Shortly before this year's event, I received an email from jarrow
, whom I'd seen all over the Buffy and Firefly communities, in which he said he was bringing his friend James, who was visiting from Australia, down from Seattle to the event as a surprise for his 21st birthday, and could we do something special for him?
I forwarded the email to our event coordinators, and they made the plans. Even I didn't know what exactly was going to happen. They came to Friday night's screening, and since my job that night was to monitor the theater, I was here in the audience when this went down
. James was given a gift bag with a lovely Portland CSTS shirt -- it even says "STAFF" on the back.
I got to talk to James and his friends after the show, and they were pretty excited and happy. I mentioned that I remembered jarrow
from his feedback on a fic I wrote a couple years ago. It was great to meet him, and to make James' day extra special. I hope we get to see them again someday at another event.