Before I blog a single word I must thank the one person who made my JRS or Bust, Orlando MegaCon dream come true - my husband aka Mr. Strwrsgrl.
Saturday, March 26th, 2011 - 1:30 am: I couldn’t sleep and may have been getting a little anxious. So, Mr. Strwrsgrl decided that driving towards John Schneider…I mean Orlando…might calm me down. We kissed our daughter goodbye, loaded the JRS or Bust CD I made for the occasion and hit the open road. The CD is about 40 minutes long and I played it over and over and over until we reached Orlando. I did occasionally exchange it for the Twentysixmiles Soundtrack, but it was 3½ hours of John Schneider music all the way there – Bliss! I of course already knew all the words to all the songs. Now, for better or worse, so does my husband, lol.
Saturday, March 26th, 2011 – 5:00 am: We drove by the Orlando Convention Center just to see if the MegaCon banners were raised. They were. Nothing could have been more impressive than seeing the Star Wars Celebration banners that we had seen there the previous August 2010 unless John Schneider himself had been hanging outside the building. My excitement growing, my husband decided to check our hotel to see if we could check-in a day early, but they were booked. We decided to have coffee at Denny’s and see how long I could wait before we might be let in at the convention center.
The line for Mr. Schneider was constant the entire day and I must admit that I kept moving to the back because I was thrilled, scared and enthralled all at the same time. The closer I got the more clearly I could hear his familiar baritone over the buzz of the convention floor. Centimeter by centimeter I moved closer. With every show of that glorious smile my John Schneider-induced hot flashes intensified. I have never had a hot flash before, but I imagine that that is what they feel like. Heart racing, head spinning, body temperature rising: John Schneider was the most thrilling amusement ride in Orlando that weekend.
Everything seemed to be going quite well and then John ran over to thank the fans for patiently waiting in line
about 18 inches from me…I lost it! I started crying, shaking and if not for graduating finishing school may have wet my pants.
Mark, the host for the panel, was awesome and soon introduced John to a screaming crowd. My husband pulled me back into my chair when I stood clapping, lol. Then 50 minutes of an awesome, wonderful conversation with John Schneider. John only had to ask me once to let some other fans ask questions, too. He was so nice. John talked about stories from his childhood, Smallville and some new projects for his fans to look out for. Most notably, Doonby and its soundtrack which should be released in theaters later this year. Also, a show that he is working on and co-producing for Nick-at-Nite with Cher. The project that I am most intrigued by is ‘Backwater’, a script that he wrote and will direct. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one.
Then we met another group of fans at our second Froggy Photo’s session, especially Marie, and hope to see them again at another Con in Orlando. I again had a bout of JSIHF. This time when I entered the photo area John said, “The questioner.” My husband decided that I should take this photo with John alone and so we did. The first time I forgot to look at the camera and stood there holding John and staring at my husband *sigh*. When I admitted that I was looking the wrong way, John said, “You can look at your husband anytime.” We took another photo and I must admit that it is my favorite.
My husband and I again chatted with the new JRS fan friends that we met, as I mentally stalled the ending of the Orlando MegaCon. When the final photograph was printed, I went over to John’s table for the last time and got the director’s cut of Collier & Co., which he autographed for a friend of mine. John asked to see the last photo that we took together and signed that one with a funny comment. We spoke for a short while and then as quickly as my dream had begun it was over.
I turned and stood there for a few moments, not watching him, but listening to the kind way he treated all of his fans and then without looking back, lest I turn into a pillar of salt, I walked away. When we got to the exit of the main hall it finally hit me that I had met someone who has been in my life for 32 years and I began to cry. I’m crying again now. Not that it’s over, but that I finally did it and that John Schneider was as kind and wonderful as I knew he would be. I only hope I wasn’t too much of a nuisance to him, lol. I don’t regret one second of my fandom of John Schneider and will be a fan for the rest of my life. He really is @therealtrueshit!