Wednesday, June 29, 2005

SO MUCH TO SAY

Much time has passed since my last entry and in all honesty I can only say that I have been preoccupied and even somewhat lazy. But not without good cause and reason as I have had some major events occur which have taken up the valuable time I use to type out Blog entries. Some of these events are of more notoriety than others. Now although I will attempt to list them all, I will clearly not have enough time to touch on all of them the way I usually describe most of my adventures as you’ve all come to expect. So please kick back and relax and ready yourself for the first installment of “John’s Journey in June!”

Many of you music fans may notice the heading of this specific entry and say “Gee that sounds familiar”? Well, I say “right, you are” and that is because I have become accustomed to listening to music while typing and today’s choice artist is “Dave Matthews Band”. The right music can really motivate a person to accomplish a great many things and seeing as how my Blog site has been dry for quite some time, I need some serious motivation, LOL! Since may last posting back in the beginning of May the Daytime Emmy Awards have taken place; a couple of us from the show went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for horseback riding and whitewater rafting; I moved from my Brooklyn apartment into the city itself; CBS and ABC went head to head in a fierce softball match which benefited a great charity (though I got pretty thrashed with injuries); I began the arduous but exciting process of meeting with agents to seek representation (as I only have a personal manager at the moment); this past Saturday, June 25th, Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus) and myself made a personal appearance in a city most likely not really near you (LOL, wink); and finally yesterday, June 27th, was my birthday and what a surprise I received!

For years I have read about the Daytime Emmy Awards and all the glitz and glamour which surrounds it; the beautifully flowing dresses, the fancy limousines, the not so traditional tuxedos, the award show itself and the stellar after-parties. Well, let me just say that after surviving my first Daytime Emmy Award show, it’s all so true. This was a first time encounter for me and I was going to experience it to the max! The weekend itself started with a party at the New York City Mayor’s Mansion (Mayor Bloomberg) Thursday night as a sort of icebreaker/award ceremony for achievement open to all guests and artists from in, out and around town. My girlfriend and I attended this event and were instantly bombarded by the photographers for press pictures. Now I realize that I just answered the question that many of you have on your minds: Is John gay? LOL, no I am only kidding, the questions most people ask: is are you single? I have to laugh at this question but I will tell the truth (it’s hard for actors to tell the truth, we lie for a living). There is someone special in my life and I’m sure that if you are a person who reads the soap magazines you will have already seen a picture of the two of us together.

Anyway, we arrived right after Susan Lucci (Erica; AMC) and let me just say that she looked amazing in person! The Mayor’s Mansion was beautifully located on the upper east side of Manhattan and was simply alive with daytime personalities, industry individuals, political figures, and family/friends. I have to say that besides talking to the “Guiding Light” people it was difficult to meet others because I just didn’t know where they all were from and I certainly didn’t want to walk up to some mogul individual and just say “Hello, my name is John Driscoll and I’m from “Guiding Light,” who are you?” Knowing my luck, it probably would have been the mayor himself! After about an hour more of talking and trying to meet and greet, a large contingent of us went back to the Waldorf Astoria to a Charity function that was put together by Ricky Paull Goldin benefiting one of the hospitals in New York City (forgive me for not remembering which one) and it was just amazing. There were speeches and awards given for achievement; there was singing and dancing; and let us not forget that there was tons of food to be eaten along with fans to meet and enjoy the experience with! It was a great night but the real excitement was still to come the following evening at Radio City.

Friday morning was a bit stressful for me as I was trying to make sure that I had all the parts to my tuxedo in one place as did my girlfriend and her dress (which was dynamite if I do say so myself, LOL). Work that day only went for a half day to give everyone an ample amount of time to get ready. Now, let’s be honest here for a moment and realize that this is not meant to single anyone out….but rather to single out an entire gender, LOL! Why don’t we just admit that the reason for a half day of work was so that the women of the show had enough time to gossip, compare dresses, get hair and makeup wonders done to themselves so that they might have an original look for the evening, have a little cocktail at the studio to take the edge off and finally swoop down into the awaiting limousines to be taken to the “ball” like Cinderella. I’m sure that the statement I just made might receive a bit of criticism so all I ask in your responses is to please be gentle.

