Know what’s weird about fan conventions? Everything. Yup. It’s the most bizarre collection of folks. People come from all over the world and have one thing in common: a mutual love for a TV show. (And let me tell you, that love can range from “never miss the show” to “OMG I’m gonna die when it’s over”)
Joel and I have a unique perspective. We are friends with an actor who has appeared on “Supernatural”. We met her through the show – I’m not sure how it happened but I was her first follower on twitter. Kismet? Synchronicity? I dunno. I clicked “follow” and the rest is history.
Kim and I first met when I asked if I could interview her for an online magazine I was writing for. She agreed and we met. Three hours later we were still gabbing. We went down to Vancouver to see her a couple of times while she was filming, we chat on twitter – you know – the usual. We became friends. She’s kind of a super-awesome-amazing friend, but if I wrote that I’d sound juvenile so I won’t.
This past weekend there was a “Supernatural” convention in Vancouver. I was going long before I met Kim – I can’t let you think otherwise. I am, in fact, a “fangirl”. I’m not one of the batshit insane ones who sleeps in TV show PJs and is prone to fits of crying when the episode is a re-run.
I like the show. I like the actors. I’m particularly fond of one of the actors. I like the plot – and yes, I’ve written fan fiction. It’s fun. It’s a hobby. I even run a community on LJ that’s quite popular. We started it a couple of years ago so people could have a place to post about everything related to the show in a respectful environment. (It’s the Psych Major in me. I can’t help it.)
I’ve drifted away from the “fandom” a little but the one thing I haven’t drifted away from are the friends that I’ve met. Real friends. People I would do pretty much anything for. They’re from all over the damn world and the convention is a great place to meet up with them.
I would consider Kim part of that group of friends.
My patient husband came with me this time. He had a ticket just for the day that Kim was doing her panel. We weren’t sitting together but it was still fun. I was tweeting Kim’s ass (phone in back pocket) while she was entertaining everyone. They loved her 🙂 and I was a proud friend. I’d put a serious amount of thought into how I was going to beat up 600+ people if they didn’t like her – fortunately – that wasn’t a problem.
At the end of her panel – Kim wished Joel and I a Happy Anniversary and I kind of forgot that we were in a room full of all those “fans”. It was a wish from a friend to friends. It was perfect.
Did I have a point? I’m not sure.
“Find a Happy Place!” is my new motto. Blame Kim and Nemo.
Here. Have this.