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So This Had To Be The Best Day Ever...
(im sorry if this post doesnt belong in this category... if it isnt plz let me know as I try to figure out the forum! )
Word of warning- this is long. I'm trying to write down all details that I possibly can, because I am that excited. So I wont be offended if you don't want to read a lot...
Hello fellow Cook fans! My name is Lauren, and I had the best experience I could ever hope for relating to my hero, David Cook. And it all started with ABC2.
If any of you are even remotely active on Twitter and follow at least one other David Cook fan, you have probably heard about his efforts to raise money for ABC2, the most recent being the Mozilla Firefox Charity Challenge. The main way that the money is raised (over $40,000 at this point!) or at least from what I've seen is Twitter posts about 'donate $26 and win a signed David Cook CD!' That sort of thing. So when it came to say 'donate $26/join the team and win a Skype Chat with David!' , what else did I do, but donate? I didnt have anything to lose, I'm giving to a fantastic cause, and I probably won't win right (considering I don't have very good luck in general...)
Well, I did. I won.
When I got the email, I was just leaving school and checked my phone in my car. I shouldn't have checked it right then, because it probably sounded like I was getting raped or something. I got strange looks. But HELL YEAH I WON!!!
wait... I won? I WON?! what the hell....? What the hell does it mean? I tell my stepmom my email when i get home, and although i'm excited, she's skeptical. Because really how many of your heroes are going to Skype you in your lifetime? She though it was just another chain mail for everyone who entered.
This was on Wednesday. So by the time Saturday came around, I was pretty jazzed, and half the population in Colorado knew why, as well as what seems like every David Cook fan on Twitter. I don't hold back my excitement, I tend to share it.
So Saturday came around, I am JAZZED, but I was nervous. Like, sick nervous. Because I did'nt know what was going to happen. The only piece of information I knew was when it was, Noon PST on Saturday the 21st. No calls, no other Emails (although they had my email, number, and Skype name). I was worried I was getting Punked, and started looking for cameras. As it became closer to one (my time, noon PST), I was assuring myself it was going to happen.... until it was 2:45, and I was heading to my scheduled therapy appt. I felt... well crappy. Not at David, no definitely not. I'll love him no matter what. I was mad at whoever set this up. I knew that my stepmom was right, and i was embarrassed now that everyone was expecting a happy and bubbly Lauren on a David Cook high Monday morning. They were s*** outta luck.
But it's funny how everything works out. Around 3:30, during my appointment, my phone rings.
'Hello, this is Michelle, on David's team. I'm calling because you had a Skype appointment scheduled at noon with David Cook correct?'
'Oh, ok. Well, he wanted me to tell you that he's really sorry because he forgot, and just remembered. And he would like to call again tomorrow at noon. Is that ok?'
"yes, thats fantastic!"
I hung up, and I feel so bad for that pillow I was clutching, and for my now very confused therapist, because I curled up into a ball, and just cried. I was so HAPPY. It WAS going to happen. I WAS going to talk to David Cook!
After that, I was calm... unexpectedly calm. I slept (which was a miracle), and woke up, got dressed, etc. Of course I became impatient after sitting for 2 hours at my computer screen, trying out my camera, making a makeshift desk since I dont have one for my laptop... and it was still an hour till it was going to start. I called my dad and my stepmom, freaked my mom out because of my pacing, played around on Youtube and twitter tweeting my now David Cook fan friends... Until I recieved the contact request. And before you know it, there's Dave.
Plaid shirt. And he still has his long hair (he apologized for if it looked wet b/c he just ran 7 miles. He's getting back to training!), and scruff. it was AMAZING.
First thing out of his mouth (after the hellos and the sorrys for yesterday)
' I know the initial thing was like a 5 minute chat, but being the schmuck that forgot yesterday, we'll just leave it open ended, so if you got any questions, or anything, just fire away.'
FORTY MINUTES. THOSE FORTY MINUTES MADE MY LIFE.
Some things Im keeping private for myself, because this was one of the most special and meaningful things that has ever happened (wow Lauren you need to get a life), but the gist of questions and answers-
Writing new songs- Writing with the guys (who are fantastic), soon writing and wants to write with Chris Cornell, etc.
Broke his toe during Christmas but training for LA marathon again
DOES want to go overseas! But money, US extended touring, etc. He doesn't know guys. give him some slack.
Yeah also with the VIP things. I realized talking to him today how much he does, on and off tour. it takes a lot to rehearse, then Soundcheck, and M&G, and THEN do a whole concert. Some days hes totally jazzed, some days he's worn out, I've read a lot of tweets about bad experiences. Im sorry they happened, but they may be because hes worn out, physically, mentally, he was talking about vocally... When he told me how many M&Gs they did (at least one per show) I was APPALLED. He truly loves us. A LOT. Give him some credit for effort, even David gets tired.
Dublin is the cutest dog ever. I squealed a tiny bit when I saw Dublin. Not proud of that. Also, Andrew is cool as well. I take back everything he said about the Broncos, and the argument we had over Twitter, because without Andrew, I wouldn't have my signed poster.
HE SAYS HELLO TO ALL TWITTER FANS.
My mom was spying on us, and kept peeking into my door, until dave saw and said 'who are you looking at?" and so my mom came in, and he was all cool with it.
PUTTING THIS OUT THERE- Any suggestions you have of gaining donations/support for ABC2 (not exactly auctioning stuff off, but idk we dont know) Tweet him about it. He'll look out for it, because he wants to stay involved. Im putting it out there for him!
Overall, a really REALLY nice guy. watching it over, I look like a total retard who cannot talk to save her life, but DAve does have that connection with people. He asked me about school, about college (to which my mom yelled SCRIPPS to what college do you wanna go) , and even tweeted me after (you can probly see it above if its still Sunday). He definitely cares about us, his fand. Anyone that says otherwise, message me, and i'll give them this.
And this is the best day ever.
ADDING- this is gonna be kept short, because I could go on all day long about this, but my favorite part in this chat was when I asked him about Idol. I asked him (because its been bugging the hell outta me) WHY THE HECK HE CHOSE A SONG FROM PHANTOM. Being the theater geek that I am (and the he is/was ) i like really HAD to know. Its my favorite song. and we dwelled on that... Long story short, he just likes it.