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Snow Patrol, Freddy Rodriguez [ Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 7:13pm ]

[ mood | amused ]

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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Homeless vs Paris )))) [ Friday, May 21st, 2010 at 2:29pm ]


Homeless vs Paris Brighton | Versus
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CHERYL TWEEDY!! [ Friday, March 26th, 2010 at 2:10pm ]

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)

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Healing, after Half a Century [ Saturday, March 13th, 2010 at 12:25pm ]

[ mood | happy ]

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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Christian Siriano [ Sunday, February 14th, 2010 at 10:00pm ]

I met Christian at Saks in NYC while on vacation during Fashion's Night Out
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Kay Hanley and the rest of Letters to Cleo [ Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at 7:41am ]

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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I didn't take the live pics - I knew this experience was rare, so I left my camera at home so I wouldn't be tempted and would just enjoy the experience. A girl named Stephanie did; she doesn't care where I post 'em.Collapse )
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Michael Buble and his band [ Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at 8:22am ]

    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
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Mariska Hargitay and Sarah Jessica Parker [ Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at 4:47pm ]

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.

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Meeting Pieter van den Hoogenband [ Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at 1:38pm ]


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 =)


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Scholarship! [ Monday, December 8th, 2008 at 8:08pm ]


Festival Fodder 2: Cool Concert Memories
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[ Saturday, December 6th, 2008 at 6:12pm ]

I live in L.A. and see celebs all the time. I'll also just list them since each one was a sighting and I didn't engage in conversation with most of them - only a couple.
Barry Williams - walking down 3rd Street in Santa Monica
Kathy Smith - shopping at Whole Foods
Tim Robbins - pulled up next to me in Santa Monica. Gave me a great grin.
Dr. Rey's wife - putting stuff in the trunk of her car. MUCH thinner in person than on TV (and that's saying alot)
The lady who played Ross and Monica's mom on Friends. Stood next to me at the counter of a tile and stoneyard in Santa Monica ordering tile.
Linda Thompson - Elvis's ex-girlfriend at a Greek restaurant in Malibu.
Don Diamont (Brad on Young and the Restless) Whole Foods near The Grove and CBS. Tall,incredibly handsome in person, smelled GREAT and had the best skin I have ever seen on a man.
Julie Brown - the one from Earthgirls Are Easy, not the Downtown one. Starbucks in Culver City.
Dick Van Patton - getting gas in Burbank.
Rachel Hunter - Anthropologie in El Segundo. Very tall and rather plain in person.
M. Emmet Walsh - great character actor. Near Post Office in Culver City.
Jay Leno - drove past me on Sunland Blvd. in Sunland in an old but mint condition jalopy.
Bill Macy - Maude's husband on the show. Armstrong Nursery in Burbank.
Harold Ramis - in line in front of me at Starbucks, Culver City.
Demi Moore - HB Buttercup in Culver City shopping for a bed. Looked great in person but much smaller than I thought she would be.
Britney Spears - drove past me in a white Mercedes in Beverly Hills. I saw her often as she lived in the same neighborhood as I worked in.
Melody Thomas Scott - Nikki on the Young and the Restless. I designed her gardens at her home and tended them for about 6 months. Very pretty in person. Small and petite and she has freckles. Britney lived a few streets over and would often drive around the neighborhood randomly since she couldn't go outside the gates because of all the paps.
Tracy Bregman - Lauren on the Young and the Restless. She was in line in front of me at Whole Foods.

