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Twitter… a few Tips on it.

December 28, 2008 1 comment

Hi all,

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend, and that you’re spending your holidays with your loved ones. I had a 4 days weekend which I truly enjoyed. Unfortunately, I have to go back to work tomorrow!

Anyway, a few weeks ago, let’s say less than a month ago, I joined the hype of Twitter. I was hearing lots of comments from people, saying it was a “phenomenon” or something. Many people pointed it out to be one of the best ways to market yourself, your website or your business if you have one. It’s also a great way to keep in touch with people you know, as well as meeting new people. At the beginning I thought it was just like Facebook’s status option, but then I realised it was so much more than that. It’s a very simple but powerful tool. I’m still learning about it. And there are a few codes I’d like to crack.

First thing, how do people, regular people, get so many follows. I have checked their profiles and some people simply talk about every day stuff. One girl was even commenting on her period, which I thought was gross by the way. But she still has plenty of followers. Other people post tips to anything you can imagine. Tips on how to write better, tips on how to get traffic to your website, tips on life, tips about space, etc. And they have plenty of followers too.

Other people simply tell you what they’re doing on the go. These people are usually logging on from their mobile phones while they’re doing other things. Other people are fllowed because they’re “famous”. They have huge mailing lists, so they simply let their entire list that they’re on twitter. Next thing you know they got 4,000 followers.

Now, I’m interested in learning how to promote a website, but you have to deliver the right message, or else it will just get lost in the Universe of instant messages. So how do you go about it?

First of all, you need to bring value to people. The examples I mentioned above, well they all bring value. The tips, the famous guy who gives advice on business, the girl who describes her period and her problems. Other people feel related to them and what they’re saying, so they decide that they’re worth following. In case you don’t know much about Twitter, please check this article . That is also why I’m following some people, although I admit that I started following them randomly at the beginning. Then I realised some people followed me and then stopped following me immediately. I realised they had added me, expecting me to follow them back. Since I didn’t react quickly enough, they removed themselves from my list.

This obviously brings me to the conclusion that I’m not adding enough value yet, because so far I’m only posting random updates of what I’m doing. If the same happens to you, that’s the answer. Think of this. What purpose can you give to your Twitter account? What kind of platform do you want it to be? Do you have a business to promote? A blog that you want people to read? Or a website? Are you good at something and hence can you give people tips? Don’t you ever think that there’s nothing special about you, because there always is. There is always something we can do that other people can’t, hence we can help them.

Another important issue here is to draw attention. Post a link to something funny, like a video or a website. Post links to useful articles, giving a small description, e.g. “10 recipes for your new year’s dinner *insert link here*”. Of course, if you’re aiming to get followers who are interested in cooking, then post as many links to articles about cooking as possible, but make sure they’re valuable. Don’t just flood their update screen with useless articles. Keep the word value in your mind, always. After getting a few followers, start posting links to your own articles about cooking, and this way you will link people to your blog, or website. This will help you start a solid follower base.

So that’s how you use Twitter, if you want to use it as a marketing tool that is. I’m sure most people are simply catching up with friends, but a lot of people it’s all about how many followers they get. It makes them feel more “important”. As for me, I don’t mind having a small list of followers, as long as I’m keeping in touch with them and adding value to each other.

I will be posting more tips soon!

In case you’re wondering, here’s my link

http://www.twitter.com/carolucky

Have a great sunday and see you next time!

Carolina

New Year’s Resolutions… do people keep their promises?

December 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Hello again,

I’m back on these pages. Well, keyboard. And screen.

I was on one of my music forums the other day, and noticed that someone had opened a New Year’s Resolutions topic. I immediately thought “ok, here we go…”. Main reason is because I never do new year’s resolutions. And that’s not because I don’t think I can keep the promises to myself or to others, but because to me, it doesn’t have to be new year’s to start over, or to make a change in my life. I think a lot of people use new year’s as an excuse to start over and it does work for some of them. And I’m glad it does. But for most people it doesn’t. I think it’s because it doesn’t matter whether it’s a new year or not, if people don’t want to change deep down inside. A lot of people promise to themselves that they will stop smoking, or that they will call their parents more often. Other people may say they will finally quit that job that makes them miserable. That they will tell people that they love them. And they believe in it, because it’s a new year and they can start over! To me the change has to come from within the heart, and not a calendar.

