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I gotta warn you folks, I have NO idea how long this year's report is going to be or what form it will take.  Part of it I wrote as it was happening and other times I made indecipherable notes that I will now try to interpret and convey. Whatever form it takes, I hope that you enjoy it and are able to share a little of the experiences, thoughts and meetings that I had.  Have FUN!!

 

*~*~*~*~*

 

Well, I made it, but it was off to a rocky start.  Me being me, wanted to make sure that I got to the airport in plenty of time for my 9:30 flight so I took the shuttle service from a relatively nearby  hotel at 5:00AM.  Seeing as I only live about an hour from the airport, I got there bright and early at about 6:00.  PROBLEM:   I went to check in and found out that I had been bumped from my flight to one that took off at 12:45...ALMOST the time that I was originally scheduled to land in Vancouver.   The counter man was very helpful and got me on the waiting lists for flights that actually left EARLIER than my original flight, thanks to me being three and a half hours early. 

 

I had never been on a waiting list before, so I was a little concerned about my luggage.  I hadn't trained it very well to "heel" so I was worried that it wouldn't find me since *I* didn't even know when I was going.   I conveyed my fears to the lady at the ticket counter, and her reply was "Don't worry!  It will probably be there before you are!"  Was that supposed to make me feel better?  My suitcase all alone?  But hey, it was vacation she said not to worry. So I didn't ..... well, not much any way. 

 

The early morning flights basically leave every hour for Chicago, but I wasn't able to make it onto the 6:30, 7:30 or 8:30, but guess what?  I made it on to the 9:30... the one I was originally bumped from??!! Yep, made sense to me...not.  Strange thing though - since I had been bumped from the flight the first time around ad this was technically a reschedule, I got up graded to a better seat. Nope, I didn't understand it either, but seeing as I am five foot tall, I could REALLY use that extra leg room, so I didn't argue.

 

What all of this confusion did, however was caus me to be bumped from my Chicago to Vancouver flight, as well, even though I actually got there for it.  I knew that I was going to have a three hour lay-over in Chicago now, which actually wasn't too bad.  If you have read some past reports you know that I have made mad dashes, literally running from one terminal to another in my allotted time in the Chicago Airport.  This year I figured that I would take a nice leisurely stroll to get there.   I was actually HAPPY that I would have time to find where I was going, and get there slowly.  We landed in Chicago at gate C22 and discovered that I had to be at gate C25 for the next flight.  THIS year, I had THREE HOURS to walk across the hallway. WHOOPEE!

 

It was 100 degrees that day in Chicago and with the "skylight" roof there it was hotter than heck waiting in the airport.  Worse though, it was hotter than heck OUTSIDE and they were having problems with certain runways and only using certain ones.  Even though we boarded on time in Chicago, we sat waiting for a LONG time for it to be our turn to take off.   The flight to Vancouver was uneventful and once again, I had plenty of legroom to stretch out.

 

Uneventful, but about three and a half hours late... I didn't think that I would ever make it in time for the opening night cocktail party.  A few days before I had left, I got an email from the folks at the party giving me the opportunity tp let them know if I was going to be landing latethat day. "No No,"  I stupidly replied. "My plane arrives in Vancouver around 2:30.  I'll have PLENTY of time to get there and registered."  Silly me.  Suddenly I was regretting not paying more attention to that email.

 

Well, I landed (with the plane, that is) almost four hours late.  I got my luggage, yes, it actually made it and it seemed happy to see me... or was that the other way around?  I made it to the shuttle and FINALLY arrived at the hotel about 7:00... tired and beat with a cocktail party starting at 7:30.  I checked in and basically had decided not to even worry about the party... just head for the room and register the next day.

 

Literally the very first person I meet going to the room was JD.  It ended up that he had the room diagonally across the hall from me.  Apparently the folks at the front desk were smart enough to put him all the way at the end of the hall.  That way he would cause fewer problems and be less of a brat to the rest of the guests, I guess.  Smart Canadians!  ;o)  Well, I never got a chance to put the carnation in my lapel or put on my red Boston Baseball cap nor practice the secret phrase, "The Red Sox lose at midnight," but luckily we recognized each other.  He was kind enough to get me to the registration room so I could get my pass and get on with the convention.

