The Voice David Archuleta

The Case of the Unraveling Raffle Plan

Posted by rapture on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Wherin I attend the final Westbury concert and devise a cunning plan.  But first, the set up and a little background:

I have two daughters that, for the purposes of this story I will refer to as my “younger daughter” and my “older daughter.”   My fifteen year old, the younger, is a casual David fan and my concert buddy.   She puts up with most of my fanatic behavior.  My sixteen year old, the elder, is not a fan, nor is she a fan of me being a fan.  She puts up with NONE of my fanatic behavior and wants nothing to do with David.

I am a math teacher in high school and also the advisor to my younger daughter’s Class of 2012  fundraising effort which is, (no surprise) Invisible Children.

My younger daughter and I won tickets to the Westbury show which included a Meet & Greet after the show.  I had no plans to attend the VIP.  I was pretty sure that there would be an autograph opportunity after the show, but wasn’t sure what to have David sign.  So I had the brilliant idea to make a photo collage of David with the invisible children logo and have him sign that.  Then our class could raffle it to raise more money for Invisible Children.

At home we have the entire collection of the six colored Invisible Children bracelets.  I wear the red one, my younger daughter wears green and  my older daughter’s is blue.  My cunning plan was to ask David to wear the white bracelet while signing the collage, (thereby increasing its value significantly.)  I would then raffle the white bracelet that David had on his body for a few seconds with the collage.  I also planned to take a photo of David wearing the white bracelet while signing the collage and raffle that.   Both daughters were aware of said cunning plan to involve the white bracelet in the raffle.

Now…here’s where the plot thickens and you must pay close attention or it becomes a “who’s on first” conundrum.

Day of the show, I can’t find my red bracelet so I asked my older daughter if I can borrow her blue bracelet.  I was taken aback by her strangely suspicious and unfounded response.  “You’re not going to give it to David Archuleta, are you?”
“Me?  No, of course not.  He has is own bracelets!”  The very idea.

At the last minute, due to the weather, Abrra wasn’t able to make it to the Westbury show.  She was kind enough to transfer her VIP to me, so I was able to attend the VIP after all!  I was soooo excited.  I dropped my younger, very accommodating, daughter at a nearby mall while I attended the VIP and got to meet up with many cyber-friends.

My next brilliant idea was to give David the white bracelet at the VIP and let him wear it for the WHOLE SHOW, then get it back from him at the M&G after the show.

Our conversation went like this:
Me:  Hi again
David:  Hey!
Me:  I’ll see you again later, after the show…
David:  (puzzled look)
Me:  Oh, my daughter will be with me.  We won a radio contest.
David:  Oh, cool. OK.
Me:  I’m a math teacher at our local high school and Invisible Children is our fundraising effort. I’m going to ask you later to sign a collage that we can raffle off for Invisible Children.  When I found out that I was coming here, I thought you could wear this bracelet for the show and give it back to me after.  It will really add value to the raffle.

I give David the white bracelet and he puts it on his left wrist.

David:  Oh, I lost my bracelet.
Me:  Oh, then just keep it.
David:  No, you need it for the raffle!
Me:  Well then here, take this one.

Helplessly I watched my older daughter’s prediction come to pass as I slip her blue bracelet off my wrist and give it to David!

At this point David is looking confused.  I calmly explain my brilliant, slightly more complicated, yet still cunning plan.

Me:  *touches the white bracelet on his left wrist*   Wear this one for the show and give it to me later and,  *presses the blue bracelet into his right hand* keep this one and put it in your pocket.

David:  Oh, OK.

What was I thinking?  I had just given him my psychic older daughter’s blue bracelet!  No worries.  I chuckled to myself at the ease with which I conceived yet another brilliant plan.  I’ll just order her another one and stall and act dumb till it arrives.

The show begins and Benton’s playing his first song.  We’re sitting off to the right in the second row.  Very good seats, but the bass amplifier is blowing out our eardrums.  I quickly scan around and spy two empty seats in the FRONT ROW right in the CENTER.  We scooted into those seats and not a moment too soon!  After I sat, some guy sits next to me while my daughter was still making her way down the aisle.  I asked if that was his seat and he said, “No.”  Ha!  He was doing the same thing!  I just told him my daughter was sitting there and he kindly removed himself.  We kept those seats for the entire show!

