Meeting Jared and Jensen: Take two

I know it’s been a while since VegasCon, but hadn’t found the time to write about it yet.

Vegas 2016 for me started on Friday before the convention. I’ve met up with my friend at the airport and we stayed at an Extended Stay hotel across from the Rio. I thought the bus would take us to The Strip easily and fast, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. I discovered Uber and I loved it: Just order on your phone and the ride is there to pick you up at your location and drop you off wherever you want to go. No payment needed.

Shows

Saturday and Sunday basically where some recuperating days and Sunday night we went to a show: Tournaments of Knights and it was hilarious. It was a dinner show set in King Arthur times so that meant no utensils, just eating with your hands. Which I loved every second off. While eating that chicken I thought: I’ve always wanted to know how it felt to eat like that and now I knew.

Later that night we got some tickets for KA and did some gambling. Tuesdays we went to the Luxor ahead of the show and played some slots, what turned out to be fun and we won some cash.
After dinner we’ve got some drinks before the KA show and the show blew our minds. WOW! Those are some incredible artists. A couple of rotating stages, amazing special effects and on top of that the outstanding performances.

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Wednesday before registration we met up with some more  friends/ family for dinner, where one of them proposed to the other, which was perfect and amazing and I’m so glad I was able to witness this special moment.
At registration we met up with an amazing person who was standing behind us in line and became instant friends. I am fortunate enough to call her my family too.

Thursday the convention started and Richards opening was again epic. He didn’t have his sidekicks Rob Benedict or Matthew Cohen by his side but that wasn’t noticeable at all. Right than and there he started the “High Church of the Holy Dicks”  and everybody loved it.
Panels on Thursday and Friday where so good I laughed almost those full days. Gil had the “weirdest panel ever”, almost fell off the stage, Osric came out in a suit and Karaoke was a blast, like last year. Jason had an amazing panel with songs and questions, Brianna and Kim had a panel where I was cracking up the whole time. Hilarity galore 😀 Saturday special was amazing and definitely special. Everyone who showed up was at their best and made it great.

Sunday: J2day

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Sunday is always J2’s day, which meant Jared and Jensen are in the house for their panels (2 if you have Gold, 1if you don’t), auto’s and pics. I got a pic with Jensen and shared my Jared op with my friend. Meeting Jensen again was a little nerve wrecking beforehand cause of last year. Last year I was totally fine right before the picture and I froze. I could barely get a “Just a hug, please” out and even though I love the photo from last year, I wanted a “real”  hug this year. I knew if I kept “bear hug”  in mind I’d be fine. I was one of the first 50 people to get the photo taken and it was right after the gold panel. At the end of the panel I started to get really nervous and my thoughts where running wild: “We are almost the same height, how can we have a bear hug and a cool photo?” “Oh I hope I can get a word out”  where the thoughts that ran my mind. I was standing in line between two girls who’s never been to a con and told them it would be great, the boys are amazing and you can ask them almost everything. My mind kept racing and than Jensen came in, talked to Chris (photographer) for a bit, took his time with people who couldn’t stand in line (cause they where either in a wheelchair, on crutches or elderly) and that was so nice. Chris also makes sure that he takes the best picture ever for that experience, so if he can make it better by holding your crutches in one hand and his heavy camera in the other, he’d do that.
So while standing in line, observing all that and having my mind racing I told myself to quit it. Last year went great, Jensen is a lovely guy and he’s just a person. A person who inspires me a lot, but still just a human being. So I took a minute to take some breaths, felt myself in that room in that moment and calmed myself down. When it was my turn I looked up said hi, got a hi back and I think I asked for a plain old hug or a bear hug (the exact words I don’t remember) I opened my arms and took a step, which made him laugh and he went in for the hug too. I laughed, looked at Chris, got the picture, looked back, thanked him and than tanked Chris and I walked off with a huge grin on my face.

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Later that day we had our Jared op and for some reason I’m never nervous meeting him. Last year was great and this year was great too. I shared my op with my friend and it was a lovely picture like last years. After Jared’s op I figured I’d take a look if the Jensen photo’s where already done and to my surprise it ended up the best photo ever!
So here’s the ops of this Vegas Con:

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Overall I laughed so hard I still felt my abs a week later, I could spend time with amazing people, had two perfect photo ops and was able to thank the boys again.

Next year they will hold a convention in Hawaii which will be the first time ever in SPN con history. Even though I am so fortunate to have gone to two Vegas Cons already and I have so many great memories, I’d like to be able to go to Hawaii too. Just because it’s a first time thing and I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii anyways so why not start or finish it with a convention 😀

3 days & 5 states

Monday 9 March: Hole in the ground

I peed in a hole in the ground! Yeah you read it correct, I peed in a hole 😀 I know this is what you call “over sharing” but I don’t care, it was hilarious! You know that sometimes while your on the road you really need to go? Yeah and you think “Oh man I can kill for a rest area!”? I had that feeling and out of the blue a nice blue sign with some white letters stated something like “Rest area, next stop” popped up. Lucky me I thought, so I pulled into that area and what did I see? A 2mx2m square “Restroom” with indeed a toilet. It wasn’t flushable though, so I had to pee in a hole. Never thought I’d had to pee standing up again, after all these times in France. Well at least there you could still flush it all down, which I guess is not necessary if it’s just a hole in the ground 😛

Anyways this was the rest of the day 🙂

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I drove about 376 miles which, according to google maps, would’ve been 5,24 hours. It took me from 10.10 – 17.40 to get in a hotel. It was a lovely drive though. I had fun, the sun was up and it was beautiful!

It was nice to be able to pull into a motel that time though. And guess what? It was a typical Sam & Dean Winchester motel, which was also in front of a Philips joint 😉 If y’all don’t know what that means: START watching Supernatural and you’ll get it 😛

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Tuesday 10 March: T-shirt and flip flops

356 miles on Tuesday, GoogleMaps: 5 hours, Me: left 10.20 – pulled into a hotel: 17.30isch. While it was still chill in the morning, in the afternoon T-shirt and flip flops where enough to be outside, nice and sunny and sunburn occurred as well.

Salt lake city and area are lovely to drive through. Takes you a long time to get out of that area though. Got off for a rest stop and pulled back on the Interstate, going the direction I came from :O Luckily the next exit was only a few miles way and I could around easily. There’s never been a trip where I haven’t taken a wrong turn, so this is just as always I guess 😉

These pics are somewhere in Utah, about an hour from the Arizona border.

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My baby deserves some time to rest too. Enjoying the sun together 🙂

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Count the bugs, two days of bug catching this was:

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Wednesday 11 March: Time for donuts

175 miles to Vegas. Don’t know how long I was on the road but the drive was amazing!!!!! There was a little time I spend on the road through Arizona, didn’t know I’d pass that on my way to Vegas, but I did so yeah that was state number 4 🙂

I had a donut for breakfast and for all the Dutchies reading this, they taste like “oliebollen zonder krenten” 😛 Oh and Jerry Springer is still on TV, apparently people still watch that show…..

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This is not my pic and although it’s an incredible one, it’s not as impressive as what I’ve seen today…

The best part of todays drive was the amazing time I spend driving THROUGH the Grand Canyon, yes driving through it, not flying over it or just looking down into it from the top, no none of that, just driving through it for at least 30 minutes. There’s no possibilities to stop to take pictures or to rest and be swallowed by the hugeness of this Canyon, but driving through it amazed me. I’m still in awe about the beautiful and enormousness of it all. It was beautiful. If anyone wants to know how to get there and do that: Take the Interstate 15 North (I15 North) from Vegas towards Salt Lake and after an hour or so you will be driving through it. I know people usually go and to a tour on a helicopter or you just look from atop, but this drive is spectacular! I’d advice anyone to skip the other stuff and take 4 hours out of your Vegas day to take the drive!

So that’s it for now. The next couple of days will probably blow me away too. It’s convention time, the reason I’m here in Vegas, and I can’t wait. It’s been 2,5 years in the making and finally I’m able to go!

Okay I forgot to write down which states I drove through: Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and I’m currently in Nevada.

Will try to write my experiences when the convention is over, convention stops on Sunday so till than:

Take care, tnx for the read and talk soon!

❤ me