General Dwight D. Eisenhower considered the Army’s World War II military uniform to be restricting and poorly suited for combat. Instead he had a standard issue wool field jacket tailored to be “very short, very comfortable, and very natty looking.” The resulting “Eisenhower jacket” or “Ike jacket,” as it came to be known, was standard issue to American troops after November 1944.
This “Ike jacket” was worn by Eisenhower, seen here in this photograph.
Ike urged theater-wide adoption of the shorter jacket in a May 5, 1943, letter to General George C. Marshall, the Army Chief of Staff.
Okay guys, so I just got back from one of the best weekends of my life! I have so many stories to tell, and I don’t mean to brag, but I probably have one of the cutest photo ops ever! I went with my boyfriend, and my best friend @superheroginger8811 This is going to be a long post, so grab a beer, go to the bathroom, do whatever you have to do, and then sit back and relax while I take you through one of the greatest experiences of my life! Also, I will post the pictures in a different post once they are all scanned.
Friday September 9th, 2016:
Alright, so my morning began with a big amazing welcome from Richard Speight Jr. (The Trickster/Arch Angel Gabriel), and he’s pretty amazing if you haven’t been to a con and heard the way he runs a show. He came out and hyped up the crowd for the action packed, fun-filled weekend. Then after he talked for a while, he introduced Alaina Huffman (Abbadon), and let me tell you… she is one awesome lady. She’s the sweetest, and she tells the funniest stories about her kids. :) Then after her panel, we got introduced to Julian Richings (Death). Now he is really fun to watch in person because he is NOTHING like is character! Like I mean total 180 degrees difference! He dances, is really interactive with the fans, and tells amazing stories as well. Then by that time it was time for me and @superheroginger8811 to get our Richard Speight Jr. photo op. We headed down there and waited for our turn while trying to finalize our pose that we wanted to do. Finally we decided that we wanted to stand on either side of him and put our hands on his shoulders and kick a leg up behind us while having him raise one eyebrow all sexy like. He freaking delivered! He’s pretty awesome, and he loves his Friday People. ;) Once we got done with that we headed back to the theater to catch the last bit of Jason Manns’ panel. He’s an amazing singer if you haven’t heard him. Seriously… look him up! He just released a new CD called Covers with Friends, and it freaking rocks!!! After Jason’s panel came @osrictumbles (Kevin Tran) and his amazing Friday panel. :D He had yellow hair guys! It looked awesome! He dyed it back to his natural color sometime between Friday and Saturday tho. :) He’s the cutest! He is also so humble and amazing with his fans. Also he has amazing kitten stories! After that I had my Jason Manns photo op! I got my Covers with Friends CD in the mail Wednesday night before con and couldn’t have been more excited! So for that op, I just wanted him to hold the CD and hug me with a big smile on his face. He did just that, and let me tell you… he is super cuddly! :) Then after that I had to line up for my @osrictumbles photo op. Now here’s where my story gets a little emotional for me. Before I tell you about my experience with Osric, I have to tell you this story first. Another one of my best friends, more like my sister, named Amanda loved Supernatural. She used to watch it with me all the time, and we vowed one day that we would go to a con together so we could meet our favorite actors together. I attended ChiCon 2015, and that was the con she was supposed to attend with me. That didn’t happen. Amanda and I had known each other since we were five years old, and ever since middle school she had suffered from bad depression. She kept to herself a lot unless she was with people that she was comfortable with. Me being one of those people. The only things that made her happy was her music, writing stories and poetry, drawing, and her TV shows. She got married a few years ago, and I never liked the guy. He gave me bad vibes, and I told her because she’s my best friend. She respected my opinion, but said that she really loved him so I respected hers. They soon moved out of state, and then she stopped talking to the people that she once talked to everyday like her parents and me. June 8th, 2014 was the day I got some of the worst news. I found out that she had committed suicide. My best friend… my sister… slipped right