Friday, January 07, 2005

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Out with the old and in with the new for 2005. I hope that everyone had a safe, fun and festive holiday season. I know that I certainly did (of course I’ll be sharing a bit of it with ya’ll), but there are some really exciting things that are coming up quickly that I also want to talk about. Are you interested in what’s coming up on the show? GREAT, we’ll get to some of that as well. Oh, and for those of you that have been with my “Blog” site from the start, apparently the “favorites/getting to know you” segment that I wrote didn’t go unnoticed by the Soap Magazines. Lets get started!

Every year we always tell ourselves “alright don’t go overboard on the holiday shopping this year”…yeah, well that didn’t go so well AGAIN for me. It seems that even though I made a list of things that I wanted to get for family and friends, I always seemed to find something else that I thought they might like or need. Whether it was electronics for the guys on my list, toys for my niece and nephew, or clothes, fragrances and jewelry for the females, after a while it all just seemed to mesh together. After realizing that I was hauling something like fifteen bags around, I thought, “this has to be enough”. Then the fun part really begins….wrapping everything. This area is usually a hit or miss with me and I say that because it really is true. The presents either look like they should be sitting in a Macy’s window OR something a third grader wrapped with four hundred pieces of tape basically laminating the whole damn thing! Needless to say I managed to get everything wrapped on time for Christmas morning. I have to say that my little nephew on Christmas morning had no clue what to think when he saw all these great big shiny boxes. He helped everyone unwrap their gifts and ended up wearing all the bows on his head and shirt and looked like a giant bow with two little eyes by the end of the day, it was pretty cute. As far as gifts for myself, it was pretty much to the point. I received some great workout equipment that I can take back up to New York, a few historical documentary (WWII) dvd’s, some clothes and lastly, some home essentials for my apartment. Yes, that is still a work in progress and will continue to be so for a while longer.

New Years was kind of an up in the air event this year for me. I was sick again between Christmas and New Year’s, so I ended up staying in Virginia for all two weeks and just relaxed. New Year’s Eve, I spent with my sister and brother-in-law and a few bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne at midnight…yum. My brother-in-law is a gourmet chef so needless to say; we had a great meal that night and I was in bed shortly after the ball drop. When I saw how many people were in Time Square, I was pretty happy with the choice I made. I just wasn’t in the mood to get shoved all around and fight for space that night. Yes, I was a bit lame, fine I’ll give ya’ll that one but it was still a great way to start 2005 off.

Moving on to the show now, how many of ya’ll like our holiday episodes? They were so much fun to shoot especially with Frank Dicopolous (Frank). He is such a character in person as opposed to Frank “the police chief” on the show. That whole kazoo bit on the New Years episode had to be shot like three or four times because we never were doing the same song or Frank would say/do something that would make Beth (Ehlers; Harley) laugh and then the chain “laughaction” (worse than just a chain reaction) would happen. I had a few problems concerning my trench coat and the bottle of champagne in my pocket….yeah, I know! When I went to take it out the first time, I think I said something like “look what I’ve got here; Surprise!” and was fumbling inside my coat at waist level to pull the bottle out. Well, on the monitors in the control booth it looked like a different story and that dialogue didn’t help. That got a few laughs on set too. Anyways, on to the present tense and the issue of Coop and Lizzie and their growing romance or game with one another. Our announcement of going on a date has just recently aired but I’m sure how our date goes will be a bit of a shocker. I’ve been reading all the comments from not just the Blog site (thank you for all of them), but on the CBS/Guiding Light/Letter Rip column. People seem to be pretty torn evenly about seeing and not seeing this coupling happen. All I can say is keep the comments coming because they really are taken into consideration when plotting each character’s story. I still believe my main function on the show is to be tormented by that little dog of hers, LOL!

As far as some upcoming events or articles to watch out for, I have some information to give you. For all of you avid watchers of our show who more specifically live in the Baltimore, Washington D.C., Virginia area, both Gavin Houston (Remy Boudreau) and myself, will be appearing at the Dulles Expo Center this Sunday (January 9th) from 1pm to 3 pm to help raise money in support of the “Florida Hurricane Relief Fund”. We will not only be signing autographs but the brand new “Hottest Hunks of Daytime 2005” calendar will be on hand too. I would love to see as many of you all out there to say hello to and take some fun crazy pictures with, it’s the nerd in me coming out! The exact address of the location so that you all can google it is: 4368 Chantilly Center, Chantilly, Va. 20153 and we will be located in the “North Building” of the Expo Center.

Let me just say that ANYONE CAN COME to this event but I just figured that it would be more convenient for those individuals that live in the areas I mentioned. The other really cool part is that you can make a day of this because there will be an arts and crafts event going on at the same time and this place is HUGE! Tickets to get into the building will be $7 and the calendars are $10 from what I’ve been told, with proceeds going to the charity fund, but we are absolutely FREE to hang out with! The other really exciting thing for me is that I received a call the other day about an interview with “Soap Opera Weekly” and they wanted to feature me as the back full page of the “getting to know you” segment. This segment is just a huge list of quick questions that are fun and informative. When I found this out, I had to laugh since I didn’t think this would happen for quite a while so I did it myself on this Blog site. The people for “Weekly” apparently read it and wanted to dive deeper with the questions, so BE ON THE LOOK OUT at your nearest convenience store for the article and I will also let you know if I see it.

Before I complete this novel I’ve been writing, I wanted to thank all of you for not only the comments on this site but those of you who have also written letters to me addressed to the studio in NY or e-mails on the GL website. If you have asked for a signed picture/headshot, I am actually in the middle of getting some specifically made for sending out to you, but it will take a bit of time. Please bear with me and I’ll send them ASAP. This is all still very new and I wasn’t prepared for sending my pictures out, LOL!

Now, I have to laugh at all the comments I’ve been receiving on this site because some are really great and some are really funny. Regardless, I love them all and hope ya’ll keep asking them. The music choices you’ve asked about, my age (not sure I want to give that away yet but feel free to guess), whether or not I have a girlfriend, what it feels like to be an uncle, how I got started into acting, what it was like moving to the city, etc???? I’ve tried to answer each comment but for some reason I can’t seem to access sending a response but I WILL FIGURE IT OUT….it just might take a bit first ;P

I look forward to seeing those of you who can make it out this weekend, as well as hearing from you on the comments board here. All the best to you and yours in 2005 and let me know what’s happening in your life too. Who knows, you may have more in common with me than you think! Oh and before I forget, enjoy the twists and turns the upcoming Lizzie and Coop saga take ;p

24 Comments:

Blogger amandagray said...

Happy New Year John! Thanks for taking the time to post so much about what is going on in your life. It really is a welcome break to "read and laugh" with you!
All the best!

January 7, 2005 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Happy 2005 John! This was convenient for me. I usually check your blog once every two weeks or so to see if you've posted again and I just lucked into it this time. Nice to hear that you had a good Christmas. I was able to visit a good friend who I see maybe four times a year and I also got a chance to do a little after Christmas shopping for some new clothes. Not that I really had the money. Since I work on-campus, my job doesn't start again until the start of classes on January 18.

I'm sorry to hear you were sick again. You need to stay healthy longer! I spent New Year's Eve at my mom's (yeah, no date again this year) with a couple bottles of strawberry daiquiries (I know I spelled that wrong). I won't be able to attend the event you're going to be at Virginia (it's a little far from Southeast Missouri), BUT if you ever find yourself doing any sort of event in the Southeast Missouri/St. Louis area, I'll be there.

I really enjoyed the episode where you, Frank, and Buzz were visiting Harley in jail. I just knew the kazoo scene would have to be filmed several times. I'm actually really liking the idea of a Lizzie/Coop pairing in the future. I think both you and Crystal Hunt are incredibly talented and will really make scenes between the two of you fun to watch.

Until your next blog, stay safe and HEALTHY this time.

Susan kurtfan4life2002@yahoo.com

January 7, 2005 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger nhfan said...

