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January 23rd, 2005
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ORC Report... ummmm... finally? *G*
Okay, I've been putting this off long enough. *nervous sigh* Don't know what it's so hard to write these things up, but it is! And I figured I could get buy with just supplying the photos and others could do the writing - but I better write up something for myself before I forget.



I've talked a bit about on-line folks I met there, so now I'll just talk about what I remember about the "guys" - *G*.

Autograph memories first! Didn't need them, but they came with the Wizard Ticket (except for Dom - I bought one for myself and one for Tig - *G*). They took place behind the stage backdrop, and you stood in line along a wall of the auditorium, not seeing the actor until you got close - so no chance for pics... awwwwww.

Dom: Gave him pics of "Charlie on a Rock" that I printed out to sign. I asked him if he designed his own suits or not, like the ones with the stencils - *G*. He said he didn't do the one he was wearing, but he had done others. (*pumps arm - I was right - whooooot!* *L*) BTW... the one he was wearing? Was a suit, with a shiny substance painted down it in stripes and... I kid you not... brown dirt rubbed into little spots here and there, on purpose. (can I get a confirmation on that from others?!) *sigh* Those crazy artist types. *S*

Billy, Elijah, and Sean were on one long table, their backs to the back of the backdrop of the stage. (Yes, I meant to say it that way. *G*) And, girls? STEVE was there! *nods vigorously* Yes! STEVE of GenCon! *ggl* I even called out his name when I got close. Poor guy - looked nonplussed, then asked how many more of us there were in line. I had to inform him I was row C and I know that it went to at least row I - and then the extra tickets. His eyes got a bit wide and he went out to check it out for himself. *G* He looked great, and fit, and just as gay as ever, the sweetheart. *S*

Billy: As we waited, he was talking on the phone with Dom - something about where to eat, and he might be late. He was also drawing a little picture on the white tablecloth with the gold, silver, green, and black signing pens - a cottage in the country, I think. (you'll see a photo much later) Very mellow and enjoying himself quietly. I had him (and Elijah and Sean) sign the photos of their video game characters from GenCon (THANK YOU, HannColl, for Pippin - thank you so much). He smiled a little and studied it.
(imagine this with me talking rather quickly to fit this in, but not take too much time!)

Me: "I had a chance to talk with you at the dinner at the London Expo the year before last, and made a mistake about what happened to Bonden in Master and Commander - and was so embarassed that I went and read the whole series. They're wonderful books, some of the best I've ever read. Thank you for getting me to read them."
Billy: "Really? What was the mistake you made?"
Me: *G* "I was trying to pull you into the conversation we were having with Craig Parker, and said I thought you had a "dying scene" in the movie, like the one he had in LOTR - and you didn't."
Billy: *G*
Me (again, handing him a "Guster" CD)- "and I wanted to thank you for all the great music you've recommended; I thought you'd enjoy this"
Billy: (looking it over) "Thanks! I've not heard this."
Me (really rushing now - darn!): "And - one question - will you be doing a play this year?"
Billy: "I really hope to!"
Me: (I really should have moved along, but...!) "But.. do you know if you will?"
Billy: "No, not yet"
Me: "Thank you very much"

(and after all of that, I couldn't also ask to shake his hand... *sigh* too bad! I really was pushing it, after all...)

Next, Elijah; don't recall if he stared at the photo or not - being a gamegeek, you'd think he'd be intrigued, though... *S*

Me: "I just wanted to say how thrilled I am that "Chain of Fools" is finally out on DVD; it's a great and funny film. Everybody I know who's seen it has loved it."
Elijah: "Oh, that's great!"
Me: "I just hope you can get it played on cable; I bet it will become a great cult classic. And thank you" *shook hands* (and he does have a nice firm grip... *S*)

Finally, Sean - and this was for Catw, the head of the German website for Sean Astin. I handed Sean the photo to sign, and then held out a piece of paper with info on Cat's site and the postcards -

Me: "There's a German website for Sean Astin fans, and I know that they'd love to have you come over and do a book-signing for your book - in fact, they sent 200 postcards from individuals to your agent to ask you to come, saying "There and Back Again - but not yet to Germany!". I hope that if you travels take you to Europe, that you'll consider doing a signing in Germany" *handing him the paper*
Sean, with an earnest smile, of course: "I'd really like to do that - thank you!" *turning to Steve* "Can you hold on to this for me?"
Me: "Thank you very much."