through my fingers and… and I couldn’t do anything about it. Her two favorite characters in Supernatural were Kevin and Castiel. I still have a hole in my chest from losing her. A part of my heart went with her, and it will never be whole. I had to tell you that story in order for my Osric photo op to make sense. I went last because I have really bad anxiety as it is, and knowing that Amanda loved Osric made it that more emotional for me. I walked up to him with tears in my eyes and said something along the lines of “Hello, I umm.. I don’t know if you remember me from last year, but I lost my sister and she loved you. I had this pose that I wanted to do for her, but if you don’t want too I completely understand. I was wondering if you would be willing to kiss my forehead.” He said yes and did just that. I started bawling after that and went to hug my best friend Jenny. She told me that while she was hugging me Osric looked over to see if I was okay. It really turned out to be a powerful photo. He really is an amazing human being who genuinely cares about his fans. Osric, if you read this, thank you. Thank you so much for everything that you do, and I want you to know that my best friend Amanda loved you with all her heart. After that photo op, I went to get my autograph from Richard Speight Jr., and I had a pretty awesome screenshot for him to sign. For those of you who don’t know, Richard was recently in a Slayer music video. Yes guys… you read that right. A Slayer music video. I will link you to that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zhi3FmTUFg and here is the other video (There are three parts to this Slayer music video and he was in the second and third part.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF5iMLldBzE Also, it’s really gory… just a forewarning. Anyway, I walked up to the table with my 8x10 screenshot of him in the third video and he looked at it and I said, “I don’t know if you remember, but that is from the Slayer video you were in.” He goes, “Yeah! This is a great shot you have, but it’s also pretty disturbing to see it from this point of view cause of what happens to me in the next scene.” My boyfriend chimed in and goes, “How does your stomach feel after all that?” He laughed and goes, “It hurts! Still painful!” I said, “I bet!” Then he signed it and thanked us and winked as we walked away from the table. After that I got in line for my Julian Richings autograph and I had my hardcover Supernatural book with me. He’s super sweet in person! We approached the table and he said, “Hello! I’m sorry for the long wait you all had to endure.” We said “Hi” back and thanked him for the autograph and shook his hand. :) Then it was time for my Osric auto… another emotional feat for me. I had my picture that we took earlier and got in the back of the line for the auto. Once I got to the table I was in tears. He looked at me and said, “Hey there, you okay?” I shook my head yes because I couldn’t answer him without sobbing. He took my hand in his and started to sign the picture, but couldn’t because he needed his other hand to hold the photo in place. He looked up at me and said, “I kinda need my hand, sorry.” I managed to get out, “It’s alright. Thank you.” Then he finished signing it and smiled sincerely at me before I walked away. That ended my Friday night because my boyfriend and I had to get up at ass-o-clock in the morning to go get my daughter from my mom.
Saturday September 10th, 2016:
Saturday began with our host Richard Speight Jr. again. Again he started the day off with a bang! :) I swear this man can preach about anything and make it sound powerful. After a few minutes he introduced Emily Swallow (Amara/The Darkness), and it was also her first Creation appearance. She did AWESOME! Her panel was one of my favorites. :) She is hilarious and tells amazing stories. She also had blonde hair too! It looked really good on her. After that I went to the theater to get my Rob Benedict (Chuck Shirley/God) auto. This one was also emotional for me. If you didn’t know already Rob suffered a stroke a little while ago. Earlier this year I lost my grandfather to a stroke, and I miss him very much. I walked up to the table with my hardcover Supernatural book, and said, “I just wanted to tell you that I am so happy you’re okay from your stroke.” He smiled at me and said, “Thank you very much!” At this point I started to cry, and he looked up at me and goes, “Aww what’s the matter sweetheart?” I said, “I’m sorry for being so upset, but I just lost my grandpa to a stroke earlier this year.” He