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NYC: Part 1

Hi, folks. Other than my recent letter to the editor, it seems like ages since I’ve sat down and really written something instead of just linking something and maybe adding a brief comment. What can I say? I’m two and a half months into a relationship, and it’s pretty exciting. But everyone knows relationships take time. The payoff is well worth it, in this case. :)

However, these past two weekends were pretty eventful, and I have lots to share, so I will be squeezing writing time into my schedule as I am able.

Ever since I discovered Luke and Noah on “As the World Turns” (thanks, Yvette!), I’ve been a huge fan. The show is in its final months, shooting through June and ending broadcast in September. I’ve made several friends through this fandom, including one in Los Angeles I’ll call “Troy,” since that’s his online name (Hey, I totally get the not using your real name thing, obviously).

Troy and I have corresponded through e-mail and Facebook, and I feel I have gained a brother in him. We decided to attend the fan club luncheon for ATWT in New York, since it was the last one, and I would get to meet Van Hansis (Luke) and Jake Silbermann (Noah), as well as meeting Troy and other fans.

Normally, I don’t hesitate to take off for another city on my own. I’ve been driving or flying to several cons over the years, and I’ve always said that if I don’t go by myself, I won’t go at all. I am a woman with unusual interests who lives in a small, conservative town. I think if I didn’t leave this place once in awhile, I would go insane.

However, NYC is another story. That city intimidated me. Ron picked up on this, and offered to go with me. I told him that there were events we could not attend together, as plans had been made long in advance, and some were sold out. That was OK, he said. He would find something to do. So I agreed. He takes good care of me. :)

Rather than fly, when I have a car in good shape with an awesome stereo, my plan was to drive to LaGuardia, then take a cab into the city. We were booked at the Roosevelt hotel, not far from Times Square.

As much as I was looking forward to meeting Van and Jake, I was most looking forward to meeting Troy. I talked about this with Ron and my coworkers and anyone else who asked about the trip. So I was extremely disappointed when his partner PM’d me that Troy was very sick and they would not be able to go. He was much more disappointed, I know, and not just because of me.

It took me about a day to come to terms with this development. I was still determined to have a good time and meet lots of Nuke fans. And I was more grateful than ever that Ron would be with me. Troy and I will meet, but not this time. :(

In addition, there was some last-minute drama caused by some overzealous and rude Nuke fans, which put a lot of stress on the organizers and embarrassed the rest of us, and the actors, as well.

That’s all I’m going to say about that.

To be continued…

Preview for next week - Van ROCKS!

Quote Van on Facebook:
the strangest thing is i have a production assistant who's job it is to make sure she knows where i am and what im doing at every moment, so i can get to set when they need me. i dont know if it's giving me a god complex or making me feel like a seven year old...
Hee, I keep finding more stuff to add!

From this interview:

AE: How would you like to see the storyline wrap up?

VH: I think that Nancy [Hughes], who is played by Helen Wagner [who is in her 90's -BHE], should actually be a serial killer and slowly pick off – she’s been on the show since … she said the first lines on the show – she should pick off every single character until it’s just her running maniacally through Al’s diner with a hatchet and everybody in Oakdale is dead.


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Apr. 29th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Whoa, I didn't know about Troy. I was way out of the loop, and feel lost for it. Sorry that happened.

I've been waiting to hear about your NYC trip. I'm glad you're posting on it.
Hugs you,
Apr. 29th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I didn't tell you much about it. Troy pulled out just two days before we left, and I was in a rush, as you can imagine.

I added to this post after you saw it. Unfortunately, what I wrote raises more questions and answers none, but it gives you an idea of the sometimes volitile nature of Nuke fandom.

I should actually be home this weekend, if you'd like to call.

*hugs back*
Apr. 29th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
I definitely want to talk to you. Let me know when it's a good time.

Saw the extra bit in your post. Fandom can suck sometimes, and that sounds like things tended way too much toward the awkward, negative & dramatic side. Sorry about that, too. It is nothing any of us can control, regrettably.

I'm glad to know Ron was with you on this trip. Might have been a bust, otherwise.
Apr. 30th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
I would not have liked walking to my hotel alone at night, so that's when I was the most grateful for having Ron there.
Apr. 30th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
When I read this entry I remembered back in March when you posted a bit about Ron, and that I meant to wish you both well - I just checked and I don't think I managed to do that back then.

So I'll do it now! :-) Especially since when a fella comes with you to NYC for a Nuke meet-up, it does seem to be going well indeed.

I hope your friend Troy gets better soon!
Apr. 30th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Ron's about the most easy-going person I have ever met, and that is saying something.

Thanks for the well wishes!

Last time I talked to Troy, he was still not feeling 100%, but he was back to work. Whether or not he should have been is another story, I think. ;P He is a doctor, but he is a lousy patient.
Apr. 30th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
I know we didn't get a chance to talk much, but it was really nice to meet you and Ron. Thanks again for sharing a cab to NaP; I felt bad that I didn't offer to pay, so I'm sorry about that (although I did have to pay for a cab when I had to leave to find my phone).

That's sad that you didn't get to meet your friend, but like you said, hopefully you will get to meet one day.

I don't know exactly what you're referring to in terms of fandom drama; was it at the luncheon or NaP? I understand if you can't talk about it though. I personally was a bit disappointed with the trip overall; I'm mad at myself for not getting over my shyness and talking to more fans. Plus I felt particularly ignored by some fans, which I know shouldn't bother me, but it hurts. I'm trying to shrugg it off and move on, though.

But yes, preview for next week looks exciting. I'm excited yet nervous at the same time; I try to stay away from spoilers, but I can't help read about bits and pieces. But definitely looking forward to Luke blasting Reid.

Edited at 2010-04-30 01:56 am (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
The cab was cheap, so no big deal. I'm glad you got your phone back!

Yes, Troy was very disappointed. He was really looking forward to this trip.

The drama happened a few days before the events. There was some fallout, but overall, people turned it around. If you don't know what I'm talking about, consider it a blessing.

Shyness is hard to overcome. I was very shy growing up. I still get that way sometimes, but I've learned that people aren't thinking about you as much as you might think they are, and people who seem perfect aren't. When I remind myself that it's a level playing field, it's a little easier to start conversations. I started overcoming my shyness by smiling and saying 'hi' in the halls at school. It gradually progressed from there. (But I was still shy with Van and Jake and Eric!)

That said, there are people who've been going to these things forever and they all know each other, so newbies can get ignored. It gets a bit clique-like, but it's the nature of the beast, I guess. There are few people who can transcend that sort of thing and make everyone feel special and welcome. I wish I could say I was one of them, but I'm not. ;)

I try not to let storylines get to me. It's poorly written; I've accepted that. Soaps often are. I just watch the amazing acting and try to go with the flow. It's much less stressful that way. ;) Next week looks great!

Edited at 2010-04-30 02:26 am (UTC)
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