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04 April 2008 @ 12:17 pm
Looks like there'll be a part three!  
Okay, how truly horrible is it that, five days later, I'm still lusting over that damn bed at the LAX Marriott?! I think that it's becoming quickly obvious that no bed will ever compare. Sigh. It's just the cold, harsh truth.

But who am I to continue flooding my journal with complaints about how my bed is now perfectly inadequate? I'm really here to type up part two of my review of Sunday at the convention. Who knows how long-winded this one will be but, um, I'm gonna dive in! This one isn't nearly as image-heavy (external links are in use) so you don't have to worry about your computer having a meltdown if you click on the cut :D

So, when I left off, I think I had just finished talking about the photo ops with the boys individually and as a pair and fangirling hardcore so that would mean that it's on to the Q&A panel with Jensen and Jared. During which I also did some hardcore fangirling, so nothing changed in that respect.

By this point I'm 100% positive that anyone who cares to know about the panel in detail has read just about every detailed report that exists so far and has probably seen most of the completely illicit videos as well. So is it really necessary for me to go into detail about everything the guys talked about? I mean, I could. I really could. But this would become the longest post ever and I'm trying to keep it to something that resembles a minimum.

But in case you're looking for some really fantastic videos, I'm going to go ahead and pimp babybluesteel at her YouTube account. They're probably some of the best that I've seen! Not only in that they're from the front (most videos taken seem to be from one side or the other) but they have pretty great clarity and the sound on them is devoid of a lot of that extra crowd noise so you can actually hear what the guys are saying. Love them all! In fact, now that I take a peek, she has a awesome playlist of all her videos from last weekend. Go to town, my friends! And leave her some pretty comments for her great work in documenting the events!

Right, so. The Q&A panel. OH MY. I could have honestly sat there and listened to the boys talk for hours. More than hours. They are both so witty and charming and winsome and I still wouldn't be able to say enough about how fabulous they are if I went on for the next several paragraphs.

Jared really set the tone during his individual part of the panel, being the big goofball that he is and I was just so pleased to find that Jensen didn't allow any of his anxieties to get in the way once he was on the stage by himself. I know that being nervous can really make your personality fall flat but Jensen was definitely in rare form. He had me laughing even more than Jared did and that actually surprised me. Between all of the silly stories and impersonations I found myself giggling almost the whole way through his entire panel (the Jared/Sam impression didn't come about until Jared was back on stage but that had me laughing so hard that I was holding my stomach and my eyes were watering) and the only thing that could have made it better was the two boys being up there together. So of course once Jared rejoined Jensen, I was in my glory. But weren't we all, really?

I cannot stress more than I already have how damn funny those two guys are when they're together. I don't think they'd even need the fans to provide them with subject matter for them to be able to keep us all in hysterics with their banter and knack for busting on one another. They really do act like a pair of brothers and that was so incredibly heartwarming and endearing because while we've all seen it in DVD special features and interviews and whatnot, it's so different (and thrilling!) to see it in person. I will always have the best memories of just the tiniest little things--like the knowing sort of smiles they send one another and the pats on the shoulder or knee and their shared laughter on various occasions. Some of that sticks out for me more vividly than any of the actual answers they gave to the questions they were asked. And by the time their panel was over I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone in attendance when I say that they left us wanting more! The time flew by and I was so bummed to see them leaving the stage, particularly knowing that aside from our time for autographs, we wouldn't be seeing them anymore. IT WAS SO SAD, GUYS.

As for pictures that I took of the Q&A session...well, they weren't bad but they weren't nearly as good as the ones I got during the breakfast. The light in the room definitely had a profound impact on the quality of the pictures themselves and then there was the fact that I wasn't as close, nor was I able to get many shots where there weren't heads in the way. For some reason, Jared didn't read as well on the photos (maybe because he was wearing black?) and a lot of Jensen came out kind of blurry from movement for some reason unbeknownst to me. But a lot of the pictures of the two of them together are pretty decent and there are the few here and there that were surprisingly good, so instead of spamming this post I've uploaded them all (or the passable ones, at least) to a LiveJournal album that you can peruse at your leisure if you so desire!