I think about it this way. Every day is a new start. Every time the sun sets, a day ends. And everytime the sun comes up in the morning is a new day and a new chance to start over. If I did something bad yesterday, then maybe today I can make it better. I don’t need it to be January to feel that I can start again. Hell, I could even start again in the next hour!! But if I don’t believe in myself, there’s no point in making those promises.

So, reading the posts on that topic, I realised that a lot people said they wouldn’t waste their lives away anymore next year, or that they’d stop smoking; some said they’d focus on losing weight. I’ve known those people for almost two years, and they made pretty much the same promises for 2008. Did they keep them? No. Hence, they’re making them again. Now, I’m not saying they don’t believe in themselves, they probably do. But why waiting until the new year. Why not promising these things to themselves in August. In September. In the middle of the week or the middle of the day. Time… it’s just a measurement. Time is meaningless unless we add value to it.

So, to all of you thinking about your list of New Year’s resolutions… think about how much you want to achieve them, and how much they mean to you smile if you put enough feeling and ACTION into it, then anything, ANYTHING is possible. Just Take Action, don’t just say the things you want. Do Them.

Thanks for reading.

Carolina

Saldos de Petrohue, X Region, Chile

Saldos de Petrohue, X Region, Chile

Holidays in the south of Chile…

December 25, 2008 1 comment

Hello all!

On the weekend of December 8th (that day is a catholic holiday in Chile) I took advantage of the little break to go see some new places here in my country. I have travelled to many places in the World, and I have loved every place. I’d love for people to visit Chile more, because they’re missing out on some of the most beautiful landscapes that nature has to offer 🙂

So, my boyfriend and I decided to go south, to the Lakes Region. It has earned that name because there are several lakes all around it, as well as volcanos, some active and some inactive. I have always loved mountains, and volcanoes, when not erupting of course! Anyway, I wanted to share a few photos with you 🙂

Thats me at Lake Llanquihue, the third largest lake in South America.
That’s me at Lake Llanquihue, the third largest lake in South America.
Thats the church of Puerto Varas, the city where we stayed
That’s the church of Puerto Varas, the city where we stayed
Nice view from the Estuario de Reloncavi
Nice view from the Estuario de Reloncavi
Pretty sight from Cochamó
Pretty sight from Cochamó
in the nature
in the nature
My boyfriend Thomas and I with Osorno Volcano in the background
My boyfriend Thomas and I with Osorno Volcano in the background
Getting closer to Osorno Volcano
Getting closer to Osorno Volcano
close to the top
close to the top

 

More photos are coming on the next entry!! 🙂

Strategies this, Strategies that… it’s driving me nuts!

December 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Hello all,

I hope you are having an excellent weekend. It’s 12:16pm on a lovely Sunday here in sunny Chile. Things have been a little crazy these days around the World with the usual Christmas insanity that  takes everything by storm. I have never liked this and I don’t think I ever will. Sure, I love giving and receiving presents, I love the Christmas spirit… but why do people have to go SO nuts and shop, shop, shop non stop! I mean, how can some people be sooo materialistic. And hypocritical. Many of these people will then complain that they’re in debt and that the crisis is hitting their wallets. That they can’t make it to ends meet, etc etc. Well, who the hell told them to go and shop like crazy!! From my point of view, there are two main factors here:

  • Social pressure
  • Marketing

That’s right. I have knowledge in Marketing because it was one of my main subjects at University. I had several courses on how to do Marketing and how to understand the consumer’s mind, our mind. Now, I always liked Marketing, I thought it was fun and cool… when done the right way. Marketing does not create needs. Marketing creates desires. Our needs have always been there, ever since we lived in caves: eating, drinking, sleeping, communicating, having relationships with others; even entertainment. But what Marketing truly does is to create desires in our minds, which most times make us need things we never needed before. Let’s look at some of the most recent inventions that we can no longer live without: the cell phone, and the internet. Desires are meant to satisfy our needs.

Now, communication has always been a need. As living beings, as social beings, we need to communicate to others. When phones were invented, we only needed to communicate when we were at home, or at work, or near a public phone. It never came to our minds that we would need to communicate from just about EVERYWHERE, right? But when cell phones were created, Marketing made us believe that we needed to be connected ALL the time. And we thought it was awesome! At least, most of us. Now most people simply can’t live without a cell phone, it has become a need. But it started out as a desire. Are you with me here? Ok. So, Marketing is what made you believe that you needed a cell phone. Truth is, you need to communicate, you don’t need a cell phone. And before you never needed to communicate from the supermarket, or your car, or a party, or whilst walking down the street. Right? You managed in other ways. But the cell phone sort of made things easier, right? Think about it. This is where the social part comes in. Many of my friends, for example, refused to have cell phones at the beginning. They were expensive, complicated and made them slaves. But sooner or later, society made them give in and they ended up buying cell phones too. Why? Because their mothers, friends, family, etc. needed to communicate to them no matter where they were, and started pushing pressure on them so they would get a cell phone. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anybody who doesn’t have a cell phone. It’s crazy! I have one too, of course, but sometimes I really just want to throw it away. Sometimes I just don’t want to be found. And I can’t just turn it off, because then people would be scared if they can’t reach me! As I mentioned in one of my previous entries, life is one endless prison. We are prisones to the system, to the people, to our cell phones!! When I go out without my cell phone I feel naked. I really do. And I bet many of you feel the same. Then I just have to go back home and get it.

Now, it’s a similar thing with the internet. I have been using the internet for about 12 years, pretty much when it started to become massive in the mid 90’s. I was so excited! I was going to be able to communicate at a much bigger scale! I would be able to email my family in other countries, and meet people online seemed like such a thrill! Chatting was a big thing! People joining chat rooms and downloading chatting programs… I bet you remember ICQ, don’t you? I had more than one account ;). Then there was IRC, and then MSN messenger and yahoo messenger were created. I started creating accounts everywhere, without realising the consequences. I was becoming an addict, and addictions make us prisoners. Addictions don’t let us be free. I realised that the more profiles and accounts I created, the more of a slave I became, because I had the need to check what was going on on all of them! I had four different email accounts, I was on severa chat rooms, and on several forums. I had two different MSN messenger accounts, and sometimes I’d open both simultaneously, because I had different people on each account. I was aware of the problem, but I couldn’t stop. I remember writing an essay about it for one of my courses at the University. It was about how the internet, instead of giving us freedom, it was turning us into slaves. I was a slave of my multiple accounts that I had all over the net. Luckily, as I grew older (well, I’m 25 and I’m still using many of these), I learnt to control myself and my need to be online all the time. I’m still addicted so many online communities, but now I have some control over it.

So, to wrap it up a little, I’ll tell you what  the title of this entry is really about. If you have read some about me or my entries, you’ll know I am a home business owner. Well, I have a home business and also a full time job. I started my home business because I wanted to stop being a slave. And it looked like the best alternative at that moment. But I’m far from being free and I know that. And it’s perfectly ok. I’m happy about my choices. Time is my most valuable asset right now. Time and my mind. I don’t want to lose or waste either of them. Anyway, being in the Network Marketing industry can become a tad dangerous and is more complicated that it seems. What’s really bugging me is how all these people out there are going about their strategies, and how their strategies are the best thing you will ever learn. The best kept secret. The ultimate thing. It’s driving me mad and making me want to punch some of these people in the face. Many of these people are successful and are making money out of the poor people who buy their products and their trainings. I don’t even understand why they sell all that stuff, if most of them didn’t even create it in the first place. They gathered a bunch of information and put it together in a new and marketed package and sell it as if it were something new. They all claim to have the best strategies, that they have been using these strategies for years and that they work wonderfully for any home based business!. They say they’re sooo easy to use! And that you’d be a fool if you missed it, for the ridiculous price of $37 for something that has a value of thousands!! Ok. Well, I don’t buy it. I don’t buy it because all they’re doing is using lame marketing sales pitches to teach you NOT to sales pitch!! How hypocritical is that?? They tell you not to stalk people and not to pitch your sales. They tell you they have the best strategy ever! But it’s more of the same! And most of those people fail to tell you one thing. No course, no book, no super solution and no awesome strategy out there is going to make you successful unless YOU believe in yourself and create your own. Grab all that knowledge and create NEW knowledge. Yes. You know why? Because if you copy all their strategies you immediately become “another brick in the wall”. You have to get your own approach and your own thing going on. They tell you that they will teach you to stand out and how to be interesting and be noticed by other people and make money! Seriously, WHY?? Why do you need someone to teach you how to be interesting. You don’t need that. They just have experience making people believe that they’re cool. If enough people believe in something it becomes true! Seriously. Just because people think they’re cool. Now, you need to do your own thing. Get books, read stuff, learn new things… but create your own. And that’s what I’m working on right now, and I hope you will do that too.