 

Bottom line, I didn't get all gussied up, but I did clean up a bit and head down to the party.  Some of the actors were there and they were SO nice. Bruce Woloshyn the "digital guy" for SG1 and SGA and Alex Zahara (siiiigh) came right over and sat at the table and started talking.  Alex asked us our names and where we were all from and darned if he didn't remember!  That gingko biloba must really be paying off!  Well... that and remembering lines for a living.  Dan Payne came over then (even BIGGER SIIIIIIIGGGGGHHHHHH) and talked for a while.  He is absolutely HYSTERICAL.  He was definitely the funniest guy at the convention.  Later we will discuss what trouble my obsession got me into... but I digress.  ;o)

 

I was there, I met JD, I was happy..... and I was BEAT.  And that was morning and night on the first day.


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JD being. . . .Jack Daniels?


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Whoops.... JD is an on-line friend that I met on the SciFi Channel Bboard when I first signed up over there.  We had known each other four years on line and just met for the first time last week.

 

Personally, Kahluah and Cream is my drink of choice but Jack Daniels would have been good, too, though.   


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Let's try it this way, and we'll see if it works....

I'll try posting the agenda for the day first.... And then I'll post what I did that day.

 

 

 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Introduction - Opening Ceremonies - Andrew Jackson, Travis Dugas & Others

10:30 AM to 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM

X-Files - Blu Mankuma, Dean Aylesworth

11:45 AM to 12:45 PM

Smallville - Sarah-Jane Redmond, Rick Faraci, Nathaniel Arcand, Rob LaBelle

12:45 PM to 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

4400 - Conchita Campbell, Richard Kahan, Kaj-Erik Eriksen

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

The Business of Being An Actor - In-depth decision of besides having talent what else is required to be an actor - Catherine Lough Haggquist, Carmen Moore, Katrin Bowen

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM

Break

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Collector - Jon Cooksey, Ali Matheson, Sonya Salomaa, Ellen Dubin, Andrew Jackson

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Stargate SG-1 - Jason Schombing, Dan Payne, Dean Aylesworth, Gardiner Millar

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Preparing Minoru Room for Banquet

7:30 PM to Closing

Timeless Destinations Banquet

 

 

 

So why was it that I was SO tired last night and woke up bright and early at 5:00 bright eyed and bushy tailed on Tuesday?   I made myself coffee... I *LOVE* this hotel!   Each room has its on little drip coffee maker in it.  It is my idea of heaven on earth: maids and coffee - not necessarily in that order.  After the coffee was made, I did something that I had NEVER done before:  I actually unpacked. Yep!  I found out that the bureau in a hotel room really ISN"T just there to hold the TV up.  I even used the closet that apparently most hotel rooms com with. When I opened the closet, however, I almost screamed!  There lurking in the corner was a VERY scary sight!  A sight that is frightening enough at home in familiar surroundings but in a hotel room it was even more frightening!  An IRONING BOARD..... on VACATION????  AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!

 

I picked myself up off the floor and found a few other silly ways to amuse myself and then went down for breakfast and the Opening Ceremonies. 

 

I have to say that I missed a LOT of the panels this year.  The weather in Vancouver was absolutely BEAUTIFUL.  I just could not sit inside knowing how nice it was.  They do that "freaky" Celsius thing there, so I honestly have NO idea what the temperature was, but from the "feeling" I would have to guess it was hovering right around 70 most of the week.  Sunny, fresh air, and just PERFECT.

 

Of course, after saying all of that, I pretty much made it to everything the first day.  I mean, come ON!  It was Timeless Destinations!! I LOVE Andrew Jackson - he is a doll - nice, funny and very....ehhh... VERY easy on the eyes so I HAD to see him.  It was during that first morning that I found my newest actor CRUSH.  Travis Dugas.  Honestly, I had never heard of him before.... though I did recognize him.  He just truly impressed me.  He is an  Indian actor from Canada.  His mother is from the Bigstone Cree Nation, K'nata (Canada) and his father's heritage is Cree/Scottish/French/Iroquois.  He did a Ceremonial dance for us and played his flute for a bit.  That sealed it, I was in love and in awe.

 

Now let's see... for the hard part.  I went to the "X-Files" panel, even though I never really watched any of the series.  That wasn't a problem, though, They actually hardly spoke of the series at all.  Blu Mankuma  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0542558/ was just REALLY terrific.  I could have sat and listened to his voice alone all day.  He has been in the business a LONG time and was just really interesting to listen to.  His favorite moment in the business?  The people that he got to work with.... "I worked with Debbie FREAKIN' Reynolds!  Where else could I do that?" 

