We can't sleep we blog, right? At least that's been my winning streak lately. More on why I'm still up later. Today I got to go see Parachute basically all day. I got to go to the meet and greet that started at 3 and then the concert started at 7. To be honest yesterday I really didn't want to go and kept asking myself why I was. Well today rolled around and it was so much fun! It started out kinda hectic, between running late, picking up Mary, leaving my ticket at my parent's house and hitting every red light possible. Mary and I did fit in our epic car jam sesh of pre parachute madness throughout the chaos and we eventually made it to the venue. Thank heavens for Garrett bringing me my ticket.
Me and Mary waited in line and soon Kailey, one of Garrett's friends, showed up. She's such a doll- one of the nicest girls I've met. We finally got our "VIP" tags handed out and in we went.
Not going to lie. Will was the first thing my eye went to when we walked in. He's basically gorgeous.
So they played "Kiss Me Slowly" for us first and then let the group of people there for the meet and greet (which was around 30) pick the next one. We all decided on "Forever and Always" I was ecstatic we decided on this one because it's such an amazing song and it's not usually on their setlist.
Meet Nate. He's an amazing guitar player. We were standing right below him while they played for the meet and greet group and he accidentally dropped his guitar pick. I think I was the only one that saw it happen. It fell in between this huge block/box thing and the front cover of the stage. I wanted to get it but I could see how far back underneath the stage went and I didn't want to be digging around and have people looking at me like what the crap. Well curiosity got the best of me and so I went and moved the big huge box thing and TA-DA I got me my own Parachute guitar pick! I was stoked! On one side it says Parachute and on the other it had Nate's autograph printed on it.
So after they played, Will (gorgeous boy) came down and started to hand out our autographed posters. I'm happy to say he handed me mine first haha. He finished handing them out and came back over by me to set them down. Then he came straight over to me and was like here let me personalize this for you and took my poster and wrote my name on it. He talked to me for a few seconds and signed my badge and then it was free game to go "meet" the whole band.
This is Johnny. He plays drums. He is also gorgeous. And Funny. He seriously just stared straight into the camera for pictures. I think the fact that this picture is blurry makes it even better!
This is Nate. I basically love him. He plays guitar. He was probably the sweetest of them all. Will did come in with a close second in the sweetness department though.
This is Kit. Yes, Kit. Like Kit-Kat-Bar. He's weird (I mean he's totally not even looking at the camera! haha). He has some made sax skills. My cousin Paige kind of went crazy over such skills during their free summer concert. Even if she won't admit it.
Meet Will. He's a stud. He's super funny. Not to mention he has an INCREDIBLE voice.
This is our group shot. Don't mind our freakishly zombie like eyes. I don't know what my phone did. Mary's picture is better so I'll replace this one when I get a copy from her.
(please notice how I put myself between Will and Nate)
I didn't get my picture with Alex. The bass player. He's on the very far left. He is just super awkward and yeah. I wanted to go find Nate and Will. Hence, no picture. He still did sign my VIP card for me though. I'm a terrible person.
Well after the meet and greet we got kicked out for a while so we went and grabbed some dinner and jammed out to Parachute some more in the car. We got back and headed for the line. It wasn't too bad waiting. We had an interesting lady in front of us that talked to us and it helped pass the time. She was telling us about a band called The Rebels that she had no clue who they were but she met and took pictures with them. (more on them later) At one point Mary and I were talking and all the sudden she just quietly says in her normal voice mid-sentence "Parachute's right behind you" I thought she was totally joking but I turned around anyways and yup. They were right behind me. They were all getting in their van. As they drove away I waved to Will, he was in the front seat and he waved back. No big deal. So eventually it was time for the concert and we went inside.
It wasn't too bad when there weren't that many people but by the middle of the first opening act (The Rebels- the ones the lady told us about) I had no room to even breathe. Not to mention the JERK and his girlfriend that insisted on ramming into me on purpose. I could have decked them! It was Mary, Kailey, and I. Garrett and his other friends hadn't shown up yet we were still waiting for them. By the time Mitch, Kylie, and Michael got there it was packed and Mitch pushed his way through to get to us. I still couldn't find Garrett and was worried about that and the walls of people kept building. It was worse than a mosh pit. It was totally sold out and there were way too many people for the space. Mitch finally located Garrett for me since I myself am quite height challenged. We spent what felt like 10 minutes (probably 2 in reality) deciding whether to go back to where he was or not. Mary and I finally decided to go and we started pushing our way through people which was extremely hard. No one would move and it was at this point I started freaking out bad. People wouldn't let us go anywhere. Mitch yells and says Garrett came to them and so we then had to work our way back to them. Impossible. I made it about 4 feet away from Garrett and told him I needed to get out, I was having a panic attack, a bad one. Garrett tried to tell Mitch where we were going but the same guy that kept pushing me pushed him too so I guess Garrett grabbed his arm pretty hard and told him to chill. I proceeded to push my way out through people and it was way hard. I was in tears at this point and could not stop. I finally made it to the back and went around to the other side where Garrett originally was. It took a few minutes for the hyperventilating and crying to stop but I eventually calmed down enough. Thank heavens there was a little bit of space in the back. I have never had a panic attack as bad as that one.
The second opening act played for a good hour which helped give me time to chill. At one point Garrett and I decided to head to the merch table to check out the shirts. Mary came with us. One of the guys from the first opening act was behind the table and I told him they did really great and he gave me a high five and told us thanks. Well seconds after that, the lead singer of the same group walked by Mary and she said "Hey, that was a great set list" he then asked her name and totally kissed her! haha it was pretty great.
Parachute finally came out and it was a totally great concert! I had a lot of fun.
When we finally got back, we were just hanging out in my room when someone knocked on our apartment door. We were kinda confused as to who it could be so we all take off seriously running to the door. Well Jess opens it a crack and sticks her head out. Wanting to know who it was I pulled the door back and it was Ryan! Our lovely neighbor. He's super nice and totally hilarious. He was dressed as Peter Pan. The first thing he says to us is "hey since I'm a guy and I don't know how bobby pins work could you put this in my hair?" It was a feather. Jess so kindly puts it in for him and we talked for a little while. Peter, our RA, came walking down the hall so we said hi to him. He came over for a minute. He was wearing a really nice button up black winter coat, sweats, and the shoes that look like toe socks. I don't know how else to describe them. Ryan (who I am pretty sure is openly gay) says to Peter "You look nice." and then like 7 seconds later adds "from the waist up" It was pretty dang hilarious. Shortly after that we all went our separate ways. Less than 5 minutes later, we hear another knock on our door and all decide to book it out there again. It was Ryan. Again. He says "Hey can you fix this? It looks a little... happy." haha so Jess put the feather in again, this time at a proper angle.
We all called it a night and headed to bed. Well we all know how well I sleep during the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. basically I don't. So around 2:30 a.m. I hear a knock on our door. I thought it was pretty weird and then I knew Iris (whom I absolutely adore. Not.) wasn't home and maybe she locked herself out. So I drag my butt out of bed to go see who it is. I look through the peep hole and it's Ryan. I knew he saw me look through the peep hole so I couldn't not answer it. I pull the door open and try to hide behind it while I'm wearing a tank top, and purple pj bottoms with white hearts all over them and a big ol' "LOVE" on the butt. He looks and me and says confused "are you guys asleep?" I must have looked AWESOME! The first thought that popped into my head was "it's a good thing he's gay." Apparently our light in the front hall was on so he assumed we were still up. Relevant assumption, I mean we are in college. Well I don't think I could tell you what all happened in our 5 second conversation. I think I told him to come over tomorrow and he was like, I need your number. I gave him what I thought was my number at the time. I'm not really sure if it was accurate or not. He said he'd text us to hang out tomorrow which I guess would now be today, so we'll see.
So there you have it. Parachute. Panic. Peter Pan. And another insanely long blog post from yours truly. Would you believe I left stuff out? Like a skunk, an awkward run in with a guy I went on a few dates with, a bathroom adventure, a homeless man, and a really really drunk guy. I really should try to make these shorter. And I thought my life wasn't eventful! Maybe I should head to bed now. Seeing as I have to get up in 3 and a half hours. Go me.