I’ve waited for this day for almost a year and planned it for at least 6 months. It’s been a long way and I finally met Charlie (and Kim) today at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the crew members of Sons gathered for the TCA 2014 Summer Tour starting at 3:45p.
I first heard the engine roaring around 3pm and I knew it must be one of the Sons. And it’s Kim. It seemed none of the valets of the hotel knew how to handle his Harley so they let him park right outside the front door. He got off the bike then I greeted him. I told him I’m from China and I love Sons. His manager was very kind to take a photo for us and they both left for the panel.
I kept waiting because I knew for sure Charlie would ride his Harley to the hotel as well. But it’s almost 3:30pm and I was getting more anxious. Then another Harley was roaring, I wasn’t able to see who’s riding because it’s from the other end of the L-turn driveway at Beverly Hilton. And here came Charlie, our prince Charming, so dashing in the brightest afternoon sunshine of Los Angeles. He’s such a dork he actually stopped at the self-parking entrance and wanted to park there until he saw Kim’s bike at the front door. He got off his bike then removed a pair of white socks outside of his loafer (probably covering from dust/stain on the road.) Embarrassingly I was the only fan out there, he probably figured so he walked to me and we greeted each other. He’s in a hurry and I was too nervous so I didn’t really say much. The encounter was very brief, just for a minute or so. But Charlie is so sweet, he asked if I wanted a photo with him then he held my phone to make us a selfie. I was so tense, I could barely move and fumbled with my glasses/hat/Kindle. So he just stood next to me and even crouched a little to make himself look closer to me. I felt his body heat through his blue narrow-striped shirt and he smells so gooooooood, like fresh out of shower. It’s not some shampoo or cologne, I can’t describe it but I love his smell. After taking the selfie, he took off the sunglasses and his gorgeous face and shining blond hair was right in front of me and my heart was beating in my ears. I wish I’d frame that moment but he had to go. So that was it, my very first (and probably the last) meet with Charlie.
Since Charlie told me he’s NOT gonna be at the SOA panel in person this Sunday at SDCC (yeah I did remember asking him about this “via satellite” thing), I figured this might be my last shot so I waited outside the hotel, hoping to see him again after the panel. An hour later, both Kim and Dayton walked out of the hotel and left. I guess Charlie was probably doing more one-on-one interviews and I was willing to wait as long as it took. Unfortunately two FX staff asked me to leave (very politely) after they saw me holding a big camera, which I tried to keep low-profile and carried in my backpack earlier. I understand the TCA panel is not a public event so I left as told. I’ve got what I want and I’m very grateful.
- Both Charlie and Kim rode their Harleys to the TCA panel today.
- They both are super nice.
- Charlie is the prince Charming!
- Charlie will NOT attend SOA’s panel at SDCC in person.
Though they are unedited (I don’t have PS on the road) and non-HQ, please don’t repost the pictures.