A little over two years ago Shari and I got tickets to see Jeff Daniels perform at Music Box Super Club, you can check out that blog post here.
We initially were there for the stalk but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and support the musicians, show them some love and hopefully they continue to visit Cleveland.
If you are not familiar with Jeff Daniels, you may know him from his popular 1994 role as Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber.
While I was combing through the possible celebrity stalk list, Jeff popped back up.
I pondered the thought and then moved on, if you haven’t checked the old blog yet I’ll fill you in real quick.
After the show we went out back to try to meet Jeff, he came out to say “hello” to a few friends and then hopped in his car and left. As always, a failed stalk leaves us feeling a bit salty. S
o, with this stirring up old feelings I wasn’t sure if I wanted to drive back out to Cleveland only to get denied again. But in this line of business, yes… I said business you just don’t give up.
A day or so later Shari had contacted me about Jeff, we talked and didn’t know if he was worth another try. After some thought, we’ve decided to give him a second chance.
Jeff will be back at Music Box Supper Club, Thursday the 16th. The plan is to hit him up before his 8 o’clock show, hopefully it won’t be as cold and dark as the last time.
Before show stalks are a little tricky but if you time it right…it can bode better for everyone.
Usually, warmer and not as dark.
There’s less likely to be a crowd, if any at all.
They are not rushing to leave because they have a flight to catch.
Sometimes it takes them longer to come out, could be a meet and greet, they are packing up, mingling or taking a shower. So it can get very late, you usually have to set a time you’re willing to stay till.
You can miss them totally. If you get there late and they are already inside, there’s a good chance they are NOT coming back out.
They are running late, meaning they roll up minuets before their gig and go right inside.
That is all for now, I’ll make sure to update everyone on our adventure…. good or bad.
STALK YA LATER!
Below I’ve added some video of our 2015 encounter with Jeff, please enjoy!
I want to blog about the random, scary, and inappropriate thoughts that float around inside my head. Most of these thoughts suffocate never to be seen or heard from, not until the next morning when I have my first bowel movement, but even then it’s too late to share em.
I sit here, trying to work but all I can think about is writing. I come here to write but I feel guilty about not getting any work done, this is clearly going to be a vicious cycle.
I’ve read those above 93 words over and over and over again, get tired and then go back to calibration documents and excel charts. I come back and have a tiny monologue with myself about the use of “bowel movement”… more gross than funny?
I clearly see my tiny corn filled ideas floating around in a white pool of water with little X’s over their eyes, but to others those creative little poop guys I see soo sharp in my mind look like regular brown turds lacking fiber. So here I’m torn with even keeping the sentence in there.
*Whispers* (I’m keeping the sentence in there)
If I go down this path of regular blogging, am I committed enough to post on a daily basis? My heart is like “HELLS YEAH” and then aggressively high fives me.
My brain has a sit down conversation with me on how consistently blogging looks unrealistic for me and my future…
WHAT A CONVERSATION LOOKS LIKE WITH MYSELF
Brain: “Lauren. This sounds great and all but tell me when you’re going to find time to write?”
Me: “Shit, I mean I’ve thought about this before but I can probably make it work.”
Brain: “Monday, you work till 4 and then have an hour to maybe eat and fix your fro in the mirror before you go to bowling. After bowling, well you usually go to bed.”
Me: “I can do it at bowling, I’ve done it before.” I say feeling proud of myself.
Brain: “Correct, you have, but it’s rude. Your friends try to talk to you and you’re face is buried in your iPad, plus, you can’t really focus on your game OR your writing… can you?”
Me: “No. How about Tuesda—-“
Brain: “Tuesday you were going to say? Tuesdays you work a double, by the time you get home it’s right to bed for you.” A slight pause “Maybe Wednesday, depending on what time your volleyball game is after work. If it’s early, you’re rushing around trying to eat something and then you’re out the door. If it’s late, you sometimes go into your 2nd job for more hours or you look for something to eat and dick around on social media… So, maybe Wednesday. We’ll hold off on that one.”
Me: “Ok, maybe Wednesdays.”
Brain: “Thursdays, work 8-9 hours and then you go to the bowing alley to watch Patrick bowl. You don’t have to but, he likes when you’re up their cheering him on. Plus you get to eat bowling alley food and drink for free because the guys love you. Thursday is also an option…”
Me: “Yeah, Thursdays are fun.”
Brain: “Fridays… the usual work and then volleyball. Same thing with how late the games are, you may go into job #2 because you need the money or you’ll sit on the couch and veg with Patrick because you have 1 million recorded shows on your DVR you have to watch.”
