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What can I say? I've been busy. I got about 100 (ok, maybe 10 or so) new LJ friends after the convention, I was a week behind on my classes, and I'm STILL working on trying to get all the pictures ready!

Underneath this cut you will find a sort of longish account of Friday night at the James Marsters & Friends convention on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.  )

and if you are looking for a few hundred pictures of the handsome Mr. Marsters, they can be found HERE
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I've put about 50 pics up. They are me in my fancy dress, the reception on Friday, my lovely dinner companions, and James both at dinner and in concert. (And there is a Moose in some of them too!) I have oodles more to do, but since I actually have to go to work tomorrow for the first time in a week & a half I should probably go to bed!

All the pictures of just James should have a copyright notice on them. Please don't repost these pics anywhere without asking me first, and if I say yes, do not post them with the copyright info removed. Giving people the link is ok, but it would be cool to let me know just so I know where folks are wandering in from!

This picture posted below shows just how BLUE James' eyes are! I didn't enhance the blue at all, I just desaturated the rest of it.

Click here to find the pretty, pretty man!
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Well, [livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I have made it home safe and sound! The lovely [livejournal.com profile] camel0t picked us up and the airport and we caught a yummy dinner at El Loro with her.
Boy are the cats happy to see us! Near as we can tell there was only one puke incident which was probably Mr. Gabe eating too much and too fast.
Now I'm gonna relax and catch up on some of the Tivo stuff. I've got 2 Supernaturals, 1 House, and 2 Bones episodes to watch!
And I'll be working on vacation photos while I watch.
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One more pic!

I didn't put this one with the rest because there was a woman standing right behind Moose and Moose objected to this. So I couldn't post the pic until we did a little photoshop magic!

This was the second time Moose got to meet James. :)
He said he remembered Moose from the pictures in Toronto! This makes Moose happy.
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The boy is in the shower. When he gets out we're going to drive down the PCH and spend the day in Santa Monica/Venice Beach.
Do we really have to go home tomorrow????
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Look what I bought at the grocery store here!!!

You're going to have to come over soon! *evil grin*
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OK. Under the cut are pictures of James from this weekend. This is just a sampling. None of them are final versions, I just wanted to get something up. After I'm home and can offload them to my external drive I'll get them ready for posting. So please, don't repost these anywhere although you can feel free to send people here via links.

Warning! Extreme hotness under here!! )

James was soooo happy & healthy looking and full of energy this weekend. It was a fabulous time!


Sep. 12th, 2006 11:06 pm
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The sucky thing about using the neighbor's unsecured wireless is that when the router needs rebooting you can't do it, you have to wait until he does. F**king Joe! I didn't have internets this morning or afternoon. :(
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I'm at skip=300 before I hit my "I'm here" post.
That's a lot of reading to catch up on.
I also have to edit my pictures to get them up.
Also have to write about the con before forgetting things.
And I have to explore California/LA for the next three days.
How many hours are there in a day again????
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I'm very tired. Less than 4 hours sleep last night.

Fabulous day though! But too tired to type!

We're here!

Sep. 7th, 2006 06:42 pm
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We're here!
Best flight ever! We had the exit row w/lots of leg room and just the two of us in the 3 seats. And it was a straight flight w/no stops.
We're at [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl's house.
We've had In-N-Out for our late lunch.
We've got our car.
The neighbor has unsecured wireless.
There are puppies & kitties.
My dress did not wrinkle.
Life is good!!
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I think I remembered to pack everything...

I have Moose, I have laptop, I have camera, I have tickets, I have dress, makeup, shoes, I have gum, I have iPod, I have headphones.

Urg. I hate this part because there is always one thing you forgot...

But, off to bed with me for a little bit of sleep before we're California bound.
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Here it is, the dress for Friday night in LA and for Darek & Nissa's wedding when we get back.

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It's technically Monday now! I work on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday I get on an airplane w/[livejournal.com profile] hellbob to go to Los Angeles. Friday night I will be in the presence of my obsession, James Marsters! Yay!