Whew! As usual, I'm too shy to do anything personal in these... but at least I got to get a question answered by Dom, say my thanks to Billy, give him a gift, and ask him about doing a play, give Elijah praise for Chain of Fools (which IS coming out on Amazon.com in February - GET IT!), and help out Cat and the German fans. Missions accomplished! *bows*

Good grief I'm talky.

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From:onecheekyhobbit
Date:January 23rd, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Wonderful!
Such great guys, I'm glad everything went smoothly... it sounds like you did well, no reason to be nervious.

Every write up I've seen has mentioned the drawing but no one has said what it was and it was killing me.
THanks for that.
K
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 23rd, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
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They auctioned it off later. I tried to buy it, but when it went over $500...! So I thought quickly and - took a photo of it!!! *L*! Not on mycomputer yet; nothing from Sunday is. Almost time to move off the old stuff and move on, so if you're patient, you'll see it. *G*
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From:onecheekyhobbit
Date:January 23rd, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I'm very patient!

*taps toe* Kidding! THat's cool, good thinking.
K
From:schnoogles
Date:January 23rd, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Woot!

More to come, I'm hoping?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 23rd, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Whatever I can remember! I'm sure somebody has transcripts, though.. right?

Amazing what you did on your icon...
From:schnoogles
Date:January 24th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
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Amazing what you did on your icon...

...really? Seriously? I thought it was pretty standard, really. I think I just altered the colour, added the text bar and added the text.

Glad you like it!
From:ex_wild_iris641
Date:January 23rd, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
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>Billy: As we waited, he was talking on the phone with Dom - something about where to eat, and he might be late. He was also drawing a little picture on the white tablecloth with the gold, silver, green, and black signing pens - a cottage in the country, I think. (you'll see a photo much later) Very mellow and enjoying himself quietly.<

Rosamunde, this is a great report!

Talk about surreal... you must have been right there near me, in line. Did you see my writeup over at bb_loons? I was standing there in front of Billy during his phone conversation, he asked me to wait. Maybe it was a second phone call?

Here I am: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/pippinsweet1/babbsbilly1.jpg


It amazes me that so many of us were so close to each other over the weekend and didn't know each other... kind of like ships passing in the night ;).
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 23rd, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
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*L*! Thanks I'll look! I was in C40.
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From:cyloran
Date:January 23rd, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
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*snarfs down report, waits for more*

And I know I've been remiss in saying this, but the Ros piccies from ORC totally ROCK, gal friend!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 23rd, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
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*mwah*!! Thanks, dudette! *G*
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From:fangirlsays
Date:January 23rd, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow, awesome talks you had with all the boys! *snuggles you*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 23rd, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Not really talks... more like one-sided monologues - *L*! But, bless them, they were always polite. *S*
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From:freakspawn
Date:January 23rd, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
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WONDERFUL!

Am so happy you have written up these reports, they are great.

Of course I personally like the Billy convo, talking about Expo and something I remember so well....:D I love it!!!!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 24th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
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*squee!* *G*
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From:psyknife
Date:January 24th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
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THANK YOU!
From:kunga
Date:January 24th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
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*sigh*
STEVE!!!!!

*thud*

;)

I still wish I had the funds to have joined all of you guys there. Thanks for all of your wonderful reports and MARVELOUS pics! *hugs*

One of these days we'll be at another convention together!


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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 24th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
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*L*! I knew at least one person would appreciate the mention of STEVE! I only wish I could have taken a photo - *S*.

And - me, too!
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From:lavendertook
Date:January 24th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
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You did great--getting in questions with them--you can't do better with a few seconds than that! (-:
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 24th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
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It's a real challenge, isn't it? Whew! *L*!
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