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Monday, October 20, 2014

Meeting Paul and Jamie (Monoxide and Madrox)

So, I've decided to split this in half. This entry will be about the meet and greet. Because I can get picture heavy (and video heavy), I decided your computers will be happier with this way. Either later or tomorrow I will post about the actual show. :) Enjoy!


The moment was finally here! As I was waiting on the black steel step leading up to an upper level of the TLA, my heart was fluttering about the fact I was going to meet the group I've loved since 2003 and have wanted to see since then. I also couldn't get over the fact that I was going to be talking to Monoxide. "I hope they like their cards and treat bags," I think to myself. I'm nervous about it, but it was a fun gesture. The security guard then motioned me to step forward and I felt in awe as I walked into the room and there was Madrox and Monoxide standing at the table.

I was closer to Madrox, so I handed him has card first with the treat bag, then Monoxide his. I said, "Hey, Happy Halloween!" Both of them were so happy when they got their cards and treat bags, they both said "Oh my God, thank you!" Madrox gave me a huge hug first, then Monoxide (I was squeeing on the inside). I put my things up on the table for them to sign, and grabbed the permanent marker and they both said, "it's okay, we came prepared!" They both started talking to me because I was a bit nervous and they asked, "Your name is spelled the traditional way, right?" I laughed and said, "Yeah, my parents were traditionalists." Both laughed and said, "Good, that makes it easier for us." We then started talking about the city.

Madrox asked me what my favorite cheesesteak place was around Philadelphia and I said, "Well, I don't really eat them much in the city. My mom makes the best steak sandwiches and I prefer those. I like helping her." Madrox replied, "You need to make us some and send them!" Monoxide added about the other things I post and would like those too. Monoxide thanked me for coming and I said, "I wouldn't miss this! This is my first Twiztid show!" He smiled and said, "Awesome. Enjoy!" Then the group picture. Both of them gave me a huge second hug, then they complimented my awesome camera,

It lasted about 15 minutes probably, but they were so sweet, genuine and down to Earth. You could tell they genuinely care about their fans and they do read my Twitter feed (and I guess they get a kick out of the things I post). Knowing that made me really happy. Actually, the whole meet and greet made me really happy. My nervousness faded away and it was like I was talking to old friends - very laid back. They truly are my heroes and they're just amazing individuals. I'm still on cloud 9 right now... I'm just really happy about my experience. I was musing to myself last night, "My 14-17 year old self would be so jealous of me right now." (I had a huge crush on Madrox from when I was 14-17... then 23 and onward on Monoxide.)

I would definitely recommend the meet and greet. You're given a bag of things, but the experience of meeting them is awesome. I can honestly say that this was one of the best moments of my life and it was definitely one of the best times this year. I'm still happy and smiling. I'm actually still in fan girl mode. I was totally squeeing like a fan girl on the inside. Ah man... starstruck.

What they signed for me. :) VIP pass isn't signed, but the ticket is (not pictured). I have to get a shadow box for these.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Post-Twiztid Concert and Boyler Room

Hi Y'all,

I'm exhausted because I came home around 2 AM, went to bed at 3 AM and was up at 8 AM to check on Aunt Kathy's dogs and to upload pictures. I'm at Aunt Kathy's tonight, so I will be writing (with pen and paper) about the AWESOME concert last night and meeting Madrox and Monoxide and post tomorrow. I'm still in awe about meeting them. They're so genuine, down to Earth and chill. I'm still glowing... but you'll hear about that tomorrow. :D

I ended up going to the Boyler Room, which is right next to the TLA. I took the Broad Street Line thinking it would bring me closer to my destination instead of walking 5 blocks from 5th and Market... but I ended up walking more blocks. I stopped at Brauhaus Schmitz, a German restaurant I heard so much about; but, it was too crowded and I didn't want to chance being there past five pm (the Twiztid shop told everyone who was VIP to meet at the TLA at 5 PM). I walked on and looked for the Irish Times, but once I spotted where the TLA was... I wanted to stay local and I saw the Boyler Room. Also, walking the several blocks, I just wanted to sit down.

The Boyler Room's menu is simple: sandwiches, salads and soups. Since I didn't get my crown yet (have to call the dentist tomorrow), I ordered a cup of homemade potato soup and a Jack and Coke. The soup was amazing. I also ordered water because well, I didn't want to be too out of it for the meet and greet - one was enough. The Boyler Room wasn't crowded, but I talked to this one person who was visiting from Oregon. He was interesting. The Boyler Room was very laid back and welcoming. I'd suggest it for a quick meal before a show at the TLA: the food is good and it's cheap - it was only $6 for the soup and liquor (I was surprised... Jack and Coke in the city can easily be $8 for a glass instead of $4... but it might have been happy hour since it was 4pm).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Philadelphia Homelessness

Today I ventured into Philadelphia for a job interview and Philadelphia in the early morning (7:30am) is interesting. There was a lady handing out samples of free tortilla chips and gave me two bags. Until I get my crown, I've been avoiding chips and so I knew I couldn't eat them and I knew it would be ridiculous walking into an interview with tortilla chips... I decided to give the bags to homeless people. Two homeless people were very thankful and it made me happy that something so small could make someone so happy. I guess most people can take food and water for granted and we don't realize it until we're struggling.

