We’ve all had those times when you just have to stop and appreciate that one of a kind moment you’re in.
These weekend, I had just that moment.
Like many others, I joined the masses Friday night to see ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the biopic of the legendary (and one of my all time favorites), rock group Queen. What made it truly special was seeing it with my son and one of my besties. Needless to say, I was a hot mess during some of it, but overall simply basked in absolute joy of hearing the music from my youth.
The first time I was really aware of Queen was with the soundtrack they did for the movie, ‘Flash Gordon’ played by a very handsome Sam J. Jones.
I didn’t realize how much their music burrowed in, or that it really had until I found them once again providing the theme/episode music for another show I completely fan-girl/drooled over, ‘Highlander’, yes, the Christopher Lambert movies and the Adrian Paul T.V. series.
So, Friday night was the Queen movie. I was to then spend my Saturday and Sunday in Tacoma at Jet City Comic-con. I was honored to be in the company of the crazy talented artisans of Artist Alley with fellow Solstice authors Kate Marie Collins and Kathleen Anderson. Also got to share space with cool Indie author, DL Gardner.
One of the perks of working a comic-con is to be able to take a break and walk the floor. As I wind my way back through the aisles and rows of merchants, I stop to do a double take.
There, not thirty feet from where my feet had planted, was Flash Gordon himself, Sam J. Jones!
I walk up and am greeted by a convention staffer while Sam was chatting with some fans, so waited my turn. I shook his hand, stating I was a fan from Flash Gordon, and it was a pleasure to meet him. He saw my badge and asked what I did. I told him I’d written a couple of books, and he should stop by if he got the chance.
I got back to my table thinking, what the hell just came out of my mouth? “Stop by if you get a chance.” (insert embarrassed face-plant here)
The following day, Sunday is another day of people-watching, chatting up my books and enjoying the cos-players. I again walked around on a break, spending easily more than I garnered in sales, but hey, it’s comic-con.
Near the end of the day, a little before it was time to wrap up, I look up to see guess who walking up to my table? Yep, Sam. He gave an impressed gestured as he touched the covers.
Kate got to meet him, and I smiled as she called him Mr. Jones. I was able to tell him how Flash Gordon introduced me to Queen, then I go see the movie about Queen, followed by meeting Flash Gordon the next day. We chatted briefly before another fan engaged him.
To answer the logical question that would follow this story; no I did not get a picture taken with Sam. I got to meet him twice, shake his hand twice and tell him I appreciated him.
So, as far as I’m concerned, that experience in and of itself was some kind of magic. (Queen pun intended!)