I’ve been waiting to write this story because it is so special in my heart
(and still to this day close to my ulnar and radial arteries) …
This wristband will have to fall off my body on its own. I REFUSE to take it off.
It wasn’t until I saw one of her 90210 co-stars on Sunday …
… that I decided that it was time …
BTW, I LOVED Shannen as the annoying little sister in Girls Just Want to Have Fun.
As the “annoying little sister” in the Friel household, I could totally relate.
::cue post:: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nq7U5Jn56tk?wmode=opaque
This story starts in June of last year, I had agreed to pick up my gf’s mail while she was out of town (on an extended work trip). I stopped by her place in downtown to grab the key and as she buzzed me into her building, I realized she wasn’t alone.
I did my best to not pull a Honey … https://www.youtube.com/embed/hZ8PfLIc8MI?start=53&wmode=opaque
My girlfriend was sitting next to none other than one of my childhood idols, Rachel True.
::cue Troy McClure::
You may remember Rachel True from such 90s classics as “The Craft,” “Half Baked,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”
The Craft came out in 96, around the same time as Clueless and the rise of the Spice Girls. All three movies were aspirational in terms of their female friendships, and while I liked all three, The Craft became my obsession.(And the reason why still to this day I wear black knee highs.)
The women in The Craft were not only hot, and cool but they owned how weird they were. This was something I hadn’t seen in “high school aged” pop culture characters before.
I added the quotes because we all know they’re never “high school aged.”
If you’re not familiar with the movie (CURSE YOU), it’s about a (soon-to-be-discovered-powerful) girl/ witch who moves to a new school and becomes friends with the resident witches. A power struggle ensues and “good” battles “evil” highlighted with cutting edge CG effects.
Either way, I worshipped this woman, and (unlike my normal response of completely ignoring or BOLTING from anyone I worship) I immediately and instinctively took advantage of the situation asking if we could go ghost hunting. (My gf lives in a historical building in downtown.)
Rachel was super impressed with my brass balls (to not only solicit the request but actually WANT to do it),
… and that evening I was able to cross off “go ghost hunting with one of the four characters from The Craft” off my life list.
Over the last year, Rachel and I frequently (and equally as randomly) kept in touch and hung out.
Here’s a text from last Christmas:
I was in my parent’s living room as I JUMPPPPEEDDDDD up and down with joy (not only for her continued success obviously) but that RACHEL TRUE LOVES READING MY BLOG AND RACHEL TRUE JUST WISHED ME A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
Wait, that’s not dramatic enough …
Alrite too dramatic … moving on.
Either way, my childhood dream of becoming friends with one of the coolest girls on the PLANET (er, multidimensional universe?) was now properly executed.
Six months or so later, my friends and I went to a screening of The Lost Boys at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. I had such a great time that when I got home I signed up for their newsletter.
Then in late July Cinespia(the crowd that hosts the events at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery) announced that they were hosting an all night slumber party showing The Craft, Practical Magic, and The Witches.
I immediately called my best friend (who now knows her) …
“Do you think Rachel would come with us if I bought us all tickets to see The Craft at Hollywood Forever Cemetery?”
“I’m not sure,” he said.
“Either way, as long as you’re down to go, I’ll buy the tickets and we can figure out the rest later.”
Cinespia tickets notoriously sell out quickly which is CRAZY since this is the average crowd size …
I then jumped online to purchase tickets and to my (not so) surprise, they had already sold out.
Never one to back down from a dream or goal I want to accomplish, I clicked CONTACT Cinespia’s page typing into the form that I wanted to attend with one of the stars of the film and wondered if there were any tickets left.
Emphasis on “wanting” to attend.
Yes, Rachel and I are legit friends, and I planned on inviting her … but I also hadn’t gotten that far yet and had ZERO confirmation if she would even be okay with this. All I had texted her up until this point was asking if she was available on that night (which she was).
Even for me, this was a ballsy move; I’ve never ever used a friend’s celebrity to get access to an event. Quite the opposite, I prefer to downplay things.
The 33 year old part of me felt a degree of guilt, but fortunately the 13 year old Jen won thinking “THIS WILL BE THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE IF I ACTUALLY PULL THIS OFF!!!”
Five minutes later, I got a response back from the director.
I answered back honestly …
Tickets now secured (we were even upgraded to VIP), I texted my bestie …
At The Lost Boys, my friend cracked a comment wondering who you had to screw to get VIP. Turns out no one, but it didn’t mean I was “in the clear” in terms of screwing over my own friendship.
I took a deep breath as I texted Rachel my plan …
Now delivered, my next step was to wait for her response.
… and wait I did …
Four days later, still without a response, I messaged again creating more of a visual on what the evening would entail …
Minutes later, I got a response …
33 year old Jen smiled at a job well done …
… while 13 year old Jen began jumping up and down mimicking the feeling the female lead in a romantic comedy has when she “gets the guy” … https://www.youtube.com/embed/DvAHXWEtiQI?wmode=opaque
…. only I didn’t “get the guy,” I got the girl …
… and I accomplished my goal while maintaining (most importantly) my friendship.
In my wildest dreams I couldn’t have planned this, and that was the point, I didn’t have to.
Saturday came by before I knew it, and I emailed the director once more to confirm the logistics of the evening. Placing myself in the accidental director role, meant that I had talent to protect and needed to make sure she was as comfortable as possible at all times.
Not only had Cinespia set us up with the tickets, but they had a trailer designated specifically for our group, and even offered a golf cart chauffer to get through the crowds.
Upon arrival, we took advantage of everything.
Feet? Who needs them when we have wheels (and a driver) …
Oh, what’s that? Is it a bit warm outside? Shall we go into the air conditioned trailer instead?
DON’T MIND IF WE DO!
“Do you guys want a photo in the photo booth,” asked one of the Cinespia employees?
DO WE? I thought.
We were then escorted over to the photo booth via the back entrance (instantly cutting the hour plus long line).
I had zero problem with this …
… and with the biggest shit eating grin, struck my own pose …
… with the lady who was on the very big screen in that very moment.
“Look,” I said pointing to the left …