All photos are taken by me.
Truth is, I come to these conventions for many reasons, but the main reason is to see the boys and if truth be known, one specific boy"¦or man"¦MANLY MAN (I mean these boys are in the 30's after all!).
Normally the Js are on the Sunday of the convention. They're the showstopper if you may, but at Vegascon, they were on the Saturday. Whether this was because of flights back to Vancouver and timings of work or whether it was because they wanted to be able to play up after their convention commitments I have no clue "“ but I'm betting on the later!
Jared had his mum and dad in town; they were with him at the convention at the panel and in his photo-ops. Clif flew down on Friday and Johnny and Sean came in with the boys on the Saturday.
But once again, I've jumped ahead! The day started a bit later than the usual J day. Normally I'm up at about 5.30am getting ready for a 7.30 breakfast start "“ or something along those lines. But this time, we could actually have a relaxing morning. The Js weren't arriving at lunch until 2 and before then, we had Emily Perkins' and Misha's panels. So there was plenty of time to get ready, sort the makeup, do the hair"¦prepare for what was ahead!
(My apologies, I can't for the life of me find my photos of Emily!)
I'll admit we were a tiny bit late to Emily's panel "“ moving a bit slow that morning "“ but we caught most of it. Emily is super tiny "“ I actually walked past her later in the casino and I'm talking TINY! She seemed a little nervous too, which was sweet. Plenty of people asked questions "“ it's always awkward when there's a guest and there's no one to ask questions! But plenty of people lined up. There were a few of those, what do you think Becky is/was/has/done/doing questions which kind of drive me crazy, because really, unless you are asking about the character motivation in the episode they're in, or unless the actor has created their own back-story for their character, these are questions for the writer. Some cast members are ok with saying, "I have no idea, ask the writers" but most try and come up with an answer on the spot. Convention handy hint: If asking a question, remember that the actor and the character are not the same thing and remember that the actor may not have complete insight into where the character might be now"¦or probably hasn't even thought about it! I will say that when someone asked why Sam didn't have pants on when Becky tied him up, I liked Emily's answer "“ she was trying to make him comfortable and he was hot. It was left up in the air as to whether she meant he was warm or HOT! I think we know the answer to that one!
This convention had the most Castiels I have ever seen! From your standard Castiel, to Steam Punk Castiel, to pink Castiel! There were Cass' everywhere!
To decide which side of the auditorium went first for questions he made the first people in line go up on stage and arm wrestle! The Castiel won, but then Misha never answered her question, saying he was trying to demonstrate to her that violence was not the answer! She said, he started, he said, "Don't turn this around on me!"
People congratulated him on becoming a regular for season 9. He was asked about directing and said he was terrified of what Jared was going to do to him"¦which according to Jensen and Jared he should be, though I have a sneaking suspicion neither will be anything but supportive. He discussed Random Acts and how it was because of our passion and creativity that he started the charity. He could see what we were capable of and wanted to harness that into doing good (as opposed to evil, which I think he'd also enjoy quite frankly).
He told an awesome story about on set shenanigans. How they recently had a guest star on set and the crew dressed in drag while shooting the guest star's scenes and then the next day, wore ball-gags in their mouths. The guest star, to his credit never mentioned it. Just did the scenes professionally and went on home. What the cast and crew didn't realise was that this guest star was only on set for 2 days, the in drag day and the ball-gag day! When he wasn't on set on the 3rd day and everyone realised he'd finished up his scenes the day before, they were mortified! Because they never got a chance to tell the poor guy that it was just a joke. He must have gone away thinking, "What the hell?" This story came up again later in the J's panel"¦Jensen had a field day with the sulking and the pouting, but I'll get to that!
After Misha, it was time for the Gold lunch. The lunch, followed by the Js ops meant that we missed Rob's solo panel, Richard's solo panel and Jim's first panel (we caught Jim on Sunday). This is the first time I've ever missed a panel because of clashes. I'll be honest, I was kind of bummed. I mean Rob and Richard are two of my favourite guys"¦ I did feed this back to Adam from Creation in my post con email (which I always do) and he said they were trying to give as much bang for our buck as they could. So, I guess yeah, if you weren't Gold you got the panels"¦but I was still disappointed. I told him that next year with the 4 days (I'm going to have to go into training), maybe some of those clashes could be avoided. Here's hoping.
