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    Better late than "Never",as they say. The inside photos were just "lights"as I didn't have a Zoom camera.
    I'll only show 8 photos,mostly outside pictures. There is a repeat of MK with Karen & Olivia. Olivia is so cute, as she was playing with MK's necklace & she was staring at her intensely. The pictures are mostly MK as the other skaters were with other MKFERS and I don't have their permission to publish them.
    I noticed that MK lost so much weight since I last saw her the early part of the year. I did ask her, and she said she did a lot of swimming exercises .
    Here are the Pics:
    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/pearlmkf/album[U]
    Hope it works. It is the MK performance that you have to open.

    BTW Corbon,the group photo of the MKFERS was terrific. It's too bad you were not in the pic as you're the official photographer. We should have ask MK to be in the picture too.

    Also, Grace,a "Big Thank you", for the passes and the delicious mango cake for the luncheon.
    Last edited by El Segundo 909; August 26th, 2006 at 07:10 AM. Reason: I added a sentence

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    Hey All,

    I'm FINALLY slowing down enough to give my exciting report on COI Anaheim.

    First of all I need to send a HUGE Thank you to Grace for the Back Stage Passes Jack for the stuffed animals and the framed poster of The Kween herself (your generosity RACHS) , and the Kwanderful people I met at JT Schmids you all were so sweet, so genuine, If The Kween were there, she'd be so humbled to see the graciousness she projects is also reflected by so many who love her. My friend, Mindy was with me and it was just wonderful to show her how sweet & gracious MKFers are. Thanks again.

    While waiting to get into the Pond a camera man decided to ask me who my favorite skater is. Well if there is one thing I'm not is camera shy. So with that question I proclaimed MICHELLE KWAN! He followed with "Who else?" Well I was dumb founded. Is there really any other skater to enjoy???? I'm kidding of course. I started naming off a lot of the skaters that were to skate that night. He finally asked me if there were any Japanese skaters I liked. (That's when I figured he's probably from a Japanese TV station.) Well once he gave me that clue I started gushing over Shizuka Arakara. And since I'm not in the least bit camera shy, I proceeded to imitate Shiz's trademark Ina Bauer. Now you have to realize that I'm in no way shape or form an athelete of any kind, but I did my 41 year old level best Ina Bauer I could muster. The camera man LOVED it. I LOVED being in front of the camera. (I am such a ham!) So it was a win/win situation.

    The show was great! I'm so glad my friend Mindy bought these tickets! It was my birthday gift that I wll never forget!

    I LOVED hearing the crowd go nuts the second The Kween went on and the lights came on her. No other skater received that response. And that is how it should be.

    I wasn't really planning on getting all that excited over any other skater than Michelle, but I have to say Victor Petrenko really knows how to work an audience. I love how he got the audience involved & clapping. He was my first standing ovation of the night. His performance to Sammy Davis jr.'s "The Birth of the Blues", was as Dick Button would say "Spiffy".

    Speaking of Mr. Button I bet he had fun recording that piece of Dan Hollander. It was a great spoof on Olympic figure skating. I loved everything from knocking off the current Russian leader, to making nice w/the French judge. I'm usually not a fan of skaters who insist of taking their clothes off on the ice, but Dan was smart about it in this routine & I laughed and loved it all.

    I'm usually not a T&M fan but their routine was so heartfelt and smooth they skated like Olympic Champions for sure.

    From one OGM to another, A&P were just breath taking! I can't remember the name of the song they skated to but I know I couldn't take my eyes off of them.

    My friend Mindy's favorite was B&A & they did not disappoint! I'm so glad they kept that routine in the tour. It's wild & rages with energy. Gets my heart goin in a wonderful way.

    I could watch Stephan Lambiel spin forever. He's just exceptional at it as he is with all of his skating.

    I've always like the hula hoop lady. I personally find her routines quite innovative - especially since she really can SKATE as well. Props to her indeed.

    I've always found myself to be a bit of a snob when it come to the acrobat guys. I'd see them on TV & just sneer "They don't deserve to be on the ice! They're not skaters! They're just acrobats on skates! Big whoop!" Well, I still think they can do what they do regardless of the surface they're standing on, I really did enjoy watching them build from one difficult trick to the next. It was amazed in watching what they did. Very innovative indeed!

    As far as I was concerned, Sasha was the biggest surprise of the night. She was 100% flawless and she was extremely real in expressing the music. I totally believed everything she was expressing. I wasn't planning on it, but at the end, I stood up and gave her standing ovation. To my big surprise, however, I was one of very few who did. As a matter of fact, I don't think anyone got a SO after any performance. Of course, I could be wrong.

