Joan Rivers

Stalktober held many good events for Shari and myself to attend.

One of them was Joan Rivers, we didn’t actually go see her but I kinda wish we did. Instead we hung out and grabbed her on the way into The Playhouse Square.

This was probably the easiest and quickest one by far, we like it when it’s simple.

Mother was supposed to go with Shari and I but got held up with prior commitments, so instead it was just the dynamic duo. I got out of work, went home and waited for Shari to come pick me up. We had to make a pit stop to pick up a book my mom had that Joan wrote “Having a baby can be a scream” that came out in 1974. My mom had seen her perform years ago and thought she had her sign it but we couldn’t find the signature anywhere, so she asked I try to have her sign it..again.

We got the book and were on our way, it was probably after 4 when we parked and made our way to the designated stalking area.

We casually chilled out in the cold and waited, a different security gentlemen popped out and stood guard. This was a sign that we were in the right place and that it might be happening soon. We had our books and markers ready just in case, we know how rushed celebrities can be.

Shortly after that another gentleman appeared and looked over at us, I quickly turned away. This was the guy from Wanda Sykes who I overheard to be the guy who owns the building. I got nervous he would recognize me and have me arrested but either he didn’t or did and didn’t care. So I stayed hidden until the time was right and that time was when Joan pulled up.

A fancy black care with tinted windows rolls to a stop at the curb and Mr.Building Owner walks over to the door. “This is it” I tell Shari and I start the camera. Check out the video below of how it goes down, I have 2 separate shots put together. The first half of the video is the introduction and the second half is us trying to get the wine bottle out of my bag.

Let me fill you in on this wine bottle, by which now I am considering good luck… kinda.

Initially I bought it for Wanda Sykes, I wanted to give it to her as a thank you and a good luck gift. We tried to give it to her in the beginning but she was late for the show, then I could have given it to her manager but totally forgot. So the wine came home with me until I brought it back out  for Johnny Mathis, we didn’t get to see him so that never happened. Zac Hanson had a birthday and I could have given it to him but it was in the car and there was no way to get it to him. So, Joan River it was. However we never took it out of the bag and everything happened so fast that when I had Shari try and get it out we couldn’t in time and she walked away. So now I have this bottle of wine that we want to give to our next victim.

So, things that went down that of course are not on the video.

Joan accepted to take a picture was us and begins to say how it had to be quick because she didn’t have her hair and makeup on, she was super cool about it.

I decided we do a group picture since it’s quicker and I didn’t want to piss anyone off by having us take multiple photos, plus a random mob of people started running down the street.

After the picture I wanted to try and see if she would sign for us and she did, I first handed her moms book. I wish this was recorded but it wasn’t, she had made a comment of how old the book was and seemed surprised we had it. I told her the story about my mom and she signed it. “Linda – Great that you kept this” I then had her sign a random piece of scrap paper I took from home, telling her it’s not as exciting as a 40 year old book. She signed for Shari which I did get on video and then that was when the attempt for the wine bottle happened.

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It’s not a bad picture, I am a bit insecure about my little boy appearance but I’ll get over it.

Once again another successful encounter.

Joan Rivers was very kind and even though she wasn’t all dolled up yet decided to take pictures with us anyways.

The next time she comes around I plan on getting tickets and attending her show!

 

 

Thank you to everyone who keeps coming back and tagging along with us on our adventures, please comment and share!!

Hanson

I have seen Hanson a few times in concert but never thought to try and meet them afterwards, I…don’t…know..why.

When I found out they were coming to the House of Blues on October 19th, we jumped into action, added them to the Stalktober calendar and set out to accomplish that goal.

Shari and I waited until the last minute and had yet to have tickets to the show, we were actually going to this one but as luck would have it I won 2 free tickets off the radio station earlier in the week.

The plan was to get downtown around noonish and wait outside their bus hours before the show, this way we could avoid the angry mob of 30 year old crazy Hanson fans after.

Saturday morning was horrible, it was cold, rainy and once again Shari and I were never prepared and thus had no umbrellas. It was ok though, we managed. Upon getting into downtown, we had the good idea to park on the street right out back of the House of Blues. I had a pocket full of quarters already ready to go, we figured it was close to the bus and we could keep warm and dry at the same time keeping a look out. Well it seemed like we drove around for 30 minutes because Cleveland was building a walkaway and had the street we needed to go on blocked off, so we ended up parking a small walk away for $6.

The bus was already there and when we got closer there was someone waiting off to the side under some ghetto building thing, so we joined her. It was just the 3 of us, she informed Shari and myself that Issac had walked by her and was inside the building.