I went shopping today with non-LJ Jeanine, [livejournal.com profile] camel0t, and [livejournal.com profile] genevra. We hit the stores at Mall of America with a mission: Find [livejournal.com profile] hellziggy a dress she looks hawt in. We succeeded!
We actually succeeded too well at first. There was a beautiful dress at Nordstrom's that was PERFECT on me. Unfortunately one should never try on a dress before looking at the price tag because $388 was not so perfect. *sigh* Even with no sales tax on clothes I couldn't justify spending that much on one dress that will rarely be worn.

But we did find a different dress at Macy's that was a very good second choice. I put it on to show it off to [livejournal.com profile] hellbob & Ty before dinner and a picture was taken so I will post that shortly. The dress will also be perfect to wear to Darek & Nissa's wedding the Saturday after we get back.

But, now I must stop spamming and get myself to bed so I can make it to the zoo tomorrow for a giraffe feeding, and then to the mall with Jeanine to pick up some makeup seeing as how I'll be dressed like a girl on Friday!
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I had sex with Bob Saget on the Paramont studios lot!

Audio proof to follow later tonight. 
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Another guest has been added to the lineup for the James Marsters and Friends event!!!! That's getting to be one crowded boat. :)

Mercedes is best known for playing Harmony, the long-suffering girlfriend of Spike on the hit television series Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
She spent five years on the set morphing from teen queen to vampire and reprised the role on the WB's Angel becoming everyone's favorite undead personal assistant.
Mercedes began her acting career at the tender age of ten after having moved to Los Angeles from Vancouver at the age of nine with her parents. It wasn't long until success greeted this young actress with her first role in the feature film The Addams Family which then led to a role in the sequel Addams Family Values. She also starred in Concorde Pictures Lost in the Wilderness.
On the small screen, Mercedes has appeared on the WB's Dawson's Creek, Fox's Boston Public, Touched By An Angel, Walker, Texas Ranger, and the USA Network telefilm Beer Money as the lead protagonist Echo. She's been busy this year filming horror movie Hatchet and comedy short Miles From Home.
Mercedes enjoys dancing, amusement parks, shopping, bowling and basketball and currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles. Her father, Bob MacNab, was also a star soccer player for the very successful British
soccer team Arsenal in the late 60s and early 70s.

The current guest list is:
James Marsters
Tony Todd
Kevin Sorbo
David Fury
Jane Espenson
Steve DeKnight
Michael Winnick
Dee Dee Bradley
Mercedes McNab


Apr. 12th, 2006 12:22 pm
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It's official. [livejournal.com profile] hellbob and I are finally getting back to California to visit [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl and Mr. Scubagrrl again!

Our last trip to LA was four years ago! And the trip to Washington State was two years ago. Now that we're at a point in our lives where vacations are not just pipe dreams I start to get antsy when it's been over a year since a trip.

We are going to fly out there on Thurs, September 7th and fly home on Thurs, September 14th. We don't have to pay for plane tickets because we are exchanging timeshare points for the tickets, and we don't have to pay for hotel because we are staying with scubagrrl.

[livejournal.com profile] hellbob may not believe it, but I was planning that we should go out there this fall anyway. So, when www.jamesmarsters.com announced that his only convention this year would be in LA in September I figured that was perfect timing.

Unfortunately they didn't announce any further info until the time the tickets went on sale. We didn't know date, place, price, anything until then. I was expecting about $150 for gold tickets and $500 for premium. That's about what the Toronto tickets were in US$.

So I logged on when the ticket info went up.

Sept. 8-10th? Perfect! I already had from the 7th through the 17th off work.

On the Queen Mary? Cool! What a neat venue.

One of the other guests? Jane Espenson. Cool! She's written for a ton of shows I love and I've heard she's a fabulous con speaker.

Ticket cost? $300 for gold. What? Wow. ok. I've decided I'm going. That's spendy but if it's like Toronto it'll be worth it. Besides, I haven't done any concerts lately besides INXS. So I peeked at the premium expecting to see $750 plus for the price. They were $500. And limited to only 100 tickets. They included a formal reception w/dinner, drinks, acoustic concert.