    Poor Evgeny, I just can't watch him and watch The Kween at the same time. But I'm sure he did well just the same.

    Then Michelle Kwan came out and the crowd went NUTS!! She had to take a minute to calm everyone down before she could do her performance. Oh and her performance was breathtaking indeed. Even from where I sat on the 4th level I was mesmerized by her edges and the love she gave us all through her skating. To paraphrase Dick Button, "She gives me her heart & I fall in love with her every time." (That's a close paraphrase to what he says anyway.)

    Grace, your pictures of The Kween are a huge blessing to a girl who was on the fourth level. I had no idea just how deep & how wide The Kween was smiling through out her routine. I don't know who was having more fun: us watching Michelle or Michelle skating for us. (Maybe that's why she had the video cam in Las Vegas.) Thank you Grace for sharing those pics. As far as I'm concerned, they truly were Kwanderful!

    Before I got to the "backstage part" I was stopped by skating fans begging me to sell them my backstage. This was my birthday gift though so I told them I was keeping it for sure! Boy am I glad I did! To see those skaters close up like that was moment I will never forget. Marina Anasina (sp) was so sweet to help me find her picture in the program book so she could sign it for me. I got a chuckle out of Dan Hollander assuring a fan "we get paid to find these things for you".

    I must say I LOVED the dress Sasha was wearing, a cute strapless dress, white with a red/pink floral print. I asked her where she got it. She said it was her sister's dress. I said that her sister has great taste in dresses. She said something like "Yeah I saw this & said 'I know what I wanta borrow today'". It was a cute moment.

    Ohhhhhh Michelle (sigh) she was just so radiant backstage. I had no idea she could look that good back there. While she signed my book. I told her that as part of MKF I could attest to all the graciousness she projects is carried out with all the other MKFers as well. She just smiled. I had a camera that my friend Mindy loaned me, but she said it only had 3 frames on it so I had to be careful & naturally I chose to only use them on The Kween. She had moved on before I could get my camera out but she heard me once it was out and flashed that Kwanderful smile my way. Later I gave the camera back to Mindy who developed that pic & framed it for me as an additional BDay gift.

    When it was all said an done I was soooooooooo HYPER!!! I couldn't sit down to type very well but I couldn't sleep either. I was still hyper at work the next day. I stayed up in the clouds till sometime after 1PM that day. Then EVERYTHING inside me just crashed. I had that good a time and I thank Mindy, all the MKFers, the cameraman, and of course, The Kween herself, for making Forty-one feel fabulous! It was all indeed "first rate".

    Crystal

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    What a birthday you had, Crystal! Thank you, for sharing it with us.

    Michelle is quite a gift, isn't she?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    What a birthday you had, Crystal! Thank you, for sharing it with us.

    Michelle is quite a gift, isn't she?
    Yes Michelle is a gift to us all. And yes it was a VERY special birthday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Segundo 909 View Post
    Better late than "Never",as they say. The inside photos were just "lights"as I didn't have a Zoom camera.
    I'll only show 8 photos,mostly outside pictures. There is a repeat of MK with Karen & Olivia. Olivia is so cute, as she was playing with MK's necklace & she was staring at her intensely. The pictures are mostly MK as the other skaters were with other MKFERS and I don't have their permission to publish them.
    I noticed that MK lost so much weight since I last saw her the early part of the year. I did ask her, and she said she did a lot of swimming exercises .
    Here are the Pics:
    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/pearlmkf/album[U]
    Hope it works. It is the MK performance that you have to open.

    BTW Corbon,the group photo of the MKFERS was terrific. It's too bad you were not in the pic as you're the official photographer. We should have ask MK to be in the picture too.

    Also, Grace,a "Big Thank you", for the passes and the delicious mango cake for the luncheon.
    Those are nice pictures! Olivia is darn cute and was that a glimpse of Sophia's little feet in one of those pictures? I'm glad Karen posed with MK for Grace and the rest of you... it seems like there hasn't been too many pictures of MK with her family outside of shots of them in the crowd over the years, it's nice to see her with her sister and niece! Thank you for sharing!

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    Synnabun,your eyes are sharp.Possibly,it was Sophia as the rest of the family were there. At first ,Karen was hesitant, but the rest of the MKFERS shouted,you're also our favorite skater. She gladly posed then with Olivia.
    Every skaters were accomodating and extra nice,probably because the season was ending after a very long season.

    The only bad thing, I missed Stephan Lambiel, who probably sneaked out .

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    First, I apologize if any of you have PMed me since Staples or Anaheim, I will get back to you = ) I haven't forgotten about anyone's email or PMs.. I promise!