The rain was picking up along with the wind and our faces were cold and our fingers frozen but we continued to wait. Finally Issac came back out, he walked right by us and waved, put his head down and disappeared into the bus. My video taping skills have NOT gotten any better, I apologize. I think my problem is, is that I don’t want to look like I’m recording but it just ends up looking blah. Anyways, I missed the wave but got the quick pace back the bus.

 

We kept checking Twitter but The Hanson brothers were not being sociable, however that didn’t stop me from tweeting them and asking if there was a bathroom on that bus. I’m sorry, I had a redbull and my bladder was on the verge of spilling down my leg. Anyways, we got no response..which I thought was RUDE.

There was a lot of movement from the bus to the building on and off, in which I got video. Two of the guys were William Birkhead and Demetrius Collins, musicians that play with Hanson. We were actually able to get Demetrius to come over and take a picture with us.

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The video is a bunch of short clips put together and at one point I put the camera in my pocket while it’s still recording. Rookie move but you can still hear what’s going on. 🙂

 

 

By this time a small crowd  of women had arrived, we were afraid they were going to charge the bus and ruin it for us but that never happened. The good thing was, that because it was super cold and rainy most of them didn’t stay long.  We lost a few girls and then new ones would arrive, they would leave and maybe come back but it wasn’t a mob and they played it cool. Especially when Zac came out!

I’m not sure what time or how long we were out there but finally one of the brothers came out, Zac and he walked right over to us. He took pictures and signed autographs, he talked and was very kind. He even informed us that it was cold and rainy outside. He then disappeared into the building. Enjoy the short video.

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Ok, 1 down 2 more to go and so we waited some more. At this point it was getting late and we knew they had a sound check to be getting to but the others had yet to come out of the bus. It was close to 5 I think at this point and Shari and myself were getting annoyed. Finally Taylor and Issac come out but they didn’t even acknowledge us, especially Issac.. but that’s another story. We spoke up, asking them for a quick picture but Taylor responded with they had to do a sound check. They then continued to walk into the building and fade into the shadows, away from us.

At this point everyone that was waiting left, while Shari and myself discussed further actions.

1) How long would sound check take?

2) Will they come back out afterwards?

3) Do we leave and come back?

These were all good questions but we decided to hit up Starbucks, use the bathroom and get warm. Shari got a coffee and I released my bladder and then we chilled discussing our next move while we warmed up our bones.

We decided to head back and scope out the joint, while walking through the smelly ally way we stopped and hid in a doorway to keep out of the elements AND listen to some sound check.


When the music stopped we made our way back to our original space but stopped to talk to the HOB staff, we made a few friends. We were chatting away with 2 of the guys, since it was just Shari and I they allowed us to chill so close. At this point Issac came out, only a few yards away talking on his cell phone. We never yelled at him or tried to make contact but we know he saw us and never once made any attempt to say hi. He was slowly making our shit list. Then Some other girls came by messing up our mojo and at this point the security asked us to go back to our normal spot.

 

Shari and I chilled for a bit longer and it was a good thing because Zac came back out, he is super sweet. In the video some girl tells Zac Happy Sweetest day, he replies with “Swedish day?” and is apparently confused by Ohio’s made up Holidays. Very short after that he exits the tour bus with some items and comes back over to us to accept some birthday gifts from our stalker friends. We ask him about his brothers but he pretty much states that he has no control over them and that they probably wont be back out since there are dressing rooms inside. Check out the video below.

It’s about 6 or after 6, I don’t even know anymore but we had another stop to make before the concert tonight. Johnny Mathis was also in town and performing at The Playhouse, I wanted to very much meet him. The original plan was to grab all 3 Hanson brothers super early and then walk to The Playhouse but a few unexpected events happened.  1) Mr. Taylor and Issac Hanson never came out to take pictures and didn’t leave their bus till super late. 2) It was cold and rainy so the walk we had in mind was out of the question. However we were still determined to grab Johnny and we hopped in my car and headed his way, but not before we grabbed some Chipotle. We found the door he most likely would head in and we stood outside in the rain eating our chicken bowls. Many people dressed in tuxes and carrying instrument cases kept going inside. I finally asked about him and we were informed he was already in and that they rehearsed earlier in the day. I asked a few of them to send him out but that never happened, it was close to his show time and we decided to head back to HOB. At this point we figured to leave the Hanson concert early and make it back to The Playhouse by 10 and catch Johnny on the way out. However once the concert started, which was like after 9 we figured there would be no way and decided to forget about Johnny and focus on Hanson.

We got back into the car and headed for The House of Blues, couldn’t find any parking again. Ended up going back to the same place, paying again and paying $4.00 more. I even asked the guy for a discount since we were JUST there but he laughed.