Hey John,

Just wanted to say Happy New Year. I stumbled across this sit and am enjoying your posts. Love the show, have been a fan since I was a kid, and its definitely the best its been in a long time!

You and Crystal have great chemistry! Loving the storyline.. Lets just hope the dog doesn't ruin things for you 2 :)

Again its nice for an actor to actually reach out and correspond this way. Thank you!

Now all we need is for you to get up to NE!!

Looking forward to your next post. Have a great 2005!

January 7, 2005 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger SexandMoxie said...

Hi there.....

From one blogger to another, Happy New Year. I have to admit that I don't watch the show that often, although I do sometimes have it on in the background while I'm working from home.

My blog is a bit...err...saucier than yours, but I hope you'll check it out. sexandmoxie.blogspot.com

Keep up the great blogging! Always interesting to hear what actors "real" lives are like as opposed to their "reel" lives.

Cheers,

Moxie

January 7, 2005 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger SexandMoxie said...

...oh, and one more thing.

Re: responding to comments. You might want to try using HaloScan to accept comments. That way your readers can leave you their e-mail addresses/website URL's AND you can track IP's in case you ever need to ban anyone. It's a great privacy feature and really easy to use and install. Actually, Halo Scan does it for you for free.

Check out my blog (sexandmoxie.blogspot.com) to see how the Halo Scan comments are set up. And if you want to use them just go to www.HaloScan.com. The whole service is free (I think you can pay $10 to get e-mail notifications when someone leaves you a comment.)

January 7, 2005 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

John,

Hey there! Happy New Year to you as well. I'm glad you had a good Christmas but was sorry to hear that you were sick again.

I loved the holiday episodes... they were great. I bet the kazoo scene was just as fun to tape as it was to see. Can't wait to see the up coming scenes with Coop and Lizzie. I cracked up at the reactions of Buzz and Alan when the date was announced. LOL You may see me again in New York at the gathering this year which I am looking forward to actually.

Hope you have a great day!

Take Care,

Shanna

January 7, 2005 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Samantha J said...

John~
Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for the update. Also, I must say that I had to laugh when you said "that was the nerd coming out of me..." lol I refer to myself as a nerd all the time and my loving sister even calls me that as a joke... She's 34 and I'm 19 so we kid around all the time lol... About if you have a gf and your age, Come on ... You don't write a blog and not reveil that information!!!lol I don't even have a blog (personally because my life is too dull that no one would even care to read it lol), but I will tell everyone right now that I am 19 and completely single... Go ahead now it is your turn now lol... Anyway as for my New Year's eve, I stayed home and partied with the cutest date ever... My 2 year old nephew Lukas lol! We watched The Wiggles and then watched Regis in Times Square as we toasted with Chocolate Milk for him and a Wine Cooler for me, and by 12:45 we were both passed out asleep in my room. As dull as that may seem to most people, I had a blast. Every time I'm with him I act like I'm five years old again and sometimes have more fun than he does! lol Well, I thought you might relate seeing that you seem like you are the same way with your nephew/niece. Tell everyone at GL that they are doing an amazing job...(As for Frank he is def. a character in real life. I met him at Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh with Ricky and Beth). As for the Lizzy situation... I'm not sure where I want it to go... I'm thinking about what she did to both Tammy and Marina over love, but then I think that everyone deserves to find there true love (hopefully mine is out there somewhere...) Anyways, I couldn't think of a better person for her to fall in love with than Coop(You) so I say go for it... Maybe you can turn her around... Oh and if you ever get some pictures, I'd love to have one... I know you are a very busy guy, but if you ever wanna swap nephew/niece stories lol shoot me an email SamMilt04@hotmail.com or sjm29@pitt.edu or if by any chance you have AIM my name is RmntcDream03(I always like to take a break from my college work @ The University of Pittsburgh lol)
Have a great week!
Samantha

January 7, 2005 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Lara-Ann said...

For my husband and myself we are the biggest New Year beagles. We celebrated New Years at 11pm and were asleep by midnight. But it beats last year when we were both in bed at 9. At this rate I may never get to kiss him at midnight!

