14.3.12

HUNGER GAMES MALL TOUR SEATTLE

This past weekend I saw the cast ,LIVE in PERSON, of.....

 
So for weeks my cousin and I had been planning this little adventure to meet the potential supa stars of one of our favorite book series turned movie: THE HUNGER GAMES! But you see, one does  not just simply meet the cast of The Hunger Games (no, because everyone and their brother's uncle wants to meet them too...especially in Seattle) so we had our plan down to a tee:

PHASE ONE- Wake up at three AM and sleep in car in parking lot until seven
PHASE TWO- At exactly seven AM, race exceedingly fast to line and be in the first 100, AKA the people that get to go into Microsoft (but no cameras allowed) and get ONLY a poster they provided signed (explanation: the official website and mall website said no one could start lining up until seven AM...lies...)
PHASE THREE- Meet Jhutch and gang at Meet and Greet, become best friends and invite Josh out to pancakes (don't ask)
PHASE FOUR- Get great spot in Q&A so that I could get tons of great pictures
PHASE FIVE- Josh and I go out to pancakes...

Yeah.So.That's not exactly how it went down.
This is what really happened:

 
So we planned to get up at three but it turned into five and with a tad of a drive (in which Miranda got us completely lost and off in down town Seattle ), we didn't get on location at U-Village till 6 AM....

none the less we were still MAJORLY stoked to be there!!

But dismayed to find this:
Hundreds were already lined up!! And even though the site said 7AM, people had been there since 3PM the day before! Not fair...but whatevs, I'm over it. Sort of. 
It was dark, 34 degrees, and rainy, but we WERE NOT about to give up! We still had a chance of getting into the Q&A so we stuck around to wait for our big break!
(Microsoft Store 6 AM- look at all the people out there!)
It was so ridiculously crowded everywhere! The Starbucks line literally took two hours...but at least it was warm in there!

My party people (AKA the group): Miranda (the infamous cousin), Taylor (not to be mistaken with yours truly), and Sam (Miranda's friend from Multimedia and my new pal!)


There was over two thousand people lined up to meet the cast and unfortunately a lot of people didn't get in and protested about it and that was sad and all that jazz but....

WE GOT
(but just barely!! AH!)
After we got in to the Q&A we had some time to kill (try some HOURS) so we explored around U-Village( none of us had ever been there and it was very urban and posh so essentially I loved it!)!

We ate lunch at this neat little Japanese crepe place....(I thought crepes were french, but I suppose they make them in Japan too.)




We met a very large, plush bear....
Crowds began to form around Microsoft and the Q&A tent.....

Q&A tent in the morning....
then after the crowds formed...
then people began to line the streets so we figured we better get our spots for the Q&A and wait for them to show up!

We were pretty much drenched and exhausted but Bender from 161.1 Kiss FM (our congenial host) kept us pumped and excited with giveaways and music. 

Like free water and granola bars....
(photo from KISS FM website)

I didn't win any of the big things like THG tee shirts, blankets, flipflops, and belts they gave away in drawings but I was lucky enough to catch one of these as well as receiving a THG lanyard, Mall Tour Poster, and even one of the markers the cast signed posters with (although I'm not sure who it was)!
Security was legit. I mean PEACEKEEPER status. They made faces like the guy above when we screamed (and did we scream)!
RAIN!!!! We were drenched!!!

See this girl....
I didn't know her or her friend before that day, we met them in line and chilled with them all day, and became really good friends! That's what fandoms are supposed to do: bring people together!! Not make them fight eachother (cough, cough, like this random girl who brought the kids she was babysitting because SHE wanted to go and they complained the who time! We just happened to be standing by them and the kids KICKED me and pushed and it was awful! So word to the wise- leave the kiddlings you babysit at home, okay? Thanks.)
Yeah! Withstanding the elements!

FINALLY: 
THE MOMENT WE ALL WAITED FOR!
THE CROWD SUDDENLY STARTED SCREAMING,
PEOPLE STARTED PUSHING FORWARD,
CAMERAS AND PHONES WENT SKYWARD,
AND JOSH HUTCHERSON WALKED ON STAGE....
FOLLOWED BY LIAM AND JEN.

These are some of my favorites photos-
 Guys...I can't even....
 It was just...surreal...complete out of body experience! Worst part: it was SO fast! I swear it was only like 7 minutes despite what anyone else may say!

 I want to go into depth on what I thought about the whole session but honestly this post is too long as it is. And I think these photos pretty much speak for themselves....
 But I do have a bunch of videos from it that I still need to post that are pretty amazing ( I'm just having a problem uploading them but no worries nothing surmountable!)... 
 I will say Josh and Jen are just how they appear on most interviews and stuff they're in...they are both super real. Jen has this really funny dry sense of humor, she's acts like your average girl and even admitted that in her free time TiVo is her life-she's great, really. Josh is such a flirt! A girl asked him to prom (okay well to be fair they all got asked to prom) but he was just like "Yeah we could make it work but I have to leave in an hour so that kinda ruins things" (so not directly quoted) he was just totally not above going with a fangirl to prom and he's just super open and chill for a potential supa star and I just kind of love it! Liam is actually pretty cool too- OKAY, he has like this majorly wonderful Australian  accent that everyone forgot about until he opened his mouth (he's definitely the quietest of the bunch, Josh being the most outspoken but not in a bad way) and screamed because it was just so great! Yeah it was great....................
I REALLY NEED TO UPLOAD THOSE VIDEOS!!! 
After the fact we were all just *a little* starstruck and pretty happy the we waited it out to see them...
and by pretty a mean IMMENSELY OVERJOYED, FREAKING OUT, ON A HIGH, 
ETC.!!
 


 Okay but I will admit that this probably made that whole day....
Yes, ladies and gentleman, Josh Hutcherson looked at me (for a bit of a while too) and waved (sort of got it on camera. someone bumped me.)I am still amazed I got this on camera...WHAT THE HECK! WHY YOU STARIN' AT ME? I told you: total flirt. Stupid smoldering gaze....

In conclusion:
Even though I didn't get to go to pancakes with Jhutch, and Sam didn't get to meet her Joshy-booboo,Taylor didn't get anything signed, and Miranda didn't get to tackle anyone- it was still literally like...
P.S. Will post those videos soon (after I receive tech help from my nerd and  younger brother) Guys, technology hates me. Kay, that's all!♥

1 comment:

Abbi said...

OMG TAYLOR I JUST READ THIS SERIOUSLY LIKE 3 TIMES. Dying over the fact that you got to go. I cannot believe that you were like, breathing the same air as them (ESPECIALLY Josh.) Love it. Love love love it.

(Also, you are UNBELIEVABLY adorable.)