It all started last year on social media. Being a BBT fan, I follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/TheBigBangTheory) & Twitter (@BigBang_CBS). I saw a video from the BBT cast looking for the biggest Superfan. It was strange, but I had a gut feeling I would win it.
I was instantly hooked. Answering trivia in my spare hours on the weekend and then every weeknight. At the time, I was rehearsing to sing in a special concert and during my downtime at rehearsal and the show, I was answering trivia & earning points. It was a footrace until the end. When it was over, my name was in the top spot. I had won, but I totally didn’t believe it. Tangential trivia – I made my final score 279.72 million. When you take out the decimal it’s a palindrome. Even cooler – it’s a palindrome where the outside two numbers add up to the center number. There’s also a great party trick you can do with the number 9. I did it for the people at Warner Brothers and they loved it. But I digress.
The contest was over, I had won according to the site, but there wasn’t an email. I kept going back to the site, making sure I had entered it correctly, and sure enough I had. Three days later, I finally received notification that I had won and then some forms to sign. Though at this point, I still didn’t believe it.
It wasn’t until the signed Blu-Ray/DVD of Season 7 showed up that I started to think this was real. These weren’t replicated signatures. This was actually signed by the cast. Then about a month later I was contacted to start making travel plans.
My son has a host of medical issues, so my amazing wife agreed to stay home with him. I thought the next coolest thing to do would be to bring my mom. So that’s what happened. Getting out there, though, was an adventure worthy of a film trilogy.
Living in New England, there was already about 18″ of snow on the ground. The day of our flight, there was a huge snow storm and no planes were flying out. We were able to book a flight from a completely different airport in NYC that did have planes leaving on time. So, after driving four hours in the snow, we arrived at JFK, got on a flight to LA and made it to the Big Bang Theory taping.
What happened next was amazing, but I’ll post more about that when the Season 8 Blu-Ray/DVD comes out September 15.
Alternatively, you can apparently buy Season 8 on YouTube and watch it right now. Here’s the video: