My Fan Encounter ||>
Let me begin this article by saying that nothing cool ever happens
to me. Ever. I sign up for raffles, and never win. I try and try
to get picked for something cool and it always goes to some guy
next to me. So to say that tonight was incredibly bizarre and cool
is an understatement.
So I was sitting at my computer, working on a project
for class when I decided to randomly flip on the TV to see how my
WB connection is doing. Smallville was starting and I had
never seen it, so I decided to although I usually don't watch anything
other than Buffy or Angel.
|Anyway, quite randomly,
there was this commercial that let people know that the WB
on tour show was coming to Tucson at this theatre downtown.
Stars from the WB, including Alexis Denisof, would
be there. At that point, all rational thought stopped. I was
surprised mainly because Tucson usually gets the shaft for
anything cool because Phoenix is so much bigger. But we're
a college town, so I can see why they came here. Anyway, I
immediately found out all the details and later that night,
secured a friend to go with me.
Fast forward to tonight. I was so excited because this is the first
time I had ever met a Buffy character. And Wesley is one of my favorites.
I steeled myself for any embarassment, because unlike other people
who try to be all cool and like "they're a separate person,"
I get overly gushy when meeting people I have only seen/ read from
afar. I know I go overboard, it's just that I'm usually so excited.
I went to the front of the stage and met up with some Buffy
and Angel fans, who were incredibly cool. Alexis came out
and we just screamed like 14 year old girls at a Bruce Springsteen
concert. Or maybe not Bruce Springsteen anymore, but you get
the idea. He sort of looked on us like "Oh god."
but we just kept on yelling. And hey, we were the only fans
it seemed, so we had to make up for it. Anyway, he was only
on for a short time, to introduce a band that was pretty cool.
We rocked with the band. Then Alexis came back on and they selected
people to go on stage (repeat: on stage) with the stars ("stars"
= him) and do some crazy shit to earn money. Hey, I needed to pay
the rent and the thought of being on stage was too cool to pass
up. So I kept waving my hands around and it seemed like he was avoiding
our section. But I caught his eye and said "Aw come on, you
know you want to." That line never works by the way. He actually
said, "I always want to," so I know he was hoping he'd
survive the fandom. However, under the onslaught of peer pressure
he relented and told me to go up. To be honest, I was surprised,
but happy nevertheless.
Anyway, if anyone ever watched Double Dare as a kid, the
contest would be like a physical challenge. The first thing the
contestants would have to do is drink a pitcher (of 2 quarts I think)
of this nasty drink. The drink was watered down condiments like
tabasco sauce and other stuff. It was nasty, but I won it hands
down. The guys were all like "Woah." To be honest, I almost
threw it up, but I couldn't wimp out like that, I needed to stay
on the stage with Alexis. Then we (the contestants narrowed down
to 3 people) had to eat cloves of garlic. The Buffy fans told me
to close my nose, so I did (thank god) and I guess I did okay. The
other girl threw up that time, and so she was pretty much out of
it, poor thing.
It was down to just me and this guy. The crew brought out
razors: the last "test" was to shave your head the
fastest. Sorry guys, but I just couldn't do it, not even to
stay with Wesley. I just gave the announcer a look and set
the razor down, with a comment about gender bias. So I lost
the cash, which goes along with my "I never win anything"
gig. However, I stood back and Alexis stood next to
me and gave me a hug and told me I was a champ. Oh yeah, and
"I'm glad you didn't cut your hair, it's really pretty."
That made it worth it on so many levels!
presented me with this bag (which of course I instantly had
him sign) and we chatted for awhile. I kept thinking he was
a champ: after all, I had just had three or four cloves of
garlic. I could smell myself well enough, so I know he should
win a emmy just for being able to be near my garlicy self.
But he was so cool with everyone and when I aked him if he
was going to sign stuff for the Buffy fans below, he did with
no problem. So he signed everyone's stuff and chatted, and
took yet more pictures.
Anyway, normally, I'm disappointed when I
meet celebrities (not because they're people - but because
they seem to take it for granted that they're cooler than
the fans). I totally was not disappointed. He seems totally
cool. And hell, he's dating Alyson Hannigan (the queen of
cool), so how could he not be?