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18 November 2007 @ 06:17 pm
Chicago Report - Part I  
Well, here's the first part of my Chicago report/recap *g* (and wow, I'm actually very impressed by myself *lol* With Asylum and Breakout Con it took me weeks to post a proper report LOL )


Okay, I think everything started a few months back when the news came out that Jared’s supposed to be at a convention in Chicago. And the first thing that came to my mind was something like: “Yeah, sure… Jared and convention! This is so not going to happen”. And at that point I didn’t even picture myself being there. But at some point my attitude changed, we bought the tickets, then the flight and hotel room and BAM… suddenly it was November the 9th and I was really standing in Chicago.

People, I have to tell you that this weekend was one of my best weekends ever!! You all know how you feel when you see a J2 interview clip or the boys talking with each other. But having the opportunity to see this LIVE on stage, just a few feet away from you is so overwhelming in its own way, it’s truly hard to describe with coherent words – besides OMG and SQUEE. The chemistry they both have on camera and off camera is so amazing and just beautiful to watch.

Okay, but let’s start at the beginning. Marion and I flew from Vienna over Munich to Chicago. The flight was quite okay – just a bit long. But thank God for almost no turbulences. :D Highlight of the flight?! It took Marion three attempts to fill out the entry papers for the USA. *lol* That was awesome… okay, I guess not for Marion… LOL (sorry, hun :D )

We arrived in Chicago perfectly on time and hunted down a cap. Actually the caps available at the airport were quite expensive so we ordered a cap. At this point we were up for like 30 hours! Seriously, that was so not funny at all. Walking zombies anyone? (hey, at least we didn’t eat some brains… yet)

On the way to our hotel I gave daydreamer1984 a call that we were finally there and would be in the hotel very soon. As we entered the lobby just a little bit later Jennifer and Vicki, our lovely roommates, greeted us. Big hug fest!!! lol We also meet quite a few other LJ ppl!! YAY!

The room was also good… a little bit smaller than expected… but hey, we weren’t in the room much anyways, so who cares? :D I’m telling you, finally having the opportunity to shower was awesome!! *sigh* I was still tired as hell, but at least I felt fresh and clean again!

In the evening we went to the Fan Meetup thingy… and it was so much fun! We were sitting with two ppl from Fandom Rocks (carpedi7 and…roniabirk
) as well as daydreamer1984, eilan, jenniebellie abydosww, and charly2004. It was so lovely meeting you all!! *blows kisses*

They also raffled off some great Supernatural merchandise. And yay, I won the companion book and two Supernatural notebooks. Truly awesome, cause I never win anything!! *does snoopy dance* But even more awesome was the fact that they raised around 800$ with this evenet! Wohooo…

48 hours… that’s the number of hours Marion and I’ve been up at this point. But there was no sleep waiting for us after the meetup. Registration for the gold pass holders was still open so we wanted to get registered before the looong line next day. Registration was quite fast. Everyone got a huge Jared or Jensen picture as a gift :D (Guess which one I took LOL ) Uh, talking about pictures…. Just next to the registration desk was the vendors room and of course Marion and I just had to “take a peek” You know that kind of peek where you just “look” and then leave the room with tons of merchandise!! lol A poster, some pictures and the Supernatural magazine were my booty! Trust me you don’t wanna know what Marion bought, it was a whole lot more :D

Finally, after we spent way too much money (as always lol ) we went to our room. SLEEEEP!!! Yay…!!! Finally!!!!

Saturday morning
You have no idea how awesome life can be if you are fully awake and well rested. Okay, maybe you do… but I hadn’t this experience in a loooong time :D

As we covered the registration thingy and adventure to the vendors room the night before, we had time to check out the mall which was just located vis-à-vis our hotel.
Dude, the mall was HUGE!! We wandered around for a few hours, grabbed some breakfast/lunch (whatever you want to call it) and decided we’d be coming back on Tuesday before we had to leave for the airport.

