Nevada Pops!

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Saturday, August 2, 2014

Today was primarily our Voyager and Enterprise day. We started off going to Hash House again for breakfast, this time going with the basic breakfast. That was absolutely the best choice! Nice, simple, eggs, sausages, and a biscuit, reasonably portioned. There was even a little fruit on the side. Mmmmmm.

Photo op with the Enterprise cast: Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer), Dominic Keating (Lt. Malcolm Reid), Connor Trinear (Trip Tucker), Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather), and John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox). This may be starting to sound redundant, but these guys were so nice and friendly, they all took time to actually shake our hands before the picture was taken. And as a personal bonus, the photo was ready in time to get all of them to sign it! The wait in line for Scott was really long, but worth it. Dominic, Anthony, and Connor were easy to talk to, and John was part of this evening’s Gold autograph session. The panel with these guys was interesting because John was amusingly self-deprecating, Scott had to playfully remind the other guys to be gentlemen and not talk about the women when they aren’t present, and the other three kept harassing Scott about his personal fame. (sigh…love Scott…)

Second photo op with the Voyager cast: Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway), Garret Wang (Henry Kim), Tim Russ (Tuvok), and Ethan Phillips (Neelix). Yet another great group, very inviting and inclusive. Their panel was interesting because of how powerful Kate is, she’s obviously the leader but never seems to fail at including her ‘crew’. Apparently she and Jeri Ryan (Seven-of-Nine/Annika) did not become friends, but when asked about that relationship and how it was on the set she answered very diplomatically and professionally.

Jessica attended the Rom and Nog panel, which consisted of Aren Eisenberg and Max Grodenchik in costume. She said it was totally worth it because these two were funny! I had to miss it; I think I was in one of my photo op lines…

Jessica also managed to get Cirroc Lofton’s autograph today, which was an unplanned personal bonus for her. My unplanned personal bonus was getting an autograph and photo with Lee Arenberg. For those who don’t know, Lee played two different Ferengi on TNG (Bok and Prak) and an alien on Voyager, but also plays Pintel on Pirates of the Caribbean and Leroy/Grumpy on Once Upon a Time. He was wonderful! Such a sweet guy.

And I got to meet and speak briefly with Ethan Phillips when I asked him to sign my Star Trek cook book (which he co-wrote). He pointed out his favourite dish (baked beans). And he expressed an interest in visiting the North. I encouraged that, but warned him off for a couple years due to the extraordinary number of wildfires we’re experiencing this year.

The last stage visit of the day was with Simon Pegg, whom we had seen earlier in the week at the Craig Ferguson show. He was funny and endearing, and forthcoming with answering the questions posed to him. Great show.

We finally had time to go to the seafood buffet for supper tonight, which was really good; almost worth the exorbitant amount of money we paid for it. Afterwards we went to the Star Trek Concert performed by the Nevada Pops 45-piece orchestra. That was fabulous! It is so much more inspiring to hear an orchestra play live. I can’t even describe it.

The dessert party came next, but Jessica and I failed to completely read the description of this event. We went expecting, you know, a selection of desserts befitting the title of ‘Dessert Party;’ what we got was an ice cream party. By this point we were pooped anyway, so we decided to just turn in after taking a browse through the props collection they had on display.

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