    Quote Originally Posted by babyoscar View Post
    wonderful photos Grace. Yes, I noticed the Anaheim ones are darker. I wonder if they didn't hang some of the lights right. I can't believe you did post processing for all those photos! I took about 140 each for opening and closing. There was no way I will go through all of them and do processing like you did with yours. But again, wonderful photos. I notice you got a photo of Karen (I think it is Karen) holding a videocam. I guess the family do video tape the shows.

    here are my TTMM LA photos if anyone is interested. That isn't my site, but I do give that webmaster my TTMM photos every year.

    http://fellows.freespace.jp/skatingb..._LA_title.html
    I've been lazy all weekend (well, sort of, at least with being on the internet) so I haven't really responded much... so I'm trying to respond now. LOL... I post processed just my best photos (more than the pictures in google), but yes, it took many nights to do. It made me want to delete more borderline ones, but I just kept them anyway.

    I managed to get a really bad blurred photo if that's what you mean =P It was really dark in the backstage area, so I tried to steady my hand as much as possible, but it just wasn't being agreeable.

    It's funny that you posted the link. I came across that web site and saw your pictures already and wondered to myself how your pics turned out. I would love to have a glimpse of your MK photos if you have anytime to send them (no need to postprocess or anything)..


    Quote Originally Posted by babyoscar View Post
    Grace,

    I saw bunch people, and I do mean bunch of people with special EW envelope/card/pass thing that walked completely different direction than where the backstage signing was held at. They went down this side elevator thing and I am going to guess they were in some kind of lounge area. I didn't follow them since I didn't know where they were headed to.
    I came across this blog just today:
    --> http://city.udn.com/v1/blog/index.jsp?uid=chenhsu3c <--

    I can read some chinese, but for the most part is pretty poor, you could probably decipher this better. It looks like they got VIP tickets and were able to meet Michelle. Guess I'll be adding those pics to the photo gallery as well = )

    Quote Originally Posted by El Segundo 909 View Post
    Better late than "Never",as they say. The inside photos were just "lights"as I didn't have a Zoom camera.
    I'll only show 8 photos,mostly outside pictures. There is a repeat of MK with Karen & Olivia. Olivia is so cute, as she was playing with MK's necklace & she was staring at her intensely. The pictures are mostly MK as the other skaters were with other MKFERS and I don't have their permission to publish them.
    I noticed that MK lost so much weight since I last saw her the early part of the year. I did ask her, and she said she did a lot of swimming exercises .
    Here are the Pics:
    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/pearlmkf/album
    Hope it works. It is the MK performance that you have to open.

    BTW Corbon,the group photo of the MKFERS was terrific. It's too bad you were not in the pic as you're the official photographer. We should have ask MK to be in the picture too.

    Also, Grace,a "Big Thank you", for the passes and the delicious mango cake for the luncheon.
    Hm.. I just realized I still haven't posted my backstage photos for all of you. Sigh, I'm tired of looking at my photos! Thank you so much for sharing your pics El Segundo909 =P You didn't happen to take a pic of me and Michelle did you? I'm trying to hunt all of them down since the two I have seen of me are pretty scary Your pictures are great! I love the different angle of Olivia holding Michelle's necklace.

    Pearl, she also told Sarah that she had been doing lots of exercise. She said she had lost 10 pounds.

    I'm so glad you guys loved the mango cake! I was truly surprised to see that it was engulfed by everyone, and was originally worried about what to do with the cake had it not been finished! I'm so happy to hear everyone had such a wonderful time = )

    I agree, the group photo of MKF is truly terrific. Evan, maybe I'll just photoshop your head in or something and it would have been truly great had MK been a part of the group shot, but ah well = )

    Quote Originally Posted by dramaqueenjc View Post
    Hey All,

    I'm FINALLY slowing down enough to give my exciting report on COI Anaheim.

    ...

    When it was all said an done I was soooooooooo HYPER!!! I couldn't sit down to type very well but I couldn't sleep either. I was still hyper at work the next day. I stayed up in the clouds till sometime after 1PM that day. Then EVERYTHING inside me just crashed. I had that good a time and I thank Mindy, all the MKFers, the cameraman, and of course, The Kween herself, for making Forty-one feel fabulous! It was all indeed "first rate".

    Crystal

    aka dramaqueenjc
    Crystal,

    thank you so much for your entertaining and lively report. Mine will be stale and boring (and I still haven't written more of it. Bad bad me..) I'm so happy you had a WONDERFUL birthday, and that truly would have been wonderful I believe =P.. nice gift! Wow, I'm sure flattered as I'm sure everyone else who attended with the compliments that we project Michelle. And I'm even more surprised you were able to tell that to Michelle... (me, I was talking a mile in the minute that Michelle had probably no idea what I was babbling on about).

