Sunday, October 7, 2012

Meeting the Cast of Days of our Lives

A few weeks ago my mom, my nanny and I took a trip to Mohegan Sun for the weekend, leaving Shmuel home alone with the kids. Days of our Lives had a once-in-a-lifetime event, bringing nine stars to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut for signings and a Q&A session. It was beyond amazing, even though we had to stand in line for 8 hours!

We got up bright and early and got in line around 8:45am. They were going to start giving out bracelets in order to get autographs starting at 11:30am, but we knew they were only giving out a few hundred bracelets and didn't want to miss out. We were lucky to have gotten in line so early. There were already about 75 people in front of us at that early hour - some people had been in line since 2am!

The first exciting thing that happened was that someone realized Joseph Mascolo (aka Stefano DiMera) was eating breakfast at one of the open restaurants and was waving at fans. Cue me to run the heck over there with my camera. Poor guy was bombarded by fans yelling and waving at him, yet he took time to wave back at everyone personally. This was him waving to me.

After waiting in line for about 3 1/2 hours, we finally got our bracelets. Then we promptly got back in line to wait for the signings, which weren't scheduled to begin until 1pm. Meanwhile, we were making very good friends with the family behind us, and they even helped to hold our spots when we had to get out of line for whatever reason. They took so long with the first 70 something people that it wasn't until after 2pm that we finally got our chance with the stars, and we were hurried through it terribly. I took videos for posterity, of course. The first group was Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady), James Reynolds (Abe Carver), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Kiriakis), and Shawn Christian (Dr. Daniel Jonas). I gave each of them a bar of Godiva chocolate as a thank you for coming all the way out and meeting us. You can hear them thank me for the chocolate. :-D The first video is me meeting them and the second is my mom. Enjoy!

Once we had met this group, we got back in line (again) to wait for the second group. While the first group was continuing signing, the second group were doing a Q&A session, which I went to see. I tried to get pics, but none of them came out so well. Once the first group finished all the signings they traded places with the second group. I got back in line at this point (my spot being held by our awesome friends and my mom) to wait for our turn. We finally got to meet the second group around 4:30pm, and it was worth the wait. The second group was Camilla Banus (Gabi Hernandez), Blake Berris (Nick Fallon), Drake Hogestyn (John Black), Lauren Koslow (Kate DiMera), and Joseph Mascolo (Stefano DiMera). Nick is my ALL TIME FAVORITE DAYS CHARACTER, and I had actually met him once before several years ago, but I didn't get a hug then...this time I was determined. Once again I handed out chocolate bars...and you'll see what happens after.

After our amazing time with the stars mom and I hung out and took some time at the casino. My personal favorite was the Lord of the Rings slot machines, which I even got my mom into (and she doesn't gamble...ever).

We sat in the lobby for a little bit before leaving, and who should walk by (while my mom was absent), but Joseph Mascolo!!! :-D So I went over and got to chat him up a bit before letting him go to his room. lol He was super sweet and even gave me a hug. Unfortunately no pictures of that. *sigh* Oh well. But it was an amazing weekend in any case, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

In fact, the very next weekend I went back to Connecticut to meet Shawn Christian again, since I had absolutely no time to talk to him and hadn't gotten a hug at the first event. He was incredibly sweet to meet, and I even got TWO hugs from him! Before meeting him, though, I got henna on my hand and arm.

At this event they actually gave out numbers so you wouldn't have to stand in line for hours on end. Very smart move. I ended up waiting maybe a half hour or so in line before it was my turn...

It was awesome talking to him, and, if you're curious, I do actually know what Heavyn teaches I just didn't know exactly what her lesson was for that day. I was just a bit nervous talking to Shawn and didn't express myself properly. Love you, Heavyn! :-)

So, that was my adventure! But even better were the tweets I got about the chocolate after it was all said and done... I screamed out loud and jumped up and down when I received this first one from Blake. Remember, he's my FAVORITE DAYS CHARACTER EVER IN THE UNIVERSE!

Next up, Skyping with some Merlin actors... Hasn't happened yet, but it will, and when it does I will be blogging about it for sure with a video. :-D
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