As the first group of us arrived at the hotel where the pre-Emmy dinner was to be held, I realized that this is an event bigger than any individual, show or award. It is a tradition that has gone on for years and will go on for years long after my run on the soaps. But right now, in that moment, I was fortunate enough to be a part of it and to cherish and remember everything about the evening at hand. I stepped out of the car and was again immediately greeted by fans and photographers leading into the main foyer of the hotel. Mandy Bruno (Marina) and I posed together for some family photos before continuing up the stairs to the waiting room where hundreds of people were already gathered awaiting to be let into the dinning room. Everyone looked so good, sharp and stunning, but I have to say that you could tell the NY actors from the LA ones. Not to be too critical but the demeanor and wardrobe of the NY actors and representatives was a bit more classical or traditional while the LA actor and representative’s was a bit more “loose” in body language and attire. Hey, whatever, it’s a personal choice you know? Whatever you feel most comfortable in.

Dinner was served and although most people seemed to eat, many individuals chose to move about and mingle with those from around the enormous room. When I say that this room was enormous, I am talking about seating roughly close to one thousand if not more, maybe two. People would pass by and quickly say hello and move on in the normal industry greeting as I like to call it: “Helloooooooo, how are you (insert kisses or handshake)? You look fabulous (clearly quickly analyzing you), have fun tonight (ending conversation) and we will DEFINITELY talk later (yeah right)”. All of this taking a total of maybe ten seconds, so it feels more like an assembly line of greetings. I’ll have to get used to that but as you can tell, I usually have more than ten seconds worth of things to say so maybe I won’t get too accustomed to it.

Once dinner was finished we all were escorted down the stairs to the beginning of the two and a half block red carpet walk to Radio City Music Hall. At this point it is usually best to try and do this with another person if not a group of people. There is always safety in numbers and also if you are not as recognizable as an individual, maybe a combination of characters will cause more of a stir for fans as well as for the reporters along the carpet. Mandy Bruno, Stephanie Gatschet (Tammy), Scott Bailey (Sandy) and I banded together, braved the carpet and actually had an absolute ball!

I have to laugh because one of the first things I did realizing that I’d have to be extroverted to get any attention or press time was to jump on the police guard rails that separated us from the fans, a gap which was at least ten yards on both sides, and started to shout to the crowd. I have to say that you all (the fans) are awesome. I found out that some of the people had been waiting there for hours just to catch a glimpse of their favorite actor. I watched some celebrities waltz by a group of fans that obviously would’ve been happy for a look or a nod of recognition, maybe even a quick picture, but for some reason kept right on walking. That struck me as just being a really awful thing to do. Anyways, so I’m up on the guard-rail, pinpointing people in the crowd, shouting questions to them, telling them I can’t hear them, asking them to scream louder and just interacting with them. Later on down the line, after a few interviews and pictures of our little group together, Scott and I had the brilliant idea of jumping the rails and running over to the crowd to sign autographs, take pictures with people like I love to do, talk with them quickly and even snag a kiss or two, LOL! It was amazing, just to see everyone so happy and laughing and enjoying themselves. I think there must have been a larger smile on my face because this was a first for me and I wasn’t going to spare any detail. When Scott and I returned to the line, Mandy and Stephanie simply smiled and said “show-offs”. WHAT??? We actually had a film crew follow us down the line and film us chatting and taking pictures because WE WERE THE ONLY ONES WHO DID THAT!

As the red carpet came to an end we all entered the Music Hall and were herded into the auditorium for the start of the show. Oh, and by the way, how many of you saw Crystal Hunt (Lizzie) and her dog in matching dresses? How cute was that? Alright, back to the show, so Crystal and I sat next to each other along with her parents while Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan) and his mom (so sweet) sat right behind us. Tom had a huge contingent of family and friends with him in the audience. All of “Guiding Light” was seated roughly together, give or take a few rows.
I would have loved to see Grant Aleksander (Phillip) win, but I do also know Christian Le Blanc (Michael; Y&R) who did win and he is a truly talented soap actor, so that was a tough one. Regardless of who won and who did not, the whole thought of sitting in the audience and being on camera for the whole nation to see you (yes, mom and dad back in VA) was pretty cool. I received a few text messages during the show from friends who saw me and said that they were proud of me. That is always appreciated so thanks guys and gals (you know who you are)! I did manage to snag a few pictures of Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell for all you fans of their shows.

