My pictures are not fabulous accept a few closeups I got of Jamie, but I'll link all my DC buddies who have better cameras than I. And there be reports of people posting video later this week, at least of the BSG panels. I also attended the SG1 panels, one Star Trek, and one OMG CLAUDIA BLACK IS AWESOME panel. Sadly, I did not get to see Jamie at the Colonial Day Party due to a combination of the slowest dinner ever (though the company was terrific), the Hyatt being shut down by fire marshals, and the con putting the party in a tiny room that would only hold 115 people who apparently had to get in line at least an hour before.
It was a very weird con this year. Overall, I had a great time, but DC needs to seriously think about limiting ticket sales. People were *very* crabby this year which is understandable with up to four hours waits in the registration line (I managed to get out in an hour and a half because I was pre-registered) and having to line up hours in advance to get a decent seat/a seat in a panel. Seriously, lines went around the building.
Then there was the Walk of Fame headaches. Many of the Stargate actors, including Claudia, use Julie Caitlin Brown as their con manager. Julie is hated on the con circuit with good reason. She set up her own rules for autographs that included buying tickets ahead of time. Traditionally, it has always been just walk up to the actor's table or, in the case of the Firefly actors, wait in a lengthy line. For the most part, people are understanding and patient in this process. But to be forced to get in one line for a ticket (or thrown out of line when it randomly closed), then told you have to come back and are not actually guaranteed an autograph? People were not happy. To make matters worse, Julie yelled at people who had the nerve to ask her a question or not stand in line just as she told them to. Why people continue to use her is beyond me. I don't have a bad thing to say about the Stargate actors who seemed very nice and probably had little clue as to what she was doing.
That's probably enough venting for one night. I have a lot of good stories to tell. Like who knew Erik Estrada was such a morning person? When he walked by the line into the Walk of Fame he cheerfully patted people on the shoulder and said "Good Morning". After getting no response he stopped and yelled, "Good Morning!" It was pretty funny. And I let Lexa Doig cut in front of me in the line to the ladies room. I went into stall, found no toilet paper, walked back out, she had this confused look, I explained the situation and told her that she could go ahead to the next empty stall if she was in a hurry.
Also, if half these actors are reported to be in AA in the not to distant future, I won't be shocked. Don't worry about Jamie, I have reports he drank only water at the Colonial Day Party, there were no bar sitings that I heard of, and when we chatted about what we each did Friday night he mentioned hanging out in his hotel room to catch up on work, something that is hard to do with the kids around.
I mentioned I was exhausted, right? Yeah, shutting up and taking a cold shower now. I returned home to find a note that my water heater is broken. :(