September 5, 2002 1:19pm
ya miss me??? I’m
sure. ;)~ Yesterday was the craziest day!
Being from Orange County, you never ever see
celebrities or anything walking around.
Well then again… there was that one time I was
working at the movies, and I missed Paula Abdul by a few
minutes cuz I was on break getting food from somewhere.
But those are extremely rare moments.
Let me first start by telling you about last
week, me and Mario were up in Los Angeles (about an hour
from us) visiting my sister Nicole.
We decided to go to Hollywood and Highland to
hang out. While
there, we noticed “American Idol” was being filmed
at the Kodak Theater which is part of the Hollywood and
Highland complex. The
line was totally short, and we were thinking of waiting
in it, but we were meeting up with other people and
we didn’t end up going.
Anyway, while walking around the place, I saw
Danny Bonaduce with his daughter.
He was on his cell phone trying to talk to
someone, while some other guy was trying to get his
attention and tell him how great he thinks he is.
Anyway, that was kind of my first star sighting
of the day. I
try to always carry CD’s with me, so I had one to give
him. But I
was busy taking a picture of my mom and her friend, and
he was gone by the time I was done with that.
That kind of sucked.
Anyway, me and Mario decided to go down to where
the entrance to the Kodak Theater was and see if we
could spot anyone.
While we were standing there, Mario sees
Nikki’s mom. Incase
you don’t know, Nikki is one of the contestants.
Mario goes up to her and he’s like, “Hi,
you’re Kelly’s mom, right.”
He then realized that he got her name mixed up
with the other contestant Nikki was competing against,
and saved himself just in time. Anyway, Mario gave Nikki’s mom a CD to give to Nikki.
around, we saw a lot of past contestants just hanging
out there. Mario
walked up to RJ and gave him a CD.
Then we saw Simon, and we’re like, “It’s
goes up to him and hands him a CD, and Simon was really
nice and smiled, shook Mario’s hand, and said thanks.
He seemed genuine.
We also saw Randy Jackson, the other judge.
I walked up to give him a CD, and he seemed very
were standing around forever waiting for Paula Abdul,
but she was running really late.
People with walkie-talkies were like, “Is she
here yet?!!” Anyway,
we waited and waited, but finally decided to leave.
As we turned the corner to get on the elevators,
a huge herd of security walked out with Paula in the
was like, “Paula, I want to give you a CD of my
seemed really stressed and in a hurry, probably cuz she
was so late (she got there 15 minutes before the show
went on live), but she was like, “I’m not allowed to
take it,” and kept walking.
I guess in the entertainment industry, there’s
a rule that you can’t take something unsolicited if
it’s the same field you’re in.
Like if you write scripts, you wouldn’t want to
take a script from someone that hands it to you on the
street, cuz that person may turn around a year later and
accuse you of stealing their ideas.
I guess it protects you from lawsuits.
It’s kind of weird, but I guess it makes sense.
Anyway, it was fun just seeing these people, so
we left happy.
that was last week, and what a difference a week can
last week was very casual and low key, this week was
cameras everywhere, red carpets, celebrities… it was
huge! We almost didn’t go because we thought we wouldn’t be
allowed near where the action was like we were last
week, but we decided what the hell.
So we went.
We left around 5:00PM, rush hour, but
surprisingly didn’t hit any traffic!
That’s a miracle if you know anything about Los
we got there with not too many expectations, just hoping
we’d see someone.
The show started filming at 5:00pm, so we had to
wait around for maybe an hour or so for everyone to come
we were waiting, we wrote a little message on a lot of
the CD’s and signed them, just to make them a little
Then finally, the show was done and everyone came
were a few different exits, but we were sure the big
people would come out of the main one, cuz that was
where the floor seats were.
We turned out to be right, because before long,
we saw our first celebrity.
She’s not really that big, and I don’t even
know her name, but I gave her a CD anyway.
She’s that red-haired comedian with kind of a
raspy voice. I
don’t know if you know who I’m talking about, but
anyway, she looked at the CD and goes, “Right on.”
After her we saw Ray Romano from “Everybody
Loves Raymond.” Some
dumb professional autograph getters were getting his
are people that get autographs for a living, and then
turn around and sell them for money.
These people looked pretty scary.
Anyway, his wife and kids were waiting for him,
so I walked up to them and I’m like, “Hi, I’m in a
band called Drowning Fish, and I want to give you our
CD.” They seemed cool, and his daughter was really
nice and was like, “Thanks!”
Then I gave Ray one.
Then I saw Jillian Barberie… that hot chick
from Good Day LA on Fox 11.
She’s also doing some dating show, but I
don’t know what it’s called.
Oh wait… maybe it’s “Ex”… ex something.
Hold on…. oh okay, I just looked it up on
called “Ex-treme Dating.”
Anyway, she had a group of people surrounding her
as she walked towards the escalators, I guess in an
attempt not to be seen and hounded.
But I was too quick for her silly antics.
I raced over and went, “Jillian… Jillian!”
She turned around and popped her head out from
between her people and was like, “Yah???”
