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Well, it's done. I've met him. He is one of my favorite actors, I respect the guy a hell of a lot, and I got to shake his hand. It was a wonderful experience. I hate that in situations like that the excitement of the moment makes maintaining a cogent train of thought difficult, so at this point it's a bit of a blur.
The wife and I got to the bookstore at 5:15PM, and the signing was supposed to start at 6PM. I bought a copy of his new novel, "How To Make Love The Bruce Campbell Way" along with a paperback copy of his first book, "If Chins Could Kill." In my wife's purse was my limited edition DVD of Army Of Darkness. Our tickets placed us #222 and #223 in line. We hung out around the store, drank some frappiccinos, and finally over the intercom we heard Bruce come on and say, "Thank you, everyone, for coming to the book signing of my new novel, 'Make Love The Bruce Campbell Way.' For those of you who are here to have me sign your book, please obey the instructions the employees give you and we'll all get through this as easy and as quickly as we can. If you're not here for my book, then shop smart. Shop Barnes & Noble." We laughed.
About a half hour later our group was called to join the line, and so we went up an escalator and joined the tail end of an already lengthy line of people. I snapped off a few pictures as I could, but because of distance and people constantly shifting around it was hard and I only got one or two that were actually worth keeping for later review. An hour later Kris and I made it all te way through and were before him. She had the book, and handed it over to him. She made some funny remark at my expense, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was. He laughed at it. Then I came forward and they handed him the jacket of the DVD. I had asked if I could have him sign it a certain way, but they said no to that. As he took the jacket and smiled at me I said, "I hate to say this, I really do, but I'm a big fan." He grinned and signed. As he wrote I asked, "Have you heard anything about when Brisco County Jr. might hit DVD?" He handed me the jacket and said that he hadn't heard a word about it. I then said, "Well, thank you anyway. It has truly been an honor to meet you," and thrust out my hand. He took it, gave it a firm shake, and replied, "The honor was mine. Thanks for coming."
And that was it. I was all a flutter as we left, and my wife was laughing at me the entire drive out. She said that she had half expected me to throw my underwear at him. Now I'm here at work, occasionally stealing glances at my autographs, and sighing with contentment. He was such a nice guy, and my respect has climbed even higher.
And here are the lon awaited pix.