First thanks go to all my lovelies (in no particular order):
edina_clouds128, milly_gal, jj1564, amberdreams, theymp (and his lovely daughter, Lily), sasha_dragon, chellexxx, 999alena, herminekurotowa, heavenli24, the_rant_girl, and xlittleangx
I'm sorry I didn't get to spend more time with saltandburnboys and somersault_j!
The Friday started off at the ass-crack of dawn, as edina_clouds128, milly_gal, and I set off at 6.00 am in an effort to cover the 100 miles up to Birmingham before the rush hour set in. The convention fairy (complete with nipples) must have been smiling on us that morning because we rocked up at about 8.15 am after the smoothest drive to anywhere I've enjoyed for a long time.
Not a lot can be said about registration on Friday. It took place offsite, at a shiny new venue called 'the Vox', about five minutes walk from the Hilton and when registration opened at 9.00 am Rogue time, everything was ticking along quite nicely.
It was about lunchtime that the convention fairy, ably assisted by some seriously questionable preparation by The Vox, threw a hissy fit and everything went spectacularly tits (or should that be nipples?) up.
Apparently the Vox had decided that they were totally unprepared for two thousand impatient, excited, tattooed and pierced and jawbone wielding Supernatural fans converging on their premises, and shut the place down!
But, Friday fiascos notwithstanding, the weekend was a glorious and wonderful rush of insanity. As an upgrade, it didn't take me long to realise that to get all the photos and autographs that I was entitled to and, in addition, to watch any of the panels, I would need to clone myself.
Given that genetic engineering wasn't a feasible option in the time frame available, prioritising became the order of the weekend and my priority was ...
Really? Are you surprised?
Our gorgeous boys were on good form, if slightly jet-lagged. Jared reminded us several times in his Saturday morning panel that it was 4 am in Austin, but it didn't stop him looking totally edible!
All the guests were fabulous. Mark Sheppard spoke eloquently and from the heart. He never fails to make me laugh with that acerbic British humour of his, but underneath the snark his appreciation toward the fans can never be in doubt.
Ty is always entertaining, and he gives great hugs too :)
It was lovely to catch up with Jim again too
Then came my J2 photos, one of which I was sharing with my lovely jj1564 and the second with herminekurotowa (photo to follow).
My photo with JJ was a truly memorable experience. At the first attempt, the photographer buggered up. At the second attempt, JJ blinked and so it took three attempts to get a good picture. Three J2 squeezes in the space of two minutes ... such an ordeal ...
Here's the second photo; JJ has custody of the third!
On Sunday, Viv and I shared a Jensen and Mark photo. I was forced under pain of death and eternal damnation to let Viv stand next to Jensen this year, and because I'm an awesome friend, I agreed. Then promptly forgot and had to be shoved out of the way!
Ruth is beautiful and petite and made me feel like a brick outhouse.
Mitch is seriously smooth and delightful!
And Gil is truly delightful in every way.
My photo ops were all wonderful experiences as always. I will NEVER tire of getting close to our wonderful cast.
Aside from the photos, I had a mission to get my artwork signed, and that gave me an experience that left me walking on air ... more on that soon ...