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16 May 2007 @ 11:43 am
Asylum - day 1  
Friday – got to the airport, a little worried that I would never find wenchpixie, angelnetgirl, kitty_cat89 and smeckles90 but as soon as I got off the courtesy bus from the long stay car park I looked over the road and saw Claire (wenchpixie) getting out of a taxi, so my morning started off really well and only got better from that point on!

We all got checked in, and even though I didn't pre-book my seats on the plane I ended up sitting in the row right behind the others so we could all squee and giggle all the way down. Plus, the woman I was sitting next to was really sweet and asked what we were all going to do – when we told her she seemed really interested and said she would definitely be checking out the show on Sunday night. I think we made a new convert!

When we got to our hotel the first thing I saw was an events board with "SPN Fest" all over it – I think I literally squeed! The con wasn't in the hotel I stayed at on Friday and Saturday, but the wonderful purplephoenix03 had organised a meet-up and viewing session that night in the Britannia.

We took a wander around, trying to find the best route to the Leofric where the con was going to be, and in the end it was sheer luck that we found it. I was glancing around looking to see which street it was that we were supposed to follow up to the right when I spotted the sign in the corner of the little shopping centre. The hotel was… not big. Definitely not big enough in the 'convention centre' to be able to hold the 750 fans who all descended on the place this weekend. But more about that later.

It was still really early so a bunch of us went off to go find some place to have lunch (O'Briens, I had a cheese&ham toastie for the first time in years and am hooked again!) and sat chatting about the weekend for a good couple of hours. Finally went back to the hotel to get unpacked and freshened up a little before registration was due to start and just as I was about to head over to the Leofric I heard from fresleyforever that she was in Birmingham so I stuck around outside the Leofric until she arrived and we went and found the others all designing name badges in the hotel's bar area. I think we petrified the two tables of little old ladies having their afternoon tea (and who can blame them?!) but it was amazing to meet so many people who are exactly like me! (Insane, due to be sectioned, squeeing…)

Registration was pretty painless for me, but so many others had issues with their pre-booked photo session tickets not being in their packs and the like that it became a little bit of a nightmare for the rest of the evening (and into the Saturday morning as well). I think Wayne and his staff were more than a little overwhelmed at how big the convention became and the number of newbs there meant that things took far longer than would normally be expected. Stewards weren't rota'd on duty until the Saturday morning and I can't help but think that it would have been an idea to get some roped in to help with queue control at registration. Speaking of stewards, we had our meeting at 6.30 and were assigned our duties – I was to be on the photo studio on the Saturday afternoon for two hours and fresleyforever was covering the main doors on Saturday lunchtime.

After that time was starting to get away from us and we had to rush to make the screening of episode 21 back at the Britannia (I won't mention the episode in this post 'cause I know there are loads of you not up to pace with it yet) which was a hell of a lot of fun (being in a room with 75 (I think that was the final count?) fangirls all watching the brand new episode and reacting to it together was awesome!) Then back to the Leofric for the party only to discover the DJ was the same sad git who DJs at the Starfury cons (and who delights in playing 'synchronised dancing' type tunes. Y.M.C. Fucking A. Luckily though, fresleyforever's friend Janine (does Janine have an LJ by the way?) organised a mass spam of the requests sheet and within about twenty minutes we had some classic rock playing – all of which went down really well with the Supernatural fandom crowd, as you'd expect!

'Cause there were still issues with the photo session tickets missing, we kinda decided not to stay too late and headed back to our own rooms/hotels before too much longer (and incidentally bumped into Mark Lutz on our way out of the hall – he was intrigued by the pink cowboy hats everyone was wearing, and yes Mary – he did remember you!) and I got about three hours interupted sleep all in. (traffic, nightclub right next to the hotel, window that wouldn't close...)

Next time, on Shona's rambling recollections, Queuing. Telling Nicki what real men wear under kilts, Reg-Badge-Gate, Shona gets to shout at people, Losing my heels, Fangirling Jason Manns.
 
 
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Ashpurplephoenix03 on May 16th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
Yay, squee for spn fest! I'm so amused at the number of pics of that board that have cropped up...

We still got macarena and ymca on saturday....
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on May 16th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
We still got macarena and ymca on saturday....

and some strange people danced to it... *g*
Ashpurplephoenix03 on May 16th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
You know the macarena video I got? That should be like blackmail material FOREVER.

*mumbles* Disco Queen!!

DUDE, AWESOME.

(I'm still stuck on those two words, I mean, what else is there to say?!)

(OH, and come angst with me on my latest post :( Hayley's killed me dead!)
Mary: omfgwtfbbqjensenfresleyforever on May 16th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
:P :P :P
Mary: omfgwtfbbqjensenfresleyforever on May 16th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
:P
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: asylum//squee!!! Jensen!whiskyinmind on May 16th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
*blackmail*

:D
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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: text//asylum//angsty sheepwhiskyinmind on May 16th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
*snort*

Me? Coherent? LOL!

