|My dorm bathroom|
Working for Disney I had my fair share of celebrity encounters. Bruce Willis is the one I still get all dreamy-eyed about - that was in 2002! I talked with Secret Service when Jimmy Carter was on my ride. Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, pretty cool guy! Dana Carvey - had to teach him how to buckle his seat belt. Heck, I even mustered up courage on my day off to talk to Samantha Brown when I saw her at Animal Kingdom. I love her and when she told me to call her Sam I about died! So when this *NSync groupie found herself in this situation in Adventureland .... her actions are still so embarrassing.
It was Saturday, August 31, 2013. I had just exited from the Indiana Jones Adventure (bad ass ride!!) and found myself in a cluster of people. Delicately I was navigating around one group and shimmied around a man. He felt larger than life (duh, I should have known then). *It's possible I brushed up against him during my shimmy. When I got around him I was face to face with two Disney cast members in THE plaid vests. Being a cast member for many years I knew to look around and see if they might be with a celebrity.
And then it happened.
|My first of 3 *NSync concerts. Second row, baby!! Also, JC's 21st birthday!|
I heard a voice. It came from the tall guy standing to my immediate right. I knew that voice. It happened so fast, but it felt like slow motion. I turned my head and OH MY GOSH!!!
|Myself in 1998. You're welcome. I still have those shoes. I will never part with them.|
Died. I died of pure girly giddiness. I had stared at that face on a post on my college dorm wall. This face decorated my dorm bathroom walls. I listen to that voice all the time. The Christmas album plays year-round in my house/car/work/phone/computer/ipod. Holy shit!!!!!
|Joey Fatone after the WDW Marathon/Goofy's Challenge|
|Disneyland Half Marathon start line|
I just uploaded those photos and I am freaking out all over again inside. Now let me just first discuss my obsession. It begin in 1998 when their concert aired on the Disney Channel. I still have my VHS recording of it and am shocked it isn't worn out. I can recite that whole special word for word. It's on youtube also, if you have yet to see it. That summer I was second row at the Clark County Fair in Washington. It was JC's 21st birthday. We all celebrated it. I took a kajillion photos - and that was before digital! My dorm room had 3 posters .... Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, and the entire group. I ended up going to 3 concerts during their time as a group. I am still to this day just as loyal of a groupie as I was in 1998 when I was a young college girl in braces. Hell I even handcuffed myself (I was a dominatrix) to a Chi Phi boy at a Halloween frat party once because I thought he looked like an NSync member - and then I proceeded to sing "Tearin' Up My Heart" to him on the dance floor. Whatever, he liked it. I freaked out when *NSync reunited earlier this month at the MTV VMAs. I'm a lifer!! Knowing Joey Fatone did the Goofy Challenge in January and was there doing Dumbo, I vowed to my friends that I would stalk and find him!
We left off in Adventureland. I hear the voice. I feel the presence of super cool. I look to my right. And what did I say??
Oh my gosh, Joey Fatone!I turn to my dear husband, who has been hearing me gush about *NSync endlessly for weeks.
It's Joey Fatone!!!
And then what did I do?? This girl that hung with Bruce and Demi; this girl that usually can keep her cool? Yeah, I ran! More of a scurry. I scurried away closer to the entrance of the Jungle Cruise. I whipped out my phone and clicked photos. Then ... I'm so ashamed, but not shocked, I completely jumped up and down, spazzing like a junior high girl and had a complete freak out! There he was!!! Joey Fatone! He was getting a pickle, FYI. I know this because I was standing right there when he said, "I want one of those big pickles!" And here I was taking photos and freaking the F out. I'm still freaking out!
I freaking breathed Joey Fatone air!!! Dying.
A couple hours later, when I THOUGHT I had calmed down -- immediately after I freaked out in a bathroom stall and was repeated calling my mom so I could tell her all about it, I came out of Innoventions. There was Joey Fatone. I may have followed him to Autopia. I may have positioned myself along the attraction's path with my camera in hand. It was a 50/50 chance - and dammit, his car went on the other path. I turned into paparazzi ... and I'm not the least bit ashamed!
*NSync groupie FOR LIFE!!!
To quote Pitch Perfect: Nothing makes a woman feel more like a girl than a man who sings like a boy!