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04 June 2010 @ 02:33 pm
Collectormania 16 Report and Pictures  

Can I just say...........The man is HOT!!!!! (OK, I now have that off my chest ;) ). Under the cut is my report and pictures from Collectormania 16 in Milton Keynes in the UK, Monday 31st May 2010.

When I first heard that Joe was coming to the UK, I was overjoyed!!! The last time I had seen Joe was in February 2009 and I really wanted to see him again – perhaps more to see if he was just as nice as before or whether that had been all an act. As the convention got closer, I almost changed my mind on going – there were going to be no talks, no photos allowed etc, etc, and it seemed that it might not be so much fun after all. How wrong was I......  
On arrival at the Stadium, my hubby Neil, my 4 year old daughter Jessie and myself met up with my friend and fellow Joe fan, Phenix. It was fantastic to see her again as I hadn’t seen her since Chevron 7.2 :)

We quickly ascertained that Joe had not arrived yet so we decided to go into the Dealers Room as it was inside in the warm and it was freezing in the open air. Once inside we looked around the stalls looking to see if there were any Joe goodies to buy. It was at this point that Jessie managed to spot the only Disney Dalmation cuddly toy in the middle of a sci-fi convention!!! One cuddly toy (she loves Dalmations) and several spent pounds later we realised that it was nearly time for our photoshoot so we headed on over to the waiting area.
Joe walked up past the queue waving and smiling to everyone as he went along. He was dressed in jeans, his grey/yellow sneakers and his now famous England Football jacket and looked relaxed and happy.

 Once inside we queued for the photoshoot. I walked up to Joe and he smiled and said “Hi, how are you?” I think I replied “fine, thank you” (I am sure I had a fangirl moment of thinking “Guh!”). Joe smiled and then turned towards me, I asked him that, if it was OK, could I please have a hug. Joe replied “Yeah, sure no problem” and he hugged me tightly. The photographer took our picture, I thanked Joe and then walked off to the other side of the room.
Next in line was my hubby who was carrying Jessie in his arms. Jessie is very shy and didn’t want her photo taken so as Neil walked towards Joe for his photo, Jessie ran past Joe to me. As she ran past Joe looked at her, held out his arms and put on a cute all upset voice and said, “Oh no, come back – I wanted my picture taken with you.” I apologised and said that she was too shy and picked her up as Neil had his photo with Joe taken. As we all walked away, Joe smiled and waved at Jessie, but she just buried her head in my shoulder and Joe looked quite sad.
We decided to wait for our photoOp pictures before getting our autographs, so we went for lunch and then looked around the remaining dealer stalls. Jessie kept asking when we were going to see Joe again and kept calling him “Joe-Joe”.
Again several cuddly toys and more money later we walked on over to collect our photos.
(SIDE NOTE: I do have to say that the Disney stall holder was very friendly and even gave Jessie some Dalmation toys for free as she loved Dalmations so much.)
As we collected our photos, I regretted that I had forgotten to take my hair down for the photoshoot with Joe. He looks amazing as usual, but with my hair up, I look really harsh, even though I am smiling :(

Joe and I

We took our photos, and as there was only a small queue, Phenix, Neil, Jessie and I all lined up for our autographs. Joe spotted Jessie and said “Hey cutie - I wanted my photo taken with you” as she approached him, he bent down over the table to be more at her level and asked how old she was and amazingly she replied that she was four. Joe replied “that is a great age to be”. He signed all our autographs and I built up the courage to ask Joe if it was OK to take photos of him. He said “Sure that’s no problem, click away.” So my hubby, who had been designated as the photographer for the day, took some piccies. I thanked Joe for coming over to the UK and he replied that it was his pleasure and he shook my hand, waved at Jessie and both Jess and I moved on to let Phenix through to have her turn with Joe.


Jessie’s First Autograph from Joe  Jessie picked these out herself – Bless!


Five Years of Sheppard signed ”Boy, I pull some funny faces” ~ Joe Flanigan ~

We all moved away and sat down outside and away from Joe’s tent. Some Storm Troopers came along and waited outside Joe’s tent...... You know there is something very surreal about watching Storm Troopers guard Joe!!!!! Lol!!!

Protecting the Innocent!

