Then Ashley and James came home from work and James cooked again… this time Chicken Quesadillas and rice. Equally as good as Sunday’s pork chops.
I packed my stuff and we waited until it was time for us to head for the bus to take us to Louisville, KY. As I was still confused as to what time and day it was, taking a late-night bus served only to confuse me even further.
But, of course, for Taylor, it’s all worth it.
Yet another late-night bus ride Megabuses leave from street corners and we waited with a vast crowd. Thankfully, other buses were also leaving from the same site and the whole swarm didn’t head for Louisville with us!
I finished reading Divergent, which ended very differently than I imagined it would, in a much “happier” place than I’d foreseen.
I can’t wait to get Insurgent. I should probably download it for my crazy-long Thursday bus ride back to New York, but I don’t think I have enough loot left on my Discover card (my non-Taylor card LOL). Oh well, I’ll just have to watch New Girl instead and prep myself for Taylor’s guest spot on the season finale next week!
Ashley had booked a hotel as their bus home wouldn’t leave until 4:30am and checked in early. I paid for half so I could crash before the concert. As soon as I hit the bed I was out.
Ashley left for the venue about 10am and James started getting ready to go around 2. I set my alarm for 3. When I woke up I panicked thinking I’d slept through the alarm… but it just hadn’t gone off yet. Waking early, a novel experience!
Does a bear sleep in the woods? Yes, yes, yes! I replied, so excited I was flipping out!
Amanda met me at the hotel. I put my stuff in her car and we drove to the KFC Yum! Center, Taylor Swift’s venue in Louisville.
Amanda and I went to collect our Meet and Greet passes from the box office. We got them and returned to our friends. Caylee wanted badly to go with us to the Meet and Greet and tagged along with us to see if there was any extra room. As always, I was ready to give her mine but she refused saying her plan would work.
Florida Georgia Line’s manager was there organizing the Meet and Greet so Caylee and I asked him if there was any way she could get in.
He said to wait until everyone had booked in and then he’d see if there was any space. So Amanda, Caylee and I headed to the back of the line which, as there were only twenty or so people on line, was no big deal. Five minutes later the manager came over and said Caylee could come in, Yaas…!
Nothing fancy, but I told them that I’d seen them in New Jersey with Taylor, that I loved them, and that I would see them at CMA Fest…
It was very informal and they took photos with our cameras. Mine is blurry but it totally works, for me anyway.
Chicken — eating and dancing We were in desperate need of food so after the Meet and Greet we got Kentucky Fried Chicken — after all, we were in the KFC Yum Center — and went and chilled around Caylee’s seat. Caylee seat was on the floor while ours weren’t. So every now and then we had to move? No big deal.
Shortly after we finished eating, Florida Georgia Line came onstage and we ran down to be by my co owner, Abby, who was sitting right by the stage with empty seats all around. So, we were able to stand and dance and sing during the set without being bothered or bothering.
After the set we left for the Keds and Wonderstruck booths as we didn’t want to sit through Ed Sheeran’s set.
Caylee then spotted another one of the dancers, Leah, and we chatted with her too. She, of course, was super sweet. My friends, chiming in on the number of shows I’ve attended, attempted to wow her too.
We found the Keds booth and tried our luck. Caylee and Amanda wanted the shoelaces while I hungered sunglasses. We all got exactly what we wanted.
I am pretty sure Caylee and I are the same person… several times I looked over at her and we both were about to sing to each other. At one point someone walked by with an All Access badge and we looked at each other and simultaneously mouthed, “Who is that!?” Separated at birth?
Caylee had promised Ashley that she would switch seats with her so Ashley could try and touch Taylor during 22. When Taylor came down for 22, I too, of course, stretched out my hand but I think I’m too short for Taylor because somehow she always misses me.
Amanda was at stage end and she reached out her hand to Taylor as well. Taylor’s mic was in her left hand and Taylor reached all the way across her body with her right arm to high-five Amanda. How cool is that?
When it was time for the Secret Song we were waiting expectantly.
Enchanted was beautiful. Taylor revised it for the acoustic version — shortening the chorus but adding more riffs. Really awesome.
At the end of the show we brought Caylee to the second level for her entrance to Club Red and discovered that my co owner Abby’s group had also gotten Club Red!
I was so excited for them and couldn’t wait to hear their stories…
They arrived ninety minutes later with a multitude of amazing stories. The expressions on their faces reflected exactly why I go to so many Taylor concerts. The fact that one girl, Taylor, can make someone that happy in just two seconds is truly amazing.
Caylee said she’d try and that, in and of itself, was enough for me to dream on.
When they got to the Steak and Shake, Abby showed us what Taylor had written for her tattoo: “I don’t know if you really know who you are til you lose who you are.”
The fact that Caylee had take the time to do that for me was among the most amazing moments of my life.
Caylee was very quiet about her Club Red experience, but I could tell it had been amazing. Abby, on the other hand, is very chatty and I knew I’d get more from her. I sat wide-eyed and bushy-tailed listening to her stories; of telling Taylor about dancing with her girlfriend to Ours in Detroit, of talking about TSwiftontour, and of how that, somehow, steered their conversation around to me.
I felt badly that my two friends had used their short time with Taylor to talk about me, but it was just so sweet.
Abby said she told Taylor about my traveling across the country to see the RED Tour and that I was aiming for a total of fifty shows. Taylor, said Abby, thought that was, “crazy amazing insane” and that she wants to meet me at the end of my attempt.
While I know the chances of that happening are zippo to zippo, it was so nice of Taylor to say it, and so amazing of Abby to tell me.
Abby could’ve just not said anything about me as it was her time to shine, or just forgotten to tell me what Taylor said in reply. But Abby chose to do that for me and chose to remember to tell me… I will never ever ever ever forget it.
Through this whole thing what seriously amazes me are the friends I have made along the way. I know what I’m doing is insane but they all have been there for me, one way or another.
I know that these are the people who will be with me until the bitter end. They’ve changed my life in ways I never would’ve imagined. I have no idea what I would do without them.
Not just because of the Taylor stuff. They’ve been there for me in times when I was at my lowest, darkest points. They’ve carried me through to the other side. Throughout this whole adventure they help me figure out who I am as a person. I hope they know how much I love, care and respect them.
Thank you to all of you.
Thanks for reading, thanks for caring.
“This isn’t flying, this is falling with style”
A reminder: I’ll be doing a FAQ: So, You Wanna Be a TSwiftontour Co Owner? this weekend. If you have any questions, please email or Tweet them to me!
I’ll be blogging all the way through the RED Tour, Facebooking, and Tweeting (or @tswiftontour).
Use the email account CCWTS13@gmail.com if you want to send stories and photos that you think will be of interest to Swifties. We could even open an album!