2009 Year in Review


2009 started off with me having hacked off all my hair and donating it to Locks of Love. It was the shortest my hair had been in years. Of course now it is getting quite long again.

My first concert of the year was Cowboy Mouth on the Lido Deck as the Rock Boat took sale from Miami, FL to Nassau Bahamas. The Rock Boat was 5 days of pretty much non stop rock. You never knew who you would see jamming with each other. Our first night we “had dinner” with 2/3 Hanson. A couple nights later Maribeth & I happened upon Zac Hanson sitting in with Scott Munns. Maribeth & I went to 4 of the 6 M&Gs; and got a poster signed by a TON of people. While it only counted as 5 concerts – we saw tons and tons of bands, and didn’t even have a chance to see everyone on the boat once! And it took almost a month for me to get my land legs back!

February Jen & I braved a snow storm to check out The Alternate Routes and Matt Wertz at the Webster Underground in Hartford. Honor Society played their first sold out show at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza. Before the show Lauren & I went to see Wax Jonas at the Wax Museum. Little did we know we would end up closer to the REAL Jonas Brothers than we were to wax jonas… I also won a radio contest to meet Nick Lachey and mine and Lauren’s major motion picture debut was made when Jonas Brothers the 3D Concert Experience was in theaters.

March’s lone show was Curtis People, Ernie Halter and Josh Hoge – after David Cook’s $2 show at SCSU was canceled for family reasons. At that show I realized I was not really a fan of Andrew Hoover who made the show run late so we weren’t able to stay for Ernie’s entire set.

In April, my dad, brother and Lisa made our way to the new home of the Mets – Citi Field. We weren’t all that impressed. (But it didn’t stop us from going back several more times throughout the season). I went to see Seal at the casino and Push Play and Tiffany Giardina rocked a restaurant at my mall.

In May I went to Hershey Park to see Honor Society. I saw Josh Gracin at the casino and Tony Lucca at the Fairfield Theater. I flew to Oklahoma to see Hanson at a Hanson.net Member’s Only Event and got to check out their hometown of Tulsa. When I got back – I met David Cook and had a rotten experience at Toad’s Place before his show. I woke up at 3:30 AM to go to the Today Show to see Kris Allen and Adam Lambert perform with Lauren. We were on TV.

June brought me to Broadway to see Drew Seeley in the Little Mermaid. I went to see Demi Lovato and David Archuleta at the XL Center alone (but met up with Christine). I got to see Taylor Hanson’s side project, Tinted Windows in NYC and talked to Alex & Andy of Honor Society live on their say now.

July I went a little crazy. I turned 25 and saw Honor Society 6 times in 5 days. I met Jordin Sparks and got foamed by Kevin and Joe Jonas. I also got to be a part of a World Record at Citi Field.

August I spent a lot of time at casinos – seeing David Cook at MGM Grand at Foxwoods and Tinted Windows at Mohegan Sun just a few days later. (Where the kid sitting across from me spilled his water on my lap!) Lauren & I tried to meet Kris Allen but ended up meeting Michael Sarver, Matt Giraud and Danny Gokey instead. We weren’t impressed with Danny Gokey’s behavior. Lauren, Britt and I finished the month out in the rain in Queens to see Honor Society at Arthur Ashe Kids day and landed ourselves on TV once again.

In September I challenged myself to blog every day. And I did. I went to see American Idols Live in concert and was devastated when Kris Allen came out and announced he was too sick to perform at the show. It was the only show he missed the whole tour. We got the old gang together (Jessa, Jen and I) and went to see Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers – who were so excited their CD just came out that they kept smelling my copy of it. Lauren & I celebrated Honor Society’s release of “Fashionably Late” by being VIP in the city. We were on TV again when we went to the Today Show to see Honor Society perform and met Al Roker. Lauren won VIP tickets to see Push Play and we were denied our Meet and Greet.

October was a lot of Honor Society – NJ, NY and PA and a little bit of Hanson mixed in – my 40th show in Albany NY and a Members Only Event in Washington DC where I got a hug from Zac. Lauren stepped on a dead rat. (I can’t recap the year without mentioning that.) Lauren, Britt and I also attended Jonas Brothers Kick for Change and I went to a Stevie Wonder concert as well. To finish the month off, I won a twitter contest for Circus tickets and my aunt and I were *in* the circus on Halloween.

For November I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. And I “won”, writing a novel clocking in at 50,170 or so words. It still needs hard core editing – but that fact that I finished it was quite an accomplishment. I went to 2 (sold out) Honor Society shows in NYC in Boston – finally getting a drumstick from Alex at the Boston M&G.; I also went to see Idol Judge Kara Dioguardi at SCSU talk about songwriting and sing some songs she had written.

December seemed as there would be nothing to look forward to before New Years in Hershey with Honor Society. Then I won tickets to see Kris Allen at Lounge 101. The day before we got tickets to see him sponsored by 96.5 TIC as well. He is precious and apologized for missing the show in Bridgeport. Then Lisa and I decided to get tickets for our Mom’s to see Grease at the Oakdale. We managed to get them for 50% off for a Sunday night show, only to get an email a couple days later that the show was canceled. We decided to go to the 2pm Sunday show instead – but then Connecticut got blasted by a blizzard and THAT show was canceled too. I guess me seeing Ace Young in Grease is just not meant to be.

Now I am just hoping that we won’t get any more snow before January so we can make it to Hershey to see Honor Society for New Years Eve.



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