 

Got inside the venue and picked up our free tickets, thanks to the radio station 102.1 and made our way inside. We snuck to the front and had the same spot we had for Icona Pop, only this time it was 99.9% more crowded. Below are some short clips of a few of their songs, I have other video but for some reason the sound is not working. #Lame

We enjoyed ourselves a lot, it was a great and upbeat concert.

We left before the encore so we could get outside before the rush of people and get a good spot in line. We still had 2 Hanson brothers to meet, we were very determined. When we arrived outside there was about 3 girls before us and we got behind them as security instructed us to do.  HOWEVER! When the concert was over a wave of screaming bitches came flooding from all different directions and formed their own line. Needles to say, the front became the back and we were not happy with it.

To make this story even longer, we tried to get people to move but it wasn’t happening. Security had pretty much given up and was only focused on keeping people away from the bus and back from the brothers when they came out. Shari and myself were not to worried, we figured it would happen just would take longer to get to us and it almost didn’t happen because where we were was on the other side of the fence. However we made it happen. Zac came out first..and pretty quick I might add, he started by us but didn’t get to us because we were to far back. We were ok with this because we had met him earlier in the day. Next came Taylor, he started out on the other side and worked his way towards us. When he got closer, we had to push our way to him because bitches weren’t moving. Shari got her picture and then I took a picture with my camera for two sisters who’s camera had died earlier that night. When that was all said and done Taylor started to say bye and turn around without getting a picture with me, I almost shat. So I was like hey, he looked at me, I gave him the puppy dog face…which worked because he signed my Middle of Nowhere cd and took a picture with me.

 

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Him and Zac had returned to the bus and we were informed by our new HOB security buddies that Issac was NOT coming out.

 

So. This is how I feel about this whole experience and Shari feels the same way. I would like to hear what everyone else thinks about this, please comment below.

When myself and Shari woke up and spent hours in the cold and rain (our choice) we figured it would be an easy grab, get them before the show this way it’s done and out of the way. Zac was the only one who came out and took the time to sign for us AND he came out early enough. Issac walked by us, there was only like 10.. if that many fans out there and he couldn’t take 60 seconds for a few pictures. Issac didn’t even come out after the show to sign or take pictures, which leads me to believe that he has anxiety or IBS. Taylor did come out afterwords along with Zac and took their time with the crowd, which was awesome. I just can’t get over the fact that they knew we were standing outside in the freezing cold before the show, only a few of us and you couldn’t pop out real quick. Even when going to your sound check and seeing us out there, they still had hours before showtime. They could have come out 3 minutes earlier took pictures with us and then been on their way.

I’m not ungrateful and they didn’t have to talk to us or come back out after the show but it just  makes me wonder why.

Personally I would feel it better to satisfy a few then a giant crowd, I mean we were well behaved and very polite.

Some celebrities think they are to good and don’t need to interact with their fans, lucky for us we have been lucky on our adventures.

Hanson was a tough one and we got 2 out of 3, don’t worry Issac… you’ll be back and when you do.. I’ll be waiting.

 

Thank you again.

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Much love.

 

Wanda Sykes

I found out that Wanda Sykes was coming to Playhouse Square, of course I marked the calendar and prepared for my next adventure.

I found out a few days before that Shari was unable to attend our Wanda outing and my husband wasn’t going to let me hang out in Cleveland’s dark alley’s alone. So I asked my mom who agreed to chill with me, here is our story.

I worked 8 hours, donated some plasma..not because I like saving lives but that I get paid to do so and then headed west to pick mom up. We arrived at The Playhouse Square a little after 4:00 and camped out on the edge of the street to the theater entrance. We had red bulls and combos to keep us company while we waited, not to mention the kittens that were running around held our attention for a bit.

We kept our eyes on every car that passed by, making sure to look in all the windows just in case…no sign of Wanda yet.

It was getting late and the security started to arrive so mom and I got a little closer and sat down across from the entrance before they came back out…and they did. Which was a good sign something was about to happen, so we just minded our own business hoping not to be spotted.

My one good friend Captain Hook came out and said we needed to go back to where we were before.. that we were to close. So mom and I slowly and sadly started to get up, he must have felt bad because he said we could stay as long as we were good and since it was just the 2 of us.

By now it was after 7 and Captain Hook was with another man waiting, this man was constantly on his phone…another sign that things were going down. A few minutes later another guy showed up, tall and appeared to be wearing expensive clothes. I could hear them talking. He asked Mr.Hook what we were doing there, Hook explained the situation to him but told him it was his building and he could do what he wanted. The man turned to us and said we could stay there but we were NOT to talk to Wanda, approach her, or make any kinda of contact, that she was running late and we were to let her be.

I’m sorry, I didn’t come all this way to sit on the cement for hours and just let Wanda Sykes walk by. So we waited and in the meantime I prepared all the necessary equipment I needed, I figured she was already late..a few more seconds wouldn’t matter.