Me: “I can’t tell, am I crying or is it you?”
Brain: “Saturday, every Saturday you work your 2nd job and what you do after that depends on the weekend plans but usually it’s home to die… and do you want to talk about Sundays?”
Me: “Not really…”
Brain: “Sundays you get up super early and go tailgating when the Browns are in town, at least you get to drink because the pain afterwards is usually too much to bare. You get home, eat a whole pizza, watch more shows or football and then go to bed to die. Somewhere in between you’ve maybe fed the cats/turtle, showered, did laundry or dishes, sat down, or took a breath. 4 1/2 hours later you alarm goes off, it’s Monday and you’ve started that all over again. If you’re lucky the cat puke you’ll step in on your way to the bathroom won’t be super gooey and that body you’ve neglected to wash for 36 hours will be good enough for one more shower-less day, saving you time to run and snag a Red Bull before your shift starts… that’s if your bank card doesn’t decline…again.”
The End..or is it?
As you can see folks, that’s my schedule in a nutshell, give or take a few random occurrences. There are definitely loop holes and plenty of opportunities to get some writing in but usually when that happens I am just soo exhausted that writing is the last thing on my tired mind. I’ve tried to sneak in it at work but that’s unfair to myself and my place of employment… so I steer clear of that.
I’ve come up with a few ways to help myself overcome this dilemma and find some time for myself and writing. Hopefully these can help you too!
Jot down a few ideas, make a list of topics to write about. Pick ONE idea and periodically throughout the day think about it, if you have time… begin to write. I feel once you get those creative juices flowing it’s easier to just get to work rather then sitting at your screen thinking of something. I’ve done that where I’ll think of something all day and put together a little story in my head, it’s actually getting motivated to take that extra step and start the blogging process.
Finding the time: This is a hard one. You have to be willing to give some things up, or cut some things short without turning your life upside down. For example. Maybe I can skip out on watching my husband bowl here and there, or making an hour designated to my writing directly after work or before dinner.
Don’t force it, if it’s not flowing then walk away. But if those ideas come flooding in, just have some paper, a computer, or a phone handy to jot down all those nifty ideas.
What are some good ideas that you as a busy blogger use to help you maintain a regular blogging lifestyle? I’d LOVE to hear them.
Thank you for stopping by!
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I’ve been on Twitter for quite some time now but I have currently started interacting with fellow bloggers. I want to start daily (LOL) blogging about feelings and crap and it might not ALL be about the “stalkin'”, however my intentions are to keep it close if I can.
Let’s start off by filling everyone in real quick… eh?
2 years ago I promised you blogs on the following
Joe Machi and John Crist
Mike Armstrong and Herbie Gill
T.L.C. and Nacho Extreme
Took this Engagement like photo with Finesse Mitchell back in 2015 after he performed at Hilarities.
My gal pal Holly and I getting all snuggles with comedian Joe Machi after his show. I then jumped in with John Crist (white guy) annnd I don’t know the other guys name, they were the opening acts at Hilarities back in 2015.
Singer Shawn Colvin after her performance in New York for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert back in 2015. It was a free concert, we were actually there to snag Fiona Apple but she slipped through the cracks.
Sean Hurwitz from Smash Mouth and singer Suzi Oravec performed at Scenes Pig and Whiskey festival in Willoughby back in 2015.
Tried to get the lead singer but he disappeared, Sean was nice enough to stick around and meet all the fans. He even interacted with a child.
Suzi is a Cleveland gal that sings country and was a blast to take pictures with.
Comedian Tom Papa after his act at Hilarities back in 2015.
Smiles with John Caparulo after his comedy act back in 2015 at Hilarities.
Comedians Mike Armstrong and Herbie Gill after their act back in 2015 at the HardRock Casino.
The beautiful ladies of TLC, Chilli and T-Boz and then with Nacho Extreme, good friends and security on The WahlBurgers.
Shari and I went to the concert, it was TLC, NKOTB, and Nelly.
Paid $99 for meet and greet passes, no stalking was involved for TLC.
Barley House in Cleveland had an event after the concert, rumors of the NKOTB clan would be there. $10 cover charge, stayed awhile but there was no signs of the boy band. Did get to meet Henry Nacho from The Wahlburgers, not a total loss.
Stalker in crime Shari grinning ear to ear with Amy Schumer after her comedy act at Playhouse Square back in 2015.
I was supposed to be at this show but she had rescheduled the original date and the new one fell when I was on vacation.
Definitely one I regret, because Amy is hilarious as balls. I loved her on season 5 of last comic standing a million years ago and have been a fan since.
