I just got back from my first ever trip to Texas and I have been struggling on what I wanted to share from my vacation. You all wont care about my drinking experiences or the fact the I saw Jerry Springer at a bar…..Y’all want to hear about me meeting a fellow blogger of yours. Right? Well let me share my story with you because you all need to be aware of how amazing this person is.
My buddy and I had planned a trip to Texas for ACL-Austin City Limits for months and I was incredibly excited to finally go. I couldn’t tell if it was the bands I was going to see, The places I was going to visit, or the experiences I was going to have, But I was nervous. Not scared nervous but more like anxious nervous. Let me back up a bit. For the last few years I have been in a pool for the TV show the Bachelor/ette and somehow I end up writing a weekly email to the group pretty much bashing the contestants. It all started by me thinking someone on Facebook was cute and I added her as a friend. She would posts things on Mondays about the show and I would always comment. Come to find out she was in a big pool with a bunch of ladies. I wanted in. I figured I watched the show anyways….right? How is that gay? You’re gay!! Anyways, So I finally got an invite to be in the group and here I am today talking about it. Through this group I stayed in contact with a few of the ladies and have become really good friends with them. No, I have never met any of the women from this group…..Until now. Most of you know her as Cellulite looks better tan, But I know her as one of my bests friends. We have been chatting for a long time and we really have grown to know each other very well. She is nothing short of amazing and has the most adorable, loving family. I don’t know them, but I can imagine.
So here is the story of how we met in person.
First day of the Festival I knew I was going to meet Mandi for the first time, and was nervous. We were texting all morning about meeting and and I wanted her to feel comfortable and not weird about it. Or maybe that was me. I was at a stage where our favorite band was playing and I kept looking around for her. Crap! “Sleep baby sleep” was being played by Broods and its one of our favorite songs. One of the things we have in common is music and we connect on that level. I text her and she could hear it but wasn’t in the park yet. I wanted her to be there so bad for this song but at least she could hear it. I recorded it for her so I could send to her later. The moment arrived. She text me that she was in the back of the crowd so I made my way towards her but its like I couldn’t find her fast enough. I scanned the crowd over and over frantically looking for her……And there she was. We locked eyes at the exact same time and I couldn’t get to her quick enough. Good thing for me she was doing a light run towards me and we locked up in the most heart warming embrace that I will never forget. I’m pretty sure to someone who saw us,it was in slow motion. We hugged for what seemed like minutes but what made it more special is that by now her favorite song was being played in the back ground. “Four Walls”. It was a very special moment for the both of us I could tell. The part I didn’t like was after all these months of not seeing her all I wanted to do was look at her, touch her, talk to her, but I couldn’t. We went straight into listening to music and standing by each other watching our favorite band together. Immediately the awkward flew out the window to never be seen again. As soon as the band ended we both took our time to really check each other out. We were actually real people. Not just an internet figure of our imagination anymore. She is as gorgeous as her pictures show and don’t let the Cellulite name fool you. Legs for days. We spent the next 3 days giggling, joking, sweating, dancing, drinking, eating(not me since I was sick), laughing, singing, and just becoming better friends. It was one of the best weekends I have had in such a long time and I wouldn’t replace it for anything in this world.
Listen up everyone. Mandi is a real person. She is not just a person who “likes” your blog posts or comments on your pages, she is a real person. For those of you who don’t know her, I suggest you do. She is nothing short of amazing and I am extremely fortunate that I can call her my friend. She is the most sweetest, beautiful, caring, fun person that I have ever met and I feel bad for you if you haven’t met her. The internet is a real thing. Yes there are a lot of people who use it to hide from themselves and pretend to be someone they cant be in their real lives. Not her. She is so smart and talented and I wish to someday have a fraction of what she has. If you cant tell I admirer her and look up to her more than I could ever put into words. I know we are friends but I really value her as a person and I wont let this friendship slip away. Who knows….Maybe I never see her again, Maybe I will. Although she is not a friend I can see all the time, her and her family will always be in my heart. She doesn’t need to be standing next to me to be with me.
Don’t hide behind the internet. Embrace it and use it to meet new people. Or do what Mandi does with it….Inspire me to be a better person.
Thanks for everything Mandi. A true honor to be apart of your life.
(3 hand squeezes) Wink
Oh ya! I saw a firefly……..I may or may not have captured it on video.