The last time these ladies came to Ohio, they were performing at the House of Blues. Check out the link below, it is the first blog and our failed attempt at meeting En Vogue.
back to back successful stalks and blogs, how exciting.
This one also takes place at the Hard Rock Rocksino, this must be the lucky spot.
The ladies of En Vogue were on our STALKtober calendar but it was a last minuet decision to actually go to the concert. Shari was able to get us cheap tickets off of Groupon so we decided to have a little fun and go.
We met our friend Fred up there, it had almost been 2 years since we last saw him which was actually the first time we met him the last time En Vogue was here. He had an extra bracelet to get backstage after the concert but there were 2 of us so he said if he could snag another one he’d let us know and we’d all be able to go back together but he wasn’t going to pick between the 2 of us.
The show was about to start so we parted ways and went into our own sections and waited. The ladies came out Rockin’ and kept it going till the very end, the energy inside the place was crazy and we had a good time.
When it ended Shari and I walked over to where Fred was, security had everyone with green wrist bands line up against the wall and when they started to escort them in we were asked to leave the area because they were shutting down the room. I had told the one security guard that we had a friend inside that was going to try and get an extra wrist band so we could go in. He told us his name was Josh and to stay close by, if he came out we can ask for him and he will take us back. So now Shari and I were outside the room and started to panic. There were only a handful of people that went back and we did not know how long they were going to be back there. We could wait here and hopefully Fred would get the ok to bring us back but if he couldn’t then we waited inside and missed them coming out the back. Or we could just go out back and catch them as they got in their ride. Shari felt strongly about going outside and waiting, this way we knew for sure we would catch them. So panic set in and we left the casino and walked outside to the back and waited for them to come out.
It was just the two of us there, like we thought and the get away van was still there so we felt good about this. Two security guards came out and put us in charge of the of the line, he said that if we are nice they might sign but it’s totally up to them. We agreed, of course this wasn’t our first rodeo. While we were talking to the guards Fred sent a message and told us to get back there. We panicked…again and didn’t know what to do, we figured they would not let us back in there. Fred then said HURRY so I was like come on Shari we have to go and we took off running, Shari who had heels on was lagging behind, lol. It was funny. We get inside and to the doors of the theater, we could see Fred’s head peeking out, he notices us and is like come on. We get inside and Fred takes off running, I’m like shit, this is going down. Josh looked at us and was like “I told you to stay close”, literally 2 minutes after we left Fred came out looking for us while we were outside freezing in the dark parking lot. Josh walked us back through the double doors to the lobby and then into the theater and the secret backstage door where we walked down a hall that had the smell of delicious foods. Fred peeked his head out of the first door on the left and showed us in, we looked like we didn’t belong (haha) but we made it work.
The room was small and filled with people sporting green wrist bands, Fred walked over and started gathering the ladies from En Vogue so we could meet them and get a photo. At this time they were wrapping up, Terry told one of the guys (maybe manager or personal body guard) that we were the last of it and then they were leaving. So Shari and I stood there, we made idol chit chat with Cindy, I told her how we had a lot of fun and she said us fans are the ones that give them energy and make it happen. During this Rhona came over to get in with the group picture and make it complete, the ladies were all very nice and patient.
We got our picture taken and while they were trying to get the girls out Cindy signed my ticket stub real quick before she disappeared out the door.
Patrick (my husband, for those of you that don’t know) and I bought our tickets pretty quickly after they went on sale and we had seriously considered buying the Meet and Greet package but money was tight and I believe those tickets were around $99. We decided to wait it out and see where we were with money when it got closer.
As you can see below, Taylor was pretty excited for us too.
Flash forward to that night, Pat and I had donated enough plasma to enjoy the buffet at the Hard Rock Roscksino and dabble in a little gambling. The buffet line was atrocious and by the time we got seated it was after 7 AND the show started at 8, but we inhaled our food and made it just in time.
It was very exciting for me because I have been a fan of the show since the beginning and absolutely loved Taylor and Emily, so being able to see them perform was a treat. The seats were not THAT bad but the set up of them was stupid, they had folding chairs zip tied together on what seemed like a basketball court. No stadium seating, hard to see in front of you and it was pretty cramped, but lucky for me there were a couple of screens off to the side I was able to watch when my neck got old and tired.
The first half of the show seemed to go by pretty quickly but it was very entertaining, especially since the old lady behind me kept going “Oooh, oh…ooh..oh.. how’d he do that?. Oooh, ooh” She then bitched that Emily sucked and the show wasn’t worth $90, they got up at intermission and never came back. Good riddance, I say!