Later on, Jessie kept asking to see ‘Joe-Joe’ again – after a while she even did a sit-in protest saying that before she went home she wanted to see Joe-Joe again, so I decided to do one last autograph. Jessie picked a photo from the table that she liked and walked up to Joe’s table and put it on the desk. Joe was opening something and beamed at her when he saw her again, “Hey there – you’re back. Do you like chocolate?” Jessie nodded her head and Joe handed her some chunks of chocolate which she took. She went all shy and then hid behind me, I thanked Joe and explained that she was very shy and Joe replied, “Don’t worry, I was shy until......well I still am.” Phenix said that he was speaking to us so surely he wasn’t shy, but he replied that he was very shy until he was about 25 and so that he understood perfectly how she felt. Joe talked to us some more about his shyness and then some more people came over so it was time for us to move on.
After that, Jessie kept asking to go back and see Joe-Joe over and over but I am pretty certain that was because she wanted more chocolate!
Unfortunately the time came for us all to leave, so we waved goodbye and Joe waved and shouted, “Bye-bye sweetheart – do you want some more chocolate?” Luckily Jessie had gone all shy again and didn’t hear him or I am sure she would have gone running right back into his tent! Joe then shouted, “Oh, but don’t take chocolate from strangers – unless it’s from Joe!”
With that he gave us a big wave, a beaming smile and we left.
Despite the cold and the wind and the lack of talks, we had a great laugh and lots of fun and Joe really is as amazing as he seems, charming, kind, generous, funny and of course, as sexy as ever.

We weren’t really allowed to take any photos but Neil and I managed to sneak some in as we had a telescopic lens so we could stand away from everyone so as not to interfere and still take some pics. There are not many and not the best quality but I’ll share them anyway. Click for bigger copies :)


PHOTO USAGE:   (All photos are clickable thumbnails)
You are welcome to share or use the pics of Joe etc, but please cut me out if you wish to share/use my photoshoot pic elsewhere – Thank You :)

And as they say..... "That's All Folks!"

Current Location: United Kingdom, London
I Feel...: bouncybouncy
martined: Joemartined on June 4th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
I already read your report on the Alpha site of “The Majors” but I do not weary myself any, I imagine how could do without the meeting autograph like Joe and Jessie together.

Your photographs are splendid and in spite of what you can say of your photoshoot, you to be really nice both.

Still thank you for the division and the photographs for your husband.

Tashira's Bubble: Joe - DC - CheekySmiletashirasbubble on June 4th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much Martined - I will pass on your thanks to Neil :) and thanks also for the kind comment about my photoshoot pic.


kristen999kristen999 on June 4th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
Thank you for the wonderful report. Joe seems so good with kids and it seems like your whole family had a lovely time. All the interactions with Joe seemed so sweet. Thank you hubby for those pics, they're some of the best I've seen of the con and my goodness!! Joe looks so hot in that soccer jacket!!

May I link your report on my LJ, or would you prefer not to?

Thank you again.
Tashira's Bubble: Shep - Hugtashirasbubble on June 4th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much hon - I will pass on your thanks to Neil *grin*

Of course you can link it hon - Feel free to share the Joe joy.....I'd be honoured :)

Thanks again for your wonderful comments *hug*
vecturistvecturist on June 4th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
Glad all my UK friends had such a good experience (despite the cold). Joe is really lovely, isn't he. Thank you for all the telephoto shots!
Tashira's Bubble: Joe - NZ - Hi5tashirasbubble on June 4th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
You are most welcome hon *hug*

he is such a sweet guy - it is amazing how nice he is especially in the industry he is in...Lovely generous and kind man.
federal bureau of obsessions: Against the doorxxsafixx on June 4th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
oh,thank you so much for your report Tashira:) I'm still reading it but pics of Joe just distract me!I can't even imagine how could it be to meet him:)
Tashira's Bubble: Bedford - CockedHeadtashirasbubble on June 4th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
They are a bit distracting aren't they!!! I do go dumbstruck when I first meet him - it's silly really but it must look so funny to an outsider.. :)

I'm glad you liked it hon *hug*
CazzBlade: JF van con leancazzblade on June 4th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Omg! That's Hannah's drawing! You rule :D

Glad you had such a good time! Great report :)
Tashira's Bubble: VegasBTS - Smiletashirasbubble on June 4th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
A-ha!! so that is who drew it - it is soooo good! I'm glad it came out in the pics. Excellent drawing and I am so happy you like the report and pics :)

Thanks hon *hug*
courtamcourtam on June 4th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing your experience and your pictures.
Tashira's Bubble: Joe_NZ - Gorgeoustashirasbubble on June 4th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
You are most welcome :) Thank you so much for commenting *hug*
berryann: Elizabeth smileberryann on June 4th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I LOVE your report! And the pics are great as well. You're such a lucky girl. {{{hugs}}}

Joe was wonderful with Jessie! He really likes kids. I bet he'd love to have a daughter, such a sweet little angel as Jessie is! I even remember him saying so for that Hungarian on-line chat.

