I attended Collectormania 16 in Milton Keynes on the last day of the con (Monday) as I only found out Joe would be there on short notice, so I decided to travel up just for the day. I met up with a friend and we had a great time, except for the chilly winds in the stadium.
First order of the day was photo ops. Joe was lovely and welcoming as always. When I went in for the photo Joe said he remembered me, which was a huge surprise to me as I’d only had the pleasure of meeting him once before.
As you can see I decided to get my photo signed. After the shoot I went off for lunch and came back for autographs later.
There was a short queue when I went to get my autographs from Joe. He was very chatty and asked how I was and where it was we had met before (which was at Chevron 7.2 2009). I decided to chance asking if I could have a photo, even though they had a ‘no photos’ sign up at the time, because there was barely anyone in the queue behind me. Thankfully Joe persuaded his handler to let me have one, which resulted in this lovely photo.
Kudos to Joe for that one.
I later went back for another autograph as I bought something with me but wasn’t sure if I wanted it signed or not till I got there. Joe had no queue whatsoever this time and he was quite happy to talk to me, so much so that I was there for about half an hour!
We talked about many things. One interesting thing was about the Rockford campaign for him and he said he’d been told about the news of the show and that they were thinking of re-casting. He thought that because we’d campaigned so hard the team at Rockford were reluctant to take him on as they wanted to make all the decisions. Now though, with the bad news and all, he said they should cast him and re-shoot, joking that it would be a big hit and serve them right for not listening to us in the first place
Another one was about Twitter. He asked for my opinion on whether he should tweet or not. He was disappointed at the smaller numbers at the con saying he usually get’s through double what he did there. He said if he had Twitter, he could let people know where he was and hopefully spread the word better. I agreed, especially given the fact the all of what we hear mostly comes from other people and not directly from Joe. We also talked about the possibility of him having a Twitter app. All in all he’s really giving it some consideration. So maybe in the not too distant future we might be following him on Twitter!
We also talked about whisky, as a fan had given him a bottle. He said it was the best kind of present he gets. Then we got onto surfing and he told me about a holiday he’s planning to Morocco soon, and he showed me the spots he wants to visit on Google maps on his shiny new iPad. He asked a bit about me and how old my boyfriend was. I kinda babbled a bit and just said he was older than me. Joe gives me a funny look and says “Oh yeah, how much older *pause* 65?” LMAO!
He gave me a hug and kiss goodbye *dies* and that was it. I had a wonderful time meeting Joe. He’s incredibly chatty, intelligent and extremely funny. I was in fits of laughter most of the time. And that concludes my day!
A big thank you to my friend Tashira and her husband for taking the photos for me *hugs*
Thank you, very much, Charlotte for sharing your story with us!
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