 

"Smallville" was the next panel With Rick Faraci and Nathaniel Arcand.  Nataniel had a GREAT time filming his episode of Smallville.  He played a villain with Super Powers in one of the episodes that John Schneider directed. Rick Faraci actually talked more about his job as security guard/body guard/martial arts guy than the show itself.  His favorite moment was meeting Claude Van Dam and the laughing about how short he was.

 

"The 4400" was next, I have to say that these guys were on their best behavior since Conchita Cambell was with them on the panel.  Some of the actors tend to get a little raunchy during their discussions but Richard Kahan and Kaj-Erik Eriksen Were really nice to her.

 

I skipped out then until 4:00 when I went back for the panel on "The Collector"  I was MAD because Andrew Jackson wasn't there, but it was a great panel.  The writers/creator/producers of the show were there along with Ellen Dubin... who is just great.  The show is a Canadian scifi show that HOPEFULLY will be in syndication here in the states this fall.  The premise of the show is that the Devil has a "henchman" who collects souls of people.  The henchman got tired of doing that all the time, and made a bargain with the devil somehow to get 48 hours to get the person who sold their soul to redeem themselves somehow. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380869/   Keep an eye out for it... It looks REALLY terrific and a lot of familiar faces have been in the various episodes.

 

Stargate was next.... And I just LOVE Dan Payne... the Super Jaffa.  He is HYSTERICAL...definitely the funniest nicest guy wat the convention.  AND GORGIOUS.  He made a film clip introduction for himself that I will go into more detail about later.... LOTS more detail.  His funniest bit was about his auditions.... Or rather lack there of.  "Hey we need someone BIG and dumb..... Call DAN!"  "Hey, we need someone stupid enough to run into walls... Call Dan!"  Basically, I think that they made it through a LARGE portion of the panel without mentioning Stargate once.  But it was VERY entertaining.  The big question of the panel was "If there were really a Stargate would you go through?"  Dan was hesitant.... "What if Peter Delouis was on the OTHER side too???"  I also have some strange note here about drinking too much.  It was SOMEONE'S opinion that if you drink and then take Pepto Bismal that Pepto Bismal  just gets angry and wants out.... Not sure what that is about, but I thought that I would share...

 

Well that is enough for part two, I think.  Hopefully it got some of the fun across


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Wednesday 8/2/2006

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Registration

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Aboriginal Actors - Nathaniel Arcand & Travis Dugas

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

First Wave - Rob LaBelle

10:30 AM to 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM

Tony Tellado Moderates Michael McManus & Alan Van Sprang

11:45 AM to 12:45 PM

Conchita Campbell & Other Child Actors

12:45 PM to 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Stuntdawgs - Peter Kent, Rikki Gagne

2:45 PM to 3:00 PM

Buses leave for Movie Set Tour & then downtown for the Fireworks

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

Dark Angel - Fulvio Cecere, Craig Veroni

3:45 PM to 4:15 PM

Buses leave for Downtown Walking Tour & Fireworks

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Lucky Draw Dinners

Confirmed Guests Coming (in order by first name)

·      Andrew Jackson

·      Dan Payne

·      Ellen Dubin

·      Jerry Rector

·      Kaj-Erik Eriksen

·      Nathaniel Arcand

·      Richard Kahan

11:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Buses return to Hotel

 

Wednesday ended up being one of my favorite days in Vancouver.  I had decided to skip most of the panels that day, just because it was SO nice outside... and with the heat and humidity in Pennsylvania I wasn't used to that.  I REALLY wanted to get out.

 

....But........

 

Travis had impressed me SO much at the opening ceremonies that I REALLY wanted to see the first panel of the morning with the "Aboriginal Actors."  The panel started with Nathaniel coming on state alone and sitting on the floor in a meditation position in silence and mostly darkness.  As he continued to sit, a short independent film that the two of them produced, under to company name of "Star Warriors" was shown.   It showed an ancient warrior going into the dessert to "connect with the spirits and the earth," I guess is the best way to put it.  The visions started with the beginning of time, basically, and moved through visions of things that man has done to the earth and to each other from then until now.  Interspersed with the visions, were short flicks of the Indian's face as he was watching the scenes go by reflecting the pain that he felt while watching them.... War, famine, assassinations, pollution, fires... they were all there and all causing him pain.  The scenes were so powerful that I was in tears by the end of it.... But you all know by know that I am an emotional wimp and it doesn't take much.... I mean, I can cry over a McDonald's ad on TV... but THIS was just VERY incredible and heart wrenching. 