    I'm thrilled my pictures were able to help you see what you were missing from the fourth level. I hope you were able to see *some* things = ) I too, loved Viktor's performance. He truly captivates an audience, as a lot of the old timers do.

    And I *loooved* Sasha's dress as well. I tried to tell her that but I don't know if she heard.. she dropped by rather quickly. The bit about the Japanese camera men was pretty funny

    Quote Originally Posted by El Segundo 909 View Post
    Synnabun,your eyes are sharp.Possibly,it was Sophia as the rest of the family were there. At first ,Karen was hesitant, but the rest of the MKFERS shouted,you're also our favorite skater. She gladly posed then with Olivia.
    Every skaters were accomodating and extra nice,probably because the season was ending after a very long season.

    The only bad thing, I missed Stephan Lambiel, who probably sneaked out .
    I also missed seeing Stephane too... well, lol, obviously, since we were standing right next to you = P

    Karen looked truly gorgeous that day. Then again, I've never seen her not gorgeous, but that coral dress was so pretty on her. Hm.. maybe I should find a coral dress to wear one day = P I wish I had gotten a picture with her. I was too caught up in trying to tell Michelle to post on the forum (to knock off the last thing on my list, er rather, Heather's list = P) But Sarah and Hayley were able to, though I haven't seen their pictures with Karen yet.

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    Grace, for you. this is a very brief translation, not word for word. what i think she said is in ( ).

    as far as my MK photos go... i don't like my TTMM photos as much, they have this red hue to it, i was hoping for even better photos. but i guess since i only had the short lens, it is better than nothing. i got somehting i need to send to you anyway for the MK gallery. which I will get to eventually!



    http://city.udn.com/v1/blog/index.jsp?uid=chenhsu3c

    2006/8/16
    Home of the Lakers=Staples Center
    My husband’s company always invites potential customers to watch some shows. In those instances, my husband usually brings me. I guess shows customers our charm.

    Last Saturday, Moody was brought to see Champions on Ice starring Michelle Kwan at Staples Center (the way she wrote it, her name is Moody).

    Staples center is on the border of downtown LA, usually there isn’t any traffic around that area. However, there were picketing that day. By the time we got to Staples Center, we were already late for 40 minutes, and we didn’t see the invited potential customers either, they probably already got in.

    Moody and husband found the seat in the dark, told the customers what happened, apologized for being late, and then started watching the show.

    Only watched 3 performances (skaters?) it started the 15 minute intermission.

    Forgot who those skaters are (picture of Belbin & Agosto in their OD pose)

    Moody went outside walked around (during intermission) and saw this photo (picture of the Lakers and Blazers painting)

    The 2nd half is the main show, Moody only knows Victor Petrenko, Sasha Cohen, and Michelle Kwan.

    Sasha Cohen skated to Celine Dion’s God Bless America. After her performance, a lot of people stood and was applauding, probably by patriotism

    (picture of sasha)

    The last performance is Michelle Kwan. She skated to A Song for You. When I watch her skate, I always think about the elusive Olympic Gold, kind of sad at the moment.

    (picture of MK)

    Group and finale thank you

    (picture of group in finale white costume)

    Because husband’s company purchased VIP tickets, there is a party (cocktail) afterwards. By the time we got to the line, there are already a lot of people. There are a lot of VIPers. Moody didn’t get anything, husband left with the potential customers, I don’t know where they went.

    Moody then got some alcohol, disappointed didn’t get anything to eat.

    Suddenly heard some sound (applause screaming etc), everyone that was by the buffet table run to the other side, Michelle Kwan is here!

    (picture of MK at podium)

    While everyone left the buffet line to see MK, Moody got some sandwich and some grapes.

    Ate a few bites of sandwich, got my energy back, I run toward Michelle’s table to get some photos. Bunch of guards stood in the front wouldn’t let too many people near her.

    (picture of MK signing at table with guards in red jacket)

    Moody moved around and finally got her (MK) picture

    Achieved my goal, walked around and then left.

    On the way out, saw this statue, who is this?

    Been to Staples Center several times for concert, never seen Lakers play, not interested in sporting events. The most memorable performance is watching Britney Speras concert. Until next time.
    wrote...
    Last edited by babyoscar; August 28th, 2006 at 03:52 PM. Reason: change

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    babyoscar *very huge hugs*

    Thank you so much for spending the time to translate the article. I know it takes a bit of work doing that, so I really appreciate it. That person's perspective is very interesting. LOL, at his/her last line.

    Can't wait to see what you have to send to me Don't worry, I have a bazillion of tasks I need to do. * sighs *

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    Thanks for the reports guys. I love hearing more stuff about the tour.

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