It was after 8 when she finally rolled up, at this time mom and I were in a standing ready position. She got out on the furthest side.. of course and I could hear her bitching, jokingly how it was a pain to get to Cleveland or something about the airport..whatever it was I am sure it was funny. At this moment I yelled her name and asked if we could just get a wave, mom had said hi and wished her a good show, she waved and thanked us. I had bought a bottle of wine earlier in the day I was going to give her as a thank you, I told her I had it for her but she declined it. She waved again and told us to have fun and then disappeared down the tunnel into the theater. Mom asked if I wanted to wait another 3 hours until she came out but I declined, it was late and I was defeated. I had video of that and felt it was better then nothing, so we turned and started to pack up.

The video I have did not load with the sound, so I need to figure out what’s wrong with it. I will post as soon as I can.

Just then Hook came out and asked if we had anywhere to hide our stuff, I informed him we were leaving. He then proceeded to tell us that Wanda’s people were giving us FREE tickets to her show, we didn’t believe him at first but he assured us that he would not lie about something like that. He informed us to wait and that her manager would be out with the tickets very shortly. By now mom and I were in shock, stuff like this never happens so we were super giddy.

A few short minutes later her manager came out and asked if our car was nearby so we could put our bags in and that he would wait for us. Just like that we had ran across a busy street like 2 crazy women, dropping our belongings behind us and not looking both ways. We made it back to the gentleman who introduced himself as Kevin McDaniel, her security director. He told us that Wanda wanted to know if we had tickets and that she wanted to help out her fans, that these tickets PERSONALLY came from her. We thanked him a thousand times and then both bear hugged him before we sprinted off to the show.

At this time I should add that I had tweeted Wanda a few times during the day, the first time was informing her that mom and I were lurking in the shadows. We wanted to hit her up before the show because I had an early morning, working 2 jobs the next day really takes a lot out of you. The 2nd time I tweeted her was to let her know that security was being mean to us and wouldn’t let us talk to her but that I was going to ignore them and say hi anyways…

…So as mom and I are making our way into the building I notice a Twitter notification from Wanda, it reads.  “I’m sending you tickets. Bring your ass inside.”

This night was turning out so much better than I had planned and the show was amazing. She started off with some political jokes, went into a poop story that had tears rolling down my face, her impression of her wife was hilarious. She is loud, says the F word every other breath, she is very visual and had the crowd going from start to end.

I took a few pictures with no flash, everyone was using flash photography and it made me nervous. I didn’t want to interrupt her, I’m sensitive sometimes.

 

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This is just video of her saying goodbye, I didn’t get any of the show.

 

The show was over and Wanda had disappeared offstage I knew we only had a short window to get back outside in hopes to meet her in person. We got to the isle and noticed exit signs along the walls, the signs read exit only watch your step so we were going to attempt to go out one of those doors, knowing where we wanted to be was just on the other side. Funny thing Hook was there yelling at us to go out the other way as mom is pushing and tugging on the door trying to get it to open.

Ok, so fine. Now we have to follow this slow ass crowd up the isle ways, we got stuck behind a smelly fat lady..it was horrible. Finally we got out to the lobby area where for a split second we were going to stop and use the restroom but decided against it. We flew through the crowd and made it to the parking garage where we originally came up, we got to the stairs and came to a dead halt. There was a 99 year old lady taking one step at a time, I finally had to push her out of the way. By now I can see the getaway car, it was on and ready to go and I was in a panic. FINALLY, I am using the word finally here a lot.. anyways. We made it out, there were like 3 other people and some bratty kids waiting outback to meet her. Seconds later she came out, Kevin gestured for us to come near. Mom and I waited back for everyone else to have their moments first and then we moved in when it was our turn. I thanked her and gave her an awkward hug, I tried to joke around but she was pretty serious. (If you saw her show you would have known that she can talk on stage to people for hours but one on one she gets weird and it was true.) She did start a conversation with me though, asking about my early morning. (She actually read my tweets) She took pictures with the both of us and signed our ticket stubs, we thanked her again before she left.

Below is the video I took of her signing but had to stop filming because I had to use my phone as my camera.

 

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She drove past us and I could see her waving, what a class act. I mean all around, from giving us tickets, to talking to us, to answering my tweets, to taking pictures and signing autographs.. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more.

Later that night my source told me she hit up the casino, haha.

 

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STALK ya later.

 

Icona Pop(s) into our lives.

Hello.

Sorry for long delays in between posts, tracking down celebrities takes time and long hours.

I had purchased three (3) tickets off of Groupon for $10 a piece, great deal. Pat wanted to see the concert but had no interest in the festivities (stalking) that would take place hours before the show.