I'm so happy you had such a great time. I wish I had gone. It would be awesome to meet you in person, dear.
Tashira's Bubble: Shep - Hugtashirasbubble on June 4th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you honey :) I'm glad you liked the report and pics so much.

He is just the best with kids - I agree, he appears as if he would love a daughter, although I am sure a daughter would wrap him around her little finger!

I wish you could have been there too hon - it would have been wonderful to meet you too - hopefully, he will come back to the UK again soon and you will be able to make it.

montybird: Red Plaid Cutemontybird on June 4th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Tash- what a great report! And your pics are excellent! I love how Joe is with kids, don't you? He really is a genuinely nice person and he makes such great eye contact, doesn't he?!?! It looks like you had a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing your Joe experience!
Tashira's Bubble: Joe_NZ_Me?tashirasbubble on June 4th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much Monty *hug*

Oh yes, Joe is just adorable with all kids - he puts them (and us) at ease immediately and even the shy ones like Jessie talk to him and want to go back and see him again and again.

You are very welcome hon and thank you so much for commenting *HUG*
d_odysseyd_odyssey on June 4th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the report and great pictures. So nice to be able to talk to Joe and see what a nice person he is. Just makes him all the more wonderful to see what a natural he is around kids. Glad you had such a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing with us.
Tashira's Bubble: GW Int - Happy Placetashirasbubble on June 4th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome Hon - I'm glad you liked the report :)

Thank you for commenting *hug*
Wild Cat: weddingwild_cat on June 4th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
This is so great! Thank you so much for sharing this! =))
Tashira's Bubble: 38Mins - ThisCutetashirasbubble on June 5th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow!
You are very welcome Wild Cat - i'm glad you like it :)

Ememrinalexander on June 4th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this with us - I've never had an opportunity to see Joe in person (and would probably be incoherent if I did!) so it really lovely to be able to read your report and see the gorgeous photos.
Tashira's Bubble: Joe-NZ-CheekyWhitetashirasbubble on June 5th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome - I'm Really happy that you like it. Thank you very much for your wonderful comments :)
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Kath: JF_DC_smilenakedwesley on June 6th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the lovely report! Joe is such a sweetheart. I love hearing how wonderful he is around kids. He must be such an amazing dad. And thanks to your husband for the piccies.
Tashira's Bubble: MGM Int - MoodyColourtashirasbubble on June 6th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
You are most welcome - Joe was so good with all the kids - he just has a way with them - that's a great ability to have :)

i'm glad you liked the report and I will pass on the thanks to Neil

Thank you *hug*
lcshepp on June 6th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
MK Post
Thank you very much for posting your visit with Joe. I have met him several times and I agree with you wholeheartedly...he is a nice, kind man. Glad you had a wonderful time.
Tashira's Bubble: WH13 - I'm Yourstashirasbubble on June 6th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
Re: MK Post
You are very welcome and Thank you for the wonderful comment lcshep

pisces227pisces227 on June 6th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing your report and pics. JF seems like a great guy, can't wait till Aug to meet him in Chicago.
Tashira's Bubble: Joe_NZ - Gorgeoustashirasbubble on June 7th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome Pisces - I'm thrilled that you liked it. :))

He is a truly wonderful person - have a superb time in Chicago and enjoy your time with him - he really is breath taking.

Lily0_lily_0 on June 7th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your wonderful con report and pics. What a great experience. And awwwww at Joe talking to Jessie. I've always heard Joe is great with kids. I'm pretty sure it was Rachel who said in one of the audio commentaries in s1 (or maybe it was on other early season) that Joe was great with kids and every time anybody's kids from the cast/crew were on set, Joe was great with them.

Great choice of wallpapers to have them signed. I especially love Joe_TT_Auto2. Very cool! BTW, the link to Joe_TT_Auto2 doesn't work because there's a space between the underscore _ and the first T in the link code (I copied the Joe_TT_Auto1 link and replaced the final 1 by 2 and it worked *g*)
Tashira's Bubble: Shep - Hugtashirasbubble on June 7th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much hon - Joe was lovely with Jessie - she still talks about him now and tells us what she wants to say to him the next time she meets him!! I guess that must be a hint on her part!!!

Thank you so much for pointing out the bug - completely missed that one - it is now fixed :)) *hug*

Thanks again for your wonderful comments *HUG*
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