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Meeting Adam Baldwin (T2 Event 2010)

The T2 convention was my first ever sci-fi convention. This was a Starfury event that had completely changed my life. It is one I will never forget because of the amazing Adam Baldwin. It was not just entirely for him, oh no. I made so many new, crazy but loveable friends there..and they are people I badly want to keep in touch with…and see again soon I hope.

Yet, of course, a newbie con attendee has to have her moments with her idol. The man who she simply had to meet before her life comes to an end because...oh I dunno...I didn't see the bus coming towards me. Its something that had to be achieved.  

Right....I'm trying to remember everything in order.

Well it was on the Friday night that I first met him. I was dancing in the disco and it was getting quite hot. I needed fresh air, so I went outside. As you do! Anyhow, there was this this bloke sitting on his own and I thought he was lonely. I started speaking to him and found out he was fine, just watching and chilling. We chatted and actually I asked to take his photo! That was it, (sorry Lotus got it wrong on your bit!) anyhow I took Bernard's photo and he saw on my phone the picture of Adam. 

"you're here because of Adam?" 

Oh hell yes. 

He then said, "You do realise that he is behind you at the bar." Which he was. I turned round, froze to the spot and my mouth hung open. It was at this time my new friends saw me and they found it most amusing. Bernard...the new bloke I saw told me he could introduce me...they knew each other. I of course shook my head...but then AB was moving towards us anyway. Bernard introduced us.

"Hi." said Adam. "How are you?"
 
I couldn't say anything, I just nodded my head and muttered. Adam smiled and asked if I was having a great time. I couldn't speak, I just bobbed my head. Adam found it amusing but said to keep on enjoying myself. He had to excuse himself...I think he might have needed to go to the toilet. But after he had gone, I was still standing with my hand out and my mouth open. My friends all told me to breathe and calm down. But ahh!! That was my first meeting with him. My friend who came with me to the con, had missed out on that because she was still in the disco dancing. Ahhh!

Anyhow, that was Friday. Saturday morning, my photo shoot. Raevon and Erin asked me to mention that I was friends with Raevon to AB. It was vital apparently. Well, anyway I went to have my photo with him (oh not before having a chat with Bonita!! SHE'S GREAT!) my hands were sweating and oh my god I was so nervous! Well...anyway, I approach him and he remembered me from last night.

"You seem calmer now. still enjoying yourself?"

Oh yes. I replied.

"What's your name?" Amy I told him. "Ahhh! You're Raevon's friend?! She asked me to look out for you...its your first time at a con, right?" Yeah... "Well Raevon is just so wonderful, she's a sweetheart and so are you."

He then put his arm around me and I put my arm around him. HE'S VERY SOLID! (I will have to find a way to post my picture up.) He's so tall and fit! The camera and tvs do not do him justice!!!! And he SMELLS great. Well, the photo was taken he shook my hand and told me to carry on having a good time. I was a little nervous and could barely move, he directed me towards the door smiling.

Well...that was that. I did have a group photo as well, but Adam was behind me, but I sat between Bonita and Julia!! Yvonne wasn't able to attend but the wonderful Julia Ling came as a replacement! Bonita is nothing like Beckman! She is hyper, so friendly and the same height as me!!! She put her arm around me for that.....XD Adorable woman! So is Julia too!

Anyhoo. Saturday night. The disco is in full swing. I and everyone is having a great time. I have had a bit to drink at this point and so has everyone else. I go up to the bar to get some drinks with my friends and Adam is at the far end. I put in my order and ask the barman to get one in for AB. I saw Adam accept the drink and ask who got it for him. I wove and he remembered me! I didn't go up to him there, I let him have his drink and carried on with my own. As you do! I badly wanted to hang around and stare at him, but no…it’s not right…he’s there to have a good time...y'know

Any ways, I did a bit more dancing etc and then later I saw him again and wanted to know how he knew Raevon.

I introduce myself again and I asked him about her. He mentions that she's on Twitter and she's a great woman. He thanked me for the drink and then asked what I did for a living. I said that I work with those with special needs, learning difficulties. Adam told me how much he respected me for that.  THEN he leans down to and says "I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather."

