Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

10.17.2005

Talk nerdy to me (part 3) or Dork Powers Unite

The alternate title was good for me because LabKat came with me to be mega-dorks. But, you know it is bad when the thirty-somethings feel cool! We had such a good time. We got there about 12:30 and didn't leave till 4:30 or so.

Below, you will see LabKat and Kenny Baker, who played R2D2 in the "real" Star Wars movies. I'm a purist on that. I know, I know. Much of the allure of those movies probably is the result of seeing them with the eyes of a 9-year-old. I was so enthralled with Luke and Leia and that Han Solo guy ... all of it was so awesome. It is neat to meet the people behind these wondrous movies. Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew both talked about their experiences on the sets of the trilogy and they were some hilarious stories. Baker likes to deviate from the topic, but it was pretty amusing.

Carrie Fisher was very nice and gracious. My pics of her did not turn out because it was so dark where they had her. LabKat may have one posted soon. Ms. Fisher did not pose for pics with her fans, but I can see why. We were in line for 30 minutes or so just to get the autograph because she was nice and would chat with folks a bit or at least that was our experience. I heard others who did not have it so good. Of course, Jonathan Frakes was wonderful to me and I read on a forum that he wasn't so nice to someone else. Maybe it was because I was sporting cleavage and smelled good. *side note, there were some stinky dudes there * shuddering* He smiled at me Sunday when he saw me. Just that nice smile of recognition, but it was very endearing and gave me the warm fuzzies. I didn't think I could like him anymore than I already did. On my autograph, he wrote To AOM, Go boldly! Fairly appropriate for me, don't you think? I think he captured my spirit!

LabKat wanted to take the R2 unit home with her. But, alas, the baby wookiee below was guarding it.

We saw a full-grown Wookiee. He even stuck out his tongue for our picture.
This dude below is the man behind The Crow. Not my speed, but Kat was enthralled.
The ultimate geek ride. This was so cool. The truck is tricked out with Star Wars goodies. It had a R2 unit in the back and instead of a gun rack (this is Texas and Oklahoma we're talking about) he had a light saber rack. It was hilarious. These folks were amused, too.

And the coup de gras of the whole weekend: Adam Baldwin of Firefly and Serenity. I had LabKat convinced that I was going to kidnap him. I said "next, we're going to get Adam Baldwin" and I think she took me seriously. I simply meant we're going to get his autograph, but once she put the idea in my head I started concocting Boondock Saints-like ideas involving rope and Mushmouth stocking caps. Baldwin did crack me up when some dork asked him about the schematics of the Serenity firefly in the movie versus the ship in the series. LabKat and I just looked at each other and in our best dork voices did the dork thing: In episode 37, the chair was tilted at a 90 degree angle versus episode 38, when it was tilted 75 degrees, Can you explain the reasoning behind this? Adam did his best not to smack the dork down and he addressed the question by telling him the ship wasn't kept from the failed series three years ago and they built a new set. Helloooo, dork boy: here's your sign.

Here is Adam being gracious. He had fans get autographs first, then come back for pictures. I think he is explaining that here to someone. I thought about captioning this photo as he is begging me to take him home with me, but I didn't think anyone would buy it. He wouldn't have to beg and everyone knows it. :)

Are those shit-eating grins on our faces or what. This dude is a big guy.

I finally told Kat to back off - he's all mine for a shot! He smelled like cinnamon chewing gum. I will always have a fond place in my heart for cinnamon chewing gum.

While waiting in line, we dorked out with some other folks and found out that there is another Geekfest coming in a few weeks. Boy, my birthday is going to rock. First, I get Hall and Oates on Nov. 1 and then Wizard World
featuring Ron Perlman of Hellboy (for Kat) and Sean Astin of LOTR for me.

7 Comments:

  • At 11:22 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Army Wife said…

    looks like you had fun girl....although I am clueless to what and who you are talking about....

     
  • At 11:25 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Uzz said…

    I may hit Wizard World just for the sheer geek factor...but beware...Margot Kidder is signing!

     
  • At 8:15 AM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    ArmyWife - you don't speak dork? I speak dork. :)

    Uzz - is she the bipolar gal who wound up in some random person's pool or house or something? They have medication for that. I'm sure she is highly medicated these days.

     
  • At 9:12 AM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Gadfly said…

    That's why Adam Baldwin always plays moody characters. I get it now. He looks really weird when he tries to smile.

     
  • At 11:00 AM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Uzz said…

    Yep...she's the one!

     
  • At 4:26 PM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Mark said…

    Great pics, Army of Mom. As a guy, I didn't really have anybody I was enamored with. Although, when I was a young boy, Erin Gray got my heart pumping on Buck Rogers. I was so busy being all cool and thinking "they're just people" that I forgot to actually meet any of the celebs. Kind of a shame, now that I think about it. Most of them seemed to really enjoy time with the fans.

    sciphi

     
  • At 11:36 PM, October 19, 2005, Blogger North Dallas Thirty said…

    Sigh.....and there I was on a flight to South Carolina. I DID wear the costume, though, as per your orders, AoM....(wicked smile).

     

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