there isn’t much i could say about the show that hasn’t already been said, so i’ll go right into my personal experience. my cousin and i went up to meet him together, and told him how we’ve been waiting for the opportunity since we were kids. we were so nervous, and you can tell because my cheeks are all red in the photo of me and mike together. we left him letters for all the things we didn’t have time to say. i asked him if he was still thinking of maybe adding more dates.

“maybe! we’ll see how this goes. we’re halfway through the tour now, so we’ll see what the reception is.” i told him there were 5 of us there at the meet and greet alone from the cleveland area.

“are you saying i should come to cleveland?” he asked with a smirk.

“that’s exactly what i’m saying,” i answered.

when it came time to get things signed, i gave him the monkees s/t album my favorite local record store owner gave to me as a housewarming present. it had all the signatures except mike, and i honestly never thought i would have the chance to complete it. it was a nice feeling.

“looks like you’ve got a full one,” mike remarked.

my cousin beth joked before the show that when he asked what her name was to sign her picture, she was going to tell him that it was “thefairestoneofall” so that he would have to write “to: the fairest one of all.” hahaha. in the end, she chickened out.

i am more into photos to be honest, but i figured why not take advantage of the autograph opportunity since it was presented to us. i narrowed my favorite first national band album down to these two, but couldn’t pick one favorite. i told him this and asked if he would choose his favorite and make the decision for me.

“would you like me to sign both of them?” he asked. so sweet.

the videoranch assistant (not jessica) who was there to help with photos asked me, “so, do you guys want to each take one with michael…and then one together with him?” oh lordy, she read my mind. so that is how we ended up with the wonderful photo op above. above all else, i have wanted my photo taken with mike more than just about anything, but given the chance to also get one taken with my best friend was the best possible scenario. afterwards, i said to him “have you ever been able to say that one before? two cousins in one night?!” sometimes my mouth just takes over when i’m nervous.

“KISSIN’ COUSINS!” the photo girl shouted. an elvis moment during my mike moment. it was too good.

i love that today, i woke up to this: “I am having a wonderful time meeting and greeting all who were able to get passes and the pictures and the stories make me love all of you even more.”

we love you too, michael. truly.

Meeting Nez - 14 November 2013 - Cleveland

I’m already having some post-Nez blues, so I figure I should type this up before it leaves my mind forever!

On 14 November, I attended Nez’s Movies of the Mind show in Elyria, Ohio. It’s a little suburb of Cleveland; the venue was at a community college performing arts center in what was kind of the middle of nowhere. I say “kind of,” because there were traffic lights and buildings and people, but Abbe road (on which the Stocker Arts Center is found) was dark and long and somewhat intimidating. Easily navigated, though, thankfully, and it had one of the best parking lots I’d encountered at any concert I’ve been to.

Of course, that was partly because this show was not sold out. The theater itself was about half full in the bottom tier, and the balcony seats were retracted into the ceiling since they were unnecessary. It was a cool, modern place, comfortable and functional, where every seat had a good view of the stage. Despite being seven rows back and quite far to the right side of the stage, my view was amazing.

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DEC 11, 2015

Friday, 11 Dec 2015

Your thinking is rather gloomy and pessimistic at this time. You see the superficiality, the flaws, and the foolishness or impracticality in others’ plans. Also, communicating with others is difficult now, and people resist what you are saying. You feel more inhibited and uncommunicative, and you sense that others are not receptive. Frustrating conversations and the feeling that you are coming across negatively are possible now, so you are inclined simply to keep your thoughts to yourself.

monkeysontherooftop  asked:

bpd Lena actually makes a lot of sense to me and maybe that why i feel she's so relatable

RIGHT? and with the way her family treated her it makes so much sense she developed bpd

at the risk of sounding really cheesy...

this is my story of this past thursday’s michael nesmith meet and greet and why it is so important to me and my life right now. it’s a little sentimental, so i apologize ahead of time.

