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John Wayne is From Iowa

In case you did not know….

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Cause if we are going to have an honest conversation, and I am all about honesty, I thought he was from Texas.   Clearly I was wrong. I guess that it is just the proud Texan in me. cause every famous cowboy has to be from Texas right?


Ha! Well not John Wayne, in case you are uneducated (like I was) he is in fact from the small town of Winterset Iowa, population 5190 per the 2010 census, but in 1907 when John Wayne was born it was about 2800. 

So just in case you missed that JOHN WAYNE IS FROM WINTERSET IOWA.  🙂 Believe me when I was arguing with a very proud Iowan, I was very sad to admit I was wrong.  Don’t make my mistake.

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So anyway, when I was in Iowa I figured it would be fun to swing by the land of John Wayne. 

Sadly I didn’t tour the house as I was on a mild time constraint,  but I did snag some pretty decent pictures of the house outside.

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I have to admit the house was smaller than I was expecting, but it was kinda fun sitting on the steps that a True American Icon walked on as a kiddo… Plus people I mean come on… It is Freaking John Wayne, even you anti-western people out there, have to admit it, it is kinda cool 😉

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The Time I thought a Horse was a statue

See here is the thing,  I really love traveling (in case you could not tell) and when I travel I throw all my inhabitions into the wind and lose complete control of my surroundings and live in the moment.

So the fact that I did not notice a real horse was not a statute but a REAL horse is sad.

Ok let me back up.

We had just arrived in Iowa, and like always I just had to stop at the Welcome Center. cause to Jen, New state equals new Welcome Center and I just had to stop. (go ahead roll your eyes)

My quick snap with my ipad from the car... Welcome to Iowa
My quick snap with my ipad from the car… Welcome to Iowa

Except this was not really a welcome center.

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It was an Amish Store. Whaaatt? there are Amish in Iowa? I really thought the Amish were mostly in the North East. Clearly I need to read up on Amish more, because I was misunderstood.

Nontheless, I went into the store and walked around. The store was next to a Maid Rite and I must admit even though it is not “technically” a Welcome Center, it is a nice place to stop and stretch your legs.

I am going out to take pictures of the statues” I told the person I arrived with.

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As I am outside snapping away, all of the sudden the HORSE MOVED.

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and let me say I not only yelped I also jumped.

and to make it worse, I say something along the lines of the statute just moved.

I was humilated.

I quickly took a couple more photos & was ready to go. I couldn’t believe I thought a horse that was soooo obviously real was a statute.
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Either way, I took this as a sign that my trip was going to be one worth remembering.

I was in the same room as Alcide…

NOTE: This post does have a season finale spoiler of last seasons true blood. You have been warned Further Disclaimer… the man was so beautiful and the lighting was not the greatest so needless to say NOT the best photos… I was semi shaking… seriously.. Keep reading for the 4-1-1

I was in the same room as Alcide….  yes ladies the beautiful man that plays Alcide… God he makes me want to watch True Blood right now on this cold, dark chilly day in October.


How did this happen you ask? Well let’s flash forward 2 weeks before San Diego con.

Like every nerd on the planet I was patiently awaiting to see what panels Nerd HQ was going to offer.

My days in the dreaded cubicle were the same, sit at my computer…ignore a phone call, get on Nerd Machine’s website, go to Nerd HQ for announcements…

Refresh… Still Nothing… Refresh again…. Still nothing… After about 145,854 times of checking the website, finally the panels were listed.

When all of the sudden I gasped very loudly, to the point one of my co-workers asked if I was ok…

I squeak “Joe Manganiello is going to have a panel at Nerd HQ”. (For the record, my co-worker, said that was something worth squealing about and she wanted to know what his butt feels like… yes Sheena, we all do)

I quickly stop everything I am doing told the attorney I had a computer glitch and I was going to have to call him back (this is Alcide we are talking about here) and called my mother, and nearly had an all out nerd panick attack. ‘OMG OMG Mom we have to go, you want to go right?” . Umm duh, of course she did!

So when it came time to get the tickets, I rubbed my hands together, signed on, snagged the tickets, get to the check out and then BAM the tickets disappear… I freak out, tweet Nerd HQ a million tweets freaking out. Go back to get tickets again and received a message that the event sold out.

What? No this can’t be? This is a joke? They had a glitch… NO!!!!!!! I am going to try again… just in case

So after about 20 minutes of pretty much an all out nerd breakdown, I tried again. I am glad I did, because I snagged two tickets. Mom and I were going to be up close with Alcide himself.

Then came the waiting game…

See here is the thing.  I think he is the hottest thing going in Hollywood right now (him and Chris Hemsworth!) he has the body of a god, a killer smile, and based on his education, I am willing to bet every dime in my checking account he is highly intelligent, Carnegie Mellon University is no joke.

In fact, the only reason I watch the train wreck that is True Blood is for him. True Story, ask Ashley Nemer.

FINALLY it was time for SDCC, and finally I was going to be in the same room as one of my top five hottest male actors (at Nerd HQ nontheless, home to another one of my top 5 Zachary Levi).

