I never thought I would get to a convention. Then 2 years ago I saw that the J’s showed at NJ Con. I live approx. 1 hour from there so wow this may be doable! But can I afford it? Am I too old ,will I feel foolish? Will my husband laugh at me and say no way? So I did some research and joined every SPN Convention group on Facebook. About 1 year in advance I did it, I ordered 2 preferred seats for Sunday when the boys would be there AND a Jensen photo op.
I had made friends with this gal named Val a few years before on the internet. She loved Jared but she didn’t have much money and she lived in Canada. So I said I would give her the ticket and put her up for 3 days at my house, so she said HELL YES! The Friday before the convention she arrived at Port Authority, where my husband and I met her and brought her home to our house. We had a very nice weekend with lots of Supernatural watching of course. Before you know it Sunday arrived.
We got car service at 7AM and 1/2 a block from my house she realizes she left her ticket in the house-OMG VAL! So we retrieved the ticket and finally were on our way. On the way there we kept checking FB to see who was going and we found a gal that wanted to sell her Jared and Jensen autographs for 1/2 price so we quickly said we wanted them and planned to meet her in the theatre. Really getting excited now!
Whippany NJ was very nice-small and cosy (not sure I am going to like the new large venue the Meadowlands as much this year ). We registered quickly and then we hit the vendors room. It was a little disappointing…not much to look at or buy. I got a I Love Dean handmade pin, a Dean calendar, a photo of Dean for the autograph, and a clear sleeve to put it in to protect it. Then we went outside and talked to other fans. EVERYONE was friendly. People were of all ages which made me at 59 years old feel better.
We went to the theatre to see Misha and Marks panel which was hysterical. Mark just kept walking around the room leaving Misha on stage to answer all the questions while he talked to the audience members.
Then they announced photo ops. I get to the entrance of the room and in the center is a white screen. On my side of the screen is a table to put ALL your stuff on, the other side of the screen-OMG its Jensen! I can’t explain the feeling of seeing him in the flesh. He looks so much thinner in person! And even handsomer! I couldn’t take my eyes off of him, meanwhile the girl in front of me is talking to me and talking to me-I just want to tell her STFU! I just want to look at Jensen! 🙂 The line moves very quickly and before you know it its my turn. I don’t know how I managed to make my legs walk towards him. I remember saying Hi Jensen and then his face lit up and he said HI! I never even got to ask for a bear hug-all of a sudden he pulls me in by one arm and we are in a one arm hug with my head on his shoulder and then its over. Thank you Jensen-No, THANK YOU! and he rubs my back as I stumble out of the room. When I get outside the room there’s all these gals crying and shaking and laughing and smiling. And then I see Val and she is shaking like a leaf! She just had her Jared photo op and was almost fainting! We all talked for quite a while about our individual experiences.
Next was the autograph session, which I actually think gives you more one on one time. The gal that sold me the auto had Gold so she had to walk me there and she says “talk to him” -WTF! So she starts pointing out my I Love Dean pin and Team Dean necklace and he’s all “awesome, great choice” and a wink (which almost did me in). Then I thanked him for bringing Dean to life every week and he is all smiles! After the autos we saw the J2 panel which was great. Jared and Jensen just get along so well together. They are really funny and entertaining. Then Jensen sang Your Love for the first time. OMG his voice was perfect! This is before the new ROCKSTAR JENSEN that he has been lately so I was mesmerized!
We then had dinner with the autograph seller gal and then we had time to kill before the photos would be out so we went to Alaina’s (Abaddon) panel. She was enjoyable but we were just itching to get our photos. Finally they were ready so we picked them up and paid for the jpegs and took car service home. It was the best 12 hours of my life!
Written By: Barb ….