 

As the vision ended, the Indian's spirit guide began to do a dance for strength and guidance.  This is all my interpretation, by the way - the film was silent except for the driving drumbeat.  As the Spirit Guide began to dance, Travis came out on stage in his full ceremonial regalia and began dancing around Nathaniel who was still sitting on stage in the cross legged position.   It was explained later that the dance is always done in a clockwise direction... so that they are moving TOWARD the problems and situations not away from them.  Eventually, Nathaniel stood and started the dance as well... apparently gaining strength from the motion of the dance around him All the while the dancer from the film on the big screen to the right of the stage was still doing the same steps as those on stage.  It all ended in very climactically with music and motion.  It was Very, VERY powerful and emotional.  In my opinion, it was one of the most interesting panels at the convention.... 'course, I was in love with Travis, so that might me influencing my judgment, JUST a tad....

 

THEN, I headed out... and walked....and shopped.... and just enjoyed being outside.  I got back to hotel in time to catch a little nap before it was time to catch the bus to the fireworks. The bus had to drop us off very early because they close the area down apparently, so we got dropped off at 5:00 and the fireworks don't start until 10:00.   The weather was still nice and I walked along the beach for a LONG time - past where the fireworks were taking place and then back again.  If I had a beach at home, I think I would do a LOT more walking. 

 

From there it picks up with the "live" report....

 

This is SO cool! I am sitting here are water's edge and the place is GORGIOUS! I was SO nervous about this that I almost didn't come.  You all know that I am VERY directionally challenged, and I was getting myself in a panic about getting lost, not catching the bus, never finding the hotel... you name it, I fretted about it. But sitting here, right now with the sun shining and the gentle breeze blowing, it is PERFECT! I am just VERY relaxed right now - this will be my "Happy Place" for a LONG time to come. (My handwritten note, actually looks like it says "I am VERY retarded right now" but I don't THINK that was what I meant.....who knows...I could be happy there too...)

 

Vancouver does a fireworks competition every year.  Different countries come on different nights and put on a show synchronized to music.  Tonight we were going to see the display from the Czech Republic.  I think I heard someone say that this was the 16th annual event so it is a very neat event.  There is a carnival like atmosphere around the beach.... Hot dogs, cotton candy.... Other food... games etc.  "The Doctor" would have been VERY pleased with my choice of fish and chips for dinner.  Did I mention that this is PERFECT??  Little boats are arriving in the Bay?.... Harbor?.... River?.... wherever the heck I am... getting a good, on the water position, for the display.

 

Personally, I set myself down on a park bench next to HUGE Inukshuk - a statue of a man made out of rocks.  I know about them through "Due South" and a LONG explanation that Fraser gave during one of the episodes.  Basically, in the frozen north, the natives would build the pile of rocks in the shape of a man to let people know that they weren't alone.  It was a welcoming symbol for those who would follow.  I felt very welcomed and relaxed (....or was that retarded?)

 

When I decided to come to the fireworks, I had asked JD if he wanted to go.  He replied that he was going to do the walking tour but that maybe we could meet up there.  Since they were expecting a few hundred thousand people we dropped it, figuring that we would NEVER find each other in the crowd.  The funny thing was, when I stood and walked over to the water's edge to get a better picture of the sunset, I looked down on the rocky hill to the water and saw him sitting right there.  Had we TRIED to meet we NEVER would have seen each other.... It was just very ironic and amusing.

 

The fireworks were AMAZING and spectacular.  I worked for a bit trying to figure out how to capture just a memory of it on film, but that never did work.  I have a few very nice pictures of black... just before and just AFTER the BOOMS went off.... Oops.

 

Well, I made it back to the bus safely and on time - I can't believe that I almost didn't go.

 

The day was just WONDERFUL.  I went back to the room, made myself coffee, dragged the chair onto the balcony and sat.... surveying the construction site.

 

....which I just realized I never told you about.  Basically, with the Olympics coming to Vancouver in 2010 the entire city is under construction.  I was slightly upset when I arrived at my room and realized I have four construction cranes almost right out my window.  They start work at 7:00, which SO far didn't bother me since my internal clock was getting me up before that anyway.  The cement trucks were the most annoying when they started to churn.... But all in all I was not overly pleased when I got there.

 

As of right then though, it was quiet, it was peaceful, and I was VERY happy.


