Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Waiting for Godot. And Bono.



My sister Linda described it best, after her incredulous silence on the phone this morning. "Eden .... I just love how you - force the Universe's hand."

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I drove down to Sydney yesterday in a panic, running through George Street with a sweaty back, making my appointment at Apple with a minute to spare. The bored chick at the genius counter says: "Oh. You've been booked in at the Chatswood store. I can ring them and see if they have any cancellations."

I told the bored blonde chick very nicely that I need to speak to her supervisor, this was the third time I had been in after driving in from out of town, and I did not make an appointment at the Chatswood store. She went and found her boss, whose name was Dave. Which was a sign - isn't everything a sign? Either everything or nothing, I can't decide.

I felt different, things sparkled more. I noticed people noticing me, like they could sense something afoot. I'd made this appointment three weeks ago, long before I knew Bono would be in town to turn the lights red. I decided last week to try and meet him.

I walked out with a new phone. Success! Another sign! I needed to charge it up, so went to a McDonalds. the only powerpoint was being used by two businessmen who weren't even eating McDonalds. I asked one of them to plug my phone into his computer. He looked at me like crazy cat lady, but did it. "See! Now we're all happy!" He laughed. I took a photo.



He soon left and an old lady came and sat down next to me, catching her breath before she ordered her meal. I asked what she wanted, and I went and got her meal for her - she thanked me, her eyes twinkling and crinkling like my grandmother's.

"Well ... you've done your good deed for the day. Thank you very much."

Later, a guy asked me for some cash at Circular Quay. I said no at first, then felt bad so gave him some gold coins and he told me that today was my lucky day .... that I should buy a lottery ticket. He looked like an actor playing a homeless guy. I felt that strange feeling again.



Sydney is so beautiful. It's EXACTLY like New York, except totally different. Being there on a weekday makes me feel a part of something big.



The Opera House. She is stunning, no?

GAMEPLAN: Find the switch. Surely there was some kind of switch, that Bono was to turn on? I walked around and around, searching. It was 4 hours until he was due to arrive, plenty of time to stake my ground. Media trucks, security guards, and cops milled around. I followed some journos up into the main area, past the ropes. (Sneaky Sneakster for the win!) ... alas, it was the GQ Man of the Year Awards, not the (RED) event.

So I went back down, and through the glories of twitter, hooked up with some other diehards fans. (Hi Katie and Anissa!) We waited together, swapping passionate U2 stories.



We laughed and chatted, moving over to the stage door after a tip-off from a PR guy. It grew dark. More people came, some clutching shirts and albums and thick textas, hoping to meet the band.



It's a strange thing, to be so deep in fanhood. A few girls talked of going to all 8 Australian shows, and none of us batted an eyelid. I tweeted my way through it, and at one point realised that the date was the anniversary of my dads suicide. What? (Ok, seriously, THAT is a sign.)

Excitement was building. A white Range Rover cruised up and stopped, waiting. He buzzed his window down. "Bono!" I said. Then twenty people behind me all said the same thing. He looked and smiled at us all .... "I'll come back."

And he was gone, inside the belly of the building. Leaving us all to wait. And wait.

We did. Some fans were plain freaky. And annoying. If this guy elbowed me one more time I was considering a sharp uppercut.



Check out the two guys behind me:


I can't imagine *WHY* Bono has bodyguards, can you?

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As I stood there, I realised that this was my big chance. I told my new friends that I really, really wanted to get a photo with him. BADLY. And if I didn't, I might cry. I started thinking of my backup plan .... coming back when Oprah films her show here in a few weeks, and meeting him then. Or, trying to find him at his hotel.

The policemen were so lovely. "You think we're freaks, don't you? I am a married mother of two, you know." He laughed, and kept asking me who was coming out next. One of us kept doing "Red Runs" .... running out of the carpark and around the corner to see if the red lights had been turned on yet ... finally they were, at 9pm.

We all heard the fireworks, and resumed our positions. The freaky posse of U2 fans, all in a row.

