A dirty job, but someone had to do it.
SOAP WEEKEND 6 (2001)
Having met most everyone (or not
caring about some of them) the gameplan was to see Laurence Lau (Sam, OLTL),
Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL), Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL) and, of
course, the continuation of the Wally Kurth (Ned, GH) stalking tour 2001.
At dinner on Friday evening (Chef
Mickey’s –it was cool!) I arranged to meet some of my friends in the line
for Laurence Lau first thing on Saturday morning.
it’s going to offend you that I use the word “ass” not less than
like 57 times, turn back now!
you’re just looking for a visual recap:
already posted three albums of photos and am nowhere near finished posting
The first order of business was to
see Laurence Lau (Sam, OLTL) because my friend Patti and I had these hot pics we
bought from eBay that we wanted him to sign:
Patti said she wanted to be the pole
in that picture and there are just too many jokes there for me to even start so use your own twisted
Being the late riser that I am
(honey, I do not do mornings!
For me, it’s more like mourning.
Just ask any of the staffers who had to suffer through my early morning
grumpiness in L.A.) I was a little tardy getting to MGM so my friends (early
birds, sheesh!) were at the front of LL’s line and I was about ľ of the way
toward the back. Oh well, it gave me a chance to chat up some other folks.
Once getting in his line we were told
that the actors would not sign anything brought in by the fans (which sucks but
is understandable in light of recent events).
Some of the actors wouldn’t even come out from behind the podium for
pictures, i.e. Larry…here’s the pic.
He was very sweet, that smile
is so extra dreamy that I had to pinch myself to make sure I was still awake and he’s cute beyond written
description. For my part, it’s
not worth standing in line if I have to have my picture taken with the podium
rather than the star. That was a
real downer for first thing in the morning.
(The day was about to pick up though!!)
I waved to my friends who were now
standing in Kassie Depaiva’s (Blair, OLTL) line (I think) as I headed over to
wait in line for Wally. When I got
there I took some pictures of Jack Scalia (Chris Stamp, AMC) and ran into Kim
and Doreen, two of my chat buddies from The
Gate, who were the first two people in line.
They went straight to Wally’s (11:45 a.m.) line when they got to the
park at 9:00 a.m. (see I am NOT the craziest one! lol) We talked for a minute
and then I assumed my place in the line.
up was my main man, Wally Kurth (Ned, GH).
Not only did he *finally* remember my name without being prompted and
even started talking to me before I got up to the podium, I got him to sign some
press shots for a few of my friends who bailed at the last minute, I got in several
good Wally cuddles and more importantly - - -He!!
I must, in this public forum, give
many, many, many special thanks to my
friend Doreen who captured my moment of bliss on video.
You rule! I am forever
in your debt. Well, that sealed (no
pun intended) the weekend for me. I
was done. We could have gone home
right then and I would not have been disappointed.
No I didn’t go all stupid and my knees didn’t buckle, but it was
definitely the highlight of the weekend for me and it was still early in the
day! I talked to him about some
other things for a few more minutes much to the annoyance of everyone still in
line. Afterwards we hung around for
awhile taking some candid shots of him and more of Jack Scalia while waiting on
Wally’s next autograph session.
Well, the next autograph session
finally rolled around. We arranged
ourselves so we wouldn’t be first in line.
I was the first of the three of us though and when Wally looked up from
signing the previous person’s press shot he said, “You just can’t get
enough, can you Trace?” My reply was “You know it’s all about you,
Wally!” He laughed and I told him I just needed to get a little video footage
and we wanted to get a group picture of the three of us with him.
We had decided that all hands should be “on deck” for this picture so
that’s what is with the goofy looks in this picture.
Wally even gave us permission. The
security guard asked if somebody was being naughty back there.
Moi? Being naughty when I
have unencumbered access to Wally’s ass?
<feigning indignation> Never!
Sha-right! My hands were all
over the merchandise. I could
practically tell you the numbers on the credit cards inside his wallet.
From that moment forward the security guard teased us by making us hold
our hands up as we were walking up to Wally.
Next was the Super Soap Talk Show (or
whatever the heck they called it) with Wally Kurth (Ned, GH), Ingo Rademacher
(Jax, GH), John Ingle (Edward, GH), Brian Presley (Jack, PC), Kelly Monaco (Livvie,
Followed by the motorcade and outdoor
conversation (same group) hosted by Walt Wiley (Jack, AMC).
