I went to PAX Prime last weekend. At first, I was annoyed by how hot it was in the buildings, and I got lost looking for a bathroom and had to text my sister repeatably trying to tell her where I was
When we finally caught up to each other, I found Steve Zaragoza from SourceFed competing in a game with three other people. I stood there for maybe half an hour hoping I could possibly meet him. But the most I got was when he looked in my direction, I excitedly waved and squealed, "HI!!" And he smiled real big and waved at me ^-^ SO happy I at least got that
We went to a panel I was looking forward to called, "So you want to be a youtuber?" And my sister and her boyfriend got bored and left me there, promising they'll be back. I learned a few things from the panel, I was happy with it ^.^ but the best part was when I was on my way out, I was on the escalator going down, I saw PeanutButterGamer walk through the door, surrounded by the light of the sun (not even kidding, that's what it looked like).
Let me tell you a little story before I continue. A few years ago, I started college and I felt so out of place. I kept berating myself because I felt like I was too old to be going to college and I didn't have any friends. And then I got really sick (about as sick as I am right at this moment, UGH). I was laying in bed really miserable and watching youtube videos on my Xbox when I came across PBG's Harvest Moon Animal Parade review. He made me laugh, and the next thing I knew I was marthoning all his reviews! It made me feel so much better (and possibly helped me recover faster), and I felt like I had found a "friend" finally. Since then, I've become a fan of several other reviewers, but it all started with him, and he's been a big source of inspiration for me.
SO. I see him come through the door. And I start saying my sisters name trying to get her attention, "Angel! Angel!" But I was a little too quiet, she didn't hear me. We got off the escalator, and I grabbed her arm, "Angel!"
"What?" She turned towards me, and her boyfriend continued walking.
"That's PeanutButterGamer!" I pointed his way, and he had just stepped on the escalator going up. I was going to just LET HIM GO, and Angel knew that I would (she told me later), so she RAN AFTER HIM
And after a split second, I was right behind her! But she stopped right behind him not knowing what to do beyond that. So I stepped up right next to him, and he didn't notice me. I silently looked at him for just a moment, took a deep breath, and went, "PBG?"
He jumped a little, "Yes?"
"Hi, I'm a big fan!" He smiled, shook my hand and asked for my name, then I pointed out my sister behind him, and he repeated the same process. We got to the top of the escalator, and Angel's boyfriend had caught up to us. He immediately noticed that we were overly excited and didn't know what to do, so he asked PBG if we could get a photo together
He took the photo, and it was a crappy picture of all three of us! DAMNIT, JOE (but I put my hand on his shoulder... yeeaah I touched him
lmao). But you can see how excited I was. After that, I can't really remember what I did exactly o.O; did I even say "thank you" or "bye"? D: actually, that's kind of funny
I think I said, "I'm shaking" and then darted off LOL. I didn't meet anyone else, but I was fine with it. My brother met two of my other favorite youtubers, BrutalMoose and SpaceHamster. A little jealous, but I'm okay with it XD
Quickly right after meeting PBG I started losing my voice
I was already a little sick with a head cold, but I must have caught something else while I was there, because new symptoms hit me full force out of nowhere x_x and at this moment, I feel like I've been hit in the face with a shovel!! Because my entire face HURTS. But you know what?! I'm STILL HAPPY
YEP. I got a smile and wave from Steve Zaragoza, I met PBG, and I got a 100% on my essay (which the instructor noted that she hardly ever gives 100% on essays ^-^ Wow!), and I'm walking away with two B's and another A! Grades are picking up!! Life is good!