Story time about the day I learned that I met the crossbow-wielding hero, Daryl Dixon.
Meaghan and I were called the “rocket scientists” in high school by our Spanish teacher out of pure, affectionate love. One of our projects together was to write directions in Spanish on any subject of our choosing and then act it out in the front of the class. Meaghan and I described how to put on makeup. Dressed as Frenchmen in striped shirts and red scarves for some reason (we must’ve forgotten that we were in Spanish class), Meaghan and I convinced our male friend to dress in a pink miniskirt and belly-baring tee-shirt and sit in front of our classmates as we slapped on a makeup job that perfectly emulated the Housewives of New Jersey. Seriously.
We got an A because we were Rocket Scientists. And our male friend was just that great.
Whenever Meaghan and I are together, magic happens.
So in 2011, Meaghan came for a visit. She was on a break from the Army Reserves. We had one day to hangout and there was no argument when the idea of going to Comi-Con was mentioned.
As you see, we got plenty of photos with random costumed folk. We nearly glomped Gumby. I nearly glomped Spiderman. Oh my word, Spiderman!
As we walked by the looooooong line for Bruce Campbell (hero!), commenting on how it was too bad that we didn’t get tickets to meet him, someone from Bruce’s group pulled Meaghan aside, telling her that Bruce wanted to thank her for her service. Meaghan being the friend that she is, grabbed my hand and pulled me through the crowd and up to his table. He signed a picture for her (which she had him sign for me) and chatted idly. I was too star struck to say anything. I stood there and smiled. Yep, just smiled.
But that was only the beginning. The organizers of Comi-Con wanted to treat Meaghan so they asked her if there was anyone she wanted to meet and hadn’t. She didn’t skip a beat when she shouted “Boondocks Saints.” And with that, they escorted us to their booth so Meaghan could meet the cast and get photos.
Yours truly was the honored photographer. The pictures of the “Rocket Scientists’” special adventure were posted to Facebook, commented on, and then time rolled onward.
This month I started watching The Walking Dead because, well, there was a marathon of all four seasons on AMC. I quickly fell into the rabbit hole of zombies and wilderness survival. Naturally, I love the shit out of Daryl Dixon. Who doesn’t, amirite? I looked up Norman Reedus on IMDB and scanned his movie credits. Boondocks Saints popped up.
My heart fluttered when I remembered that in 2011 Meaghan and I got to meet the Boondocks Saints at Chicago Comi-Con. I flipped back through my pictures and, lo and behold, I came to discover that I HAVE A PICTURE OF MEAGHAN WITH DARYL DIXON FROM THE WALKING DEAD!
Sum of all these parts? I’m definitely watching season 5 of The Walking Dead in the fall. And I’m gonna call Meaghan and talk about our bestie, Daryl, and how, ya know, the writers shouldn’t kill him off.