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...most definitely include "randomly dancing with James Hong at his Wizard World Q & A."

And winding up on ONTD (Edit: And, in a less high-profile but more clearly photographed form, on Flickr) at the vanishingly rare con where I did not wear a costume. O_o (Which, considered after a full day of walking on concrete floors in a not-quite-SDCC-but-still-pretty-sardiney crowd, was deemed to be the right call. Just wasn't feeling it, after 10-hour day last Sunday doing makeup/wardrobe tests for Witchfinder and Cyphan the week before that.)

Apparently this is what happens when you ask a very clever and funny but still 83-year-old man, near the end of 45 minutes of entertaining a room full of fans, if he knows anything now that he wishes he'd known when he was playing this age 20-30 years ago. After a couple rephrasings, he got what I was asking, thought for a second, and said "That's a hard question. Would you like to dance instead?"

So I laughed and did a silly little pas de bourré turn. He waved me up and came down from the stage, asked the audience to clap a rhythm, and jammed out like no 83-year-old should jam for about 30 seconds (for the record, ONTD person, he came up behind me -- I don't go invading people's personal space uninvited!), finishing with a dip.

So that happened. :-D

I also need to take a picture of Miss Edith (the sad little one-eyed porcelain doll I rescued from a clearance shelf and used to carry around cons while dressed as Drusilla) and email it to Juliet Landau, together with a link to "Waking the Witch." She likes to chat. :-) (The shortness of her autograph line during James Marsters' Q & A probably helped with that.)

Wizard World's organizational skills have improved in the department of getting people in the door, but after that it's all still a bit muddled. Still, all in all, a fun day. :-)



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Aug. 12th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)

It hope the rest of the con was just as marvelous.
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
It was Wizard World, which is to say there were some terrific costumes and entertaining panels (I didn't mention Bruce Campbell, who was, well, Bruce Campbell) in amongst the large crowded muddle of nifty things to shop for. :-)
Aug. 12th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Wow! Dr. Chung from FK's marvelous "Cherry Blossoms"! (And all that other stuff, yeah. ~grin~)

>"for the record, ONTD person, he came up behind me"

Skimming, I see that the ONTD commenter barely recognized a Dalek and Dean Cain, and so is clearly impaired... either for really not knowing them, or for having a sense of humor that does not translate online. :-)
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
That is indeed still my first thought too! And was certainly the prime example in my mind when I framed my question, since it was one of those instances of playing a frail old man before his time.

I managed not to mention my disappointment at Dr. Chung not being represented in the video/photo montage that opened the panel. :-)
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
>"I managed not to mention my disappointment at Dr. Chung not being represented in the video/photo montage that opened the panel. :-)"

An obscure performance for him, but an exquisite one, truly! I love that episode; he made Dr. Chung such a resonant character.

My brain applauds your wise restraint.

My fannish heart laments that there is so rarely a polite and prudent way to say, "Please, for a moment, set aside all the other grand accomplishments in your life and try to recall the one week that you worked as a guest-star on a single episode of my favorite show." :-) We're all lucky that I'm unlikely to ever chat with Hayden Christensen, because too many words beyond "hello," I'm unlikely to be able to resist asking what he remembers about filming "Fallen Idol." ;-)
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Definitely made my day! :-D
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
::giggles:: I am never looking at him the same way again. Absolutely awesome. :)
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
You and me both! The photo in the montage, from sometime in the 50s, of "The comedy team of Hong and Fong" illuminated a great deal. He riffs like a master improv performer.

And remains inordinately fond of Lo Pan. The glorious corny ridiculousness of BTiLC seems to be his ideal milieu. He actually started the panel with "I'm still looking for the girl with green eyes, and when I find her, I will marry her," then asked if there were any girls with green eyes. I called out "Already married!" and he promptly replied "Doesn't matter!" :-D
Aug. 12th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
::giggles:: Somehow, I'm not surprised-- I've seen him do enough comedic (if not necessarily comic) roles to recognise he's got great timing. :)
Aug. 12th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
That is pretty awesome!
Aug. 12th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Defintely made my day! :-D
Aug. 13th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
:giggle: Have I mentioned lately that you rock?
Aug. 13th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Well, thank you. I didn't really do anything, but thank you anyway. ;-)
Aug. 13th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
I didn't even read the rest of your post before I went haring off to find a pic of you and there you were, dancing with Lo Pan! \o/ That rocks! (And the OP was just jealous. ;)
Aug. 13th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
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