Tomas de la Cruz, also know as “Smoothini” the Ghetto Houdini performed the close up magic tricks and was outstanding. Very outgoing and had the crowed in awe every time he was on stage. During intermission he was walking around the crowd and talking to people, I just stared at him, fighting my nerves to run over there and get a quick picture. Instead I just stood there until he disappeared out into the lobby, that’s when I finally got the courage and chased after him. I stood in the doorway and scanned the room with my eyes, looking for any signs of Smoothini. Within a few seconds I spotted him talking with some people, so I scooted on over awkwardly. One guy came up and asked for a picture, he said how him and his mom were huge fans and voted for him a million times. That was my cue so I jumped in. “Hey” I said with too much energy, “I didn’t vote for you but can I get a picture anyways?” I blurted out. “I love your honesty” he replied and then we posed for a “stalkie” (new word curtsy of Kim B)
I had taken 2 pictures, he was on my left so I had a hard time taking them with my weak, less dominant hand and in the first pic he is looking one way and I am looking the other and then the other picture he is looking at the camera and I am not. Silly story but necessary to share, I of course posted the one with me looking at the camera. 🙂 We interacted a bit more afterwards, he said something and I made a joke about playing cards appearing out of my ears or something. I’m sure it was hilarious.
I thanked him and said our goodbyes and then I stood in the corner scoping out the scene for any other celebrities that might be lurking around.
(Check out the video below to see Smoothini’s act.)
After a few minutes I made my way back and waited for the show to start back up. Taylor was funny, as always and won my heart from the beginning. If I were to vote he would have gotten a few, same thing would have went for Emily who always gave me goosebumps, but we never watched the show live and were always days, sometimes weeks behind in watching.
The show ended and we waited for the crowd to thin out before we made our way into the lobby. When we got inside I could see people taking pictures and I just knew there were celebrities around that corner. Pat told me that he saw Taylor and Emily taking pictures and signing autographs with everyone. Well, that was my cue to get nervous and ready, so we squished in with the peoples and waited.
As we waited my mouth started to dry up and panic started to rise in my chest, a nice lady that was standing next to us heard my pray to the mint Gods and she offered me some gum as long as I took her picture with Taylor. Done. We started chitchatting, she was very nice and she gave me gum so she was my friend. The line was moving pretty slowly but Taylor informed us he would get to everyone and apologized for the long wait. I kept peeking over to make sure Emily was still there, her line wasn’t as long and I was afraid she would disappear before I got to her.
The few peoples in front of me had Taylor wish their kid a happy birthday on video and he did it without hesitation, this was my chance to have another blog shout out.
At this point I told Pat the plan and he rolled his eyes at me, I almost plucked them from his head but refrained because he was my camera guy.
Finally, Taylor and I were united. He came at me with open arms, and I embraced him, because I am also hugger. He was a bit bony so I loosened up my grip a smidge in hopes I didn’t hurt him already. I noticed he had a cute lil’ eyelash on his face and for most of our conversation that’s all I was thinking about. Do I tell him, do I brush it away with my stranger fingers and make a wish? Or just stare at it and move on with my life, hoping one day it would go away and Taylor would once again be normal. I went with option 3.
Below is our whole interaction, check it out and then we’ll talk some more afterwards.
Hi, what did you think? I loved it, I smile when I think about it. I feel it went really good, he was a total sport about it and I only looked half retarded. That’s the downfall with having gum in my mouth, it looks very sloppy and unprofessional BUT on the upside my mouth was back to its normal moistness and it was also minty fresh. My lame dancing and awkwardness was very noticeable, that’s just how I roll, but I’m sure Taylor thought it was super adorable. And I’m pretty sure he liked me, he totally says ” You’re funny, I like you” in the video and videos don’t lie, unless he was lying… he wouldn’t lie?
Look how cute we are below.
He also, signed my ticket stub.
Can you see what he put? No?
“Lauren! My favorite Cleveland Stalker! Love, Taylor Williamson”
I’m just sayin’
Check out some more videos from Taylor below and his performance on America’s Got Talent.
We hugged again and then parted ways but not before I took 65 pictures of my new friend and Taylor like I promised.
Emily was still there but she looked like she was ready to bounce. My tiny woman crush was standing in front of me so I said hi and went in for a hug but she didn’t seem as welcoming as I was hoping. She looked at me and was like “You want a signature” and of course I did, she saw that Taylor wrote my name so she confirmed that I was Lauren and then signed away, then we got in close for a picture.
It came out really good, and she looks happy to be there so maybe I was just being dramatic. I read on Twitter that she was sicker than a dog over the last few days so maybe that’s why she didn’t want to make out with me.
I told Pat to jump in and get himself a little somethin’ somethin’.
Check out the video below of Emily’s performance on American’s Got Talent!
Well folks, that’s it for this gal and the American’s Got Talent crew.
We had a lot of fun, wasn’t sure what to expect with it being a variety act and in a venue we’ve never been to before but we enjoyed ourselves. Everyone was super nice and patient, I couldn’t ask for anything else. I am glad we went and glad we didn’t fork out the $$ to do the official meet and greet, I was able to snag a few and for free so that was tremendous.
Thank you again to Tomas, Taylor, and Emily for being amazing in every way, on and off the stage and of course the staff at the Hard Rock Rocksino.
Special thanks to all my fans, all 3 and of half of you!
Hopefully you can all forgive me, and it’s not like I haven’t thought about you at all during my absence… it’s just… I’ve been busy annnd there really hasn’t been much going on.
So today I am going to give you a little surprise, why a surprise? Well because it was a surprise for me, it was an unplanned stalk but a stalk nonetheless.
Saturday (June 13th) a group of us went downtown to celebrate Shari’s 30th birthday, we ended up at The 9. Which is a pretty sweet place, I don’t get out much or hang out at the cool clubs downtown, especially the fancy rooftop ones. So I was pleasantly entertained, it was a bit cramped especially when you had to make your way past the bar and out to the ladies bathroom which was a smidge tiny. I say this because I had the bathroom door fly open and the handle embedded into my lower back but that’s fine, I just LT. Dan’d my way back to the party.
We was all having a good time, one of us in particular, it was hard to tell if she was drunk or just a free spirit but either way I watched from a distance as she pliè’d across the open rooftop floor, twirling around and kicking flies out of the air. My friend Jaime and I were debating whether to record her or not when I noticed something out of the corner of my eye and by something I meant someone…someone after my own heart. It was dark and he was dark but I could make out a figure in the shadows, he had moved from his place up against the wall, phone in hand and following our friend. He was obviously recording her but then I recognized this man and I went into full stalk mode, I asked Jaime but she had no clue. So I did some research, I hated to interrupt his secret recording session for no reason and look like a fool but my suspensions were correct and thus I made my move.
I walked up to him, I had to move fast too because he was on a mission following this girl… and asked “Are you Ricky Smith? He said yes, I asked for a picture and he responded with “you’ll have to ask the camera” So of course I got all sassy and asked the camera. Shit!
He was super cool, we took a picture and I got to taste his palm. Then he wanted Jaime to jump in and we took a selfie, I panicked and made that awful creeper 2.0 face. I knew he was going to stick out his tongue and I was going to do it too but then.. well. whatever.
We talked for a bit, he asked a lot of questions and seemed legit interested in our personal lives. It was refreshing. He wanted to know how I knew who he was, I replied that I follow him on Instagram and know that he does a lot for our community.
Shari and Katie strolled over and everyone was introduced to everyone, we talked some more and then he was all about a photo shoot with my phone.
So, in order to take the picture all you have to do is touch the screen, there is not a set button you push… but first you have to have the phone facing the correct way. As you can see, it took Mr.Smith 4 times to get the perfect picture but he was super determined and I liked it. I can’t stand a blurry picture, especially if there is no chance for taking a better one. #Props
Below is a short clip of what Mr.Smith is all about, check it out.
During all of this I got to meet DJ Stephen Floss, wasn’t sure who he was until I did a little Googling afterwards. It was fun, him and Ricky were trying to see who was more famous and kept track of how many people recognized them. He was nice and even let me take a picture with him, OH and he’s not that blurry in real life. Click on his name and it will take you to his YouTube page, he is the DJ for The Cavs and is pretty well known here in Cleveland.
Shari’s birthday was a success, we had a great time and met a lot of nice people.
I just want to start off by saying THANK YOU to everyone who has liked, commented, watched, shared, and put up with our random videos.
That being said, let’s get down to business.
Once again Shari invited me to hang with her on this glorious Wednesday night. She had found out that #TheVeronicas were coming to Cleveland to play a free concert at the #aloft hotel.
Shari has met these lovely sisters many times and on one occasion they even stopped by Regal Cinemas to see a movie. She has about a dozen autographs from them but not one picture, so of course she was on a mission. This was my first time listening to their music and even seeing what they looked like, I was a newbie and excited about it.
