but the presentation. It was really neat.

    And that's about it! What else can I tell you? Jared sat with one foot crossed over on his knee and Jensen sat slouched in his chair like the hot, sexy man he is. Their chemistry was amazing. The day was amazing. I'm 100% LOVE.

    PS to [livejournal.com profile] kiffle: I love you lots and had the best day with you! Four is better because there are more things to put places. Let's make it happen!
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( Nov. 6th, 2007 07:59 pm)
I woke up this morning absolutely CERTAIN that I never bought tickets to this weekend's SPN con. I knew I had a ticket for my photo op with Jensen (OH MY GOD A PHOTO OP WITH JENSEN FUCKING ACKLES. He's so hot I might actually die of it.) but I couldn't remember buying a general admission ticket to the actual session with Jared and Jensen. I e-mailed Kiffle in a panic before checking the website and realizing that GA tickets are on-sale the day of. So I e-mailed Kiffle again to tell her all is well at which point she reminded me that we have preferred seating that I already paid her for. I R SMRT.

Work has been challenging and stressful lately but there's some upside mixed in. I was asked to sit on the board of directors for my company's foundation. They do a lot with grants, scholarships, and employee assistance so it's something I'm excited to be part of beyond my bi-weekly payroll contribution. I was also asked to mentor the leader of our Women's Employee Action Group. It's a group that develops and supports female employees through programming and other initiatives. This week they're sponsoring a Women & Investing seminar. The group's leader is responsible for all of the event planning, communication, etc. but, as her mentor, I help guide the direction of the group and advocate for her within our organization. Both the foundation and the EAG will take time that's already scarce but getting involved this way is a good thing for me when I'm finding my days so stressful.

What else can I tell you? Tomorrow is my first Anti Defamation League meeting. I'm looking forward to the program but the headquarters are at least a 45 minute drive so I'd be more excited if it was in Ann Arbor. Tomorrow's speaker is a former Neo-nazi who now travels the country speaking out against racism and anti-semitism.
This year's Creation con experience comes to a close on November 11th when [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and I roll into Chicago for Jared and Jensen. Kiffle, who's always far more organized about our adventures than I am, shared the schedule that was posted:


SUNDAY November 11, 2008
Note: early start so we can get the guys back home to shoot Supernatural!
7:00 am: Breakfast and Charity Silent Auction with tentative guest drop-ins by Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Mark Lutz. Photographs only allowed when guests enter the room please. This event is exclusive to GOLD WEEKEND PATRONS only and is sold out (thanks!)
7:40 am Registration Opens
8:20 am: Photo Ops with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki for those with photo op tickets (sold out). Order of photo ops will be specified when full schedule is placed on site.
8:30 am: Vendors Room and Theatre Opens
9:40 am: Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki on stage Guests will appear separately and together!
11:10 am: Autographs with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki

OMG EARLY. But worth it. We're not doing the breakfast but we'll still have to get down to register in advance of the 8:20 photo ops. (!!!) I only sprung for Jensen but will get my fair share of Jared during the 90 minutes they're scheduled to appear on stage. They're going to be so awesome when they're up there together!

We're already prepping for a con environment way off from what we're used to with Stargate and ST and BSG. Think attendees about two decades younger in much tighter clothing. I'm glad I'll have Kiffle to cling to. (Plus bonus road trip from Ann Arbor to Chicago!)

So I went to the doctor today and he diagnosed me with a virus and send me on my way. I just have to ride it out. (Though I checked with my witch doctor friend who suggested I strap onions to my feet on the off chance it's voodoo.)

All of this means I'm planning a mellow weekend. I caught up on last night's SPN and CSI, groaned over the previews for next week's CSI, and I'll watch Bionic Woman before SGA at 10pm. Perfect and relaxing. Plus, even though I'm terribly grumpy over the cold weather, it does mean I can save leftovers by putting them outside on my back stoop.
I have an important (and slightly panic inducing) meeting tomorrow from noon to four so I promised myself I wouldn't post about the con until I was through with the prep for tomorrow. I'm as through as I possibly can be from home so con! Yay!