Thanks for reading, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!

CAROLINA.

Caro in the south of Chile

Caro in the south of Chile

I met MUSE

December 14, 2008 2 comments

Hi all!

I’m in the mood of posting the stories of how I met my two favourite bands. A couple days ago you learnt how I met Bright Eyes, well, Conor Oberst. Now you will see how I met Muse.

I hope you enjoy the story! Again, this was written 2 and a half years ago, so don’t mind the grammar mistakes! Thank you! 🙂

I’m gonna tell you about my surreal meet-up with Muse! Well actually I only got to meet Matt and Chris. Unfortunately, Dom was ill that night, so he had to stay in the hotel. I’m Caro, just a normal girl from Chile, who happens to have friends in the Netherlands and a boyfriend in France. So this year I went to visit them! As I was going to the Netherlands, a friend of mine invited me to go with her and her friends to Lowlands Festival! That would be my ultimate chance to finally see Muse live, after waiting for about 4 years! So, the festival would take place from August 18th until August 20th 2006, and MUSE would be headlining the festival. another friend who was also going to the festival, proposed me to go sightseeing a bit around Holland on the 19th and then coming back to the festival on the 20th. There was a bar we really wanted to visit in Amsterdam, with nice music, so we went there and at the same time we thought maybe Muse would have arrived in Amsterdam that same day and might go out in the city or something… so we thought we could run into them somewhere, or that they could even visit this bar.

Anyway, around 8:30pm we arrived in Amsterdam and waited for this bar to open at 9pm. It was a bit empty, as it had just opened, but we just decided to sit there, have a drink and chat a bit, waiting for the live music to begin. As time went by, the bar started to get crowded. We were sitting at a table in the middle of it, between the entrance and the small stage, where a band was playing some music. I was constantly looking at the entrance, trying to see everyone who was coming in and out of the bar. But after about two hours my friend and I started to think that they wouldn’t come, so we just sat there and enjoyed the atmosphere… but suddenly, we see a guy in the middle of the crowd who, for some weird reason, looked quite a lot like Chris from Muse. My friend and I questioned ourselves for a few minutes.. “could that be him?” he was there with a girl, whom we asumed to be his wife! After a moment he left and then we stayed there in doubt, hoping he would return.

After several minutes the guy came back! I had no doubt anymore, it was him!! but my friend kept on hesitating, because he thought Chris looked different from photos, and because he thought he would be taller than that (my friend is dutch and he’s quite tall!). The guy we thought was Chris asked for a drink and stood by the bar and we kept on staring… my friend was still doubting until he saw undenyable evidence: he saw Matt Bellamy next to Chris!!! And since Matt’s appearence is so unique, we finally were sure it was them! O_O  OMG we started getting absolutely nervous, couldn’t stop staring, but at the same time we didn’t want them to notice, because no one else in the bar seemed to have recognized them. “What do we do!?? we have to meet them, that’s why we are here!!” we said to each other, but we were too shy.

