Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The one where Debbie reached out and touched someone....that she probably shouldn't have...but she doesn't really care, it was great!

**or....Can we just blame it all on a six-pack of Blue Moon??

Okay...so one of THE best pictures taken during our month-long stay in the States, is one that diiiiiiiidn't really turn out the way I had planned....
but that's okay, because, a couple of us will remember what happened for a very long time...and when we are old and reminiscing on someone's front porch, we'll have the DVD (or whatever that will have replaced the DVD by that time)...and we will smile.

Saturday, August 8, 2009.

It was a wonderful day for a concert.

The sun was shining....the air was clear...and there was a feeling of something special surrounding us all.
The day was one for family members and friends to gather....to eat fried chicken
and drink cold beer surrounded by other party revelers...to listen to some great music...and to dance.

Oh! How we danced!

Downtown Denver at the Civic Center Park...
a beautiful area in the city and the perfect place for a gathering of people in the late afternoon sunshine.

Denver is home to Opie Gone Bad...a local band that is just pretty awesome.

They played for about an hour, warming us up for the main event and believe me...by the time they were finished? We were hot, babies...ready to go.
The main event? Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.
Didn't know that Gary Sinise had this band? Don't worry...many of us didn't until we learned of the concert and did a little research. The band is one that travels to military posts around the world to play for the troops. Reading about all they've done and the places they've been reminded me of the old Bob Hope USO tours....full of music and entertainment for the men and women who are in the service.
The music? Awesome. Even though Gary wasn't the singer (he played bass), the band still rocked.
And so did the audience.
We had such a great time.
And by "we", I mean mainly my good friend Dena and I. Oh, honeys. Sure, the rest of the family had a good time. But Dena and I? Being in that situation with her was like being back at university, 25 years ago, when we first met.

Anyway...sometime during the concert, the band began to play Lady Marmalade and in a decision that he might have regretted later, Mr. Sinise invited the ladies to the stage to dance.

Now if you are wondering if Dena and I went to the stage, then really....you don't me very well, do you?!
Of course, we went on stage (along with about 100 other ladies!)...cameras in hand...dancing as we went...oh, and singing...yeah, baby...we were singing (and I don't even know French, but that really wasn't even an issue!)
We got on stage and danced inched...our way closer to Mr. Sinise.

(No zoom, my friends...we got that close!!)

Thinking that I could surely get a closer shot and one of him AND me with my new very cool cellphone camera that has the flip screen....I danced even closer.
I made my way, seductively (I'm so sure!!), and found myself

standing...directly...in front...of...GARY...SINISE....the actor...of Bubba Gump fame...CSI New York...The Green Mile...Apollo 13.

I was prepared and had already turned the phone screen around...I was ready....

I got him (and myself, of course) in the viewfinder....clicked...and....turned back around (remember...standing right...directly..in front...of GARY SINISE!!)....
I said "Thank you, doll".....I might have also winked (oh yeah...uh-huh...I did!!)...and then...I briefly brushed the fingers of my left hand
down his cheek.
(What could the man do? He was playing the guitar!!! Dude!! It was perfect!!)

The moment was brief. But, the tingly sensation in my left hand is still evident.

So is the feeling of the body guard quickly grabbing my arm as we danced off the stage when the song was over.
(I got away, by the way.)
Yeah. I'm thinking that they now have my fingerprints and my name is on a list of
"people who should stay 50 feet away from Gary Sinise".
I don't care. It was worth it.
We also have video footage of the whole incident....gotta love the K-Man and his ability to capture priceless moments on film.

Oh...and the picture of GARY SINISE and me?
Yeah....I really gotta learn to click...then....pause for just a few nano-seconds before moving.
Still....it's a great picture.
I know who it is.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...


Ginaagain said...

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi!

You are so cool Debbie! I would be the chicken in the crowd wishing I was up there with you.

Nancy said...

Oh yeah, just another one of the many reasons why I just love you so dearly!!! What a great story!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love this!!! You are so cool Debbie...and you crack me up!

smalltownmom said...

We want to see the video, too!!!

Paida said...


Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie! Thanks for popping by my blog!! :) Welcome to that little family! Flamingoes were the unofficial mascot of my seminary, so I've definitely got a soft spot for them! So much fun!!

hulagirlatheart said...

Superb!! (I would have danced, too.) Moments like that are just priceless.

Anonymous said...

I will be scouring the bullentin boards at local shopping centers looking for "Wanted" posters of you. I will keep you updated. But what a great moment in time that yu will alwys have.

truebitch said...

You are sooooo funny!!

Karen MEG said...

I LOVED THIS! And Gary Sinise is all sorts of awesome, blurry or no LOL! Too bad you had to wash that hand eventually (or did you?!)


Janet said...

ROFLMAO!!! I so loved him in Forest Gump :-)

The Girl Next Door said...

Awesome! WMP funny! My stomach hurts! We are SO going to a concert some day in the future when you get your butt back to the states and we finally meet. I'll make sure the next one is in focus!!