Just click on the preview photo below and it'll take you to the entire album.

Jensen says, "YAY FOR PICTURES!"

So, yes, then it was time for the autograph signings. HOLY LINES, BATMAN. Once again I was incredibly pleased to be in the fifth row so that I wouldn't have to wait nearly as long as a lot of the other people did. Because I was completely jonesing for something to eat (after those whole four pieces of fruit for breakfast, I was starving) and I was hoping I'd have time for that before having to get in line for the photo op with Sandy. And fortunately luck was on my side and as with the rest of the lines during the day, the autograph line was moving at a more than steady pace and before I knew it we'd passed into the curtained-off area where the boys were set up at tables for the signings.

Jensen was positioned ahead of Jared so for second or third or maybe even fourth time that day I had to try and quickly compose myself so that I wouldn't have some sort of attack in his presence. But when I got up to the table he was sitting at, I was actually feeling surprisingly calm. His "handler" took the photo I wanted him to sign while he was still working on signing for the person in line ahead of me (actually, that person would have been Rachel) and so he ended up having my picture before I ever even got to the spot in front of him. He was already hunched over the photo (he has a really adorable way of looking completely concentrated on something as simple as signing his name--I half expected his tongue to be poking out) by the time I stopped on the other side of the table and so I took this precious time to gawk at him. I'm sure I was a little wide-eyed but it would've been hard not to be. It was perhaps five or six seconds of silent ogling but it was long enough for me to notice that his lips are incredibly pink (and oh, so kissable...am I right?!) and that the freckles on the bridge of his nose are particularly pronounced. And I probably would have gone on staring at him happily for minutes or, hell, hours but he finished signing my picture and looked up and the eye contact...GUUUUH!

It wasn't the first time that we'd made eye contact that day but it was just different. I don't know how to properly describe that sort of magnetism so I'm going to be a huge nerd in recalling "Tall Tales" here to say that it is, in fact, like staring into the sun. HEE.

There we were, looking at one another for a few long, completely dead quiet seconds and I was watching this little grin (let's just go ahead and call it a smirk because it had a decidedly self-satisfied air about it) forming on his terribly attractive mouth and he finally slaps his palm down on the picture he's signed for me and slooooowly slides it across the table to me and then just leaves his hand there on top of it as he grins at me.

Me: *Reaching for the picture while still gazing at him unblinkingly like I'm completely starstruck*
Jensen: There ya go.
Me: Thank you so much.
Me: You're welcome...I mean, thanks!
Jensen: *Laughing now, because it's obvious he knows that he's fried my brain cells* You're very welcome--pleasure's all mine.
Me: *Smiling like an idiot as I wave my picture like it's some kind of prize* Thanks!

And it's then that I finally walked away from the table toward the table where Jared was sitting and as soon as my back was turned, seriously, I wanted to crawl in a hole and die. WHAT KIND OF CONVERSATION WAS THAT. Jensen literally made it impossible for me to be even remotely eloquent and it's like he knew how flustered I was and was totally enjoying it. EEEK. I mean, we really just thanked each other over and over and it was pretty much ridiculous but it was the best like, twelve seconds ever.