ME: “I just want to give you a CD of my
ME: “I was wondering if I could give you a CD
of my band…” HER:
So I gave her the CD, and that was that. She’s pretty hot, so it was cool getting it to her.
let’s see… oh, I saw Shannon Elizabeth!!!
I’m so mad I didn’t recognize her though. I guess she had a really dark tan, cuz I thought she was
black for some reason.
I wouldn’t have even noticed her, but Mario was
like, “OH! There’s…
umm… that girl! Ummm…”
he couldn’t think of her name.
Knowing she must have been someone though, I ran
up to her and was like, “Hey, can I give you a CD of
my band?” She
was so nice and sweet and was like, “Yeah!”
She was one of the few that actually seemed
interested and excited.
She’s so hot! She was with a guy though, so I decided to pass on asking her
what she was doing later.
Afterwards when I found out who she was, I was so
pissed cuz I ended up giving her a CD that was not
only had a few more personalized ones and wanted to hold
on to those in case I ran into someone I was totally in
love with and looked up to, like… oh, Shannon
anyway, one day when she’s at one of our shows, I’ll
be able to give her that CD I wanted to.J
then…. let’s see… I saw Alyson Hannigan, that
chick Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Those dumb autograph sellers were totally taking
advantage of her and getting her to sign one photo after
was like, “Oh, another one???
felt bad cuz she seemed like the type that has a problem
saying no, and then gets stepped on. BASTARDS!!! Anyway,
I came to her rescue with a noble cause, and I was like,
“Can I give you a CD of my band?”
She was really sweet and seemed excited about it.
I thought I also gave a CD to Brooke Shields, but
it turned out to be Brooke Burns… even better!!! J
As she was walking towards us, this guy said to me,
“There’s Niki Taylor!”
I didn’t think it was, so I didn’t say “Hey
Niki” or anything like that.
But I walked up to her and handed her a CD. She was really excited and nice!
She was all, “Oh cool!!!” And
she then reached out her hand and was all, “What’s
your name?!” I
gulped cuz I was really shy and nervous, and I’m like,
She then shakes my hand and says, “I’m
Brooke, nice to meet you!”
I then faint, and she walks away.
Alright, I made up the part about fainting, but I
was slightly dazed.
After hearing that, the guy who first told me it
was Niki Taylor goes, “I meant Brooke Shields.”
A few days later, a friend who saw the encounter
on tape (cuz we got the beautiful exchange on home
video… for our viewing pleasures!!!) told me it was
I know I met a lot more people, I just can’t remember
Holly Robinson from 21 Jump Street… I met her and gave
her a CD! I
used to have a big crush on her.
I saw that chick Nancy O'Dell from Access
Hollywood, and I almost went up to her, but I kind of
chickened out. OH
yah! I saw
Nikki… the contestant Nikki!!!
She’s so hot! She came out, and then those autograph people ran up to her,
and she signed some autographs, and then started getting
dragged away by a security guy.
I then go, “Nikki, can I give you my CD?!!”
She reaches out for it as this dumb guy keeps
dragging her away.
I then realized I was stupid and just ran up and
handed it to her. I
touched her fingers in the process, so I was excited
about that. J
She reminds me of my sister’s best friend.
later on we went up to the 2nd level, and we
watched an interview with Simon.
That guy is a total character.
Afterwards when he was giving autographs, he
reached over and gave this girl a kiss, and I think she
some guy yells, “She’s 13 man!!!”
Simon carries this James Deanesque persona to
him, cuz he has this cocky tough-guy attitude while
standing there with a cigarette hanging out of his
mouth, signing autographs, kissing girls, and taking
he really seems like a nice guy. Since we already gave him a CD last week, I didn’t want to
overdue it. But
as he was walking away, I held the CD up and asked if he
had a chance to listen to it.
I couldn’t hear what he said, but I thought he
said, “Not yet.”
Maybe he thought I was trying to get an autograph
though and said something else cuz he was walking away.
I could have easily asked him before cuz he was
right in front of me, but he looked so busy singing
stuff and taking pictures, I guess I was a little
when we thought we had seen all there was to see and
were standing around getting ready to leave, Kato Kaelin
walks right past me.
I casually go, “Kato,” and he turns around.
I’m like, “Here’s a CD of my band,” and I
handed it to him. He
seemed excited and asked what kind of music it is. I told him pop-punk, rock-n-roll, whatever.
And he goes, “I’ll listen to it while I’m
working out tomorrow.” Then
he wanted to know if our number was on it, cuz he said
he could use us on some show…
I don’t know what. But I told him our email is on there. I should have written my number on there, but his girlfriend
seemed to be dragging him away.
He also asked if we had an agent.
He was super nice, and seemed really interested,
so I thought that was really cool.
I never met so many stars in my life!
I know they’re just normal people and stuff,
but you still kind of think of them as a little more
than that. If
there was one person I’d like to hear from, I’d have
to say Shannon Elizabeth.
Well then again, I wouldn’t mind hearing from
Nikki… or Alyson Hannigan … or Brooke Burns… or,
hell I’m desperate… I wouldn’t mind hearing from
that was my day in LA.
It was fun, and I definitely want to do it again.
Well, I’m hungry, so maybe I’ll go eat now.
Until next time!!!!
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