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ldyjocelyn

Williamsport, PA -- Dec. 15, 2007

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I'm bringing this over from page 1 cos I need a hug right now!

He sure sounds good to me tonight. I just found out my MIL has Pneumonia! She had a spontaneous fracture in her back a few days ago, eneded up on her head for 2 hours till they found her and was sent to hospital. Now this! She is 89 so I'm hoping for the best. He is soothing my soul tonight!!!!

Oh merrieeee!! So sad. I'm sending good thoughts.

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merrieee, I'm so sorry. Sending good thoughts to you and your family....

I'm just checking in for a bit here. Thanks for keeping the thread going cindilu!.

And I'm going to have to talk to that luckiest1, what with her cheating and all. (But I think even I'd cheat with Keith Urban....)

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I'm bringing this over from page 1 cos I need a hug right now!

He sure sounds good to me tonight. I just found out my MIL has Pneumonia! She had a spontaneous fracture in her back a few days ago, eneded up on her head for 2 hours till they found her and was sent to hospital. Now this! She is 89 so I'm hoping for the best. He is soothing my soul tonight!!!!

oh, merrieeee, I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL. Yes, Clay can soothe the soul with that voice.

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I don't think Clay has ever failed to make me smile at least once a day. How cool is that?

DSIAFCD now. I can't believe we're winding down to the last week already.

Wonder what that was? A big pause before the final 'we gotta give love'.

And the crowd goes wild!

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Well, in Morristown, he was timing the girls with his watch while they sang that note. Maybe he is doing it again. As the concert ends he gets looser.

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Well, in Morristown, he was timing the girls with his watch while they sang that note. Maybe he is doing it again. As the concert ends he gets looser.

thanks, play. I hope we get clack of that some day. I want to see the symphony intro too.

He really seemed to nail AIW tonight. Awesome!!

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I read this recap over at CV and thought it was really cute, and had some interesting stuff in it.

The bestest Christmas present EVAH!! – Williamsport PA

Thanksgiving Day, I had said to my sister-do I need to touch up my hair? The gray is growing in. Well, she said no and you all know that Clay summoned me the very next week. So not only was my crown glaringly gray, but I also cannot style the danged hair to save my life. I cannot wait to see THOSE pics- only not.

So, I was going to three more concerts-I got my hair colored and cut. And for each day, I made a hairdresser appointment to style my hair JUST IN CASE.

Getting the email “Your story has been selected to be read in Williamsport PA” –well, it was just as exciting as the first one. The OMG’s were rampant in my vocabulary for several hours. The next morning when I went to the hairdresser- I told her to “Make it fancy” so she used the curling iron and about a gallon of hairspray. I think a piano could have fallen on my head and it would have broken in half and my “do” would have stayed intact.

Fast forward to rehearsal. I met the other three readers and the daughter of the first reader. Mom had wanted Kim to read, but had received an email asking that she read it herself, as it was actually about Kim.

Jamie came to get us, and we walked through the side of the theater to backstage. Jamie showed us our stories, and it’s a good thing I checked mine, because EDITOR Clay had been using his red pen again, and a few more sentences were missing in my story. The others rehearsed theirs a little. Jesse showed up and played a little music, the microphones were tested, as was the spotlight. During this time we talked to Jamie and she told us that only she and Clay had read the stories. They spent a week at his house. He read on the laptop and she read printed pages. BUT the print was so tiny on the emails that their eyes were going crazy. She told us that if Clay read her a story and she cried, then he would get excited and they were going to use it. However, she read a couple to him and he got choked up, too- so she got him back! She was asked about packing for such a long journey, and she said she packs some clothes, then does laundry frequently. She also takes care of Clays show clothes. She did show Clay the Dr Pepper sweats, and he loved them so he packed them.

I could not believe how small the box area is where Clay stands!! The girls boxes are almost double the size. It’s a wonder he didn’t fall off! No room to maneuver at all! I asked Jesse if it was smaller that night, and he said it was the same size at all concerts-it looks a little bigger from the audience!

I also thanked Jesse for the phenomenal job he did on the arrangements, etc.

Show time- the first half I sat in my seat in fourth row- and that man looked so handsome!! And his voice was wonderful. I just let it wash over me and bring me peace, as Clay can so expertly do.

After intermission, we met Jamie in the lobby and she took us backstage. Clay was singing "O' Holy Night", my absolute favorite. The sound from the side of the stage is different, Sean’s drums were prevalent, as was the orchestra. Clays voice seemed to be focused outward, so it was not as prominent. However we were so very close and watched him avidly. I didn’t take my glasses off until it was time to read my story (I am nearsighted). After OCAYF I was on. I think I did alright.

Sherrie (the fourth reader) and I waited backstage until Quiana had sung "Where Are You Christmas?", then Jamie took us back to the door. We came out into the side audience, and moved to about the fourth row and stood by the wall so as not to disturb Clay singing "My Grown Up Christmas List". When Clay sang the glory note in Don't Save It All For Christmas Day and the audience stood up, we scooted back to our seats-not an easy task with everyone standing and the theatre dark.

After the show, Jamie met us backstage. We went downstairs to a lunch room and sat around the table. Soon, Quiana, Angela, and then Clay walked in. He sure does brighten up a room!! He was wearing his suit without the jacket, just the vest. He apologized to Kim (who was granted the meeting because she was supposed to read her Mom’s story) and explained that the story needed to be read by an older person. Kim is the girl who got engaged and Clay had her tell her quick story in the microphone at the Greenvale Christmas show-which Kim said was exactly a year ago that day!

He handed out the stories which he had signed. He looked at me and said “You have yours already, right?” I said yes, and then he said “Your hair looks good!” I almost died. He NOTICED!! What a sweet thing to say-it sure made my heart glow!! (Sort of like E.T.) , only with C.A. instead!

Things were moving fast, because they were going to leave for Erie right after the show, and the weather was so bad.

The first two people went up for pictures, then he said “Marilyn, come here!” Oh, yes, master-who could refuse that?

This time I remember putting my arm around him (he was on my right) and I looked over to see how tall he was- my hair came just past his shoulder. We smiled, and then he sort of rubbed my back a little before he took his hand away (sigh) almost like an affectionate pat.

After Cathy, the second reader had taken her picture, I showed Clay the picture of my brother and I with “Father Christmas”. He took the picture over to the gang, then he said that Father Christmas looked like Jerome with a long beard!!

All to soon they were saying thank you and goodbye. I don’t know why we all sat down again- but we thanked Quiana and Angela, too-and of course Jamie. We told them to be very careful driving.

As we walked down the theater aisle we heard someone shouting “Bye eeeeeeeeeeeeee” We turned around and it was Jerome waving to us like a little kid-he is so funny.

What memories to cherish-and what a special experience. How wonderful of Clay to include his fans in his Christmas show-and to get to know them just a little.

Clay Aiken is thoughtful, sweet, handsome and multi talented- and he has my heart forever.

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