So by the time I walked away from Jensen's table and up to Jared's, Rachel was already there having him sign her photo so I joined her and gave my picture to Jared's handler and Rachel and I engaged him in a little double conversation while he was signing for us that went something like this:

Rachel: I just wanted to say that we are so excited to meet your fiancée!
Me: Oh my gosh, yes! When we heard she'd been added we bought our photo op ticket that same day and we totally can't wait.
Jared: *Grinning absolutely from ear-to-ear while trying to concentrate on his signature* Aw, that's so great! I'm so glad to hear that, she's just a doll. And she's really nervous so you'd better be nice to her! *Insert a Jared giggle here* Or I'll hunt you down!
Rachel: Of course we're going to be nice to her! We think she is just the cutest thing ever!
Me: Yeah, you two make the most adorable couple and we are so happy for you.
Jared: *Is done signing by this point and has handed me my picture, but is still giving Rachel and I the most sincere, adorable expression of gratitude I've ever seen* Thank you so much, she's really wonderful.
Me: Oh, totally! Congratulations to the both of you!
Jared: Thank you, guys. Thank you so much for your support and for coming out. We really appreciate it!

And then I think Rachel and I gave him a few more jumbled thank-yous of our own and stumbled all over ourselves while trying to walk away from the table and beam at him at the same time because, guys, he is so smiley and it's incredibly infectious. I also remember noting that he has seriously pretty eyes! They always look relatively dark on TV but they looked almost blue-green while he was doing his signings for us and I don't know if it was because of the shirt he was wearing or what but...GUH! Jared Padalecki's striking prettiness is so underestimated, ya'll.

And you would think that it really can't get much better than meeting and speaking to Jared and Jensen multiple times in one day...but there is still plenty of greatness for me to speak of. So I'm going to cut this post off right about here and promise that the third and final part of the review will be coming either later tonight or sometime tomorrow. In which we meet Sandy (and totally fangirl her) and Danneel and decide that we need to go to another convention STAT :D
Current Mood: workingworking
Current Music: "Sooner Surrender," Matt Nathanson
Rachelnotyourstarx0 on April 4th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
there was also something in the conversation with Jared that went something like..

jared: "...or i'll hunt you down."
me: "you can trust us!"
jared: [laughing in that adorable way of his] "I know!"

Erinxxsh0tgun on April 4th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Dude, there was so much talking and giggling going on between the three of us that I'm sure I missed parts. That conversation lasted just long enough for the person in line behind us to be standing there staring at us like we were cramping her style :D
lauRAWR.: [spn] loosing my wayoffthebalcony on April 4th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Eeeee. THE BOYS ♥ They need to get their [incredibly gorgeous] asses to a convention that I can actually attend because GUH. Only, I don't even think I'd be able to speak so they'd probably think I was an uberfreak. Seriously, when I met actors at cons I tend to blush really hard & not say a word.

SANDY REPORT \o/ I loves her, she's the cutest everrrrr.

& you're listening to Matt Nathanson.

Erinxxsh0tgun on April 4th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
POST OF EPIC WIN?! I'll take it! :D

And I agree, Sandy is the cutest thing ever. We were excited to see her before we ever got to the convention and then after meeting her..GUH! I'm jealous of Jared. Forreal. She can be MY girlfriend. Hee.
lauRAWR.offthebalcony on April 5th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
BUTBUT I want herrrr. Oh God, she's adorable.Screw Jared, it's really all about Sandu & how awesome she is ^.^
Beta: Roflstrawberrytatoo on April 4th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Dude, I laughed SO HARD at your description of you and Jensen, just thanking each other over and over, and the staring and smirking....heee!

I don't think I would be able to speak at all, so you did pretty well ;)
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 4th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOSH. I was so flustered, lol. I walked away and was like, "Did Jensen and I just thank each other like, four times? Yeah we did." And It was a total *FACEPALM* moment. And I probably would have actually given myself a little smack if I didn't have to move on to Jared directly thereafter.

