I first sent this post to TOfan right before the “announcement,” but found it so trivial and unimportant afterwards that I asked that she not post it. Even two weeks later, I had mixed feelings as there have been so many beautiful, poignant and eloquent postings since that announcement that I thought mine would seem silly. Then I realized that sometimes silly is just what’s needed!
Stroudsburg VIP arrives and while in line I’m running through my head what I’m going to say. Do I say something endearing, funny, supportive, what?
Remembering my first failed attempt at British humour with him at the Philadelphia VIP, I quickly ruled out “funny.” I figured I could manage a few legible words and say, “It’s been great being a part of this incredible journey with you.” Simple right??!!
So I walk up put my hand out and….. and…. I become a blubbering idiot (I know there are many, many of you out there who know exactly what I’m talking about), and if memory serves me right, I basically got out, “You’re wonderful!”
No name, no “Hi, how are you?,” no rehearsed speech.
I mean, seriously, “you’re wonderful”??? Even my failed dry sense of humour at Philadelphia was more creative!
Wanting to quickly save myself further embarrassment, I started to walk away, but oh no … Mr. Archuleta had other plans for me.
David: We’ve got to take a picture.
Me: Oh no, that’s okay.
Me: I don’t do pictures.
Me: I just don’t like to have my picture taken.
David: AWW, PLEASE!!
Bubble Overhead: WTHeck, who do you think you are Mr. Archuleta? You can’t intimidate me with that smile, sparkling eyes and soft concerned voice. Oh yeah, you think putting your arm around my back to pose is gonna work…. think again!
Me: Ohhhh okay!
From all accounts from on-lookers, David seemed rather pleased with himself for talking me into it. The guy has no boundaries and does not play fair!
Those that know me know that I don’t do pictures….. EVER!
I started to walk away and made a detour for Stix and in between him taking photos, I pleaded that I didn’t want my picture on the Internet – not because I was wanted by the law or anything…. I think he got a chuckle out of that. He was so sweet and said, “Let me think about what to do and I’ll catch up with you shortly.”
Later, Stix said he could email me my picture. He asked what David said and why I had taken the picture if I felt so strongly, so I told him what transpired.
Me: I mean, seriously, how on earth do you say “No” to David.
Stix: *laughs* You can’t.
Lesson learned for next VIP – pre-Announcement:
1. Have a speech down pat.
2. See therapist to get over having picture taken.
3. Or grow a backbone and say NO to the Archuleta.
Lesson learned for next VIP – post-Announcement:
1. Grab onto him for dear life.
2. Look him dead in the eye and ask, “So, what are you doing next?”
3. See therapist about handling future “announcements.”
Little did I know at that time that David’s persistence (and you can tell from above that he had to work really hard at convincing me, lol!) would be so important to me now. He had the knowledge of his leaving and I’d like to think that he didn’t want me to regret not having the photo.
I’ll have this story and picture as a wonderful memory to always hold dear. As well as seeing the smile of satisfaction on David’s face that, yet again, he proved he has his fans in the palm of his hand and can do with us what he will, lol!
Thanks, David, for being so persistent!
— Lorna (aka @RamblingDA)