September 15th, 2013 Shari and I woke up at noon and headed to downtown Cleveland where we set up shop behind House Of Blues. There was already a tour bus there but the hardest part was figuring out who was actually on it. Icon Pop had like 3 opening acts and it could very likely been their bus, so the wait began. Shari and I kept watch for any movement or suspicious activity, which was pretty boring since all we were doing was sitting on a cold curb.

Finally random naked people started to emerge from the bus and of course I was ready and recording, check out the footage below.

The two gentleman happened to be members from K.FLAY and Sirah which we found out after the show and saw who they belonged to.

Shortly after that… 2 chicks appeared and headed towards the street away from us, Shari just knew it was someone special and we took off after them. I know what you are thinking and NO, it’s not the ladies from Icona Pop..YET.

Check out the video below as we put our stalking into 3rd gear.

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That was K.FLAY who we ran into, listen how I pretend we just happened to be looking for something to eat too (how ironic) and strangely enough ran into them. She was super cool and took pictures with us, no we didn’t end up showing her around or having lunch with her either.

After that we hurried back to our curb and bushes to wait for Icona Pop.

While we were waiting a man came over to us, he was one of the crew and informed us Icona Pop was flying in and would not arrive till around 3:30pm. We had some time to kill so we hit up Tower City, got some snacks, a beverage, and used the facilities. I was nervous and had to poop but I held that off till later, didn’t want to be late getting back.

We arrived shortly before 3:30 and patiently waited, things were quite and we were getting ancy. We decided to walk past the back entrance to House Of Blues and check things out, there was a young kid standing guard. We asked him some questions regarding Icona Pops whereabouts but he was clueless. Just then a vehicle pulled up and was asking our friend a question, not sure what about but 30 seconds later the ladies from Icona Pop stepped out from the car.

Below is video of the whole encounter, please pay no attention to my voice. I really need to stop talking.

Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo were the two most sweetest gals ever, they stopped to talk, sign, and take pictures.  I am so glad we got to meet them and experience what great people they are, massive props.

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After we got to meet them, Shari and I went home since we had a few hours left before the concert.

When we arrived at The House Of Blues, Shari and I got a free makeover curtsy of Bed Head products and Q104. I got a mohawk and Shari got cute glittery ribbons or something put in her hair, Pat opted out of the fun.

All the shows were great and at one point we slipped out to meet Sirah after her performance, she was the only one we hadn’t snagged yet. Very friendly and adorable, we informed her that we were the ones outside the bus. She said she saw us and waved from the inside but obviously we didn’t see her.  She signed her poster “Lauren, I wish we hung out in the bushes. Till next time…”

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Shari and I then  made our way back in and off to the right side of the stage where we waiting for the main event. Even though we were off to the side we had a great view, except for this middle aged cracked out woman who constantly flayed her arms back and forth ruining everyone’s pictures and getting in the way… Oh well, she was having a good time too.

Check out the videos below of Icona Pop during the show.

 

We had a great time, everyone we met was super cool and laid back. Their performances were fun and exciting and I am glad we were able to share in that moment.

Thank you everyone again for stalking by, please share and post your comments. XOXO

Penn & Teller are…steller

HI folks.

This is a short and to the point story.

This experience happened September 4th, 2010 at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas.

We had went back to Vegas with a few of our friends and while we were there they wanted to see a show, so Penn & Teller it was.

We had a great time, exciting and funny all mixed into one. Actually I don’t really remember much about it and NO I wasn’t drunk, I just have a sieve for a brain. I do remember them doing one trick with a cell phone I think it was, that was neat…from what I can recall. 😉

Afterwards the gentleman came out in the lobby to take pictures and sign some autographs, ahh duh..sign me up.

Teller was super cute, I swear he lipped something to me..or whispered. Ugh, it was so long ago…wait, where am I?

Penn was very large and very nice.

Check out the pictures below, notice how fat and ugly I am…Ugh and my hair, don’t get me started.

Actually the one with Teller and I is cute, I just look like a horrible crop job with a bad wig in the Penn one.

Me and Penn Me and Teller

 

 

Oh. I JUST noticed they are matching.

 

Thank you and STALK again!!

I finally met Carlos Baerga!!

On August 25th, 2013 I FINALLY met CARLOS BAERGA, former player of the Cleveland Indians… annnnnd I almost cried.

Since I was a weeee little girl Carlos has always been my favorite and on many occasions I tried to meet him but it never happened. I remember one day in particular, after the game I went down to the gates where all the players parked. I waited for him to come out, he did…in his shiny shoes and got into a fancy vehicle and drove out of my life.

Recently I heard that Key Bank was doing some kind of promotion where you sign up for a checking account and you get to meet Carlos and Omar Vizquel. Well.. there was a deadline (which I missed) and as of now I am working on still getting all up in that BUT lets take a step back.

Pat had his company picnic at Progressive Field like they do every year, free food and fountain drinks. We got inside but had to wait to be let into the picnic area, as we waited I asked a supervisor standing near by an important question.

“How the hell do I get to meet Carlos and Omar on September 21st?” Ok, I didn’t say it like that but you get the idea. He informed me that if I went to guest services he was sure they could help me out, I was stoked. Shortly after that I said something similar to the ticket taker who informed me that Carlos was present at THIS game… I about shit. She gave me all the pertinent information and that’s when my mission began.

The shakes had taken over my body as I piled food onto my plate and quickly devoured it, I only had a small window of opportunity and I wasn’t going to waste it.

Ricky, my stepson was the only one willing to go on this journey with me and I informed him he made it to silver stepson status, he seemed happy and also embarrassed at the same time.

The walk literally took 10 minutes as we went from one end allllllll the way to the other end. I believe he was in the terrace section, floor 4. We arrived to the top and a young gentleman helped us out by giving us tickets to get into the lower level area, he was very kind.

We rode the elevator back down and entered the room where I walked right up to the desk and asked about Carlos.

“Is this where Carlos will be?”

“Yes but he wont be here until 1:30-2:00” She said in a nasty tone which made me want to kill her.

“Ok, that’s fine. So I can wait right here then?”

“You can’t wait RIGHT here, you will be in the way of people coming in.”

“I wasn’t going to literally stand here…..”

“He will be at that table over there.”

‘Then I will wait over there..”

 

…Are you bored yet, this story is really taking a long time to tell…or maybe it’s me taking a long time to write it.

Anyways, there was a small table set up for him to sign autographs and take pictures. During this time I was a nervous wreck and couldn’t stop pacing around, I’m sure I made everyone else around me nervous too.

Marquis Grissom came in, he was also a former Indians player and I think ended up throwing out the first pitch that game. I stood there, didn’t want to overstep my boundaries when he asked how we were doing and if we wanted an autograph. Well, sure we do. I happened to tape a small bit of that interaction before he signed a glossy picture of himself and then took a picture with us.  Check out my nipples below.

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Very nice guy!!

 

Now we wait for CARLOS!

I turned to Ricky and politely said to him.. “I don’t want to come off as a dick but I just want it to be Carlos and I in the picture” This is why I would make a horrible mother but he didn’t care one way or another.

By this time I was getting more anxious and sweaty as the clock was ticking down and at one point our friend from upstairs came to check on us. Super nice kid, said that it’s free to sit upstairs at the bar..  I think he was lonely and wanted some company.

FINALLY Carlos came in, cocky as shit..it was awesome.

The good thing is that there was not a lot of people, so it was pretty chill and laid back. I got in line, he turned to me and I started stuttering like a little girl. I almost cried, I couldn’t talk.. it was very unattractive. I got my picture, stole a hug and walked my sex legs out the door but not before I managed to tell him how I was a huge fan since I was tiny..not sure if it came out like that, don’t actually remember what I said to be honest.

Baerga

Look how cool he is..with his thumbs up and I’m all like derr.

 

Below is a video, three separate clips put together by Windows Live Movie Maker.. which I am still not sure how to use. Listen closely as I breath like a fat woman walking up the stairs, my slurs are pretty sweet too so try not to miss that, oh and take notice of the lame things I say.

 

 

Things I regret on this adventure. 1) I kept the sun glasses on, I look like a gay fly. I even went to the bathroom and did a with/without look, I felt my face was better to hide behind the frames but now I look back and I wish I had taken them off. I was INSIDE, what was I thinking? 2) I should of had him sign it “To Lauren” there was time, I am sure he would have done it.  3) I didn’t ask him to give a shout out to the blog, which never crossed my mind until my mom asked if I did.

It’s to late, I can’t dwell on the past BUT what I can do is get myself another chance to meet him again and this time do it right.

 

Thank you again!!

Please share this blog with friends and family!! OR ELSE. .. Just kidding.

Stalk ya later!

An En Vogue failed attempt turns up Cleveland Hero.

The plan was to get En Vogue before their performance at 8:30, little did we know that they would roll up in a taxi at 8:20 and disappear. Here is our story.

I worked till 3:30 and raced down the freeway to get Shari, got her ass and made it to House Of Blues a little after 4:00pm. We scouted the area which turned up nothing out of the ordinary, this usually makes it harder for us to devise a plan. Many cars were coming and going which also made it hard for us to pick out the drop off vehicle but we continued to watch. During this time I decided to tape Shari giving a brief explanation of what we were looking for, when we were rudely interrupted. Watch below.