At around 1 pm Samantha Ferris’ panel finally started. Oh, one quick side-note… you have no idea how AWESOME it is that you have a permanent seat for the whole weekend. No lining up, no fighting…. you just walk to your seat, sit down and enjoy!! *LOVE*

So, well… Sam was simply awesome. I had no idea what to excpet of her b/c I’ve never seen anything from her besides her role in Supernatural. But trust me when I say, this woman kicks ass! I so regret not buying a photo-op with her! (Not going to make this same mistake at Asylum though)
I’m not going into detail what she talked about – b/c I think at this time you’ve read all the recaps and and transcripts floating around the internet.
I just love the fact that it seemed she’s very impressed by both the guys. Not to mention that she thinks both of them are drop dead gorgeous as well.
She also revealed that the two Js were supposed to be at the Steve concert later this evening…. and the crowd went wild :D

Sam is truly like Ellen… one hell of a tough chick, speaking her mind and at the same time being funny as hell. She simply rocks, I cant wait to see her again next year.

Next on stage was the one and only, Mr. Mark Lutz! Dude, I love him so much. I was so looking forward to his panel, because, hands down, he’s one of the funniest guys ever. He answered all questions – albeit some of them were kind of stupid – and he joked around the whole time.
At the first day there had also been a guy translating everything into sign language. And it turned out, the term “bikini made of coins” (you know, Cordelia, Angel… season two) looked quite funny. So, of course, Mark noticed that and ever since each second sentence was “bikini made of coins” ROFL… we literally were in tears, laughing so hard.
At the end they also showed a little clip of Mark’s upcoming movie Victor! (yeah, they finally found a distributor)

Next one… Fredric. He sang!!! Holy lord, who would have expected that. And quite good as well!! Very impressive, Fredric. He also talked lots about working with the two Js and that he was one of the few lucky ppl on set not getting pranked by them. Well, quite understandable I guess. I wouldn’t want to mess with a creepy yellow eyed demon myself. :D

Last but NOT LEAST… Nicholas Brendon. Besides Jared and Jensen, he was the one I’ve been looking forward this whole weekend. I’m a Buffy fan from the very first minute and it was sooo awesome finally meeting “Xander” True, his outfit could have been better *cough* but he was just awesome on stage and funny as hell. He even did the snoopy dance!!! (Anyone interested in the video? :D )

After Nicks stage talk he was schedulded for the photo ops. The pic turned out quite okay, I’m happy with it :) But his outfit…. *sigh* I also don’t understand why he was wearing a cap the whole weekend. Sure, shaggy hair and everything, but he looked awesome with his longer hair.

After Nick’s pic, we went back to the main hall, getting our stuff signed by Fredric, Sam and Nick. Sam was actually the only one personalizing the pics for all ppl! That was quite nice. :)

At around 10 pm Steve Carlson’s concert began. I have to say, I was quite impressed by him. I’ve heard his songs before and I really liked them. But seeing him performing live on stage – just him and his guitar – was very impressive. *need more music now*

Later at the desert party thingy we also learned that Jared and Jensen had been at the concert, sitting at the exact same table our group was sitting at!!!
“GIRLS CHECK FOR HAIRS… WE NEED DNA” *lol* Sorry…

Nick wasn’t at the desert party, which made me sad and a little bit mad. But later I learned that he was tackled down by the bodyguards of Jared and Jensen (or something like that) and that he had to leave! :( (you can hear the whole story in Nick’s audio blog on this web page)Way to go Creation... awesome way of treating your guests :(

Well, that was pretty much the first day… Boy… and the fun has even just begun.

Up next… SUNDAY… the day of all days… *squeee*

 
 
 
amandil12: (sn) jared - squeeastudyinpanic on November 18th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!! *squeeeeees* (Wow I can't believe how much I've been squeeing again and again only READING about the con!^^)

Trust me you don’t wanna know what Marion bought, it was a whole lot more :D
Haha, I so can picture that! But hey, I'd like to know anyhow!^^

(Anyone interested in the video? :D )
Me, me, me!!!! *raises hand* :D

This all sounds like sooo much fun!!!! *sighs and tries not to think about her weekend*
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 19th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
hehe, ask her, maybe she's going to tell you :D

Will upload the snoopy dance video in the next few days :) It was soooo adorable.

Hey, did you think about going to Asylum? *g*
amandil12: (sn) j2 - jared wants to sayastudyinpanic on November 19th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, maybe I'll ask her. *lol*

Hehe, to be true, I though about going to Asylum... It's just I'm not sure if I can afford it, I don't even know what I'll be doing then or where I'll be or whatever... But on the other hand that surely would be a lot of fun... *sigh* I hate decisions!^^
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 19th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oh there's no decision to make... it's a done deal - you just have to go! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity :) Who knows how long there are going to be Supernatural cons here in Europe.

