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Okay - over the next week or so I'm going to try to post a little about the convention in Toronto and seeing Randy in Cabaret, but it might take a while, and this post is going to be all over the place.

After a trying trip (I started out at 6.00am in SF at the airport on the way to Winnipeg and never actually got there), I wound up having an extra day or so in Toronto.

That being the case, I took myself to the hockey hall of fame to indulge one of my other passions. I was a very happy hockey fann as my beloved Pens had actually won the Stanley Cup while I was flying across the Pacific to SF.

Anyway, for anyone who's interested, here's me in front of one of Mario's display cases. (You have to imagine me saying "Mario" in hushed and reverent accent.)


Arrived at the conference hotel on Thursday and started the process of catching up with so many friends made at other conferenes and events. We wound up at Woody's that afternoon and if anyone has one of the photos that we took on the steps, I'd love one because mine just didn't appear on my camera. No idea what happened there.

(Or actually, did that happen on Friday?)

Anyway, on Friday evening the convention proper started with the VIP dinner. For the first half, I was sitting next to Randy, and when they did a swap over, next to Makyla. What a honey she is!

It isn't encouraged to take photos of the guests at the dinners, and stuff, but instead I asked Randy if he'd take a photo of us and he was sweet enough to do that. I've fuzzed out a few of the faces, because I don't have their permission to share their images online. The ones left, I'm reasonably confident won't mind.

So here we are - taken by Mr. Harrison himself.


We all had a great time and Randy was in fine form. Very relaxed and chatty.

After the dinner, most of the gang headed off to a Pride event at "Babylon", which Randy was hosting, but I bailed in favour of a reasonably early night.

Everyone who went seemed to enjoy it though.

I'm going to leave Saturday and Sunday for now, since i need to reference my notes about who said what in the panels and stuff, and move on to Monday.

Caught up with two other friends who happened to be in the area but weren't at the convention. Had a really nice lunch with them. While I was waiting for them, I did a little wandering around and found this church. It blew me away. How wonderful it would be if all churches were so accepting.

(I've enlarged the banner at the side to make it easier to read.)

Holy Triinity Toronto copy.jpg

Tuesday morning it was a sad final goodbye and then off to the airport to get to San Francisco where I had a ticket to Cabaret for both Tuesday night and Wednesday matinee.

Amazingly, I ran into Danielle and Barbara at the theatre. Hard not to since they were sitting right in front of me!

The show was simply amazing. I can't speak highly enough of both the production and the performances - Randy's in particular. It's absolutely riveting and the final scene is simply chilling. There is a moment of shocked silence before the applause starts which is incredibly telling.

It's also very topical. For those who don't know the show, it's set in Berlin in the 30's during the rise of the Nazi party. It deals with the way in which people's willed ignorance, and their apathy and their fear, allowed the Nazis to come to power. The final scene very simply but quite shockingly illustrates the outcome.

it made me think about what is going on in the world today, with the Brexit vote and with Trump ranting about how he's going to use racial profiling.

Remember the words about how the Nazis got away with what they did ... they go something like ...

When they came for the Socialists, I didn't nothing, for I was not a Socialist. When they came for the Trade Unionists, I did nothing, for I was not in a Union. When they came for the Jews I did nothing, for I was not a Jew. When they came for me, I could do nothing, for there was no one left to speak out for me.

Start that out with "When they came for the Muslims ..." or "When they came for the Gays ..." and you can see how the forces of fascism could very easily get a very firm grip in today's climate.

Anyway, the show was great and Randy was wonderful and when we waited for him after the show he greeted us with hugs and thanks for coming, and when he heard I was flying home next night I got an extra hug and a little peck on the cheek for a goodbye.

Very nice.

Here are the photos that someone took. The first, where we're smiling is more than a little blurred. In the second we both look a little anxious/ bewildered because we couldn't work out what the person with the camera was doing. It was kind of funny, actually.



So that was that. Well, except that I saw the matinee on Wednesday as well (from the front row if you don't mind) and loved it just as much.

If you can get to a performance, i guarantee it will be worth your while.

If you need a little more inspiration, look at the pretty posters.


And without me.




Sorry about the reflections on the last two - was tricky trying to take them in daylight and worse at night.

Next post will be about the convention and I hope to have it up by the end of the week.

Date: 26/6/16 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bksbracelet.livejournal.com

Wohoo jolly good i am sitting comfortably ready to read

Date: 26/6/16 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Hope you enjoy.

I have a signed pic of Randy for you that I'll be sending in the next day or so.

Date: 27/6/16 06:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bksbracelet.livejournal.com
Omg that post is amazing you certainly know how to paint a picture for us so that we really get the feel of the events. Does Randy recognise you from previous con's? The posters are amazing and you did a great job with the photos 😀 What a shame one of the ones with Randy was blurred 😔 And off course thank you so much for thinking of me again ❤️💕

Date: 27/6/16 09:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Thanks, Chris.

He does seem to recognise me. Sometimes he even remembers my name which I find extraordinary.

Date: 26/6/16 01:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] connorblond.livejournal.com
Thank you for taking the time to do this! The pics and the descriptions are wonderful. Randy looks fantastic in that last poster! WOW!