At last David strides on stage singing WFY.  My daughter and I both notice at the same time. David was wearing my older daughter’s blue bracelet!  How did that happen?!  And how will I raffle off that blue bracelet?  My older daughter knows that hers was the only blue bracelet in the house and that I was going to be raffling off the white one!  So much for my brilliant plan.  I just turned to my younger daughter in the seat next to me and we burst into laughter.  That was cool.  And it was SO cool when David talked about Invisible Children before POTC and said, “…like this bracelet.”

As you all know by now, the entire show, from the first note to the last wave, was incredible.  The best part for me was that I was on my feet the entire time (along with about 75% of the audience) and my daughter was right up by my side – having a blast!

After the show, several of us waited in the back of the auditorium for David to come out for the Meet & Greet.  When David came out he was calm, but friendly.  There was a quiet moment before we got started and I said to Ray,  “So you were pretty good out there on the stage!  You must have been practicing!”  ” Not at all,” he replied, “I just have some natural talent, ha ha!”  Then David told us what a surprise it was and how at first he thought Ray’s voice was just coming through his earpieces so he pulled them out!  We all laughed.  Then we started with photos/autographs.

When it was our turn, my daughter and I asked him to sign the Invisible Children collage.

David took the blue bracelet off and gave it back to me.  I thanked him for wearing it and he asked me if he wore the wrong one.  I said it didn’t matter, and something about him being easily confused but that was refreshing because I am also.  He laughed.  I asked him if he still had the white bracelet…..to keep.  He said, “Yes, but not in my pocket.  I gave it to someone to hold for me.  I’ll get it back.”  He’s so funny.

So what became of the blue bracelet?  I didn’t take it off for 48 hours and then I retired it to safe keeping in my drawer.  I ordered two more blue bracelets, one for my older daughter and one for me to wear as a reminder.  I would wear the actual bracelet David wore, but I don’t want anything to happen to it.  So… I have the signed collage and the blue bracelet he wore through the whole final show.  Our fundraiser is in the spring.   My next cunning plan…make a substantial personal donation to Invisible Children and hold on to that bracelet!

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69 Responses to “The Case of the Unraveling Raffle Plan”

  1. great story about a great cause. You’re so very lucky to have a concert companion who understands your fanatic behavior “I just turned to my younger daughter in the seat next to me and we burst into laughter. That was cool. And it was SO cool when David talked about Invisible Children before POTC and said, “…like this bracelet.”

    He truly appreciates all that you and others do for the charities he supports.

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  2. Bright_Light said

    rapture, I laughed out loud at many points in your story. It was brilliantly written, really! Thank you to you, both of your daughters, and David!

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  3. FunnyGirl said

    LOL that was awesome! Bwahaahaa! I’m happy you have one daughter that enjoys David with you!

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  4. Fiona said

    Great story rapture! And lucky you to spend that much time with David!!

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  5. TOfan said

    Welcome back, “Rapture” LOL

    What an amazing story, LOVED every word, was on the edge of my seat through the whole thing!!!

    It was so nice to meet your daughter in Hershey, she’s lovely & amazing … like her mom! ♥♥♥

    Good luck with the blue bracelet … and explaining its whereabouts to other daughter! 😆

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  6. Kizzi said

    Rapture – I am hYsTeRiCaLlY laughing here with tears streaming down my cheeks. Great story and INCREDIBLE experience. Love your cunning use of the word “cunning.” Added extra suspense and mystery! It was wonderful to read your concert experience, my friend. Hope I can catch up with you at the next NYC area concert or maybe even sooner with an evening of David fans meeting in NYC for dinner. Maybe Pio Pio again? And I’d pay to just have a view of that blue bracelet up close–it has such a story in its short life – lol. 🙂

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  7. djafan said

    rapture…

    funneeeee … What an experience and then what are the odds, you win meet and greet tickets for after the concert and then you get a VIP transferred to you by none other than Abrra for before the show. Couldn’t have worked out any better if you planned it. By the way did you ever get the white bracelet back?

    Here is a great remix by ronaldsanfran of DSB.

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  8. Vee said

    good morning angels. Rapture , I always say, there is a reason for everything. so the sequence of events was meant to be. Lucky you girl. Hope I will be able to see that bracelet and if it happens, would you by any chance allow me to wear it for a few seconds. Won’t steal it okay :)!!
    now some more videos of SunBowl


    Don’t stop believing, imagine david moving, no beginning, but quite clear audio so far. BUT INCREASE THE VOLUME to hear it thanks to EminenceRacer1. also a bonus start of crush…..


    Zero gravity, you can’t see David, but definitely the best audio. Again mispelled name ARCHULETTA. But thanks to necow51. Wish he/she has Don’t stop believing video.

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  9. Wanda said

    Oh gosh…I loved this! Best story I have read in a long time!

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  10. Shawna said

    This is such a fun story. I love the way she tells it. Awesome. I just got my concert CD in the mail from Abbra. Absolutely amazing!!!!. I love it. Are these all recordings that Abbra made and if she did, then that means she washere in SLC for his two concerts. Those are the only two I went to so this even makes this CD that much more special for me. Thanks so much. Abbra, I will get a check in the mail to you ASAP.

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  11. HawaiiArchAngel said

    Absolutely LOVED your story! Had me laughing so hard. You’ve definitely made that blue bracelet so precious and more valuable! BTW, how do I contact Abbra to get a copy of the CD from the Sun Bowl?

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  12. rapture said

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments. I’m glad I was able to share my story here with all of you.

    A related side story… I’ve become pretty close with a classmate of my younger daughter. Her name is Hanna. She was on my class roster last year, but couldn’t attend school due to a diving accident in her in-ground pool that left her paralyzed just before the start of school. (This is a happy story, she’s recovering nicely!)

    Anyway, I home-tutored her for math last year and this year she was able to return to school (with wheelchair/crutches.) We bring her to and from school and she spends a good amount of time in my class room. We share a special bond, you see, she is crazy for Nick Jonas. I won’t go into the insane amount of fanatic similarities I share with this 15 year old girl – I’m sure you can well imagine!

    But Hanna recently had the opportunity to fly out to LA and meet the Jonas Bros. through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She was wearing her special order “Jonas Brothers Dog Tag” necklace and Nick held it for a moment. She told me today that she ordered another identical necklace to wear so that she can “retire” the one Nick had held for safe keeping, and still wear one as a reminder.

    I laughed with her and told her that I had done just that with my bracelet. We understand each other completely.

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  13. rapture said

    Kizzi!

    Good to see you! I would love another NYC dinner. (In fact I’ll be in the City this Thursday and just left a message with Nina to see if she wants to meet up!) I was just reminiscing about Pio Pio.

    Drop me an e-mail next time you’ll be in town if you like, and perhaps we can arrange another gathering: Soulstirredgirl@aol.com

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  14. Abrra said

    #11 HawaiiArchAngel

    The Sun Bowl video is on YouYube here:

    There is no “Cd” of it.

    I did make an audio Cd of the Christmas Tour Live ( from youtube audios, converted to mp3). If that what you mean. email me at alphawav@comcast.net for details.

    Abrra

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  15. Abrra said

    #10 Shawna

    To explain again, I ripped mp3 audio from the best YouTube videos I could find. I put these mp3’s onto a CD to make a Live tour feel for the Christmas tour. I did not go to many shows. This was all from youtubes. That is the best was to control the quality. Hand picked and edited 🙂

    I do not sell these. I give them away. I request small fee for postage and mailer expenses. Email me for details at alphawav@comcast.net

    Abrra

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  16. Abrra said

    Rapture

    Thank you for explaining this adventure! It sounds like you put so much thought into doing a good deed for your charity event.

    Thank you so much for thinking of me at your private M&G. I have framed the signed collage you sent to me after that show.

    You personify the saying “If you need something done, ask a busy person!”

    Abrra

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  17. Marlie7 said

    Rapture – I LOVED your story. I was reading every word wondering what was going to happen to your daughter’s blue bracelet. (Don’t let her come here or she’ll know! LOL)

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  18. silverfox said

    Rapture…who knew?? That you were so “cunning”? And you looked like such a sweet, lovely, & now I know not so innocent, young woman when I met you in Westbury! Who knew what sneaky & cunning thoughts were swirling around your pretty head! But you did seem rather excited in Westbury. Now I know why. 😀

    Where is David? Anyone have any idea? Is he still in the Dallas area? Is he back in Utah? He usually lets us know where he’s at & what he’s doing if it’s related to his professional life, so does this mean he’s taking time off for a while before he starts working on his album again? I kinda hope so. Just chillin’ & resting somewhere but boy, is it hard not knowing.

