I thought I should mention it, just in case there’s anyone out there who doesn’t think I’m enough of a geek already.
So yeah, I happened to find myself in Atlanta while Dragon Con was on, and with a bit of persuading got the family to go with me. Saturday morning we made our way into the city, and found parking and boggled at all the people dressed up. And then we went to get in line to buy our passes, which went down the side of one building…and around the other…and the other, and almost back on itself. Oh my god. We queued for two hours and I must say, everyone in line was very lovely and chatty and it didn’t seem so bad until we got inside, where it was hot and the poor people in the credit card line were sandwiched in like sardines. It looked unpleasant. I hate badly organised things! I think two guys were in charge of taking money and giving out passes. Two!! By the time we got there they were basically throwing the passes at people to get them out more quickly.
Anyway, that’s the bad stuff. The good stuff is the costumes, people really go to town. And the walk of fame. James Marsters! BSG peeps! Harry Potter fangirls killing themselves to get to Draco Malfoy. I did not, however, so much as glimpse William Shatner or Leonard Nimoy. I understand keeping them away from the main room, because they’d be mobbed constantly, but if you wanted to meet them and get a photo, you had to pay another $75. EACH!! Hell to the no. I am not playing that game.
Mary McDonnell spoke to me. She said ‘NO PICTURES!’ and looked cross while I slunk off totally embarrassed, but she spoke to me.
The best thing, the utter utter best thing, was meeting Michael Biehn. Yeah yeah ‘Who?’ but this guy is in two of my all time favourite films. It was a big deal. I broke my own rule of not talking to famous people and queued up for an hour to meet him, and forked over 20 bucks for a photo. It was worth it. He is lovely. And I sat next to him for my photo and he put his arm around me. KYLE REESE PUT HIS ARM AROUND ME!!!! Corporal Hicks put HIS ARM AROUND ME!!! I was a total dork, as usual. He was being so nice and talking to me and asking me stuff and I was like a zombie. He asked about London, as Sam said I was going back the next day, and he was talking about how he’d lived in Chelsea when they were filming Aliens. He asked if I was a student. ‘Er….no…no, I’m not…I’m…er….working.’ OH MY GOD! Say something interesting! Say something amusing! Say ANYTHING! Think of all the stuff I could have asked him about, and yet my mind was a total blank. There was nothing going on there, other than ‘Please let me get out of this without embarrassing myself too much. Please. Please!’ I did ok, and I got a photo, which I will kindly share with you even though I look awful:
That there is the face of a shell shocked Carrie. A shell shocked Carrie with humidity ravaged hair.
Anyway, those are the highlights. After the con we went to CNN for a behind the scenes tour, and I managed to stumble onto national tv. As you do. Jenny took us around her work, and then upstairs to the national bit, where some bloke was reading the news. As we were walking back, I forgot about the dude and strolled into his background shot, then realised I had done so and backed up, with a very surprised look on my face. Had I just kept walking I would have been fine, just some nerd in the newsroom. But no. Deer caught in headlights. Awesome. Jenny played it back for us and yep, there’s me, going live across the nation.