Soap fans are an amazing bunch.
A little excessive at times….maybe.
But there’s nothing wrong with being passionate about something.
One of the best things that I found at Super Soap 2007 was the other fans who I met along the way.
I’ve already mentioned some of them in previous blogs and I would say, on the whole, that soap fans are really friendly people.
In this category: Tina, Theresa and Kelly from Delaware as well as mother and daughter soap fans Bonnie from New Jersey and Christy from Tampa.
We met them all in the General Hospital line at 5:50 a.m. on Sunday. That was the time we got to the MGM gate and found that the Disney people had already cut off the line and was sending people up to the turnstiles to form a second line.
But there was no line…..It was many lines all squished together by the time they opened the gates. So basically, people who got there an hour after us ended up in front of us.
And that was what we were all predicting as we stood there for two hours waiting for the gates to open, only to be herded like a pen full of cattle up to the General Hospital line.
The girls from Delaware were a fun bunch, giving us tips on where the actors hung out, who they had already seen and who they wanted to see.
When the Disney people opened the gates and we were all getting pushed along in a huge mass of people – we lost the Delaware girls, but were able to stay with Christy and Bonnie.
Click here to view my photos from SSW.
Christy and I ended up pulling standby FastPasses for GH’s Bradford Anderson, who plays Damien Spinelli, the computer geek with the heart of gold.
Bradford has only been on the show about a year, but I would venture to say he is one of the most talented – and by far the most enjoyable – to watch. He really is a gem and, by watching him, somehow I knew he would be really fun to meet.
I absolutely love Spinelli, who calls himself The Jackal (of cyberspace).
I so admire his honesty and his loyalty and I just love Spinellispeak – like The Blonde One (Lulu), The Bad Blonde One (Maxi) and The Maternal One (Elizabeth).
I really didn’t think that I would be able to even get a standby pass for him because, as I predicted, he was the most popular ticket of the weekend. I was lucky enough to pull standby number 28, banking on the fact that I thought he would take all his standbys – and he did.
For one thing, he’s attractive – and sexy.
There is something really sexy about a guy who is kind and sincere – and that’s the way he appeared when interacting with each fan.
For another thing, he was so enthusiastic to see his fans. He was extremely attentive to each and every person.
When it was my turn to go up and meet him, Bradford greeted me with a big smile and a really nice hug….really nice.
While he was signing a picture for me, we chatted briefly about Spinelli. We posed for a photo and then I handed him a flier for Soapbox, asking him to check out our site. He gave me a big smile and said it sounds great – and then ended our visit with another big hug.
In that very short time, I came away feeling that he really cares about his fans.
So maybe, just maybe, he really will check out this site.
One can hope.
Soap fans are an amazing bunch.
There are some people that you meet in life who really help keep things in perspective.
They make you look at the big picture and realize that the little things in life really aren’t that important.
Ten-year-old Jenna and her mother Jolece are two of those people.
And I had the pleasure – or rather the honor – of spending time with them Sunday in the “holding pen” waiting with those who held standby tickets for Kelly Monaco aka Sam McCall on General Hospital.
So as we stood together for two hours while fans with regular FastPasses got face time with Kelly, we talked.
I learned that Jenna loves to dance.
I learned that Jenna is a big KeMo fan from when she won season one of Dancing With The Stars.
And I also learned that Jenna had a brain tumor…. that a doctor at the Mayo Clinic cut out the tumor in January and that her latest MRI last month showed some kind of change and they’re not sure what it means.
Understandably, Jolece is worried. But she puts on a brave, positive front.
And Jenna – well she is the cutest little thing and you’d never know what she’s gone through in her young life by looking at her.
Jenna was just so excited about meeting Kelly and she had written a message to Kelly on one of her cards for Jennaswish.org. You see, Jolece has waged a campaign to fight pediatric brain tumors and has a website telling Jenna’s story and raising awareness for the disease.
Click here to view the website.
As the time ticked away and the people with regular FastPasses just kept coming – it became apparent that Kelly wasn’t going to get to her standbys.
Kelly was wonderful with her fans. In fact, she was too wonderful. By that I mean she took a lot of time with each fan. She was incredibly attentive, especially to the children. By watching Kelly interact with her fans I was impressed with her sincerity. And with every passing fan, I really hoped that I would get the chance to meet her.
She took a lot of time going into the crowd, signing autographs and taking photos with those who didn’t have FastPasses or standby passes.
I think it’s wonderful that she is so giving.
But here’s the thing….Time ran out. The Disney handlers were rushing her to finish up. And the people who took the time to pull a standby pass with the hope that she would take them were left out in the cold.
At the end, Kelly ran around the railing trying to get photos with some of the standbys, but only a few ended up with a photo or autograph. Everything happened so fast. Jolece’s camera appeared to misfire and the card that Jenna wanted to give Kelly was lost in the shuffle.
I looked down and Jenna was fighting back tears and tears were streaming down Jolece’s face as she tried to comfort her daughter.
Another woman and I tried to get the attention of the Disney people. Kelly hadn’t left the area yet, but it didn’t look good that she was coming back…..Then she circled around.
I asked Jolece to get out another card and have Jenna write her message on it. Jolece dug in her purse and came out empty.
Dejectedly, she looked up. She was all out of her cards.
Then I remembered…Jolece had given me a card when we first met two hours earlier. I pulled out the card and Jenna wrote her message.
Kelly came within ear shot. We called her over and she spotted Jenna. She put her arm around her, posed for photos and read Jenna’s card. Kelly said she was about to cry.
Click here to view more photos of Kelly and Jenna.
I am a believer that everything happens for a reason….Several times during those two hours, I thought of leaving. We had a long drive back and I was really tired.
But something – I can’t explain it – kept me in that holding pen until the end….I know it sounds corny, but it’s true.
At the end of the day, it didn’t matter that I didn’t meet Kelly or get a photo with her.
It mattered that Jenna did.
(Come back Wednesday to read about my encounter with Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), which was worth the price of admission, and my overall wrap-up of the event – the highs and the lows. I’ll also include a link to all my SSW photos.)