Friday, May 8, 2009

Man on Wire moment

Have you rented this one yet? The documentary MAN ON WIRE tells the story of a truly inspiring figure. In the early 1970s, a fiery young Frenchman named Philippe Petit wanted to shake up the world. When he saw the World Trade Center being built in New York City, he found his mission. Petit was a trained high wire walker, and his goal was to set up a wire between the two towers and give the world a show it could never have expected. As is often the case with these endeavors, the actual high-wire walking was the easiest part of the plan. What about you? What's your Man on Wire moment?! Can you remember a moment in your life when you look back and say "whoa! dude! I can't even believe I did that!" It's AMAZING when you can and I am lucky enough to have several...but let me share one.
The year was 1979 and Kenny Loggins was HOT. scratch that..he was amazingly HOT. I had the opportunity to "meet" him at college (I worked backstage on concerts that came to our school..but WAY too long of a story to go into now) during a concert ("meeting him" to my 19 year old self was something like "do you need more water?"). Bounce to spring of 1980--
I'm in Winter Park, Colorado because I wanted to "find myself" and ended up quitting school and working at a ski resort...Beaver Village. I kid you not.

Somehow, someway...I found out that Kenny ("my boyfriend" as my husband calls him) was going to be in Colorado Springs? Boulder? somewhere at a university in Colorado.
Here's my man in the wire moment #1:

I call up the University and ask to talk to the director of concerts. I get put through (please remember that this was all done on a pay phone throwing quarters cell phones back then) and begin my spiel about how "I was visiting Colorado from my university in Illinois and would love to be able to see how concerts are set up at your school. Would it be possible to gain a backstage pass to see your operations?" oh. my. god. Just even writing that today make me scream "LIAR!!!" inside.
Their reply (unbelievable): "Yes, we would love to have you come and observe. Your backstage ticket will be available at the ticket office when you arrive." Little did they know that I had to take a frickin bus to get there and call in sick to my duties of housecleaning and serving dinners at Beaver Village. It was like the great escape to make my way to the busstop.

To make my long story short. I DID get to "meet" Mr. Loggins once more..this time, he saw me backstage, tossed his hair and said "hello...thanks for coming". Mission accomplished. Kenny, if you're reading..let's meet again real soon.
It may not have amazed millions but it certainly shook this girl up at the time. And just like Monsieur Petit, seeing Mr. Loggins was the easiest part of my plan...getting out of the university and back "home" was the difficult part. But, you'll have to wait for the movie to hear about that.

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