This shock hit me so hard, my mouth hung open and my stomach lurched and my eyes began to sting with tears. HE then said that it must be so difficult and hard to be here and still have to think about my granddad, but I was not to stop having a good time. The tears in my eyes began to fall, and that's when he hugged me and kissed me on my cheek.

"Are you okay? Can I get you anything?"

I of course had to run away. I kind of shook my head, and just mumbled a thanks to him before actually...yeah...I ran away and I burst into tears...full on bawling sob. I think all the other con attendees saw me and I do wish to mention how great they supported me...and my friend Rachel. I sat outside on the floor just overcome. So this is what happens when you're drunk and your idol says something like this to you!

Aw...I cannot describe the intensity of my feelings. Adam was amazing and I cannot thank Raevon and Kuryiankinsgirl (she mentioned my granddad to Raevon)enough. Yeah I was upset, but so happy at the same time. I will never forget it....ever.

Well...it was at the autograph signing that he asked again how I was doing, and I said sorry for crying on him.

"I understand. I'm sorry if it upset you."

I told him he hadn't. I then said sorry for being drunk but he smiled and it hadn't bothered him. He signed all my stuff for and sincerely offered his condolences again but told me to come to more Starfury cons and keep living life. Marvellous man...truly truly marvellous.

Oh new bit added! Sorry...I completely forgot. As us Jellies know...we had all helped to come up with a list, the 100 Casey Grunts list. I gave Adam this list as a gift and maybe hopefully he'll adopt some of them in season 4??!. (Maybe the last one eh, ladies?!) I told him that we made it for him and his face lit up.

"Oh this is so cool! I might have to learn some of these!" 

So the Jellie has been once again put forth to AB. It will happen eventually!!

I cannot say this enough. Adam Baldwin is a truly amazing together guy. He's kind, funny and so compassionate and understanding of others around him. Those actors who are so stuck up their own arses and who are so arrogant it can make you physically ill, should learn to be more like him.

But in my opinion I don’t think any of them will. (I'm not talking about the others who are like Adam...John Billingsly, Julia Ling, Bonita Federicy...Thomas Decker, Brody Hutzler, Mark Shepherd, .Brian Austin Green...they were all so wonderful!) 

My friends, if there is ever an opportunity to go to a con or somewhere where you can meet Adam, do so. You will not be disappointed….trust me.


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goddessofbirth From: goddessofbirth Date: June 15th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah! So awesome and so jealous!! He sounds wonderful, and I have to love a man who smells great! I love scifi cons and wish I could go to more. I'm also jealous that you got to meet the cast of TSSC!
basched From: basched Date: June 15th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks so much Goddess! And believe me he is....he really is! Lass, it was my first ever convention but to see AB was the best thing ever.

You EVER get the chance to go to a con and see him. Don't miss out on it. Promise me! Well...do the best you can, because it is something you will never regret!

I'm completely skint now, but I don't care. THAT's really amazing for me!

Cheers so much. If you ever want to know what else I did..just ask! XD
valerie_36 From: valerie_36 Date: June 15th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh Wow, that is an amazing story and Adam sounds like such a stand up type of guy. Definitely doesn't have an inflated ego. I have to say though, most Scifi actors that I have met are like Adam. They know that their success is partly in thanks to their fan base and they appreciate us.

I haven't been to a con in ages but one of the nicest people I've gotten to meet is Jonathan Frakes...just an absolute sweetheart.

Actors like Adam are class acts and that is why their fans love them.

Doesn't matter how popular an actor may be, it's all about the love and respect they show for their fans that make a lasting impression.

I'm so glad you had such an amazing experience with Adam.
basched From: basched Date: June 15th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hey Val! XD

A lot of the people other con atendees, and they told me that yeah, a lot of sci-fi actors are very nice, they do know that the fans are an integral part of their success...but not all of them. These are the ones who should take examples from the likes of adam and the others.

You met Johnathan Frakes! I remember having a huge crush on him when Next Gen first came out over here! I'm pleased to know that he is like the Adam.

I had a great time, Val...and I'm still not over it. I don't think I will be for quite a while.