So finally my friend Frank got up and said “follow me, bring your camera and your little notebook and a pen!” and so we moved through the crowd until we reached them. First we went to Matt, and my friend asked him “you’re Matt, right?” Matt said “yeah! yeah”, he was there with his girlfriend, so it was kind of uncomfortable to bother him, but it was our only chance! 😀 we said we were big fans and that I had come all the way from Chile, Southamerica to see them! And that they should go over there, because many fans were waiting! he was quite surprised about that! He said he’d like to go there, but didn’t really know when they will :(. We asked him for a picture, so first my friend took a picture of him and me, and then I took a picture of them both. Matt shook our hands 🙂 and afterwards we asked him for an autograph as well, and he said “yeah sure!” and signed my little book. Afterwards we apologised for bothering him and he said it was ok 🙂 and we said “see you at Lowlands! ”

Then we went to Chris! who was a bit further from Matt, standing by the bar with his wife. My friend Frank asked hm “excuse me? are you Chris from Muse?” he smiled and said “yeah!” haha. He seemed much nicer than Matt, less serious at least 🙂 we told him we were fans and stuff and that I had com to from Chile to see them! he said “wow! really?” haha. He introduced us to his wife, she seemed quite nice too, and we also asked him why Dom wasn’t there! He said he had the flu and so he stayed in the hotel getting better for the gig the next day, at Lowlands! We asked him again for pics and autograph. I was SO nervous that I almost spilled my drink on his wife haha, but luckily it just fell on a chair next to her 😉 He told us they never get recognised in Amsterdam, so we were surprised about that, and so were they! haha. We said bye to him and apologised too, he said “no problem :)” Then we went back to our seats, completely hyper and excited and SO happy!! Because we were so lucky to have found them there all of a sudden! After a moment they left and later we did too. Still had to drive back home and get ready to see them the next morning at Lowlands 🙂 🙂 It’s a weekend I’ll never forget!!!! 🙂

and that was it! My Muse adventure! I know a lot of people have met them, but what makes it extra special to me is that I met them casually, and not at some autograph session, or a Meet & Greet. Those are usually a little awkward, and not as special. I’ll always treasure that moment and keep it next to my most precious memories.

Cheers!

Carolina

The Story about how I ‘Finally’ Met Conor Oberst (Part II)

December 12, 2008 6 comments

Hello my fellow readers! I said Part II was coming soon, and here it is! I wrote this in August 2007.

 

Not so long ago I posted the story about how I almost met Conor Oberst. Now I can finally say I met the dude. And he was awesome. How did it happen? Just keep on reading and you’ll find out. I must say though, the previous story was a lot more exciting… and funnier haha. There is nothing funny about this one. But I still gotta tell it.


I went to Europe this year for a holiday. I spent about 6 weeks there, in fact, I only got back yesterday! I spent a week in the Netherlands, where I visited my friends from there. Luckily for me, Conor was going to play two nights in a row in that country. So of course, before heading to Europe I made plans with two friends to go to both concerts, one night with each friend.

The first one took place on July 10th, and it was after this concert that I met him. It was just too easy. We arrived at the venue not too early, but not too late, to make sure to be on the front row. When they opened the doors we ran to get a good spot there. And we did manage to be on the front! We were in the left side of the stage. The concert was amazing and Conor was very talkative, telling jokes all the time. I really love that about him: the interaction he maintains with the audience.


Anyway, after the concert, my friend and I were so happy that we thought “let’s see if the tour bus is around, maybe we can wait for him!”. So we walked outside of the venue and indeed the tour buses were just around the corner behind it. There was a fence, so we couldn’t just stand immediately next to the buses, or next to the artists’ door. Even then we were close enough. Only about 10 people were waiting, which was pretty cool. I thought if there weren’t too many people there, then we wouldn’t scare Conor away. The first one we saw was Mike Mogis. He was a sweetheart, signed autographs for us and stayed talking to us through the fence. As I am a little shy I didn’t dare to talk much to him, but just stood there and laughed and pretended to participate in the conversations he was having with the other fans. I had a notebook with me, one that I sometimes use as a diary, and it was the only thing I had that they could sign. When I gave it to Mike through the fence to have it signed he kind of stared at it LOL. It was funny  he was like “WTF is this? Lol”.


