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gays of our lives convention

This past weekend was the Gays of Our Lives convention in NYC bringing together actors who are currently or have worked on a gay storyline in soap operas and the like. The big draw were the actors from the German soaps. Attendance was maxed out at 80 which was great cause you were able to get lots of facetime with the actors if you wanted.

Trying to save some money, I decided to take the bus to NYC. Never again, my friends. Never again. 10-11 hours, trying to sleep in a full bus, didn't work out so well for me. I got a bit of motion sickness on the way down. Left Friday night and arrived in NYC @ 6:30am with nothing to do but walk around as the day's activities didn't start until 11am. As a result, I was in no mood to mingle -- I was tired, I was hungry but too damn tired/lazy to get up and get food, my contacts were killing me so I had to switch to glasses. I was just cranky lol. Ate dinner at the hotel and I crashed so never made it to the party that night.

I was in a much better mood on Sunday (amazing what a solid 9 hours of sleep can do) so my goal was try and get pictures with all the actors. Why not, right? This will most likely never happen again. Mission accomplished \o/ except for Scott Evans who didn't come to the Sunday brunch :(.

As I had the afternoon to kill, I decided to check off an item on my lifelist and see a Broadway show. Stood in line Sunday morning for a hour at the discount ticket booth in Times Square and got a great seat for Next to Normal. Some of the original actors already left but Alice Ripley, who plays the mother & won the 2009 Tony, was still there and she was fantastic. The show is brilliant and I had tears streaming down my face through almost the whole thing lol.

After the show, still had about 90 mins to spare so headed on over to 5th Avenue and started walking. It must've been fate cause just as I was about to turn around and start heading towards Penn Station, I found the Prada store. They didn't have the handbag I had my eye on but evil saleslady was evil and pulled out this bag from the back.

This was the best I could find but it doesn't do the bag justice. It's much cuter in RL. And picture it without the strap cause I won't be using it. I love the blue. It's not leather (yes, I just paid a lot of money for designer nylon... again) but Prada leather bags are just a tad out of my price range. I'll have to slowly work my way up lol.

Shizer, this post is getting ridiculously long!

The participating actors are:

* Thore Scholermann (Christian) & Jo Weil (Olli) from Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love)
* Dennis Grabosch (Roman) & Igor Dolgatschew (Deniz) from Alles Was Zahlt (All That Matters)
* Felix Isenbagel (Carsten) from Gute Zeiten Schlecte Zeiten (Good Times Bad Times)
* Scott Evans (Oliver) from One Life to Live
* Gregory Micheal (Kevin from Dante's Cove) & (Grant from Greek)
* Hal Sparks (Michael from Queer as Folk (US))


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Mar. 30th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Actually, this was the first year :) It was completely run by fans and all profits were split between 2 charities. That was one of the main reasons why I went -- who knows if this will happen again.

Hal was great. I was able to catch him just before he left. Scott Evans mentioned that he watched QAF growing up and Hal said it's strange when he meets people and they tell him they watched show as young teenagers and basically have seen him butt naked LOL
Mar. 30th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
Ohh, I watched Hal doing his web live show from the convention last weekend! It was truly fascinating, he brought in a few of the panelist as guests and it was great to take part in those conversations. I hope it happens again, it would really be something grand.
Mar. 30th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for reminding me! They mentioned Hal's streaming webshow and I want to check it out. I know Jo Weil joined in. Are the shows saved?
Mar. 30th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
When I do watch, it's always live, so I've never checked if they are saved. Then again, it's on ustream, and I think that website usually keeps the videos. So, I'd hope! Jo was real adorable, Scott Evans joined in as well and the points of view they exchanged were so interesting. It was quite the moment.
Mar. 30th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
What a cool event!! I don't recognize anyone but Hal Sparks (though the guy in the grey Bad Society shirt looks somewhat familiar) but I love the idea behind the whole convention. I could have told you the bus would be a bad idea, though. My longest Greyhound ride was 6 hours and it was a nightmare.
Mar. 30th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Everyone knows Hal :) The ride to NYC was horrible as the bus started out full and just got fuller. The ride back was better but it was just so hard to get comfortable even having the row to myself.
Mar. 30th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEEEEEeee!!! You got a picture with Hal Sparks! Awesome. Look at you being so bold now!!! :) I love it.

I'm so glad you had fun in NYC, I'm so jealous.
Mar. 30th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
I woke up refreshed Sunday morning and decided that I was going to get pictures with all the actors. That's what they're there for, right?

We should do a NYC gathering. Or Vegas.
Apr. 11th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
ahahhhhhhh! You always get the best pics. the boys are adorable. I really love that last pic of you and Hal!
Apr. 11th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Too adorable. Especially Jo. People just gravitated towards him. I just caught Hal as he was leaving (so was I, hence me wearing my coat) so yeah for that!
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