I picked Shari up around 6:30 and we raced downtown to get there in time, sadly for us we had the hardest of hard times trying to find this hotel. After about 45 loops around Cleveland, off the freeway, on the freeway, off the freeway we finally find our destination.
We got in and the ladies were deep in their set, Shari and I shuffled to the back of the crowd and stood there unable to see anything. We got to hear about 3 1/2 songs before they finished and then disappeared into the back. A few minutes later we were escorted into a line and waited our turn to meet the sisters.
We got to the front, Shari and I were next so I turned on the video and began filming.
Check out the video below of our interactions.
They were super sweet, cute, and fragile. They took pictures and signed the cd cover Shari was nice enough to let me have, they even let me ramble on and interacted with me as well. What great and down to earth gals, not to mention they have fantastic voices and good music.
Shari and I took off to #Cleveland Sunday night in hopes of seeing, meeting, and getting a couple of cute pictures with #JayLeno but to our disappointment we weren’t even close.
We arrived around 5:30 and joined 3 guys that were already there, they were ebayers. We talked to the one guy for a moment and he informed us Jay is super nice and will sign for everyone and sign everything/anything you have. This made us a little more excited because we weren’t sure how Mr. Leno was personally. Within the next hour or so our group had doubled, Shari and I being the only fans who were there for the joy of it and not the $$.
As we were waiting we noticed there was a lot of movement going in and out of the door. Playhouse had a lot of things going on and you could tell by the groups of men, woman, and children coming and going. Shortly after that Mr.Security Guard, Captain Hook came out and informed us that Jay Leno rolled up in a limo and walked through the main entrance doors up front and then he was going to hop into the same limo and leave right after his show.
Check out the video below.
Shari and I had a few things to think about and whether or not we wanted to believe Hook. In the past he has come out and completely lied to us to get the crowd to leave, saying they won’t come out and sign or they already left…things like that. He was very nice and Shari believed him from the start, I not so much. We bickered back and fourth, I was willing to wait till 7 but it was tricky. I was hoping he was wrong and that Jay was still in rout but it was hard to tell. After some clever investigative work, Shari found a photo on the Internet that showed Jay with his opening act inside the Playhouse.
Welp, that’s all we needed to know and thus we took off and made our way on foot to the casino.
Check out the video below as myself and Shari record ourselves talking about the nights festivities as we walk the streets of Cleveland.
Try to enjoy, it’s a bit random, off subject and some might find it annoying. Watch at your own risk, 🙂
We met my husband Patrick at the casino, had something to eat and then did a little gambling. I mentioned to Pat that we should head back to the Playhouse and try to catch Leno coming out but he wanted nothing to do with it…and I was only have serious.
At least we had a nice night out, a little upset our mission was a total failure. Usually when we don’t get the picture or autograph we at least get to see the celebrity, so this time around was kinda lame. We’re not even sure why he was dropped off in the front, if it was planed or a spur of the moment situation. Either way I didn’t get to meet Jay Leno and I was pissed.
When we got home another picture surfaced and this one was of Jay and 3 boys, this just made Shari and I even more salty. Never a break.
Thank you for your time and sorry we couldn’t report back with anything exciting.
Stay tuned for more.
Shari suggested we hunt down Green Day, I like Green Day so I figured why not. House of Blues is a pretty easy venue for one to snag a celebrity, we’ve done it many times before…some successful some not soo successful but we were willing to give this one a try.
The Cleveland weather showed rain and low 50’s during the time we needed to hang outside, this didn’t make Shari and I very happy. However a stalk is a stalk and we’ve waited it out in worst, so we packed up and headed on out.
I picked Shari up around 6:15pm and we made our way to Cleveland, we were lucky enough to find a parking spot on the street and basically in front of the HOB…for FREE! We walked to the back where the buses and or drop off area was, there was already a few people hanging around.
The wind picked up and the temperature seemed to have dropped since we had gotten there but it wasn’t raining and that was good. We used this time to take a traditional selfie, eye-bags included.
During this time an older gentleman came by, he went right up to the group of girls. There was 5 of them I think, probably between 18-23. He comes over and is like “Here’s the deal” so naturally I turned to listen. This guy must have talked to the group earlier and then came back with answer’s. From what I could tell, he had 2 tickets and wanted to give one away for free, The girls obviously wouldn’t split up so they suggested he give the ticket to the one other guy. This guy was by himself, I am pretty sure he was an ebayer. He totally was cool with taking the ticket but the guy didn’t want to give it to a guy, he said he wanted to give it to someone less fourenant. Anyways. It got real weird real quick, people were yelling and name calling. He tried talking to us and getting us on his side but we just stood there staring at him. He finally left and the rest of us just went back to waiting for Green Day to arrive. A few minutes later we decided to shoot a little video, below you will find Shari filling our fans in on the nights festivities.
