20th ~ 21st June, 2009

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA, USA



 

 

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CARLY SMITH'S REPORT
FOR DEL TORO FILMS AND THE DOUG JONES EXPERIENCE

 

Well, this has certainly been an interesting trip.

FYI, I've met Doug two other times (first at the showing of My Name is Jerry - see here for my write-up - and then at the Detroit convention), and he actually remembers that I'm from the NE corner of Indiana, right smack dab in the middle between Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland.

We left at 5:30ish and picked up my fellow fan-sapiens in Toledo (they live in Detroit). Heidi brought a GPS, which is an infintismally wonderful thing, as I have no sense of direction whatsoever and have trouble telling right from left. However, we found out that the GPS does not get a signal while going through PA's Blue Mountains. It took us awhile to figure this out, and in the meantime, we wandered around tiny mountain towns out in the middle of BFE while Jane the GPS lady told us to turn right and plummet off the mountainside and into the valley hundreds of feet below. All the time, the four of us- not small people by any means - were stuffed into my little Volkswagon Beetle like sardines (and let's face it, we probably smelled pretty similar). I don't know about the rest of them, but my butt went completely flat. Not kidding. Like someone took an iron to my cheeks.

So Heidi whipped out the map and figured it out, enough that we could get out of the hills and somewhere where there's cellular towers. By the way, if you ever have the chance to drive those mountains ... do it! After I stopped freaking out about being lost and had an inkling of where to go, I could enjoy the scenery. Absolutely gorgeous.

We got to Philly ahead of schedule, actually (because I have a lead foot). Then we sat in traffic for an hour. Yaaaay.

It took us FOREVER to find our hotel. I'm a cheap college kid, so I went for the inexpensive Joisey hotel. (We've been saying that aaall weekend ... not "New Jersey," but "Joisey.") Maybe that was a mistake, because I didn't realize how expensive parking and taxis would be.

ANYWHO ... SKIPPING AHEAD TO THE INTERESTING STUFF...

Now, I don't know how to put this on "the right way," so just click these links to get to my little videos: My little introduction

Yes, I called you dirty girls. Keep in mind, I consider myself one, as well.

I forgot the cake. But I took donuts. While Doug was talking to someone else, I offered one to James Dodd. He told me he was full, but he took one a minute later. I think he was trying to decide if I'd poisoned them or anything.

 

THE BOSIE

You guys are mean. You shoulda just told me there's no real way to put a Bosie into words.

HM, you are a goddess for inventing this wonderful thing. I think the closest thing to this is what the Hindus call Nirvana: no thoughts, just good feelings. All the stress from the trip, all my worries about school, my career (I'm a theatre major), and my health and weight problems disappeared. Bosie and the rest

I took gifts. I can't help it, I'm a gifter. I just saw those and went ..."Hmmm ... Doug would LOVE those ..."

I feel sorry for Mr. Dodd - we were over loving on Doug, and as you can see, he's just sitting there, ignored. This guy is awesome! Has anybody else met him? What a major sweetheart.

We had to come back later, because there was a long line forming. But when we came back, Doug opened my gifts. While watching this movie later, Matt and I were cracking up that Mr. Dodd started listening to the music box...

 

Ask and ye shall receive: I asked if we could hang out with the tall, skinny guy, and we got a breakfast date. And we were delighted that Mr. Dodd came along! He's such a wonderfully sweet man. Next time y'all go to comic conventions, don't ignore this guy. He's way too nice, and hilarious.

By the way - my proof about his "meat puppet" line: Dougie's favorite lines

I SO can't wait for Chicago Wizard Con.

~ Carly Smith
Indiana, U.S.A., 22nd June, 2009


 

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