 

 

 

We had about three interruptions similar to that during the 4 and a half hours we were there waiting. We also ran into a little girl and her drunk Aunt and Grandma, she had a sign and wanted to meet the one member of the group. Which we found out was no long a part of the group, they later disappeared into the building to see the show. During this time we met a big En Vogue fan who filled us in on some stuff and waited with us till the end, we became Facebook friends and found out he is one of us. While all this was going on a car drove up and two dark skindid men got out with two black women we assumed to be part of the band, we ended up being wrong. We watched as the one man walked back and fourth on the street, he was looking for a car. We figured him to be a manager or part of the band somehow, so our new friend went up to him and asked him a question. This man ended up being Cleveland’s Hero, Charles Ramsey! Once we found out who he was we JUST had to get some pictures with him.

Charles RamseyShari

Charles was super cool and funny, he talked with us for a bit before he left. We found out that supposedly En Vogue had invited him to come down for dinner and gave him V.I.P access to the show. He was pacing the street looking for the group who appeared to have stood him up. He left, came back out later and found us still chillin’, he said he was going to make us his entourage and then bring En Vogue out himself for us. That was the last time we saw Mr.Ramsey, he meant well. (I have more videos that I might post later)

It was getting darker and by that I mean the night sky was slowly losing light and we were running out of time before the show started, either En Vogue slipped by us or they were running late. Turns out while the three of us were to busy on our phones a taxi drove past us and up to the entrance, I had a feeling but no one was listening to me. I looked up, taxi was gone and in it’s place were three African American women standing there. Still no one was listening to me, I finally got our friends attention and he confirmed it was them. We took off in a light stroll, not to scare anyone away but we were a good distance back so we had to hurry. I got some video of us attempting to get their attention, one of the girls waved but it’s not on tape. My lame butt was not prepared and therefore have horrible video of it, of course I was taping everything else all night long (hookers, homeless, Browns fans, mothers dragging kids behind them..) but the one time it counted I was snoozing. Anyways, Check out the video below.

So ladies and gentleman, this is our FAILED attempt at meeting the band En Vogue. We need to brush up on our tactics and be a smidgen more aggressive..without ending up in jail. Normally we wait till after the show but we are working girls and need to get to bed at a reasonable time.

On the positive side we DID get a glimpse of them and met Charles Ramsey in the mix.

 

Thank you for checking us out and please STALK again.

Stipe Miocic

Thanks to the Happy Moose Bar and Grill in Mentor on Thursday evening I got to meet Stipe Miocic, a MMA fighter from Independence, Ohio.

I saw the Facebook feed about the meet and greet and right away contacted Shari but this time around she was out car shopping and couldn’t make it, Pat filled in nicely.

Of course I don’t watch UFC or MMA and had no idea who this Miocic guy was but I Googled his name, he was legit and therefor was my next victim.

Pat and I went up there around 5 to get some eat’s, knowing the meet and greet was from 6-8.

It was getting closer to 6 and he walked his tall ass past us and into the back where the outside patio was. I started to get nervous because we were still inside and had just got our dinner, I didn’t want to miss out on something or be stuck at the back of the line. See, I get like this.. all flustered and anxiety sets in right away but Pat told me to calm down.. I was being to dramatic.  I ate faster than usual, my eyes constantly looking ahead of me at the door to the back. I finally got up and asked the hostess if I needed to be back there, I didn’t want to miss the fun but I also didn’t want to be early and bugging him while he ate. The hostess didn’t know but she was going to find out for me, by now it might have hit 6.  I waited..and waited but no one came back to give me the green light.

Pat had noticed a guy with some autographed pictures and told me to just go back there, so I did. However I was still nervous because he was sitting at a table facing out with some peeps and I didn’t want to be..THAT guy. Once again I asked someone, this time one of the bartenders. She was not 100% sure but thought it was just casual, no lines or body guards, just walk up to him and go from there. Good thing though because I had a surprise birthday party I had to be at by 7:30, things were going smoothly.

Still not fully comfortable I ran back in to get Pat, who came back out with me to take the picture.

I walked up to the table like a creeper with my boy haircut as everyone around starred at me. I got to the table and smiled, Stipe grabbed a picture and a marker and looked at me.

Finally I spoke up “Lauren” (He wanted to know what name to sign) he asked the correct spelling of my name and how I was doing, he commented on the weather and was super nice.

I asked for a picture and he agreed, made some funny comment about him taking the picture for me..we shared a moment. He was tall and sweaty but I was cool with it. He thanked me, I thanked him and then we went our separate ways.

Thank you again for stalking by!

