Dear Australia,

Thank you for hosting me for three amazing weeks. I have always wanted to see Australia, ever since -- yes, I'll admit it -- since Crocodile Dundee. And while your country is not like that movie, I've spent around 25 years hoping someday I could go and visit. Thanks to Swancon and Supanova, I got that chance, and it was frickin' glorious. 

I spent three weeks here, and did not meet a single person I did not like. Not one. Sure, I was mostly in touristy areas and spend most of my time talking to Junkies (or making new Junkies), but still, not a single person I did not like. The Aussies and Kiwis that I met were all crazy nice, smart, funny, clever, and will start giving you a ration of good-natured shit almost as soon as you introduce yourself. 

There is no way I can mention everyone by name, but if you stopped by a booth to chat with me, came to a seminar, worked at a hotel, served me coffee, shared a beer, worked for any of the cons, or were that random stranger that stitched up the cut in the back of my head, I say "thank you."

An extra-special thanks to the Reef Experience guys that hooked me up for scuba-diving. I did not drown, so, thanks.

I saw Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Cairns and Melbourne. I didn't get an outback experience, but that will be for next time because I'm definitely coming back. Melbourne is possibly the most beautiful city I've ever seen. 

Americans, if you have ever considered vacationing in Australia, do it. Tourism is a prime industry for them, and they take that job very seriously. There is no language barrier, and the cultures are very similar. I have vacationed in Scotland, England, Ireland and France, and while all were amazing, Australia takes the cake. 

And to Aussie Rules Football -- you fucking rock. What a fantastic game to see on TV or in person. Thanks, Ian, for the kick-ass game between Collingwood and Hawthorne.

And to Rugby League -- you are fucking insane. Seriously. And I mean that in the nicest possible way, because I'd really rather not piss these guys off.

As for my fan-boy side, I had a few good chats with James Marsters (most famous for being Spike on "Angel"). Super, super classy guy. I met Corin Nemec of "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" fame, which was fun as I was a fan of that show. Didn't get to chat with Corin that much, but a real charming cat.

[img_assist|nid=3766|title=Mary McDonnell & The Walking Cadaver|desc=I admit, this part was frakin' awesome|link=none|align=left|width=250|height=214]And the capper -- I got to meet Mary McDonnell. As a huge BSG fan (yeah, until the last episode), this was an awesome thrill. She wins "best hair of all time" award, and is just crazy-nice. It was bitchin' to meet a few famous types and find they are extremely nice people. 

Not a fan of the Twilight movies, but met actor Alex Meraz (who is in Twilight: New Moon). Total class act, and I think he's headed for big things. 

Then there was comic book author Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez, who made a comic book called "The New Teen Titans" that I used to read when I was a kid. They've done a ton of other things as well, both are legends in the comic book biz. A big thrill, both of them were kick-ass, and their wives were mega-nice.

I made some new friends as well: Tara & Yuri (who I will blog about later as they have a great book about voice acting), voice actor Liam O'Brien, and comic book author Paul Jenkins, who is a walking party made of inappropriate comments and win. 

I met a trio of Aussie authors, Ian Irvine, Jennifer Fallon and Marriane de Pierres. Smart, smart, smart! I read Marriane's scifi novel "Dark Space." Ian's and Jennifer's novels are next on the list. 

That's it for now. Once again, thank you, Australia, for one of the best experiences of my life.

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Look at that Fanboy smile!

Looks like some mutual admiration going on in that picture! Glad you had a great time FDO!


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Funky Name Brotha, Gutter Brethren & Pusher Twice Over!


KISS'd by Sigler
. Honored recipient of the 2009 "Iron Man" Award.
*Member of the Wolfpack* Funky Name Brotha, Gutter Brethren & Pusher Thrice Over!

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I always wanted to go

I always wanted to go there but flying isn't something I handle real well. One day I will be rich enough to buy a sailboat and I will go there. Out of curiosity what is the flight time from CA?  

Si Vis Pocum, Para Bellum

Jayguana

~Si Vis Pocum, Para Bellum - Jay-Gu-Ana, owner of the Sala Intrigue~
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Awww look,

Mary McDonnell and the FDO are the same height ;P

**Conjunction Junction, what's your function? No seriously, I slept through grammar class, so I have no idea what you do.**

I am crazier than a padded room full of Charlie Mansons! Sgt. Renee Jordan PUMC, PUV James Keeling
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What about me?

