Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jonas Brothers ROCK!!

On Saturday, July 25th I took Cassidy to the Jonas Brothers concert in Pittsburgh, PA. We arrived at Mellon Arena around 5:20 or so. The doors were scheduled to open at 5:30. Radio Disney was there doing tattoos and playing Jonas Brothers music. There was a group of girls by the Radio Disney tent singing and dancing around. It was kinda funny because they didn't care who was watching them or who they ran into. We lined up to get in -5:30 comes and goes - 5:45 comes and goes. We start wondering what was going on that they weren't opening the doors. 6:00 comes and goes and then no long after that the doors opened. There were a lot of people waiting outside to get in but surprisingly we got through the gate pretty fast.

First thing we did was buy a program and then went upstairs and bought our shirts and something to drink. Since I bought our tickets off of Ebay I couldn't wait to see where our seats were going to be. Knowing the area you are going to be in is one thing but actually getting to your seat and seeing how close you really are is totally different. We were on the floor in section 31, row O and seats 1 & 2. I knew our row was by the catwalk but wasn't sure if we'd be beside the catwalk or on the end. Unfortunately we weren't beside the catwalk but we were only about 20 seats away from it. I thought that was pretty cool (and so did Cassidy).

The first opening act was Honor Society. A new up and coming boys band. They were pretty good. I've never heard of them but by the screams of the teenage girls in the arena they knew who they were. I didn't realize before it was too late but they boys walked right by us to get to the stage. When they were done, we watched for them. Cassidy smacked hands with a few of them. After they all walked by she looked at me and told me she wasn't washing her hand again.

Next came a group of girls from South Korea called Wonder Girls. They sang one song and that was it. It wasn't a bad song but I'm not sure why they only sang one and were done. Only thing I can figure out is that they are trying to make it big off the Jo Bros. Not a bad plan but I would've rather had Honor Society or the Jonas Brothers on stage for the amount of time they were on stage.

American Idol winner, Jordan Sparks headed to the stage next. By the time I realized she walked by it was too late to snap a picture of her. Right away you could see why this girl was the American Idol winner from season 6. She's got a great set of lungs on her. She be-bopped around the stage with lots of energy. She could really put on a show. I love her song, Tattoo and Cassidy actually let me sing along to it. I think Cassidy got to touch her hand when she walked by after her set.

The stage crew was getting the stage ready for the Jo Bros when these big equipment containers wheeled past us. I thought there was guitars and other instruments in them. Suddenly there were screams behind us. We're not sure what happened but suddenly another equipment container started coming past us and people were pounding on it. One of the guys was in there! How crazy is it that they have to hide to get to the stage. About 10 minutes or so later, the lights started to come down and We Will Rock You started playing. The crowd started going wild! I was screaming! Cassidy was screaming! Everyone was screaming! And before we knew it, there they were:

Bad thing about being on the floor is that all the teenage girls in front of us stood on their seats to see. So I told Cassidy to get on the seat so she could see. Didn't totally help since they were also on their seats but she could see a little better. Even at one point I stood on the chair to take pictures. After awhile the security people came around and told them to get off the chairs. I thanked them for doing so. But of course within 10 minutes they did it again. I wish someone would've asked Joe to say something like "we love our fans and we don't want to see you get hurt so please don't stand on the chairs." At least maybe they would've listened to him, but I doubt it.

I knew these guys were good but you don't realize how talented they are until you see them perform live. Nick has more talent in his little finger than I do in my whole body. While on stage he sang, played the guitar, drums and piano. He talked about having diabetes and not letting it slow him down. If you truly believe in something don't let anything stand in your way of achieving it. Amen to that!

Cool things happened during the concert. At one point they hosed down half the arena with fire hoses and there was a cool waterfall at our end of the catwalk. Jordan and Honor Society joined the guys on stage for the last song. We could tell the end of the concert was coming when these big security guys came by and started holding a rope to hold us back. The Jonas Brothers were going to walk past us. I don't know why they thought they needed the rope. What did they think we were going to do to them? Tear their clothes off and kiss them? Oh wait, never mind!

They did walk by with about 3 bodyguards over top them each. We stuck our hands out but I'm not sure if we touched them or not. I know I touched Jordan when she walked by again and the Honor Society guys. BUT if you ask Cassidy she will tell you that she touched them. I'll let her believe that since I don't have the heart to tell her it was most likely a bodyguard she touched.

