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The Plate

I just realized I forgot to write about my license plate journey!! So, my license says “I♥NKOTB” on it. I ordered it back in March 2008. It’s so much fun driving around in my New Kid mobile because fans will reveal themselves to me & we greet each other our hellos. You just never know who are fans! People I’ve come across: gay men, straight men, mothers, goth DJs, friends of friends, and other fans just like me. A friend of mine gave me the idea to get it autographed so in late August 2008, I got it signed at a Best Buy Autograph Signing.

Fast forward three months later to November at the Los Angeles concert at Nokia, I realized I accidentally gave my autographed license plate to NKOTB. FUCK…a really big FUCK. I thought I would be able to get it back somehow but Jared wasn’t around and I couldn’t get it back. I remember meeting up with Donnie one time and telling him what happened & he said he thinks Jon has it. That made perfect sense to me since Jon was the one I had told about the scrapbook & I had told Zach to give it to him that night. However, after months odd tweeting Jon about the plate, he DM’d me & said he had no idea what I was talking about. Awesome.

After that, I knew what I had to do. I had to start from scratch & get their autographs all over again. I knew there wasn’t going to be any more autograph signings so I was going to have to get them one by one. I got a new clean plate from the DMV and began the replacement journey in 2009.

To keep the long story short, I’ll just sum up each signature’s birth.

1. Donnie-6/12/09-We ran into him after the Jones Beach concert at a diner. We didn’t even know they were headed there. We were actually there first & we met the Jabbawockeez while we ate our late dinner. We knew something was going down when all these girls starting filling the restaurant but no one was ordering. Our table was right by the entrance & we overheard an employee on the phone say, “Yes, we can accomodate 40 people.” When Donnie walked in, he was holding his son, Elijah, and he spotted us & waved to us. He said he would come over later because he had to feed his son. We continued eating & eventually, he really did come over. He stood right behind me, talking to us, while our table was surrounded by girls with cameras. Felt very awkward. That’s when I asked him if he would sign my plate. I told him I lost the first one & what happened. I could tell he didn’t want to sign it because it would cause a surge or other requests but he did it anyway. He asked if we were going to the New Jersey concert tomorrow and we said no. We said we were planning on sight-seeign & we didn’t have tickets anyway. Then he said, “No. You guys need to be there. Jason! I want the Norcal Pink Hearts there tomorrow.” Then Jason took down one of our names & were told we would have tickets at will call. Ok, this story was not short at all.

2. Joe & Danny-11/08/10-The guys were scheduled to be at Ritz Carlton to do an interview with Ryan Seacrest. I was scheduled to fly to LA that day to see one of my favorite actors, Paulo Costanzo. But my flight didn’t leave until 10:55 am and the interview was at 8 so I figured I would be able to catch them, get my plate signed & be on my way. Unfortunately, they ran on New Kids time so by 9:20 am, they still hadn’t come out from the interview I had to leave. I left my plate with my friend, Jen, and got the text later on that she had obtained Joe & Danny’s signature but couldn’t get the Knights. I didn’t mind, I’ll figure out how to get theirs another time. Thank you Jen!! You rock! Halfway through!! Woo!

3. Jonathan-5/13/11-I was on my 3rd NKOTB cruise and on the 2nd night of the cruise, I got the chance to go up to VIP. That’s where I ran into Crunchy Kevin. He knew I was trying to get the Knights’ signatures on my plate so he asked me if I had it on me. I said yes and he took it to get the signatures. He asked me if I wanted to go with him and I said no. He came back and said he wasn’t able to get Jordan’s but he got Jon’s. I will be forever grateful to him for that and I love that he is a part of this journey.

4. Jordan-3/11/12-Final autograph was obtained at the Jordan solo show at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. I bought VIP tickets & there was a Q & A after the show. We also got to take photos with him as well. We all were escorted to a room after the show where we stood around waiting. I hung out by the restroom in the back because I didn’t care to be first anymore. Turns out, it wasn’t a restroom but an elevator and Jordan stepped out right by us! He went around & passed out roses to everyone. When it was time to line up for pictures, they chose to take photos in the area I was standing at so I ended up in the front anyway. Before they got started, I made eye contact with Jordan, showed him the plate & said, “Jordan…you’re the last one. Will you please sign this for me?” He looked at it and nodded. He said, “When we take our picture, I’ll sign it.” Yay! When it was my turn, I presented the plate to him & a sharpie. He said to his security guard, “It’s ok, I told her I would.” He signed it & I thanked him. I told him how I’ve been trying to get this signed for 3 years. He gave me a big hug, we took our photo & I left with a huge smile on my face.