    David, we are so invested in you & your well-being. If you ever should peek in here, please know we don’t mean to be so obsessive, we just care about you so much.

    Good night!

    Dear lord,

    Please take care of David.
    Watch over him, protect him from all harm.
    Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path.
    Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give.
    Surround David with loving and supportive people who love him unconditionally as we, his devoted Archangels do.
    Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being.
    Give him rest when he feels weary.
    Give him stamina to sustain his hectic pace.
    Give him assurance when he feels doubt.
    Give him joy when he feels sad and never allow David to feel alone or lonely.
    Give us the wisdom to always do right by David.
    Help us support David so that it’s always in his best interest.
    CLOAK DAVID IN YOUR PROTECTIVE ARMS AND PLEASE LORD, KEEP DAVID AND HIS VOICE HEALTHY AND STRONG as he fulfills his Destiny which was written in his Book of Life before he was born.
    Though we may be unworthy Lord, we humbly pray. Amen

    David, have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always

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  19. Tawna21 said

    Oh rapture!! 🙂 What the luck you had to have things so close to falling apart but then coming back together so perfectly!! I love, love, love your story. And, you can bet that if it were me, that blue bracelet would be in a vault with one person (me) having the only key to it. I had to chuckle again with your second story. How fun to be able to relate with your students.

    My white bracelet sits on my nightstand with the orange Crush MS bracelet waiting for warmer weather and short sleeves–they kept coming off in my coat sleeves. I went into a panic attack one day when I thought they were gone. I found them later in my coat sleeve and decided to retire them for the time being.

    I love being a David Archuleta fan with ODD :):):) it makes me a happier person.

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  20. Angelica said

    Rapture,

    Thanks for sharing such a funny, crazy, adorable tale of David being David and a memory of mother/daughter bonding that will last a lifetime. The fact that all the machinations and twists were done for charity is icing on a delicious cake. I still don’t understand for the life of me how he managed to take the white bracelet off his wrist and put the blue one from his pocket you gave him to keep, on. lol! Then he gives you back the blue one and offers to go get the white one for you too! Oh my heck! He is too precious.
    I remember being in chat when you came running in from the concert that night, all breathless and so full of excitement and emotion you could barely type fast enough. We were so excited for you but so confused. Hah! Glad you finally got it down in such a charming way.

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  21. YJfanofdavid said

    Rap, Loved the Tale of Two Bracelets and Two Daughters! What a fun piece of Archu-literature!

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  22. bebereader said

    Rapture:

    Storytelling at it’s finest; your zany plan was full of win! Thanks for the chuckle!

    I’m loving David’s version of “Don’t Stop Believing”. More and more videos are surfacing but we still don’t have a closeup from the front of the stage. It’s not surprising that David chose DSB; he only sings songs that have a message. My daughter who is David’s age told me that it’s a favorite among her agegroup and has been used as the song for Junior and/or Senior Prom for the last two years. So aside from David being a musical genius and knowing what will inspire a crowd, I’m sure “Don’t Stop Believing” has been in his repertoire for a long time. Good choice, David!

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  23. djafan said

    This is interesting…

    Frankie Avalon Interview from LaughlinEntertainer

    Q. Is there anyone out there these days who comes close to the teen idol status you achieved?

    A. There are a few. Justin Timberland. He’s extremely talented and I keep hoping he has a career that will last. I also like David Archuleta, I just saw him on a video the other day. He’s doing a lot of good stuff.

    http://www.laughlinentertainer.com/articles/2010/01/05/news_features/cover_stories/news.txt

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  24. refnaf said

    Rapture!!! What a fantastic story, I have 2 daughters as well, and know what that can be like sometimes, nuf said….I think it is hilarious that he mixed up the bracelets, gah, gotta love him!

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  25. bebereader said

    dja#23 Day by day more people are realizing David’s talent and potential. It warms my heart that they are now stepping forward and verbalizing it, too. So happy to add Frankie Avalon to the growing list of fans.

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  26. Emi said

    Rapture:
    You must be an amazing math teacher! You told that story and unraveled it like a pro. I am amazed you could put all that confusion to words! I bet you could even explain slope-intercept form to me in a way I can understand! And it is all just so funnnny.. Thanks for sharing it! Good luck with the raffle!