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Thursday 8/3/2006

6:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Registration

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Breakfast TV (CityTV - Vancouver) - Actors in Costume
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Breakfast TV (CityTV - Vancouver) - Rick Faraci & his Martial Arts Students
9:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Break
9:15 AM to 10:15 AM
Stargate Atlantis - Craig Veroni
10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
The Outer Limits
11:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Break
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Andromeda - Lisa Ryder, David Winning
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Lunch
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Nick Lea
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Gigi Edgley
3:30 PM to 3:45 PM
Break
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Star Trek - Jerry Rector, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Rob LaBelle
4:45 PM to 5:45 PM
"You have Seen Them, But Who Are They Really" - Jason Schombing
5:45 PM to 7:15 PM
Preparing Minoru Room for Sekh's Party
7:15 PM to Closing
Sekh's Party

Uhhmmm...No. I didn't make it down to the Costume Filming for the Vancouver City TV Breakfast Show - that was just a little too early for me. I did see Kermit in her outfit and she looked cute as always. When they lined up on stage for the "photo op" however she was in the back row so I only got pictures of her head. I really should have asked her to STOP just a moment so I could get her pic. It seems like she is ALWAYS on the go in Vancouver!

I did make it to part of the Rick Faraci and his Martial Arts Students panel. He is SUCH a huge guy ....*I* never want to make him angry, but he really was great with the kids and he was always VERY pleasant when he would see you in the hallway. I was in the dealer's room as they were setting up for Michael Shanks and Chris Judge to do their calendar signings and Rick was there adding his expertise for security and giving great suggestions for keeping things, safe, comfortable and getting the line through at a relaxed but moving pace. It was interesting to see the way his mind works... you could just tell that he was putting his years of security knowledge to use. Anyway, the only notes that I really took during that panel was about one poor kid that apparently had to get up very early to make it to the demonstration on time. "Until today, I didn't even KNOW that there was a Five AM." I'm guessing he went back home and went to bed.

Next up was the "Stargate Atlantis" panel - Craig Veroni, Richard Kahan, and Dan Payne (siiiigh) Basically, the joke of this panel was that they got through the entire thing without mentioning Atlantis once. It was still very interesting, and mostly about the actors themselves. Craig Veroni http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0998268/ was talking about, because of his darker complexion he is getting called to read for more terrorist roles. It didn't seem to bother him... he likes the challenges of the various accents. Poor Richard Kahan http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0434673/ when he was asked what kind of parts he gets to play, his answer was "I'm pretty...eehhh... white, so there's not much variation" Dan's answer? "If they need someone to mame... ME!" I also have a note here about Starbuck's coffee. When they mentioned it during the panel some of the audience started clapping. Dan yelled at them "Don't clap for $8.00 coffee!" "Coffee and a Muffin, $14.00.... do I get a massage with that?" The STRANGEST scribbling, I think I have on my paper was during this panel.... Don't ask me how it came about but the quote I have on the paper is "How do you solve world problems? ........ Gang Bang!"

One of the interesting things that I learned during this panel was about filming things in Canada. Many of the shows film scenes dealing with money twice: once with Canadian money and then once with American currency incase the shows are syndicated down here. I just thought that was an interesting tidbit. This was also ONE of the times Dan Payne mentioned emailing Programming@ctv.ca to get his show renewed. Self promotion usually isn't a good thing, but somehow he can get away with it....lol.

"Outer Limits" was next with Alex Zahara all by himself.... Which was fine with me - . Alex http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0951912/ is a SUCH a sweetheart. He brought a film clip of his 1999 "Outer Limits" episode "Tribunal" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0667995/ which he said was one of the things that he is the most proud of. It was blood curdling. He played the head guy at a concentration camp and he was utterly ruthless. Through the magic of time travel, a future version of himself who had escaped all retribution for his previous acts, appears at the camp and faces the younger version of himself. In an ultimate payback, he kills his future self. It was some VERY powerful work. In the episode as well was Saul Rubinek and Jan Rubes (Nick Ballard) who told Alex he could be even rougher during the filming - "I'm old but I'm not weak!"

One thing that came up during the discussion was that he LOVED the earlier original black and white "Outer Limits" saying something like "They had to rely on good story telling back then rather than special effects" I got the impression that he didn't feel like the story telling was quite as good as it used to be.

He was one of the folks that impressed me at my first Gatecon and he still impresses me today. One quote I wrote down was his definition of acting "Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances." GREAT panel.

