Fan Weekend Event Recaps and Pictures:
I've been fortunate
enough to attend several GH fan events. The following pages detail some
of the adventures my friends and I have had at these events.
My 2004 GH Fan
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Sex and Bingo:
Thanks to my buddy Lisa (Yorkfan), we
were able to get tickets to Wally's bingo event despite waiting till the last minute. Have to say it was one of the best events I've ever
been too. Certainly the most interactive! Only in LA would I find
myself playing sexually-suggestive bingo lead by a transvestite named
Belaire. Each game began with Belaire shouting, "What are we
playing?", the audience shouting back, "Bingo," Belaire
adding, "And how do we play it?", and the audience finishing
up with "Loudly." GHers in attendance included Wally,
Leslie Kay, Adrienne Leon, Rick Hearst, Lindze, M'Fundo and Dylan
Cash. All the actors took turns calling the numbers with Belaire.
M'Fundo looked so young in person that Stacey thought he played
I don't think Wally was fully prepared
for this type of bingo as his eyes got rather big a few times, but he
certainly got into the swing of things. Throughout the night, he
walked around the room greeting fans and chatting. My, he has the
cutest dimples! Belaire carried around a bingo paddle which was
used whenever a false bingo was called. Wally got into the act and
spanked a fan at one point. Later, he and Leslie each spanked
each other. NuLois was already growing on me and Leslie's humor definitely
made me a fan.
Dylan was having a great time picking
the bingo balls and calling them but frankly he was a little young for
this event. For example, "B 11, legs to heaven," is what's
said when that ball if picked. I won't even type what O 69's catch
phrase was. This was the first time I got to see Rick in person and
he's hilarious! He allowed a fan to take off his bingo shirt in
exchange for a donation to the charity. M'Fundo also did this but
refused to take off his own shirt, which was under the bingo shirt.
Some girl in a tube top bid high to take Wally's shirt off, then
shocked [and amused] everyone by crawling underneath his shirt to take
it off. She came up through the neck part and he came down underneath,
but not before her tube top slipped down and Wally got a private
viewing. It was hilarious but the poor man certainly was surprised.
The event was definitely a success [it
was a sell-out] and Wally said he plans to do it again next year. The
only problem was a few of us were dealing with jet lag and a little
sleepy by the end of it, but none of us left. It was too much fun.
Friday- A Day at the Beach:
John J. York [Mac] was taking his fan
club prez, Lisa, to the Venice Beach Friday morning and agreed to let
her bring along a few of her friends. We all promised Lisa to act like
sane people and behave ourselves. Which we mostly did. It was a
beautiful day, not too hot or cool. Did a little shopping and then had
lunch at a nice sidewalk place. John played photographer for us and
took our pictures with the beach behind us. On the way back to the
car, he and Lisa took pics underneath a restaurant named the
"Outback Shack." I'm going to send Lisa the picture, so
maybe she'll post it on her website. It was such a nice way to spend
the day and if John wasn't already my favorite, he would have been
after this. He was so sweet and funny and down to earth. We did
laugh though when John didn't realize that Lynn had accepted Georgie's
offer to live temporarily in the Scorpio house.
My roomie Stacey
[Curlyqgrl] had to tape Nancy Lee's event that night, so I just hung
around the pool with Lisa and chatted with people. A very friendly man
and girl joined us at our table and it turned out to be Lindze's dad
and Poonam. They were both soooooo easy going and nice. Lindze's mom
joined us later and was exactly the same. Definitely not stage parents
at all. Lindze was also there and playing cards nearby with some fans.
She has to be one of the most energetic and happiest persons I've ever
run across. At our table, we just chatted about the show, how
wonderful Lindze's character was and miscellaneous webperson stuff. We
all agreed that we'd love more Scorpio scenes.
Saturday- Star Struck:
Gotta say, this was the most relaxing
and laid-back of all the GH weekends I've attended so far. Everyone
was pretty considerate and friendly throughout the weekend. Didn't
have too many people trying to cut lines and hold them up. Cynthia
[Faith] and Greg [Lucky] introduced the actors, which was most of the
cast. John J. then took over and emceed the awards presentations.
Leslie Charleson accepted a certificate from the fan club in memory of
Anna Lee, whose portrait stood on a podium by the stage.
The lines moved pretty quickly as far
as I could tell. Naturally, I got into John J.'s line first, and he
got me and Lisa to sit on his lap so we could get a group pic. Then I
moved over to Adrienne's line. She was seated next to Wally and
Leslie, so I got a few group shots [see below]. Leslie was so nice.