Shortly after we shot the video a fancy black van with tinted windows appeared at the entrance of the driveway. We all knew it was them, so we got up and played it cool. The van pulled past us and then stopped, the rain started but it was a slow drizzle. All 9 of us stood there quiet and patiently, expecting the members to come out and take a few pictures but that never happened While this was all going down I handed my phone to Shari and told her to face the van because it was recording, I was digging into my bag to pull out the 12-year-old ticket stub I had from when they came to concert with Blink 182.
When I looked up I noticed the van had pulled all the way up to the loading dock, I went to get my phone back from Shari but she no longer had it annnnnd didn’t know where it went. LOL. Long story short one of the kids waiting, took it from her and continued to get the footage for us. Green Day got out of the van and we all called for them, we did get some of them to turn around and one waved.
Check out the video below of Green Day leaving their fans out in the cold and rain.
Shari and I waited a few more minutes, the rain was coming down hard and we figured the boys of Green Day were not coming back out. Instead Shari and I headed into the House Of Blues and had some dinner.
It turned out to be a nice night, we didn’t wait long and we didn’t have to pay for parking. Green Day didn’t stop to take pictures but we did see them so I guess it’s wasn’t a total bust. Plus we had found out later that they opened up for themselves disguised as another band, which was probably why they went right in. If there was a legit opening act we might have had a better chance of meeting them.
We paid for our meal, ghetto style and left.
I’d like to say Congratulations to Green Day for being inducted to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in Cleveland.
And thank you to all our fans!!
Thanks for following our adventures, stay tuned for more.
You were probably wondering where myself and Shari have been this winter, well I assure you we have a few tricks up our sleeves. If you can hold on just a little longer I promise a few good adventures, but in the meantime please enjoy this easy stalk.
Harland was on the hit list for the month of April, he was scheduled to perform at Hilarities from Friday till Sunday so we had a few options. However a week ago I got the call that I won yet another 4 pack to an upcoming comedy show. Harland was one of the names on the list and I knew right away that’s who we were going to see, the downfall… only Friday night was available and that would mean I would have to miss volleyball. I was ok with that. 🙂 So I scrounged up a few people and we made our way downtown, it was a beautiful night. A little wet and a little chilly but it was Cleveland and it was April so we rolled with it.
We picked up our tickets and made our way down the stairs where some nice gentlemen escorted us to our seats, we ordered some food and a few dranks and prepared to laugh.
The opening act was a lovely, black lady. I don’t remember her name and never did get a picture with her but she was talented and very funny, she introduced the next guy. Some middle-aged white dude, at first…to me he seemed dry and I was nervous but he came too and I also enjoyed his comedy. He was hanging out back after the show, I thought about getting a picture with him but I already held my company up too long so I decided against it.
Finally Harland comes out and he did not disappoint. He was probably one of the funniest if not funniest comedians I have seen there or ever. I never stopped laughing and actually had tears running down my face. There was even a few times where I had the creepy silent laugh and couldn’t breath. I even became that annoying laugher that people turned around to look at. He interacted with the audience and never skipped a beat, it was like half the time he was making his act up on the spot and it was perfect. I clearly enjoyed myself and would absolutely go see him th next time he comes around.
At the end he was nice enough to meet his fans out in the lobby. First he was selling his shirt that he wore on stage. For most of the night I was focused on it trying to figure out what he said. Finally some whore he called out who was on her phone asked him the question.
The video above explains the shirt and you can purchase one from his site for $22, or you can get one at his shows for $20. 🙂
Anywho. He was selling the shirts first and signing autograph and when that was all done then he was taking pictures with the peeps. So my brother and I got in line, I had T.J. get the ticket signed so I can add it to my scrapbook and then I had Harland sign the cover of my Sorority Boys DVD. He was super cool about it, I got nervous because it was a DVD but he did it without hesitation.
When that was all said and done we waited to get our pictures with him, one of the workers was taking the pictures for Mr.Williams to keep things moving along. He took the picture and the flash never went off when I looked at it, it was a little blur… kinda like a turd flying through space.
I said something and Harland was cool with taking another picture but people were quick to jump in with him. So my husband and I waited off to the side patiently. After about 4 or 5 people Harland saw we were still waiting and he asked if we wanted another picture, I said yeah but I didn’t want to jump in front of anyone. He said, we were next and like he promised we jumped back in and got another picture. Once again there was no flash but I wasn’t going to go back for a third, luckily it was good.
