Hypothetically if I had won the meet and greet with Boys Like Girls I had things I wanted to say to them. IE follow me on twitter, sign my pants, I’m your biggest fan even though you probably hear that all the time, draw me the star that you have tattooed on your hand, and so many more. When the time actually came and happened I sorta just froze. Well I didn’t exactly freeze. I just went with the flow of what was happening but in a “cloud nine” sort of surreal moment. Here’s how it goes…
It was around 3:20 ish…the tweet I was waiting for gets tweeted and comes into my phone. The location of the passes to meet my favorite band in the world. “@SixFlags skadjsadhjask BEHIND THE TEST SEAT AT BATMAN.” I hate batman, but anyways. I was waiting to watch Stereo Skyline. My heart drops, I stop everything and runnnnnnnnn. The run wasn’t too far but with my asthma I was out of breathe, my friend Angie dropped her cup while we ran. BUT NOTHING MATTERED. I got the envelope. My heart was racing, I was shaking, I couldn’t process what was going to happen. It was unbelievable. I tore open the envelope, accidentally ripping it. It said “You won a meet and greet with Boys Like Girls for two people. Meet at the BLG merch table near north star arena by 5pm and don’t forget to tweet about my prize”. SHAKING UNCONTROLLABLY, I managed to tweet and even update Facebook. Then I just started to freak out, you know.
My friend and I gathered ourselves and walked back over to the other stage to watch the other bands. Stereo Skyline came on and I could barely focus but I managed to sing along and enjoy but throughout Stereo and The Ready Set’s sets I just kept smiling at Angie and saying things like “OMG this is actually going to happen. I can’t believe this”. It was so surreal. MY FAVORITE BAND. I WAS REALLY GOING TO MEET THEM. After Stereo and TRS finished, we head over by the arena.
We walked up to the merch table and showed the guy at merch the paper. He literally had no idea what we were talking about or showing him. He even thought we printed it and accused us of making a fake paper. I’m just like wow, who has time for that. So it’s around 5:15 yet still no one shows up. Angie and I were trying to figure out who the guy would be. Then a guy walks in the area and says well it’s go time. He goes to Angie and I and says “Are you the twithunt people?” YES WE ARE. And he told us to follow him! We follow the guy to the back of the arena, at first we stood around for a little. We met the guy that runs the Six Flags twitter and we take a picture for him since he was who got this put together and then internally freaked out some more. Here I was anticipating, waiting, eager, excited, nervous.
Then I see Bryan Donahue. Do a OMFG in my mind and freak out a little bit more. Then my heart stops all together when I see Paul, Martin, and John come out. It was insane. So the security guard tells everyone to form a line and asked who did the platinum package. The guys started signing posters for the platinum people while the rest of us wait in line. Here I was just watching and waiting in complete awe. So the few people ahead of us were finishing up and THEY WERE RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE. So Angie and I walk up to them even though I, at this point, was in my own world, unaware of Angie or anybody but the guys’ existence.
Despite having the things I hypothetically wanted to say to them I was so dumbfounded and couldn’t process. I go up to Martin and say “Wanna know how we got here?” and he said sure. I proceeded to tell him that we won a contest with twitter. He said that’s awesome and then said that “twitter has been non existent to me the past few weeks.” I have that on video….accidentally. So we get ready to pose for a picture and I stuck myself between Martin and Paul. At this point I WAS SHAKING, LIKE CRAZY. I say outloud “I’m so sorry I’m shaking so much, this is so crazy to me”, and Paul goes “You really are shaking. You’re shaky girl”. My arm was shaking on his back so hard. We pose for the first picture and (only something that I would pay notice to) Paul like firms up his grip on my back for the next picture. I absolutely died on the inside. We took three pictures in total. My camera, my phone, and Angie’s phone. (I also saw @SixFlags Mike take one himself for the website.
At this point I just started to cry while in conversation with Martin, and I say again how this is absolutely crazy and how happy I was. I still had my arm around Martin from when we took the picture. I was on his side still kinda hugging him. When he realized that I was crying and he said “Aw, it’s okay sweetie, give me a real hug” and we hugged REALLLLLLLY long (at least to me it seemed like it), and my God was it amazing. He smelled so amazingly good and he says to me “Do you smell my pits? Do they smell bad?” and I in a muffled laugh replied “No, I don’t even care”. I finally suck up my tears and ask Martin to sign the half of the paper that said we won the meet and greet. Then I walked up to Paul for a hug while Angie asks Martin. After Paul signs the paper I told him about my best friend. “My best friend Melanie loves you but she couldn’t be here because her parents wouldn’t let her. They suck” and he replies “That really does suck”. Then I asked Paul for a hug and he gives awesome amazing long hugs too and smells just as good. Paul was also extra sexy that day because he was wearing his glasses. Like whoa, is it possible for you to be any sexier? Then I ask Bryan and John to sign the half of the paper. I had brought my own sharpies so I tried to have each of them sign in a different color. Martin signed in purple, Paul in lime green, Bryan in black (he signed nice and clear), and John in black. I could’ve spend forever just talking to them but my happy bubble was burst because we were asked to exit out the gate. I felt bad because I totally forgot to ask John and Bryan’s for hugs but I was emotional, starstruck, and a mess. All at the same time.
Honest to God, it was so surreal. I was in such a daze, starstruck, amazed, and on a completely different planet. On June 24th, 2010 around 5:30 ish, I got to meet my favorite band in the whole entire world. BOYS LIKE GIRLS. I hugged my two favorite members, Martin Johnson and Paul Digiovanni.
No one Very few people will understand how much those mere five minutes spent with them, out of my 17 and 3/4 years of living, meant to me. I might cry thinking about it again now. The funny thing is earlier in the day I wished at 11:11 AM to win the passes to meet them. That wish came true. When I wished at the time Angie was in the car asking “What’d you wish for?” and I said (like I always do) “I can’t tell you or it won’t come true.” and it actually came true.
fucking love Boys Like Girls! <3 I absolutely can’t stress that enough. When they performed I sang along to every single song like I always do. It was my fourth time seeing them and I was on cloud nine the entire time.
I will forever tell this story to my kids and grandkids whenever I have them. I already told my mom, grandma, and close friends multiple times and I know that one day soon, I will see them in concert yet again, and I pray that I get to meet them again. But this time I hope I have better composure of myself.
June 24th, 2010 forever: