Saturday, July 11, 2009

Why I'm Agro Today: Still Into Soap Operas...

When I was a kid, my mother would take me out to New Jersey to meet random Days of our Lives stars who felt like coming to the east coast in the name of charity. Through the years, the likes of Jensen Ackles, Josh Taylor, Kristian Alfonso, Peter Reckell, Doug and Susan Seaforth Hayes, Bryan Dattilo, Julianne Morris, and Deidre Hall greeted me in the Garden State (to name a few!). It was a nice way to meet some of my favorite television personalities without having to leave my home area.

Now, I can't remember the name of the venue that hosted any such events, but today one that has been given quite a chunk of publicity as of late hosted a similar function. And being that I am in New York at this time and have been getting more and more involved in charity functions again lately, I would have jumped at the chance to go-- even though I no longer watch DOOL. These days, my soap of choice is Bravo's Real Housewives series (though I received a screener for Fox Reality's Househusbands of Hollywood today, and that might come a close second!). Today's event would have introduced my ex-love to my current, but unlike past boyfriends, somehow I think this meeting would have turned into something memorable and one of a kind-- in a fantastic way.

Former DOOL stars Judi Evans and Austin Peck attended, along with General Hospital and Bold and the Beautiful alum Sean Kanan. I met Austin quite a few times during my tenure as a DOOL fan, and he was a sweetheart every time, always taking time to joke and flirt with fans, sign however many photos and magazines they thrust in front of him, pose for goofy photos, and sketch original drawings on napkins, folders, tablecloths, and event programs.
Me and Austin at a similar event in
Jersey circa 2000
He was my first crush from the show, and I would have liked to play catch up with him-- even for just a few minutes. But moreover, the fundraiser, from which all proceeds benefited ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease, was hosted by none other than THE MOTHER FREAKING REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY!!!
Now, naturally, only four of the five housewives were in attendance, and since the event was held at none other than the Manzos' brownstone, I'm sure you can figure out just who was absent, but more importantly, Caroline brought her hot son Albie along for the day, too (Take Your Child To Work Day would have had extra special meaning for me today)!

I have absolutely no idea what went on during the event, but judging from the few pictures from the day that I have seen, I assume it is a lot of the usual chicken lunch plate, speeches/Q&A at a podium/dais, and autograph/photo sessions with the soap stars...hopefully all of them. I'm just bummed I missed it. And I know-- I just know-- if I was still as into DOOL as I once was, I would have heard all about this through fan sites and potentially could have even attended this one as press and gotten some one on one time with the ladies (and gents) of my choice to make this a real article. Instead, I have to settle for piecing together the stories of the day from the paparazzi photos. Where/how can I get on mailing lists for future similar events!?!?!?!

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