What a fun evening!! I got to spend with my husband, brother, mother and her partner. Great food, company and laughs.
Special thanks to Hilarities for the hook up and warm hospitality and for Harland Williams for the laughs!
Thank you for my fans!! Hope you enjoyed the story, please like, comment and SHARE!!
I’ll try to make this short and sweet but there is soooooooooooo much to talk about. Let us begin where Pat and I were going to purchase the 3 day weekend pass but ended up just getting tickets for Saturday. It was $107.00 for the two of us, $45 a piece plus some crazy amount of tax. However Pat and I were planning this for some time now so we were prepared to pay the price. We had never been to a #ComicCon before and with this being #Cleveland‘s first we just had to check it out. #ClevelandComicCon Now my husband is a geek and loves his super heroes and comic books, so he was excited for other reasons. I on the other hand was all about the celebrities that would be occupying their little booths. One celebrity in particular was Scott Wilson / #HershelGreene from The Walking Dead (TheWalkingDead) , and I was going to snag him for sure. The sucky thing about all of this was that you had to pay for a picture and then pay for an autograph but not all of us had a million dollars. But I had a few bucks in my pocket and went there expecting to spend some of it, I wasn’t leaving there without a picture with a celebrity.When we got there, we headed straight to the back where all the celebs were caged in little areas. We headed over to where Scott Wilson was, it was very exciting…for me. At most of the booths you could pay in cash for a picture (selfie) or an autograph or both but at a cheaper rate. You also could chat it up with them for a bit and then move a long. Wizard World was offering “Photo ops” for a lot more money but they were professionally taken, and you got a free print out of it. I didn’t need all that and was content with an average photo with my own camera. Pat forced me to get in line and do my photo op with Scott before it was too late. As I was scooting through the line I made eye contact with Scott and we had a small conversation before I made it to him. So I did, paid my $20 and got a picture with Mr.Wilson, I didn’t want to pay another $30 for an autograph. When I got up there he asked for a hug, and of course I gave him one. He was super sweet and talked to us for a minuet.
When all was done Pat and I went our separate ways. He was going to look at all the toys and booths and I was going to hang out with the celebrities. I wanted to meet more but I didn’t want to pay for it, so I decided to try and catch them in between. It didn’t work out so well:
1) Seth Gilliam / #GabrielStokes from #TheWalkingDead had a booth next to Scott. I saw him leave his area and book it across the floor, so I followed him. I made it to him and asked for a quick picture, he acted as though I wasn’t there. He was frantically looking around for something, I asked if he was on a mission and he said yes. So I let him go but I still followed him, lol. The whole time I kept an eye out and nobody even noticed him so I wasn’t to nervous about drawing any unnecessary attention. On his way back, I hung behind and let him pass me. I walked back up to him and asked Seth again. He said no and told me I could go to his booth if I wanted a picture. I told him maybe I would and he said ok. That’s when I decided I wasn’t going to give him my money, his booth remained empty for most of the time. I felt one quick selfie wouldn’t have hurt anything.
2) Lou Ferrigno / #TheIncredibleHulk was next, his booth was more open and was easier to get to. At one point he left his post to talk to someone, I waited till he came back. When he did, I “accidentally” walked into his path to make contact, which I did. He put his large hand on my tiny Shoulder and we exchanged words. He stood there for a second, we were kinda behind the black wall. I took this chance to ask him for a selfie, I said “Can we take an illegal selfie real quick?” he hesitated, and then sad no and pointed to his booth. For a moment I felt he was going to say yes but the power of the #WizardWorld people must be stronger than I thought.
3) Adrian Paul / #Highlander had left his booth he was on the move and I literally had to jog to catch up with him. I reached him and got his attention, he turned around and apologized but he couldn’t, and then a staff member came running towards us saying he had to go and he couldn’t stop. Then he disappeared into the photo op section, I think he had an appointment with paying customers. So I gave him the benefit of the doubt and let this one slide.
4) James Marsters / #Spike from #BuffytheVampireSlayer and #Angel. This was towards the end of the day and I wasn’t even looking for him when I happened to look up and saw him walking towards me. So of course I asked if it would be ok for a picture and he apologized but couldn’t, the guy he was with said the same thing and then they walked away.
I was denied 4 times and wasn’t feeling it anymore, I had failed. It might not have been so bad if I had recordings of the rejections but I thought I would get the selfie (plus I had to act fast) so I had to have my camera ready just in case. Anyways, I kept circling the booths with $60 burning a hole in my pocket, I wanted one more celebrity. My back was hurting me my feet and legs hated me but I kept on, at one point Pat found me and forced me to eat something.