Soon the cars started to come out - Adam, the Edge, the Premier of NSW, the Prime Minister of Australia.

And then his car. It stopped right in front of me. Don't drive off! The policemen and security guards came over and told us all to stand back. Bono was going to get out of his car and come over.

You know what I did in that moment? Shape-shifted.

Into a kind of putty. Bending myself through security, somehow ending up on the non-fan side. I was standing next to the police, the bodyguards ..... and Bono.

I ended up standing right next to Bono.

He said hi and started signing autographs - everybody was well-behaved and orderly. It was oddly quiet. I had my blog business card in my hand the whole time I'd been standing there.



I tried to lift up his pocket lapel to sneak it in. A big hand swatted my hand away, so I just bit the bullet and started talking.

"Bono, I'm an Australian blogger and I wrote a post about you today."

He turned his entire body around to face me, looked me in the eyes and with a beautifully lilting Irish accent said "Did you now? Well that's great, thank you."

I held out my card to him and he took it, studying it immediately.

Me: "Thank you so much for everything - your music, your lyrics. Everything. You are amazing."

Bono: "Well, what do we have here then - Edenland. Oh my wife would really love that name." (He and Ali have a clothing name called 'Edun' which is 'nude' spelt backwards. It's a fashion label raising awareness of encouraging trade in Africa.)

I can't remember what was said next. Foggy. I stretched my hand out Go-Go Gadget style and took a photo of the two of us together. I should have asked him to pose properly - I'm sure he would have. Number 1 on my bucket list has now been achieved. (I don't know if there is anything else on the list, actually. I've done it all.)

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And there it is.

Wow.

It happened.

So, we weren't doing gangsigns together, and I look like Forest Gump .... but there it is.

(Everybody I have told today are kind of shocked. Dave's words were: "I thought you'd have no chance in hell." I didn't doubt myself much at all. Odd.)

The stars and planets aligned just so. This is how close I was .....


At one stage, the crowd surged forward and enclosed around us. What did I do?

Put my hands up like I was part of the security team and told people to stand back .... and they did.

(That is Tim's favourite part of the whole story - oh he laughed.)

Bono was gracious, gentle, and giving.


And then he was gone.



And I looked like this.

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More information is here - World AIDS Day "The money raised through the Red Ribbon Appeal is vital to the work of ACON (AIDS Council of NSW) as it helps us prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through education campaigns as well as to provide the services and facilities essential to the health and wellbeing of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS across NSW."

.... and this is what was going on while I was standing in a carpark underneath, waiting.




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I skipped, jumped, bought a mocha to celebrate, jumped again, said goodbye to all my new friends.

(Edenland business cards for all ..... HA! Edenland + business cards = oxymoron.)

Got into my car, and kind of hunched over the wheel, the whole 1.5 hour drive home. I laughed to myself. And played a live version of Magnificent over and over again. I thanked the Heavens. And snuck into bed next to Dave at 2am, waking him up.

"Hey. How'd you go, hon?"

"I went well, bub. Really, really well."

66 comments:

  1. Fantastic!! My heart is skipping and my smile is hurting my cheeks it is so wide.
    That picture is amazing!!

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  2. Ahhhhmazing my dear! The planets and stars aligned as they should have for you! Love the pictures!!

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  3. oh Eden - I cried when I read this and when I saw the photos of you (and Bono!) AMAZING!!! :))))))

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  4. Jez look at your happy little face!! Oh awesome. How did you refrain from biting that gorgeous ear?

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  5. Gawd, you tell a good story. And gawd, you have good material. And gawd, Bono just might be reading all these comments here.

    I love the way you collaborate with the universe, Ms Gump.

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  6. Omfg Eden you are amazing, when you set out to do something you really do it don't you. I cracked up when I saw your lil face next to Bonos. You looked like a lil kid! Good on you babe. I kept scrolling up to have another chuckle. Well done, love Alisa xxxxx

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  8. Leap and the net will appear! Bravo, Eden!

