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09 December 2007 @ 10:37 am
this bitter earth ain't so bitter after all  
The Cruise was fantastic. It was just a beautiful time. Some of the best parts involved singing, or dancing, or singing and dancing, and there was also a lot of drinking. Made some new friends. Ate way too much. Came home with few souvenirs but a lot of memories. Sonny Rhodes is amazing. He's hopefully going to come do a show in SF for us. Four-wheeling in an empty riverbed is amazing. I tried snails. We had an extra day stuck at sea and made the best of it, as we do. Nectar is such a sweetheart. I spent a lot of time with her, and got to know Jonathan better as we didn't speak that much at B3. We danced in the clubs, in the dining room, out on the deck under the sky. Worried about how whales sleep. Stayed up til 4 the last night, not wanting it to end. I don't ever want to head out on a cruise ship again unless I'm surrounded by Browncoats. I don't know what those other suckers must have done the whole time, except want to be us so very badly.

I'm trying to write it all up before it blurs into a fuzzy wondrous thing in my mind.

Oh, and the Mutant Enemy Strike Day seems to have been a huge success as well. When the first group walked up the street to Fox at 10am, the strike captains clapped and cried, 'Look how many people are coming!' and that was a fraction of who eventually showed up. It was a sea of red shirts and signs. 400 people marching and chanting and crossing back and forth across the streets, and nearly everyone behaved like adults. There were at least twenty individuals marching there who would have been mobbed in a convention setting, and that just didn't really happen. There was this feeling of solidarity, as we're all in the same boat, no pun intended. We want them to work. They want to work. It was also an interesting opportunity, to be able to picket Fox, for the current strike of course, but in our minds I'm sure it was for everything they've done and taken away from us over the years.

I did have my fangirl moment, when Alan turned up and I went to say hi and he took my hand and pulled me in for one of those Los Angeles we-know-each-other kisses. (Which I've only just now gotten used to.) Hee. But trust me, the squee-level seemed to be way down all around. I mean obviously, people aren't going to not talk to the actors - those uber-famous thespians that we have - or else they'd be in a boring protective bubble as they were marching. But it was usually just a couple folks, or they'd be talking to each other and not get bothered. I myself got to meet Nicholas Brendon, Juliet Landau, and Eliza Dushku, and Mere Smith dragged me over to introduce me to Tim Minear, so I've finally spoken to him as I didn't at B3 or Comic Con.

He said the Backup Bash was the most awesome thing ever. And so it was. And it's been a year this week. A Browncoatversary!

There was a book drive and a food drive and a picnic and Sarah Michelle totally brought us Krispy Kreme.

I was sad Nectar couldn't make it to the strike; she got a cold. (Seems like everybody got sick so I'm knocking back the Vitamin C and smoothies.) But she did text Adam to say she saw him on the news. We got covered by Channel 7.

Oh! And we took the train from SD to LA with two folks we didn't really meet on the Cruise - Brett and Alexis. They turned out to be absolutely full of awesome. We talked about movies and TV and comics and the industry and general geekery for two hours, and found out that Brett's brother is a character artist on Futurama. The next day at the strike? They brought me two original storyboards. They had him pick a few and he went through and found some 'good ones', and he signed them. One is Bender and Zapp, one is Fry and a new character, as they're from the fourth movie. It was so absolutely nice of all of them, I coudn't even believe it.

All in all, one of the best weeks of my life.
 
 
 
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jessa: Writers strikedeathismy_gift on December 9th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Did anyone actually see SMGP drop off the donuts?
(you can't unread it): buffy in my lifeelite on December 9th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Actually, not that I've heard. Maybe she sent somebody by with them and the note.
embers_logembers_log on December 10th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much for the great report! I had loved the Backup Bash so much, but I had to skip the cruise (I spent all my 2007 convention money on Comic Con).
I wish you would scan in your Futurama storyboards, that is so cool!

I really wish I was at the ME picket, I am thrilled that so many people were able to be there!
(you can't unread it)elite on December 22nd, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
I had no money for the Cruise, but I sold a bunch of stuff so I could go. I remain the sort of destitute where one shouldn't be gallivanting all over, but what's a geek to do?

Ooh, that's a good idea. I should ask him if it's alright to scan them. I'm still waiting to frame them as they're an odd size.
Alexisaquarius17 on December 11th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Brett and I had a great time meeting you guys too!!
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