I finally decided who I was going to get a picture with next, Drea de Matteo from #TheSopranos and #DesperateHousewives ( I LOVE and MISS DHW). My main decision had a lot to do with that she was the cheapest at $20 for a picture. I would have gotten a picture with everyone but since my money tree withered up, I had to resort to penny pinching and thus my decision to snag Drea. She was starting to put her jacket on so I jumped right in, she was kind enough to spare some time. Her handler took 2 pictures like super quick, I thanked her and walked off. I took a look at the pictures of us and I looked horrible. One, my eyes were closed and the other, I had a stupid look on my face. So I walked back over there and asked for a redo, that I’d even erase the other two. She said “I didn’t have to do that” and she would take another one with me. We joked around, and the guy kept taking picture after picture. At one point she even tickled me, it was a fun and awkward photo shoot. I thanked them and then went on my way, making sure to check and see that I had a good picture. Out of the dozen or so I was able to find a nice one.
Well, this is the longest blog of your life and I apologize but I can’t help myself. I promise, it’s almost over.
It was after 5 or 6 and most of the booths were cleared out, I decided to call it quits. I found Pat sitting at a table and joined him, it was nice to rest. As we were chilling I saw that Adrian was packing it up for the night and last minuet I had to get a picture with him too. I walked over and put on my cutest smile, they were kind enough to let me sneak in a quick one. The man that was with Adrian took the picture for us and of course before I could leave I had to check to see if I looked good in it. Adrian, looks at me and goes “Is it good?” I nodded yes, he smiled, I thanked him and that was that.
When that was all said and done, we made our way towards the door when my husband told me there was a #DoctorWho actor over here taking pictures with people. I never watched the show or knew any of the actors in it but I jumped in to get a picture with the guy anyways. I Googled the show but couldn’t find this guy anywhere, I saw someone had tagged him as the tenth doctor and some of the pictures looked like him. Well, I posted the picture but was told that wasn’t the actor but a look a like. OH well, my mistake. I did find that he is on a web series about the show on YouTube, so that kinda counts…right?
Finally the floor was closing and we decided it was time to leave. We had a nice adventure but Pat was disappointed that the comic books were not as plentiful as he would have liked. I thought Wizard World was a little greedy with everything, especially with the celebrities and all the fees. I also think that Wizard World has strict rules, which was why I was dissed on the selfies. It seemed some wanted to take the picture but that they were scared to death to give in, haha. I’d like to know how that all works, and who gets paid and where all the money goes to. For now, I’ll keep a low profile. Maybe some day, I’ll figure it out.
I would have LOVED to get more celebrity faces and I feel that I tried really hard to make that happen but the cards were against me that day. I also didn’t get any autographs, just money I felt I better hold onto for food and such and it’s not like I plan on selling the autographs anyways…so no need for them at this time. PLUS. I like a picture anyways, shows proof you were there and is worth a thousand words from what I hear.
ALSO, might I add. Everyone was super friendly, from the staff, to the customers, all the booth people and mostly the celebrities. Can’t be easy sitting there for hours having the same conversation with creepy fans day after day. Mad props and a great big THANK YOU!
There were other celebrities floating around too, these were the ones I got pictures of. There are a few others I didn’t recall seeing while I was there or missed completely, exciting – I KNOW!
A lot of the celebrity folk hung out and around the Cleveland area, including the Casino AND were nice and taking pictures…probably for free I might add. Next time I’ll pay more attention and chill at the Black Jack tables, I might have better luck. It’s very hard though to be on call, especially living on the eastside which is a good 15 to 20 minutes away, not like I can just take a walk down the block. Parking is expensive and traffic can be horrible, not to mention the weather we’ve been having here lately.
I think that is it for now, enjoy the pictures. Some of the staff were super serious and wouldn’t let you take pictures of the stars but I did my best. I have more pictures that maybe I’ll upload later.
Ohhh and I went back before I left and gave Scott another hug, we talked for a minuet and then I let the man be. If I was thinking I could of had Pat take pictures or record it…but I didn’t think of it till after the fact. Also. It appears that Mr.Wilson hugs everyone, young, old, and ugly. I thought we shared a moment…I still think I was his favorite though.
Thank you for your patience, I know this was long.
My story begins on one very cold and snowy day in February, or maybe it was in January. I think it was January, more towards the end of the month so it felt like it could have been February. Actually this information is useless to the current situation so I am going to continue on.