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  9. I knew this was going to be good! I am so glad that you made this amazing moment happen! OMFG! You are a rock star!

    (conented sigh) I am so, so excited for you, E. The stars and planets aligned and finally got something right. Much love!

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  10. You are seriously the coolest person I (don't) know!!! Love your work!

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  11. Of all the people in all the land
    it's my sister, Eden of Edenland
    who takes on the Universe,
    and forces it's hand.

    You DARE the world to bite your arse,
    and EVERY FREAKING TIME
    it kisses it instead.

    Fuck me Eddy, you've done it again
    You have balls the size of Texas
    man hands to match,
    I'm so very proud to be your sister.

    Linda
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxo

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  12. You know, I knew this was going to happen. I told you that I had a good feeling (I even wrote it on facebook to document it!)

    If this was going to happen to anyone- it would be you.

    I cannot believe you get to take that off your bucket list!

    ps you DO look like forrest gump in that picture- and that is EXACTLY why I love you.

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  13. I got tingles reading this and then you made me teary! This was me in 1989 when they were here for the Lovetown tour. The endless waiting, the being in the right place at the right time - it's a wonderful feeling. Well done you :-)

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  14. Yay!!! Last night in Twitter I just knew you were going to get your photo! You really did have that vibe about you.

    Well done lovely lady!

    And to Bono, who will obviously be a devoted reader now, I'll see in a couple of weeks. Can you please play 'One', it's my fave. Ta muchly.

    Xxx

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  15. that is fucking awesome.
    loved the live tweets.
    love that you could see the ice in his ear.
    love your purple glasses.
    love how the universe just opened right up and let you find that moment.
    you are amazing.

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  16. Mate - OMFG YOU are the freakin rockstar here! I love how simple you made it, no black catsuit donned while scaling the opera house roof with suckers and spiderman webs on your man hands and feet - oh no, all it took was a lifelong devotion, a cool pair of cowboy boots, some red lippy and the biggest set of balls in the world! You go my brozone, I am in awe - you freakin ROCK! Love you man - Leigh xxxx

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  17. I heart this post!!!! I think you have a very sneaky look on your face as you posed near him but it captures pure the absolute glee you must have felt!!!! Love it and love reading your blog :)

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  18. So, so happy!! And I'm going to see them on Dec 14. The music gods were definately with you yesterday Eden. Yay!!

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  19. Yey haw! I've been waiting ALL day to get to my computer to read this post. And... I had this stupid stuff put in my eyes at the opthamologist and couldn't read properly, putting it back further. Now I'm reading your blog instead of eating dinner and am thrilled to see you succeeded on your mission.

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  20. you are amazing, really amazing, I am in awe that you managed/allowed that to happen, no wonder you have such terrible lows your highs are so fucking high. And you look beautiful, I hope he has read your post.
    x

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  21. Let's have a party in the comment section .... WHEEEEEE!! It is just so cool and fun to be able to share my experience this way. I love the delight in your comments, thank you so much.

    It's still so fresh and unbelievable, in my mind ... what if I had not given the guy some money at Circular Quay? What if I didn't tweet the whole thing, as it happened? It's like it all built up and I rode the wave in to shore.

    I forgot to say ... I am going to see them, on their last concert in Australia - Sydney, December 14th. With my mum! She bought us both tix, it will be bloody amazing.

    I plan on upgrading my comment system soon - maybe to disqus, really want to reply individually to each awesome comment I get. I just read Megan's comment above, and a ding went off in my head. SO TRUE Megan!

    Anyway - as you were. I'll be back in here, often.

    *lights candles*
    *burns incense*
    *puts on U2's B-sides circa 1990's

    XO

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  22. This post, the pictures, the fact that you got to meet Bono - none of it surprises me.

    Megan is 100% correct.

