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    Default WOW- another update attempting the impossible

    [Updated somewhere on page 2...warning PUT ON THE COFFEE!]:b

    When I was a little girl, I always slept in my dance recital costume after the performance, I guess I just didn't want the magical experience to end. Well, last night I slept in the '04 Nats t-shirt I bought...

    As I finally sit and try desperately to get my thoughts straight, East of Eden is playing on my CDplayer...everyone knows how special that song is to me, and the night before the free skate (it probably was the morning of knowing our slpeeing schedule!) we were too excited and chatty and so Kim (splits) said "We need East of Eden" so she got her little discman and played EoE as loudly as she could so that we could hear it through the little earphones.

    That is how my free skate day began...and it ended like a dream. I will just make little notes now and come back later, I promise!

    I can not find the words to describe our excitement this entire week. After looking forward to this for so long, its kind of overwhelming when its finally here. We found our niche with Schez, Liz and Barb rather quickly and went to every single practice with them, including the "OMG thats TANGO!" practice where we were just laughing and gasping and making fun bets with each other. "What has she got in store for us?!?!!" It was so much fun...

    I'm telling you that I get joy just from watching Michelle in practice. She could just skate around the arena and I would watch because she is so HAPPY. I heard a story secondhand this week that Michelle said something about the feeling most people get in competition she gets every time she steps onto the ice she just loves it...well, it shows!

    This was the difference. I could see it when the final ladies stepped out of the curtain ("Its orange!!!!" and then 30 seconds later "No guys....it's PEACH!!!!!!!") Sasha came to win, Michelle came to skate well and have a blast. We had no idea what we were in for, but we knew it would be fabulous because of how relaxed and happy MK was during the warmup. Yes, another Once in a Lifetime...and we just happened to be there...

    I watched the broadcast last night and and when Terry said "after SLC, you wouldn't have been able to find a handful of people who believed that she would go to the next Oly, and now shes on her way..." Well, when he said that I looked at my sitas and said "I'm proud to be a member of that handful" I admit, the first few weeks after SLC, this was a purely selfish belief to protect myself, I simply couldn't imagine skating without her. But after COI, I knew. I just knew. I've always been a believer after all, Terry.

    I'm trying to figure out how to put that "feeling" into words. As much as I want to watch the broadcast over and over again, I want to find a big bottle where I can keep my untainted memory of this week and of those four minutes. On the plane yesterday I wrote down everything I could remember because I knew that once I saw ABC's Tosca, my 4th row version would be tainted. Yes, the 4th row.

    We originally had 23rd row center, but the cameras obstructed our view, so we had the tickets changed that day. Around 7pm as the ladies started to take the ice, Aggie realized that she couldn't find the tickets. We panicked and searched the floor of the atrium for several minutes until we figured out why she didn't have them- the man had given us MEN'S FINAL TICKETS in exchange for our ladies ones.... So here we are, WITH NO TICKETS! We tried desperately to keep calm, but I admit, with the lack of sleep and sheer panic, I cried a little bit. The man was so apologetic and came out to say "You are the luckiest girls in the world...hows 4th row next to the Kiss and Cry?!" Well, so happy that I cried and hugged him. We stared at the tickets and then we realized "Oh my gosh...the footwork is coming right AT US!!!!!!!"

    This girl owned the warmup "This is how its done" and she smiled and actually laughed a little bit. I was at Worlds last year and, I have to say it-- this was better. The

    As you know, we revamped the "KWAN 2006 We Believe" banner and contact paper-ed it in hopes of it surviving until '06...(word of advice, don't have 3 girls contact paper a 15 foot banner in a cramped hotel room at 2am, its not pretty ) Well, we ran out of contact paper and when we unraveled it we laughed. It ran out at the second "0" in 2006. Only "0" and "6" remained uncovered and we figured "At the rate shes going, we can easily change this to say "2010"

    I'm trying to tell you what Tosca felt like...and all I can say is that she had us in a spell. This audience was hers and I mean that in every sense of the word. The first time I really heard it (aside from her introduction!) was during her Kwan layback...the noise just grew and grew and grew. The people that I made chit-chat with in our section were ALL MK fans and so I thought "Oh we're in the Michelle section!" but no, it was the entire arena. As we hung signs throughout the week, some people cautiously asked "Are those for Michelle or Sasha?" and when we said "Oh, Michelle!" they smiled and gave us high-fives...it was so funny. Even the supervisors we worked for all week just adored her.

