Guys – I just don’t know where to begin. My first experience in Nashville was a very emotional experience for me. There were times I cried – the most is when Vince sang “Go Rest High On That Mountain” at my request, and he looked at me and said, “you want to hear it, I’ll play it for you”. ---That was a moment ---- a very SPECIAL moment for me! I’ll never forget it.
Meeting my special on-line friends was another emotional moment. I never thought I would EVER get to meet any of them! Pam and I grabbed each other like we were sisters. Nina and I talked so much about our soldiers, and I met the “other” Cathy! Oh, the memories. Leah is a doll. Becky and Bruce are definitely some kind of a photography team! Katie and Ken – precious!!!!!!! Mr. Ken and Ms. Betty --- I met first at the Neal McCoy fan club party, and they sat with us. What a couple! They are an example of what I want to be!!!!!! Loved them both!
OK – here goes about the rest of what I did!
CMA Celebrity Close Up: Josh Gracin, Diamond Rio, John Corbett with LoriAnne Crook. Oh my goodness – the laughing we did! John Corbett was hilarious. Diamond Rio assured ALL of us that none of their butts would be seen in their videos! Too funny. Josh Gracin was a doll baby!
Ryman Saturday Matinee: I was silly in the back (unnoticed other than the ushers I was with) and clogged with a lady usher. We had a blast doing that!! Then I square danced with a man usher who had just asked me to step aside from a doorway in the back of the Ryman. As I stepped aside --- Sara Evans walked out and pretty much rubbed my arm as the guards walked her around to the back of the stage. I turned very slowly back to the usher, and when I finished my comic routine of chewing him out for not telling me WHY I had to move away from the door, he and I both were dying laughing and he reached out and hugged me. THAT was fun ----- then he and I square danced behind the back pew when Sara was on stage. I had a blast! He told me I was a lot of fun!!!! Well Yeah, he told me that AFTER he made me miss a photo op with Sara!!!!
The softball game was a blast ----- just a little too hot for this little old lady!!!! It was fun though. Not sure I would ever do it again.
The Coliseum shows were a blast!!!!!!!!! I even passed on the Opry Trust Fund Show and ate those tickets I already purchased because I was having too much fun at the Coliseum, and I figured Vince wouldn’t show up at the Ryman – so I didn’t even bother. I hated missing that Trust Fund Show ---- but my money for the tickets was well worth it as a “donation” to that fund. Oh well ----- maybe some other time!
Neal McCoy’s fan club party was fun ------ he didn’t sing ---- but he certainly made us feel that we were at his house for breakfast – that’s for sure! It was a buffet! Darryl Worley and Charlie Pride snuck in for a few minutes – and that was pretty cool!
Clay Walker’s fan club party was more on the elegant side! We were at Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel in the ballroom. It was a sit-down breakfast and we were served a great meal! The souvenirs at each seat were awesome. We had miniature beach chairs which held our name tag. Each person had a ticket for one picture with Clay, and the photo was taken by a professional photographer. Clay is a doll! I told him I was from Texas, and we were practically neighbors ------ he lives less than an hour from me! He grabbed me and hugged me and told me, “ah, you’re sweet!” After the picture he just kind of gave me a slight squeeze and I said, “uh-uh, I want a BUBBA HUG”, and being from Texas – Clay knew what I meant, and he just about squeezed the daylights out of me as we laughed! Oh, that was fun!
Oh – did I forget to mention that Clay had his entire band with him and gave us a FULL concert, complete with the wonderful dance moves he does on stage? There were only about 200 people there ---- so we all were able to see the stage. Clay REALLY put on a show for us! When the squeals would start, he would just die laughing and tell us that, “you guys are just nuts!” It was so fun!
I’m rambling, ya’ll, but ya asked, Pam!!!!!
Oh –TV? Oh yeah!!!!!! We were filmed at the Coliseum, and the Celebrity CloseUp. At Clay’s party, a London radio station interviewed me and said I would be on their station. THEN, again at Clay’s party, I looked up and saw my favorite anchorman from our ABC Channel from Houston! He was walking by our table WITHOUT HIS CAMERAMEN WITH HIM, and my sister and I called out his name, and he was thrilled when he came to our table for pictures with him, and he was so excited that we were from the Houston area. He walked out, and about 5 minutes later, he was back with his cameraman and stenographer, and wanted our names, city, and then he interviewed me first, and then my sister. He said that Houston would be having a CMAfest special on July 23rd ----- and we would DEFINITELY be on. He seemed to like the answers we gave! OH ---- that should be something!!!!!! My local family and friends will be laughing about that for some time to come. Especially my co-workers, who at my retirement party made the remark, “well, I guess Cathy will be chasing Country Music Stars now!” YEP ---- it’s official ---- that’s what I’m doing!!!
I’m tired ------ trying to unpack from Nashville in order to pack to go to my daughter’s house for my two G-babies’ dance recitals – and then pack again as we will be off to Vegas on Monday.
I love you guys ---- If I seemed “cranky” in an earlier post ----- I was. Just love me anyways!!!!