LOS ANGELES, CA
Fri., Sat. & Sun.
February 5-7, 2010
Los Angeles Marriott at LAX
5855 West Century Blvd.
Wilkinson, Brittney Powell,
William Gregory Lee, Katherine Fugate, Steven Sears,
2010 OFFICIAL XENA CONVENTION
Los Angeles, California, USA
5 - 7 February 2010
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Virginia and Lourdes
A month ago, we attended our 11th Xena
Convention to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the show, Xena:
Warrior Princess. We only planned on attending the Saturday event,
but things worked out and we were able to attend both the Friday and
Saturday's events. We were glad we did. We bought our tickets on
the day of the convention because we refuse to pay the exorbitant
fees added to online orders. We checked in at the Renaissance
Hotel, a sister hotel and a very short drive to Los Angeles Marriott
at LAX where the convention was held.
Since it's a new year, a new convention and an anniversary at that,
we wanted to do something different, something we have never tried
to do - ask the stars some questions. If you knew us personally,
you'd know that we are both very, very shy and we are more of
listeners than talkers, so asking a question without being laughed
at would be a challenge. So many what ifs - What if our voices
won't sound well over the microphone or not loud enough that we
needed to repeat our questions? What if we mispronounced the
words? What if we forgot what to ask?, etc. What were we
thinking? What were we putting ourselves into? Doubts aside, we
thought about some good and meaningful questions.
Arrived early on the first day of the convention to get good general
admission seats, attended a Xena meet-up (Ausxip Talking Xena Board)
and received awesome con badges and goodies and met fellow fans
including MaryD, Bonni & Michelle, texaspups Bev & Mesh and so many
others. We were filled with excitement in seeing our dear friends,
Deborah Abbott, Zeta, and CorXy again. After the welcome
announcement from Creation, the first guest stepped up on the stage,
our hearts then started racing. We thought we were going to have a
heart attack right there and then. Calm down. Relax. Breathe.
When fans were invited to step up and ask questions, we stood up and
got in line. This was it. The moment of truth. Our turns to ask
our questions. We did it. Able to ask our questions amidst our
nervousness. Got back to our seats where friends said, "Good job!"
Later that day, we were confident enough to ask Lucy Lawless (Xena)
and Renee O'Connor (Gabrielle) some questions.
Question for both Lucy and Renee: If you can describe your life as
a song, what would it be? Renee quickly replied, "Wind Beneath My
Wings" which drew laughter from the audience. Guess Renee's answer
was based on her character, Gabrielle, and the classic video clip
that was always shown before she steps out on stage. Lucy replied,
"Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life".
Question for both Lucy and Renee: If you can give the world an
advice, what would it be? Lucy quickly replied, "Be good to your
children" while Renee's response was "Realize how beautiful you are
inside" and she thanked us for coming. Renee moved us. She seemed
so genuinely kind, sincere and caring. She looked at us when she
answered our questions and that look that she gave us was so
touching. Our admiration and respect for Renee has gone one notch
Ever since we met our dear friend, Deborah Abbott in 1999, we have
been inspired to join the costume contest. This year, we were
dressed up as Xena and Princess Diana from the episode, "Warrior...
Princess" while Deborah Abbott was dressed up as Miss Amphipolis
from the episode, "Here She Comes Miss Amphipolis." We were amazed
with the number of fans who dressed up this year and how creatively
done were their costumes. There were veterans to the contest while
newbies spiced it up. To name a few: Tammy Wallace was dressed up
as Xena from "Purity", Twink as Hope from "Sacrifice 2", Aussie
Penny and her gang of Bacchaes from "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun",
Jillayne Xena Marie as "Bitter Suite Callisto", a fan dressed up as
Wealthea/Xena from "The Return of the Valkyrie", another as Ilainus
from "Amphipolis Under Siege", Aurora Goddess dressed up as Season 1
Gabrielle and other fans dressed up as Gabrielle from "The Way" and
"Fin 2". Aussie Penny and her gang of Bacchaes won 1st Place, the
fan dressed up as Wealthea/Xena won 2nd place, and Jillayne Xena
Marie as Bitter Suite Callisto won 3rd place.
We were so delighted to reunite with our dear friends and seeing the
stars was the cherry on a sundae. We realized the reason that we
have been coming back time and again was because of the friends we
made. Hearing updates on the stars' current projects and lives
though interesting was secondary to us.
This was the second convention that the Super Bowl was scheduled on
the same day (on a Sunday). Since there was so much buzz about the
Super Bowl, we have finally watched a football game in its entirety
for the first time. We do not know anything about the game since we
are more into basketball (Go Lakers!). We rooted for the Saints,
who were considered the underdog and also because of their
fleur-de-lis logo which was our beloved school's (St. Paul College
of Pasig) insignia.
We wish to thank our dear friend, Zeta, for paying for our
Saturday's admission and for treating us to lunch. We wish to thank
our dear friend, Deborah Abbott, for dressing in her Xena leathers
on Friday (made us happy to see her in it at long last). We wish to
thank our dear friend, CorXy, for being the wonderful photographer.
We wish to thank our fellow Xena fan, Wladimir (Prof. X/Oldcharam)
for being our photographer during the costume contest. Thank you
all for making the convention a fun and memorable one for us. Until
we meet again.
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