I say don't tell your age- don't say if you have a GF. It's a wicked form of "career suicide"- and do not admit to being married! Unless you are like John Travolta your likely to lose your female followers-- I.E. - Chad Michael Murray - guy gets engaged suddenly he's not so hot.

I'm sorry I dont get to watch the show that often so I'm totally outdated on everything- but I love to read blogs and since you sorta have 2 lifes in one blog it's fun to read. Plus I totally love the way the girls react to you. ( you gotta admit- it's entertaining)

One last note- perhaps you should think about using HELLO to post pictures to your blog. It's free and available of the blogger.com website. They also have this cool voice blog thing- but it could be a long distance call- I havent used it but I set up an account.

good luck and have fun!
Lara

January 7, 2005 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hey John!

I loved the jail scenes!! So cute! Its great to see all the Coopers together. You looked like you wanted to drink that champagne pretty bad! lol. It was great! Cant wait to see this date!

I'm sorry you were sick, I am glad you're feeling better now though!

As far as replying to comments--ummm you can go to their blogs by clicking on there name and reply there, or just use a blog entry to answer the questions...you probably don't want to email anyone from your personal account lol, they might start stalking you or something! Wouldn't want that!

Stay Healthy!

ERIN

erin42@starmail.com

January 7, 2005 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hey John,

How are you? Happy New Year!!! Sorry you were sick during Christmas, I hope you feel better now. I didn't do much for new year's eve either, I did watch the ball drop, that was exciting. I just want you to know I love you on the show and I love Guiding Light and all the stories that are going on. Guiding Light is becoming more and more unpredictable and that's what I love. You and Lizzie are great together, who knows you guys might be the next big super couple. I hope to see you on the show for years to come. I think it is awesome that you are sending your fans autographed pictures of yourself. I will email you my address at soapcity.com and when you have time you can send me a pic from the studio.
Have a good weekend.

Monica

BTW, the pic my mom took of us at the Gus Bus Harbour Cruise turned out really nice. Thanks for posing!!!

January 7, 2005 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Cynn said...

John~
Glad to hear you had a good xmas and new years. sorry about you being sick--but i'm sure not having a jacket isn't going to help the situation! You'll have to let me know what that magazine comes out..although i must admit, i do look for you everytime i go into the store. yeah--i'm a dork. anyways. hope you are feeling better and everything is going well..oh yeah, and hope you had a good time on the 4th! oh..and as for revealing your age and whether or not you have a girlfriend, i think it's best if some things are kept quiet. you can never be too careful with all the psychos out there!

Cynn

January 7, 2005 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hi! I saw you had a blog in Soap Opera Digest,I think this is such a great way for us fans to get to know you. I see your having a calendar signing,I live in California,we don't get many soap events here. Though I wish some of the NY soaps would come and do events here :-) I love the Coop and Lizzie pairing,it's great to see this side of Lizzie. The show is awesome right now:-)!!!

January 8, 2005 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Hi this is Kara,Roy Hollis's daughter(your fathers friend from choir). Im the youngest one that you met. I think its really cool how you make this blogger thing. When are you coming back to visit Woodbridge? My mom lost that pic. that she took of you and my grandma. Kyna (my sister the older one) and I are in 2 plays right now. One is the Velveteen Rabbit which we are doing right now (but we told you about that one already), and the other one is Pied Piper which we are going to rehearsal tonight. My dad is in those ones and Brigadoon but i forget if we told you about that one. I wish you could come and see them but you are probally really busy. Well I have to go. We are going ot have lunch then off to Fredricksburg! O and by the way Happy New Year!!

January 9, 2005 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Connie K said...

Thanks so much to you and Gavin for coming out and signing autographs in Chantilly today! I talked to you about the Skins and the Playoffs and you liked my Chihuahua-wearing-a-tiara purse. You guys are so down to earth, very sweet. I was impressed that you didn't seem to mind when a few of your fans got pretty excited and amorous and that you kindly talked to their friends on cell phones while signing away. I spoke to some "antiquers" who don't watch GL but who said they'll be tuning in now because they saw you both today. That's good news for a great show! Thanks again!