After a few minutes Mike went inside the bus and we all kept on waiting for Conor, who usually is the last to come out. When he finally did I couldn’t believe it. Finally he was right there and it was my chance to talk to him. I knew I’d get his autograph, since all I had to do was to give him my notebook, no words would be needed. Would I dare to actually say something to him during those precious few seconds he would spend signing my notebook? When he finally approached to where I was standing, I gave him the notebook. While he was signing it I hesitated, but finally opened my mouth and said “I came all the way from Southamerica to see you!” He stopped what he was doing and glanced up to look at me (he is very small, I actually think he may be a couple centimeters smaller than I) and said “seriously? From where!?” My friend who was standing next to me said “She’s form Chile!” And Conor continued “Wow really?”

Then I quickly said that he just HAD to go there because there were fans waiting for him and all that. He said, in a very Conor-ish way “Man… I think I’m heading there, seriously. Don’t know when but… in my mind, I’m there, I really want to go there” he said that at least twice lol. And of course while he was telling me all that I got his lovely beer breath on my face LOL, which reminded me of the wet kisses that I got from him two years from that day. Before he moved away from where I was standing, I told him “This is the 4th time I see you here in Europe!” and again I caused an impression “seriously!?” he couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t gonna tell him that I just happened to be there by coincidence. He probably thought I had travelled from Chile just to see him LMAO. But anyway… that’s the story. Because of the fence I didn’t think about taking a picture with him… I definitely should have. But at least I have his autograph to remember 😉


It was great, he actually looked at me in the eyes and told me how much he wanted to come over here… what a nice guy, I’ve got to tell you. Despite all the things other people may say about him, he is a very cool guy! And very humble, above all.
The next night, July 11th in Amsterdam, I was really excited and thought I could probably meet him again if we could only find the tour buses. After the concert, my other friend and I walked around the venue but couldn’t find any buses…

So that’s it! Not such an exciting story, but I finally met him 🙂 Thanks for reading!!

I might as well mention that I met him again in July 2008, in Santiago Chile. That’s right, he did listen to me that night and decided to come to Chile and other countries in Latinamerica. That time I did manage to get my photo next to him… check it out J

 

Conor Oberst and I in Santiago Chile.

Conor Oberst and I in Santiago Chile.

 

 

Thanks again for reading my story!!

I’ll be adding the story of how I met MUSE soon.

Cheers,

Carolina

The Story About How I ‘Almost’ Met Conor Oberst (Part I)

December 12, 2008 1 comment

Hi all,

Ok, I’m going to post the first part of this story, well actually the second part is a different story altogether. But anyway, if you’re a Conor or Bright Eyes fan, you might find this interesting. I am a big fan of his, he has marked my life in several ways. And even if you have no clue who this Conor guy is, you might still find this stoy rather funny lol :D. I wrote this entry 2 years ago, so please excuse any grammar mistakes, and the excessive use of “lol” and “!!” ;).

Well I’ll start by saying how I first heard about Bright Eyes and Conor Oberst of course. Well it was in may 2004, when a girl in a MUSE forum where I regularly post, started a topic about this brilliant band she had just discovered. I saw the topic and thought I would have a listen to them! And so I first downloaded A perfect Sonnet, Lover I don’t have to love and Bowl of Oranges. Fell in love with all three of them. Then I wanted more and just downloaded everything I could find… When I was such a big fan around September that year, I was thinking that I’d probably never see him live, cause well, nobody knows Bright Eyes down here in this continent forgotten by all cool bands. I was applying for an exchange student programme through my University, in order to go to Germany for one semester, in 2005. Around October 2004 I had been accepted and so I started doing all the necessary stuff, you know, boring paperwork and such.

