What I did this weekend -or- Adrian goes to Moonlight Rising IV.
Cast of characters:nakedwesleypsubratNathan FillionAmber BensonJonathan WoodwardJames Leary (Leary)Kelly DonovanStacey ScowlyKen FeinbergCamden Toynakedwesley
and I left around 7pm Thursday night to make our way up to the Poconos, which is about a 2.5-3 hour drive from my house. Well, it took about four because we ended up driving past the hotel and up onto this little curvy road in which I kept pray every quarter mile(ish) that a deer wouldn't jump into the road. But we did finally get there and met up with one of the people we were to be rooming with. The villa that we were staying in (looked more like a condo) was interestingly laid out, but not bad. The main downer was finding out that Adam Baldwin had to cancel last minute.
Friday morning I had my first photoshoot with Kelly. He and Stacey (who was also doing a photoshoot) were really sweet. Kelly would go over to the monitor with people and make sure that they were happy with their pictures, retaking if they weren't (and there was even a time or two where he asked if the person minded retaking it because he didn't like it). Then psubrat
showed up with Boo - who's adorable. She, nakedwesley
, and I hung out for a few hours chatting about fannish stuff and having a great time. I did slip away for a bit to go to Stacey and Kelly's Q&A - and I'm glad I did. They told the story of how they met (in a gay restaurant that makes really good fajitas), and about how they had to break into their villa - through the second story balcony. And they decided to close it by singing a Barry Manilow song.nakedwesley
and I went to the cocktail party and ended up talking with some other fans - which was fun. And I actually had a drink (my dad thinks it's weird that I hardly drink) - a rather yummy Bay Breeze. Some of the guests came to it and when nakedwesley
and I were talking to Leary, she mentioned how we had been at the Angel Booster Bash last year
and that I had been a platypus and he actually seemed to remember that. (I'm sure crazywritinfool
will enjoy that.) And after I had taken a picture with him and then realized that it didn't come out, he was gracious enough to agree to take another one with me later on. His comedy show was fun, even if I'd heard most of the stuff at the ABB, it's fun listening to him tell it and hearing everyone's response. He also showed some commercials from when he first started.
Saturday was a lot of fun. I got a picture with Nathan - who was quite sweet (and wearing a long-sleeve tshirt with the chemical formula for caffeine on it). After getting pulled up to Nathan by Jonathan (who was also doing photoshoots with him), he told me to stand on the X, but there were two next to the one he was going to, so I tried to make a joke about it, but it apparently didn't go over very well. And then after the picture was taken, it had to be retaken because I had (unintentionally) blinked. Nathan and Jonathan's Q&A was great because they feed off of each other quite well. Nathan was telling us about his flight out here and how he had gotten stuck in the Minnenapolis airport for a few hours and Jonathan starts making up a song in the background to go along with the story.
The autograph line was interesting. I got autographs from Kelly, Leary, Nathan (who called me sweetie), Jonathan (who wrote a missive*), and Amber. I also got a chance to chat with everyone.
The banquet that night was fun - and especially since I ended up sitting at Jonathan's table. And I was at the end of the buffet table when he and Leary entered and I said hi to them both and they responded and he gently gripped my elbow. We ended up being at a table between Leary and Stacey and Kelly (they were at a table together). Jonathan was nice enough to buy our table some wine and by the end of it, we had had two bottles of white and a bottle of red. (And I had a little over 2 glasses of the white.) Jonathan went around the table and asked everyone where they were from and talked with them about it a bit. When he got to me (I was the second to last, since I was on nakedwesley
's left and she was on Jonathan's left), he asked where I was from and then asked if she and I were together and I told him that we had come together, but that we didn't come from the same place. He then asked if we were dating and I replied, jokingly, "Not yet." He paused ever so slightly and was like, "Good for you" before clinking glasses with me. The whole table had a good conversation - going from his website to the internet, to hypnosis and just some general silliness - which led to him putiting his spoon on his nose. Then Stacey put a spoon on her nose and then Leary did too and started reciting Shakespeare, to which Jonathan started saying a dirty version of "I'm a little teapot". At some point someone took one of our white wine bottles and took it to Amber's table (which was behind ours) and Amber took it over to Nathan's table, which was next to hers, put some lip gloss on him, and had him kiss the bottle. As soon as she sat back down, he called over to her, "That tasted like ass - the lipgloss, not the bottle." Then later he went over, grabbed the bottle, and high-tailed it out of the room, with one of the girls giving chase. She came back in, followed by Nathan, rubbing his nose. At the end, Jonathan was kind enough to take a group photo shot. Afterwards, when I told him that I'd get him a copy, nakedwesley
came over and said that we'd invite him to our wedding and he offered to officiate, since he was ordained online, and is a part of the "11 finger church". To which I replied, "But wouldn't it be 13 fingers?" And Jonathan said, "But testicles aren't really fingers." And I couldn't help but reply, "well, they could be thumbs." Which I think got him, because he turned away for a moment and then turned back and, taking my head between his hands, kissed my left temple.Common Rotation
had a great show. Only one of my pictures turned out, but whatever. (It's my dad's digital and I'm not completely used to it). And then as we were walking out to the truck, I commented to nakedwesley
that "Everything Under the Sun" (which they do every show) sounded really good and that Eric looked really good too. And as soon as I said that, a voice behind me said, "Oh, is he?" and I looked back to find Jordan (the other part of Common Rotation).
On Sunday, I ended up caving in and getting a photoshoot with Jonathan - lots of fun. While we were waiting, it was fun watching everyone else who was in there doing photoshoots. Like, Nathan talking with Kelly and how animated he (Nathan) is. And then him trying to offer the other guys part of his breakfast sandwich. When Jonathan showed up, he brought a rather large inflatable monkey with him. He would blow on it for a while, then get distacted, blow on it for a while, then get distracted, so it wasn't getting done. I took it from him to hold for him and then ended up blowing it up myself - which, at some point, led me to making the comment of "I'm blowing Jonathan's monkey" - to lots of laughter. Ther should be photos soon. Then when I finished, he took my face in his hands and kissed my right temple. The Jossverse panel was fun - it had everyone on it and Nathan took control and made sure that all the guests answered the group questions. Went back through the autograph line and got a copy of Leary's movie Stunt C*cks
. Bought a pic of Jonathan that I really liked and had him sign it. Then I went back by Nathan, because I needed another signature and he called me sweetie twice.
Watching "The Message" ep of Firefly
was a lot of fun with Camden and Jonathan making comments about it.
Got a hug from Kelly when he and some other people were leaving. Got the picture with Leary. We hung around for a bit, then decided to leave and skip out on the dance. We snagged Jonathan before we left and thanked him for the weekend and he thanked me for blowing his monkey.
I think I have a crush on Jonathan now. He was such a sweetheart. And, apparently, he ended up coming because he called them last minute and said, "Hey, I had a great time, can I come this year and hang out?" He wasn't even really gong to get paid, though I think I heard they were going to work something out.
The trip home was uneventful. The main bad thing about the weekend was that there wasn't really a schedule. I get that Adam not coming and Jonathan coming will mess things up, but not enough where you have to check on a regular basis and fanatically on Sunday to see what's going on.
I'll be putting up pictures tomorrow.