Tuesday, December 21, 2004

I'm Not Dead!

Hello again everyone! No I am not dead. Yes I was pretty sick for a bit. Yes I was busy with work, and Yes I have been caught up in the holiday shopping craze. But I am back in the “Blogger” saddle ready to vent! I guess the last entry I put in was back around Thanksgiving, meaning that there’s a great deal to talk about….oh boy! I’ll try and hit everything between then and now but it might be an abridged version, mind you.

Thanksgiving for me was wonderfully crazy at the Driscoll (my last name for those who don’t know) household. We not only had a houseful of guests, but we were still receiving our last bits of furniture since our move into the new house. On the day of the feast, we put our twenty-seven pound bird in to cook for about seven hours and started in on making everything that goes along with it. Well, after making the kidney bean salad, green bean casserole, steamed broccoli with melted cheese, we were coming up on the fifth hour mark of cooking the bird and keeping everything else warm when the unthinkable happened. Apparently the severe winds that we were having caused a few trees to fall, causing a power outage in our area, putting about twenty-five thousand homes out of business for about two hours, NOOOOO! A quick decision was made to take the bird over to my brother’s place about fifteen minutes down the road and finish the cooking there, and the rest of the food we would wait and see what happened before getting too hasty in our decisions. As I said, about two hours later the power did return and we were back in business. So the end result was a salvaged Turkey Day with family and friends that will go down in the history books, whew!

Back in early October, I was fortunate enough to be chosen along with a few other daytime soap males to participate in a charity photo shoot that would be pieced together into a calendar called “The Hottest Hunks of Daytime 2005”. The calendar proceeds would go towards “Florida’s Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund” which I believe is close to the billion dollar mark in business and home damages. Now I honestly couldn’t believe that I was being asked to be a part of this shoot because deep down I really am a nerdy kind of guy, LOL. I mean come on, I love video games (in my spare time), I’m always singing in the shower, my clothes only match when they need to, and after spending time with my little nephew, my family and I have come to the conclusion that he and I are both on the same maturity plane (he’s nine months old). How could I have possibly been a candidate for this?

Regardless of all these thoughts, I did the photo shoot and in early December went down to Tampa, Fla. where the company was headquartered and did a huge promotional kickoff to the charity event with a few other guys. It was so much fun to meet everyone down there and to be part of a great effort that is so desperately sought after right now. The fans were incredible (even if they didn’t know who I was, LOL) and getting the chance to talk with so many people who either were effected or knew others who were and hearing their stories reaffirmed the fact that this was a great idea. If any of you are interested in getting a copy of the calendar the website is www.proeventsinc.com. You will be surprised at all the familiar faces that turned out for this event.

On a lighter side note, my mother got a bit worried when I told her I was doing a calendar shoot so she said, “that’s nice, dear….what month will you be…..oh, October, thank goodness it’s cold in October (meaning lots of clothes)." My whole family now wants a copy of the calendar along with friends of ours and neighbors. I asked the people if I might get a few copies for my relatives and friends and they came up with the idea of doing an autograph session with a few other guys from the calendar right in my hometown to make it fun and memorable. So in early January, some of the hottest hunks of daytime are going to be coming to Northern Virginia to participate with me in a meet and greet/autograph signing session. I’ll keep ya’ll posted and let you know the exact details so if you’re in the area you can come on out and we’ll meet in person, SWEET!

Anyways, while in Florida, I had the opportunity to go horseback riding for only my second time with Crystal Hunt (Lizzie) and Scott Bailey (Sandy). I have to say that after the first fifteen minutes of uncomfortable bouncing around in the saddle, I got the hang of it and figured out how to sit without pain. Tigger, my horse’s name, was a fast one! She hated being last or even having anyone in front of her, which made for an exciting ride. I have to admit that I was nervous at first at how quick she was, but once I learned how to ride her at a full gallop, we took off! We would take turns just like barrel racing, really sharp and quickly, and even though I was the one with the reigns she still let me know that she had some control by running me into loads of branches….yeah, they didn’t taste very good. Overall it was an amazing experience, one that I’m sure I’ll do again very soon.