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  27. awestruck said

    Rapture – what a great story. Laughed all the way through it. I wonder if older daughter has a secret liking for David hence her reluctance to the thought of you giving it away? Let us know if you succeed in replacing her blue bracelet without her finding out what happened!

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  28. mollie said

    Oooooo Emi, I’d like to give this one a try. Rapture, I hope I’m not rudely stepping in, but this example came to mind:

    Imagine you’re at one of David’s concerts. David is hopping around the stage and you can’t keep your eyes off of his eyes—you’re wondering what that color is that make them so mesmerizing. Your eyes would have to rise a certain distance and then run another amount so the two of you could be eye to eye. Place the y-axis right where the microphone stand is and the x-axis is the stage floor.
    y
    y
    20 y
    ——————-y—–David
    | y ‘
    10 | ‘y
    | ‘ y
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx’xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    | ‘
    You’

    The value of the rise distance divided by the run distance is called slope and the point where the microphone stand intercepts your view is called the y-intercept. If your eyes had to rise 10 feet and then run 20 feet so that you could be eye to eye with David, and that point on the microphone stand that intercepts your view is 7 feet above the stage, then
    slope = 10/20 = 0.5
    and y-intercept = 7
    and the slope-intercept is equation y = 0.5x + 7

    Rapture, did I forget anything? Oh and by the way, your story is precious. Will your raffle be available to us? Just kidding. 🙂

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  29. mollie said

    Sorry, the diagram looked perfect before I submitted but then came out all distorted. I guess I’d better leave it to Rapture. Sorry, again. 😦

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  30. djafan said

    Mollie,

    It looks just right to me. I haven’t had a math class in a long time so it is perfect. Love your equation…in particular the end result “eye” contact…lol

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  31. bebereader said

    Mollie: We understood you loud and clear! And that about sums it up! haha

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  32. Bright_Light said

    dja#23 It’s great that David’s supreme talent is recognized by talents that have stood the test of time. I also think that Frankie Avalon, Tony Orlando, Paul Anka, and Rick Springfield see a bit of their younger selves in David. They have some physical characteristics in common.

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  33. Angelica said

    Mollie,

    Thanks for the game plan. Strategies and tactics for establishing eye contact with the goal is essential. Slope intercept formation it is then. Everybody study and commit this to memory prior to the upcoming tour.

    GO TEAM!!

    LOLOL! Love your creativity and math skills!

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  34. betsy said

    Loved the story Rapture. Very quick thinking on your feet! The slope intercept formation sounds like a plan full of win.
    David’s fans skills never cease to amaze me. Will Hunting has nothing on you!

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  35. Angelica said

    Here is the objective…

    These are not archugazes but are beauties, eyes closed. We love us some Gengen, don’t we?


    Next lesson: Teaching all of you guys to post pics in the comments. We can’t do it all. There are too many and we can’t get enough. Whaddah we want? We want more! When do we want it? We want it NOW!

    GO TEAM!!

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  36. bebereader said

    You can point at me anytime, David!
    Anytime at all!

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  37. rapture said

    Why can’t I see any of those pictures?

    They all look like dialogue bubbles with Chinese writing and and they say,”oops!”

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  38. djafan said

    bright_light…

    Yes, I love that all you mentioned have noticed David and mention it. David’s appearance on Nuestra Navidad was also because he was noticed by the Estefan’s producers of the show and Larry King Live by Mrs. King. I’m sure there are more that will start materializing soon.

    Rapture….I see Chinese dialogue bubbles…what?

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  39. djafan said

    That say Oops in pink.

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  40. Emi said

    Thank you Mollie for translating that slope intercept form into information I can use. There may be hope for me yet!

    My pictures look like Chinese writing also, Rapture. I don’t know what that is about….

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  41. Angelica said

    I just checked using Internet Explorer. I get the bubbles and oops and Chinese writing. But I use Firefox, and in that the pictures show up gorgeously. Word.

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  42. djafan said

    Angelica/Bebe…are these the pictures you guys posted? If not let me know.

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  43. Abrra said

    Angelica and I talked about the pictures. She is going to convert them to .jpg format. Gengen’s are in .png format, which our site can’t handle, apparently.

    Abrra

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  44. Angelica said

    Abrra, I checked and they ARE in jpg format.