Don’t worry I don’t have my thoughts on Joe twisted, I know this post is coming across borderline obsessive, but come on guys, he is HOT!

Mom & I enter the room and much to my surprise Alan Tudyk was moderating.  I love Firefly, Dollhouse and Serenity, so I of course was nerding out about him too.

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The panel was hilarious, those who say men are the perverted got it all wrong. Women are insane, when they get in a room with a hot guy, and told to ask away. These women did not hold back when it came to questions.

When is the next time you will get naked on True Blood? was pretty much the first question asked.

We would also find out what his costume is when he does nude scenes.


I gotta give it to Joe, he held it together.  He told us he would get naked one more time on the show….. SPOILER ALERT if you have not finished True Blood’s last season go to the next paragraph!!!! He totally gets it on With Sookie *screams with glee* cause that means way more nakedness next season ***END SPOILER***

He told us he has a she-wolf in real life.  He even teased us that he was going to take his shirt off, but then just put the shirt he received over the one he was wearing… Ugh.. Jerk.  Hot men should NOT be allowed to tease  like that! Seriously!  THANK GOD I OWN MAGIC MIKE!!!!

Trust me ladies I snapped AWAY hoping to get photos of that god like body he has…

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Honestly I was too busy snapping pictures of him, I didn’t catch everything he said.  I was texting Ashley during the event, and Ashley wanted me to ask if that was his ummm thing in Magic Mike…

In case you were wondering, I didn’t ask. So we still don’t know.
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 In fact I was trying so hard to not hyperventilate, my pictures were not turning out…  Mom kept having to tell me to calm down and I didn’t even speak to the guy…

Then to top this all off Zachary Levi dashed out quickly at the end of the panel, ladies I am not kidding, I felt like I was in Heaven.

Then Joe tosses stickers to the crowd which signaled the panel was over.

Now if I can just meet the man. Seriously.

Until Next Time.

PS I totally still have the sticker, It is pinned on my board over my bed, it is the first thing I see every morning. I know twisted 😉


PSS Joe (Yes I feel like I know you after going to the panel) I PROMISE I am totally a normal girl if we ever meet. lol

Getting a last minute ticket to Maze Runner

First let me start off by saying, for whatever reason I just can’t get my life under control these days. Texas Travel girl is down and out, can’t get it back up and running, and I just can’t get caught up on here with my posts.

I of course blame my cubicle.

Anyway, I am about to go out of town a lot in September, so needless to say if I don’t get caught up soon… well I am going to be in a mess 😉

Anyway, while I was at SDCC, I stayed on twitter as much as possible, so when I saw the opportunity to get into the Nerd HQ Maze Runner panel I retweeted what they asked me to.

Within 30 minutes I found out I won.

Now when it comes to the movie, I didn’t really know much about who was cast in it, but I do know the book, and know that I love the book. In fact follow the author on twitter, because I enjoy his books & tweets for the #DashnerArmy.

So when I found out I won,  I was pretty excited.

However I was not nearly as excited as the young girls that actually bought the tickets.

It took me straight back to high school, when all my classmates were obsessed with Leo. Except these girls were obsessed with…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Dylan O’Brien… Let me start of by saying I have NO CLUE who this kid is… but believe me the 150 plus girls in here did and thanks to that I felt old. Since I have turned 30 I have never felt old, until I went to this panel.

Sure he is cute… but I am 30… and I don’t even know if he is of legal age… so I am not going any further than that. I will let the teen girl in your life tell you about him.  I promise she knows who he is.

The panel was great, and I feel in love with the Nerd HQ atmosphere. The panel was pretty much Q&A and conversational. If I go back to SDCC next year, I know I will buy more Nerd HQ tickets. The atmosphere is refreshing from the chaotic wonderful mess that is SDCC plus the money goes to a great cause.  Win Win.


As a fan of the book, I was very interested in hearing and possibly seeing the Grievers. For the record we didn’t see them because I am pretty sure they girls just wanted to hear about Dylan, but hey I was a teenage girl once, and I just went with the flow.

However, at the end of the panel  the cast left, then came back and showed us a very raw and uncut footage of the film.

and let me just say… it looks AMAZING, and that was the raw uncut footage.  I can’t imagine what editing will do.

I know what I will be doing on Valentine’s Day.

Also I do want to share, that while I was in the AC watching this panel, my parents & little brother snagged passes to see Escape, the world Premier film that stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger.

My family waiting to get into the theater
My family waiting to get into the theater

So not only did this panel make me feel old as hell, I missed a chance to be up close with two amazing action stars but that is the nature of the choosing at SDCC a choice will make you miss out on something else awesome.

Note: the panel pictures are not great, because for some odd reason I could not get the ISO to work on my camera properly… so just pretend they are some amazing award winning pictures that being said, don’t worry ladies… The pictures are very yummy from the the Joe Manganiello panel. 😉 Now him… yeah I felt very much young at heart… Stay Tuned.