Alright, I think that brings us back up to now. Work has been going really well and the storyline between Lizzie and Coop is starting to get pretty intense. The interactions between the two have been hot and cold with the cat and mouse game that we are playing with one another. She one ups me most of the time, but you’ll see, I’m going to get her back one way or another and I think you will really enjoy it!

It is time for me to say "so long" now. I have to get back to my scripts and my Christmas shopping. I’m sure I’ll have some horrific story about some nightmare experience I had at some store, and I guarantee you that it will be while buying a gift for a female. All the nightmare shopping stories guys have always occur while shopping for women, it never fails. Well wish me luck and I am wishing ya’ll a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

21 Comments:

Blogger Shanna said...

John,

Hey there! Wow sounds like you had a good but hectic Thanksgiving. Glad you survived it. LOL The horseback riding experience sounds a bit wild but I'm sure you had a great time. Oh man, I can't wait to see the scenes between Coop and Lizzie. They should be great to watch. Coop still sees that Lizzie needs a friend and that's great but somehow he'll lose his heart to her and her to him. Can't wait to see it.

Good luck shopping! :)

Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Take Care,

Shanna

December 21, 2004 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Holli said...

Hey John,
This is Holli. I don't know if you remember me from this summer at Bubba Gumps, but I just found this the other day and thought I would write you.It sounds like you are having a great time working. I've watched the show some and you were great! I tried to call you one time, but you changed your number...your famous now! Everything is good here, we're on our Christmas break for a month and 1/2 so I have been doing the family thing, nothing dramatic.

Well, I guess I will let you go. Good Luck and have fun being the famous actor that you are! haha--- You are such a great person I know you will go far! I'm going to leave my email address if you ever have time to write! Thanks, bye

hehines@olemiss.edu

December 21, 2004 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger jess said...

Um, you're missing one VERY IMPORTANT event that took place in between blogs, john!

December 21, 2004 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Kellie said...

Glad to know you're not dead, John. I've been behind on reading your Blog and Stephanie's thanks to the hectic schedule of teaching third graders (thank goodness for winter break). Sounds like you've had a few adventures over the past few weeks. Enjoy your holiday with the family and keep us posted on that possible appearance in Northern VA...it might be time to visit my cousin in Warrenton and hit your autograph session at the same time.

Merry Christmas!
Kellie

December 21, 2004 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hey John,

Very glad to hear your not dead, lol.

Well your Thanksgiving sounded eventful to say the least. I'm glad your power was back on in time.

Congrats on being selected for the Hottest Hunks thing. Definately going on my Christmas list. You and the ATWT and other GL guys should come down here near Mississippi to do something. We never get anyone down here. You could do it in New Orleans one weekend. That could be fun....all you guys just hanging out in New Orleans...ok-that could be trouble! :)

Looking forward to those Coop/Lizzie scenes! You are awesome!! Keep up the great work!

Happy Holidays,
ERIN


Oh and when you're having trouble shopping for that special female--remember as long as its special it doesn't matter what it is. But if in jewlery is always nice ;)

December 21, 2004 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger RevaShayneLewis said...

I just have to say that I really enjoy "Guiding Light" right now. You are a great addition to the cast, and I think you are an excellent actor! It's nice to see how you interact with Justin Deas and Beth Ehlers.

I've been a GL fan for twenty years now (since I was 5 years old), and I can't remember when GL was this good! Please share my well wishes to the entire GL company for keeping me riveted with the show!

Happiest of holidays to you!

December 22, 2004 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Well, I know you may think you are a nerd, but my mom just said yesterday, "I think he is one of the most handsome young men that's been on in a long time." And I totally agree. :)

Have a very merry Christmas, John! And a happy New Year's eve.

December 23, 2004 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Lara-Ann said...

Hi John-

Merry Christmas! It's good to hear that the holidays are bringing so much happiness to so many people this year. And I'm glad to see that life is treating you well. Take Care bringing in the New Year and make a wise mind for yourself.

THank you for posting on Blog- I enjoy reading what things people are doing elsewhere. Not just places, but diffrent professions and situations.

