Snow Patrol, Freddy Rodriguez

I was very lucky this past March to win free concert tickets and meet/greet passes to see Snow Patrol. I won the tickets through a radio station and I could not believe my luck! Seriously, Snow Patrol is one of my favorite bands. Anyway, so about two hours before the show, my best friend and I go backstage where the band plays two songs for us and about 10 other fans! They played "Chocolate" and "Chasing Cars." Afterwards, the band comes off of the stage and begins the meet and greet. As soon as it's my turn to meet Gary Lightbody I started to shake and smile crazily. I shook Gary's hand and then put my arm around his tiny waist and said to him"Can you do me a favor and play 'You're all I have?" He smiled and looked down at me (he's like 6'4 and I'm 5'3) and said "Of course, darling." I about died right there. I have the pics somewhere on my computer, I'll post them later!

Also, weirdly enough, I saw Freddy Rodriguez jogging along the historic district of Savannah, Ga on Sunday night. I was on a Ghost Trolley Tour when I look out the window to see Freddy jogging. I began to squeal and freak out because he was on my fav show of all time, Six Feet Under. I honesly didn't believe it was him until I went back to hotel and looked up on IMDB that he was in Savannah filming a new movie, "CBGB." We also heard that Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman were in town but I didn't see them!
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So like, I've been a big big fan of her since like...2004 ever since I saw her on FHM and I know this is way late but I met her last year in November, just 2 weeks after my birthday. Basically my friend who works at the local cinema (which is only 5 minutes drive away from my house) facebooked and said that he just served Cheryl and Ashley at the cinema and gave them the 3D glasses. I thought he was kidding but he actually wasn't and I was like hmmm should I go and try and see her.

So I was like, ok either I go there and try and see if I get to meet her or I sit at home and regret not going later, I mean theres nothing to lose right? So I actually took a bus there and waited around 40 mins or so then I saw people coming out of their screening and I didn't see any signs of Cheryl then I was like aaaaaah. But like seconds later I saw some huge black guy coming downstairs from another exit then I saw those 7 inch killer heels and there was Cheryl, followed by Ashley Cole and i was like HOLY SHIT FUCK SHIT SHIT SHIT. I was asking my friend earlier if he would go ask for a photo cos I'd be too nervous, but turns out I was the first one who dashed towards Cheryl. I asked her if I could have a photo and she said "yea sure".

I can't believe that the one photo I got with her I look like shit. I was in the middle of telling the guy how to use my camera, then who I was talking and moved away from Cheryl, he clicked the shutter button. I had my hand on Cheryl's back originally but I moved -_- but yea I was shaking so much and i was like "sorry im shaking" and Cheryl said "aaw it's alright" in her hot as accent. I wish I asked for a photo on my own with her but oh well at least I met her and got a pic. She stuck around for 5-10 minutes to chat to people and taking photos then she left with Ashley (who noone gave a fuck about actually lol)

I'm the guy on the right :D (horrible I know)


Healing, after Half a Century

nilajean told me a story years ago, how she had always cried every afternoon as a little girl, because Miss Lois of KTVI's version of Romper Room never, ever, saw little "Nila" in her Magic Mirror at the end of the program. With child's logic, nilajean felt unloved that the Magic worked for every other boy and girl but not for her. Eventually she grew past the age for Romper Room, but she never forgot the results of her unusual first name.

KTVI tweeted this morning that they were going to have Miss Lois on the morning news for an interview. I made some frantic calls to the station (as their understaffed weekend newsroom producer wouldn't pick up but let the 'phone go to recording and I had to keep re-calling, but after I explained why I was calling, she took our telephone number and said she would try to get it to Miss Lois.

Miss Lois called, bless her heart, and said she still had her Magic Mirror with her and could now see Nila, even though fifty years had passed. Always a kind woman who loved children, she understood how a little girl with an unusual name would feel passed over, and then as adults we had a delightful discussion about how much we all missed the show. It was one of the sweetest conversations I have ever had.

Afterward, nilajean and I got to explain to our boys, born far too late for Romper Room, about Do Being a Do-Bee and Don't Being a Don't-Bee, the "Bend & Stretch" song, and the non-sectarian prayer Miss Lois and the children always said before their snack time. ("God is Great, God is Good. Let us thank Him for our food. Amen.")