After the award show, everyone filed out to either walk the two blocks to the Waldorf or hop in their limousines to the after party. At this point, I have to mention that my girlfriend was meeting up with me and she had an absolutely horrible day! She left her things at a girlfriend’s place down in the Lower West Village on Thursday where she had gotten ready for the Mayor’s event in hopes of saving time by coming back Friday to get ready again for the after Emmy party. Well, to her dismay and that of her friends, the place had been broken into and her things were strewn all over the floor. Cameras were stolen along with phones, laptops and even my girl’s wallet/purse. All her cards and cash gone for the night and no way to pay the stylist who had come to do her hair and makeup; so I took care of all of it and made sure we got to the after-party and assured her we would get it all back. Clearly, with this brief history of the situation, you can understand that she was in no mood for BS of any sorts or to really party but she managed to continue and see the night through.

Everyone at this point looked much more loose and at ease (possibly due to alcohol, LOL) as the mingling continued. CBS was the host of this year’s Award Ceremony and clearly went above and beyond as far as the decorations and entertainment was concerned. The catering was splendid. I do believe the chocolate fountain had the most visitors of any presentation; hey you can’t go wrong with chocolate, I guess! We did have one little scare though that evening. Tom’s grandfather passed out and had to be taken to the hospital. I am happy to report that he is doing fine and was soon released. The whole evening continued on with laughter and dancing and merriment long after my girlfriend and I left, and I have to say that it was just mind blowing. I can say that I have achieved another personal goal and survived yet another crazy adventure in the realm of soap entertainment.

Alright, well I believe that I have been long winded enough and there is still so much to discuss….but not now. The next installment of John’s Journey in June will tackle our trip to Tennessee and include a close call rescue on the mighty river, how I went horseback riding, then quickly moving to my relocation from Brooklyn into Manhattan and the joy that was. I hope that ya’ll enjoy the blog, and I promise to get the next one out sooner. Until then, I wish you all the best and please feel free to ask questions about this one and past ones. Let me know your thoughts about the Emmy awards. Whatever it is that’s on your mind, please feel free to share it!

And now comes the part of the Blog where I pull a post from my site from a fan or just a passerby (somewhat of a new tradition). This one comes from Nikki and stopped me in my tracks. Nikki, thank you so much for this post, I can not think of a higher compliment to receive and so again I say congratulations to you and your husband on your baby bundle of joy:

Thanks for your great performances on Guiding Light! I don't get to watch during the day, so I tivo it and watch at 3 in the morning when I am up with my new son Cooper (2 months old this past Sunday). We actually found the name while searching the census list of top 500 names, but when my husband asked, "What about Cooper if its a boy?," I couldn't help but think that your character's name would be the perfect fit for my then baby-to-be : ) Anyway, thanks for keeping things interesting on the show. You are doing a great job in drawing back younger viewers like myself. Keep up the great work! –Nikki

All the best, -John-

30 Comments:

Blogger NaVell said...

WoW! Am I the first one to leave a comment? Oh, boy, what do I say? LOL! Wanna apologize again if my last post offended anybody. I never posted in an actor's blog b4, and did that to break tension, so, if I did offend, I am sorry (if wondering which one, it was in the previous entry).

Anyhow, I just wanted to say that I am glad you had a fun time at the Emmys. A friend of mine went this year, I was so jealous. O, well. There are other Emmy shows. If I went and saw Susan Lucci, I probably would have fainted. I did see Crystal and her dog, that was adorable. You two together light up the screen. It's nice to finally see this pairing happen.

If I haven't stated b4, I will state now, you are a cool guy and a great actor. What a great way to keep in touch w/ fans, let them know how you are doing and such. Really cool. I have been an avid fan of GL for 15 yrs......and I am only a 19 yr. old guy. LOL! I am surprised I remember a lot when I was 5 yrs. old. LOL!

GL still rocks and I watch everyday, never stopped watching it to begin w/. Keep up the good work on the show, and just have fun. Happy Belated Birthday, as well.


Na'Vell
http://www.navelljlee.zoomshare.com

June 29, 2005 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger CoopLover90 said...