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Karmin’s Amy and Nick

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this but I really had no idea who Karmin was until today and let me tell you, fan for life.

Of course I know the song Brokenhearted…but that’s about it AND now my favorite song is ACAPELLA.

Shari won tickets from 96.5 Kiss FM and I ended up going as her guest.

This is how it started.

Shari Pollack – First thing, I need someone to take my 10-4 shift at Regal tomorrow because I just won tickets to meet Karmin from 96.5 KISS FM. 2nd, who wants to go with me??
Lauren Dodge …hi. what time? LoL
Shari Pollack 11:30
Shari Pollack Nobody will work for me…but I’m not passing this up!
Lauren Dodge What time you going up?
Lauren Dodge I might be able to do half day, which is 10:30.
Shari Pollack I have to be there between 11:30-11:45 :_)
Shari Pollack that would be perfect actually.
Shari Pollack I’m sure I’d be able to be back at Regal by like 1:30
Lauren Dodge Ahhhhh. Fuck it. Count me in.

The rest is us pretty much trying to find her a way out of work, she ended up switching her shift and working 4-12am. :-/

10:30 came around and I bounced out of work and hit the road, I was in Independence within 35 minutes. We walked into the Clear Channel building, I changed my clothes and then we hit the elevator and made our way upstairs, signed in and got cool little name badges. We were just chilling on the couch when the elevators opened up and out stepped the band Karmin, we just stared like.. Is that them.. They turned to look at us, we waved, they waved and then they had disappeared through the studio doors. Once again I failed at having my camera ready and didn’t get any of that on file, that’s ok though..the best is to come.

Finally we were brought back into a tiny room with a dirty desk and a phone where we waited for another 15-20 minutes at least. During this time we listened to their sound check and had entertained ourselves until it was showtime.

FINALLY..for realz this time we were moved into the studio and within 30 seconds Karmin had come in, here is the video.

Then they stopped and asked if anyone had any questions. I was waiting for Shari to ask her series of serious questions but she never did and I got nervous and spoke up. I told them it was a 2-part question, I informed them about GoneStalking.com and asked if they would give a shout out and then I asked how they felt about people like Shari and myself being all up in their personal space. Of course..fail #2 none of this was recorded until the very end, take a look.

It was a pretty lame video but as you can see they agreed to meet with us afterwards, they also commented on the “Stalking” part of the question but I can’t remember what they said.. I had dry mouth & might have urinated with excitement at that moment.

Up next was Karmin performing their new single Acapella, I didn’t catch the super beginning & stopped before the end, also it’s a tad blurry at first but I finally realized it and fixed it. ENJOY!

They played 2 songs and then in a single file line we followed them out into the.. lobby area I guess you would call it and waited while they took pictures with everyone.

Shari went first, she got her picture taken and was handed the pre-signed glossy photo of the band AND THEN she asked to rap Super Bass with Amy.. Check it out below.

Super Bass =  Super Sweet!

She said she was going to do it.. and she did.

I then went next to get my picture, one with my phone and one for the radio station website.

Me and Karmin

 

Just when you thought it was over, take a peek below to see my stalking skills in action.

During all of this they were trying to scoot Shari and myself out but I reminded them that Karmin promised us a shout out and thus they let us stay. We approached Amy and Nick who was more then happy to oblige, video below to see what happened next.

As you can see the band Karmin was super cool, funny, generous, patient, and sexy. I am so glad I tagged a long with Shari and met these fine folks, I recommend them and their music to everyone.

Coming down from our high and going down in the elevator we ran into the gentleman who played the guitar during their studio performance and another man somehow affiliated with Karmin. All 4 of us squeezed into the elevator and of course I had to record as they tried to keep all the equipment from getting smashed between the doors and document the experience as it was unfolding.

 

I have more pictures but I will only bore you with two!

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That should be it for now, please stay tuned for more real soon!

Thank you again for stalking by.

 

 

 

Marco Cassone

This post might not be as exciting as some of my past encounters but I feel this deserves a spot on my blog!

This group is recognized World Wide, so that must mean something.

( I apologize in advance, this was over 10 years ago so I don’t have much exciting information about that night. I lose memory like water down a drain.)

On April 12, 2002 my choir teacher, Mr.Carney took our Northern Lights group to see a vocal group called M-Pact  perform at the Ohio Jazz Summit in Tiffin, Ohio.

M-Pact is a professional  a cappella group based out of California, their voices are their instruments.

It was a great show, a very talented bunch of young men. One in particular I had my eye on, Marco Cassone, I swear he sang to me the whole time.

When the show was over I rushed the stage and got me a picture with him, I then had the rest of the members sign my program. 🙂

Me and Marco

It’s actually quite creepy how alike we look, right down to the giant eyebrows and shiny hair.