Saturday was Star Trek day and it completely met my expectations. Marina Sirtis came out first (in a terribly unflattering dress) followed by Jonathan Frakes who looks better than I expected and has more energy than I do even on my best day. He totally charmed me. Marina told a great story about the horrible outfits they made her wear and Jonathan did everything possible to avoid being serious. It's awesome that they're still doing this and still appreciate the fans and the franchise (though I also want to mention that they each have very strong opinions about the franchise and the new film - says Marina, "Star Trek goes forward. A movie that looks back is a bad idea [as proven by Enterprise]." Jonathan says, "Movie is good idea but would be better if JJ Abrams would take my directing notes.")

My photo op with Jonathan came next. Photo Op! With Commander Riker!! Okay, so this is where I admit I've been thinking about the photo op and what I'd say to him for a very, very long time. I loved Commander Riker in high school. LOVED. 'Life size cardboard cut-out in my bedroom' kind of love. And, to be clear, it wasn't a Jonathan Frakes thing. It was all (Hahaha. MOSTLY.) about Commander Riker and my Mary Sue fantasy of being the girl on the alien planet he decides to keep around for the long haul. So there he was - twenty years older and ready to take a photo with me.

My turn went like this:
Saturn: Thank you for being here! I've been waiting for this since I was 16!
Frakes: And that was what? Two years ago?
Saturn: Hahaha! No! But thank you! It was 15 years ago. I'm 31.
Frakes: Get out! You're a fox!

EEEEEEEEEEEE! I feel like I should be all mature and somewhat blase about the whole thing but seriously? Fuck that. Jonathan Frakes called me a fox. That's going to put a smile on my face for a looooooooong time. I'd be a girl in his Commander Riker's port any day! Even 20 years past his TNG prime.

After Saturday's events, [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and I met up with [livejournal.com profile] carta and then [livejournal.com profile] anamchara for a fantastic dinner and some downtime at Carta's place. It was such a treat to see Casa de Carta and visit with Chara who opted out of BSG day once Jamie Bamber canceled.

Which brings me to BSG day! It was packed. Breakfast with Katee and Tahmoh at 10am followed a photo op with Katee, their on stage appearances and the autographs. Originally, I was disappointed that Bamber canceled but I think the pairing we got delivered a better con. Katee and Tahmoh are adorable together. They're like brother and sister too - totally wacky and sweet and 100% fun. In particular, Katee is probably the most likable person across all of the cons I've attended. She's completely down to earth and engaged in conversation and honest (even when you get the sense she knows she should be a bit more PC). She's also STUNNING. On stage, she and Tahmoh laughed and laughed and laughed and so did we. They were careful not to disclose any real spoilers but the day got me all revved up for season four.

Some non spoilerly specifics - Katie asked everyone to give Bionic Woman a chance. She said the show is still finding it's legs and suffers from the input of 9453957 people at NBC. She also admitted that they had to tame Sarah Corvis a bit because she was overshadowing Jaime Summers. :( (Sort of related, one of the vendors had an autographed Sarah Corvis photo which Katee signed with her name and the phrase, "Time In!" She's so awesome.) What else? Tahmoh couldn't say enough about what it's like to work with EJO. He talked about his professionalism as well as how nervous he was during their first scene together. And again? A lot of laughing.

Here's a con photo of Katee and Tahmoh taken by starbuck042786.

That's it! Awesome weekend! Next up, [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and I return to Chicago for Jensen and Jared!

ETA: How did I forge this? Creation runs no minimum bid auctions where people bid exponentially more than I'd ever considered bidding on swag (even awesome swag) but, on Sunday, I heard the guy say, "Alan Bean" and "art" and "autographed" and my hand was up like a shot. I'm now the proud owner of an autographed print of this Alan Bean moon art! ([livejournal.com profile] kiffle & [livejournal.com profile] carta - This is the print I'm trying to get my hands on.)
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( Oct. 4th, 2007 08:50 pm)
This is an update to say that, even though I can't shake this wretched cough, nothing can dampen my excitement for Saturday which is my day with Commander Riker. This is two decades in the making!!