She squealed when she saw the photo I had for her to sign [it was an
old one of her from ATWT] and her friend filmed it. I am definitely now a NuLois fan. Tried to get into Greg's line but I swear it never
got short, so I skipped over to Rick's line. Rick's so friendly and
chats with everyone that the line took forever. This was the longest
line I stood in the whole weekend. And just when I got to the front of
the line, Leslie's friend came over and chatted with him for over 10
minutes. Meanwhile, the crowd behind me is getting restless and the
security person is softly shoving me forward and trying to get his
attention. Tyler's cousin, Derek, was leaning against the table next
to me, talking to a fan, when Michael Saucedo [ex-Juan] came over and
made a motion to smack his butt. I was like, "Don't do that,
he'll think I did it!" He just grinned and walked back to his
seat. Finally, Rick turns to me and gives me a kiss on the cheek
for being so patient. [Hah! Guess patience really is a virtue.
Certainly paid off this time.] He laughed when I told him I had loved
him as Alan-Michael on GL and gave me a great hug as we took our
Wanted to get a picture with Cynthia
but her line had been combined with that of Ted King and the guy that
plays Coleman so that the only line longer than this one was Maurice Bernard's.
So skipped this line and went over to the teens line. Now I read on
SoapZone that someone had a bad experience with her, but I have to say
that Katie [Sage] was perfectly nice and gladly posed for several
pictures. She was about to leave and I was the second to last to get
pics with her. Lindze is so bubbly that next to her, Katie and Robin
probably don't come across as people-friendly as Lindze. I found them
all to be lovely. When I went up to get my group picture, Lindze
released her arm around me and swatted at the guy who plays Lucas and
ordered him to get in the picture. Gotta love a girl who gives
direction and is obeyed! <GRIN>
Ron Hale [Mike] gives one of the best bear
hugs, so I had to get a pic with him. Steve Burton was moving his own
line along, standing away from the table. Catherine Watkins was so pretty in
person and sweet. Guess it's the drab clothes Mary wears and all the
crying that make Catherine look so different on the show. Jed
Allen had already left, so I got into Natalia's line which amazingly
moved pretty fast. Sheri, Tyler's fan club prez, was keeping the line
moving so well that I managed to get through Natalia's line and go to
the other side and get through Tyler's line in about 20 minutes. Like
record time for the GH luncheon.
Time was running out, so left the event
and meet up with the gang by the pool before heading over to Tyler's
event. I swear, this was like the most amazing weekend. I got the best
seat in the house, right in front of the stage. Sheri did such a
wonderful job organizing this event. The food was best of all the
events and it was just a nice and easy going event. Stephen Nichols,
Rick, Greg, and Tyler's theater partner, Ronnie, were guests. Greg
joked about how Rick razzed him the whole time he had to wear the
police uniform and then overnight Lucky somehow became a detective.
Overall, the event was a success and apparently raised a large amount
for Tyler's theatre project.
When the autograph lines started, I rushed
off with Lisa to attend Wally's concert as Lindze's dad [did I mention
how cool Lindze's parents were?] also got us VIP
tickets to attend the concert. I had heard Wally and Adrienne
rehearsing earlier that day and they were even better during the
concert. Sure hope they release a CD together. Other stars in attendance
were Leslie Kay, Lindze, and Jane Elliot. People began rushing over to
take pictures of Jane once they realized the lady in the denim jacket
and seated at the side table was Tracy Quartermaine. She looks so much
younger in person. During the Q&A, Jane asked who all had come in
from out-of-state to attend the weekend and nearly everyone raised
their hands. She was amazed and thanked us for coming.
Can't remember too much as so much was
going on. Lisa had become smitten with Wally and some cute guy in a
white shirt. Adrienne mentioned her website would go online in the
next month and she was going to release a CD of her music.
Sunday- The Games People Play:
Since I wasn't attending Cynthia's
morning pajama party, I finally caught up on my sleep then had a nice
breakfast by the pool. Stacey and her daughter went over to Rick's
event in the hopes of meeting Greg Vaughn. The lucky girl got to go on
stage with him and get a nice hug. I wanted to get good seats for
Scott's event so got there early to get in line. Jim Warren was great
this weekend. He smiled and laughed the times I spoke to him and gave
those of us who showed up early ticket stubs marking our places in
line and told us to come back in a half hour rather than stand in the
sun. Which was fine by me. We got seats on the far side, second row.
Two ladies came to sit in front of us and I realized they were soap
mag writers when one of them recorded the whole thing on
Due to a schedule conflict
this was the only event Scott made and it was a blast. He's hilarious!
He did a Q&A, spoke in different accents and voices [my favorite
was the Mrs. Doubtfire one] and even quoted Shakespeare. He played a
couple of songs on his guitar and then played the now infamous kissing
game with Lindze. She was a bubbly as ever, playing Vanna White as she
picked and handed out the door prizes [one of which is the split image
of Dillon in drag, see above]. For the photo op, everyone got to take
their picture with Lindze, Cynthia and Scott.
Overall, this was by far
the best GH fan weekend I've attended. Can't wait until next year!