XD
sunshineali From: sunshineali Date: June 15th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my goodness, I'm so happy for you. He just seems like the sweetest man. You kind of have to feel sorry for him, as he is traveling on business and must get kind of lonely for his home/family so it warmed my heart that he was comfortable hanging out in the bar instead of hiding in his room or off partying with the "upper crust" party people. He seems to be the real deal. Not a snob or blabbering druggie, but just a real dude, doing his thing, earning his money etc.

I will never be able to go to an event like this as I would have embarrassed myself and fainted or cried or both and probably would have made a scene and ended up in the hospital. Sigh....and, I don't even drink, so imagine if I was there with you all partying and drinking, I'm sure the American Embassy would have been involved somehow.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you gave him the grunt list. Very cool! Sounds like you had an all around enjoyable con. experience. I do hope we'll get to see the pic./pics. you took with him.

Thanks for sharing this cool story. It's personal but cool to share with like minded fans of the hotness that is AB
basched From: basched Date: June 15th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks sunshineali!

Believe me...is is the greatest! One of the other things was, at the Q&A session he did with Bonita...it was just him and her asking questions. Bonita asked about his family, hwo he met his wife and if he missed them.

He said he did, but his kids are all doing their own things now...he talked a little bit about then but he said he was happy to be amounst friends. He called all of us friends...he said that he couldn't say no to us... "You guys help keep me working! I'll never forget that...you love what I do and I love ya back for it."

Or something along those lines. XD

Lass, my friend Rachel didn't drink and most of the time she was worse than me. "OH MY GOD IT'S ADAM BALDWIN! OH MY GOD IT'S JULIA!" I had to tell her on numerous times to quieten down...bless her. So don't you worry...go to a con. Believe me...it will be worth it.

Yup Adam seriously was pleased that we came up with so many different grunts. I hope that he will use some of them. I shall try and get this photo up...though my camera was on my mobile and most of the guest talks and main events phones weren't allowed in. But a friend of mine has taken loads and hopefully he will send them to me.

Yeah...it is a personal story. If it hadn't been for my granddad giving me some money before this...I wouldn't have been able to have gone. So to have Adam know about him.....that he passed away....it was a huge shock. It shows how great he is and I wanted to share that with you all.

Cheers Sunshine. XD
jellie_rayneluv From: jellie_rayneluv Date: June 15th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that must have been so super shiny and awesome! I'm so glad that AB turned out to be as nice as we all thought. And the list of "grunts" ... how great that he got a kick out of that :) and that he truly appreciates his fans and obviously takes the time to get to know them. Sigh ...

I know a lot of people finally get to meet someone they really admire, and are disappointed when they finally do. That would be such a bummer.

So YEAH!! AB is a really sweet fellow. Glad you had so many opportunities to talk to him. And how fortunate that you meet Bernard, just trying to be nice to a stranger and it ended up a way to meet Adam.

I would have been like you at first too, not able to speak. It would still be cool though.

Hope you can get your photos posted so we can see them.
basched From: basched Date: June 15th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey JRL!

It was wonderful and super duper shiny. I still haven't come down from the high...everything I'm feeling is still all confusing and mixed up.

When he saw the list, his face lit up so much! He was genuinely pleased to have been given it! He also asked to send on the thanks to everyone who helped make it.

I was fortunate that first night, Bernard also sent me a picture he got with Adam where Adam is holding him with one leg wrapped around him and this hilarious "OOOH!" look upon his face. He signed it for Bernard..."HOLD ME!!!!!" Bernard was wonderful to have done that for me.....

I strongly STRONGLY recommend, the first chance to get to meet AB...do it. Go for it. You will not regret it!

I hope to get the photos up as soon as I can.

Take care!! Xxx
xenaclone From: xenaclone Date: June 15th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi from the 'fruit cake lady'! Maybe NEXT time we can actually meet properly, 'kay?

Adam is the best. Charming, friendly, generous and just LOVELY. :-) [SIGH]
basched From: basched Date: June 15th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Xena!! I was trying to look for you during the whole convention...YOU were the fruitcake lady!!! Excellent!

John gave me some! I'm not a big fruit cake fan but that was moi moi delish!

I recall Adam saying...was it in the photo shoot...you might have been in the same room at the time...

"Fruit is good. Cake is....GOOD. Fruit cake, nah they're normally crap...but that one was good!!"

Had me in stitches when he said that.

I'm sorry I missed you...if I can ever go away, I will definately make sure I bump into you!!

XD xx :)
night_lotus From: night_lotus Date: June 15th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am thrilled that you had such a marvelous con experience and are allowing us to live vicariously through you.

Adam sounds like a generous, sweet and intelligent man who hasn't forgotten where he came from. The fact that he is so humble when it comes to his fans blows my mind. So many actors have huge egos, especially actors that have a large female following.

Bless you for having the courage to give him the grunt list. It was heartening to hear that he seemed tickled by it.

I don't think I would ever have the courage to come within 50 feet of him.
I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather's passing. Cherish your memories and the time you spent with him.

Thanks again for sharing with all of us!

-NL
basched From: basched Date: June 16th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much NL! I had a wonderful experience, one that I wish didn't have to come to an end. Adam told us about how he met his wife and *sigh* she is a VERY lucky woman. I hold my hat off to her! As it were...I bet they're very happy together! :)

As for the list....I was extremely nervous about that! My voice was cracking as I tried to explain what it was. But when I saw him smile and heard how cool he thought the list was, I was chuffed to bits!

I will also cherish my grandfather's memories. I will miss him greatly, but I will never forget that it was because of my granddad that I got to see AB.

Thanks NL. Thanks so much! Xxx
From: tish4dw Date: June 16th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

*squeeee

Hey Amy....

First and foremost Im really sorry to hear about your granddad... when you lose someone who you love and admire so much it leaves a huge hole... *hugs*

Im sooo glad u had the most awesome'est time.... and like night lotus said.. thanks for allowing us to live vicariously thru your experience.... i really wish i could have shared it with you... you then wouldnt have been a newbie on your own.. .lol...

I love that he was hanging in the bar... that he is sooo down to earth and really respects his fans... thanx for the message too... i wish i could have smelled him too... lol... and i cant wait to see the pictures lass!

Jealous but sooo very happy you had the greatest time...

Tish

PS... just HOW great was Mark Shepherd and Brian Austin Greene??? hmmmm?? lol....
basched From: basched Date: June 16th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *squeeee

Hey lass.

I shall try and get my few photos up. I didn't AB much...there was this rule of not allow mobile phones in certain events. But my friend said he would let me have some of his. Though I will try and get my official ones up.

Mark Shepherd was a real blokey bloke, a good laugh, complete footie lover and as I said in my message, when he and Adam were chatting together, it was difficult to keep a straight face!

Brian was nice too. He had never been to one of these events before and was nervous...his humour wasn't as rude as AB's and MS' but it was amusing. Plus he is good looking!!
greenowl From: greenowl Date: June 16th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's no surprise to me that AB is a prince among actors when it comes to treating his fans well. That's so wonderful to hear about how kind he was to you! :D

In your opinion, having met him, how much of himself do you think he brings to the character of John Casey?
basched From: basched Date: June 16th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey Green Owl! XD

A prince amoung actors....a KING! XD

Good question, Owl! Adam talks a lot more than Casey does. But both are VERY patriotic and love their guns and cigars. Their sense of humour is the same, but they express it differently. Whereas Casey would just smirk, grunt or make a small quick witted reply...(Adam can do that too....) but I think he would use more words.

He is John Casey....only more reserved. XD
basched From: basched Date: June 16th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Duh! I meant less reserved! XD
mysticonion From: mysticonion Date: June 24th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Hiiiii

Hi Its me Shirl! You remember.. I have you on film.. here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-iTfZnfbKs Do you remember me? Adam sounds like he was such a sweetheart to you. It was a wonderful weekend wasn't it? He really spoiled us didn't he? Read my report here.

http://mysticonion.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/t2-convention-blog-2-favourite-moments/

and

http://mysticonion.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/convention-convirginity-conversation/

He was just brilliant. I loved meeting him even if I totally blew it.
basched From: basched Date: June 24th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hiiiii

SHIRL!!

Hi!! How could I forget someone as crazy as you?!?! Lassie! It's so great to get a reply from you! And your video! You are completely nuts aren't you?! But you're so great! (major huggage)

Adam was just simply the best to me. He was kind and understanding and he really is amazing.