although it may seem entirely unrelated, i have to start off by saying i was so elated to find out i will be having a baby girl this spring. don’t get me wrong, either way i was excited, but there was something special i always wanted to pass on if i were to have a daughter one day and i can scarcely believe the time is almost here. i’ve written on here before about how my mom was a first generation monkees fan from the sixties, and how i learned to love them during the eighties revival when i was a toddler – in part, i’m sure, to her encouragement. i know for a fact i first heard their records from her collection, and i am assuming she would have had control over what was playing on the television set when i was four years old, so she undoubtedly put the show on for me, knowing i already adored the music. growing up with the monkees in my life made for happy childhood memories and helped define the relationships with some of the people in my family closest to me, including my mom and my two cousins who shared my love for the band at an early age. i wanted more than anything to pass this on to a daughter who might find the same sort of enjoyment and inspiration out of the band (especially since my cousin amy already has a 4-year-old who adores the monkees and has been singing along since she learned to talk).

when i met michael nesmith this week, i didn’t want to weird him out but i also knew i wanted him to know how much it meant to me that i had the opportunity to raise the next generation monkees fan in my family. when we started talking, i started off by saying that although we had already met the previous spring and i told myself i wasn’t going to be greedy and buy another meet and greet pass, then something happened that changed everything. he made that silly surprised face he does:

my response was, “i know! that’s exactly how i felt!” i told him that i was expecting my first child, and i couldn’t wait to tell them one day that i took them to hear michael nesmith…and to meet him, kinda. he chuckled at that. i said it was exciting to raise this next generation monkees fan and he asked if it was a boy or girl. i told him about my mom, and me, and how this was something i looked forward to passing on. he said he hoped that the monkees and their legacy would “last that long,” and i assured him it would, adding that the tradition was strong in my family anyway, so i knew it wasn’t going anywhere any time soon. he congratulated me, and after he was done signing a few things he wished me luck and told me he was sure it would be a success. it meant a lot to me to have that interaction, and to let michael know just how important he and the other guys have been to so many people and the courses of their lives. i hope he gets that.

so anyway, these are the photos i will show to my daughter one day. i hope she will appreciate them like i do. first, me re-introducing myself to michael and looking quite-obviously pregnant:

then me, hand on belly, explaining the significance of our meeting that day:

and finally the two of us, posing for a photo that came out looking like we were comfortable old pals. what a sweet man.

i only wish the photo of us hugging at the end had come out better, but at least it is a memory i can keep regardless.

sorry if this post is lame and cheesy, but it is the culmination of two very significant and important things in my life and (my love for the monkees and the arrival of my first child) and i am a little emotional these days :)

Day 3: Coliver + Music (ps, the song I used x)

They’ve been more or less joined at the hip since they exchanged vows, so Connor is more than a little surprised when he turns and finds his husband of three hours missing from beside him.

Connor politely excuses himself from conversation and searches the reception hall - or tries to, because everyone keeps stopping him to congratulate him and ask where Oliver went off to.

That’s what I want to know, Connor wants to say. “I’m looking for him.”

“He’ll turn up,” one of his relatives says. A cousin, he thinks. He has never had the closest relationship with his family, but he hadn’t wanted his half of the hall to be empty. The cousin smirks. “Unless you think he booked it.”

The cousin’s date rolls her eyes. “People only run before the wedding. What would be the point now?”

“Second thoughts?” says a third person, another cousin, probably.

Connor really hates his family. What he hates more are the crippling insecurities beginning to swell. He stamps them down.

Oliver wouldn’t just leave. Even if he was scared, even if he wanted to leave, Oliver would tell Connor first.


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You feel more inhibited and uncommunicative, and you sense that others are not receptive. Frustrating conversations and the feeling that you are coming across negatively are possible now, so you are inclined simply to keep your thoughts to yourself.

Michael nesmith show top three moments

These are my top three moments from tonite’s show in Michigan:

3. Sitting outside the venue when out of nowhere the monkeemobile pulls up, blasting the monkees theme song

2. Posting a photo of said car/theater marquis on here and chaoskirin commenting “I think I’m standing right next to you” (best way to meet a friend, ever!)

3. Saying to Michael nesmith “there! Have you ever been able to say THAT? Two cousins in the same night!” And the accompanying photo >;)

Soooo tired. Photos and more tomorrow. Amazing time!!!!!

conversation reception question

to those of you who have attended m&gs: how close to the actual show do the m&g instructions go out? is it just verbal instructions or do we have to bring anything from videoranch with us? i’m hoping i won’t have to print anything out from the computer because i’m going to be leaving early in the day to drive to the show and i don’t want to screw anything up…

any other words of advice, tips, fyi’s? NERVOUSNESS SETS IN.

THANKS, y'all!