    I see them just as clear as the nose on his face. Is it for me alone that he is appearing? 😳 Oh David.

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  45. djafan said

    Oh no…I see them all very clear…in particular that nose on his face…perfection! 😳 Oh David !!!

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  46. bebereader said

    I see them all, too! And he’s still pointing in my direction! Oh David! 😀

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  47. Angelica said

    Bebe,
    You keep tellin urself that. He is clearly pointing right at me.
    BTW, you’ve got mail. c’mere

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  48. silverfox said

    OMG! I fell asleep waiting for David’s last tweet. I knew there would be a last tweet! I’m guessing this was his last tweet for the night! He said he went to the movies with the family. So he’s been home for the last few days. Good for him! And great for his family! Can you imagine what it’s like to live with David? It must be Heaven!

    David, have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always!

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  49. FunnyGirl said

    ANGELICA – I’m having e-mail issues or I would have contacted you that way but I am wondering if you ever take requests for videos? I know you may prefer to create when inspired to do so, but lately this song comes into my head coupled with all the heart-destroying moments of David leaving the stage….

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  50. SandyBeaches said

    rapture…I thoroughly enjoyed your story. It is fun to hear the backstage happenings and they are scarce!

    I was browsing around my ipod yesterday and found songs from a John Denver cd that I had downloaded but have never listened to. Since then I have been imagining David singing this song, of course arranged for him. I think that with guitar and piano this would be awesome…

    Autograph

    Here I am and closing my eyes again
    Trying so hard not to see
    All the things that I see
    Almost willing to lie again
    I swear that it just isn’t so
    It just isn’t me

    We are never alone
    Even though we’d like to be

    Then I go and open my eyes again
    Love in your eyes is the thing
    That I’d most like to see
    I’d be willing to die again
    To know of a place and a time
    That it always would be

    To be always with you
    And you always with me

    This is my autograph
    Here in the songs that I sing
    Here in my cry, in my laugh
    Here in the love that I bring

    To be always with you
    And you always with me

    Say a prayer and open your heart again
    You are the love and the light
    That we all need to see
    Always willing to shine and then
    Peace on this earth is the way
    That it always can be

    To be always with you
    And you always with me

    This is my autograph
    Here in the songs that I sing
    Here in my cry, in my laugh
    Here in the love that I bring

    To be always with you
    And you always with me

    (SB)

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  51. djafan said

    FG…

    I emailed your message and link to song to Angelica…I like it.

    SB….I like these lyrics. I need to find the song to listen.

    BTW today I see no pictures…lol

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  52. djafan said

    Oh wow….beautiful pictures are back!

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  53. bebereader said

    Haha Now you see ’em, now you don’t. Wish I knew what the problem was with the pics.

    SB John Denver is dear to my heart and I miss him terribly. Had the good fortune of seeing him in concert several times at Westbury, with it’s circular, rotating stage. I know most of JD’s music but “Autograph” slipped by me. Many thanks for introducing me to the song. I would absolutely love if David covered a John Denver song! I’m sure he knows his music. Imagine what David could do with this one, “Sunshine”.

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  54. Angelica said

    FunnyGirl – thanks for the song suggestion. I will listen to it when home from work. Song choice is the hardest part. I can’t even begin without it. Please anyone, feel free to submit any songs you think would be good in a tribute vid and I will give them a listen. You can contact me through the contact page, in the comments here where you can suggest or embed a video, or send a message to me through YouTube. Don’t feel bad if I don’t use your song though, I reject 99% of my own choices. lol.

    I started a thread at the GoldenArchies a few days ago with a few of Gengen’s pics of David. They caused quite a ruckus as you can imagine, and she responded. I will share in part, what she said about her method for taking photos of David.

    “What I did was to tune in with David during the concerts then tried to feel how he felt as much as I can then let the camera lead me to where David was.”

    There will be a chat with her at the GA Saturday, the 16th @ 9 a.m. pacific, 10 mountain, 11 central and noon eastern. Don’t know if it will be open to the public like Dave Filice was, but I will find out and let you guys know!

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  55. Angelica said

    I love this so much I made a little happy of it. Also from genevievewang from the Kansas City concert. I replayed this part so many times I decided to just splice away everything else and make it easy on myself. David making a bee line for a pretty girl in the audience just after noticing, seconds before, the very convenient stairs. lol. Too cute!

