Jun 022010
 
Joe Flanigan & Sarah Bettles at Collectormania 16

Sarah Bettles (sez101) kindly shared with us her report about meeting Joe Flanigan on her visit to Collectormania 16 festival in Milton Keynes on Monday, May 31st, 2010:

I went to Collectormania 16 in Milton Keynes. Got there early and parked right near the door, joining the queue to go in. Went to the Joe Flanigan signing area as I had pre-booked my photo ticket, and got my signing ticket. He wasn’t there at this point, so I went and collect my Michelle Forbes and Tom Baker signing tickets. Then I returned to where he would be signing. I was the first in the queue.

Joe had been staying in London, so it took him a while to get up there. [editor: especially after having too many margaritas with Martin Firrell on the eve ;) {src: 1 | 2}] The day before he’d been late as there had been roadworks.

He turned up at 10:45. Before he reached the autograph area, a small boy (about 4?) ran over to him. Joe stopped and asked him his name and had a chat with him. It was really sweet and showed what a cool guy Joe is.

Then he sat down with his iPad and it was my turn to go.

I said hello, as did he. I told him about my friend’s Facebook group Joe Flanigan Advocacy and he said it was awesome. He also passed her hello and said he had sailed past Gibraltar where she lives, and was flying to Costa Bravo (Spain) tomorrow but he would like to visit Gibraltar. I asked him how he was enjoying England and how he found Mitlon Keynes with all its roundabouts (it seriously has thousands). Joe said he liked England, but not the roundabouts. I said I liked them, it meant, when I got lost, I could turn around easily.

Then it was the photo. I queued up, went in, said: “I like your top” (it was the England 3 Lions one). Joe said thank you, the photographer interrupted by yelling “Smile!!!”. Joe pulled me into a hug and we smiled, then the photographer yelled: “Next!!!”. So I couldn’t talk to Joe any more.

Joe Flanigan & Sarah Bettles at Collectormania 16

Joe Flanigan & Sarah Bettles at Collectormania 16

Lastly, I returned to get my photo signed. By this time I was more croaky as I’d been using my voice quite a bit and the medication was wearing off as I had laryngitis. It was the last day of 4-days festival so it was really quiet, I’d say about 300 people max.

So, when I got to sign my photo, we said hello. Joe asked: “You OK?” I was like “yeah”. He asked again: “Are you sure?”. I said: “Well, no, I have laryngitis”. Joe said: “Oh, that’s nasty!” I told him I will be fine, he replied: “Well, I hope so”.

Joe looked down at what I wanted signing and asked if this was the photo from Sunday. I answered “No, its today”. Joe said wow there back. So I asked what it was like: signing photos of yourself all day. He said he got used to it and it was part of the business. I was like: “Yeah, but it must be hard to see yourself and some of the pictures have to be bad”. Joe looked at our picture and said: “I think, I look OK”. I told him he looks awesome, it was me who didn’t look great. Joe clearly didn’t get it, he said: “You’re smiling”, I replied: “Yeah, but my hair is all windswept as the stadium had crazy wind”. He said I should be an actress as I was that insecure. Then I gave him a letter from a friend and it was really time to let the next in queue pass, so I headed home.

Thank you, very much, Sarah for sharing your story with us!

NB: Please note that this is originally published content, therefore, should you want to refer to it, please keep the credit & the original link. Thank you!

  8 Responses to “Sarah Bettles meeting Joe Flanigan at CollectorMania 16”

  1. [UPD] [REPORT] And our first post! Sarah Bettles meeting Joe Flanigan at CollectorMania 16 #Collectormania http://wp.me/pWI5h-5 Thx @sez101!

  2. RT @FlanInfo: [UPD] [REPORT] And our first post! Sarah Bettles meeting Joe Flanigan at CollectorMania 16 #Collectormania http://wp.me/pWI5h-5 Thx @sez101!

  3. That’s a great report Sarah, thanks so much!
    And also thanks for showing Joe the picture of my Facebook group ‘The Joe Flanigan Advocacy’!! You rock! ;) :D

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  5. RT @FlanInfo: [UPD] [REPORT] And our first post! Sarah Bettles meeting Joe Flanigan at CollectorMania 16 #Collectormania http://wp.me/pWI5h-5 Thx @sez101!

  6. RT @FlanInfo: [UPD] [REPORT] And our first post! Sarah Bettles meeting Joe Flanigan at CollectorMania 16 #Collectormania http://wp.me/pWI5h-5 Thx @sez101!

  7. Great report)))))

    • Yay, Rebecca’s got one fresh pressed today, even greater! Check our homepage or FanCon reports category on the left or Collectormania tag under this one :)

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