I waffled a bit, but I just couldn't pass it up. Not when the price between the two was so close. It seems silly because $500 is the same either way, but I wouldn't have been willing to upgrade to that if the regular tickets were in the $100-200 range. Apparently other people felt the same way because the premium tickets were sold out within an hour. If we had to pay for plane tickets to get there I would have considered not even doing the $300 ticket and skipping the convention altogether (but I would have been bummed.)

I was going to be a lazy bum on Friday and relax because it's a holiday here at work, but now I'm going to come in to work instead. I'll get my holiday pay, but I'll also get paid time and a half for any hours I work. So every hour I work will be like 2.5 on the paycheck. Depending on how my week goes I may come in Saturday morning too for a few hours. It sucks putting in extra hours, but I want to at least make up the difference in the two ticket prices as well as then cover as much of the rest of the ticket as I can.

So, in September, WE'RE GOING TO CALIFORNIA!!! YAY! I just loved it there last time we went, even though I don't think I could live there. And the weekend we're there, I GET TO SEE JAMES AGAIN! Two concerts, two dinners (one is formal) and lots of other stuff. Not gonna get too excited yet though because it's still five months away.
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This weekend flew by...
Yesterday was the bridal shower for Dawn. We ended up spending a good portion of the day over there, but I bailed on going out for drinks. Maybe if I'd had my own car I would have gone for one or two, but I didn't so I would have had to make whoever drove take me home or call Rick to come and get me.

It was nice though. We got to see Dawn & [livejournal.com profile] genevra's high school friend Leigh who I hadn't seen in about 9 years. It was like a really weird flashback though because the basement at Dawn's hasn't changed much since the high school days of hanging out there.

Heck, that basement is the very first place I ever got drunk way back in June of '88. I believe I am the only person Mom & Dad Johnson ever let drink there who was under 18, and that was only after I got my parent's permission and I promised that I would not leave the house even if someone else was driving. I was about a month shy of 18 at that point.

Saturday night was just hanging out at home being a bum.

Today we met Mark for dinner at La Casita and I had a really yummy seafood enchilada. Then we were off to the theater to see Lucky Number Slevin.
I didn't really know anything about the movie going in except who was in it, but it was really good. Lots of fun. Some of the most f'ed up out there wallpaper you've ever seen. The story line was really confusing at the beginning, but it had all these bits that wove together so well by the end. And there were also lots of funny parts.

We'd been joined at the movie by [livejournal.com profile] lucky13charm & her brother Chad. Hey Lucky, I don't know why but I expected your brother to be taller. And he didn't have the beard in that family photo you'd had at work, did he? On Saturday night when I'd been watching tv with Rick I IM'd Lucky but it turned out that it was her brother online. Strange boy. Funny though. Just don't let him near your pet rabbits. :)

I am on vacation this fall from 4:30 pm September 6th thru 7:00 am September 18th. [livejournal.com profile] hellbob and I will be going out to Los Angeles on vacation for part of that time! Yay! A whole week leeching off of [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl's hospitality. *grin* I have to see what's available for plane tickets from the timeshare since we can use our points to purchase tickets, but I'm thinking that we should fly out the 7th and then come back around the 14th or so. The event stuff wherein I will get to stalk James Marsters & touch him again would go from the evening of the 8th through late afternoon on the 10th. I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl can keep [livejournal.com profile] hellbob amused during that time.

We don't have any specific plans yet. I was thinking that it would be nice to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] anonymous_greg but when I GoogleMapped the city he lives in from Camarillo where we'll be staying I found that it's listed as a 6 hour drive. Uffda!

Also, [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl, Oxnard is the airport it would be most convenient for you for us to fly into, right? I saw that some flights to Oxnard connect through LAX. Is it worth it to do that or at that point are we just better off flying into LAX and you pick us up there? Of course, if we rent a car the part about you picking us up is a moot point...


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