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  56. djafan said

    Angelica….

    Like it!

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  57. Abrra said

    When are the pictures going to show up? hmmmmm?

    Abrra

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  58. djafan said

    Pictures are back!!!!!!!

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  59. bebereader said

    Not for me. They’re not showing up for me now. 😦 It’s a sad sad thing when you can’t see pictures of The Voice.

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  60. bebereader said

    Angelica: That video is too cute! Is there a quota to how many times you can play it before the youtube people come to take us away? LOL I think I’ve already reached my quota!

    Okay, try this video on for size. It’s “The Riddle” from Waukegan. Pay particular attention to the first 11 seconds when someone from the audience screams “Marry me!” and David acknowledges it by singing a few words from Taylor Swift’s song “Love Story” (“marry me Juliet”). His giggle before and after he sings it is priceless!

    Oh David! Why do you do this to us?
    How do you do this to us?

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  61. silverfox said

    Whoa! It snowed about 3-4 inches here today and it’s sooooooooo very cold! And I just got home. So what was I doing out? I dunno. I gave a ride to a couple of co-workers who were afraid to drive in the snow. One very sweet lady asked me to please stay & have dinner with her & her kids. I really shouldn’t have, but it turned out to be really nice. Until my friend told her 15 y/o daughter what a big fan I am of David Archuleta and all the concerts I’ve been to. Her daughter said she thinks he’s really cute, but she had a hard time understanding how a woman my age could travel near & far to see a teenage singer. I think she thought it was wierd. And it made me feel wierd when I thought about it from her perspective. Her mom thinks it’s great that I “have the courage & nerve” to follow him “no matter how it may look to others”. I wanted to explain what David means to me & to so many others, but words failed me. I did say that at least half of David’s rabid fans are over 40 & I told them to check out the YouTube videos of David, especially his Christmas tour videos so they can see for themselves what I could not explain w/o sounding ridiculous. Her son was on their computer so I couldn’t show them right then & there. 😦
    I hadn’t felt this way in a long time..like when I used to keep my ODD to myself because it was safe. When I was not yet aware of how many others like me there were. Until I found the others on the Internet fan sites. 😉

    Anyway, I just got home and checked out what David was up to today. I was happy to see that he spent some time with Daniel and that he’s so happy to be home. 🙂

    Good night David, have a restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always!

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  62. betsy said

    Waaaaaah. I was never able to see those pictures!

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  63. Angelica said

    Betsy, click on the link on the blog roll to Gengen’s site. They’re all there. I am getting a program to convert the pics to a stable format for here.

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  64. djafan said

    Bebe…. That is my new favorite The Riddle performance. The beginning of that video is so David being David. I love how comfortable he is on stage now, he has such a beautiful personality that is shining through!

    SilverFox…
    Her mom thinks it’s great that I “have the courage & nerve” to follow him “no matter how it may look to others”.

    This comment is spot on…don’t feel weird. The mom has the experience and wisdom to understand…15 year olds not so much.

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  65. betsy said

    Thanks Angelica. I am there now. 🙂

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  66. djafan said

    Betsy…make sure you come up for air…lol

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  67. Abrra said

    #61 SF
    “Her daughter said she thinks he’s really cute”

    At that point the conversation was really over, right? If that’s all she knows or thinks about David, she will never understand his depth. That has a lot to do with why you care for him and his music so very much. You don’t ever have to defend your fondness for David.

    Abrra

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  68. bebereader said

    dja Did you notice in the video how nothing phases David, not even a marriage proposal? He thought quickly, giggled, sang a bar from a related song and then went right back to work!

    SF As for that 15 year old who “had a hard time understanding how a woman my age could travel near & far to see a teenage singer”, I have this to say to her:

    “There are secrets that we still have left to find
    There have been mysteries from the beginning of time
    There are answers we’re not wise enough to see…”

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  69. YJfanofdavid said

    Angelica 60: Haha. That’s our lady killer! According to Gengen’s post accompanying this video (written in Chinese and I hope Gengen doesn’t mind my sharing it), he spotted the pretty girl earlier and was hesitant about coming down the stairs. Moments later he decided to go for it and make a bee line for her, as shown in your MGR. “Can’t let this music stop, until I touch you end. ’cause if I do, it’ll be over. I’ll never get the chance again…” 🙂

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