"Andromeda" was next with Lisa Ryder and David Winning- a director. This was a weird sort of panel, I thought. There were a few interesting things that I wish a few of you bigger fans had heard. Since I never quite caught on to the show, I didn't understand a lot of what they were talking about. They showed a lot of clips from the episodes mostly ones from the earlier seasons, you could tell that they both DEFINITELY liked the earlier shows better. Fans probably know that, like another show, this series was supposed to be a five year arc then after season three new producers came in and changed things around. According to the two panelists, seasons one through three were good, season four was in the toilet and season five they tried pulling it back out of the toilet by turning it into a fantasy western type thing. They also said that in season five they had just about a fifth of the budget that they had in season one.

They both mentioned how much of the scripts Kevin Sorbo would rewrite or change. What I couldn't tell was if they thought he was right about it. David Winning said that one script called for a LONG monolog by Kevin and that David spent a LONG time blocking the shots in his head... keeoing it moving and interesting and worked really hard at it. The day of the filming came and Kevin pulled David aside and told him that Kevin didn't want to do the monolog and that they were changing the whole scene to something else. Lisa mentioned that MANY times she would get a call in the evening from Kevin telling her what he was changing and that many of the times the directors didn't know until the next day. I came away with the feeling that Kevin was a bit of a jerk, though THEY never tried to say that. They seemed fine with it... but they did mention it.

Let's see... I took a break then to walk or sit by the pool or relax in some other fashion and made it back in time for the end of the "Star Trek" panel... but I apparently didn't write much. Jerry Rector sang for us he apparently is still in a band and plays the drums... so that was cool. He also told a funny story about "rocking" when the Enterprise was supposed to be hit by something. Apparently, his timing was a bit off. So when the "HIT" occurred all of the actors were supposed to do that "rock back and forth and hold on move" that they do on the bridge. HIS rock was off and he kept going opposite of the others and just WRONG. They filmed the scene a few times and he just wasn't getting it. He said if you watch closely he is going different directions than everyone else from the same hit. One thing they all agreed about was that if they could be ONE of the captains, it would be Kirk.... But only if there were green alien women around, one of them added.

Jason Schombing and Gardiner Millar were next for the "You've Seen Them, But Who Are They Really?" panel about character acting and taking on various little roles and auditions. I LOVE Jason and stayed for that one. He is hysterical. Gardiner was only doing community theater bits up until just a few years ago and then auditioned on a bet. He got the part and has been acting ever since - only then realizing that you could actually make a living at it.


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Thurday, Continued....

 

I just realized today how bad my attitude must have been prior to this vacation. Between all of Mom's surgeries and the computer testing at work, I knew that I was stressed but today when I must have FINALLY relaxed it really hit me.  When I arrived here and got my room, I was pretty upset about the view I had.  If you recall, I had the PERFECT view last year of the mountains.  This year, ironically, it was the building that I was in last time that was blocking my view between that and the ongoing construction out the balcony I was NOT happy.  Suddenly, this afternoon after REALLY relaxing yesterday, I realized that the view really isn't so bad.Sure there is the construction AND the building, but if I angle myself just right, I can pretty well block all of that out and see the mountains very well.  No it isn't the entire horizon like it was the other year, but it was still a sight that could take your breath away.  Seagulls and mountains... beats ANYTHING that we see in Pennsylvania and especially at the office!  Yep... this was a GOOD thing.

 

I relaxed for a bit and then headed down to "Sekh's Party." Apparently, the first year, the name was accidental. The one lady's handle on the board was Sekhmet so the first year they innocently named the party after her as "Sekh's Party" only AFTERWARDS did they say it outloud and realize that it didn't SOUND as good as it looked.  Ever since then, they have played it up for all that it is worth.

 

They have an auction every year to benefit Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and all of the stars come to be the auctioneers.  They had the coolest ORIGINAL artwork Disney Cartoon cell that was signed by one of Disney's original artists. You KNOW that I had to sit on my hands for that one. I knew if I started bidding on that I would have a hard time stopping.  Even being Disney for charity I couldn't rationalize the whole thing.  The winning bid was either $1600 or $1700.  I was GLAD that I stayed out.

 

Others at the table were bidding on other things, so that was cool. JD found himself the owner of a ZAT in the neatest cherry(?)wood Stargate box so he was getting the stars to sign that.  There were even a few things that people at my table were bidding against each other for so that was kind'a fun... they were teasing each other like crazy and having a BLAST.  All in all it was a fun Sehks party.... For my first one.


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