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SFX: Day 2 [Aug. 24th, 2008|03:16 pm]
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Day 1 is here:
http://tasabian.livejournal.com/25389.html#cutid1

Michael & Laura vids are here:
http://tasabian.livejournal.com/25614.html#cutid1

Day 2: In which I make the transition to tongue-tied and dorky to verbal and dorky....and Michael wears a white shirt!



Once again, Michael was punctual to the minute! He came sauntering up in his white shirt and shades and of course, the crowd started taking pictures. Michael noticed myfablexy in the crowd - she's Italian - and remembered her! He said "Un momento per favore!" in a lovely accent and pointed at his eyes, pretending he was too bleary to be photographed! (He looked great, as always.) Then before he sat down, he went over to say "hello" to Brad Dourif at the next table. (He talks about how he's a big BD fanboy on the "Urban Legend" commentary.) Then, he was ready to sign....


Having been so speechless yesterday, I was determined to talk to him today and managed to squeak out two sentences. I told him that I adored both his dramatic and comedy work and that his versatility makes following his career so enjoyable for his fans. To which he said "you're so sweet" (twice!) He also said "thank you for taking the time to come here today", which graciously implies that there was something else that I might rather be doing. He thanked me again, smiled, and I floated away in Rosen-bliss.

(I know he must get these kinds of compliments all the time but his response is so genuine, it makes it seem like it's the first time he's heard it.)


What was nice about the autograph set-up was the celebrities were sitting at raised platforms, so you were eye to eye with them; I noticed Michael frequently tilts his head to the side when he speaks to you - a very beguiling gesture. Here's a side view of the head tilt:


On Friday, the Con organizers said that Michael hadn't decided on a price for his photo-shoots yet. Interestingly, he ended up charging less than some of the other celebs. He also didn't mind fans snapping candids of him while they stood in line or walked by - in fact, he would look up and smile. (In contrast, Edward James Olmos was charging $60 for a candid photo today.) So I was able to snag a few candids:


Oh, those sexy forearms!

Here, he's talking to a passing fan-boy who said "I love you, Lex!"

Sexy crooked smile...


We got our photoshoot pics back....as predicted, I look fear-stricken in mine: eyes like big, scared saucers. Michael has his arm round me and it looks like a hostage situation. I don't mind that my half of the picture is dire because a) Michael looks fabulous and b) the photo fee was completely worth it to have his arm round me for thirty seconds! (Don't even think of asking to see my half of the pic....it t'ain't gonna happen!)


In addition to meeting Michael, I had the pleasure of meeting drusplace myfablexy and redeem147 - delightful fangirls, all! Thanks for a very good time, ladies!

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[User Picture]From: herohunter
2008-08-24 09:08 pm (UTC)
Eeeeee!! What a wonderful post, babe! Thanks so much for being so awesome and prompt!!!

*bighug*

He looks GREAT!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for being so awesome and prompt!!!
You're most welcome! I was excited to come home and post :)

He looked amazing - lovely skin and very bright eyes!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2008-08-24 09:46 pm (UTC)
Great pics again!

Aww, he's so lovely! I'm so glad you got to meet him and I'm very impressed that you managed to exchange actual sentences with him. And 30 seconds of Michael-touching time is worth a lot of money, I think!


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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you got to meet him and I'm very impressed that you managed to exchange actual sentences with him.
I only managed complete sentences by our third encounter! Before that it was purely monosyllables.

And 30 seconds of Michael-touching time is worth a lot of money, I think!
Definitely money well spent!

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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2008-08-24 09:54 pm (UTC)
OMG, he's stunning in that white shirt! That first pic is to die for!

Congratulations on being able to tell Michael how much you enjoy his work! I doubt I would ever be able to speak in his presence. And I'm sure sincere compliments never get old for him. It's obvious he truly appreciates his fans.

He looks amazing in your photo op pic! Guh. Again, I have to say: You had your arm around Michael! He had his arm around you! Squeeeeee!

Thanks so much for more pics and more stories! You are so good to us!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:33 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! It's my pleasure, truly. Half the fun is having people be interested in the pics afterwards!

That first pic is to die for!
He was casting a flirty glance at some fans off to the side of him!

Congratulations on being able to tell Michael how much you enjoy his work! I doubt I would ever be able to speak in his presence. And I'm sure sincere compliments never get old for him. It's obvious he truly appreciates his fans.
I didn't manage to speak on our first two meetings - it took practice! But I did want to let him know how thoroughly he's entertained me over the years.

You had your arm around Michael! He had his arm around you! Squeeeeee!
My right arm will forever have that happy sense memory of warm-muscular-Michael-back!
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[User Picture]From: lapetite_kiki
2008-08-24 10:07 pm (UTC)
Awww, I love that first picture! Lovely!

Thanks for sharing your experience and pics! :-)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:34 am (UTC)
You're very welcome, Kiki!

I love that first picture! Lovely!
That's his flirty face - he was looking over at some fans with cameras!
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[User Picture]From: yamair
2008-08-24 10:14 pm (UTC)
Is he looking at you in the second pic? It sure seems that way. He looks hot there. What did Michael say to the fanboy? I love that the guy shouted I love you.

The pic of the side of his head is really close up! You must have been really near to him.

Two days of Rosenbaum... I don't know if I could do it. He's coming to Collectormania in September, and I've been thinking about going. But I don't know if my nerves could hold up. I'm an anxious and shy person most of the time.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:38 am (UTC)
Is he looking at you in the second pic? It sure seems that way.
There were a couple of us standing there - I think he's giving us his "Lex-face"!

What did Michael say to the fanboy? I love that the guy shouted I love you.
I didn't hear all of Michael's response but he did call the guy "dude." The guy seemed very happy about it!

