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So as you may or may not know, I listen to Eric and Kathy on Mix 101.9 every morning. I've been a fan of theirs for nearly 10 years now, and I'm happy to have a job where I can listen to their show every day in my little cubicle.

James Blunt is performing in their studio Monday morning, so they've
done a couple of little contests based around that. Yesterday they
were joking about how James Blunt songs make women cry, so they had people
call in and do their best fake crying to win tickets to his Monday
night concert plus the invitation to see him perform in the studio live that

This morning they were talking about how men can be very un-romantic
sometimes (Sweetest Day is tomorrow, that's how it came up), so they
asked "Ladies, what is the most non-romantic gift you've ever received
from a husband/boyfriend?" I wasn't even paying attention to what the prize was. I heard that line, and I was like A;DKLFJA;SLDKFJAS;DLFKJ I AM GONNA WIN THIS. So I called in, and I waited and waited as it rang, and then a lady picked up and asked me what it was.

I told her the story about how two Valentine's Days ago, I made a
really nice candlelit chocolate chip pancake dinner (one of his favorite foods) for Rj on my one day off that week when I was doing 24 hours of Morning Star rehearsal, 10 hours of work, and 15 hours of class...and he gave me a toilet brush.

Yeah, so the phone-answering lady was like "And why did he give you a
toilet brush?" and I said, "Because he thought it was FUNNY." And she said "Wow...okay hold on!" So then I heard the show coming over the phone and I was like "OMG THEY'RE GONNA PUT ME ON!!!" I was FREAKING out, and I wanted to run back into the office and tell everyone to put on their radios, but I didn't know when I'd be on and I didn't want to miss what they were saying. I did see one of our reps in the hall, and I told him to put it on, but he ended up not being able to tune into the station correctly, oh well.

So like 5 or 6 women came on the air and told them about the gifts they got (tackle box, glow-in-the-dark clock, etc.), and then Eric said,
"You want romance, Donnelle, you got romance" So I said, "Yeah, I made my boyfriend a really nice, like, candlelit meal, his favorite food, chocolate chip pancakes..." And when I said "...And he got me a toilet brush," they were all like, "WHAAAAAAAAAT??" They said, "Why did he get you a toilet brush?!" And I said, "He thought it was funny!!!" And all three of them kept saying, "Whaaaaat? A toilet brush?? Cuz it's funny! A toilet brush!! Whaaaaat?! It's funny!" I could BARELY hear them over the phone, the connection was bad, so I think things were a little jumbled, it was crazy! I was SHAKING cuz I was so excited, wow!!! THOUSANDS of people listen to that show!!! I think it's the most popular morning show in Chicago, actually. Anyway, then Eric said, "Okay, now we vote on who got the worst present!" Kathy said, "I'm gonna have to go with toilet brush!" Melissa said, "Toilet brush!" and Eric said "And by a clean sweep with three votes...Toilet brush wins!" It was SO awesome!!!

So they invited me to come to the studio Monday to see James Blunt perform live, and then I get tickets to his concert for that night, plus I'm entered in a contest to win a drawing for a trip to BEVERLY HILLS where I'd
see James Blunt AGAIN (I don't know if I need to see James Blunt three times, but a free trip to Beverly Hills would be INSANE), so EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! I
said,"That's awesome! I deserve it!!" and they laughed and said I totally did. I don't know a lot of his music, but I do like what I've heard.

And my mom called and left me a message ("I HEARD YOU ON THE
AIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!") And they played the clip again as a highlight
from the show an hour and a half later, and I got to hear it, and I didn't even sound nervous (although in real life I was shaking, blushing, and sweating knowing I was on the air), so that's good!! I'm so happy I got to hear it.

And I'm even happier to learn that it was actually made into the Daily Dose of Eric and Kathy on their website!!! Go to and listen to it while it's temporarily up!!! I got to download it and save it to my iTunes to cherish forever and ever :-) I wish they had the whole clip of me talking (that's just a lil' piece of it) and especially of me winning, but this is entirely awesome by itself! Heh, in the actual clip that aired post-show, they cranked up "You're Beautiful" right after I said "He gave me a toilet brush", it was HILARIOUS. "He gave me a toilet brush! 'YOU'RE BEAUTI-FU-UL! YOU'RE BEAUTI-FU-UL! YOU'RE BEAUTI-FUL, IT'S TRUE!" LOL, oh insanity.

So that's the story of how the worst Valentine's Day of my life turned into one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me. :-D

Date: 2006-10-21 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
hahaha that is hysterical! I don't listen to Eric and Kathy because honestly, their billboard advertisements have become one of the most obnoxious things in my life. When Ian saw it the first time he was did this impression that was like, [radio voice] "HYUK HYUK THIS IS ERIC COMMIN AT CHA!" and I see it EVERYWHERE! But that is awesome.

The only time I've ever called in and been on the radio was at like 3am on WGN 720 Overnight with Laura Hirsch and Brian Noonan and I had had a few beers and they were talking about people getting fat in chicago and banning foods and stuff and I called and HUNG UP the first time because I didn't realize they were putting me on the air and then when I called back and got on, I was started hollaring, "I THINK PEOPLE ARE STUPID AND DON'T WANT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN ACTIONS AND NEED TO STOP MAKING BAD DECISIONS AND AND AND.." and they were like "Yea Kelly, I think we agree with you" and I kept trying to talk but they cut me off. I was so excited I could barely breathe.

Date: 2006-10-21 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh yea, and have fun on Monday!

Date: 2006-10-21 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL, that's awesome. I love Eric and Kathy! I've listened to them forever too! So that's way cool. And I do enjoy James Blunt. :-)

Date: 2006-10-21 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hahahahahaha. That is fucking sweet. I bet my mom was listening at the office. Oh Donnelle, I remember hearing all about that toilet brush. I guess it paid off in the end! :)

Date: 2006-10-21 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you squint it looks just like a flower.

Also, amid this discussion of gifts I forgot to tell you I bought you a great Engrish shirt.

Are you SERIOUS!?

Date: 2006-10-21 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is the funniest thing I've heard in a LONG time. :) :) :)

Re: Are you SERIOUS!?

Date: 2006-10-21 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey man!! When did YOU get a livejournal?! Why didn't you tell me?? I've gotta friend you!

I post most of my entries locked under the Friends Only setting, so yeah :-)

Re: Are you SERIOUS!?

Date: 2006-10-21 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, Now we are true friends :) Live Journal says so.

Date: 2006-10-21 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As soon as I read what the question topic was, I knew EXACTLY what you were going to tell them.

Congrats! That's so incredibly awesome! :)

Date: 2006-10-21 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Way to turn your pain into fame, lovely! I agree with Rj, they should give you your own radio show. Material from the men you've dated could catapult you to stardom.

Date: 2006-10-21 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
THATS AWESOME!!!!! i LOVE james blunt, actually have one of his songs on my myspace right now. congrats! and who gives a toilet brush on V-day!!!! you definitely deserve those tickets.

Date: 2006-10-22 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOLOL that is amazing. I *love* Eric and Kathy, much like I love Weekend at Bernie's, but also, because they are just simple, loving people and what more do you need in the morning? I listened to the clip and cracked up for like half an hour--you sounded so...YOU. Only with Eric! And Kathy! Not starstruck as much as "oh, nelle, you're born for this shit."

;) belle

Date: 2006-10-22 07:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's awesome. I guess the worst present got to become the best present, and I wouldn't even want to call it luck.
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