I haven't seen nilajean with this big a smile in years, as the weight of all that remembered pain melted away. Bless you, Miss Lois. We still love you.
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Kay Hanley and the rest of Letters to Cleo

I got the opportunity to see Letters to Cleo live on the last night of their mini-reunion tour. They are one of my favorite bands of all-time, but I had long since given up hope of ever seeing them live; they were just another faceless '90s alt rock band and they broke up in 2000 without reaching huge success, though that's not to say they didn't have any commercial success at all.

To put them into ONTD terms, they were the band in 10 Things I Hate About You. Their singer Kay Hanley and guitarist Michael Eisenstein did the music for the Josie & the Pussycats soundtrack. Their drummer Stacy Jones is the lead singer of American Hi-Fi. Stacy and Kay reunited while working on the Hannah Montana tour, drumming and providing back-up vocals for Miley, respectively, and they were both seen in her 3-D concert movie.

Anyway, after the show they signed stuff and talked with the fans. Kay's about as tiny as I expected, though seeing her in person was still kind of surprising; I don't hang around tiny people much, I guess. Her husband Mike was much smaller than I expected; he's probably about my height, 5'7ish, and smaller than me. He and Kay are a compact couple. They were nice, but very sarcastic, as was Stacy. Dry senses of humor. They quipped about my camera not working (you'll see). The other guitarist Greg McKenna is hands down one of the nicest celebs I've ever met (not that he has much competition). I kind of got a creepy uncle vibe until I talked to him, but he was a total sweetie.

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Michael Buble and his band

    I used to date one of the band members for Michael Buble. I was 19 and he was 30 at the time.
Michael is very sweet and down to earth. if he wasn't a singer he could do stand up, he's that funny. 
he a pretty big stoner and he also drinks/smokes ciggarettes. I do all this so i was down.

    I met Emily Blunt when her and Buble were dating. she is gorgeous and very funny.
The other members of the band are very cool. If anyone would like to know any details, just message me.
I just don't want to say too much if no one is actually interested! haha
perfect love

Mariska Hargitay and Sarah Jessica Parker

I met SJP with my friend outside her trailer for a new movie she's filming in NYC called "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" It also stars Hugh Grant but we have yet to see him :(


Mariska Hargitay (who is my ULTIMATE role model) was filming a new episode of "Special Victims Unit" with guest star Hilary Duff, in Harlem a few nights ago. I live on the upper west side in the city and it's a quick trip for me to get up to W 121st St and 5th/Lenox Ave, so I went up there the other night around 10:30pm in hopes of meeting Mariska and Christopher Meloni. Because it was late and in the middle of Harlem, I was the only bystander, so when Mariska came walking towards me to go to her trailer she was more than happy to talk to me and take a picture. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever met.


Meeting Pieter van den Hoogenband

I used to have a classmate named Koen, and he is the cousin of the famous Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband. We used to watch his important matches on the tv at school!

Fast forward a couple of years later. We went swimming in Eindhoven, where the training home of Pieter van den Hoogenband is. We went snorkeling and afterwards we saw Pieter van den Hoogenband standing there. We asked him for autographs but I didn't have anything with me so I went to get a piece of paper. I told him his cousin used to be my classmate and he was surprised. I'm at school now, a scan is coming later.


My family is a big Steve Harley fan. We saw him once before in concert but didn't get to meet. Then we went to Ghent in Belgium for a sort of private concert with John Watts (Fischer-Z), a Cuban group and Steve Harley. There weren't a lot of people so we got to sit close to the stage. When Steve Harley came to the stage with his band we enjoyed his music. And at the end we all went to stand in front of the stage (remember this was a very small concert). Steve gave his guitar pick to someone but my mother kissed the guy and got the guitar pick. Afterwards John Watts and his wive walked past us but they were busy carrying their instruments.

We got something to drink afterwards when I went back into the concert room and saw Steve his guitarist, I asked the security guy if I could go in and he gave permission. I told him about my last concert experience, when it snowed really bad. I also told him that we got Steve's guitar pick when he held my arm and gave me his guitar pick! He was very nice!

Back in the entrance room we waited for the band to come and we took a picture of me, my brother and the band. Steve didn't come out but that didn't matter because I saw him up close =)