So there you have it. The whole story. A few pieces left out here & there but enough so that you get the gist. I’ll never forget this journey. It’s been real. Whatever happened to the old one, I have no idea. Maybe a fan has it, maybe it’s in the dumpster, who knows? I’ll always miss my old plate because Donnie signed it in the heart but at least I was able to replace it. Now, I’ll hold this plate proudly at every NKOTB event I attend.

Old plate

New plate

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Like Circa 2008

Last Friday, I got an unexpected text message that sent me on a whirlwind of a weekend. My friend Yvonne offered me the chance to go to the New Kids on the Block Town Hall meeting in Los Angeles because she knew of a ticket that was available. To be honest, I hadn’t thought of going because you have to register as a Block Nation fan club member & win a ticket. Since I was no longer a Block Nation member, I figured I wouldn’t be able to go. But when I was offered a ticket because it turns out you can bring a guest, I scrambled to find flights. Then, it turned out the ticket was a +1 from a friend of our other friend, Mayra so I wouldn’t know the person I’d be going in with but I’d still get to go. However, my dilemma was that I had to work on Sunday at 8 am and had to get back in time for that. My mind was in complete chaos and I couldn’t concentrate on work because I had cars, trains & planes on my mind. I finally found something that seemed like it could work for me. I’d just end up possibly being late for work as it was a flight that came in at 7:27 AM. That was cutting it pretty close.

I bought my flights & it cost me $320!! Luckily, I had just gotten paid & hadn’t paid my bills yet so I had money to buy the flights! Yay! I was initially supposed to be filming on Saturday but this was a chance of a lifetime and I live for moments like this. This would be the first Town Hall meeting where all five of NKOTB would be there. The previous 3 that they held were in other states and were always incomplete but since they were together rehearsing for their upcoming European tour with Backstreet Boys, they were all together in LA. What luck! How could I possibly pass this up?

To sum it up, my weekend was PACKED! Friday-work, then film shoot. Saturday-fly to LA, NKOTB Town Hall meeting, Sunday-work, then see “Blue Like Jazz” to support the film because I love Jason Marsden & wanted the movie to do well. All in all, the event was fanfuckintastic! If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It was really nice to be back in the NKOTB world. I felt like myself, circa 2008, when they first reunited and I got to see my dream boyfriends since I was 13 in the flesh for the very first time. Donnie waved to me from the stage and my heart felt warm & fluttery again as always, whenever he does that. They showed some Fenway footage from when they performed there. Donnie had taken off his shirt in the rain and OMG. I had forgotten how hot he is!! Geezusmaryjoseph, that boy is foine.

Another great thing about being there was that I got to see Kevin again. Ahhh Crunchy Kevin…the NKOTB Pro Tools technician that I switched my crushing to from Donnie Wahlberg back in 2009. I can’t even count the number of great Kevin moments I’ve had from 2009 – 2011. I even got his autograph! Seeing him was fun and it reminded me of how fun it was to crush on him. He was the first guy I ever liked with long hair. It distinguished him from all the others. I made an exception and I realized I needed to break my list of criteria just so I could crush on him. I know, silly, right? He’s changed over the years and I have to admit, I’m a little bit disappointed, but he’s happy so that makes me happy to see that.

The Kevin that I fell in love with no longer exists but he stays in my heart & mind and will always remain the same. He cut his beloved long locks and is now a party boy who hangs out with music geniuses & celebrities, which is fine & dandy but if I had to do this all over again, I would have changed how I was around him. I wouldn’t have been so eager & doting. I would’ve acted more like my real self, my bitchy self, my sarcastic self. Maybe then we could have been better friends. I never wanted anything from him nor did I ask him for anything but the last cruise I went on, he offered to help me get Jon Knight’s autograph on my license plate and I will never forget his kindness. Seeing him last night made me feel all giddy again. I literally was telling myself out loud to GET IT TOGETHER, AVA! I wanted to say hello and take my routine photo with him but I didn’t. I’m done with that. I’m done with putting him on a pedestal and acting like a crazed fan because that’s not the real me. As I was leaving, I passed by his sound booth without saying a word or making any kind of eye contact and walked away. The last time I spoke to him, I told him that was the last time he would ever see me and I intend to keep my promise. We took our last picture together and I hugged him goodbye. However, last night, a part of me couldn’t help but wished he had seen me & came to say hello. :0T Okay, I’m about to get teary-eyed so I’m going to stop here. All I really wanted to say was “Hello Ava circa 2008. So what’s up?”