The boys arrived right on 2, looking fabulous as usual. Jensen in his denim shirt and Jared in some scarf ensemble which was exactly at Amy height "“ which I'll explain later! The lighting was absolute rubbish so I got no decent photos at the lunch. There was a spotlight right about Jensen's head which cast the most awful shadows on his beautiful face and we were back a fair ways as there was a dance floor in front of the stage and obviously no tables were allowed on it. My friend Karen called it the demilitarised zone! Jensen asked if we were having a dance party later!
One of the really interesting titbits revealed in this panel was that Jensen and Jared did not confer on their outfits for the PCAs. They both have friends who are stylists who helped them out individually. Jensen was just going to wear something out of his wardrobe"¦until the stylist saw what he was suggesting, and went out shopping for him! The fact that they matched "“ well... Jared said that they spend so much time together that now they think alike. Jensen said, "My suit actually matched your tie" the fans all said "Yes" which cracked Jared up! But, the whole matching thing was a complete fluke.
Anyway, this lunch panel flew by. They are 30 minutes and I think this one may have been the fastest 30 minutes of my entire life! It was a blur of nerves and laughter and lurve"¦and it was all only just beginning"¦
Next up it was photos with Jensen. I had 2 singles and a shared with Hazel. Hazel and I laugh that in our friendship, she's the Jared and I'm the Jensen. You know how Jensen is always going "What?" and turning to Jared who whispers what the question was or what was said? Well that's us. Something happens to me at these convention things and I lose the ability to hear properly or think clearly, or something! So thank goodness Hazel is there to organise me! I'm forever going "What are we doing?" and she tells me!
I never do daft poses with Jensen. I mean, I mix it up a bit to get really good shots, but I'm all about getting my arms around that man! I'm always polite, say hello, say please and thank you, say goodbye. So first I asked for a hug photo and along with a big smile, I got a great, big all engulfing hug! Then I asked if I could kind of hug him from the side with my arms around his belly and he pulled me in, wrapped his hands over my hands and well"¦he pulled an adorable face! Like he's doing an O with his mouth! Of course I didn't know until I got the photo back, but it's super cute and I love that he does that without me asking. I guess he's seen me enough now to know he can play up and have a bit of fun and I'll be cool with it. If you follow me on twitter it's my current icon.
As usual, it was all too quick and it was off to wait for our J2s. Oh, I also have to say, my friend Kellie was a first timer this year and joined us in the photo op queue. She was so nervous about her first op. We gave her some in-queue coaching and backup! She got an epic hug from Jensen and bless her, was so thrilled when she came out of the room. I waited for her to see her reaction and it was shaky and teary and giggly. I remember my first time I met Jensen, I ran to my friend Tiny and hugged the life out of her and we jumped up and down on the spot! Of course, I'm pretty sure Jensen caught that! Seeing as we were still in the photo room! I love seeing people meeting him for the first time. It never gets old and it never gets old for me. He glows, with inner and outer beauty. And yes"¦I ran my hand down his back again. I simply can't help it. It's a subconscious thing, honestly it is! I just gotta touch the man! *sigh*
Ok, then it was our J2s. We had a single, a shared and for something different we got an op just with them. So my single was hug city again. By the way, that Padaleski dude just keeps getting more gorgeous. He's like a golden God! Seriously, every time I see him I'm like"¦crikey, he got prettier again! Anyhoo, for our shared op we asked the boys to hug each other and we'd hug around them. Well, when we got the photo back they're giving each other funny looks and sort of pushing each other away with their hands up like, yuck don't you hug me, man "“ it's brilliant! I'm in love with it! Then we got them to do a pose on their own and they did this kind of rock n' roll thing with Jensen pointing at the camera and Jared kind of pulling a rockstar face. This one will never see the light of day I'm afraid. It's really epic and just for us and well, we don't want it all over the net!
Then it was queuing for Jared time. We had to wait at the photo room straight after our J2's because we had Jensen's meeting and greet and we had a 10-minute window to get our Jared ops and get to the meet and greet room!