This is about draft 27 of just the Friday one, the Saturday one is going to be insane...
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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: text//asylum//angsty sheepwhiskyinmind on May 16th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
In my head it sounds like a 1950s sitcom announcer...

But then my head is kinda wasted right now (I'm just about to finish a full day's work and I have no idea what I've done today!)
lmzjewel on May 16th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you had a really great time Mara! (: I know that I really love the convention atmosphere at Dragoncon. So, I can just imagine how much fun you all were having.

LMZ
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on May 16th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
It was so much fun! This was the first convention I went to more or less solo - normally I go with thedothatgirl, acrazywench and smileawhile (and sometimes engelsteorra or any combination of the lot of them) so I was really quite nervous that I might end up being the loner freak hanging around the outskirts - but everyone was so nice! There was no cliquishness that I could see, and everyone was really happy to just talk to each other in the queues or in the talks.

And I now have so many new friends that I'm blown away!
thedothatgirl: heethedothatgirl on May 16th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
only to discover the DJ was the same sad git who DJs at the Starfury cons (and who delights in playing 'synchronised dancing' type tunes. Y.M.C. Fucking A

ahahahahahahahahahahaha

I bet you had a few things to say

ahahahahahaha 'There's Klingon's on the starboard bow, starboard bow' Did the guests party with you??

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on May 16th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Hee - thought you guys might find that funny! To be honest we didn't spend a whole lot of time at the parties because there were other things going on elsewhere (including the sampling of Purple Nurples... Dean was right, they are awesome!) but I have to say, Ash (purplephoenix03) has some intriguing video footage of a mutual friend of ours dancing to the Macarena. (And no, it wasn't me!)

There weren't any guests at the times I was there, apart from Mark Lutz and Jenny Mollen (neither of whose autographs I managed to get this weekend!) but to be honest, it was just as much fun without them being there. (Although there was a Jason Manns gig on the Saturday which most of them turned out to see here's Jason's blog about it)
Cat: asylumpassaditu_az on May 16th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
*squeeee* I love having friends so much!!

I can't believe I missed the purple nurples

do have a crazy random vid of a few people dancing to 'don't fear the reaper' from sat, still haven't watched all my vids tho!

can't wait til next installment!!
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on May 17th, 2007 08:34 am (UTC)
The purple nurples were courtesy of wenchpixie and were completely awesome!

I'm now worried, because I'm pretty damn sure I was dancing during 'reaper'...
acrazywench: mara_shoacrazywench on May 17th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
"I'm now worried, because I'm pretty damn sure I was dancing during 'reaper'..."

Yes, but you weren't dancing for the Macarena and for that we are proud! That would be the worst thing everrrr!

Other songs I'm hoping you avoided:
Joe 90
Startrekkin
Dr Who in the Tardis
Time Warp
The shark thing and others that involve chairs as props

plus any other songs that extract individuality and turn people into automatons/line dancers.

Obviously the Hokey Cokey is the exception to this rule. It is always important to do the Hokey Cokey whether there is music playing or not.

And on that note, put your left leg in....

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on May 17th, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
How about sitting on the stage doing the hand gestures to YMCA? Do you hate me now?

*g*
acrazywench: mara_shoacrazywench on May 17th, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)
Before I answer that please respond to the following questions:
1. Were you very drunk?
2. Was there peer pressure?
3. Was someone lovely also joining in?
4. Were you drugged?
5. Were you very tired and so can plead sleep-dancing/diminshed responsibility?
6. Have you gone over to the dark side?
7. Were you celebrating Malta's misguided (for our song scaled new depths) but very welcome (for we didn't want to come last) douze points?
8. Did you think you were being ironic?
9. Was there a very cute boy there that you were trying to impress?



Put your left leg out.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on May 17th, 2007 09:51 am (UTC)
1. Not really. I'd had a couple of large bottles of beer but that was it..
2. Not really, kinda, but not really...
3. Lots of lovely people were joining in, but no famous lovely people...
4. Not so far as I'm aware...
5. Now that sounds like a plausible excuse!
6. Yes. Absolutely, yes.
7. I had blanked Eurovision from my mind and forgotten it was on!
8. Yes. I'll go with that one.
9. Impressing someone by getting the 'C' the wrong way round? *g*

I blame the Jensen Effect personally...
Cat: asylumja&meaditu_az on May 17th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Firstly, there is nothing wrong with the Time Warp, Rocky Horror and all!!

*is sheepish* I tried peer pressure to make you join in the Macarena! (I only do it because I am still mentally 10 - it was the only dance-routine song that i could actually do at school discos)

Now, why couldn't they play the Hokey Cokey? I haven't done that one in faar too long!

re: purple nurples... i really wanted to come, but somewhere along the lines i got seperated from the group, don't know what the hell i was doing!