Nothing worth repeating ever comes out of these conversations.
We just parked ourselves immediately in front of the stage in preparation
for the grand motorcade, street jam and concert.
Needless to say we had primo “seats.”
Kurth & Taylor sang three songs,
Freedom, Surrender, Barefoot Ballet (the one “Ned” sang in Jake’s about a
week ago on the show. They were
followed by Kassie Depaiva singing two songs, the first of which is new and
you’ll hear it on OLTL soon. I
really liked that song but the next one from her album just sucked outloud.
Then, the diva of divas Susan Lucci sang two or three songs.
One of her songs was a cutesy little number about “Winning isn’t
everything” referring to the Emmys. I
said it last year and I’ll say it again, I love ya’ SuLu, but don’t quit
your day job. She doesn’t shatter
crystal or anything but she’s not that good.
Coltin Scott Martines was next. He
is far more entertaining while singing than on GH.
Finally, Kurth & Taylor came back to finish the evening with “Let
it Go” while fireworks were shot off in the background.
In case you’re wondering, that’s
Mickey’s Sorcerer hat (bigger than life) which is up for the 100th
birthday celebration which is taking place all year in all of the Disney parks.
Our first stop (no big shocker here)
was Wally’s first autograph session at 9 a.m.
We arranged it specifically so we wouldn’t be first in line this time
and when he looked up as I was next in line he jokingly pointed at me, flashing
those irresistible dimples, and said “Alright, this one is trouble, how’d
she get in here?” He had the same
security guy with him as the day before. The
security guy just laughed and said “Yeah, lemme see those hands.”
Here’s Wally demonstrating the maneuver:
I told his security guy that if he
didn’t watch it we’d grope him next. He was a good guy and knew we were only playing around.
Dee and Kim were next and the security guy made them show their hands.
Dee told Wally that he said they couldn’t grope him and so Wally
pinched her ass instead. He was
just frisky all weekend. After the
three of us got in our obligatory gropes we hung around taking a few more
snapshots before heading over to the Superstar Theatre for another conversation
with Linda Dano. Hey, it’s the
only time during the weekend you get to sit in an air conditioned room in a
comfortable chair! This time we
actually got some interesting footage though.
asked Wally about his CD and Ingo jumped into the conversation (uninvited, mind
you) talking about his new calendar...he said something about the pics of him in
the shower and in bed and it looks something like this: he stood up and pulled
his shirt up.... My man Wally took this opportunity to embarrass him <snick,
go Wally!!> and pulled Ingo’s pants down. I believe most of you have
seen the pictures already. Boys will be boys. Then Wally remembered that his 16
year old daughter was in the audience and immediately stood up (still laughing
his ass off) and apologized to Meghan. It was a total laugh riot.
After that Linda sat down on the foot stool to keep them from misbehaving any
when the actors were taking questions from the audience someone asked Ingo to
Stick to being pretty, honey. Wally
and John were asked to sing the song the Qs always sing at Thanksgiving, “We
Gather Together”. Wally’s
daughter then asked him what his favorite move is on stage.
He introduced her then (sorry, I don’t post pictures of their kids) and
said the move he was about to demonstrate embarrassed her and he promised her
that he wouldn’t do it that night in the concert (boo! Hiss!).
Here’s a picture though:
watching the video clip to get that screen cap you’ll have to excuse me for a
few moments. Talk among yourselves.
then walked around for awhile snapping photos of Kassie Depaiva, James Depaiva,
Catherine Hickland, Marissa Ramirez and a few others.
We had some time so I got in line to see Hillary B. Smith while Kim and
Dee went to save our place for Wally’s last autograph session (yes, I know
we’re insane but as the man said ---let it go!).
Hillary is one of my favorite people.
I met her last year at SSW and it was immediately like talking to an old
friend. She chastised me last year for wearing my GH fan club pin in
her line so when I walked up there I told her that I didn’t wear it this time.
She examined my shirt, gave me the thumbs up and said I was ok so she
signed a press shot for me while I told her that she is the LUCKIEST woman on
daytime right now to be stuck between Laurence Lau and Ty Treadway (Troy)
everyday. Good grief --- Can I
get some luck like that, puhleeeze? She agreed with me without hesitation. Because we were talking I almost forgot to get out picture
taken. She reminded me and I told
her thanks otherwise I’d have some irate readers at the website.