Hey John!
I am glad to hear you have been busy and have been having a fun time! I was reading your entry and I was waiting to hear what you got for your birthday! By the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are an amazing actor on Guiding Light! I feel that you and Lizzie are such a great match for each other. Anway if I wanted to send you a letter asking for an autograph where would I send that?

Thanks
~Kristin~

June 29, 2005 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Wow! Sounds like you had an awesome time!Your so lucky to have an experience such as that. A dream of mine would be 2 get glammed up and go w/ a handsome man such as urself! lol U deff got a lucky girlfriend! I'm sry 2 hear about her friend's apartment being broken into and her problems getting ready for the event. It should have been an enjoyable experience for her and that's horrible that it wasn't. You'll deff have other events and parties and things of that nature 2 go 2, so I wish her the best of luck next time!

I agree w/ you, Crystal Hunt look absolutely STUNNING! Her dog is aborable. I'm sad she didn't win the emmy. That was really upsetting, but she had a smile on her face and looked 2 be having a FAB time so that's all that matters! As far as I'm concerned Guiding Light has the most talented cast on daytime by far.

I just started watching gl six months ago, but it is deff the acting that keeps me hooked. It was over christmas break. See, gl is like a little heirloom in my family. My grandparents (esp. my grandpap<~ he's the cutest lol) can't miss a day of their "story." So naturally my mom watches along with them. I have memories of GL when I was little but i never really payed attention because I was 2 young and didn't understand, and everytime I would walk in the room, it would be some1 "making love" all over the place and every1 would be sitting around the tv all serious and I just felt really awkward lol! So, one day, right after I came home from work during Christmas vaca, my mom was like "Lauren! come watch this with me...it's so goofy that it's good! Just come watch" So, with nothing else to do, I watched...and I watched some more....and more...and what do ya know? I'm hooked! now I can't miss a day of my "story." It's kinda like I'm carrying on the tradition! But newayz! (sry, I had 2 share my lil story) Your doing an awesome job on gl, and you'll deff need that talent agent b/c u got great things ahead of you!

That's awesome you and Scott went up 2 the fans! I'm sure it made their day big time after waiting 3 hour outside! Such a simple gesture of thanks can mean so much, and vise-versa. I'm really glad you appreciate the people that watch the show faithfully!

It sucks that peole are so superficial, but I guess in the industry, there are so many, one doesn't have the time 2 have intimate conversation. Was there ne1 u were dying 2 meet, and met? Didn't meet? who was your fave person that u met?

Sry to hear about the Softball game and your trauma! lol it was for a good cause and that's all that matters. I can't wait to hear about you move from brooklyn to manhattan and you horseback-riding adventures. Thanks for sharing a bit of of your life, and hopefully, reading some of my humble feed back! Ur great! Post again soon!

~Laur

P.S. That's Terrible about Tom's grandfather, glad 2 hear he is doing well! and of course HAPPY B-DAY!!

June 29, 2005 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger jess said...

hey there... after i got home on sunday, my sister asked if i wished you a happy bday. i completely forgot in all the hung-overness and meeting the g/f and passing the torch (or key). so happy belated bday... sorry i completely forgot. what kind of a person am i??? i'm glad i finally met her! she seems really cool (and laid back). hopefully i'll see you soon- here or there. love ya!

June 29, 2005 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! I guess when you experience something like the Emmys for the first time, you do walk away with quite a lot to say about it. Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Sorry to hear about your girlfriend's situation. That's just awful. Did she ever get her things back?

I just want to say that the Coop and Lizzie storyline is absolutely adorable. You and Crystal have done a fantastic job with the characters. I look forward to the days when you two are on together and am excited to see the storyline unfold even more.

Can't wait for the next installment of this recap of June.

-Katie

p.s. Dave Matthews Band rocks. :)

June 29, 2005 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger MommyCeratops said...

John, you are simply adorable! =) I have been watching GL my whole life (30 years, I don't want to make myself sound older than I am! LOL!) anyway you have rocketed to the top of my favorite list! Your first scene on GL was so awesome you won me over as a huge fan.

I really enjoy your blogs. You are very real in them and know that it is appreciated. I am sure your fans loved you greeting them at the emmy's, that is awesome you did that.

