Monday, July 16, 2012

My Wonderful Friend Caden

Also known as "The Most Interesting Man in the World". My life has changed these past few days meeting him, and even though to some that may sound weird, I never knew how a very random and short encounter could have such an impact on my life.

Last year, we ran into Caden at the Nerd HQ. He was running the photobooth and he was so flawless looking and seemed so incredibly chill. Basically, he was cool. And I decided that I needed a picture with this cool dude, so my sister and I got one with him in the photo booth.

We didn't really keep in touch, just an add on facebook, but I don't know when it happened, but we weren't friends on facebook anymore. I learned this the day before SDCC'12, and so I thought we've pretty much lost all communication with him.

Well, that changed the next day. We were waiting in line at around 5:30 AM for the exhibit hall, and right when I look up, guess who's passing us?! Obviously Caden haha. So I shouted out his name on impulse and he was shocked to see us just as we were to see him. We gave each other brief updates on our lives, and he's just been doing incredible things. We allowed him to stand in line with us, and then when it came to moving actually inside the Con (but still waiting for another 3 hours to go into the exhibit hall) he began the best unintentional comedy show I've ever experienced. His stories, his jokes, his facial expressions, oh man I nearly died and peed in my pants. He was honestly the funniest person I've ever met in my life. From Acorn Festivals, Yodagirl, pretending to be a cook when you really used takeout and apparently have a "heated trashcan", to "The Face" and "Bronies", we all just clicked. I never knew how much humor and entertainment this guy we had just thought of as "cool" last year could contain.

Unfortunately, the rest of the time at the Con we had to split up. He had his things to do while we had ours. Elaine and I were on a mission with our list in one hand and granola bar in another. We were able to meet up with him two days later at the Nerd HQ for a brief moment, and the stories just came rolling out once again. We also got our official look at the infamous Yodagirl, finally. We also made plans to meet up in line the next day, at the whopping time of 3:30 AM.

So Sunday morning, I learned more about Caden than I would have guessed. It also made me realize how much of a successful individual he is, and there truly is more that meets the eye. I'm not going to go in detail, but he's without a doubt become an inspiration to me, and really enforces the saying you must work hard to play hard. We went out to lunch later that day, and we got to know more about our Comic-Con Bff who now stands as one of my greatest friends. It’s amazing how in such a short period of time you can create everlasting friendships, the ones that are the rarest to find. He is such a remarkable individual whom I had the honor of meeting and bonding with, and we can't wait to see where the future takes him, us, and our friendship.

Comic-Con 2012: 4 Days to Remember

Here goes my annual Comic-Con rant, ready? Let's do this.

Day 1:

Wow, I've had such little sleep that I can't even remember what happened this day. Okay, well, my sister and I both got up at 2:30 AM, left our house at 3:30 AM, and arrived to the Con by 4 AM. A weee bit later, my sister's friend Ren met up with us in line (we were in line for the exhibit hall) and while they were talking I got bored, so I just plugged in my earphones and listened to my music. WELL (don't get too excited, I didn't encounter a celebrity), at the exact moment I decided to look up, Caden, the guy we met at the Nerd HQ last year whom we lost nearly all contact with, was walking right past us! You can never forget a face like Caden's. Well, here's the weird, but slightly funny part. Caden added both my sister and I on facebook. Well, the day before Thursday, Elaine and I went to go look at Caden's facebook page to see if he was going to the Con, and it turns out he deleted us! So we were like, "Wow, obviously we're not cool enough to be his friend. REJECTED." and we figured we were never going to see him again. But that all changed that gloomy Thursday morning, and I was debating whether or not to shout out his name (cause you know, he did unfriend me) but I finally called out "Caden!" and he looked over and was just as shocked to see us as we were to see him! And we chatted for a while, caught up with what he's been doing within this past year (amazing things he's doing btw) and we gave him a brief update, and we let him sit with us because we didn't want him to go all the way to the back of the line. And from there, my life has changed. It deserves a whole separate post all together, so I'll save that for later.

I'll talk about the Con experience now. Well, I first met Lucy Lui and Johnny Lee Miller (hotttie). I know this is going to sound super corny, but whenever someone says I look remotely similar to Lucy Lui, that is my absolute favorite compliment. And the fact that she is so incredibly sweet, well, that just means she's perfect.
Also, I got a signing for the "Breaking Dawn part 2" cast, and my sister and I were both super excited but then after waiting 2 whole freaking hours in line, it turns out that it's the most pathetic signing I've been too. I didn't know ANY of the people signing. Not a single one. Way to play us, Summit. Way to play us.

After that, we saw Jerry Trainer from ICarly, and even though it was quick and crowded, I got a picture and an autograph! Yaay!



And I think that wrapped up my opening day at the Con.


Friday was fun as well! Got to the Con at 6, and my sister and I split up for a brief moment and I toured the entire Con by myself. I found the one booth in the 3600 area that a lot of C-List actors were signing autographs and taking pictures for 30 dollars. Well, that's BS. So I made friends with the security guard Jesse (cool dude, very cool dude) and he allowed me to talk to Kevin Sorbo! He was the lead actor in a Lifetime movie called "Last Chance Cafe" and in an episode of Psych. He was so nice!

And then after that, I met the model with all those tattoos. His name is Rico, and he models for Tonner... I believe? He was extraordinarily kind too!

Once I was done with that, I went to go find my sister, and I see the cast of "The Walking Dead" signing autographs! I don't watch that show, but I've heard so many good things. And so the main guy went to the side to take a few quick pics with fans, and I fought my way to the front and got one!

After that, I met up with my sister, and we went to lunch. After that, I met up with Caden at the Nerd HQ because he had a ticket to go get an autograph for Rico the model guy and I guess he loves him but he had to work at the Nerd HQ, so I went to go get the autograph for him.

And then out of no where we found out that Anthony Bourdain was doing a signing for his new book, so it was only normal that we just HAD to meet him!

Oh! This part is so embarrassing, but long story short, I thought Eddie Mcclonick was this guy:

When he's really this guy:

Oh, I also met Lou Ferrigno who was very sweet! But pics were 40$$ -______-

Day 3:

Saturday I got to the Con later than normal. 10:00, I had to sleep in guys! And so my sister and I kinda just roamed around a bit and then at 2:00 we headed over to the Nicklodean booth and we got to meet the Power Rangers! Helloooo Hector David Junior (yumm).

Oh! While we were waiting in line to meet the Power Rangers, my friend Steph spotted out Ben Schwartz from "House of Lies" so we started following him and then my sister tapped him on the shoulder and he was so willing to take a picture with us! He was really sweet and cute.

I also met Nicholas Brendan for like, the fifth time. He was so sweet (as always) and let me take a picture with him, free of charge!

After that, we went to the Nerd HQ because I had to go give Caden his autograph and camera back. We met up with him there, and our intention was to stay till 6:30. Well, we ended up leaving at 7:15. Why? Because Caden is the funniest human being on this planet and his jokes and stories had me going literally for 30 minutes straight. It would have been longer, but we had to go!

Sunday Day 4: