You all know by now, or at least you should, that BFF and I attend the local Geekfest every year known as Phoenix Comicon. We proudly let our geek flag fly and join thousands of other like-minded geeks in squees of joy over our favorite celebrities, shows, costumes…you name it and everything geeky, nerdy and cool can be found at Comicon. Being HUGE Firefly and Doctor Who fanatics, BFF and I were particularly excited this year for two panels in particular: Nathan Fillion and John Barrowman. But especially Barrowman…we absolutely adore Capt. Jack. So we packed nerdy t-shirts and headed to the hotbox of Phoenix in the summer…the only thing that would get us down there in the summer is Comicon and the chance to stalk Barrowman.
We had decided this year to stay away from all the hotels in the Comicon general area to avoid the con-goers. Don’t get us wrong, we love our fellow geeks but they can be pretty excited about Con and quite noisy. One year, we had a room full of boy gamers next door to us…to say they were over exuberant as they gamed into the wee hours of the night was an understatement. Plus, BFF and I are admittedly hotel snobs and decided to stay at a resort instead. What can we say? We like soft beds and room service. Especially room service. For reals. Nothing like having someone bring food to your hotel room so you can scarf to your heart’s delight in private. So, after a fantastic night’s sleep and great room service breakfast, we headed down to retrieve my car from valet. Of course, we had on our comic book shirts (Batman of course!!) and our passes that said we were allowed entry into Geekfest 2014. When we arrived at the valet, the dude asked me if we were waiting for the shuttle to the Con. The what? Wait…why do they have a shuttle? Huh. When I said no we were getting the keys to my car that was parked there he went to get them. BFF started walking to the car and I looked up at the guy standing in front of me on his phone. He looked up and smile and I about died…Barrowman was right there! Capt. Jack Harkness in the flesh…in front of me…me unable to speak with my mouth open. Wait…my brain is trying to decipher this info. This means Barrowman is at my hotel. Wow. I recovered my ability to speak and quickly called BFF. She came back, slightly annoyed that I didn’t have my keys yet and asked “What?” in an annoyed way. I whispered “Look” to which BFF immediately lost her ability to speak as well and uttered some sort high-pitched alien sound and quickly pulled me toward the car. I didn’t even realize my keys had been handed to me at this point but since we had lost our ability to speak English, we figured it was best to just get into the car. Once inside, BFF and I looked at each other and screamed like the fangirls that we are..loudly, I might add. A fangirl dance of joy also might have happened in my car. BFF then turned to me and asked “Do you think he realized we love him?” I took a look in my rearview mirror, saw him smiling at our car, and replied “Pretty sure since he totally heard us squee.” Probably made his day…I know it made ours.
On the last day of Con, BFF and I had purchased a photo-op with our love Barrowman. Our love for him is truly only matched by our love for Wil Wheaton, who was not at this year’s Con so we stalked Barrowman instead of Wheaton. A photo-op, for those non Con-goers out there, is when you can purchase the opportunity to have your photo taken with a celebrity. Totally worth it, in case you were wondering. We even went as far as decking ourselves out in complete Doctor Who shirts and jewelry for our photo. John Barrowman seriously loves his fans and really is one of the best celebrities to ever have an encounter with…he is extremely grateful for all his fans. Before all the photos started, JB (that is what I call him now cuz we are so close and all) came out to the crowd and addressed everyone, telling us all that anything goes in his photo ops except for kissing because he got super sick his first Con when he made that mistake. BFF and I could not think of what we wanted to do…we were at a loss. Do we do some silly pose? Or do we just make a Barrowman sandwich and get as close to our love as we could? We got nervous as we got closer and BFF grabbed my hand for support. Would we be able to remember how to speak English this time? We gripped our hands tighter as it became our turn, hoping that words would come out and I also hoped I would be able to not vomit as we got so close to him. JB turned to us and said “What do you two lovely ladies want from me?” BFF, surprisingly, remembered how to speak English and immediately enthusiastically blurted out “We want a Barrowman sandwich!!” Totally out of character for BFF who hates to talk to strangers, especially a celebrity we have been stalking online and off at Con (and our hotel to be honest…BFF wanted to run screaming Barrowman’s name through the resort to see if he would come out). I think her love for Barrowman had overtaken her shyness at this point and her face immediately broke out in a big grin when he replied “Well then…get right in here and hold on tight!” We scrambled over and BFF wasted no time in wrapping her arms as tightly as she could around him. I still had not remembered how to speak English but went to put my arm around the other side, when he grabbed my hand and put it smack on his tight little butt and pulled me in tight. Barrowman sandwich complete! Would you like fries with that Barrowman sandwich? Why yes…yes I would!! The result? This:
It was a brief shiny blissful moment. And when it was over, squees were uttered and dances of joy were had as we left. Best. Sandwich. Ever. And I had also magically regained my ability to once again speak the English language. Funny how that happens. So fellow geeks…if ever you get the chance to get to a Con and your favorite celebrity is there…I encourage you to do the photo-op. So worth it. Oh and Barrowman…please ignore the girls next year running through the resort screaming your name like an elaborate game of hide and seek (well wouldn’t THAT be fun?)…we only stalk you and Wheaton we swear. So feel honored you have achieved Fat Girl adoration stage that leads to stalking (and hopefully not jail time). Our ultimate photo-op would be Barrowman and Wheaton together…sigh…a geeky Fat Girl can dream.
Oh yeah. I didn’t die today. I did stalk John Barrowman at the Phoenix Comicon and think about an elaborate game of hide and seek with him at our resort, but I didn’t die. I am geeky Fat Girl who had a Barrowman sandwich and finally regained my ability to speak English (although not in his presence) Running. The experiment continues…