Thursday, November 18, 2010
To begin with, why is it called Eyecon? Beats the heck outta me, but whatever it's called, I do know one thing. It's F U N! I had the most wonderful time. And I wasn't the only one. All my fellow Billsbabes had just as much fun as I did. It's been a really long time since I felt so relaxed and ready for some fun, just for me.
Early on Friday morning, I hopped into my trusty, but very dusty red Jeep and drove down and met up with my good friend and fellow Billsbabes Nina. We cruised on down the highway ala Thelma and Louise (minus shooting a guy at a juke joint. We couldn't agree on which one of us would actually get poked by a drunk and which one would do the shootin', so we just decided to forget it) until we reached Orlando, Fl. Orlando is often the desired destination for all things fun in the sun and this weekend was no exception. We arrived and checked into the beautiful Florida Hotel and Conference Center, and before long we were banging on the door of our ringleader, aka The Bag Lady. I'm sure she's been known by other names, but hey, this is going to be a "G" rated post, so I won't repeat those. We had to wait in the hallway until she found her shirt and put it on and I don't know what was up with that, but I believe in going for the gusto and I'm not here to judge.
As much fun as it was meeting the fantastic actors from True Blood, I have to say that it was more exciting to finally get to meet, face to face, some of my fellow Billsbabes that I've been talking with either online or by phone. I was positively giddy with excitement! I was giddy with other stuff too, but we won't go into that.
Later that evening Nina and I, along with Michael, Renee, Margaret, Anjanette and Ruth, made our way downstairs to the Meet and Greet Cocktail Party. Those cocktails were a little hard to come by, but after downing one Marguerita that my bud Renee volunteered to stand in line for (pidgeons had started roosting on her head, thinking she was a statue), it wasn't long before the main event started. In through the doors arrived our highly anticipated guests, minus Joe Manganiello. Sam Trammell, Allan Hyde, Kristen Bauer van Straten and her incredibly handsome husband Abri arrived to squeals and applause. Photos weren't permitted, so you ain't gonna be seeing any from that. There were a lot of people there jostling and shoving in order to see their favorite stars, so we didn't stay a real long time. We decided to make our own fun, so we soon hit the road in search of thrills and chills at Planet Hollywood at Disney After Dark. Oh, and I was about to forget that we had a surprise visitor show up unexpectedly. He was a long legged, big footed fellow and he was totally diggin' his homies at Planet Hollywood. We could hardly keep the honeys off him.
After breaking for some much needed sustance (I'm lying through my teeth here, cause I could go without 3 squares for about 3 months and still be totin' a load) we got ready for the Pictures and Autographs. And what fun it was! It was so great to be able to meet and talk with Sam, Pam, Allan and Joe. Sam is just the bees knees! Those blue eyes of his could sure make a good Christian woman think about sin.
There wasn't much time after this activity until the Banquet was scheduled to begin. We barely had time for more than a quick swipe and a piddle before we had to make our way down to the banquet area and get lined up. I, along with Nina, had the great luck to be seated with the beautiful Kristen and her smokin' hawt husband Abri. Ladies, you want to see a beautiful couple, then look no further. She's just as beautiful as she appears on screen. But that's where the resemblance to Pam stops. She's just the sweetest, friendliest thing! And that husband of hers has an accent that could make wooden ice cubes melt and totally cause an eargasm. You can see the love those two have for each other. It was downright humbling. And for an old cynic like me, I'm surprised it didn't make me nauseous. We had a wonderful time talking with them and getting to know a few things about them and their life during dinner. I was just about too excited to eat. Notice I said "just about". Nothing ever gets me that excited. And that's a shame, cause quite frankly the food was a little suspect. Kinda rough going for the taste buds. Hell, I think I saw the dinner plates trying to escape through the back door so they wouldn't be charged as an accessory after the fact. But hey, we didn't come there to eat. We came to have fun and fun we did!
The Fangbangers Ball. That name just about says it all. Costumes were not required and yours truly didn't dress up in any costume other than my usual traveling clothes, but there were some really original and fantastic costumes there. I saw more Lady Gaga's than a MTV marathon. I saw Eric, Queen Sophie, lots of Sookie's, a Laffie or two and enough vampires to drain the entire convention center before dawn. Everyone sure looked like they were having a great time. I'm not too steady on my feet and the Good Lord didn't see fit to bless me with rhythm or coordination, so I just sat and watched the young folks slinging a hoof and enjoying the music and atmosphere. I don't think I've stayed up that late since the last time I had to find somebody to post bail. (Just kidding!)
Can I get a "hell yeah!" for Mr. Sam Trammell? He totally lives up to all the hype. His Q & A was such a treat for us all. I've already reported on my thoughts about meeting him, so I won't prolong this long-winded post any further. I know you all are relieved.
And I need to give a holla out to the event owner, Kenny. He is such a sweetie! A sweeter, nicer young man you couldn't meet. He really made us all feel welcomed and made sure we were taken care of. Thanks Kenny. Actually, the entire staff was super to one and all. I know they must have been dog-butt dragging tired by Sunday night, but you wouldn't know it. Thanks to you all!
Sadly, before long it was time to get our things together, say our good-byes and get ready to make the drive home. With long, sad faces we hugged each other as we repeated over and over how much fun we'd had, how great it was to finally meet each other and how we just couldn't wait until the next opportunity to do this again. It was a great weekend and if you ever get the opportunity to attend Eyecon, then do yourself a favor and GO!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I had an intensely great time at Eyecon in Orlando Fl this past weekend. I got to meet four, yes count 'em, four stars of the fabulous True Blood! Sam Trammell, Kristen Bauer van Straten (along with her mega sexy-sweet husband, Abri van Straten), Allan Hyde and Joe Mangneillo. Jealous yet?
One of the the highlights of this past weekend was meeting and talking to Sam Trammell. Yes ladies, he's just as adorably handsome in person as he is on screen. He's a true sweet southern charmer, who's mama sure raised him right. He was sweet, polite and cordial to each and every fan, every time he met one of us. I can't imagine how overwhelming and tiresome it must have been to be accosted continually by a bunch of overzealous fans. But I must say, he handled it like the pro that he is. He has a way of making each and every fan that he spoke with feel like he showed up just for that person. Sam, if you ever read this, rest assured that a lot of middle aged housewifes left Orlando Florida with a huge crush on your handsome self! You rock!
One of the most entertaining activities offered to us were the Q & A's (that's Questions and Answers for you Eyecon virgins) by the guest stars. Sam, of course, had each and everyone of us eating from his hand within the first 10 seconds. He was funny, engaging, animated and just downright adorable! Great questions were asked by the audience and great answers were given by Sam. Except those that had to do with what was gonna happen in season 4 that is! His lips were sealed and nothing, not even our pitiful begging could loosen his lips. Yeah, he's a tough one alright!
One of my favorite parts of the convention was the autograph and picture session. Sam graciously signed all sorts of pictures, shirts, Eyecon badges, posters, DVD sets, and other stuff that I just can't remember. Like I said, every person who came to his table was treated like he was there just for them. He posed for so many pictures that I'm sure he had to use a crowbar to get the smile from his face before he could eat supper. But he looked like he was having as much fun as we were. I sure hope so.
I didn't sit at his table during the banquet, but if the goofy grins and dreamy looks of the ladies who were at his table is any indication, they sure had a great time. I was privileged to sit with Kristen Bauer van Straten and her handsome husband Abri. I'll write about that in another post. I know everyone is on pins and needles and just can't hardly wait. *snort*