She did an HBO special, pictures and video from her meeting Shari in Cleveland made it on the opening credits. I have video of it somewhere…it will probably never get posted. 🙁
A couple extras that happened after the fact.
Bobby Collins was a delight to meet, the comedian took pictures after his show at Hilarities.
Chris Rock / Total Blackout Tour. It was a cold and rainy day. We drove down to Cleveland before the show, PAID to park and waited for Chris to arrive at the Playhouse Square. 3 of us huddled under 1 umbrella that was now turned upside down from the dramatic winds. At one point we ran back to our car because the rain was soo heavy, but when we saw a car pull up we darted back across the street to try for the stalk. Pretty sure it was Chris, I don’t remember if we saw him get out or not. We left shortly after, drenched and defeated.
Shari went back the next day and tried again, this time I do believe she saw Chris but he kept on walking.
Found out Dave Chappelle, Arsenio Hall, and Ardie Fuqua were all surprise guests on this particular night in Cleveland.
Hall who is a Cleveland native tweeted about his experience.
Howie Mandel. Performed at the Hardrock Rocksino last year about this time.
We got there early to catch him before the show. He pulled up, pretended he was on his phone and walked by…NEVER even looked up to acknowledged us. It was rude.
Mary J. Blige / Strength of a Woman Tour. Performed at the Hardrock Rocksino.
Got there early, missed her going in. Stayed till the end of the show but security pushed us SOOO FAR BACK we didn’t stand a chance. Saw what we thought was her leave, get in the bus we thought was hers annnnd… jumped in our car to follow until our exit came up. Went home tired and defeated.
Some upcoming stalks include:
Johnny Mathis. I’ve been a fan of Johnny since I was a child, on Christmas Eve we’d all sing along to his Christmas VHS tape. His Christmas album is one of my favorites and I listen to it religiously during the holidays.
Johnny has been performing at the Playhouse Square for quite some time now when I finally realized it was time for a stalk.
A few years back…Hanson was also performing the night Johnny was and we decided to make it a 2 for 1, snag Hanson (At HOB) before the show super early and then hit up Johnny at the Playhouse. However Hanson came out later than usual and by the time we made it back to the Playhouse Johnny was already inside. We waited for a little, tried to get some of the workers to get him to come out but it never happened. Unfortunately, we were also seeing the Hanson show (and still had to snag the two other brothers) that we could not come back for Johnny.
Fast forward. Johnny will be back in Cleveland Friday, November 3rd. With such short notice, little money, and an early volleyball game I don’t think I am going to make it this time around either. I was actually looking forward to going to the show as he will be performing his new album The Great New American Songbook.
Nick Offerman / Full Bush Tour. He will be at the Playhouse Square on November 19th, I’d actually really like to see the show. I am working on getting tickets now but if not, I’d love to meet Nick, he’s hilarious.
Fred Willard / An Evening with Fred Willard. Another Playhouse Square performer, he will be in Cleveland on December 30th.
Ticket prices are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, seems very reasonable.
“We’re extremely proud to have comedy legend and Shaker Heights native Fred Willard joining us for the 2017 Cleveland Comedy Festival for a fun and engaging evening that celebrates his amazing career in film, TV, sketch and improv comedy. The show will feature video clips from Fred’s most notable appearances as well as open, un-scripted conversation with Fred facilitated by WCPN Sound of Ideas host and Plain Dealer columnist Mike McIntyre. You know Fred, you love Fred, join us in the Outcalt Theatre for a great evening with America’s favorite comedic everyman.” – Playhouse Square
These are just to name a few as there are others I have yet to fully look over and put down on paper.
Scheduling is hard.
Cleveland is far.
Parking isn’t cheap.
Above are some of the conflicts I am faced with when deciding on my next victim, but with a little better planning and a positive attitude anything is possible.
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 and 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.
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.
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 introduced himself as Josh and to stay close by, if he came out we can ask for him and he will take us back.
Shari and I were outside the main theater, waiting in the casino part starting 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 HAD TO MAKE A DECISION
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 the ladies 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 inside the hall.
Fred then replied with HURRY, I gave Shari the look and we took off running back to the place we just left.
Shari who had heels on was lagging behind, lol. It was funny.
We get back inside the building and could see Fred’s head peeking out from behind the main doors, he sees us and motions for us.
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 waved 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 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 in the group and then they were leaving.
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.
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!
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, 2015) 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 on several occasions.
We were all 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 imaginary 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 wanted to too, well. We can’t ALL be perfect!
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 throughout the night.
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.
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.
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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.