Adam Lambert at USMC Miramar – photo by cmhagey
Today is May 8th. Yes, this year it’s Mother’s Day and I cherish it for that reason. But I will celebrate Mother’s Day no matter what day on the calendar it falls on. Today I have another reason to celebrate. May 8 is one of my most important days to remember because this is the day that Adam Lambert made his visit to San Diego in 2009 for American Idol Season 8’s Homecoming! I felt like such a schoolgirl, attending a fan gathering for this celebrity. As I’m sure many of you had, I had been spending an incredible amount of hours on the internet “meeting” others who somehow felt the same way about Adam as I did. How could this be? I thought I was the only one “over the top” in this adulation that had somehow taken over my life. Could there really be others? And that many others?? Through forums, I learned yes, this was true. Now at the radio station, I had a chance to finally meet some of these other wonderful fans, who felt the same way I did. Meaning, others who were doing all the same things we had told our kids never to do – make physical contact with people we met over the computer. I never even gave it consideration as to which one might be a serial killer. LOL!!
Back to May 8. This was my first time to see Adam, feel his presence, and even ask him a question. This is also the day I met Lila Hayes, when we carpooled with four others from the radio station to Mt. Carmel High School, where the mayor proclaimed May 8 as Adam Lambert Day in San Diego.
Yes, that’s my car with the sign telling others to vote for Adam!
Little did I know how significant this day or meeting Lila would become for me. Lila and I joined forces and planned the San Diego Idol Finale Watch Party together, where she introduced me to Fernando, the owner of this website. She and I became best friends, have spent the last 2 years traveling together in pursuit of our music loves, and I can’t imagine my life without her or Adam, for that matter! The same goes for the other close friends I’ve met because of my devotion to Adam. Ladies, you know who you are! 🙂
Last year coincidentally on May 8, Lila and I were invited to the baby shower for guitarist Monte Pittman’s wife Lisa, who was pregnant with twins. Lisa had been put on emergency bed rest for the last part of her pregnancy and would not be able to attend, but organizer Lori assured us we would have a surprise guest. We were totally surprised when Monte and bassist Tommy Joe Radcliffe came to the shower and spent the day eating and laughing with the twelve of us, answering questions, and just being “real folk.” Lori knew Monte was coming, but even she was blown away when Tommy Joe walked through the door!
Tommy Joe, Carol, Lila and Monte
The day was beautiful, spent with wonderful people for a beautiful reason, and became one of the most surreal days in Lila’s and my lives. So this year, we have no baby shower to attend, but instead we are going to see Ricky Martin tonight in San Diego. I am so ready to get “sexified” as Ricky has done to me for 15 years. Hmmm, do I see any similar threads linking my two favorite singers?
Happy Mother’s Day to everyone celebrating today! And, even if you aren’t a San Diego resident, Lila and I still feel you with us, and wonder what you’re doing today? Please fill your comments below and let us know how you spent the day!
~ Carol ~