If you like CBS stars, then the Whole Foods near the Grove is the place to shop. I can only think of a couple of times that i haven't seen someone there. I generally recognize a face every time. There are a few more that I have seen but I just can't remember their names or know what show they're on.
I live a block or so from the Starbucks in Culver on Washington and Culver Blvd.s and see people there pretty frequently, too. Oh - that reminds me. I've seen Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jessica Alba in or around that Starbucks.
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celeb encounters [ Sunday, October 26th, 2008 at 6:58am ]

i'm lazy so i'm just gonna list people i've met. some i just saw in passing, some i've actually partied with etc. if you want details, just ask. i had the most uh.. colorful encounters with the first 3, by far.

ed westwick aka CHUCK BASS
paul banks (interpol)
jeff mangum (neutral milk hotel)
lindsay lohan
samantha ronson
ben barnes
franz ferdinand
zachary quinto (sylar)

i always see random celebs at home during TIFF and when i'm in NYC.

also, i have met michael cera, several times lol. we went to the same elementary school. aaand i'm friends with trevor moore from the whitest kids u know.
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Hayden Panettiere, Aubrey O'Day, Emmy Rossum [ Monday, October 20th, 2008 at 8:52pm ]

Hi guys, I just switched from myspace and one of my friends suggested I should post this here.

One day, I was happily busying myself getting pampered at the spa (or waiting, not so patiently). In walks Hayden Panettiere, who's about the size of a skinny leprechaun (I didn't expect her to be big to begin with, but she's even tinier than I anticipated). At first she seemed quite withdrawn. She came alive when a disabled fan approached her, and took the time to talk to her before going for her treatment. I was impressed, particularly because she politely made the staff wait a minute. Probably not so impressive to the staff, but hey! I didn't wanna push my luck so I didn't try saying more than a few words and exchanging a smile with her myself.

I've attended quite a few events this past few years mostly because of who I'm dating (sugar daddy, whoo! - just kidding). Mostly I keep to myself and my friends. A few encounters stood out. One is with Emmy Rossum. The first time I saw her I had no clue who she was. I came across her and she complimented me on my dress, then we talked briefly, I even got a hug goodbye. She was so down to earth that I had no clue she was one of the celebrity attendees - kind of embarassing for me to find out afterwards, heh heh, but she didn't act like I should know who she was. I've met her a couple of times since then and she's been equally sweet and funny afterwards. My friend's little boy loves her. Btw, that Aubrey O'Day/Emmy Rossum item in the NY Post? Didn't happen, or at least, not like they told it. Hyperbole, I tell you. FYI though, Aubrey is no angel and not a pleasant person to talk to in my experience (in fact is a large part of the reason why I avoid celebs at the events and just go to hang out with my friends while wearing gorgeous dresses). There is a reason poor Aundrea barely speaks to her anymore.
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FATT JOEE [ Sunday, October 19th, 2008 at 12:17pm ]


heee looked stoned or tired and agreed for a shot.
then he rudely asked my friend for gum and ran off with his big ass bling bling.
not that hes somebody these days.
funny tho.

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John Cusack & Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez [ Monday, September 15th, 2008 at 2:15pm ]

[ mood | giddy ]

We were all having lunch in Malibu at Coogie's Beach Cafe and
we were waiting for a free table... outside we recognized an actor,
who we instantly recognize as one of the hitmen in Grosse Point
Blank.. who happens to be Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez

THEN a man in black walked passed me and went straight to the guy
(assassin) smiled, and gave him a hug... and it was JOHN CUSACK!!!!
he is v. tall in person and looks totally like he does in film...
he was wearing a black tshirt, black blazer, w/dark jeans and
while he ate he had his black sunglasses propped up on his forehead.

we instantly got seated, and everyone in the restaurant was playing
it cool and stuff... and we thought it was best to leave them
alone as they were eating... but i had a great view of him..
and he was smiling throughout the meal...w/his crinkly crowsfeet...
so cute.

when he got up and left w/the other guy, everyone totally
looked up and followed him/them out the door..

when we got back we looked them both up and apparently
the eastern european assassin is also John's trainer/
friend/karate/fighter expert, who choreographs fight
scenes in movies.

anyway just wanted to share, we've unofficially
dubbed today, Sept. 13th as John Cusack Day, and
we ended up watching Better Off Dead and Grosse
Point Blank that evening.