Overall, the concert was simply amazing! I'd go see them again in a heartbeat! I put together a slideshow form the concert. It doesn't even come close to being there but I hope you enjoy it.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Magic Meets Dream Team Auction

Many of you know that I am a proud member of the WDWRadio Dream Team. This past weekend some of us gathered at Pat's house in Long Island and wrapped the auction lots for the auction that will be held at Magic Meets. Even though we were stuck in her basement for hours it's always great fun getting to spend time with friends. Enjoy the small slideshow.

Check out the Dream Team blog to view the awesome lots we have in store for this year.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

WARNING! This is not pretty!

No one ever likes the healing process of a tattoo. It looks ugly! Well, for some reason my new tattoo is being stubborn. It's swollen, irritated AND ugly. I've never had a tattoo react this way. For about 5 days it hurt to walk. It was really odd. One minute it would feel fine and the next pain was shooting through it. One day I had some ice on it for about 5 minutes and when I got up the pain shot through it so bad I thought I had broken my ankle. I couldn't even put any weight on it. But within a minute or two it went away and I was walking around like nothing happened. Like I said, it was odd.

Today it doesn't feel too bad. The swelling has gone down and it's not as red. And walking around doesn't even bother me. But boy, does it look ugly! My skin looks like over cooked bacon.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I gots the redhead!

Today was the day of the new tattoo. It was a beautiful day..perfect tattooing weather.
I arrived at Tainted Flesh in DuBois, PA a little early. Better early than late. One thing you NEVER want to do is piss off your tattoo artist by being late. After I signed my life away he asked where he was putting it. Originally I was going to put it on my back but then I asked him if he could cover one up with it. He looked at it and said YES!! Woo hoo!! That was great news! Because of the cover up he had to reverse the drawing. That didn't take long to do. I think we finally started around 12:15 or so. I've never had a tat done here before but Bob was very friendly and I was relaxed in no time. We talked about all kinds of things from his kids to dogs to fish piss. Ok, don't ask about the fish piss.

At one point a group of girls/women came in and wanted their belly buttons pierced. There were so many cameras there to take pictures of this event that you would've thought someone famous was getting it done. They were pretty funny. I think there was about 6 of them there. Laughing and snapping pictures. Out of the group of them only 2 of them got pierced. Not really sure why such a big group had to come to witness the event. Oh well! To each their own. They were entertaining.

This actually took longer than I thought. At one point I just wanted it to be done so the pain would stop. Yes, tattoos are painful. And don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. Now some people have a high tolerance of pain and of course it does depend on where you put it. Since this was on my leg it wasn't bad but it still did hurt. Some places more than others. I'm very thankful that it didn't end up going on my back. That really would've hurt---A LOT!!

After 2+ hours she was finally done!!

I'm totally excited about my tat! I can't wait to show it to my Disney peeps!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tomorrow is the day!!

Tomorrow is the day I get my next tattoo. I'm really excited about this one. And I totally lucked out and got in on a cancellation. Normally, I'd have to wait a few weeks to get in. It's the redheaded wench concept art from Pirates of the Caribbean that Marc Davis drew.

I've seen this in lighter pinkish shades and then in red shades. I gave my tattoo guy a few pictures to look at. One is from a site I found and the other is in the cd jacket of the POTC ride cd. She has a pouty face in one and is smiling in the other. I'm going with the smiling one.
And the pirate will not be part of the tattoo.......this time!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Great Iced Mocha Challenge Results

As I mentioned in a previous post I was going to get an iced mocha from Sheetz and one from McDonalds; both with whipped cream on them. Here are the photos I took.

Sheetz is first and then McDonalds.

Since Sheetz doesn't normally put whipped cream on theirs they don't put much on when you ask.

Hardly any mixing yet, just melting.

More mixing (and a little drinking). Still kinda looks the same to me.

Nothing seems to look like "cottage cheese" to me. What do you think? I will say whatever whipped cream McDonalds uses does seem to be better though.
I have come to the conclusion that Sheetz can offer whipped cream on their mochas without it looking bad. Besides, if it looks bad then that's my decision because I want the whipped cream on it.
Also, my butt got A LOT B I G G E R drinking one of these almost every day for about the last 3 months.