Weekend Assignment: No Mountain Too High…
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Weekend Assignment # 340: How Far Would You Go?
Some people travel hundreds of miles (in extreme cases, thousands of miles) to see a concert by a favorite performer, or to meet their favorite writers at a convention, or to attend some other kind of public appearance by someone they especially admire. Other people don’t even bother to go downtown to take advantage of such an opportunity. How far would you go to meet one or more of your favorite writers, actors, musicians, comedians or other artists, and to attend a performance by him or her or them?
Extra Credit: What is the farthest you have ever gone in a similar situation?
I’m going to start this time by answering the Extra Credit, first. Let me tell you the thrilling tale of the great lengths I went to to meet my favorite author. I had to cross mountains, tread through the burning desert, and swim an ocean…
Who’m I kidding? I’ve never really gone anywhere to see anyone even remotely bordering on famous. Heck, I’ve lived in Atlanta, now, for four years, and yet I’ve never even taken the time to go to Dragon*Con – a fantasy and sci-fi convention that regularly draws celebrities of various kinds (writers, actors, directors, etc.) involved in the production of many of my favorite fantasy and sci-fi entertainments. That’s right… I’ve never even gone to the trouble of driving downtown to catch my favorite writers, actors, and characters.
The best I can offer was when my family and I went to a Weird Al Yankovic concert when he came to perform at the local amusement park down in V-town. And considering how backwater V-town is… Weird Al went a lot farther out of his way to come see us than we did to see him.
So, how far would I go? I think my tale answers that question fairly well. We live in a celebrity-driven culture. But I’m kind of laid back about life, and I don’t take celebrity culture seriously. I might like your work. I might think what you do is superior to what other people are doing or attempting to do in the same field. But, ultimately, what gets me excited isn’t the creator of some cool entertainment property – it’s the entertainment itself. I just can’t be troubled to make huge sacrifices to catch a fleeting glimpse of the creators of my favorite entertainment, because I’m too busy enjoying what they’ve made.
That… and making something, writing something, myself.