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Mindy Kaling [ Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 at 11:04pm ]

I was in Hollywood having sushi at The Grove with friends today and after eating we decided to walk around adn explore. We wound up in Victoria's Secret and I was in line to pay of my lipgloss.

I looked behind me and there was Mindy Kaling! For those who don't know her she plays Kelly Kapoor in The Office which is one of my favorite shows. I really wanted to make sure it was her before approaching since she looked a bit different. I finally went up and asked, "Excuse me but are you Kelly from The Office?" She nodded and we shooke hands as I introduced myself and I ended up asking for a picture. She was very sweet. I used my camera phone so the picture is a bit weird from the angle and I swear I'm not this ugly but who cares, lol! I'm just so happy I got the chance to meet her!!

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Criss Angel [ Saturday, August 9th, 2008 at 11:59pm ]

Last week I was in Las Vegas and had just come from taking a tour when I spotted Criss and his family! My mom and I got to talk to Criss's brother but not to Criss. I did ask his brother if Criss would mind taking a photo with me but he said Criss was in a hurry since his computer wasn't working and he wanted to try and fix it. His brother was EXTREMELY nice and thanked us for being fans of the show. I did however get a chance to take a quick picture of Criss while he was going into the Luxor. Here it is:

Criss Angel
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Alan Rickman/Bill Pullman meeting [ Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 at 9:23pm ]

[ mood | happy ]

Yay for today! I went to a screening for Bottle Shock and got to meet the lovely Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman. They were both so very nice and stayed around for quite a bit of time talking to people after their Q&A was over. I never really have anything to "talk" with actors about, so I just went up to Rickman and told him I was a big fan and that the movie was great and shook his hand. I felt a little stupid during this time though, because Bill stood right next to him, and me not knowing anything to say, said the exact same thing to him. I saw Alan look at me when I said it to Bill (and sort of felt like maybe he thought I was being insincere because of saying the exact same thing) and so when I saw them both looking at me I told them I'd been following both of them for a long time and was a really big fan, and thanked them for coming to the screening. Alan smiled and said "Oh, well keep the faith!" ... I was just kind of like "um, ok!" and gave a thumbs up, which he laughed at cooly. It was a nice moment and they were both very nice. Wish I had more to say to them, but I didn't really want to take up their time.

Unfortunately at these screenings I go to you're not allowed to take pics or ask for autographs (and I would never ask for an autograph anyway because I think that's pretty lame) so I have nothing to show you guys, but knowing there's a lot of Rickman fans on ONTD, just wanted to share.

And he looked GOOD. These newer pics of him don't do him justice at all. He looked very handsome and debonair. White shirt, grey blazer, jeans, brown shoes. For an older man, he was looking pretty HOT. :)

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Aerosmith [ Sunday, July 13th, 2008 at 10:14pm ]

A couple weeks ago, I was in New York to see my "big brother" (who's my former dance teacher but I consider him my big brother) go on as Bert in Mary Poppins , as Gavin Lee was on vacation. The first day we got there, I went out to wander around Times Square while my mom rested at the hotel. I was wandering down one of the side streets and saw trucks and people packing up metal barriers, loud speakers etc. People were standing around and leaning against the barriers. I thought "I'll have a nosey, I wonder if one of the Law & Orders is filming!" I figured why not go and look, as I absolutely love the Law & Order series, especially SVU.

I crossed the street and asked what was going on. "Steven Tyler's here!" Turns out that Aerosmith was at the Hardrock Cafe, promoting their Guitar Hero game. So I got my camera out and thought "Okay, I'll ask him for a photo and be on my way." At this point, I didn't know the entire band was there.

Steven is quite short (I'm 5'4, and I think he's about an inch taller than I am). He came out, signed three autographs and got straight into his limo.

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r.cab adventures over time. [ Friday, July 11th, 2008 at 4:11pm ]

This is my first post in here and I figure I'd start with my pictures with Ryan Cabrera over time...

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<3 me
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