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NYC - Part 3

Saturday morning and afternoon:

You go to a cheap, family-style restaurant, and you get a big portion, plus salad and all the bread you want for less than ten bucks. You go to an expensive, fancy restaurant, and you get a small portion, and everything besides the entrée is extra.

Hotels are the same way. ;P

Since there was no continental breakfast at the Roosevelt, Ron went in search of breakfast while I got ready. He found a place a couple of blocks away that offered bagels and pastries and fruit, along with various fresh-cooked eggs and sides. He ate there and brought me back a bagel with peanut butter (I was having dietary issues, and that was pretty safe).

Ron walked me to the Marriott, then left to do his own thing (I couldn’t have gotten him in, and he would have been pretty restless and bored, anyway). I found out later that he spent several hours walking around and seeing whatever there was to see.

I got there at 10:30, on the advice of Tom, and managed to get in ahead of most of the crowd. Since I knew Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann would be sharing an autograph table with Eric Sheffer Stevens (the third actor involved in the current “triangle” storyline), I bought pictures of all three of them. Only one line for three autographs (though I knew it would be a loooong one). There was a Chinese auction for several costume items and props from the show, including “blood-stained” shirts, along with other ATWT-related photos, etc.

As I made my way to the restroom before the actors were introduced, I saw a bunch of women near the restroom, who were not in line. Apparently, the actors were behind another door nearby, and they were hanging around, hoping to catch a glimpse of them. I have to say I am not so star struck that I need to do things like this. It comes across as a bit desperate to me. Everyone there had already paid for the opportunity to meet these people, and they would soon have that chance, so I just don’t get it. O_o

I got the opportunity to meet several other fans throughout the event. I’d made a badge with my real name and user name on it, along with my Galadriel icon, since almost no one would have a clue what I really look like. This was helpful, as many recognized me. One had even read my LJ! Several of us talked about our favorite fan fic writer, Robin/Spookything/rebop13.

Of all the fallout from the previously mentioned drama, the thing that is most disappointing to me is that Robin has stopped writing. It’s passion that made her write in the first place, and it’s passion that took that desire away. Here’s hoping you get it back, soon, Robin. Your fans miss you. <3

Like Robin, there are other Nuke fans who have their own fans. Manny is one. He just adores Jake, and his turn was not far ahead of mine. Manny’s “paparazzi” squeed with delight as he had his turn.

Video by Moey/andyfeltrad/francis_veritas

After waiting about an hour and a half, I got my turn, and of course it went WAY too fast. It didn’t help that I talk too fast when I’m nervous! The guys were all very gracious, of course. Van said he'd seen my icon on vh.net and Facebook, and wondered what I really looked like. ;)

I hung off to the side for a bit after my turn and shot a short video of the guys interacting with some other fans (one of whom is a new Facebook friend).

(This is my first YouTube video, BTW. Go me!)

All in all, it was a great afternoon that was over too soon.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 2nd, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
I'm totally out of the loop, hon. Can you tell me what fandom this conference is about?
May. 2nd, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
This was the final fan club luncheon for "As the World Turns," featuring Luke and Noah. There have been three soaps that featured gay/lesbian couples, but this is the only one I followed because these actors are really amazing and can sell even the most contrived storyline. They have great chemistry on screen and are very good friends off.
May. 2nd, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
Oh wow!!! You totally met them and photographed with them! You took a totally pretty picture, I always have a dumb smile (OMG I AM ACTUALLY HERE!) when I meet someone. I am in awe of your composure. Talking fast is fine, I am sure they get it enough that they learn to understand it.

You should totally frame that picture!
May. 2nd, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Love the icon! There were two pictures taken. The other one was better - except my eyes were closed. ;P

I don't necessarily have a lot of experience with celebrities, but I have lots of experience doing things that make people nervous, like singing or speaking to an audience. That may be why I appear a little more composed.

In reality, my time with them was a blur, almost like it happened to someone else. ;)
May. 2nd, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! You managed to get a really nice picture too!
May. 2nd, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was a great time.
May. 2nd, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your pictures and video. :-)

And I agree with you about Robin. It's so sad that the fandom drama has gotten so bad, where writers like her lose the desire to write. I sent her a message of support on VH.net after she posted that announcement. I don't blame her for wanting to quit, though. Lately I've felt like quitting the fandom altogether, but since I'm doing this project I really can't do that. But it seems like no matter which site or board you go to, there are fights and general unpleasantness.
May. 2nd, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
I hope you've gotten enough data to work with on your project.

Drama and pettiness can curb anyone's enthusiasm. ;P
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