What about me? huh?

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Wow! And here I thought he was standing on a chair!!

Wow! And here I thought he was standing on a chair!! 

Si Vis Pocum, Para Bellum

Jayguana

~Si Vis Pocum, Para Bellum - Jay-Gu-Ana, owner of the Sala Intrigue~
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Great to meet you!

Hey Sigler,

It was awesome to meet you and have some laughs. I loved your opinions on zombies and watching you inhale the twinkies hehee.

Hope you come out to Melbourne again soon. We will take you out on the town for a fun time.

xx

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Sigler it was great meeting

Sigler it was great meeting you and i cant wait until your back. Hopefully when your in Melbourne next time we can go out drinking and have a blast. Was awesome meeting you at Supanova and im really glad you came out. Happy to see you loved your stay.

 

See you next time

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And Melbourne was pleased to meet you too...

Ooohhh, I beam with hometown pride - high beam at that ...

I have ordered my Krakens jersey and will wear it with pride - although I am secretly a New Rodina Astronauts fanboy ...

When you come back to Melbourne, I'll take you out on Surveillance - in reality its not as sexy as it seems, but should be good for some background info ...

When you look through the box of souvenirs and find that Kangaroo scrotum, think of the big guy.... Cheers Gavin.

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Next time...

G'day Scott

Make sure you come to Perth and we'll drive you out bush.  Oh yeah we'll keep you safe from the "drop bears", as elusive as they are WinkInnocent and we'll feed you more of the double US strength local brews that you took a shine to!

As for Swancon, you were the most convivial, approachable and downright fun GoH that Swancon has had in a while. Everyone enjoyed your infectious sense of humour and company. It was great to see an International GoH that enjoyed the Con and is a fan at heart.

Keep writing the good stuff and hope to see you again.

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Sounds like you had a great time...

Thanks for spreading the stank across the globe!

hhhmmm...  SynapticJam on Toast - hhhmmm... tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #2 or 3 in crack hits (Special?  Ain't I just)  Multiple S.H.I.T. Award Recipient!  Double Dipper and Triple Threat!  All-around uberjunkie!

hhhmmm...  SynapticJam on Toast - hhhmmm... tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #? in crack hits (Special?  Ain't I just)  Multiple S.H.I.T. Award Recipient!  Double Dipper and Triple Threat!  All-around uberjunkie!

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man you went to see my Aussie rules team

Go Magpies those guys are nuts!

Am seriously green eyed hearing about your trip ...Oz is one of the bestest most welcoming countries I ever had the pleasure of visiting ... even the smackheads who lived next door to me in Sydney were a cheery bunch to chat to when you couldn't avoid them! Shame the country's so far away from everywhere

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Ok...

....so maybe Australia *IS* a million miles from anywhere. But you have to agree, we're totally worth the trip!

We're cheap (in every sense of the word), we're friendly, we're fun, we're boozehounds (or maybe that's just me?) and we love to have a laugh - usually at our own expense. Oh, and did I mention our drop dead gorgeous countryside? I'll admit I'm somewhat biased, but Western Australia really does have some insanely beautiful places to explore.

If you ever head back down here (and venture West), feel free to take advantage of my offer to the FDO. I have a 4WD and I'm not afraid to use it. x

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I live in the WA 'outback'...

... so if you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods, my spare room is all yours and my 4WD is at your service.

(And if you ever write a female character who talks too much, drinks too much and swears loudly and often in an Australian accent, look no further for a voice actor. Embarassed )

Soooo glad I got to meet you. You were an education, an inspiration and a whole lot of fun. Thanks for the shit 'n giggles. No need for you to thank Australia. The pleasure was all ours. X

 

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The bush!

Can't wait to get into the outback. Next time, for sure. 

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Missed By This Much

Please come back 2 perth, maybe next year (please [ i would offer my sole but thats a bit redundent Ive already lost what ever was left to Siglerism {forgot to read the small print Wink no probs tho it was worth it}])

Glorify the Ends, Vilify the Means

Glorify the Ends, Vilify the Means

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