I knew I was in for for a surprise this past weekend as soon as I pulled into the hotel parking lot.  I'd never been to New Jersey before and I didn't really know what to expect, and I certainly could have never anticipated what came next.  The first thing that caught my eye was an extremely strange looking vehicle.  It almost looked like the effect of a future time, a sort of hybrid from a period past and a time to come.  It was jet black and if I didn't know better, I would have thought it could fly.  I paid the driver and entered the lobby to find another strange sight.  Two men in long dark robes sat across from each other drinking their respective Starbucks coffees.  Let me remind you it was not Halloween.  I turned the corner to hear unusual noises coming from a room nearby.  What I encountered in this particular room was not something I could have prepared for.  The bright flashing lights were blinding.  If I listened carefully, I almost felt as if I could hear my name being whispered... "nicki... nicki... nicki..."  People started to gather around me and question me about my life and my work and the future.  I began to panic.  I didn't know what to do when suddenly, a dark figured just appeared before me.  I breathed a sigh of relief with the recognition that it was Batman, he had come to save me.  And to my horror and disbelief, he handed me a pen and asked me for my autograph.  That's when I remembered I was at a sci fi convention in Secaucus, New Jersey.  Whew, that was close. 

Thanks so much to everyone who came out last weekend, it was a blast.  It's always a pleasure to meet the fans and get a sense of how people feel about the work we do.  Being a fan myself, I love hearing about new ideas, hopes for the future and people's own stories about how they came to love Battlestar.  It was also really great to meet the other wonderful actor's in attendance.  Ray Parks and Bonnie Piesse from Star Wars were sweethearts.  I sat next to Morena Baccarin and we had lots of fun taking in all the action.  And Richard Kiel and his kids were beautiful and generous people.  It's a real privilege to do what I do.  Thanks for sharing it with me.

me + richard kiel