However, something really made me sad. When I walked to the bank to get out money, I saw a homeless guy sitting in the area between the MFL station on 15th Street and TD Bank holding a sign: "I am homeless and diabetic. I need $19 for my insulin copay and I won't get my first paycheck until next week. My father died last week and I've been struggling." He was a young guy and he was shaking... I felt really bad. I was debating going back to say, "Where do you get your prescription?" and going with him to get it - I never give someone money... if a homeless person asks for money for food, I take the person to get a meal because you know that way they are getting food instead of drugs and alcohol. However, I thought it would cause an issue of "why do you want to know?" and well, I'm not sure how a pharmacy would react... if it was true. Although, I felt really bad for the guy, I went on my way to the job interview. :(

Tomorrow I'll be going back into the city for the Twiztid concert. I'm really excited and today the Twiztid shop sent me an e-mail and called me to tell me to be at the TLA at 5pm so I can get my VIP pass and directions of where to stand for the concert. Ah, so surreal! The guy that works for the Twiztid shop was so nice and we had a five minute conversation. I said, "This is my first Twiztid concert. I'm really excited!" He sounded happy when he said, "I bet and y'all get to meet them! That's so cool! Enjoy!" :) Today has been a great day and tomorrow will be awesome too.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday 10/16/2014

Two more days until Twiztid! I was talking with Darlene today and she said, "Wow! You're meeting them, that's a once in a lifetime opportunity! Someday if they make it really big, you can say you met them. That's wonderful and I'm glad you're doing that!" She's right; they do offer the VIP package to give fans the opportunity to meet them, but it is a good opportunity for everyone. I'm thankful for Twiztid and their kindness to their fans. I'm really excited to meet them and I'm so excited for my first Twiztid show.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

I love this time of year - I love the leaves changing colours, the coolness (though for the past few days it has been in the 70s and humid in King of Prussia), getting darker earlier, Halloween and of course It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. Year after year, nan, mom, dad and me would gather 'round the TV and watch this classic.

I love Charlie Brown's costume: the ghost with way too many holes because he had a "scissor accident." Of course, he's the outcast because he only receives rocks in his treat bags and well, he's disliked by almost everyone. As my one buddy said: Charlie Brown is the classic old soul.

He was invited to a costume party after the "tricks-or-treats," but as Lucy said in the beginning: he must have been a mistake since he should have been on the "DO NOT INVITE" list - poor Charlie, but like all old souls...

...but despite the rocks, him being used as a model for jack-o-lanterns, he has a better Halloween that Linus who waits, along with Sally, in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin. Oh, kids and their beliefs...

I believe this has been aired since the late 1960s, but if you haven't watched It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! I'd recommend it. It's a classic and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Me as Charlie Brown's ghost for Halloween 2010

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Getting Close to the Hosts of Friendly Ghosts...

Well, I found the starch and it worked a bit better today - still didn't come out like it turned out in Spooky & Bright.

Boo. :(

I'm just going to find tissue paper and stuff the head. Everything else is stiff, but the head doesn't keep shape. Here are the directions from Spooky & Bright:

Friendly Ghosts
To set up a workstation, stack one small paper cup atop another that's turned upside down. Inflate a small balloon and rest it in the top cup. Cut cheesecloth into pieces that measure about eight inches square and fill a bowl with fabric stiffener.

  • Step 1: soak a piece of cheesecloth in fabric stiffener and immediately drape it over the balloon. Let dry for 10 minutes.
  • Step 2: pop the balloon with a pin to reveal a hardened shape. Cut two tiny circles out of black felt for eyes and affix them to the ghost with tacky glue.
  • Step 3: remove the ghost from the cup and use your fingers to rough up the ends of the cheesecloth. Thread fishing line through the top of each ghost, securing with a knot to hang.

Maybe it was because I used fruit... who knows. I have a little shape with it and it's stiff like I said. I don't think tissue paper would make it look bad. I'll post at a later time...

...I was going to give one to Madrox and Monoxide with their cards, but instead I'm giving them a candy treat bag. :D

Monday, October 13, 2014

What NOT to do when creating a Host of Ghosts...

The other week when I was shelving books at my job, I saw Spooky & Bright by Country Living. I love Halloween and this year I wanted to get creative in decorating. Mom, dad and I are going to a Halloween bonfire on October 25th and wanted to see recipes. I loved the decorations for "Friendly Host of Ghosts" which look like this:

You're supposed to use fabric stiffener, which mom said is another name for starch. Today at the library, one of my co-workers said sugar water has the same effect. I used sugar water... 4 tablespoons worth of sugar, but so far it's not stiff. It's also soaking wet.

Get cheesecloth...

4 tablespoons of sugar dissolved in water...

soak cheesecloth...


3 hours later, still sopping wet (it was supposed to dry in 10 minutes...)


But, looking at the instructions, I have to cut the cheesecloth into eight inches... this might be more than eight inches. I guess tomorrow I will cut this in half and then have mom show me where she keeps the starch. They are cute! I'm also going to make the ghouls:

Yes, I love ghosts! Don't ask why. Once I make the friendly host ghosts right, I'll post. :)