Sorry, I know I’m a few days behind on this.. Friday ended up being the craziest day I’ve had in a while, but I still wanted to get this posted because I feel like this is an amazing topic.
This week’s 5 Fandom is Games The 5 Nerdiest Things I’ve Ever Done.
As a fangirl, there are moments in my life that I like to look back on and think “I can’t believe that actually happened!” Moments where my ultimate fangirl flag was raised and waiving, and I was so happy in that moment, I could have died.
5. The Small Moments
I know this doesn’t really count as a thing, since it’s just a bunch of small things. But I really couldn’t decide which moment to make #5. Like the time I ditched school one Friday so I could go see the first showing of Return of the King at my local cinema (they didn’t have a midnight showing of it), or when I told Rainn Wilson that I loved him when he came into the Coffee Bean I used to work at. One of my favorite moments has to be the year my friends and I ditched Jr. Prom, and went to see Revenge of the Sith all dressed up.
There were moments where I was lucky to have the friends I had. I cant tell you how many times I dragged my best friend to do things to satisfy my fangirl crazes. Like the time I dragged her to Disneyland on the day they reopened Pirates of the Caribbean after adding Capt. Jack Sparrow to the ride. We stood in line for 4 hours just because I wanted to be one of the “first people” to be on the ride. Or the I dragged her out to LA before the sun was up so that I could meet the cast of One Tree Hill (mainly Tyler Hilton) at a meet and greet downtown.
Not all these moments are for fandoms I still have (mostly bands), but they were definitely fangirl material. There was one year where I dragged my little brother with me to a taping of the VMAs just so I could see The Jonas Brothers play. We got on TV and you can see us rushing towards the stage at the Universal Studios backlot. Not a JoBros fan anymore, but it’s an awesome story to tell! My best friend and I were fans of Good Charlotte back in 2000, so we made the band t-shirts in our graphic arts class, and gave them to the band when we met them before the show. One of my favorites had to be the time I went to see Taking Back Sunday on the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, and Craig gave me the band’s drum sticks because I was the loudest, most enthusiastic person in the audience (it’s what we call *fangirling*).
All that being said, it’s the little moments in life that add up and make it great! And it’s the little moments that made me the fangirl I am today!
4. The time I geeked my way into the Dr. Horrible after party at Comic Con.
In 2008, it was my third time going to San Diego Comic Con, and the same year that Joss Whedon released Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog. One of the events we went to was a showing of Dr. Horrible that the cast and crew also attended. It was great, it was fun, I loved it. After the show, I got a call from my friend saying he had stumbled on what appeared to be the after party at a bar down the street. Everyone was there; Joss, Nathan, NPH and Felicia. I squeed and ran down to the bar to join. After sitting there for 30 minutes, nervously waiting for an opportunity to introduce myself to anyone there, a very very nice couple involved with the production, saw me being shy, and took me under their wing. They brought me around to everyone and introduced me.
I got to talk to Joss Whedon (my hero) for about 15 minutes. Honestly, don’t know what I said or did, because the only thing going on in my head was *OMGJOSSOMGJOSSOMGJOSSOMGJOSS*. I do remember getting mad at him for killing everyone I love, and then I told him he was hero, and his response was “And you’re my heroine.” I could have died of happiness right then.
But if I had died, then I wouldn’t have gotten to take multiple selfies with Nathan, while he checked every single one to make sure he looked good. Or do magic tricks with NPH. Sadly, Felicia had left by the time I got to her. :/ But that will always be my #1 most favorite Comic Con experience. (It was the same con I got to meet John Barrowman)
3. I went on stage during the Torchwood Panel at Gallifrey One
In 2009, my friend Roz and I went to Gallifrey One in Los Angeles for the weekend. That alone was an amazing time, because we stayed in the hotel the convention was at, and were surrounded by geeks the entire time! We rode in an elevator with a drunk Kai Owen (Rhys from Torchwood), saw Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto from Torchwood) in the Internet Cafe at 3am (he types using the “hunt and peck” method btw) and went to several room parties over the 2 nights we were there. But my favorite part was going on stage for the Torchwood Q&A.
The Q&A started off with just Kai and Gareth, chatting and answering questions on stage, each had their own couch. About half way through, Naoko Mori (Tosh from Torchwood) showed up and surprised everyone! She sat next to Kai and joined in on taking questions. A few minutes in, Kai noticed that the spot next to Gareth was vacant, and said something along the lines “Who wants to come sit next to Gareth?” Being that I was in the front row, and I can be VERY enthusiastic, I raised my hand and jumped out of my seat. Gareth (Ianto) is my favorite from Torchwood, had a major crush on him. Next thing I knew, Kai picked me, and I was sitting on stage next to Gareth, answering questions along with the cast.
Honestly couldn’t tell you how long I was up there, or what I said (I remember answering a question about what you want your characters to do in the upcoming season with something like “I don’t think my answer would be appropriate to say with kids around”), I just remember being in a state of perpetual joy the entire time.
The rest of the weekend, Roz and I joked that I was a new member of the Torchwood cast to anyone who asked who I was.
2. I flew all the way to England just to see David Tennant do Hamlet at Stratford Upon Avon
In the year that David Tennant took off from Doctor Who (well, didn’t really take it off, he just did 4 episodes), he was doing Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Going to see him in England play Hamlet was probably the last thing I ever thought I would be able to do.. but that Christmas I had basically spent an entire evening geeking out about Doctor Who with my Aunt Michelle, and then joined her and her sister Melissa, a few days later, for an evening of drinking tea and watching our favorite episodes. A few months later, Melissa messaged me on Facebook, saying she had an extra ticket to see Hamlet that summer, and I was welcome to her and some friends in England for a week if I wanted to go. Words can not express how excited I got, and then I did everything I could to save up and go.
The trip alone was amazing, and seeing David Tennant from the 3rd row in Stratford was the icing on the cake. We did a day trip to Cardiff and did our own little tour of the Torchwood/Doctor Who locations, we saw the TARDIS in London, and we did the typical London touristy things. The whole experience is something I will always remember, and be grateful to Melissa for inviting me!
1. Married the man of my dreams.
You’re probably wondering how this is nerdy. But let me start at the beginning. About 10 years ago, I went into a Blockbuster video, wearing one of my many Star Wars shirts, and rented a copy of Rushmore. The cute nerdy checkout boy behind the counter made a comment about liking my t-shirt, while he scanned my DVD, then continued to talk about how much he loved Wes Anderson movies. I started crushing hard. I then started going into Blockbuster more than usual, picking DVDs that I thought might spark a conversation, and then strategically placing myself in line so that I could talk to my Blockbuster boy. I didn’t think he knew who I was, let alone like me back. Fast forward about 4 years, and I get a friend request on Facebook from Alex Fisk, my Blockbuster boy. After almost a little while, we started dating, and in 2012 we got married.
Now, how is this at all the nerdiest thing I’ve ever done? Since we started dating, every day of my life has been filled with complete and absolute nerdy love and joy (*mushy, i know*). Our house is filled with nerdy toys (things most wives would make their husbands keep in their *man cave*), we go on nerdy adventures (in July we’re seeing Back to the Future at the Gamble house) and we enjoy doing nerdy things (weekly DnD games, Game of Thrones viewing parties and playing video games together).