looked at me with sad eyes and said, “I’m very sorry to hear that.” He held my hand for a moment and I thanked him before walking away. Then after that me, my daughter, and my best friend Jenny went down for our Misha Collins (Castiel) and Mark Sheppard (Crowley) duo photo op. Now this one was also emotional for me because my sister who passed away also loved @mishacollins and his character Castiel. We waited until the end of the line because of our anxiety and before we knew it we were next. Jenny handed my daughter to Mark because I was shaking and trying not to cry. I looked at Misha and muttered something along the lines of “Hi Misha” before moving over to Mark. We decided to just do a normal group hug and after it was over I took my daughter from Mark before hugging both him and Misha. I couldn’t hold it together anymore as I walked away, and I am very thankful that my boyfriend and my best friend were there for me. The staff let me stay in the photo op room while I calmed down too which helped a lot. Misha if you read this, then I want to thank you for all you do. Random Acts, GISHWHES, YANA, just everything. You are one amazing person, and I hope you know that. You have changed the lives for so many people, including mine so thank you. After that I had my solo photo with Misha…. Now… my boyfriend helped stage this one, and it turned out to be amazing! We walked up and my boyfriend Jason had a chair and I had some one dollar bills. He looked at Misha and goes, “Hey I was wondering if you could give my girl here a lap dance?” I shit you not Misha looked at us in the most nonchalant way and said, “Sure!” Jason sat the chair down and Misha positioned it where he wanted it before I sat down in it. Then Misha straddled me and I laid the one dollar bills against his chest while looking up at him. Then at the last second.. right before Chris snapped the picture… Misha gave me the Cas/Lucifer look and grabbed a fist full of my hair… Yeah…my fucking heart was about to beat out of my chest. Then I thanked him and ran over to my boyfriend saying, “Oh my God I just got a lap dance from Misha freaking Collins!” My boyfriend said that he and Misha made eye contact and nodded at one another before we left the room. After that we went to the last half of Mark’s panel. He’s very interactive with the crowd and walks along the aisles and stuff. :) He’s really funny too! A little later in the evening my best friend Jenny and I were in the photo op room talking with the I’m Alive people. It was deserted other than Chris and the Creation volunteers. So I get up to ask Chris a question and who walks in? MISHA FREAKING COLLINS IN HIS SPOCK COSPLAY! He looked so awesome!! Chris took a few pictures of him and then Jenny and I got a hug from him! After that we went up for the last bit of the R2M Panel. Then Misha did his panel and we all know that he’s hilarious. He is one of a kind and I love his antics. After that we had our autograph with Mark. I had him sign my hardcover Supernatural book and he really liked my daughter. :) I then got in line for my Emily autograph. She’s so nice! My daughter told her how pretty she thought she was and they had an adorable bonding moment. :) Then I went and got my Misha auto and he commented on how awesome our lap dance picture turned out. :D After that I went over and got my Matt Cohen (Young John Winchester) autograph, and he looked at my daughter and goes, “Hey there gorgeous! How are you?!” My daughter, Davaniee (Day Van Knee) said, “Hi Matt! I’m fine.” (She’s 4) He just loved her, and he is super sweet! After that was the Saturday Night Special… now if you haven’t been to one of these you need to add it to your bucket list because they are PHENOMENAL! Louden Swain really rocks the house! Not to mention the ENTIRE cast of Supernatural has AMAZING singing skills! Rob came out and had his acoustic guitar and said that he was going to sing a song with no mic and no amplifier. The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop as he sang this song. It was the one he sang in the bar with Metatron. It brought tears to my eyes…. They closed the show with everyone on stage and they sang a tribute to Prince. They sang Purple Rain. Like I said they all have amazing voices, but Rob freaking Benedict has the PERFECT voice for Purple Rain. He literally sounds so fucking much like Prince…. It was amazing to watch. That ended my Saturday night since I had to wake up at ass-o-clock again to get my hair curled and also get my photo op with Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester).
