Funny Pants Anonymous
edited: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
By Katryn Dougherty
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Become a Fan
What happens when a 16 year old gets to meet her tv actor idol.
It was our 16th birthday. My twin and I were huge Star Trek: TNG fans.
There happened to be a convention in town, so my mom got us 4 tickets so we
could each ring a friend. Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher, was going
to be there. At that time he was most definitely my favorite teenaged
actor. Naturally I chose my outfit very carefully. It was a one piece
outfit, fitting, with a black top and multi-colored, rather Jackson Pollock
like, pants. I wanted to really impress Wil when I finally got to meet him.
While we were there we walked around checking out all the other Trekkies
and what there is to buy at a convention. The friend my sister brought was
actually afraid of the people dressed up as Kling-Ons, and I suppose that
could be quite understandable if you are not into the show and the
craziness of the fans. My friend and I went to the hotels gift shop where
she bought me my birthday present, a new doll for my collection, nothing
Star Trek related at all.
It finally came time to hear Wil give his little dialogue. I honestly could
not tell you what it was about; I was just in awe of having the chance to
meet him. Once he was done talking it was time to line up for autographs. I
never expected the line to be as long as it was. Luckily my friend ended up
seeing someone she knew near the beginning of the line and they let us
stand with them since it was my birthday and my mom would be there soon to
pick us up.
We get up to the door; I’m nervous, wondering what Wil will be like in real
life. The gentleman checking people out before we are let into the room
asks what is in my bag. I open it for him to see inside and explain it is
my birthday present from my friend. The next thing I know he yells into the
room, "Hey Wil, be nice to the girl in the funny pants cause it’s her
I wanted to melt away. I didn’t, although I am sure my face was quite red,
not that Wil really seemed to notice, with as many people as he had going
through there. I opened my date book to July and asked him to sign on his
birthday and just left as soon as he was done. Didn’t really get a chance
to talk or anything, as if that would have been possible. Nothing like all
of my dreams leading up to the moment.
It was at this point I lost my teenage crush. After meeting him in real
life and being described as the girl in the funny pants, I knew nothing
would ever happen between us. Well, that and the 3000 miles that separated
Now that I am 30 though I am way over that embarrassing incident. Thanks to
my twin I was introduced to WilWheaton.net. Now I go online to his web site
and I get to see what he is up to in his adult life. I chat with a whole
bunch of other nerds, geeks, Trekkies, and Wil Wheaton fans. All of us
monkeys in his virtual soapbox. I have even been lucky enough to have him
post in some of my very own topics on the message board.
I shared my funny pants story there, and now I have begun Funny Pants
Anonymous. It really put into perspective things that as a teenager seem
like the end of the world, and growing up into adulthood and how all of
those incidents shaped us. I actually do not think I would like WWdN as
much if I hadn’t had my funny pants story to share, and then I would never
have found out how much I still really like Wil and what he does now with
his acting and writing career.
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|Reviewed by Debra Conklin
|My hubby is a huge Star Trek, Star Wars fan, as well. I don't think he'd be real big on meeting the stars, but take him to the special effects guys and he'd be in heaven!
I know the feeling of losing the awe of something you'd never thought you'd get to see. When I was a young girl, I was so into wrestling. I was a HUGE WWF fan. I worshipped the ground Tony Garear walked on (I'm sure my spelling of his name is totally wrong, my apologies. This also gives away how long ago it was, Chief Jay Strongbow was a biggie, then, as well) and for a birthday present, from someone who knew how much I loved wrestling (can't even remember who it was) I received a ticket to watch wrestling LIVE at an auditorium. I was in my glory! To watch my favorites, up close and in person, was a defining moment in my young life. My world came crashing down when reality hit. As I watched my favorites move around the ring and seeing, with my own eyes, how hardly any punches connected with the opponents and how a fall was taken, before a hit even connected with a body, I was heartbroken. It was fake! None of it was real! My bubble had been burst and my infatuation with wrestlers lost its air, as well.
Ahh, life goes on.
|Reviewed by Veronica Hosking
|"ring" a friend.
Is there a Freudian thing going on with you and phones. Always watch your back twin. :D
Me thinks it wasn't intuition you knew about my early morning phone call.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|so glad you got to meet your idol! but sorry you had an embarrassing moment when you met him! i have met many of my favorite country singers (loretta lynn, charley pride, ronnie milsap, the mandrells, joe diffie, etc.) and have also met kelly clarkson, the first "american idol" winner (she is from burleson, tx., where i now live!); and all were sweet! i have had embarrassing moments too, such as when i cried when i met loretta lynn (also roy clark of "hee haw" fame), and i had to have joe diffie help me up when i got stuck in a low chair backstage at billy bob's in fort worth, texas; but they were still gracious and nice about it, and i shall never forget them or their kindness they showed towards me!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx, karen lynn. :D
p.s.: i am a twin, too; karla j. dorman is my twin sister! she also posts on here!!