A devious move on my part in order to mention EOS.
She asked which site and I told her so I imagine we’ll be getting a new
that I took some pictures of David Fumero, Catherine Hickland, Laurence Lau,
Marissa Ramirez, Tamara Braun, Jackie Zeman and a few others (All in the albums
. . . eventually) then headed over to meet Kim and Dee for our final opportunity
to sexually harass Wally. While we
were waiting Maurice Benard was signing autographs so I snapped a few photos of
Lucci arrived to sign autographs so I got a couple quick photos of her with her
During Wally’s final autograph
session, as soon as Kim, Dee and I got to Wally the film crew showed up (oh.
great.). We made Kim go first.
She wanted to have her picture taken with one finger poking Wally’s
dimple. She got her picture taken
without doing that so Dee and I jumped right in, unruly types that we are, and
told her to do it. Wally was concerned (rightfully so after all we’d put him
through in the last two days, lol) so we told him.
He said it was fine so she got back up there, her hand was shaking when
she tried to do it so naturally, being the compassionate person that I am (sha,
right!), I was laughing my butt off and teased her mercilessly.
I was next and having been given permission earlier to grope him my left
hand went directly to his ass. He
asked if I wanted to poke his dimple too and I told him “No, since my hand is
on your ass right now, it’s quite comfortable where it’s at.”
He laughed and said “I’ve got dimples back there too.”
My head snapped around to look at him, one eyebrow shot so far up it
slammed into my hairline and with a wicked little grin on my face I said
“You’re just teasing me now, but I guess I’ve got the best ones!”
We had a good laugh, talked for a minute, and I got my final Wally cuddle
of the weekend.
We headed back to the front stage
then to park ourselves for good concert seats, luckily we got to see the
motorcade and conversation with Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC), Catherine Hickland
(Lindsay, OLTL), David Fumero (Cristian, OLTL), Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL)
and Laurence Lau (Sam, OLTL). It started raining on us for a few minutes during this
but it much and didn’t last long. That
damn hurricane made for some pretty bleak skies all weekend but we only got a
few sprinkles during the day. Nothing
interesting to report from their conversation either but it was nice to get
another opportunity to drool over Larry Lau.
We remained in our spots when that
was over and when that crowd cleared we were able to stake out spots right next
to the stage for the grand motorcade and concert that evening.
Front row for Wally in the leather pants.
Bestill my beating heart! We
had a brief conversation about the ramifications of rain during the concert and
came up with the “pro” side of it being:
Wet Wally in leather. Use
your imagination. I’ll wait.
Kurth & Taylor sang first again.
They started with Hideaway! My personal favorite!!
It rocks! Believe was
next followed by the traditional show closer Seventh Son.
Kassie Depaiva was next and I paid
her no attention because I could see Wally backstage so we put that digital zoom
on the video camera to use and watched him.
He caught a glimpse of me once, smiled and pointed at me.
I just waved and went right back to watching the behind the scenes
activity. At Walt’s request,
because he was losing his voice, Kassie sang an extra song and coaxed James
Depaiva into singing with her. I
don’t particularly care for the song “Natural History” but they are so
adorable together. I finally
stopped watching Wally backstage so I could watch them.
When they finished James laid a big ol’ kiss on her to the sound of
“awwww” from the audience. He’s
such a cutie.
Catherine Hickland sang next.
I love her and she’s better than La Lucci but I’m not impressed with
her singing. She had a couple of young guys singing with her.
One named Marsh somethingorother was a total hottie!
Coltin was next and made googly eyes
at Dee when he was singing. He is
soooo, soooo sexy on stage.
The big finale of the evening was
Wally, Kassie, Catherine and Coltin singing God Bless America, again with
fireworks overhead. Y’all. It.
Was. Amazing!! Even on the video
you can hear the crowd singing along. A
very moving moment.
And, that, my dear friends, concludes
the SSW recap and my Wally Kurth stalking tour 2001. <sigh> I won’t get
to see him again until April :::sob:::
Any questions or comments?
I’m sure that I’ve left out some information in an effort to get this
out so quickly so don’t hesitate to ask.
I’ll also be putting some more pictures in the albums over the next
couple of days so check back often.
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