I'm taking a sick day tomorrow and then heading to Chicago around 5pm - just in time to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] kiffle. Saturday is ST:TNG with Jonathan Frakes & Marina Sirtis followed by dinner with [livejournal.com profile] carta and [livejournal.com profile] anamchara. Sunday is BSG day with Katee Sackhoff and Tahmoh Penikett. I'd use a Seedy Hotel Room icon for this post if I wasn't in the midst of another Scarecrow & Mrs. King binge and completely enamored with Amanda and Lee.
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( Oct. 1st, 2007 06:15 pm)

  • The Eat, Pray, Love book club was as awesome as I expected. Because the story was so personal, it was the most intense of the book clubs I've participated in and also my favorite. We talked about the evolving role of women in American (and non-American) culture, the pressures women place on themselves outside (and inside) of societal expectations, and our own personal quests. I don't know exactly what I want but balance is a solid start. I highly recommend the book. It's one woman's story but it resonates exceptionally well across varying experiences and backgrounds.

  • Spears loses custody of children. I've got nothing.

  • Stage and screen star Patrick Stewart aims to take his acclaimed Macbeth to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in February 2008. I'm there!

  • For a regular does of thoughtful links, check out [livejournal.com profile] hetrez's journal. Links range from reefs made of old subway cars to the crisis in Burma and are sure to evoke a range of emotions.

  • My e-tickets for my photo ops with Katee Sackhoff and Commander Riker arrived today but I'm still waiting on my actual event tickets. I e-mailed Creation today because the con is next weekend and I'm getting antsy. Commander Riker! Next weekend!!

  • I was nominated to participate in the Anti-Defamation League's young professional leadership program! Yay! The ADL was launched in 1913 and it's mission is to "stop the defamation of the Jewish people...to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike." I was first introduced to the ADL as a high school student as part of a high school leaders program and I'm excited to get involved again. The program I'm joining includes a 3 hour meeting each month focused on one of the ADL objectives and culminates in a trip to DC in the spring. I've been looking to get involved with an organization that matters to me and I imagine this will also be a great way to meet some new people.

  • I swear I had something else but, alas, it's gone. Happy Monday!

    ETA: Oh, right! The thing with the guy I've been seeing since May isn't what I'm looking for (or, I'm going to guess though we haven't discussed it yet, what he's looking for). To that end, I have a first date with a new guy tomorrow night. I have first date butterflies.
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( Sep. 8th, 2007 03:56 pm)
I remember when going to sleep late also meant sleeping in late but, alas, my body insists I get up by 8:30am regardless of what time I crawl into bed. (Or maybe it's Sally who insists.)

I spent the morning watching West Wing clips on YouTube before heading into the office for four hours. It was productive but not my ideal plans on a gorgeous Saturday. Now I have two hours before I have to head to my friend's house for dinner and I'm trying to decide whether that's enough time for a nap.

It's another home game this weekend so my neighborhood is littered with fans in maize and blue. I'm not a college football fan but I suppose I'd rather Michigan win than lose so I'm sending "Go Blue" vibes to the team. (Lord knows they need a better day than last Saturday.) At the very least, a Michigan win will keep my friends, neighbors, and colleagues happy.

Jensen photo op ticket is purchased. I'm on the fence for the Jared photo op. I like him but I'm not sure it's enough for me to spend $60 on a 5 second photo op. Jensen, though? No question. [livejournal.com profile] kiffle pointed out that she'll get to meet Sally when she's here! I think Sally's already excited. :)
There's so much I want to say about the con but I have no idea how to make it concise enough for me to remain patient typing. Perhaps a list of highlights will help. These are in no particular order:


  • Paul McGillion: I like Carson Beckett just fine but I adore Paul McGillion. He was a hoot. My favorite parts of his time on stage were his explanation of how he told his parents he got the part and his impressions of Joe and Jason/Ronon. His Joe has an absurdly high voice but his impression of Ronon was even better with the four word sentences and grunted, "Sheppard." Telling his dad about his role on Stargate went something like this:

    Paul: I'm got a role on a show. Stargate.
    Paul's Dad: Star Trek?
    Paul: No Stargate.
    Paul's Dad: Star Trek?
    Paul: No. Stargate.
    Paul's Dad: That's what I said. Star Trek.
    Paul: NO DAD. STARGATE.
    Paul's Dad: I've been watching the show for 30 years, son. I can tell you it's Star Trek.
    Paul: It's Stargate.
    Paul's Dad: Star Trek?
    Paul: Yes.

