Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Election Day!

IT’S ELECTION DAY 2004 and I hope that everyone is getting out there to do their civic duty and vote! From what I’ve seen and heard on the news, this has to be one of the closest Presidential races in a very long time………not sure HOW long but a while, LOL! I myself am getting ready to head out the door to vote so I must make this a short Blog (sorry ya’ll).

This weekend was just what the Dr. ordered, I’d say. Halloween was pretty crazy up here in the city. As if there aren’t enough freaks (pardon the expression) on a normal daily basis, add the Halloween festivities and then multiply those freaks by like x1000! I personally only went out on Saturday night, but that was all I needed. Scott Bailey (Sandy), Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan), Stephen Martines (Tony) and myself went over to a Halloween bash that was being thrown by Cameron Mathison (Ryan) of “All My Children” at a club down on the Lower West Side. Just to set the stage, let me tell you about the ……um…..interesting costume that both Scott and Tom picked out for us: Baby Blue 70’s disco suits. We all matched. We looked like wedding singers individually, but combined, we were a cheesy band look-a-like! Since I didn’t know about the party, I had no say in what we wore that evening. Anyway, after the CBS/ABC, industry party, a few of us went across the street to another dance club called “Crobar” (a place I had never been to before) where we received some VIP treatment, always a nice thing, and stayed and danced until six in the morning. Now this wasn’t exactly a place that I would go to on a regular basis, but I just needed to let loose a bit and dance to some fast, energetic beats. As for Sunday, I stayed in, got some busy-work done and listened to all the trick-or-treaters outside my building.

To end this blog, I just wanted to say that I’m glad that everyone who has responded to these journal entries has been so interactive with me and given some really good advice when needed. This new lifestyle and profession that I’ve gotten into can be trying at times, so I appreciate ya’ll listening to my ramblings and vents!


Blogger Heather said...

Hi John!

I'm so glad that we have early voting in TX... especially because its SNOWING today! Crazy weather here!

Halloween sounds like it was a lot of fun. We had a fall festival at our church. Little kids are so cute! My favorite was a skunk!

What's your favorite candy, John?

November 2, 2004 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hey John! Sorry I am just getting around to responding to you. I've been enjoying reading what you and Stephanie have to say. LOVED the practical joke they played on you in FL.

How did I miss that you were from VA? All kinds of wonderful things come from VA ;)

As to your decorating woes, I don't have much advice. You will have your own taste of course. I have now been in my apartment for one year and have yet to finish decorating to my liking. However, with regards to FURNISHING my apartment, I did that quickly because I had certain things in mind that I really wanted. My suggestion is to spend the $$ to buy what you really want off the bat. It is expensive at first, but saves you money in the long run because eventually you will go buy what you want anyway, so why waste money on anything less?

When asked about music, I always recommend Caedmon's Call. They are my favorite group, and they are different. Their music has a little bit of a coffee house feel and it helps to be well versed in literature, mythology, etc to understand the songwriting. If you choose to listen to them, go for the old stuff first. The primary writer (Derek Webb) left the group about two years ago to do a solo album, which consequently, rocks!

OK this comment is now officially way too long. Happy Election Day! (At least I *hope* its a happy election day....)

November 2, 2004 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

Hope you are still accepting ideas for your apartment. Have you ever had Beta fish? One of the kids at school made me a Mother's Day gift about 7 years ago. It was a clear large vase that he put some colored marbles in the bottom and then put a Peace Lilly plant in it, and "Jeffery" the Beta Fish lived with the plant. Seems the Beta's natural environment is living with plant life. Beta's are cool, they're really pretty, and they add something to a room. Jeffery lasted 8 years which is a really long time.

November 2, 2004 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger jess said...

Beta fish! That's a great idea... i once knew a beta fish named Jim. He (like Jeffery) lived for a long time for a Beta. Alas, Jim went on. Now we have Jim 2. Or Jim Jr. Or JJ. True story.

November 2, 2004 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger jess said...

Hey John... Glad you had a fun halloween! I'm feeling really left out here... i want to hang out in the city at fun clubs/bars. BTW... my bro's bday is friday. we'll be there saturday. expect a call... this is considered a "Save the Date." Late.

