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10 December 2006 @ 01:44 am
The skinny on a phat night...my night with "the browncoats"...  
Okay, there seems to be people wondering what is/was going on. Here's the long and short of it:

Being the spokesman behind the scholarship fund for BE CHARITABLES I was going to be involved with this Flanvention II Serenity/Firefly convention. I had planned on showing up on Sunday for a couple hours, talk about the charity, and then participate in the auction with the cast of Firefly.

I learned (a few weeks ago)that it had been posted online that this convention might fall apart. I googled the info to learn more and found myself at a secondary, supplemental website that basically served as a "just in case" website if Flanvention was really to be cancelled. I saved that page...JUST IN CASE.

I checked it last week once I was told the convention was back on. I checked it again this morning and learned the awful news that it had been cancelled the day the convention was supposed to start. I went to the "just in case" Browncoats backup website to see what was going on. I emailed the contact on that site and offered to show up and hang out with everyone who had shown up into town and had nothing to do. I didn't want them to leave empty-handed.

Now I know I'm no Tom Hanks or Brad Pitt but I thought the very least people should get to do is hang out with someone from t.v. before they flew back to their respective cities, states, and even countries (like Wales, Australia, etc.) I was emailed quickly with info as to where and when everyone might be having a drink at a bar. I showed up to mingle. I just felt so awful about what had happened and I felt some obligation to keep my promise of seeing everyone. It was just the right thing to do.

Much to my surprise, when I arrived, the wonderful cast members of Firefly were there hanging out with everyone. I thought I would be the only "token" celebrity people might see on their weekend and that certainly wouldn't have been worth flying out for. Everyone seemed to have a marvelous time, I did as well. Most people commented on how this situation turned out to be even better than the original convention idea. I ended up having so much fun talking with so many people that we basically closed down the bar. Thanks to all the awesome Firefly fans who were so much fun to hang with (and incidentally most were VMars fans too!).

We all made lemonade out of lemons. And they all lived happily ever after.
Stef: YEAH! MM in Angstchaotic4life on December 10th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
One step closer to world domination *g*

Hugz!I am sure you and Firefly's peeps really made the weeked!
TV Whisperer: serenity - shipelectrcspacegrl on December 10th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much for doing this, Michael! I have friends down there who watch VM and I bet they were so excited (and surprised!) to see you. This just warms my heart that all the actors and Firefly composer and comic writer and SoCal Browncoats and everybody else took the time out from their busy lives to show the Browncoats a good time - without even getting paid for it. What wonderful people you all are.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! It means so much to everybody in the fandom. :)
outoftime on December 10th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
Like I said before, you = awesome.
Meghatron: Fireflymeghatron on December 10th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
Browncoats are consistently the most devoted and dependable fandom I've ever been a part of. I'm so glad you were able to spend time among their number.
jujubeejujubee on December 10th, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
You're too nice, Michael!
"Smokin' hot.": Santa-J2 from liz_wwithout_me on December 10th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
Michael, you are seriously one of the nicest guys around. Your generosity is beyond anything anyone could ever dream of asking. I hope the universe rewards you with continued success and happiness.
Kare: Antique Roses-- digital_divakare on December 10th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
I think I'll just say "ditto" to what A said here. Rarely do you find someone ("real world" or celebrity) like you, and I mean that in the most wonderful way possible: he's kind! he's articulate! he's generous with his fans! not to mention others' fans!

For the record, since I've never seen Firefly, you wouldn't have been "token" anything if I myself had made the trip.

the enigmatic E.: tainted love is too fast to dance tozauberer_sirin on December 10th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
Michael, you are so nice. You and the cast of Firefly, too. (i wish there were this kind of conventions in my country)
Angeliteangelite on December 10th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
You are awesome.

By the way, if you got to hang out with any English people (called, maybe, Tricia or Katy or Rach), I know you would have made their day. They're friends of mine, and I know Tricia in particular shared my squeeing when you were announced for the Starfury con in May.
outoftime on December 10th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)
Ok, so I should be sleeping, but I felt moved to make an icon to celebrate your heroics. Feel free to use it, look at it, laugh at it - whatever. You're part of the Firefly fandom now, and you're a Big Damn Hero :)

TV Whisperer: firefly - still flyinelectrcspacegrl on December 10th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
Quick, someone get Michael to start watching Firefly! ;)
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Marion: firefly/serenityentwashian on December 10th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
You rock, Michael.

The browncoats are a shiny group of people, and I'm so glad they had you around to make their shindig even better.
Ally « we were born to be fighters »: vmars - lamb - textless cockyvanya_elda on December 10th, 2006 10:26 am (UTC)
I personally know of at least five or so people that were completely elated to see you walk through the door of that bar, Michael. Your generosity to fans is unprecedented. Thank you for all that you do. It makes me so happy to be a part of this fandom.
Court: Kaylee thats my girl - liz_guerinwordsleadmeon on December 10th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
I know I said this in my comment in the previous post, but it can't hurt to say it again, right? So here it goes...

As far as I'm concerned you definitely do deserve, and have more than earned, the title of Big Damn Hero.

And for the record? I don't go throwing that around willy-nilly. Until today, for four whole years, it's been reserved for the crew of a certain Firefly-class vessel. But you've more than proven yourself to be as generous with your fans, and apparently theirs, as the BDHs are. You really, truly are made of awesome for wanting to go to the backup event to make sure that everyone got to hang out with SOMEBODY other than fellow Browncoats.
Polter-Cow: Good for youspectralbovine on December 10th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
Aha! Now it all makes sense! Go you!

The FF cast is surprisingly awesome, huh?
iwillrememberu: Scarecrowiwillrememberu on December 10th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
That's true... you're no Tom Hanks nor Brad Pitt... you're just way better :)
take heart, sweetheartaliice on December 10th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)