Your blog about the talks...I was sitting right at the back and I couldn't quite see the screen all the time, I didn't know he cried a little like that! Awwww! I remember the emotion and sincerity in his voice but I never saw that.

THANKS so much for sharing! You and mes have to keep in contact!

Oh two things...do you mind if I borrow your wonderful Adamporn gif? I love it and would like to use it some times on here! XD I can't make any myself, so I have to scrounge!

Cheers again for replying and I hope to see you next year at T3?

A. Xxxxx
mysticonion From: mysticonion Date: June 24th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi..first about the Gif.. it was one I picked up here on LJ and a few people use it anyway so I don't think there's a problem with you using it as well.

Sedond about Adam, he was despertely trying not to cry and I could see that but there were tears welling up in his eyes as he spoke and he couldn't help it..he tried to disguise it though and I don't think many people realised what was happening. He really does care about his fans as people and he gives his time up for us.. he's adorable. He is simply a very very sweet guy with a big heart and you can tell when he means it when he says he loves us all.

As for the crazyness.. well it was a convention and I was enjoying myself. If my kids were with me I'd probably have been a damn sight more responsible haha. It really was great fun.

Also are you in a Jellie group?
basched From: basched Date: June 24th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hey lass!

Cheers about the gif.


Aww Adam! You know, I'm seriously considering sending him a twitter, now that I'm on it. Just to say thanks again...whaddya think? Knowing that he thinks of us and loves us as much as we do him is just wonderful!

Yeah! I'm always crazy too! Though I don't have kids..so it's being crazy is full time thing for me!

Yes! I'm in a Jellie group because I just adore the possibility of Casey and Ellie. Besides, they make a better couple. I don't hate Devon at all, its just I think Casey would be great for her! I'm in the Jellie_shippers community!

Did you guess that by the amount of Jellie fics I've posted up?! Lol

Cheers again lass, hope you are keeping well.
mysticonion From: mysticonion Date: June 24th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey I'm sure he'd be happy if you sent him a tweet lol. I have tweeted him before and he's been wonderful to me.. he helped me this one time when we were talking about abortions and I had a horrible um.. well I lost a baby through something that happened to me years ago and though it wasn't an abortion it wasn't exactly an accident either and I have been all cut up about that since it happpened. Well Adam took the time with me and he told me to write it down as if it was from the baby's perspective. So I did that and you have no idea how much he's helped me come to terms with what happened. He read the story I wrote and he was all supportive and kind and sweet and everything .. what can I say? He's a gem! So you know what I think he'd love to hear from you on twitter. If he doesn't answer straight away don't worry.. he has a lot of tweets every day.. give him time. He's wonderful I just love him.
basched From: basched Date: June 24th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

I don't know quite what I would say though. Tweeting does limit what you put.

When I told my family that Adam had mentioned my grandfather they were so overcome as well. My dad actually said "Wow, never thought the hollywood actors would do things like that."

He's not a big tv or film fan. But my mum was just so amazed. She's not doing well, but having heard that Adam was kind enough to say things like that really moved her. I dunno!

Adam is a truly great guy. He's helped you so much and me as well. We are extremely fortunate.

mysticonion From: mysticonion Date: June 24th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know whats really beautiful about him though, he always plays things down and when he's given an honour or something or people tell him he's hot etc he'll always say "thats not true" or something along those lines. He just doesn't require people to thank him or anything.. he really does these things out of the kindness of his heart and not so he can get anything out of it like rewards or honour or glory and you just know thats a true genuine person and not just someone trying to make himself look good. That man gives a damn... trust me.
basched From: basched Date: June 24th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

I ain't arguing with you there! I think I got that feeling from him when I met him. Those types of guy are very rare indeed!

So I'll just say thanks or what to him? lol..hark at me! I'm still all kinds of nervous about tweeting him!
mysticonion From: mysticonion Date: June 24th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah whatever.. he'll be happy to hear from you I'm sure of that. oh BTW.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox_EHwcTLug

I made that for him as well.

I'd just say if I were you how great it was to meet him and thanks for what he said or done. Better still write a blog and send him the link.. people do that all the time.
basched From: basched Date: June 24th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw! That video was so beautiful!! I got all emotional again!

And the song was very fitting!!

Thanks also for the advice. I will try and tweet him tomorrow.
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