    I don't have an "I met Michelle!" story and truthfully, I like it that way. That is not what I went for. I have a feeling that Michelle knew who I was and that she appreciated the support from a distance.

    Tosca was incredible, and MK added her own dose of magic. You know when a little bit of flour acidentally gets spilled in the kitchen and this huge foggy cloud remains? Thats kind of what she brought to Tosca.

    I can't believe I was there...when I got home my mom thought I was getting sick "No" I told her with a giggle, "My voice is just gone from Saturday night"

    I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you, Michelle!!!!!!!!

    WOW

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    Erin,

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us...Oh how I wish i could have been there...but reports from others make me feel like I was....

    Thank you so much!

    Ta!
    MaryJo

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    Oh how I wish i could have been there...but reports from others make me feel like I was....
    yeah...what Cruella said.
    I really enjoyed reading this Erin. I can't wait to see what else you have to say.

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    Erin, I know it's hard to put feelings into words, but you did a super job. All of us "back home" enjoyed living vicariously through you guys there in Atlanta in sharing the love and excitement of Michelle.

    I know Michelle feels the love from her fans, too, and I'm sure it helps carry her forward.

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    What a great report Erin, I feel like I'm living it all over again! I haven't done my full report yet since there were so many wonderful things and I don't want to leave any out. However, there were a few things I wanted to mention after reading your report.

    At the beginning of the season, I remember you called this the season of love (to follow the gift season). And how true that turned out to be. I really think MK rediscovered her love for skating and it certainly showed in Tosca. I was also impressed by the love shown by the MK fans all week.

    The Sistas certainly showed it with their signs - mainly for Michelle but for other skaters as well. The members of MKF showed it all week long too - with everyone's generosity in sharing rides, hotel rooms and info, and with the generosity with which new people were welcomed.

    At the lunch, it was so nice to meet new people and feel like I'm meeting old friends. So many people contributed to that lunch with their name cards, beautiful beaded announcements, to the junior mints and with their warmth and genuine kindness. it was fun during one of the breaks before MK skated to look around the arena and see MKF people waving their pom poms to one another as signs of support and excitement.

    I had purchased a little pendant with the word "love" written in Chinese (at least that's what it's supposed to say) on it after you dubbed this the season of love, and I wore it all week as sort of a good luck charm. I meant to show it to you, but we were always too busy talking about something else when I saw you. But I'll treasure that little pendant as a symbol of all the love I got to experience this week and the love we have for Michelle.

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    I loved your report, Erin. Thanks for making those of us who couldn't go get a feel for what it was like to be at the Kween's annual coronation!

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    Erin, welcome home! I've been waiting for your unique perspective on this most incredible week.

    Don't be afraid to watch your tape. Nothing will touch your memories; but Dick, Terry and Peggy will add to your sense of joy and delight!

    I'm sure there's much more to come, but until then, thank you!

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    Erin, I'm in Tosca purple puddles. Michelle fans are awesome, and your description made me feel like I was there.

    Portland, here I come!

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    Erin-
    You did great! Your descriptions of your experience have me both laughing and crying at the same time. Varklempft in reading about how you used to sleep in your recital costume, and laughing at the image of the contact paper episode.

    I loved this part:
    Tosca was incredible, and MK added her own dose of magic. You know when a little bit of flour acidentally gets spilled in the kitchen and this huge foggy cloud remains? Thats kind of what she brought to Tosca.
    Boy, can I relate to that. It reminds me of everytime I am in the kitchen making a pie crust. Usually, the crust wins!

    Thanks for your report and rest your voice. Worlds is just around the corner.
    O

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    Thanks so much for your Kwanderful report Erin! What a magical week this was! I loved reading the reports from you and the other sistas! You did a great job of putting your feelings into words and I can't wait to hear more! :TOS

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    Erin, that was beautiful.

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    Love your report Erin!

    I know what you mean about not having a personal introduction to Michelle, but yet knowing that somehow she was aware of each and every one of us. This will probably be taken wrong by some, but I'm going to say it anyway ... she loves that we're there for her! She DOES feel the love ... that I'm sure of.