Sunday September 11th, 2016:
My day started with getting mine and my daughter’s hair curled by an amazing friend I met. This was a HUGE day for my daughter (again she’s 4) because she had a solo op with Jensen (Dean Winchester). He’s her favorite. Then I went down and got my photo op with JDM. Now I had no idea what I wanted to do with this op. I walked up to him and said, “I was wondering if you would be willing to kiss me on the cheek? If you don’t want to I completely understand. I have a backup idea if you don’t want too.” He looked at my backup idea which was on my phone, (It was Jensen and I looking into each other’s eyes) and said “I’ll kiss your cheek!” He turned me to my side and kissed my cheek hard! (Not so hard that it hurt, but I mean I felt his whiskers which was super awesome!) He’s such a sweet man! Then after that I went upstairs to the Gold Member exclusive J2 panel. I love this panel because it’s super intimate. There’s not a line for their questions, they just come out and pick on people from the audience. :) Then after that I headed down to the photo op area with my daughter so we could get our Jensen solo ops. Now I went last with this one because Jensen is my hero and also my bad anxiety. Plus Chris wanted me to go last since he had to turn the music down for my daughter. My daughter went first, and let me tell you… her op had been planned for literally a year. I got her the photo for her birthday and I asked her what she wanted to do in it, and she goes, “Mommy I want to marry Dean!” I said okay that’s what we will do. We went out and bought a little white dress, white shoes, a tiara, the works! We got her hair curled and she borrowed Jenny’s engagement ring to use for the op. She even had a necklace on that is called “Jensen’s heart” from one of the vendors. Chris turned the music down and my boyfriend walked up to Jensen with the ring and said, “My girl here would like to ask for your hand in marriage.” and then handed him the ring. I wish I had video to show y’all his reaction. This man got the biggest smile on his face and knelt down in front of my daughter. He goes, “Oh my God you are so beautiful!” She looked right at him with confidence and said, “Dean, will you marry me?” He got the biggest smile on his face and said, “Well of course I will!” Then Chris snapped the picture right as he was slipping the ring on her tiny finger. Then he pulled her in for a hug and Chris took another one. After that I walked up to him and said, “Thank you for marrying my daughter. She has been looking forward to that for a year now!” He said, “Thank you and you’re welcome! How old is she?” I said, “She’s 4, and she absolutely loves you!” He said, “Well she is just beautiful and I love her back!” Then I asked him if he could get down on one knee and kiss my hand. He did and we both looked into each other’s eyes. His eyes are SO much more greener in person guys. Then after I recovered from crying we went up to get my JDM autograph. I had him sign my Supernatural book too. Once we got up to the table, my daughter goes, “I married Dean!” JDM looked at her and said, “WHAT?! No way!” She said, “Yep! He’s my husband now!” JDM goes, “Wanna get married again?” She said, “Well…I don’t know…” He goes, “Gimme your hand.” She did, and he looked at her right in the eyes and said, “You married the wrong man sweetheart.” and kissed her hand. It was the cutest thing! Then we headed back downstairs to get our J2 photo ops. Jason and I had one and Jenny and I had one. For Jenny and I’s op I had a banner made at my work that basically said Clif was releasing all his rights to Jared (Sam Winchester) and Jensen to her and I. We had Clif hold the banner while Jenny and I held Jared and Jensen’s hands. We had them look at each other with fear while we had Clif look like he had made a mistake. Jenny and I looked at the camera like we won the lottery. It was priceless. Then Jason and I got ours, and he, Jensen, and Jared knelt down on the floor while I stood behind them with my hands on Jared and Jensen’s backs with a cute smile on my face. After that Jenny and I got in line for our Jared solo ops. We each had one. I will let her tell her story if she chooses too, but I will share mine. For my Jared solo I wanted it to mean something special to me. For those of you who don’t know, I used to self harm. I haven’t done it in 9 years. When I walked up to Jared I had tears in my eyes and I said, “I used to self harm, and I don’t anymore. I wanted you to hold my wrists and make this picture have an impact on me. He did, and it was just what I wanted. The only thing is, I don’t like how my face looks in it so I don’t know if I will post that one or not… After that we went back up to