I just came back from the show. To be honest I was A LOT more nervous that the venue wouldn't be prepared for my wheelchair. To be honest they really weren't.
I went to the meeting place where the email said to go and checked in. I finally officially met Beerbabesuzi! Yay!! We've been chatting for years, so it was great to meet her.
The vip host was super nice as well. His name was Anthony. If anyone is going to the closing show or happens to see him on another tour he knows what he's doing. He had everything organized. I signed in and grabbed my pass. I had to wait in the corner to be escorted upstairs.
Anthony grabbed one of the venue event staff and explained that I had VIP and to please make sure I was escorted to the right room. Everyone else used the escalator.
Well he walked away so I had introduced myself to the other VIP host for boys II men earlier. Everyone had plenty of time to chat with everyone in the rotunda. Lol. I said "excuse me, what time is 98 degrees VIP? That gentlemen is supposed to escort me in and he's outside around the corner!" He assured me that id get upstairs
It was 5:25 and vip was at 5:30! Ugh! So everyone starts moving up the escalator. So the venue staff realize the line is moving & I'm supposed to go. Anthony came over and told me that he'd meet me at the elevator doors on the second floor.
Well event staff man got on the wrong elevator THEN he walks in circles in the same hallway 4 times. Ugh! After the third time I asked him if he knew where it was LOL! It may have seemed rude to him. I didn't intend for it to be that way at all. But at the same time I wanted to be participating in the VIP that I paid for!!! As I was asking him if he knew where it was lol a girl from VIP Nation was passing by so I asked her. Anthony was also looking for me. It all worked out
So as we were waiting for them to come in, Andre the bands security came in and gave a list of dos and donts. Lol
After that the guys walked in, Jeff, Justin, Drew & Nick.
I was put in the front of the line. some of the other vips seemed upset by that. i would have gladly taken my spot in the back of the line but Anthony called it VIP VIP lol. I chose to have them sign my ticket that came in the bag. They were so sweet. I had to soak it all in but i didn't get star struck. I really thought I would. They're all so easy to talk to and still grounded in their Ohio roots
They all stood to shake my hand.
. I didn't get tongue tied at all. I'm surprised that I didn't because I had waited so long to officially meet them. Jeff asked if I was Kat from Twitter. I said "Yep that's me"
Since I was the first to meet them, i was also first to take a pic with them once the line came back around
. The guys will stand in any order you ask for. As I was going up for the pic, Drew asked me if there was any specific way I wanted them to stand. They don't forget names by the way
. I said I wanted to be between Nick & drew please.
i asked Andre to hold my phone and VIP bag for the pic. As we were passing my phone and bag, I dropped my iphone hahaha! Drew picked it up for me. So we all laughed about the fact that my otter box case saved my phone. They had both said they have broken their phones because they didn't have otter boxes on their phones hahaha.
Nick was on my left and Drew on my right. After the pic I looked right at Nick and said I have a question. (We were given a verbal list of do's and donts so I wasn't sure if I could ask questions) He said "alright go ahead Katryna" so I said " Do you still visit nickfanatic?" He said "Oh you know about that site?" I told him I did and I'm a frequent poster and moderator
. I was really curious if he still visited the site
. Originally before VIP I wanted just a solo pic with Nick but after meeting them I didn't have the heart to ask them to step away. I figured that if I did I'd regret it later. I loved that all of them took the time to make sure everyone's meet and greet was memorable
I have a couple pics on my phone from VIP. They were really sweet and if I ever get the chance to do another VIP with them I will
. My camera's battery died
and i didn't have the back up battery with me.
During the show Boys II men gave out roses. Shawn Stockman chose my section to send a crew member to hand a rose to everyone in my row.
So I'm going to frame a collage of pics from tonight's show. My 98 degrees pass, ticket to the show, my autographed ticket, rose from Shawn Stockman, and pic with 98! I'm really wondering if Shawn saw me leaving 98's VIP and then chose my section. I was the only one in a wheelchair in 98's VIP. I also didn't see anyone else in wheelchairs leaving any of the VIPs.
I'll post my pic when it's posted.
It was a night I'll never forget.