A small time ago Pickwick & Frolic/Hilarities 4th Street Theatre (my new favorite place) called me up and said “Hey, you won 4 tickets to a future show” and then listed 3 different acts. All I heard was Blah, Blah, Blah, #WendyLiebman and I knew right away which show I was picking. I was also a bit disappointed in myself for not knowing she was coming to Cleveland, Ohio but that was in the past and I was going to see her in the future so all was right with the world.Slipping back a smidge further into the 2014 season of America’s Got Talent, which is where we first saw Wendy and fell in love. She didn’t win but she got super far and with being a comedian…let a long a female one at that was very impressive.
OK, now back to present day.
I found Wendy on Twitter, followed her and began tagging her in many random tweets. To my surprise she has favorited I think every one that she was tagged in, pretty sweet. At least I knew she was reading or somewhat acknowledging me and that made my heart fill up with joy. Not much gets me all hot and bothered.
So, the night of the show came pretty quickly. Luckily for us the #Cleveland snow storm was the night before so the roads and weather, despite the below freezing temperatures were manageable and we headed downtown and parked. We made our way in and to my surprise were sat very close to the stage, ordered some dranks and waited for the show to begin.
First out was local comedian and crowd pleaser #BrianKenny (@BrianKenny69), he got the room going and was a pleasantly funny despite living in his parents basement.
AND THEN the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the headliner of the night Wendy Libeman appeared out of the dark wearing black and standing 3 feet tall on stage. The microphone stand hovering over her like a blanket of stars, I could have scooped her up and ran off with her but I wanted to see her act first… you know to make sure keeping her locked up in my apartment was going to be worth it for the next few decades. Anyways, fantasies aside. I sipped on my drink and enjoyed the show. She was great, just how I remembered her from T.V. Lots of energy and constantly smiling, she interacted with the audience and was very patient at times. WE enjoyed ourselves very much and hated to see it come to an end but like all good things it did.
When the lights came on we followed the crowd out the doors and up the stairs to do a little meet and greet with the comedians, my favorite part of the night. *Giggles*
Wendy was busy talking with an older gentleman and I waited awkwardly off to the side for when it was my time to pounce. When that time did come, which seemed like the longest 95 seconds of my life I scooted in. But she turned around to Michael and they exchanged high fives, I had to break them up because it was my turn. Wendy was very kind and friendly, I told her how we watched and rooted for her the whole time on AGT. She said she had such a blast on the show, I asked her about Cleveland and she said she was having such a good time. We then got our picture taken together, I thanked her again.. Oh..Oh. The hug, I almost forgot about the hug. So. I am a huge hugger and have been known to give pretty damn good hugs but putting all that aside. When Wendy and I initially met, She asked what my name was (which was sweet) and that’s when I brought up AGT, we smiled at each other and then she held her arms out and wanted to give me a hug, ME! I’m usually the one wrapping my creepy arms around people. So, that totes made my night. The picture was taken and I’m sure we said a few other things that I can’t quite remember. I then asked her to sign my ticket stub and she didn’t have any problem with it. Of course I had a sharpie with me all ready to go and while she was signing she covered it up with her had has to keep it a secret. She had signed it using my name, which she remembered (more points for me) and then I made some lame comment about her number being on it. I’m hoping she didn’t hear that but I’m afraid she did, I sometimes need to try not to be “funny” because it just makes me look bad. We said our goodbyes, I kinda wanted to stay and talk with her all night. She seemed super cool and down to earth, would loved to have picked her brain BUT I had people with me and of course work the next day. Before I left I made sure I got me some more hugs and snagged a picture with the boys.
We got home at a reasonable time and this young lad went right to bed.
Woke up the next day and uploaded all my pictures and once again bothered Wendy on twitter, I think she finally caved in and decided to follow me back! SCORE!!!
So that is all I have, hopefully this story wasn’t too long and kept ALL of your interest.
Thank you again, please remember to like, comment, and share with all your friends.
Fellow stalker in crime Shari, meets #BobGolic today at his rib burn off to raise money for our youth.
"My good friend and former Brown's great Greg Pruitt has NOW added himself to the list of former Brown's greats that will be helping me to raise money for the Willowick's youth leagues at my bob Golic rib Burn Off at Dudley Park in Willowick, Ohio. Greg will be at the Rib Burn Off on Saturday August 12 between 3 and 5 pm signing autographs and getting his picture taken. Come on down and say hi to Greg. I will also be there on Saturday from noon till 6 pm ! The list is growing and I am thankful for all there help! Please share so we can have a good turnout for the kids." - Bob Golic