    ~x~

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  23. TEARS in my eyes, so happy for you Eden. Thanks for sharing xx

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  24. I knew you would meet him the first time you wrote it on your blog. And I think EVERYthing is a sign, just like I think everyone looks familiar. Aren't we all connected, anyway? YOU connected with Bono!!! So awesome! Reading about it was so exciting-can't imagine the excitement of the crowd of fans (who you told to step back)! Haha! Love it!!!!

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  25. I am so stoked for you and that you met the MAN. The man with the lyrics that get you through the dark times, the tough times and that make your heart and soul sing during the good times. Congrats Eden!!I will also be one of the crazed fans at the 13th Dec concert and I cannot FRIKKIN wait!! U2 has been with me and seen me through the highs and lows. THEY ROCK and SO DO YOU!

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  26. You had me enthralled my dear, en-thralled! Talk about a hell of an incredible experience, and a hell of a recounting. So glad you got to meet him :)

    XO

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  27. Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing! Seriously, you look so glowing and happy and beautiful in the picture with Bono - your face is just a shining light! Wow, I am so happy for you!!!! XOXOXOOXOXOXOX YOU DID IT!

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  28. WONDERFUL! This post makes my heart smile!!!

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  29. This is utterly awesome, Eden. I can't even being to tell you how happy I am for you. Last night, reading through my tweets, I came across all of yours about this and gushily explained to my husband what a huge fan you are of Bono. And you FINALLY got to meet him. He thought it was one of the coolest stories I've ever told about one of my bloggy-friends.

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  30. Awesome Eden! And that picture of the two of you is so hilarious.

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  31. AWESOME!!!!!!!!! So happy for you!! That's so cool!! I loved the pic of the 2 of you - you look so CUTE and so giddy happy! I'm thrilled that your number 1 has been crossed off - that doesn't happen to many people!! You are a total riot.

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  32. How fun is that???!! You are AMAZING! My only question: did Bono smell good?

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  33. You are my fucking hero, Forrest.

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  34. Wow, thank goodness you managed to recharge that phone, it's the lynchpin in the story!

    Well done, you.

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  35. I don't know what the best part is - giving the Apple Store the beat down, charging your new phone on some random guy's computer, the guy with the elbows? No - the best part is how, in the picture with Bono, you look like you're about to lean over and nibble his earlobe!

    This is awesome! I'm so glad you got your picture - the fates were with you today!

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  36. oh so i forgot to mention- i think this happened bec you did that good deed for that old lady at mcdonalds. I am serious. karma.

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  37. PS - Rockin sunnies
    PPS - How do you get such great pix from your iphone ?

    Jealousy Central

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  38. AAHHH!!! You did it! You totally did it! SOOO excited for you!

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  39. Brilliant.

    The whole day played out like some kind of parable. Like the homeless guy was an angel in disguise and the gold coins tipped the karma scale.

    XXOO

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  40. Exactly, Palemother. And the old lady's eyes in McDonalds were my grandmothers eyes.

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    I am so exhausted ... I could never do that again. I can't believe I did that; every day that passes makes me more incredulous that it happened.

    How can I ever blog again? It's all been done.

    xox

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  41. Fucking hell, Eden. You are my hero. I've read this post three times now and it just gets cooler and cooler. I mean, how amazing are you to shape shift like that?! I love how you felt the flow that day - all the way through to getting what has to be the funniest photo I may have ever seen. You can just see how happy you are - it's a joy to see. I bow down before your awesomeness. XOXOXO

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  42. Hey Eden. Really good write up of your experiences of meeting Bono. I was there that evening as well and quite luckily ended up at the opera house just as Bono was leaving out of the backstage entrance (I'm travelling through Australia and was following the lonely planet walking guide which took me to the opera house). I found your blog by googling "Bono Sydney opera house" as I'm very interested to see if I was accidentally photographed with Bono! I was therefore wondering if you by chance took any more photos of the evening? Keep up the good work! Cheers. Patrick

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  43. Fantastic! You are so funny - you actually shape shifted?! Wow!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Forrest Gump photo! Haha!

    Quite an achievement!

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  44. I can't believe I did that; every day that passes makes me more incredulous that it happened.

