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    Default thats sweet

    That was a really cool idea. There's no doubt in my mind Michelle appreciates all her fans do. I remember that was one of the things Frank or her Dad taught her, which was to always respect her fans. When she was really young, IIRC, she was going to leave without signing autographs, and it was either Frank or Danny that told her not to overlook her fans, so she turned around and went back and signed autographs. Thats a very rough memory of a fluff piece I saw on her ages ago. But its always stuck with me. She realized how important the fans were and its obviously stayed with her to this day.

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    I thought she wrote that in her autobiography DMBChic? Yes, I remember that too. Her parents taught her well.

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    Yeah, LOL I just signed in so I could edit my post. Right after I posted that I thought "errr wait, i didn't see that on TV, I read it" My memory is awful :rolleyes

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    VCW: Let's let this go already. We're not going to agree. Vicky had a nice visit with Michelle. Peace.

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    What a great story! It demonstrates a number of things that make MKF so nice. Not only did you all get together for a wonderful trip to the View, but then you got together to work on this project. It really is amazing how Michelle, and this forum, have helped bring so many people together! Your scrapbook project is a lovely manifestation of the many friendships that have been formed here at MKF.

    I'm sure Michelle appreciated the gift because it evidenced so much love and effort. Personal gifts like that are always special. I wouldn't be surprised if she liked seeing the pictures of everyone who went to The View and how much fun you all had. It must feel nice to know that you helped bring people together like that!

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    graciesfriend, I remember that day well ... and how thrilled GoldBlossom was! It was a beautiful memory that will stay with the three of you always, regardless of what happened to the book after that day.

    And GardenKitty ... your thoughts are "spot on" as usual.

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    And I was so thrilled to hear that Graciesfriend, Goldblossom, and Valentine had done this. I was there at the View and I'm in some of the pictures. It may be silly, but it made me so happy to think that I was included in this scrapbook presented to Michelle. I feel so grateful to her for the way she has enriched my life, and the scrapbook made it feel like I was able to say thank you in a more personal way than the usual fan mail. Thanks Goldblossom, Graciesfriend and Valentine!!! And no, it really doesn't matter to me what she did with the scrapbook. It just made me happy to be part of it. And who knows, maybe Michelle enjoyed it too.

    Great post, kwanluv!

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    Terri, I had forgotten about the scrapbook from the medal presentation. I do remember now that those who were there said that Michelle was especially delighted with the scrapbook, and said something about showing it to her grandkids someday. Did I remember correctly?

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    "My kids will be looking at this." That is what she said when Cole50 was showing her the different pages...It was swell.

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    Thanks kwanette ... I was just projecting a little further into Michelle's life! :rollin

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    Maybe Michelle keeps it with her scrapbook from the MKF charity/medal project? Shep told some MKFers in October that she keeps that scrapbook in her bedroom.

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    Graciesfriend, thank you for sharing the story with us; Michelle's reactipn and gracious response are typical of her; and just one more reason why I respect her so

    What a precious memory for GoldBlossom!

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    "And yes, my oh my, is she the sweetest or what!!!!!!!!!"

    Hmmm...ok...I don't want to burst your bubble... but remember, Michelle is only human.

    Here is one of my experiences with Michelle. The first comp of the year in NYC, Campbells I was waiting outside with other fans watching the FS's go by, many were getting autographs and taking pics. Timmy put his stuff in the van and then came back to shake hands etc. Mike, Jenny, Timmy and lots of others were willingly greeting their fans.

    Then the cops told everyone to get behind the fences, and I knew Michelle was coming out. (a few minutes earlier, Shep came out, looked around and swore, then went back in.)

    When Michelle came out her body guards tried to take her to the van, and she ignored those asking for autographs. Some people were more forceful than others, and shoved their paper and pens into Michelle's hands and one person practically jumped on her and had someone take a picture.

    A little girl of ten, went up to Michelle twice and asked for an autograph, but Michelle completely ignored her. The girl was not forceful enough I guess.

    She said not one word to ANYONE. She didn't smile, she just wanted out.

    Now I completely understand this. Maybe she had cramps..or had her you know what..or any number of reasons for not stopping to talk or give autographs. It's her right.

    But I don't think that the little girl thinks Michelle was sweet. The little girl was very upset.

    I love Michelle, but she is not God that she should be adored by so many like she is God.

    She moves my soul, when she skates. No other skater compares with her. God has blessed her mightily with the gift to touch us.

    I just wanted to let you know that Michelle DOESN'T always sign autographs and act so sweet and nice. It's her right. I don't condem her, because of course, she is only human.

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    I have no problem with giving a toothbrush, if that is what someone wants to give. It sure is a unique choice anyway, and sure to be remembered!

    But, I think it is perfectly fair and appropriate to point out that giving food as a gift is probably not a good idea. As a number of us have pointed out, there is a SAFETY issue. Personally, I would encourage people to NEVER give any food as a gift to any celebrity. And I do not consider such a comment to be raining on anyone's parade. Its just common sense.

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    Thanks for sharing that experience Suzi. I didn't realize that Michelle sometimes fails to sign autographs ... I may have to re-think how I feel about her. This is quite a shock to me ... I need to go take a pill and rest now.

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    I love to hear all the stories about encounters with Michelle. Everytime I have been around her, she has always been soft, dignified and gracious. Before 2002, I really enjoyed reading about MKF's experiences at competitions and the like...hoping one day that I would have one of my own to share with y'all. When that day came, July 7 2002, I was greeted here with such happiness and support.
    I have to add that the Xue story touched me. My sister with whom I went to GPF 2004, had a chance to tell Xue (and Hong Bo) how much their skating meant to her. I wish I could have witnessed it.
    Skaters are not Gods...that goes with out saying...I guess it's all about the fun and love.
    Vicky, if you see Michelle again tell her, 'Hi back!'

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    Some people were more forceful than others, and shoved their paper and pens into Michelle's hands and one person practically jumped on her and had someone take a picture.

    Poor Michelle-I would have been terrified-as she probably was. Could THIS be the type of fan behavior that weirds celebrities out? Was Michelle supposed to stop and greet that little girl when adults were rushing at her and scaring her? She probably didn't even notice the child.

    I can't see how respectful requests for an autograph or a photo taken with her would bother her-those things are part of success, but no one has to submit to rudeness or pushyness, much less put themselves into harm's way just because some child wants an autograph. Celebrities have been hurt by fans, had their clothes torn off, and had hanks of hair pulled out. I'm not talking about mentally ill people but a group of fans with a mob mentality.

    Michelle probably intended to sign some autographs until those fans got out of line with her. After that she probably only wanted to get away from them. I can't blame her for that.

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    Well, there are times when everyone has bad days, and Michelle has em just like the rest, like you said. Im sure she was just upset about something.

    I personally never hang around outside at the buses to any show I go to. I saw them, and I don't need them to write their name on a piece of paper for me. It all seems very shallow somehow. So I don't have any autographs. I seriously doubt Michelle looked at the child and then ignored her. She is not that type of person. There was probably more going on, and she was probably trying to just focus on getting through it all. And she has been so gracious so many times, that one lil thing will not change my opinion of her. We know Michelle isn't a bad person.

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    Default Ignoring little girl

    Listen, everybody has a bad day, one, two or seven. She's human, REALLY!!!!

    Now I don't know the circumstances surrounding what happened after the event, but regardless, everyone is entitled to their privacy. I'm sure that Michelle didn't mean to ignore the child, but after reading what you described, she was probably more concerned with her safety and rightfully so.

    As for being "nice and sweet", to tell you the truth, you don't get to be champion with a cotton candy attitude and a Krispy Kreme competitive drive.....

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    Gee, SuzyKwan, I'm sorry if you thought my post implied any "godlike" attributes to Michelle; I certainly meant nothing along those lines. I was just trying to relay a pleasant encounter that some friends and I had with Michelle. I think that's all any of us have been doing in this thread with our stories. I actually do worry at times that we expect so much of Michelle. My few encounters with Michelle have always been extremely pleasant. And I truly admire how even tempered and good spirited she always seems to be; I have a much grumpier nature. But thanks for reminding us that Michelle is human; she certainly is and can have a bad day. IIRC, Michelle was having boot problems before and at Campbells so if the old saying is true, "when your feet hurt, you hurt all over" I'm sure Michelle wasn't feeling 100%. And as others have also said, maybe the behavior of the adults caused Michelle to overlook the child. Who knows. Again, I'm sorry if my post bothered you; I hope the rest of your evening is more pleasant.

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    Graciesfried – Thanks for writing about our ‘view album’ experience. You did a Kwanderful job of reporting on the whole experience. I really enjoyed the time we spent working on it together. And then to see how surprised and happy Michelle was when GoldBlossom gave it to her, that was just was priceless. A moment we will treasure. I have a picture of Michelle as GB is handing her the album. She has the perfect look of surprise on her face!! I think I should send Michelle a copy of that picture to add to her album!!

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    Cool Vicky, thanks for sharing ! Very well said Kwanluv ! graciesfriend, I think your relating your experience helped illustrate perfectly that Michelle does appreciate her gifts ! Suzi, I'm sure the majority here realize Michelle is human, but I thank you anyway for pointing out that there are circumstances where Michelle may be afraid and it will certainly affect how I approach her in the future if I ever have the opportunity again. I've been able to "meet" her three times (and been extremely tongue tied all 3 :o ), but she was very nice every time.

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    GF-thanks for bringing up the possibility of maybe her feet were hurting. That jogged my memory-Brian Klavano told me at Skate America that Michelle had skated in boots from 2 different pairs at Campbells because she was having such serious boot problems, and after she skated her foot or feet were bleeding. I can't remember if he said one foot or both. But maybe that's why Michelle had the 2 arena guards to help her get quickly to the bus. Maybe she wasn't up to standing around signing autographs.

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    Sorry,I really messed this up. I'll try again.

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    Thanks for telling us about your wonderful time with Michelle, Vicky. I,too, was at Cambpell's in NYC and would like to give my perspective. Seeing it from another angle or view depending on where we were standing can really show another side.A friend and I were standing right up against one of the fences outside of the stage door. When Michelle came out some people did not remain behind the fences and went right up to her. I clearly saw her smiling however and as she walked toward the van she did sign autographs for people behind the fence nearest to her.I was behind the fence furthest from her.A woman who was not behind a fence asked me if I would like her to take my program and try to have Michelle sign it for me.Of course I said yes. I could not see Michelle at this point, but my friend clearly saw her reach out and take the program and sign it. Whoever that woman is, I shall be eternally gratefull for what she did. To me Michelle seemed a bit tired and preoccupied.Was she particularly outgoing and talkative that night? No.Did she spend a long time out there or sign tons of autographs? No. Was she in anyway rude or cranky? Absolutely not! Did she want to get out of there quickly? Yes. Now from reading the posts here I find out that what she was that night was probably hurting and bleeding. Put in perspective I'd say that ITA with all of you who have witnessed her graciousness first hand!

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