I look forward to seeing more of you GL and know your smile really brightens up my day! I record it and watch every night after my kids go to bed.

By the way what was your birthday surprise?!

Thanks,
Kim

June 29, 2005 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Happy Belated Birthday John. Hope it was a good one.
Your entry on the Daytime Emmy's was awsome. Your entries are always interesting and an enjoyment to read. My favorites so far have been this one and your entry on Vegas.
I am glad you enjoyed the Emmy's so much. I attended for the first time also and you are right it is quite an experience just to get a chance to attend something like that even though it was from a different aspect then you. I really enjoyed it alot. I also went to the thing at the Waldorf that Ricky Paull hosted the night before. All of you all from GL are always so nice and fun to be around. It was really nice of you to stop and take a picture with me after the Emmys. I really appreciated it thanks alot. I can't believe you and Scott jumped the railing that does sound like something you would do. I bet you made alot of GL fans very happy by doing that. I agree with you Crystal and Roxy looked so cute in their matching outfits on the redcarpet. I saw it on tape when I got back home. All the girls looked really good in their dresses so I guess the half day of work so they could gossip and get their self made up was worth it. LOL. You looked great yourself also but then again you always do.
See you in Oct. at the GL weekend.
Susan

June 29, 2005 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

hi John, this is my first time posting on this blog website . I Met you at the baseball game and also this pass weekend along with Ricky Paull Goldin. I am the one who said Happy Birthday too :) the SOD issue (July5th) with the Desperate housewife comment and you were embrassed haha..

June 29, 2005 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Danielle47 said...

Hey John!
Glad to hear from you! I certainly understand how busy life can get, so thank you for taking the time to post!

The Emmy's sound awesome! Glad to hear about your great time there. I'm so sorry that your girlfriend had such a rough day, though!

I haven't seen to much of Coop and Lizzie in recent days, but hopefully that will change soon! You two are definetly a pair worth watching! :) I've been watching GL for...hmmm...about 8 years regularly. I began watching when i was 12, after my mother finally agreed i was mature enough to watch LOL.

Can't wait for you next post! Keep them coming and enjoy your summer!

Take Care!
Danielle

P.S. Hartford IS a city near SOME people ya know? lol I'm about 40 min away, but unfortunatly couldn't make it because of a prior commitment! Please come back! lol

June 30, 2005 at 5:44 AM  
Blogger NaVell said...

Hey there! I also wanted to say that today, June 30th, marks GL's 53rd anniversary! Happy Birthday, GL! Here's to 53 more years of the light shining bright!

June 30, 2005 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

John,

Hey...glad to see you are back posting again...come by more often.

I went to the Emmys, as a fan, 3 years in a row, with friends and it was amazing. I had so much fun.

At the time, I was roommates with one of the younger cast members of Guiding Light, so it was definitely a night to remember.

I have a question for you. Are you interested in having your own website?

I have done a couple websites for people from Guiding Light including my ex-roommate and another friend of mine.

If you are interested, you can contact me at:

KevinWildInNYC@aol.com

To visit one of the sites I have done go to:

www.billykay.com

Ok. Take care, John.


Kevin

June 30, 2005 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Jack's Mom said...

Hi John, I just wanted to say Happy Birthday! I hope you had a good one. Love your blog. Thanks for letting us into your life and sharing your experiences such as the Emmy's.

June 30, 2005 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger marie said...

Dear John,
Sounds like you had a blast at the Emmys. I think it was great that Scott and you want and took pictures with your fans on the red carpet. I was sorry to hear that your girlfriend got her wallet stolen. I seen a picture of the two of you (she is very pretty). I thought that Tom and Grant both should have won the award they were up for. Thay both had incredible stories. Happy Birthday by the way I hope you had a good one. Well have fun and be safe. Can't wait until your next Blog. Bye!

July 1, 2005 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger girlf from texas said...

Hello,
I am so happy you had a blast at the Emmy Awards. Ijust wish they would show you more on the show. What is with you thinking that you think people might have thought you were gay?? After seeing you with your semi-bleached blond girlfriend the the magazine I think people finally got their question answered. We need to see more love shots with you and Lizzy, please tell the writer that. Keep on trucking!!

July 1, 2005 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hey John!

Sounds like you had an excellent time at the Emmy's. I watched, and it looked like tons of fun. So, uh, who are you trying to blame for taking half a day to get ready? LOL. Are you saying you'd RATHER work a WHOLE day?? haha. Come on, you know it takes women a while not just to look gorgeous but to feel that way too. And I don't see you complaining about the results of all those hours primping...haha. Everyone from GL looked wonderful, and you were so handsome. I love the classic look, not going to name names but some people didn't look like they were attending an award show but rather an underground party. LOL. But you looked GREAT! Sorry your girlfriend had a rough day.

I can't wait to hear your account of Gatlinburg. I went there about 6 years ago, I LOVED IT! Beautiful place.

I'm also looking forward to hearing about the move. As excited as I am about moving to NYC next year (if all things go according to plan-which they never do), I'm rather nervous about it too. I don't know anyone up there! haha.

Well, Happy late birthday! I hope it was full of fun with loved ones!

Best wishes...
Erin
s_erin_m@hotmail.com

OH, and GL is SO great right now!!! I can't believe how amazing the writing and the talent is! I love how they are even adding humor. Let me tell you some of the scenes with RP and BE-I've never laughed harder. And you and Crystal's scenes are so damn cute! Keep up the good work!

July 3, 2005 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Shanna said...

John,

Hey there! Glad to hear you had a great time at the Emmy's. You and Scott must have had a blast doing that for the fans. Can't wait to hear more about "John's Journey in June" LOL

I sent you a birthday card to the studio (Hope you got it!)

Hope to see you at the Gathering in October.

Take Care,

Shanna

wheels9_78@yahoo.com

July 4, 2005 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

John,

Hey there!!

Glad you had a good time at the Emmy's. Sounds like you and Scott had a blast doing that for the fans.

Can't wait to hear more about "John's journey in June." LOL

I sent you a birthday card at the studio (Hope you got it!)

Hope to see you at the GL Gathering in Oct!

Take Care,

Shanna

wheels9_78@yahoo.com

July 4, 2005 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

It sounds like your life has been pretty busy since the last time you posted. Wow, how do you find the time to breathe?
I just wanted to comment on your "half-day" remark, my brother takes just as long as I do (sometimes longer)to get ready to go anywhere! I just wanted to point that out! You have to admit that guys do not roll out of bed ready to face the day, let alone the cameras, even if many of them think they do :s Plus, correct me if I'm wrong, I didn't see you complaining that you only worked a half-day :p
Any way, I was sorry to read about your girlfriend that really sucks. I hope all is well with her and her friend!
I hope that the rest of June was more pleasant for you!

July 6, 2005 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

John:

Sounds like you had a great time at the Emmy's. Every year when I watch them I think, "I'll be there someday!" I'm still waiting for "someday" to arrive. When I read your comment about the female gender being the reason for a half day of work I had to laugh because I was thinking, "He's obviously never met a girl like my roomie I had the two years I lived in the college dorms." She hasn't owned a single dress or skirt since she was 14 years old (seriously) and her version of make-up is putting on some cherry chapstick. I did raise my eyebrow at a few of the dresses I saw Emmy night, though.....(Deleted other post and edited this one to add--I have gone out with a few guys who took just as long as me to get ready. So it's not just the females who take a long time to get ready for a night out!)

As for the Emmy awards.....I would have loved to have seen Guiding Light walk away with every award they were nominated for, but that didn't happen. With that said, I don't watch any of the other soaps so I honestly can't make any comparisons between the winners and non-winners.

I'm looking forward to reading about your trip to Gatlinburg. I've never been there, but my best friend and her husband went there on their honeymoon back in 2002 and they loved it. Another place that would make a great vacation is Branson, Missouri. I was there in April of 2001, my senior year in high school, for the Missouri State Beta Club Convention and I loved it.

Before I write a novel, I want to leave you with a music suggestion. Now, hear me out on this one and at least give them a try.......Big and Rich. They are country and I don't know if you're into country or not, but I think they ROCK.

Keep up the great work on Guiding Light. You and Crystal have amazing chemistry together. And be good to your girlfriend!

Susan
http://susanmh.blogspot.com

July 6, 2005 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Hi John!