Date: 26/6/16 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Randy was amazing. Just incredible. And he looks really good at the moment. All that dancing for eight performances a week has him back to being really trim and fit.

He also seems much more at ease with himself and therefore with his fans at the moment. He was very sweet all weekend. I mean, he's always been perfectly nice to me, but sometimes there's kind of a sense of ... patience ... that goes along with it. It wasn't like that this weekend, which was nice.

Date: 26/6/16 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] severina2001.livejournal.com
Aww, you look so lovely and happy in that pic with Randy. Made me smile.

MARIO! My favourite player. No one will ever top him.

Date: 26/6/16 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Thank you. I have to admit I was very happy in that photo. Getting a hug from a lovely guy will do that to you. *g*

And yes, ITA about Mario. He is absolutely my hockey hero.

Date: 26/6/16 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] universal99.livejournal.com
I just love the pictures you shared with us. Randy is not the stuck-up star, he really enjoys being with his fans (after all the conventions you have attended, you are more a buddy then a fan). I look forward to your report on the convention activities. Thanks for sharing.

Date: 26/6/16 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Thanks. Yes, he's always been very nice to me and perfectly friendly, but that weekend he was more forthcoming than usual and almost affectionate. It made the weekend even more delightful than usual.

Date: 26/6/16 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guavejuice.livejournal.com
Thanks for your beautiful report and pictures. Can't wait for more.
btw- Have you seen the other Randy? ;)

Date: 26/6/16 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Look at that smile! Love the boy.

Not sure what you mean by "the other" Randy.

Is it the stand-offish one who doesn't seem to like his fans at all?

I've never really ran into that one. He has always, from when I first spoke to him at Equus way back when, been perfectly friendly with me. But this weekend he seemed truly sweet, almost affectionate. It was lovely.

Date: 27/6/16 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guavejuice.livejournal.com
THIS is the other Randy actually *meltz*


Date: 27/6/16 09:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
I'd forgotten their mascot. No,I didn't get to "meet" him.

Date: 26/6/16 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chadmom.livejournal.com
Sounds like you had a blast!

Looking forward to the panel reports.

Date: 26/6/16 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Did indeed have a blast, and I'll be working on the panel reports during the week, and can hopefully post on the weekend.

Date: 27/6/16 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosy5000.livejournal.com
Yay! Fellow Pens fan! So proud of them for how they turned their season around and won the Cup. :D

You and Randy look adorable together. Can't wait to hear about the convention. :)

Date: 27/6/16 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Yes. I was on the plane across the Pacific when they were playing game 6 so I had to wait hours and hours before I found out the result. They did well. One of the people at the convention had lots of photos they'd taken at the parade with the Cup. Lovely.

More about the convention on the weekend.

Date: 27/6/16 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigj52.livejournal.com
It's so good to hear from you. I have one of those group pics on my phone. I'll email it to you. Wonderful pics of you both. I have exactly that same pic of the church. Pretty spot and quiet where it was taken compared to the Eaton Centre inside. Monstrous shopping centre.

0nly two days till I see him. Sqeeee!
Edited Date: 27/6/16 04:22 am (UTC)

Date: 27/6/16 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gaedhal.livejournal.com
Great food court in the basement of the Eaton! There used to be an
very good place where you could get Malaysian food -- nasi goreng!
And the noodles, too! We used to hit it every day.

Date: 27/6/16 09:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Didn't find the Malaysian place, but did get some decent Japanese, so I was happy.

Date: 27/6/16 09:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
I'm sure you'll enjoy. It's a brilliant show and he's stunning. By far the best thing I've seen him do. Just no comparison.

Date: 27/6/16 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bodleian.livejournal.com
Thanks for all this. Your trip looks great and the poster from the show is brilliant. Randy looks great. Looking forward to more.

Date: 27/6/16 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Randy just dominates the stage, he really is extraordinary. I'm so happy for him that he's won this opportunity to really show what he can do.

Date: 27/6/16 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gaedhal.livejournal.com
What a trip!

Glad you had a great, if exhausting, time!

Date: 27/6/16 09:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Thanks Gael. It was a great trip. I'm just still trying to catch up on the sleep and the evil jet lag trick of waking at 3.30 in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep isn't helping.

Date: 28/6/16 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piksa.livejournal.com
Thank you for sharing your experiences from seeing Cabaret! Now that Randy has apparently extended his stay in it, I hope I'll be able to make it to see it.

Looking forward to the Toronto parts as well! Have to live that through other people's reports :)

Date: 28/6/16 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wren-kt7oz.livejournal.com
Hi Pia.

Know what you mean about living through other people's reports. That's what I'll be doing with Bilbao this year. *sigh*

Date: 29/6/16 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qafaddiction.livejournal.com
Great recap so far! Can't wait to hear more about the convention.

I was in Toronto last fall and did the Edge Walk on the CN Tower (the one where you go outside and walk completely around the tower). Thrilling and terrifying at the same time!

I've only met Randy a couple of times, and he was super friendly, but I totally understand what you mean about him getting more comfortable with fans as time goes on (as he gets older, I guess).

Date: 19/7/16 11:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kinwad.livejournal.com
Thanks for the great report, Wren! Glad you enjoyed yourself.


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