    Hahaha! He was also incredibly appreciative of how supporting his fans have been over the past few months. Oh, and he played pimp to a 12 year old boy in the audience (who might be scarred for LIFE).

  • SHANKS! He's so hot. We (being [livejournal.com profile] kiffle, [livejournal.com profile] alittleblue, [livejournal.com profile] carta, and [livejournal.com profile] anamchara) decided to go in together for a group photo with Shanks since we (almost) all have individual photos from prior cons and it's the cutest photo ever. What can I say about his Q&A outside of commentary on how hot he is? He's definitely a pro with the audience. He diverts the awkward/inappropriate questions like a champ and has a great sense of humor about his own work - Keyword: MegaSnake.

    I mentioned it in a post this morning but I brought a copy of my commission from [livejournal.com profile] lizardspots for him to sign. I don't remember the exact conversation because he short circuits my brain but I had two extra copies on me and he I gave one to him after he complimented the artwork. It really is spectacular.

  • Jay Acovone/Carmen Argenziano/Dan Shea: I didn't expect to be as impressed as I was but they're all so charming! Jay is a self proclaimed product whore. (Because he has to "take care of the sexy.") And Carmen told us about a 3 story arch coming up on a tv show I love (which I won't detail in case people consider it spoilery). Dan is hysterical and can talk for 10 minutes without taking a breath. The three of them did the cabaret night together and, for reasons that confound me now, I volunteered to participate in the faux audition the mocked up on stage. I played Sam and I had a good time cleaning Jack's gun. *g*

  • Steve Bacic: A fine looking man but I can't make up my mind about him. Every now and then he's say something insightful and/or thoughtful but those moments were sandwiched between frat boy humor that didn't work for me at all.

  • Cliff Simon: Love. His dream role is James Bond. He has complex thoughts about his South African roots and the state of the country today. He loves playing villains. Tonight, at 6pm pst, he has a call back for a role on a major CBS show and he asked us to send good vibes because he really, really wants the part. *sends good vibes* Also, I'd love to see him dance.

  • Morena Baccarin: I'm so glad I watched Firefly prior to the con so I could truly appreciate the Firefly questions particularly the Shanks vs. Fillion questions everyone asked. For the record, she says Fillion is a better kisser but she's a bit sweet on him. :) Morena is adorable and very pretty which almost makes up for the fact that I still don't think she can act.

  • A TB Scare: The guy behind us (SEAT D4) had a horrible cough all weekend. It sounded AWFUL and he kept coughing on the back of our heads. It was distracting and gross. Really, really gross.

  • Photos: Check out this photo of Shanks from [livejournal.com profile] alittleblue. Blue took a few hundred photos over the weekend so it's safe to say there are more to come.

    Thanks again to the ladies for a fabulous weekend! Did I miss anything?
I have so, so much to say about the most EXCELLENT weekend at Seedy Hotel Room 2 aka Chicago Stargate com with kiffle, blue, ames, and chara but it's almost 2am and, after 6 1/2 hours on the road which started by driving 20 miles in 2 hours I have to get up for work in 5 hours.

For now, I'm just going to tell [livejournal.com profile] lizardspots that I made a copy of your commission for Shanks to sign for me and he loved it and I had an extra so I offered it to him and he totally wanted it so he now has a copy of your Daniel Jackson art!! [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and [livejournal.com profile] alittleblue witnessed Shanks loving on your art!

Really, though. There's so much more about Shanks and Paul McGillion (LOVE) and Jay Acovone and Cliff Simon and Carmen Arganziano and Steve Bacic and Dan Shea and TB scares and crazy people and, all together, a fabulous weekend.

I love Stargate.
The Creation Con? The one with Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber and Jonathan Frakes? MINE!!

