It was November 7, 2008; I was doing my normal browsing of facebook, when I saw an update from the All American Rejects. They were talking about being on the Today Show (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/
), and that there was a contest going on. The first fifty people to send a facebook message to them, would be put on a list to be VIP at the Today Show concert. I quickly replied to the contest and sent a message listing the guests I would bring. I was extremely eager and terrified to see who would appear on the list. Surprisingly, the results were up the next day. I quickly skimmed the list and suddenly came to a halt. My name was among those fifty people.
I had won a total of four tickets; one ticket for my dad, my sister, my friend Kelsi, and me. It was so unreal; I spent the whole two weeks counting down until November 25. New York City wasn’t a trip I could just nonchalantly ask for. It was a seven hour drive, and we had to think about hotels, tolls, and food fees.
During the ride, I had to go to the bathroom immensely. We took the next exit that had “McDonalds” on the road sign. While driving down the road, we never saw a McDonalds. My dad got exceedingly bothered and tried to force me to go into an office building. I’m not sure why, but the first thought that came to mind was Dwight Schrute from “The Office.” He was claiming that I was a spy from another paper company, trying to “use their bathroom.” Therefore, I did not use the bathroom in the office building.
The long ride to New York City was certainly worth it. I remember first walking into the hotel, and seeing all the colors. At the door, there was a giant nutcracker to welcome us into the Christmas season of the hotel lobby. The sound of horns from the cars below our room was almost refreshing, because I knew tomorrow would be a once in a lifetime experience.
We left the hotel around 5:30 AM and started walking towards the Rockefeller Plaza (http://www.rockefellercenter.com/
). When we arrived, there was already a line, and passes would be given out for the show at 6:30 am. Finally, the time had come; passes were being given out according to the list. Before they got to us, a police man approached us and stated to everyone, “I’m sorry, but there are no more passes.” I felt my stomach drop; and I was on the verge of crying. “Ah, I’m just kidding” he yelled. I had never felt so relieved. I was beaming when my name was on the list, and we all got passes. The line was moving, and we were quickly making our way into the concert pit.
The All American Rejects warmed up many times before they started filming. When the show finally started, it was amazing! It was pouring cold rain, but I didn’t care! They have the most amazing stage presence and still captured my attention while I was getting soaked. While they were singing “Dirty Little Secret” a camera man filmed me singing (2:36 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGtGUSYzq48
)! Between songs, I even got the guitarists to sign my Nike shoes!
After the concert I was on cloud nine, I still get giddy watching the video of me on the Today Show. I could have been at school that day, taking a chemistry test. This experience definitely made me want to be a musician even more than I did before.
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