    I love that you and Aggie and Kim made all those spectacular signs ... and that you had so much joy in your hearts doing it!
    Everyone contributed to the beauty of this week, each in their own special way.
    A special thanks to Garden Kitty, who gave up her 4th row seat to sit up higher with me, and keep me company. She made it very special for me.
    I loved that I could look all around the arena and see MKF'rs everywhere ... it felt so warm and personal ... even in that big arena. I kept waving to everybody ... kwanette and taf ... Dell and Mary ... the "sistas" ... Schez and katializ ... Valentine and Gold Blossom ... and on and on and on.

    One thing that stood out for me this week was Michelle's mood. She seemed as relaxed and content as I have ever seen her. Even the day of the ladies free, at her warmup session. She was smiling and talking ... that made me much calmer. And of course ... TOSCA. I loved it the day I first saw it and still do ... even more. Those last 30 seconds of her program will be in my heart for as long as I live.

    Thanks to everyone who made this experience such a joyous one. I will remember it always.

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    NYMKFan51, sitting next to someone who appreciates MK so much definitely made the event more fun for me too. Of course, sitting next to Nikolai on Thursday night wasn't bad either.

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    OMG, how could I forget to mention Nikolai ... yes, that surely was a good thing!

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    Erin - Thank you for sharing your views and thoughts on your week! What an incredible time! I can't imagine being there w/ all the MKFer's and enjoying the time in Atlanta and seeing Michelle skate! What an exciting moment! Thank you for your report...I'm sure you'll remember that week forever.

    Garden Kitty - That's so neat that you got that Chinese good luck charm! I'm sure that was special to have! I'm glad you had a fun time w/ all the MKFer's...they are all such special people.

    Nymkfan51 - Michelle's mood definitely rubbed off on her performances!! Wow, was she incredible or what!? What an amazing skate and I'm so glad you all had such a wonderful week!

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    What a great report.

    All these reports just reaffirm my commitment to being in St. Louis in 2006.

    Thanks gals

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    Thanks so much Erin *hugs*.... I'm glad you had a wonderful time.

    I'm hoping to get to Portland, trying trying trying!! I want to meet up with you guys again so badly - I had so much fun in NYC... it would be awesome to enjoy the fire of nationals again, but even more awesome to spend it with some of my favorite people.

    Still don't know if I can make it though.... I wish the lottery would just find me

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    What a great report, Erin. I have to say that all the signs were fun to read during breaks. A lady behind me even started to keep count of all the signs during the ladies lp. Michelle won that count by a mile.

    It's hard to put Tosca in words. Saturday night I kept moving down closer to the ice. By the time of Jonny Weir's skate I was 5th row, where I stayed throughout the rest of the night. I loved being so close but I believe the magic could be felt to the top of the arena. It's hard to put in words but it was truly the most magical performance that Michelle has given. I've never seen her so alive, and for such an expressive skater that's saying a lot. She invited us into her performance. Like she said, we were skating with her. When she flew across the ice in that footwork pattern it felt like we were flying with her, didn't it? Amazing.

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    Ahhhhhhhh - I was waiting for this report. And like Michelle, you didn't disappoint. You have a unique ability to put not just observations, but your feelings into words Erin.

    Glad you're back home safe and sound. Sistas Rach!

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    Erin,

    This was a great review of your experience. Thanks for
    sharing.

    Maureen

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    Erin, thank you for such a beautiful post. I always look forward to reading your posts because you can express so eloquently the way we all feel about Michelle. And, your descriptions makes me feel like I was there! :TOS

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    When I was a little girl, I always slept in my dance recital costume after the performance, I guess I just didn't want the magical experience to end. Well, last night I slept in the '04 Nats t-shirt I bought...
    What a great image. That says it all!

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    Erin, what a beautiful exclamation point to a wonderful experience. You and your sistas reflect the special feeling of being a MKFer and of Michelle's skating. Thank you for sharing.

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    Erin, as usual, your words are beautiful. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. I so wish I had been able to go, but your reports almost make me feel like I was there, and I'm so glad you all had such a wonderful experience. I can't go to Nats next year because I'll be abroad for a semester, but I'm seriously pondering volunteering at 2006 Nats. And I don't know how, but I'm determinded somehow to be in Turino in 2006 to witness the ladies LP. As many of us as can be there for Michelle should try to go.

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    wow what a magical nationals...thank you to all who were in atlanta and were kind enough to keep us informed and shared with us all their special moments...it's has been a blast reading evryone's reports...i'm glad to hear/read that you guys all made it home okay and safe....i've been looking forward to all your reports...this is the best forum and the best bunch of people anywhere...thanks so much....


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