January 9, 2005 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger CandiceMack said...

Hey John,its Candice (the one who had you talk on her cell to my friends,Cheryl and Denise).I just wanted to say thank you and Gavin for just making my weekend..heck my whole month so much fun.As you could tell you and him made my family go crazy and now they will watch GL (hee the power of making them go)I wanted to also say that I will be in NYC for the GLFC and also soon as I get my photos developed I am sending you and Gavin copies..just so you know who I am *winks*.So once again thank you and keep up the good work..especially those Cozzie scenes and hopefully a shirtless scene is coming up..I mean seriously it's about time for Lizzie to see what she could have lol.

Love Ya,
Candice

PS check out my blog hee

January 9, 2005 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

Hey it was great seeing you yesterday, email me and I will send you the cd, I was going and try and send pictures but there are too darn many. The D.C. Flea was fun, I didn't spend much money but I wanted to. I think it was funny those girl surrounded you. Hopefully you had fun. Hey have you ever eaten at Bar J's in Woodbridge. Hole in the wall Mexican Place. Later,
Elena

January 10, 2005 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger lynn said...

Happpy New Year!
Glad to hear you're feeling better now. Like the other married poster, my husband and I did manage to make it to 12:00 am this year. When our son was 3-4 he was really excited about the ball dropping. Really got in to the whole thing. Anyway, the ball drops, everyone is kissing and partying on screen and he's just staring and the tv, looking confused. When I asked what was wrong, he looked at me and said, "That's it? That's all there is? The ball isn't going to explode or anything?" Gotta love little kids and the way they see the world!
I think the show has really turned around into what it was, and it's about time! Coop and Lizzie are good together, I do have one question though. Does that poor dog mind being in costume all the time?

January 10, 2005 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Elise said...

Hey John,
I've seen a couple episodes and am so psyched for you! Not sure if you remember me from Mason, but I was in "Look Homeward, Angel" with you (old lady, Mrs. Clatt). I'm graduating in May, and currently diving into the industry, auditioning everywhere and looking at some grad programs, too. Wondered if you could give me some pointers. My e-mail is elisears@hotmail.com if you have a chance to respond. Best of luck in the new year! Elise

January 10, 2005 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Hey John,

I'm glad to hear that your holidays were fun and festive. But I'm also sorry to hear that you were sick again...here's a virtual hug from me: Amber->(John). LOL! I can't wait to get the calendar you're in. I'm so looking forward to it.
I wish I could have made it to Virginia. I would really like to see you again. You should come to an event in Michigan sometime! Two years ago, they had the "Soap Opera Festival of the Stars" at Ford Field in Detroit. It was a lot of fun! But not nearly as much fun as the St. Judes Benefit this past year. You were so awesome to meet!
For the next time you do "All About Me" blog, can you answer this: How tall are you? I was just wondering because the clothes you wear make you look so great! LOL! You're like the perfect height for a guy!

Until next time,
Amber
smartie58@hotmail.com

January 10, 2005 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger jess said...

Hey John! First off... i completely believe you shouldn't reveal personal information about yourself. it makes things more intriguing for those who are intrigued. Great time the 4th, although I wish you hadn't been so preoccupied. Maybe we could've had a conversation or two. I understand that girls get excited about meeting you; i just have a hard time being pushy. i'll have to work on it, though, if i want to spend time with you! ;)

Hit me up.
J.

p.s.- read the article in soap opera digest. sweet!

January 13, 2005 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hey John! I'm baaaaack. LOL. I know you said you were holding it against me that I was behind, but you should know that I still read (and relished) every word. And I finally remembered my password so I could get on here and leave you a message.