Sigh. Jensen was so great, though. You could totally tell that he knew I was all nervous and he was just loving it.
oh these heroes come and go;micheleeeex on April 4th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)

Jared giggled? HEHEHEHEHE. XD
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 4th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)

I mean, it was one of those kind of high-pitched, I'm-a-5-year-old-boy laughs that just spoke volumes about how happy he was. It's obvious that he is really appreciative of the fan response to Sandy and the two of them as a couple and their engagement. He was so ridiculously grateful every time someone mentioned it to him.

oh these heroes come and go;micheleeeex on April 4th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Aww!! LOL
Evenstar: Danneel- fav pic blue-ishevenstar_1203 on April 4th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Here via superwiki... thanks so much for your report, it made me smile :D
And eee, you met Danneel?? I have a major girlcrush on her so I totally can't wait to hear about that! (and hints? I'm so impatient, sorry *g*)
Oh and I kinda love you, because you're listening to Matt Nathanson XD
*stops babbling now*
Erin: Cool chick [Danneel]xxsh0tgun on April 4th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Aw, yay! It excites me that other people are actually reading this stuff, lol. It feels like no one should actually want to read all my ramblings.

And, yes, yes! We met Danneel and, trust me, I know. GIRL!CRUSH AHOY! I know there are a lot of people who don't like her for whatever reason (I'm going to assume it's because she took Jensen off the market or something?) but she was seriously so sweet. She totally didn't have to be so nice since it was at the end of the con and she was obviously on her way somewhere but she stopped and talked to the few of us who recognized her and posed for pictures with us. I had no reason to think less highly of her after meeting her! Aside from that she is...uh, super super tiny and beautiful.

YAY MATT NATHANSON! And I like babbling ;D I do it, too.
Evenstar: Danneel- CW Event Smileevenstar_1203 on April 4th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
*lol* Your ramblings remind me of past con experiences, it's fun ^^

Aw, YAY!! It's so good to hear she actually ran into some nice fangirls *g* How sweet is it that she stopped for pictures?! Are you going to post them in your next entry? What did you talk about? I wanna knoooow XD
Ahem, sorry XD But your the first person who actually talked about Danneel being at the con (at least that I know of ^^) :D

And hee, Matt Nathanson is SO awesome. Seriously ♥
Erin: All smiles [Danneel]xxsh0tgun on April 4th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
I only took one picture of Danneel (or should I say I have one picture of her with us) because I would have felt a little weird about taking my camera out and just snapping away while she was standing there talking and/or taking pictures with other people. As much as I wanted to, lol. But I'll definitely post that picture in my next entry!

My friend, notyourstarx0 was the one who kind of called her out and then everyone else who was around flocked to her so she really spent more time taking pictures than being able to actually, you know, converse. But we talked about, um...her height. Hee. I'll write all about it, though. I was soooo excited to meet her because for weeks I'd been joking about how I hoped she'd be there with Jensen and just prowling the halls and, what do you know, she was!

Edited at 2008-04-04 08:41 pm (UTC)
Evenstar: Danneel- Red Hair Eventevenstar_1203 on April 4th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
*lol* Yeah just randomly snapping pictures would've probably been kinda weird ;)
I'll keep my eyes open for your next entry then! Or would you mind if I friend you? Danneel fans are always welcome on my flist :D

*g* So cool she really was there! I was afraid she couldn't make it when no one mentioned her, but she probably just stayed in the background in case some psycho fangirl decides to attack her XD
Erin: Maxim girl [Danneel]xxsh0tgun on April 4th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, definitely! I mean, definitely you can friend me, lol. I'm always excited when I come across someone who actually likes Danneel, too. I don't know why everyone gives her such a hard time. It's kind of sad D: Especially since she seemed to be a really genuine, sweet person. It's not like I got to have some heart-to-heart with her but you can usually tell when someone is a little stand-offish and she wasn't like that at all, which makes me love her more!

Honestly, I wasn't sure she was there, either until...ehhh...the autograph signings with the boys, I think? I didn't see her but Rachel (aforementioned friend) said that she saw her standing in the curtained-off area and that she leaned in through the curtain and said something to Jared and then Jared yelled over to Jensen, "Danneel called me 'honey!'" I missed the whole thing but it makes me chuckle.