The pic of the side of his head is really close up! You must have been really near to him.
I'm using my zoom...I didn't want to bother him so I stood well back. This meant a lot of pics had people walking through them, but a few turned out!

Two days of Rosenbaum... I don't know if I could do it. He's coming to Collectormania in September, and I've been thinking about going. But I don't know if my nerves could hold up. I'm an anxious and shy person most of the time.
I can definitely recommend the "meeting Rosenbaum" experience! But expect your knees to be a bit wobbly (in a good way!) afterwards!
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[User Picture]From: whimsywinx
2008-08-24 10:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had such fun! And thank you for sharing!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:38 am (UTC)
You're welcome!

I'm glad you had such fun!
Aw, thanks! It was an awesome weekend :)
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[User Picture]From: lexalicious70
2008-08-24 11:07 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh. That white shirt!! OHHHHH!! *IZ DED*

Thanks for all the lovely pics and stories! You're SO awesome to share your experience with us!!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:40 am (UTC)
Oh gosh. That white shirt!! OHHHHH!! *IZ DED*
It was the rolled up sleeves with the tan, muscular arms peeking out that did me in!

Thanks for all the lovely pics and stories!
You're very welcome! Half the fun is having stories to bring back to the f-list!
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[User Picture]From: polytikal
2008-08-24 11:21 pm (UTC)
Bah! So jealous.

I want to lick his stubble. :D
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:40 am (UTC)
I want to lick his stubble.
Ha! You'd get tongue-burn but it would totally be worth it!
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[User Picture]From: drusplace
2008-08-24 11:52 pm (UTC)
LOVELY babe. And it was so awesome to meet you in person! I'm working on some of my photos. I have one or two to email you at some point when I'm more organized.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:41 am (UTC)
It was great to meet you too! I'd love to see your pics :)
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2008-08-25 12:07 am (UTC)
Awww!! You TALKED to him! And he was so sweet! And you had your arm around him, and his around you!! Squeeee!!!!

I can totally relate to your feelings about looking like a terrified "hostage." (That was too funny! You made me laugh out loud!). I felt the same way; in that pic of me standing in front of him in Seattle, it seemed my face was frozen in a rictus of panic. But I'm SURE you looked just fine!

What lovely pics you've taken! He looks gorgeous!

He also said "thank you for taking the time to come here today", which graciously implies that there was something else that I might rather be doing.
Michael is a class act, all the way. He never seems to take his fans for granted.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:48 am (UTC)
I can totally relate to your feelings about looking like a terrified "hostage." (That was too funny! You made me laugh out loud!). I felt the same way; in that pic of me standing in front of him in Seattle, it seemed my face was frozen in a rictus of panic.
"Rictus of panic" is the perfect way of expressing it! I was happy when the photo was being taken - Michael had just talked to me and was - omigosh!- touching me - but in the photo it looks like I'm facing a firing squad. Dru had the wise idea of buying two pictures in case one didn't turn out - but I'm sure I would have looked equally terrified in both!

Michael is a class act, all the way. He never seems to take his fans for granted.
He had a really long day of signing and photos - but he never seemed stressed or tired (that I could see.) For myself, I can't imagine talking to that many people, posing for all those photos and putting my arm around countless strangers and still seeming fresh as a daisy!

You TALKED to him! And he was so sweet! And you had your arm around him, and his around you!! Squeeee!!!
It was a great weekend for SQUEE! Fun to revert to teenagerhood for a while...
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[User Picture]From: iibnf
2008-08-25 12:10 am (UTC)
You know how people are supposed to do that open eyed squint thing so they look like they are intensely smiling in a photo? Michael does that. But only with his right eye. His right eye is happy to be here and pleased you like him and enjoys having his photo taken. His left eye would slit your throat for a beer right about now.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:50 am (UTC)
You know how people are supposed to do that open eyed squint thing so they look like they are intensely smiling in a photo? Michael does that. But only with his right eye. His right eye is happy to be here and pleased you like him and enjoys having his photo taken. His left eye would slit your throat for a beer right about now.
He's giving us his "Lex-face"! He was probably desperate for a beer and an easy chair, poor kitten. It was a long day for him. But his energy never seemed to flag...
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[User Picture]From: myownghost
2008-08-25 12:50 am (UTC)
>I told him that I adored both his dramatic and comedy work and that his versatility makes following his career so enjoyable for his fans.

oh, that's exactly what i'd have wanted to say! srsly. thank you for saying it for me. :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 01:53 am (UTC)
I practiced it extensively in my head, worried that staring into those lovely eyes would make me forget my own name! (Which is pretty much what happened on our first two encounters this weekend!) He's given me so much enjoyment over the years and I was grateful for the opportunity to thank him.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 03:14 am (UTC)
Your photo is great - you look very serene and happy tucked under Michael's arm!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2008-08-25 03:03 am (UTC)
Oh god... I'm about panting just looking at pics of him in that sexy white shirt... I know I'd be totally speechless in front of him so congrats to you for being able to talk. lol
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 03:16 am (UTC)
I'm about panting just looking at pics of him in that sexy white shirt
His arms....he just looked delicious. And his walk is a thing of beauty.

I know I'd be totally speechless in front of him so congrats to you for being able to talk.
It's hard because you just want to stare at him, take in all that attractiveness. But I eventually managed to get a few words out!
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[User Picture]From: astrea9562
2008-08-25 03:54 am (UTC)

aw, these are great pics!

And I am so happy that you had such a wonderful time. I knew Michael would be a doll no matter how tired he got. He has been like this at all of his cons. I am truly thrilled for you! 8D

*squishes your happy self*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-08-25 10:12 pm (UTC)

Re: aw, these are great pics!

Thank you! It was a very enjoyable experience. He's a sweetheart to his fans.
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