I watched Buffy as it aired up until Season 5 (and I bought the DVDs as they came out) and then I didn't watch Season 6 or 7 on TV because I waited for the DVDs. After I got Season 7, I waited a full year to watch it. And, I have to give props to my the-opposite-of-sleuthing skills because I managed to avoid all spoilers entirely and didn't know ANYTHING that happened. So a year later, I rewatched Seasons 1-6, and then I very sloooooowly started to make my way through Season 7.
When the time came to watch the final episode, I was as beside myself as I have ever been in my life about anything. When that episode was done, I bawled--sobbing, tears streaming down my face, in the arms of my significant other--for forty-five minutes. Not because it was so sad or touching, but because I personally was just devastated that these people were no longer going to be part of my life. To have them just stop being was like someone I knew died--not someone I knew well, but someone who I liked quite a lot and had hoped to get to know better, maybe.
I confess all this not because I think that my overwhelming coolness is winning more friends than I can handle, but as an introduction to my newest Bucket List item:
I need to meet Joss Whedon.
Because all that absolute undying love for Buffy--and Angel, and not to mention Firefly (OMG-amazing show!), Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog (buh-fricking-rilliant) and even that episode of Glee he directed--is the product of his absolute, undeniable genius.
In general, I don't feel like I need to meet famous people that I y'know like, but I more than like Joss Whedon. I admire and respect him as a professional and as a human being (from what I know of him) and I wish that I had about one bajillionth of his talent for any one of the above-mentioned things that I adore.
The truth, also, is that it's actually not hard to meet Joss Whedon. I think he's pretty much always at Comic-Con, but I'm a little scared that I would go all wonder-struck and say something like, "You Joss. Me Fan. Tree Pretty. School Hard. Beer Bad."
I know, it probably doesn't matter because I bet a thousand people walk up to him every day and say something stupid or something normal or something really kind but that he's heard a slew of times, and I'm just going to be a face in a sea asking him to sign my Buffy Season 8, Episode 1 comic book. But it will be a big deal for me, and for that, I feel nervous about it happening and subsequently being over.
So that's why I'm Bucket Listing it, because I want to just pick a convention and go to it and just do it and be done and then be able to say "I met Joss Whedon, and I told him how inspiring he is, and this is where I intentionally made him accidentally brush his hand against mine, and that's why I can't remove this glove. Officer."
|Look how he tries to appear smiley and friendly, but you just know that he'll secretly judge you|
harshly for whatever thing you happen to mumble when you finally get the chance to meet him.
Well, who needs you anyway, Joss? Oh, right, I do.