Glad ur back! ;) I've missed your posts. I had the feeling u would begin with rehashing the Emmy experience and it sounds every bit as much fun as u describe. I'm glad u lived it up to the max and why not - u deserved to enjoy that night dedicated to what u do on a daily basis. Let me tell u that I really enjoy watching u in action onscreen and hope that Coop and Lizzie will get more than one day of airtime a week in the coming weeks!

Regarding the half day of work comment, you're 1000 percent corrent. Women take forever to get ready. The first thing that came to my mind was ONLY HALF a day? I go to a lot of parties (weddings/engagements) - probably averaging 1-2 a month (sometimes more) so I know the prep time involved, especially if it's close family/friends, and in order to get everything done including getting dressed, accessorizing properly, girls need an entire day. If they gave everyone only half a day to get ready (and they needed to be ready relatively early), my guess is that half of the prep was probably done the day before, LOL.

The quick mingling at the pre/post (?) Emmy party is the only way to get through so many people. There were 1000 people at the wedding of one of my cousins - let me tell u, I didn't even see half the people there - so a quick hello is sometimes all you will get. :)

I'm sorry to hear about what happened to your girlfriend and her friend's apt. Thank goodness they are ok and weren't around when it happened.

Onto the softball game, I know CBS didn't win and u got pretty cut up in the process (the elbow cuts looked particularly stinging), but I'm glad u had a great time (and u played pretty well!) I'm happy I had the chance to meet u, even if only for a brief minute (did u get to your new apt in time to catch the furniture?) You were really gracious with your fans - hopefully the next time I catch up with u, I'll get the chance to tell u the other things I wanted to but didn't because I didn't want to hold u up knowing u had to go...

Happy Birthday again! (I sent u an email too) - so what was your surprise? Did u get a car? LOL. Knowing u now live in the city (how much time did THAT move slice off your commute!), figuring out where to park it may be more of a pain (and an expense) than its benefit, so maybe not - but hey, maybe!

Ok, my goodness - my reply is practically as long as your orig post! I'm looking forward to hearing about the rest of "John's Journey in June" - but please hurry up because June is over and July will surely be filled with its own adventures! ;)

All the Best,
Cheryl

Cherolika@aol.com

July 6, 2005 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger NaVell said...

Hey John...again. How is it going? I thought I just now saw you on a Lowe's commercial. Was it you? I am looking forward to more of your "Journey in June" stories.

July 7, 2005 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Kellie said...

John,

First, Happy Belated B-day!

Thanks for the info on what it was like to go to the Emmys. Sounds like a blast! I'll keep an eye out for the Lowe's commercial (I guess that means no FF or kitchen runs during commercials for a while - lol). I love the trick Frank played on you and Michael O'Leary at Marco - makes me regret not getting there this year since I missed out on that fun.

July 7, 2005 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Cynn said...

John~
Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to your post--i know it's shocking! I would say happy belated birthday but i'm better than my sister and actually wished u a happy birthday ON your birthday. i rock. You're definitely starting to get old. haha. As for girls taking forever to get ready...i have to comment that u take a long time to get ready sometimes too. gotta make sure everything's perfect! Hope you're doing well and u had a good 4th. u should've come up! i'll talk to u soon.

~Cynth

July 8, 2005 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger CandiceMack said...

Hey Jon-Jon,
Yeah I know I am posting late but I was working so hard to save my money and keep our promise for me to see you and the gang in NY in October..I mean some of us have to work overtime and not eat a nice meal although Taco Bell isnt that far from my job (lol).So how was the birthday party? I hope you got everything and I mean everything you wanted and my friends (Court and Rell) said hello.

Oh yeah John we found out that you are connected to certain famous actors like John Wayne and a certain bombshell ..I decided to copy it and show you..so here it goes:

(The Oracle says: John (IV) Driscoll has a Marilyn Monroe number of 3.

John (IV) Driscoll was in "Guiding Light, The" (1952) with Ruby (I) Dee
Ruby (I) Dee was in Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, The (2004) (TV) with Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg was in "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" (2003) (mini) with Marilyn Monroe )

Now you know that's hot when you are connected to her..well lots of love and beers (lol)

PS You need to come to Baltimore and have some crabs or some kind of seafood and see your Baltimore friends..soon :)

July 13, 2005 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Cameron said...