So, yeah, I knew she was there then but I didn't think I'd actually get to see her, let alone meet her. I was ridiculously excited.
Evenstar: Danneel- New Eventevenstar_1203 on April 4th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Awesome :D
And yeah it really is sad :/ I really think a lot of the Jensen fans are just jealous *sigh* But from what I've seen and read in interviews she seems like a really sweet and funny person! And from any SPN fans that met her I heard something similar, so yeah I don't get all the Danneel hate :/

Awww, how cute is that story?! ^^ I think it's really awesome that the four of them apparently get along so well :)

*rushes off to add you*
Annemiek: Danneel leather jacketannemiek81 on April 4th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Here through Steffi!! :) (evenstar_1203) and wondering if it was ok if I friend you toooo! We just love Danneel so much and its so awesome to hear about more people who adore her!!
Erin: SUP BOOBS [Danneel]xxsh0tgun on April 4th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Um, TOTALLY! I'll friend you back right now. I'm giddy at all the pretty Danneel icons flooding this thread now. She needs some love!
Annemiek: Danneel 12th premiseannemiek81 on April 4th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
YAYYY!! I got loads! LOL and my LJ is totally Danneel focussed! hahahah Mind if I quote you in a post? with the 'Danneel called me honey' part? ill put your name with it...let me know if you dont want me to coz then I wont :)
I love new Danneel friends!!
I met her at Asylum last year and she is just too gorgeous huh? :)
Erin: Attractive x2 [Danneel/Jensen]xxsh0tgun on April 4th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, sure! Have at it, lol. I don't mind people passing information around whatsoever ;D It makes me semi-famous and whatnot. Hee.

And yeah, she is ridiculously gorgeous in person. You always expect people to look less attractive in real life because they don't have perfect lighting and airbrushing and retouching and whatnot but she looked just as beautiful as she always does!
Annemiek: Danneel bball game 2annemiek81 on April 4th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Awesome, will do so now :) I'll make ya semi-famous! *g*
man, she is gorgeous and her and Jensen are just perfect together and I dont get fandom at all...I think like you said, they are all jealous! LOL!

Kelliekelzies on April 4th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Haha it all sounds so awesome. I would've been so incoherent too! But YAY at getting to speak to the boys heaps in one day! :D
Sarah :): SPN--Joy to be around!sarah_p on April 5th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)

I don't even know WHAT you're talking about, since despite the horrific lighting (which my camera TOTALLY rebelled against), your pictures came out AWESOME. SO AWESOME, IN FACT, that I will probably steal many of them for MY post. I KNOW, RIGHT? ;)


While I love your Jensen convo and the picture *shove*, you and Rachel talking to Jared about Sandy is really pretty much the cutest thing ever. EVER! :)
Erin: I'm adorable [SPNTxt]xxsh0tgun on April 5th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
OMG, THAT PICTURE OF JENSEN IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE EVER. At least as far as the pictures that I took myself go. When I pulled it up in Photoshop for the first time I just laughed for like, a minute straight. It's fantastic. Not so much the picture itself but just HIS FACE OMG.

And, yeah, I guess the pictures I took at the Q&A are...okay, but I was just spoiled by the pictures from the breakfast, I think. Those came out so well that I was a little bummed that these were kind of MEH. But, yeah, steal away! Anything you want! WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS, FRIEND.

And uh, yeah, Jared and our talk about Sandy still kills me with cuteness. *THUD.
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Erin: Attractive x2 [Danneel/Jensen]xxsh0tgun on April 6th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! I'm really starting a Danneel Lovers Union on my flist over the last few days. It makes me incredibly happy! I'm with you on the fact that it's obvious she is not quite the most loved amongst the SPN fandom and that makes me sad D: I don't honestly know what people have against her (other than the fact that she has landed herself the best looking boyfriend ever) so...boo to them.

I will most definitely friend you right now!
Kros_21kros_21 on April 6th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
no words.....
no words at all!!!!!!!!!
the autos of the guys... your talking...
just awesome, everything! :)
bitterbird on April 8th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
oh great report hon!!