the theater for our final welcoming from Richard Speight Jr. We held a moment of silence for 9/11, and then he introduced JDM for his panel. I have to say, his panel was probably my favorite. He is hilarious, and I will honestly never look at Rigatoni without smiling and thinking of him. (That’s a inside joke, and for those of you who were there you know how funny his panel was! Lol!) After that was the J2 panel for everyone and once again they are so funny and humble. I am sure there will be video footage of that somewhere soon on YouTube. After that my boyfriend and I got our photo op with Misha as Castiel. He was most excited for this one because of the idea he came up with. I had a photo printed out that I found on the internet (probably Google) of him and Jensen posing all lovey and when we got up to him Jason said, “I’m gonna show you this picture, but she can’t see what it is. Can you hold your trench coat up to block her view?” I stood off to the side giving Chris an annoyed look while they posed and then we headed back up to the theater for autos with J2. We waited a while since they call by row, and eventually I went back to get our Castiel photo. I love the look Misha and my boyfriend are giving each other. It’s amazing. We got Jensen’s auto first and as soon as he saw my daughter he goes, “What are you doing up this late?! It’s after 10:00!” I said, “Well she wanted to see her “husband” again.” He smiled at her and said, “Well alright then.” I had a gift for him so I handed that to him and then I also handed him a copy of their wedding pose that Chris printed out for him to keep. He loved it and then my daughter handed him a bracelet that she made for him. He said, “Oh my gosh is this for me?! Did you make this for me?” She smiled and said, “Yep! Can we trade bracelets Dean?” He looked at her and said, “Aw sweetie, I’m sorry. I would, but my daughter made me this one.” She said, “That’s okay.” He said, “Are you sure?” She said, “Yep. It’s okay.” He said, “Well I feel bad, so how about this…How about I make you one and give it to you next time?” She got the biggest smile on her face and said, “Yay! Thank you Dean. I love you so much!” He smiled at her and said, “I love you too sweetheart!” Then he signed her picture…. Guys… He wrote, and I quote, “Mrs. Jensen Ackles”… Then he said, “It’s official!” and handed me back the picture before saying goodbye to us. Then we made our way over to Jared. Misha was in the back about to leave and my daughter wanted a hug so we went back there and I asked him. He smiled and said, “Hello small person!” She said, “Guess what Cas! I married Dean!” I showed him the picture and he looked at her, smiled, and said, “You can do better than that!” Once we got to the table my daughter ran up and said, “Sam! I’m your sister in law!” He said, “WHATTTT?!?! How?!” She said, “I married Dean today!” He said, “I need proof!” I showed him the picture and he said, “Oh my God! Well you can do way better than my brother!” She said, “Nope I love him Sam!” Then we gave him one of the pictures that Chris took since she attached herself to him after my Jared op earlier in the day. (I only had one Jared op, but Chris decided to take pics after Jared picked her up. It was amazing!) He signed the one of him and her that we decided to keep and then we went back to our room to get some much needed rest before our trip home.
Well, if you made it this far, then I want to say thank you for reading. :) I promise to post my pictures once they are scanned. The only thing I ask is that if you use any of them please credit me. Especially the ones of my daughter and my Misha lap dance one (Since I am sure all you Destiel shippers who are good at photo shop will probably put Jensen in there lol.) Thank you ChiCon! See you again soon! <3
The entire cast (minus Jensen and Jared) attended the cabaret at TorCon 2014. For those of you who don’t know, the con was marking the one year anniversary o…
The entire cast (minus Jensen and Jared) attended the cabaret at TorCon 2014. For those of you who don’t know, the con was marking the one year anniversary of Rob’s stroke that occurred during TorCon 2013. The cast came out and sang “With A Little Help From My Friends” with Rob. The ending gave me chills… this was not planned. I heard from a trusted friend that Richard told his m&g that they weren’t even sure if they should acknowledge the one-year anniversary of Rob’s stroke. But they decided to last minute. The walking off stage leaving Rob alone, at the end, was decided spontaneously on stage. This entire video might cause water works and pull at heartstrings. If you didn’t love the SPN cast before, this should change your mind. I was in tears when I filmed this.