Lara-Ann

Lara

December 25, 2004 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Connie K said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing the soap hunks to Virginia, my home state. Not much excitin' ever happens in these here parts;-)

December 25, 2004 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Jennie said...

Hey, just wanted to leave a comment from your fans that met you in Friday's in Woodbridge today!(the friends of Randy) We will definitely watch your show and spread the word about your character to all the JMU kids. If you ever want to keep in touch with your fans in the boonies definitely hit us up!

Jennie and Chrystal

LilJMUshorty@aol.com or http://specialspot.blogspot.com)

December 27, 2004 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hey John. Just wanted to say that you've been doing an awesome job on Guiding Light. Loved the latest scenes I saw between you and Crystal Hunt. Those were the ones where the viewers could hear your thoughts. Glad your Thanksgiving was salvaged! We had a few times on Christmas Day when we thought ice was going to take down some power lines and that wouldn't have been good. (I live in Southeast Missouri where a big winter storm front went through a couple days before Christmas. When the roadworkers couldn't even get I-55 clear for holiday travel, you know it's bad.) I know this tip is too late for this Christmas, but next year, depending on which female you're buying for (this might work better for a sister than your significant other), you can always pick up some gift cards to a store or two that she likes. Hope you have a great 2005 and I'm looking forward to more Coop/Lizzie scenes.

Susan kurtfan4life2002@yahoo.com

December 28, 2004 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger CandiceMack said...

Hey John,
So nice to hear that you had a wonderful holiday..I on the other hand had three hours of sleep on Christmas Day (only cuz I am a big kid and wanted my gifts).I also had the good fortune of seeing my best friend's nephews (all 7 of them) opening their gifts too,I really can't wait til I have children of my own (rethinks about that..maybe not jk).I am hoping to hear more about the Virgina soap event,I would..no make it I will be there when I receive more info,okay.

Love the Cozzie,
Candice

December 28, 2004 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger RR said...

Hey I was wondering if you are going to open an official website with pics, bio and other acting credits that you have

December 29, 2004 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Hayley said...

Hey John,

Hey man, it's Hayley from Woodbridge. I think it's great that you got into professional acting. I came across your blog and I just wanted to say hi.

December 30, 2004 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Mandi said...

John,

I just came across of your blog and thought that I would say hello. I absolutely love you on Guiding Light and I think that you are a wonderful addition to the show! And I am loving you and Lizzie. Can't wait until them two hook up!!

I hope that you have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas! Congrats on becoming the Godfather of your nephew! My sister is pregnant for the first time which makes me an aunt for the fisrt time. I am so excited! I wish you a very happy New Years!! :)

Keep up the fantastic work on Guiding Light!!!

Love,
Mandi

December 31, 2004 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Christina2005 said...

Hi,

January 2, 2005 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Christina2005 said...

Hi,

January 2, 2005 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Christina2005 said...

Hi,

January 2, 2005 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Christina2005 said...

Hi,

January 2, 2005 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Christina2005 said...

Hi,
This is my first time on BLOG. I just wanted to say I am a big fan of the show and have watched it for the past 6 years. It is about time we see some young people on there. I love your work John , you are so handsome and a good actor. Keep up the good work.
Christina

January 2, 2005 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Samantha J said...

Hi John!
I just wanted to say that you are great on GL. I loved the New Year's scene with you Harley, Frank and Buzz in the jail cell... It showed just how amazing you all are because there wasn't a big flashy set it was just you being you and it was so touching... And I have met both Frank and Beth Ehlers and they are as awesome in real life as there characters and from your posts I can tell that you are too. I also have a 2 year old nephew (I'm 19) and he is a huge part of my life. It's so sweet when guys are so close to there nephews/nieces... As for maturity level, I'm the same way when I get with little kids I have as much fun as they do lol! About that special lady you were buying for... was it for your girlfriend? I assume it would be seeing that you don't seem like the type of guy that would be single very long... Also, if you don't mind me asking... how old are you?
Well, I hope you had a great Christmas and New Years!
Samantha
SamMilt04@hotmail.com or sjm29@pitt.edu

January 6, 2005 at 3:43 PM  

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