November 2, 2004 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Cynn said...

Beta fish are amazing..4 years Jim lived--and then came along JJ. He's cool too..mainly because he doesn't just sit on the bottom of the bowl! I, like Jess, am starting to feel very left out. The city this weekend--u better be around! talk to u..

November 2, 2004 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I voted in my first presidential election today! It was awesome! I'm glad to hear you did too! I wish I could have been in FL to see the prank Crystal and everyone pulled on you! That would have been to funny. I bet you looked cute in the blue suits! Who cares-its halloween! I ended up being a Tigress, just because it was the only costume left! Well have a great week!!!!

November 2, 2004 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

It's always difficult to decorate a new place. I agree that sock monkies are definitely the way to go. Add to that decorating wonder a green bear hat hanging on the wall and you'll all set!

November 3, 2004 at 5:44 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I just realized everyone was putting email addresses into these comments. So I'll leave mine too, along with an invite to my website for anyone and everyone:


Within the next few weeks I am planning to add a GL forum on the message board too. I have been a fan of both shows for years so both deserve talking about...

November 4, 2004 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Hey John!

Sounds like yall had a blast on Halloween! I would have loved to see yall in the blue tuxes...too cute!! Love you on GL...you are a great addition to the show!

As for decorating your apt...take your time and make sure you buy things you really like. Speaking from experience, if you just buy things so it will be decorated quickly and you make rash decisions...you will regret it and end up spending WAY more money!


November 4, 2004 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Amanda - I love Caedmon's Call... they are really good. Derek Webb is great!

Sadly, I can't afford CD's much anymore b/c I have a house and car payment now... but if you have any recommendations, let me know!

And here's my email... he_johnso@hotmail.com

November 5, 2004 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger lynn said...

Hi John, I just got done watching today's show. I almost choked on my cup of tea! Was the line with you calling Lizzie, "the Lizzard" ad libbed or written in the script. Do you check out the message boards? That's what we've been calling Lizzie's character for a while now. Lizzard and Lizzie Borden. Wish they'd do away with her talking to the doll's head in the opening, that's why I called her that.
Sounds like you had a fun Halloween. We live in a development that is over run with kids. There are a lot of townhouses here, and I've seen parents drive up in minivans and have 10 or 12 little munchkins get out. Sort of like a clown car.
The most unusual kid/teenager (she had to be at least 15-16) dressed up as Courtney Love. Makeup, mascara, lipstick smeared all over. When I asked who she was supposed to be, she rolled up her sleeve and she had rubber tubing with a fake syringe attached. Told her sorry I was out of heroin, all I had left were Hershey bars and Kit Kats. LOL


November 5, 2004 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Cynn said...

You're off the hook--no City for us this weekend!

November 5, 2004 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Hi John! It's Amber again. I finally have my pictures from the St. Judes Benefit available for viewing. When you get a chance, please check them out! the picture you took of yourself with my camera is in there too!



November 8, 2004 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Alright Heather! Another Caedmon's Call fan....that's great! I'll definitely email you, but I figured I'd post this little story about meeting Caedmon's Call (minus Derek, sadly...he was on his solo tour). Anyway, they came to LU as an opening act for...ummm...Jars of Clay I think. Anyway, at the end of the night (thanks to some advice from CC's opener, GlassByrd) my two friends and I slipped down the back stairs. We stopped at the bottom, scared to trespass onto the floor (which would be backstage). My friends decided I should negotiate to get us backstage because I would be cool and collected about it. Anyway, when Cliff walked around the corner I screamed his name like some kind of involuntary knee-jerk reaction....so much for cool and collected. He walked over (and I calmed down) and I asked him if my friends and I could meet the whole band. He said they were going back on to close the show with Jars but if we would wait right there he'd come back for us. THEN security showed up (who knows where they were before) and said we couldn't stand there. I said, "Cliff told me to stand here and stand here I am until he comes back!" The guard didn't argue and Cliff did indeed come back for us...we went backstage, met everyone and got pictures and autographs. It was a great night!

November 11, 2004 at 7:11 AM  

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