I believe the official Seedy Hotel Room motto should be: Those who enable together, stay together. [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and I are set with day passes for Saturday (COMMANDER RIKER!) and the BSG package for Sunday which includes the breakfast with Jamie and Katee. Plus, of course, photo ops with the three of them. Wheeeee!

Back in high school, when I went to ST:TNG Creation cons, I didn't even consider spending money on pricey packages or photo ops. It makes the Frakes photo op that much sweeter.

It's the August Stargate con with [livejournal.com profile] kiffle, [livejournal.com profile] alittleblue, and [livejournal.com profile] carta and then BSG/TNG in October! ([livejournal.com profile] cranberryink - If anything changes, the seedy hotel room has a quarter slot vibrating bed with your name on it.)

This morning's breast cancer walk was early but I was home by 11:15am and napped from about 12:30- 2pm. Date tonight - we're going downtown to an outdoor music festival. It's the perfect day for it.

  • I spent a good part of the morning re-uploading magazine scans to fourlights.net. Almost everything originally included in my magazines tag, going back to October 2005, is available again. Next up: mood themes.

  • I've had Moonshot for years but I'm considering migrating to del.icio.us instead. Moving the hundreds of recs on Moonshot would be a pain in the ass but updating del.icio.us on an ongoing basis is easier than the coding I do for recs on Moonshot and has the added bonus of more specific search functions. Anyone have thoughts on the usability of del.icio.us vs. regular hosted recs pages?

  • From SciFi Inside: SciFi Friday, here's a cute little clip with Tricia Helfer & Ben Browder. They starred opposite each other in a Farrah Fawcett TV movie and she popped onto the SG-1 set to say hi. Her Farrah hair was PERFECT.

  • I appreciate Viggo's individuality but the hairstyle has got to go.

  • Seedy Hotel Room part II!! [livejournal.com profile] kiffle, [livejournal.com profile] alittleblue and I had a powwow today and bought our tickets to the Chicago Stargate con! YAY! ([livejournal.com profile] cranberryink...*poke*...Chicago & Paul McGillion are calling your name.)

  • Fic rec: [livejournal.com profile] charlidos asked for fic recs and this was posted in comments. It's Good Will Hunting, Will/Chuckie. Shelf Life (The Go West Young Man Two Step) by Nifra Idril. The way Chuckie lives through Will - for Will - is spot on how I saw their friendship in the film.

    "He's always been something fucking special, as long as Chuckie's known him. Like a fucking, fucking – there isn't a word for what Will is, or maybe there is, but Chuckie doesn’t know it but that's the point, isn't it? Chuckie's glass. Will's like – a goddamned diamond."
I'm at LAX waiting for my 10:50am flight and suffering from a mild case of post-con blues. Fortunately, I have a Pumpkin Spice latte and free wireless to cheer me up and pass the time. (Plus those photo op pics I can't seem to stop staring at. :) )

There are a few things I forgot to mention in my con write up and I want to get them down before I'm back in Michigan.

  • "CAPLOCKS Fan = Crazy" asked Hewlett about the history behind the lemon that Mitchell threatened McKay with in "Pegasus Project." (From the nature of her question and ongoing follow-up, I'm mostly convinced that this woman doesn't watch SGA and wasn't aware that McKay is allergic to citrus. She only asked the question because it related to SG-1, not because of any interest in SGA or Hewlett's panel. But that's simply annoying & par for the course with this woman rather than incidental to Hewlett's response. Not as annoying, of course, as her question to Shanks about fanfic.) Hewlett answered that it was entirely Ben Browder's idea. Apparently Browder watched episodes of SGA prior to filming so he'd understand the back story. Hewlett and Browder were filming their long "walk & talk" when Browder pulled out the lemon at the end. Hewlett said that the reaction on his fact was 100% genuine - he was trying to finish the scene without breaking down laughing.

  • Someone (I can't remember who) noted that Browder is incredibly serious and focused on the set. The comment came in the context of the changing tone in later seasons. With Browder all serious, I can only imagine the shift since we all know that RDA can't spell "serious."