Hey, John!

This is my first time to post on your board, but allow me to say that I truly enjoy reading your posts. I think you've grown as an actor and this is coming from someone who is an actor! (Well, at least in the teen stages at least, but I know the business pretty well and have done it for quite awhile.)

I'm thrilled your Emmy night went great. It was neat to see you and your other wonderful co-stars at the ceremony. I'd love it if you could have scenes with Kim Zimmer, a true diva of GL! I feel you two would be perfect for each other and work off very well together. A great pair.

Although this may not mean much now, Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had the best b-day ever and don't worry, you're still young.

Forgive my slang here, but I appreciate the fact that you "keep it real" here on the board. It may sound cliche, but we can tell you're a smart guy from the realism comments that you post here, which shows self respect.

I wish you the best of luck in your acting career, whichever plans come your way. It's nice to have you apart of the longest running show. GL is a great family.

It's nice that you care so deeply for your fans. It's very refreshing to the viewer/ fan or as we call ourselves "message board fans" where we type all of our shouts of praise instead of keeping it to ourselves!!!

I do have a hypothetical question and there is no need for a response. But (forgive the conjunction) what advice would you give to guys in their teens who want to become actors? (I suppose it really does make no difference whether the sex is male/ female.) In addition to taking acting classes, what 'special' advice would you give to individuals who truly desire being an actor? If this makes you uncomfortable, I totally understand. To reiterate, there is NO need for a response, and I don't plan on getting one. I was just merely wondering is all as I, myself, wish to become an actor (and have taken classes in order to do so). Granted, it takes a LOT more than 'classes' to fulfill that task. Just to clairfy, if I've made you uneasy or in a tight spot, I fully understand.

I hope you have a great summer! Thanks for posting. If you have a day off, perhaps you can hit a day at the beach, or a favorite activity of yours- listening to music. I'm very passionate about music and like ALL types, so I could suggest a hundred different artists of all type: rock, pop (top 40), country, etc. That's one thing you and I have in common!

Congratulations on all your success and I wish you many years of more great fortune, which I know you'll get!

God Bless.

Take care and have a joyful July,
Cameron

July 13, 2005 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Cameron said...

Oh, also wanted to add that's very sweet of you taking care of your lady due to the circumstances during the Emmy night. I wish you all the best together!

famdobbins@hotmail.com

July 13, 2005 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger CandiceMack said...

Dudddde,
Okay so when are we going to read the next part of your journey in June..especially since its now August,John! I know you are busy but it only takes 10 mintues..okay maybe more to write an entry but you have had umm an whole month but its okay I forgive you for not writing and the reason is because like my friends and I said..you're cute so you can slide but keep up the good work on GL (especially the shirtless scenes..those are priceless) and keep reaching for the stars.

Candice

July 31, 2005 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hey John! I am really late responding to you...so unlike me, I know! But I guess the summer is hectic for everyone, and since its now August and I am responding to your June post, I don't feel so bad.

Sounds like you had a great time at the Emmy's....I wish some of the awards had gone a different way, but there's always next year!

Anyway, there is a lot to say but no time to say it...just know that I still love ya and enjoy reading your blogs! I'm ready for another! Soon it'll be October and I'll see you again! I'm looking forward to it.

Oh, and I'll second the Big & Rich thing. Very....unique.

Love,
Amanda

August 2, 2005 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger NaVell said...

I just saw your One on One interview w/ Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro) at cbs.com. It was great! I had no idea you could dance to beatbox like that (freestlye)! That's awesome! It is so much fun! I mostly do it for exercise, but I love it!

If none of you guys checked it out, it is at www.cbs.com and go to the CBS Daytime homepage. Click on GL and you can see John's segment on "One on One", or you can watch the whole CBS SoapBox show.


Na'Vell
http://navelljlee.bravehost.com
Oy! Turned 20 today. Adulthood.

August 7, 2005 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

Hi, John! I just happened to stumble across your blog while surfing on my BlackBerry! I'm a huge Y&R fan, and I miss your face;) so handsome! And you seem to be a man of real integrity and character. You have a fan in Cara in Ohio

October 18, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

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