Last week I saw a post about a Sabrina The Teenage Witch Virtual cast reunion. I went back and forth with myself for a day or two between –
- Will DC sit through a panel? Historically with the exception of the recent Star Trek Cruise panels, (which I am beginning to second guess myself about – I’m thinking that he just he may have fallen asleep during one) he falls asleep. It doesn’t matter who it is or what the panel is about. AND…
- How could I pass this up? He LOVES Sabrina!
I finally decided to go for it. What was the worst that could happen? He could fall asleep and I would just watch it by myself.
After I bought the tickets, I noticed that he could also have a one-on-one conversation with one of the cast members, so I went back and bought the upgraded ticket for the one on one. Due to my impressive capacity to over-think all things, what I actually did was purchase tickets for the panel and then tickets for the panel again with the one-on-one, but that was fine – it was for a good cause.
For the one on one we chose Alimi Ballard.
Now, I have been a fan of his since Dark Angel and NUMB3RS with NUMB3RS being one of my favorite go-to, re-watch series, but it was only a short while ago that I discovered that he was also a regular on Sabrina.
How did I discover that, you ask? Well DC told me of course. He saw him on the screen one day in NUMB3RS. As you know, DC knows everyone who has ever played a Disney role or has had a part in any of his favorite TV shows or non-Disney movies.
DC was excited.
It could go three ways when DC gets excited about something, especially when the event is days, weeks or months away (this was probably a week from the time I bought the tickets)
- He can get himself so excited for so long that at the time of the event, he just shuts down.
- He can get himself so excited that he screeches and laughs loudly during the whole thing and misses what is going on. OR…
- He is just the right amount of excited that he enjoys the event fully.
Seeing that we would be first in line for the one on one on the app, I decided to tweet Mr. Ballard to give him a heads up about DC’s reaction (or worse case, non-reaction). He follows me on twitter and to this day, I have no idea why (not that I am complaining, mind you) so I knew he was very responsive to tweets. I would not have even bothered if we were further down in line, but since we were first, I thought there was a possibility that he would remember the tweet at the time of the call.
I understand that your one on one volume is probably pretty high, but because the loop app says we are first in line, I wanted to give you a head’s up. My son is 29 and autistic. He is excited about talking to the “Quizmaster” but you will probably have to do most of the talking and the answers you get back might be a lot of “GREAT” – just go with it. I wouldn’t bother to tweet this to you if we were farther down in line, but since it says we are first, I am hoping that you will remember when the time comes. Thank you!
So you all know that now DC was even more excited to have been called a “Prince”.
Once again, I have to remind you that I write in terms of his autism, so there are no complaints here at all; he came away from this event a very happy guy, but there were some issues (not the fault of the company putting on the event or any of the participants. They were all extremely helpful. I want to make that perfectly clear).
When we signed into the app, we could see the count down; 5 minutes until the event, 4 minutes and so on.
When it came time for the event to begin, there was just a black screen that read “The event hasn’t started yet”.
After 20 minutes, I saw that I was going to lose DC. Once lost, I’d never get him back. DC has really made great strides at waiting in lines over the years, but not waiting while staring at a screen. Once I saw that look in his eyes (and yes, I can see it and know where it’s going), I started making jokes to pull him back.
“Oh No! They are Late! Late, Late, Late!”
He started to laugh (Phew!)
Then he made a joke that I was pretty impressed with:
“Oh no! They are going to be late for the Smashing Pumpkins Concert!”
He laughed hysterically for a good long time. (for an explanation – please read from our “Everything is Related” series – Camp Special Days which includes Sabrina and the Smashing Pumpkins Concert). Phew! Again!
When the event finally started at 2:30 (apparently Vimeo crashed world-wide and was the cause of the delay), I still had him with me. Phew! A third time!
DC watched the entire event and loved it. No, he did not even doze off for a few minutes.
Once again I am going to say as I have in most of my “Quarantine Diaries” – He has shown so much growth throughout this “sickness”, as DC calls it. Two months ago, he would never had made it to the panel after having to wait (even with the jokes).
When the event was over, DC being DC announced “Mom, I would like to go to the restroom”.
Knowing our call was coming up…..
“Noooooooo! You will miss your call and they are not able to call back.”
So he waited (if you know DC, you know that waiting IS a big deal!) – Growth! I’m telling you! Growth!
His call came.
They had a nice talk.
DC was in category #3… Just excited enough to enjoy the call.
The call cut out before we had a chance to take the selfie (the camera icon disappeared) and DC was a “little bit” disappointed about that BUT Mr. Ballard DM’d me a photo just for DC and the Looped people were very responsive and said they would try to get a screen shot of his footage.
(Photo’s have been edited as not to reveal DC’s real name)
Unlike his mother who can’t take a compliment at all, DC will always agree with every compliment that comes his way.
During their phone conversation, Mr. Ballard told him that he thought he was awesome. DC agreed (because he always does and in mu opinion, he is). Mr, Ballard got a kick out of that. So when he got his message after the conversation, I had to reiterate that, yes he still agrees.
Originally we were supposed to receive a recording of the conversation within two weeks of the event, but we received ours the very next day! I was able to grab a screen shot which looked exactly as the selfie would have.
DC was excited to have the selfie and to listen/watch the recording again.
As much as I would LOVE to post the recording here, I can’t because his real name was used. I didn’t want to have Mr. Ballard call him DC instead of his real name just for the purposes of posting it here. I wanted the call and the recording to be for him and about him.
I did post it on my personal Facebook page and I believe that Mr. Ballard has garnered a whole new crop of fans.
Thank you for putting on this event. It has been one of the brightest spots for DC throughout this quarantine.
We would definitely do it again!
In other news: I am now the proud owner of FOUR (yes I said FOUR) cans of (fake) Lysol!
It was a great day all around!