That same month, Bright Eyes had announced tour dates in February 2005 in Europe… I was already looking forward to the two new albums to be out in January… this girl who had started the topic about Conor was from the netherlands, where I also had many friends that I had met through that muse forum, and since I was going to Germany, I was gonna go visit my friends in the netherlands as well. It so happened that one of those tour dates would take place one day after I would have arrived in Germany… I was so excited and happy. This friend got me a ticket to the gig, and also some of my other friends got tickets for themselves also, so we’d all go together to that concert 🙂 It was bloody exciting, February 23rd 2005 :).

It was a nice concert and stuff, it as great to meet my friends in person… but I’m still not telling you people the story I’m meaning to tell by the title of this entry. That was only the first time I’d be seeing Bright Eyes. Ayla (the girl I mentioned) and I were so excited to have seen our idol, that we couldn’t get enough. So as soon as Conor announced the tour dates for Digital Ash we booked tickets immediately… but the nearest place to go was Germany, a city called Trier, which was about 4 hours from where I was living ( I was in a city called Dortmund). But we decided we’d go there no matter what! We met in a city called Düsseldorf and then took the train together to Trier. It was a long ride.

We finally got there, the venue was beautiful, it looked like an ancient Roman temple, which it actually was. And so during the concert Conor couldn’t stop talking about it “Make some noise for the romans!!” he’d say and also “make some noise for this whole look!” he really liked it… and he was really drunk! Anyway, we were in the first row, very close to Conor. There was a small space between the stage and the fence we were leaning against, so Conor would jump off the stage and run around that space with his mic. We were so excited and happy!! At the end of the gig, Easy/Lucky/Free was the last song… so Conor jumped off the stage and sang most of the song while being there. At one point he stopped walking, and stood right in front of me, with his hair on his face, I could only see his eyes and his mic… I looked at him right in the eyes, and suddenly he came closer to me, grabbed my head and gave me a big wet kiss on my left cheek!! That was so BRILIANT!! then he grabbed my friend, she was next to me and kissed her too! And so he did with two other people on the front row. That was awesome… then he went back on the stage, finished the song…and the gig was over… and I could catch my breath…it was breathtaking. By far one of the most exciting things I’ve experienced.

Anyway… it was around 11pm when we got out of the venue…there was a nice little park next to it, and the buses for The Faint and Bright Eyes (they were touring together) were right across the park. Our train back was at 4am or something, so we decided we’d sit there at the park and wait. Wait for Conor to come out. Many people passed us by.. people from The Faint, Mike Mogis! and other musicians. And the very last person to come was Conor…we recognised him from far away, we were sitting on a bench. I started getting a bit nervous, thinking “Wow this is my only chance to meet him!!! I gotta do it! he’s coming this way!”… but before he started walking towards us, two annoying girls went to him.. and so he started running away from them. Yes! running away, running towards where I was standing, and the girls were running after him. I thought I’d stop him from running and sya hi or something! But maybe two meters before he’d reach me, he stopped running and the girls got him. I just stood there staring in awe… when the three of them walked together, a bit further in the park, till they got lost in the darkness… I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t dare to say anything to him! Conor Oberst had just passed one meter away from me, and I couldn’t say a word!! And my friend, she didn’t really dare either, she was just still sitting on the bench. After a while, Conor’s crew started looking for him, he was still lost with those girls after half an hour. They were all yelling “Conoooooooooooor!! where are you???” and using flashlights to find him lol, it was hillarious to have witnessed sometihng like that. I told one of the guys, that he had ran away with two girls into the bushes. A couple minutes later, I was standing closer to where he had gone, and I see a shadow approaching. I couldn’t tell who it was… and then the shadow walks right next to me …. it was Conor…. again….for the second time, Conor had just passed next to me and I couldn’t say a word!!! What the hell was wrong with me!!!!!!
He started walking towards his bus, and I kept on staring… the bus was a few meters away.
Then he complained that someone had stolen his iPod.. lol… and then they all went into the buses and left… and I just stood there.

Then my friend and I went to catch our train and couldn’t stop being excited about the night we had just had. you don’t see Conor everyday, running around with some girls in a park LOL.

Well….if any of you read this whole story, thanks for your patience!! I hope it was amusing 😉

 

Part II coming soon!!!

Carolina.