I had a great time last Saturday. I always love a good road trip, and it doesn't get much easier than 3 hours on 29. Not much chance of getting lost. Anyway, my friend Andrea and I had a great time with you and Gavin. I'll have you know that I have offered to take her along to many a "celebrity appearance" and this is the first time she took me up on it. I told you, you're her favorite (with perhaps the small exception of Scott Holmes on ATWT...LOL!).

Anyway, I enjoyed seeing all your friends and family come by to see you. It was clear that they are all so proud of you and thrilled for your success. As well they should be. You're doing a great job!

Good choice for a travel buddy, too! Gavin was a lot of fun. I had met him before briefly, but Saturday really afforded the opportunity to chat and goof around a little. I think he was about thisclose to going for that snipe hunting trip. LOL! And watching his face while Andrea explained the mudd bogg and frog gigging...priceless!

I'll stop yammering on now. Just wanted to say "hey" as promised. Make sure Gavin emails me when he finds out about Julius Caesar. I'm rooting for him. Other than that, I am waiting with great anticipation for Vegas! I'm sure it'll be an absolute blast. I'm hoping to get over to the Grand Canyon while I'm on that side of the country. I understand it is just a few hours away? We'll see. But I'm looking forward to spending some time with you there. Viva Las Vegas!

A few notes for my fellow bloggers....
Samantha....I was in Pittsburgh too! Then again, so was half of PA! I wonder if we saw one another? If you were there at the beginning, I am the one Michael was talking about when he spotted me on the front row and he was kidding me about my driving and talking about his birthday-in-a-box that I sent.

and lynn....about the anti-climatic experience your son had on New Years, I am reminded of holding my eyes open for hours and hours one night as a kid to see what happened to the clock when it changed from PM to AM. Imagine THAT disappointment. The dot moved. WOOHOO. LOL!

Anyway, enough rambling for one day. Over and out!

Amanda
(Amanda@michaelparkfans.com)

January 14, 2005 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Hey John!

Just wanted to stop by and say hi! It was great meeting you last weekend in Chantilly. It's awesome seeing someone else from Woodbridge having all this success!

I don't think I'll be able to make it to the Las Vegas event next month (short on cash after Christmas, which I'm sure you can understand!). I'm sorry I'll miss it, it sounds like a blast! Hopefully I can make it to some other events this year. I'd love to come up to NYC for the GL fan event if I can.

Best of luck on the show and hope to chat with you soon!

Jen
Hokie98@aol.com
www.jenexmedia.com

January 16, 2005 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Shari B said...

Hey John,

Glad to hear you enjoyed Marco, we're pretty happy with the island. It was great meeting you even if it was short conversations on those drives to events. Everyone was great and it was a pleasure working with all of you that weekend!! Maybe next year if you don't get a chance before we can listen to Ron's entire CD before I have to let you off at one event or another. I'm sure Starbuck's on the island misses you guys!

Please let me know how Olivia is doing now that they are home. And Thank Frank for me even though I didn't see anything above and beyond for getting her prescription.

Give my best to Dougie, Tom and Beth. I really did get a kick out of Tom's kilt. It's not every guy that can pull that off!! :)

Do you golf? PetSafe is looking at maybe doing a golf tourney here in West Palm Beach, FL when the weather is cool again and we would love to have you if your interested. Spread the word too for mw too, I know alot of your castmates golf. :)

Hope to see you in NYC. Thankfully I am not working transportation for that gathering!

Best
Shari B.
Driver, MIFF
shari@petsafe.org

May 14, 2005 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger April said...

JOHN!

I had to create a blog account to write this, honestly, I don't really know what the hell a blog is!
As a refresher, it's April - you know, one of those millions of high school friends that crawls out of the woodwork when you get on tv! Just kididng! You gotta admit, we had a magical moment at the 8th grade dance :)

Anyways, the truth is - I just wanted to congratulate you on all the sucess. Hot Southerners, Guiding Light..god only knows there is so much more to come your way! You're one of the few to make it out of the Bridge and actually make something exciting out of yourself. Keep it up! Next time you're in - send out an APB! You're amazing!

April

ps- you know Tootsie would love to see how far you've gone!

May 20, 2005 at 6:43 PM  

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