I was 12... he was 22. I thought he was 16. He was the first boy I ever dreamed about. I had his Bop magazine pictures ALL over my room. You may know him as Johnny, or Danielson. He is the Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio, and the only person I have ever been star struck by.
Days of the dead was this past weekend. I was planning on going just to spend time with my Women in Independent Horror filmmaker friends. When I read that my childhood crush...the literal man of my tween dreams was headlining this shindig I was giddy and nervous and I spent way too much money on autographs and pictures.
Let me set the stage. I am coming off a week straight from Hell, met up with my gal pals, cracked open a bottle of wine in our hotel room and downed some liquid courage to go downstairs, pick up my weekend pass and scope out the situation. Upon entering the main celebrity room I turned a corner and literally was take aback to find, the man of my dreams, sitting there, alone 10 feet away from me. I literally gasped, tears welled in my eyes and I ran out of the room. I could not be that girl! Here was my chance to talk to him, without distractions. I was set to have my photo op with him and C. Thomas Howell...hello outsiders...but I was so star struck I could not bring myself to talk to him. I managed to talk to his handler, Anthony, who was quite the flirt, and was really trying to encourage me to just talk to him. I was freaking out you guys! I mean the guy is 57 now and he still melts my heart. I talked my friend into posing for the picture with me because I could not even speak when it came time. My only concern was that I at least got to stand next to him. We were last in line and I had half a bottle of wine in me. We lined up and he was super sweet, they loved my shirt and he grabbed me around my waist and I got to hold him pretty darn close.
Yes, my friends thought it was a tad ridiculous, and I was made fun of quite a bit, but not in a bad way. I seriously would have never worked up the courage to actually talk to him, more than once even, had it not been for them. I have met tons of celebrities and have never felt awe stricken by anyone like this before. Whatever...I don't care. It was fun to fawn and just have fun. The weekend included watching movies, listening to panels and buying really cool stuff. I got to drink a flaming skull and eat at Trader Vics. I laughed until I cried both nights. I saw spent time with many friends new and old. I got my Edgar book autographed by my awesome friend Jason. I got to see some ridiculously good costumes. I sat front and center for the Karate Kid panel and found out they just wrapped a series premiering on You Tube Red, bringing back Daniel Larusso and Johnny Lawrence called Cobra Kai! I watched a mosh pit turn into a love fest during Elzig and I got my son a signed IT poster from the kids who starred in the movie. It was exactly what I needed.
My friend said we have the most random collection of the worst con pictures in history but I have to say every single one of them make me smile and that is all that matters.
I love my friends
and Ralph Macchio :)