  • The SGA actors all loved on Hewlett. Both Torri and Jason made mention of the # of lines he has to memorize for McKay and how he's so great at it. They both also mentioned that he has his fair share of moods and you know when he's cranky. (Which is probably in direct proportion to the # of pages of dialog he has to memorize. :) )

  • Shanks' belly kept showing. (It's lovely.) And he fills his jeans exceptionally well.

  • When asked about who Ronon would date, Jason answered, "Weir." *insert beat* "Or McKay."

  • Every single person on stage was asked about practical jokes on the set. When Jason was asked, he mentioned that he couldn't pull practical jokes on Hewlett because Hewlett would kill him. That, in their relationship, he was the little puppy and all Hewlett had to do was give him his patented glare to put him in his place. Through all of his comments, it was clear that Jason's a big fan of Flanigan, Hewlett, and McGillion. For such an imposing guy, he really is a big, big teddy bear. With knives and guns.


In conclusion - YAY!!

ETA: Ryan O'Neill is standing next to me.
There was a ton of build up to the con weekend but, somehow, it managed to exceed expectations. As Kiffle said, Jason would have had to literally kick her in the head to take away the joy of this weekend.

Hewlett photo op )

David & Kate Hewlett )

Torri )

Momoa photo op & stage set )

I think that covers it! I'm completely satisfied. It was a fun, fun weekend. What impressed me most was how gracious all of the actors were. Surely my teaser pictures are only the beginning of high quality photos to surface. Cranberryink definitely has some great ones.

(Day one recap here.)
I love being a fan. Today is in the bucket of best days ever with Shanks and Hewlett and even more Shanks. (Plus a Sam Anders bonus!)

Friday Night - Cliff Simon, Colin Cunningham, Tony Amendola )

Shanks )

Hewlett )

More Shanks )

Capslock FAN = Crazy )

Martouf and Samuel Anders!! )

So that's the day! A perfect day. And tomorrow we have Torri Higginson, Jason Momoa, and more David & Kate Hewlett!!

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] cranberryink is a photo star! He photos are big and clear and show Hewlett and Shanks in all their glory!
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( Nov. 16th, 2006 08:33 pm)
Okay, seriously? I'm so excited about the Seedy Hotel Room TOMORROW I almost can't think about it. Tomorrow! I bought my ticket on March 13th. I was excited even before we got Hewlett. Now I'm gearing up for a Hewlett, Momoa, Shanks trifecta. And a seedy hotel room. Tomorrow!!

(Note to [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and [livejournal.com profile] cranberryink: My flight was changed and I get in at 11:28am instead of 10:40am. I have a car service arranged and I'm not checking my bag so, if all goes well, I should be at the hotel by 1pm - just in time for Gold Package pre-registration. EEEEP!)

The current issue has an interview with Erik Kripke & Robert Singer. Scans behind the cut along with a scan of a short article that mentions Peter Jackson optioning the Temeraire series. Click the image for a larger version. I love the comments about the relationship between Jensen and Jared.



This way for the rest )
I've come a long way in my ability to comfortably use public bathrooms but I'm not all the way there. You?

[Poll #843522]

The SEEDY HOTEL ROOM is just over a month away and today I ordered my photo op with Shanks! Eeee!! It's all about Daniel but Shanks is Daniel so EEEEEE! Plus, I get [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and [livejournal.com profile] cranberryink as part of the package and after months of planning it's about damn time.

What else? Justin's My Love video is out! See it here. I have no objectivity where Justin's concerned so take it with a grain of salt when I say I love it.

Yesterday I lamented my need to hold off on buying BSG, House, and SG-1 DVDs until my place in FL sells but today a colleague gave me season 2.5 as a surprise! I let her borrow 2.0 a few months ago and, without knowledge of my holdout on 2.5, she picked it up for me as a thank you gift for letting her hang on to my DVDs for so long. YAY!

Need was on Sci-Fi tonight. The episode has, not doubt, one of the top 10 Jack/Daniel moments.

It's Oct. 12 and it was snowing when I drove to work this morning. SNOWING. That didn't happen down in Florida.
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