    Like I tell my kids ... the only mistake you can make is not to show up, not to try. Right? Now I just have to convince myself. Look at what happened when you just showed up.

    How can I ever blog again? It's all been done.

    Ha! True and yet I think we have a few tricks left. ;)

    Heard this this morning during a rare quiet moment and thought of you:

    What though the sea with waves continual
    Do eate the earth, it is no more at all ...

    Nor is the earth the less or loseth aught,
    For whatsoever from one place doth fall,
    Is with the tide unto another brought...


    For there is nothing lost, but may be found, if sought...

    The adventure continues. Go, Eddie.

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  45. Ok, I'm a bit of a lurker, but if anything on this planet was going to de-lurk me, Bono would do it. Fucking awesome. And great post :-)

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  46. this is one of the best blog posts I have read for ages - totally awesome! Naomi.

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  47. OMG , what a story to tell 'forever'
    You are freakin' the most amazing fan, someone should tell Oprah about you .

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  48. Oh. My. GOD!!! You are my hero!!! I can't believe I'm just now reading this. You are a goddess. I LOVE you!!! I just totally love you. See babe, we can do anything -- ANYTHING!! xoxo

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  49. That is the BEST photo of you behind his head. Wow, great post.

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  50. I love that - 'forced the universe's hand'!

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  51. Brilliant stuff! I hope I have the same sort of luck when my celebrity everest is in town on Tues Dec 14 - Oprah here I come!

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  52. I think the photo of you and Bono is pretty much the perfect photo...no need to get him to pose. What an amazing day for you Eden, I am just in awe (and a little jealous) I hope i live long enough to experience a day like that.

    xxxxxx

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  53. This made me smile so hard that it took me a while to realize that I was actually all teary for you. That is awesome.

    ~ Terri

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  54. Oh. My. God!

    I just stumbled across your blog, and am so envious that you met Bono! I've adored him for decades now. You did well to restrain yourself - what an awesome day for you.

    Just taking a peek around here at the moment, but I really like what I've seen so far and will be back.

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  55. Ha ha! Congratulations on accomplishing #1 on your bucket list! It's always exciting to have something come to fruition. A very enjoyable post and blog. Best on adding more to your bucket list!
    That pic with Bono is priceless.

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  56. Dear Eden, I love reading about fans meeting their idols. You meeting Bono is amazing!
    I am so glad he made the time to talk to you.

    I am also keen on meeting my idols - I have waited outside Matchbox 20's hotel and met Paul Doucette and Rob Thomas, met Darren Hayes several times - he kissed and hugged me from the stage as he sang, Callan Mulvey and Sam Johnson who now know me by name, and Kevin Mitchell - a singer - who asked me on stage to hold his lyrics.

    I have found some fans to be very strange - too fanatical and rude. And very jealous too.

    I loved this post so much :)

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  57. I love this post, particularly the photo of you next to Bono.
    I never get star-struck but that's because of my journo past.
    I once had Bono's home number and regularly talked to his wife. That was because my then husband was moving us to Kiev and they had a charity there and she ran a support group for western women who were living there. If we moved there, I was going to volunteer at one of the orphanages they supported. They were such a great support, and when hubby ended up deciding against taking the job, I was bitterly disappointed.

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  58. Avrilann from Melbourne15 November 2011 at 22:07

    Well done Eden.....I found your blog via my friend, Carlys' blog and her recent piece on what does it mean to be a fan.....

    I sooooo enjoyed reading your piece about meeting the gorgeous Bono (And not only that, you met two of my friends from Sydney,Katie and best friend and U2 tour bestie, Anissa!!!!!) and LOVED it soooo much.....I can relate to what you jave written soooo much and found myself smiling by the end of it and even although I don't know you personally, was sooooo very happy for you.......I believe, we create our own destiny and your meeting your hero (And one of mines too) , proves that to me!!!!!

    Hope you enjoyed their concert when you went!!!!!

    Avrilann xx Melbourne

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