Now like I said, Jared was wearing a scarf and it was Amy height. So when I went in for my hug, I was buried in scarf! I stopped Chris and asked Jared if I could shift his scarf and he said, "What's happening?" and I said "You're blocking me with your scarf!" and he said"¦ "Oh yeah, I do that kind of thing!" and grinned at me. Gah! Then my second op, even though I change positions, it happened again and I said, "Err Jared, you're blocking me again" and he laughed and shifted the scarf saying, "Is this better babe?" Bless him. This also happened with his collar at Vancon"¦so I must be just the right height to get buried in Jared's clothing "“ not such a bad thing. By the way"¦he called me babe, sweetheart and love. Good grief! Oh and also, Mrs Padalecki was in there videoing the photo ops"¦so we all may be on a Padalecki family home video!
After our lovely Jared ops it was time to sprint down to the meet and greet room for our 30 minutes in Heaven"¦I mean, with Jensen.
To clarify the new guidelines, I contacted Adam from Creation. He told me that blogging about the event and paraphrasing a few lines here and there was fine, but entire transcripts was not in the spirit of the event. I guess, they're not doing an interview; they're having a candid chat with fans. There is a difference. To be honest, I usually only remember a handful of questions anyway, because I can barely remember my name when sitting in a small room with Jensen, let alone exactly what was said! So, with respect for Jensen (always), I will just paint a picture of the experience.
As usual, we had to pull numbers from an envelope to allocate our seats. I pulled front row but Hazel pulled second row (there were only 2 rows). It's Hazel and my policy to always sit together at these things (I say it's our brand), so I swapped with a reader of my pieces on the WFB, I took her second row seat and she took my front row seat. (Are you reading this, if you are please comment because I'm not sure I ever caught your name).
He was gracious and attentive. He always ensures he puts maximum thought into your question. Mine was such a good one that we went back and forth with it a bit. I was totally stoked! He always looks you right in the eye when he talks to you and addresses his answer directly to you. It's your answer and he ensures you have your moment in his orbit. He's funny and yet soft-spoken. Jensen is quite different in this environment than he is in the panel with Jared. Less boisterous, a little more quiet. This is not to say there isn't plenty of laughter, he has a great sense of humour and likes to joke and tease. There's a lot of laughter in these things believe me! He seems totally relaxed and at ease with us in this environment. It really is awesome. Jensen's meet and greet is always my favourite moment of the convention. I can't imagine not doing it, like ever and I'll always have his back no matter what. I have to say, these 30 minutes generally feel like a good amount of time, but it's always so sad when he thanks us and gets up to stride back out. I could sit and talk to him for hours. He's smart and interesting and amusing"¦and yeah, incredibly beautiful to bask in.
So then it was the J's panel!
Thankfully someone had said to Jared that the chairs were too low on stage (they were) so the boys sat up on the back of the chairs so we could all see them "“ and enjoy their long legs sprawling!
I think Jensen is getting sassier in these things. In the couple of years that I've been doing the Creation conventions, he has definitely relaxed more and now he gives the fans so much cheek! Also, he's naughty and sometimes kinda dirty! It's so appreciated I can't even tell you!
Ty swung by for a visit to ask a question about the J's identical trailers and motorcycles and then bring a little boy, whose name was Jensen, up on stage to meet big Jensen. Awwww.
Another brilliant moment was when a girl asked what's it like to be really attractive and Jensen turned to Jared quick as a whip and said, "I should probably take this one". Jared totally lost it! One of his hand clapping, laughing fits! It was fantastic. Then someone shouted out that Jensen wouldn't know because he's married! Which made him go on a baffled tirade about how obviously a wedding ring was an ugly ring and how you must disappear when you get married! It was epically snarky!
Of course then the band cracked into The Boys Are Back in Town and Jensen did a bit of air-guitar and then joined Rob and Richard to sing. Jensen loved having that band on stage, you could just tell!
And then it was over. It was one hell of a long and wonderful day. But it's always so heartbreaking"¦because when you walk away from your autos with Jensen and Jared, you know that's it"¦and you're not going to see them for a while and like I've said before, every time I see Jensen, it's harder to walk away"¦
Coming soon"¦ Viva Las Vegascon "“ Part Three. Sebastian dances, Mark drums, Ty parties and the Richard's meet and greet.
Thanks for reading part two! Sorry it was a bit long winded - I got excited!