And yeah, sure, you dont know what's going on in six month, but it's a weekend, it's manageable :D
amandil12: (sn) sam - geekboyastudyinpanic on November 19th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Who knows how long there are going to be Supernatural cons here in Europe.
Well that's truely a point...

Ehm... well... aaaaahhhh...
Okay when is it? Where is it? How much is it? And what do I have to do to get there?!? *LOOOOL*
I could at least put it in real consideration... ;-)
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 19th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
well, here you find everything you need to know: http://rogueevent.co.uk/asylum08/index.html

Its on the 9th to 11th of May in Birmingham. And I'd recommend to get the Asylum 2008 Adult Weekend Pass for 85 Pounds. It's the best package.

We are staying at the Hilton hotel - two rooms and we are five ppl so far. So one of those ppl is our contraband for a room. I guess Marion wouldn't mind you being her contraband *g* A room split through 6 ppl is quite cheap. AND IT'S THE HILTON

The "getting there" part we are still trying to figure out. No good flights so far - though there are some from Stuttgart but we didn't take a closer look so far *g*
amandil12: (sn) dean - holy crapastudyinpanic on November 19th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Aaaahhhhh I'm so torn right now!!!!!! Cause OMFG it sounds awesome and I really wanna go but on the other hand I'm totally freaking out only toying with the idea!^^
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! *is freaking out* :D
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 20th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
why are you freaking out?
amandil12: (sn) jensen - maniacastudyinpanic on November 20th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Cause I'm always freaking out when I can't make up a decision. *LOL* (Yeah, freak, I know.^^)
But somehow I have the feeling I'd really like to do that... I thought about it the whole day... and it's kinda driving me crazy... *LOOOL*
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 20th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
and is there any conclusion so far? Like 50:50... or 30/70 etc...? *g* Besides freaking out of course?
amandil12: (sn) dean/sam - omgastudyinpanic on November 20th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
At the moment it's more like 70% or even 80% that I'm going...
Wow, I can't believe I just said that!^^ But I just can't get the idea out of my head!
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 20th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
wohooo!! :D

I dont wanna pressure you, hun. But u gotta decide fast. You know, tickets are selling out fast.

Have you talked to Marion about the room? :)
amandil12: alona - looking over shoulderastudyinpanic on November 20th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know and I hate pressure.^^

No, I couldn't talk to Marion yet, she hadn't been on today, at least not while I was on.
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 20th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
yeah she was just online until 6pm... but I think she'll be online tomorrow. :)
amandil12: (stock) girl in the rainastudyinpanic on November 20th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
Well then I'll talk to her as soon as I can "grab" her, so we can get things settled! *LOL*
*is freaking out again but just a little* ;-)
WeHo M.: Celebs - JA Confusionafrocurl on November 18th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
I love your recap, M. I can't wait to see Sunday's post.
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 19th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you, R! I'm almost done with Sunday... :D
Amy: Steve Carlson - Sounds So Goodames1010 on November 18th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you were so impressed by Steve! I mean, of course you would be! He's Steve!! And I think he'll be my husband someday! Wanna come to the wedding???
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 19th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
Of course!!! I'd love to come to the wedding :D Just make it a warm place, plz... something sunny and beach-y (is that a word? LOL ) would totally work for me :D

Uh and Jensen as best man... I'm SO there *gg*
Jennifer: Xanderlick!daydreamer1984 on November 18th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
LMAo nick outfit was hilarious! i wonder if he always dresses like that! Ive herad before that he likes to wear funny hats to conventions
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 19th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
the hat from "Doublemeat Palace" would have been hilarious LOL Remember? Season six... the one with the cow-chicken on top? rofl...
Jennifer: Buffylaughingdaydreamer1984 on November 20th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
OMFG that's awesome!! LOL i would have pee my pants laughing if he had worn that! LOL
blackbirdj2blackbirdj2 on November 19th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had the best of times!! I can't wait for the next part! :)
tinkabell007: j2 - bunnytinkabell007 on November 19th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Oh yes... it was truly an awesome time!! The next part (the best part of the weekend lol ) is almost done :)