NKOTBSB Favorite Moments

In no particular order:

Seeing KFC, my favorite “New Kid”
Ava & Kevin

Seeing myself in the NKOTBSB concert montage
Ava in NKOTBSB video

NKOTBSB descending from above
Their holy first appearance

Standing so close to the Marshmallow
Donnie Wahlberg butt

Getting a 5* view of my favorite DJ at work
Crunchy Kevin DJ

When Donnie went shirtless at afterparty
Shirtless Donnie Wahlberg

Dinner with the awesome bootch, Christina
Ava & Christina at Bottega Louie

Taking this picture
Foot Circle

Laughing Blockhearts
Blockhearts laughing

Kevin joining BSB onstage, making their fans so happy

Shaking Howie Dorough’s hand

Seeing the Pink Hearts dancing
NKOTB Pink Hearts

When Donnie recognized me at the afterparty, took my hand, and kissed it

Representing the Pink Hearts
Pink Heart at NKOTBSB concert

Other moments not captured on camera:
1) Flying Virgin America
2) Giving KFC a bday present
3) Seeing my favorite SoCal NKOTB friend, Yvonne
4) Walking in LA without a car
5) When KFC kissed me on the cheek and gave me the best hug
6) Seeing all my Blockhearts in San Jose
7) Donnie tweeting “Pink Hearts were representing hard in NorCal tonight!” after SJ show. Love him.

I ♥ NKOTB

New Kids on the Block had their opening night yesterday for their epic tour with Backstreet Boys! I gave my friend my tickets as the guys had invited all the cruisers to their opening night show in Chicago and luckily, they were transferable. He had a really great time and even made some friends with the girls sitting next to him. Of course, who could resist a guy at an NKOTB show enjoying himself? I’m making love connections, haha! I was almost tempted to get a ticket for their Anaheim show, which would be in addition to the tickets I already have for the LA & SJ show. Alas, the sensible me stopped the fanatic me and said I just can’t afford it. I’m still paying off the tickets I bought in 2008!

Anyway, I didn’t want to spoil myself but I heard they have an opening video in the beginning of the show and omg, I was in it! EEEKKKKK!!! It was from when I made an appearance on the day of my Paulo Saga. It’s not easy being in two places at the same time. Here is the video and this is all I’ve seen, up to where I saw myself. No more spoilers!!

A Few of My Favorite Things

I’ll be leaving in a few days and have so much stuff to do before I leave. Finish my final assignment for my drawing class, finish my script pages for screenwriting classes, pack my luggage, figure out what I need to pack, arrange my ride, etc. So this will be my last post before I leave.

I’ve always loved that song from “Sound of Music” where Julie Andrews sings about all her favorite things. Well you know what, Julie? We all have favorite things, and here are a few of mine.

Food – Just a minimal list of my favorite foods Snickerdoodles, Burmese cuisine, dim sum , sushi, thai iced tea, Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Laughter
Liam Kyle Sullivan makes hilarious videos, I love his gender-mangling style!

David Wain used to be a part of the comedy troupe, The State, which aired on MTV in the 90’s. Great writer!

Music
Adele has a beautiful haunting voice, I love it. I just wish she didn’t smoke…but maybe that’s what gives her that raspy voice. I’m debating over this.

I first heard this song blaring over the speakers in an H&M store in SoHo of NY. I fell in love with her voice.

100 Monkeys never have the same setlist, I love it. And they always do an improv song on the spot, allowing fans to make up a title. And each member of the band can play multiple instruments so they do a switcheroo between songs. Impressive.

New Kids On The Block is the band I listened to as a young teenager. Donnie Wahlberg always taught us to do good, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, stay in school, etc. I grew up well because of him.

The Harm’s 1st album was produced by a friend of mine. He introduced me to this song and I fell in love with its haunting melody.

Film shorts
I love this short film. It’s funny, clever and well written. Jason Marsden delivers, always.

I saw this film at the Asian American Film Festival a few years ago. I never laughed so hard because it brought fan world to the extreme. Hilarious! Alas, this is only the trailer. You’ll have to find its schedule to view it in theaters.

Miscellaneous
Bindlestiff Studio, My Life As Liz‘s Bizarre Love Triangle (I’m Team Bryson), bike riding in Venice Beach, playing kulintang, writing scripts, singing alone in the car, watching my friends onstage & onscreen, Royal Pains, white chocolate mocha, popping bubble wrap, learning new things, blogging, hugging people, road trips, Hawaii, film festivals, visiting museums, traveling, trying new restaurants, and sleeping.

Now turn that into a song, Ms. Andrews!

Dancing With The Mac N Cheese

Watched Dancing with the Stars last night for the 1st time because New Kids on the Block was scheduled to perform with the Backstreet Boys. They performed their new collaborative single, ‘Don’t Turn Out The Lights.” I hadn’t heard this song all the way through until I watched their performance last night. I thought it was pretty catchy, very in tune with the typical “boyband” sound if there exists one. They had great choreography that was done by Kevin Maher, who has been choreographing NKOTB’s moves since the 2008 reunion of NKOTB. For matured men, they’ve got some pretty nice moves. I wouldn’t mind having a husband who could move like that. :0)

Subsequently, the groups divided up and performed their own exclusive hit with Backstreet Boys singing “I Want It That Way” and NKOTB singing “Step By Step.” I’m very proud to be a New Kids fan, always have been, always will. At the end of Step By Step, Joey McIntyre & Donnie Wahlberg (affectionately known as Mac n Cheese) stepped out onto the dance floor and broke out in some salsa moves with 2 of the professional female dancers. That floored me. Seeing Donnie dance like that immediately brought me to the flashbacks of my favorite movie he’s in, Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School. He had some sweet moves from that film, which he obviously put away in his pocket and pulled them out last night! Wish they would give salsa lessons on the cruise!

Man, this brings me back to 2008 when I used to have to defend the NKOTB Reunion on multiple articles, over and over and over again. Today, they don’t need defense, they’re holding their own. I know people put down the whole “40 somethings dancing around in a boy band” thing but the way I see it, if I was a woman married to a man like that or vice versa and we cut up the floor at a party, who’s going to complain then? And if he brought his friends and they brought their wives and we all did a number, is it really all that bad? For the last time, shut the fuck up, haters. The Backstreet Boys did a good job on their performance too, but I think they should have chosen a more upbeat song. It would have gotten people on their feet, y’know? Either way, seeing the performances last night got me excited all over again for the cruise & tour.

Check out the show!

“Don’t Turn Out The Lights” by NKOTBSB

“I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys, “Step By Step” by NKOTB

Both groups are going on tour together in the summer. Get your tickets!

Don’t Wake Me

I LOVE dreams. I dreamt that I lived with Jackson Rathbone. That guy is a cutie, although I’d never date him or anything. Maybe just hang out. I dreamt that we were roommates & I watched him get ready for a date. No jealousy, just admiration. As much as I love Jackson though, I still would not pay $75 to take a photo with him. Paulo yes, Jackson no. Why? Well, I’d just rather try to get one for free. I NEED that $75!

I’ve decided to forego on my NKOTB concerts and save money to go see 100 Monkeys. Granted they aren’t that expensive but I really don’t need to be seeing NKOTB as many times as I did in 2008 anyway. I tried to count up the number of shows I’ve gone to in my head but I’ve lost count. Insane! Meanwhile, I think I’d rather spend my money practically and save up some for living expenses. For all those going to multiple NKOTB shows, I’m super excited for them!! There’s nothing like a live show. The euphoria of being surrounded by thousands of people with one love in common is indescribable. I’ll never forget those good times and I am excited to experience it yet once again.

American Music Weekend

I can’t believe I got to go to the American Music Awards over the weekend!! It’s my first big awards show and I only went to see New Kids on the Block perform. They had a great collaboration performance with the Backstreet Boys and I’ve never been more proud to call myself a Blockhead….wait, yes I have. I’ve ALWAYS been proud to call myself a Blockhead so this is no different. My favorite part was when they did a choreographed dance during their set, all 9 of them, and it was as if I was watching some kind of dance-related reality show. I was floored. I spent a good amount of time waving a pink heart and recording the performance. The only thing I regret is not recording the performance all the way through. If I did, I would have been able to record the end when NKOTB did their signature group hug after their performance. I would LOVE to be in the middle of that circle with them and just breathe. At one point, when they were about to announce the Artist of the Year, we were able to see NKOTB setting up from where we were sitting and we just started cheering for NKOTB. I wonder if people were able to hear us. Haha!

Other performances I got to witness were Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Kid Rock, Gavin Rossdale w/Santana, Justin Bieber, and Black-Eyed Peas. I don’t know why but most of the artists chose to sing slow songs. I have to admit, I did yawn a few times but I was just happy to be there with my girls. We had a blast and have absolutely no regrets…except the part where I cheated on my diet and ate all kinds of crap. I felt like I was just looking for an excuse to cheat and this trip was it. However, it’s the holidays and I will just have to get right back on that horse. I’ve got to admit, I really don’t have much motivation now that I’ve already met Paulo and I don’t feel that immediate need to look good. Perhaps I should use the wedding I have to go to as a motivator. Hmm…

Yes, I think that is what I’ll do. Other highlights of the weekend were getting to meet other Blockheads, spending time with long distance friends, and the road trip! Listening to the New Kids’ music and watching them perform has really renewed my love for them, and for Donnie. I haven’t had a Donnie high in a long time and this trip did it for me. Can’t wait until cruise time when I can wrap my arms around him again…or maybe sooner, who knows? *shrug*